Tuesday, 8 October 2013

“I AM INDIE; HEAR ME ROAR!” by Kristie Cook #Indiestructible

Kristie Cook
When Jessica Bell first approached me about contributing to Indiestructible: Inspiring Stories from the Publishing Jungle, I thought, “Great idea!” and then thought, “What ever will I write about?” Although I still didn’t know, I jumped on the opportunity. And then I fretted. I wanted to be so inspiring that the reader would throw down the book, spring to his/her feet and exclaim, “I CAN DO THIS! I WILL DO THIS! I AM INDIE; HEAR ME ROAR!”


But what topic would do such a thing? I didn’t know. Making the decision to self-publish is not an easy one that should be taken lightly. It’s a lot of work. I mean A. LOT. But the rewards are unimaginable. Seriously—I never imagined all that I would gain by going this route. And I’ve gained so much.

So I considered writing about those rewards—the success I’ve seen as an indie author. Although so many authors have done much better financially than I have, I’ve done pretty well, and that’s not the only benefit. By far. Still . . . that idea didn’t grab me.

As I nearly drove myself crazy thinking about the perfect topic for my essay, I continued answering the fan mail I received, often from new writers asking for advice. And that’s when it hit me—this is the advice I give every day. And it’s meant to be inspiring. So why not share it with everyone without them having to personally write to me?

I had my topic—the advice I give most frequently to new writers and to those considering indie publishing: Never Give Up. Perseverance Pays Off. Will my essay cause you to spring to your feet, scare the crap out of your family and send your pets running to another room as you make your proclamation? I highly doubt it (and if it does, please let me know!). But with the incredible line-up of contributing authors you will be reading in this book, I have no doubt you will be by the end.

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About Kristie Cook:

Kristie Cook writes the bestselling, award-winning SOUL SAVERS SERIES, which will include seven novels, companion novellas, and short stories. She also writes THE BOOK OF PHOENIX SERIES, a trilogy (for now anyway). Both are new adult paranormal romance/contemporary fantasies. She has many other ideas jotted in notebooks scattered around the house and more in her head, but she’s learned to write for whatever character screams the loudest. It’s kind of hard to hear the others, so may as well make the noisy one happy. She’s often procrastinating on Facebook (way too often) and sometimes even jumps onto Twitter.

The Six Senses in a Nutshell (Nonfiction: Language & Reference, Writing Skills)
Bitter Like Orange Peel (Novel: Literary Suspense, Family Drama)

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  1. Very inspirational and a great way to start the day!

  2. If I had pets, I'd go read it to them and see what happens!

  3. I think that's what most people need to hear anyway! Never Give up. Persevere!

  4. Great advice. I don't people realize just how hard self publishing is.

  5. Always a great message. Mayhaps this is a book I should investigate...

  6. Hi Kristie - thinking of topics can be so ridiculously challenging can't it - but sounds like you chose a good one - I have Indiestructible here .. and now when I get to read it -I'll appreciate your story better .... cheers to you and Jess - Hilary


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