Friday 6 September 2013

Indiestructible - Inspiring Stories from the Publishing Jungle. Guest post, Jessica Bell

In today's guest post Jessica Bell tells us about Indiestructible - Inspiring Stories from the Publishing Jungle. She has brought together 29 indie authors, each contributing an article about their own experiences in the indie publishing world. The book makes fascinating reading, and is a must read for anyone who is considering taking the plunge into indie publishing.

Better still, it's only 99c, and the proceeds will be donated to charity. Here is Jessica to tell you more.


by Jessica Bell

The day I realized I’d been obsessing over my sales figures way too much was the day I closed my eyes and tried to think about the real reason I am an indie author.

Is my primary goal to make money? No. So why do I keep obsessing over my sales stats? I realized it’s because more sales means more people reading my work. What I really really want is to be read. I want to share the one thing in this world I would cut my fingers off for. I know. If I didn’t have any fingers, I wouldn’t be able to physically write, but you know what I mean.

My passion for writing comes with a perpetual replacement button, attached to my side seam, just in case it becomes unraveled, and falls off, after a day gallivanting through the publishing jungle. It can be tough in there, but in the end, being an indie author is OH SO WORTH IT.

This made me wonder … what’s everybody else’s story?
Then Indiestructible was born.

Need motivation and inspiration to self-publish, or sign that contract with an interested small press? Have you done all the research you can, but still feel ambivalent about the idea? Indiestructible: Inspiring Stories from the Publishing Jungle brings you the experiences of 29 indie authors—their passions, their insights, their successes—to help you make the leap into indie publishing.

This is not a how-to guide. This is the best of the indie tradition of experienced authors paying forward what they’ve learned, giving you information to help you on your journey. The personal essays in this book will leave you itching to get your work into the hands of readers and experience, first-hand, all the rewards indie publishing has to offer.

Not only is this anthology packed full of interesting, unique, and genuinely helpful information, and totally worth the 99c (only 99c!!!), 100% of proceeds will be donated to, a movement which breaks the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education.

Pretty amazing, huh?
What are you waiting for?
Buy Indiestructible—support the indie author and an amazing charity—TODAY!


eBook: $0.99 USD
Publisher: Vine Leaves Press
ISBN 10: 0987593102
ISBN 13: 9780987593108
Language: English
Edited & Compiled: by Jessica Bell

Contributing authors:
Alex J. Cavanaugh <>  Angela Brown <>  Anne R. Allen <>  Briane Pagel <>  C.S. Lakin <>  Ciara Knight <>  Cindy M. Hogan <>  D. Robert Pease <>  Dawn Ius <>  Emily White <>  Greg Metcalf <>  Jadie Jones <>  Jessica Bell <>  Karen Bass <>  Karen Walker <>  Kristie Cook <>  Laura Diamond <>  Laura Pauling <>  Laurel Garver <>  Leigh Talbert Moore <>  Lori Robinson <>  Melissa Foster <>  Michael Offutt <>  Michelle Davidson Argyle <>  Rick Daley <>  Roz Morris <>  S.R. Johannes <>  Stephen Tremp <>  Susan Kaye Quinn

About Jessica Bell:
The Australian-native contemporary fiction author, poet, and singer/songwriter/guitarist, Jessica Bell, also makes a living as an editor and writer for global ELT publishers(English Language Teaching), such as Pearson Education, HarperCollins, Macmillan Education, Education First and Cengage Learning.

She is the co-publishing editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and the director of the Homeric Writers’ Retreat & Workshop on the Greek island of Ithaca.

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