Indie Inspiration

Just back from an enjoyable visit to, a lively Web site dedicated to showcasing independently published books and their authors. This curated collection features hand-picked, high-quality works of fiction and nonfiction. was launched by Amy Edelman, the author of Manless in Montclair and a creative dynamo. The site is a fount of useful advice for both published and aspiring authors, especially anyone who’s thinking of traveling the independent publishing path.

If you are, then is a great place to start. After scoping out the books featured, hit the “SELL“ category and look for “Guest Author.” There, you’ll find the inspiring story of Lisa Genova, who wrote Still Alice. In a nutshell, Lisa made every effort to go the traditional route. After numerous rejections from agents, she finally decided to take her book’s future into her own hands and self-published it — despite the gloom-and-doom warnings from naysayers who told her she was going to “kill” her writing career.

Lisa went into self-publishing with a mission: she wanted to use it as a nonconventional route to a book deal. To win that deal, she was determined to prove it had an audience. As she said so well: “I wanted to give my book a chance to wave its arms in the air and yell at the top of its lungs, to create a buzz loud enough for the literary agents and publishing houses to hear.”

To build that buzz, she launched her own self-designed marketing campaign and used the internet creatively and aggressively (check out her story for some great leads on author sites). Seven months in, she began to generate press and hired a pr firm. Ultimately, she landed a literary agent. The happy ending: Still Alice was sold at auction and became a NY Times best-seller. The takeaway for us all: believe in your book with all your heart and anything is possible. Bravo, Lisa!

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I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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6 Responses to Indie Inspiration

  1. Wow Karen…This is particularly inspiring. I so appreciate your words and marvel at your ability to keep bringing us fresh thoughts, day after day. Thank You!

    • Hi Elise,

      Thank you so much for your wonderful note and your kind words! I’m so glad you enjoyed this post and find the story of Still Alice as inspiring as I do. I love the challenge of coming up with something new each day to share. And I’m just totally delighted that you are reading and enjoying coming along for the ride. You’ve inspired me to keep going, Elise — thank you again!

      Write on! Karin

  2. Steve says:


    Wow — what a great story!

    I know and Amy. I’ve reviewed for her.

    There’s no one kinder in the field to work for.


    • Hi Steve,

      Thanks so much for your note. Amy is terrific and a true innovator! Creating — an exciting, high- quality site for independently published books — is such a boon to writers! The more channels we have to get our work out, the better!

      Write on! Karin

  3. Amy says:

    Thx for writing about IndieReader, Elise. We actually just relaunched the site (today!) as a magazine. We’ll be adding a blog-roll shortly and will be sure to add you in.

    Thx again!

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