INDIEstructible: Inspiring Stories from the Publishing Jungle, edited by Jessica Bell (Review)
Depending on where you are in your writing and publishing journey, one or more of these authors will inspire you--even if you are traditionally published and by a big press because one message rang out time and time again--you must write for the love of it. Writing is supposed to be enjoyable!
Another cool thing about this book is that all of the proceeds are going to BUILDON.org, which is a movement which breaks the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education. Check out Build On's website here to see all the positive things this movement is doing for kids and teens. And INDIEstructible is only 99 cents for the e-book! You'll get so much more out of this book than 99 cents worth, trust me--and so do the kids you are helping!
One of my very favorite essays in the book is by an author I didn't know before I read his piece. He was so funny, and he made semicolon jokes--I love grammar humor! The author, Briane Pagel, made me laugh out loud while I was reading this book on the treadmill, and the guy next to me kept looking over like I had a problem. So, I find another indie author hysterical--what's wrong with that? Briane is a lawyer during the day. He doesn't write much for money (or so he claims. . .LOL), but he writes for fun, for passion, and he's good at it. Although his essay is probably the longest in the book, I loved every word of it. And I even bought one of his 99 cent books afterwards. (I hope he doesn't read this to see I'm a big fan--how embarrassing would that be?!).
To see the entire list of 29 authors who wrote essays, you can go to the book page here on Vine Leaves Literary Journal's website. You will probably recognize some of the names because these are writers who are out there in the trenches every day: sharing their stories, visiting blogs, being active on Twitter and Facebook, and publishing their work. Every essay is heartfelt and meaningful--if you 're even considering self-publishing or a smaller house, buy this book (it's only 99 cents and helps kids!) because the information in it is from real people who have had real experiences.
In the introduction, Jessica states, "The purpose of this book is to inspire you to consider indie publishing, i.e., self-publishing or small press. Each of us has our own path. Each of us has our own voice."
INDIEstructible is inspiring and SHOWS us in these essays that each writer truly is unique and special!
To purchase INDIEstructible: Inspiring Stories from the Publishing Jungle, go here for the different forms.
Review by Margo L. Dill; check out her blogs at http://www.thelitladies.com, where she's THE SANDWICH LADY, and http://margodill.com/blog/, where she blogs about children's books because she's also a children's author!