INDIEstructible: Inspiring Stories From the Publishing Jungle (Interview with Jessica Bell)
September 23, 2013 in Bell Jessica, Book Club Possibility, Children's and YA Writers, Helping Girls and Women Around the World Tags: authors, indie publishing, inspiration, personal essays, self-publishing
I’m excited that Jessica Bell is here today to talk to my readers who are also writers! She has edited a book of essays, written by indie authors. I reviewed it here (and loved it by the way) on The Muffin, and then I got to interview Jessica about the book, too. Another great thing about this book is the low cost and the proceeds are donated to charity. Find out more below, including how to buy the book!
Margo: Hi Jessica, it’s so great to have you on my blog today. Tell us a little about: INDIESTRUCTIBLE: INSPIRING STORIES FROM THE PUBLISHING JUNGLE.
Jessica: Indiestructible is an anthology of personal essays from indie authors.
Here’s the blurb:
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.
Margo: It’s an awesome idea! (And it turned out so well!) What made you decide to put this book together?
Jessica: 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
Margo: What’s a story that stands out in your mind that will particularly help other writers?
Jessica: Gosh, that’s pretty hard to judge. All the stories in this book are fascinating. We’ve got Dawn Ius’s story about how to make decent money doing what you love; we’ve got Kristie Cook’s story about how she dropped everything to open up a small press, and never looked back; we’ve got Alex J. Cavanaugh’s story about how blogging turned him into a bestseller on Amazon; we’ve even got stories by authors who don’t actually make much money, but have found that reader recognition is more than enough to make them happy and feel like a success.
Margo: Thanks for pointing those out! And we all know that I now am a huge fan of Briane Pagel since I read the book. Who would you say is the perfect audience for your book?
Jessica: I think anyone who has published a book regardless of avenue will enjoy this. It’s like sitting at a big roundtable with like-minded authors.
Margo: Tell us about the special price and where the proceeds are going!
Jessica: It’s just $0.99 and 100% of proceeds will be donated to BUILDON.org, a movement which breaks the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education.
Margo: That’s the completely wonderful thing about this book–the price and then even at that low price, readers are helping others! Marvelous idea. Where can readers purchase Indiescrutible?
Jessica: You can find various purchase links for both Kindle and ePub at this link.
Margo: Thanks! Anything else you want to add?
Jessica: Just to check out these amazing 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
Margo: Thanks, Jessica!
Jessica: Thanks so much for having me today!
Don’t miss the opportunity to buy this book for under $1.00, and be inspired on your trek through the publishing jungle TODAY!