Tuesday, 12 November 2013

The Many Flavors of the Indie Experience, by Susan Kaye Quinn #Indiestructible

Susan Kaye Quinn
Indiestructible: Inspiring Stories from the Publishing Jungle is a great representation of what it means to be an indie author—there’s no single viewpoint, no absolutes, just a collection of stories that together show the many flavors of the indie experience.

You’ll find successes that inspire you, thoughts that challenge you, and comfort that you’re not alone. I’m proud to have an essay in this collection, 100% of the proceeds of which will be donated to BuildOn.org, “a movement which breaks the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education.”

A fitting match for a book that represents the best of the indie author culture of sharing and support.

But don’t take my word for it. Here’s a sample of the inspiring and truthful words you’ll find in Indiestructible:

“Indie publishing is not for the impatient … it’s for authors who want their fate to rest in their own hands.” —Jessica Bell, editor of Indiestructible

“The time factor is a logical fear. But once I finally made the decision to do this on my own, I realized that it wasn’t as daunting as it seemed.” —Jessica Bell, editor of Indiestructible  (quoted twice because she’s just that awesome)

“It’s when we let go of the safety net that we truly learn to fly.” —Susan Kaye Quinn

“Listen. A lot. Read. A lot. And stay flexible. Hold onto your little boat, and if you fall over, just keep swimming.” —Leigh Talbert Moore

“Nobody, it seems, is in the same boat as I am, but perhaps every author feels that way. We’re all kind of floating out in the middle of nowhere, doing our own thing.” —Michelle D. Argyle
(I just love the parallelism with the boat analogies!)

“Just because we love what we do doesn’t mean it’s always easy. In fact, there are times when writing is downright difficult, even painful.” —Kristie Cook

“Being an author means I write. It’s not that I get a big contract. It’s not that I find a legion of fans. It’s not the fame. It’s not the glory. It’s the writing.” —D. Robert Pease

“I’ve said once on my blog that the worst crime in history, in my opinion, is the destruction of the Library of Alexandria …when you deny the world your voice, it’s a similar but smaller crime in caparison, yet a calamity nonetheless.” —Michael Offutt

“Some days we’re hiking on a mountaintop in Switzerland with the bright sun on our face and a crisp wind rippling through our hair. Other days, we’re slogging through the mud pits, just hoping to miss the sinking sand.” —Laura Pauling

“The only thing that happens overnight in publishing is writer’s block.” —Rick Daley

That last quote is a great example of Rick’s ability to capture serious reality in humor, something I love about his writing as well. And it speaks to the patience that indie authors have to work hard at cultivating—success doesn’t happen in the blink of an eye, but in the daily work, the constant striving for improvement, the continual swimming forward. Indiestructible is a companion to take on the journey, and will help keep you moving in the right direction.

Just $0.99 on Amazon
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.

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About Susan Kaye Quinn:

Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the bestselling young adult SF Mindjack Trilogy. The just-released Debt Collector series is her more grown-up SF, meant for ages 17+.

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