In its simplest sense, IndieReader is a venue for discriminating book-lovers to find and purchase books published by the people who wrote them. Think indie movies–produced with a singular vision–instead of the mass-marketed stuff you’d find at the multiplex. In a world where almost everything is packaged by committee, IndieReader offers you books with a single voice: the writer’s own.
Don’t get us wrong. We’re not saying that Indie books are better than those that are traditionally published. We’re just saying they’re different. Let’s face it… you pretty much know what you’re getting when you pick up the latest Danielle Steele or James Patterson. And sometimes that’s a good thing. But sometimes you just don’t want to read the same old same old. Sometimes you want to read a book that’s genuine, unique and outside the mainstream. A book that will surprise you. A book that isn’t on the night table of every other person you know.
The indie book movement features writers who want to continue the tradition of book publishing on their own terms—keeping it relevant and steadfast despite the sales and marketing formulas used by the traditional publishers today.
Buying Indie doesn’t just give you the opportunity to show support for great writers, it also allows you to support the environment. Because unlike traditional publishers, whose over-stock languishes in dusty warehouses, many of the books featured on IndieReader are either eBooks or printed via Print On Demand technology, so they aren’t made until after they are actually sold. Why kill all those trees before the book is even bought?
Here at IndieReader, we think that people can decide for themselves, and don’t need the big publishing houses to tell them what they should like. These books are as singular as our readers. All it takes is a read from you to prove it.
Are you an IndieReader? You’ll never know till you try.———————————————————————————————————————————————— About: Amy Edelman Founder, President, Cheerleader
Amy is a publicist and a writer. She self-published her first book, “The Fashion Resource Directory”, back in the 80s, long before POD and Amazon and e-readers roamed the land. Her second and third books (“The Little Black Dress” and “Manless in Montclair”), were traditionally published (by Simon & Schuster and Shaye Areheart Books, an imprint of Crown). Having the good fortune to have published books both ways has given Amy a first-hand look at the advantages and drawbacks of each.
As both an author and a publicist with over 20 years experience, Amy understands how difficult it is for all authors to get exposure. She came up with the idea of IndieReader, “the essential consumer guide to self-published books and the people who write them” for two reasons. The first was to create a more level playing field for authors who choose to go it on their own. The second was to give book-lovers the opportunity to discover great works that they might not have otherwise have found.——————————————————————————————————————————————————- About: Tyler Doornbos
Tyler is owner of Tyler Doornbos Design and IR’s resident geek. He designs, builds and keeps the show running from the technical side.
When he’s not ironing out bugs or improving designs, Tyler is an avid cyclist and passionate (but not very good) surfer who runs the bike apparel and accessories outfit Bike Friendly GR, and advocates for better biking conditions in urban areas in the Midwest.————————————————————————————————————————————————— About: Maya Fleischmann Book Review Coordinator
Maya’s stories and articles have been published in various magazines and books, to include, Chicken Soup for the Working Mom’s Soul. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Maya currently resides in Northern Virginia, where, when she doesn’t have her nose in a book, she is a volunteer for various art and human rights non-profit organizations.——————————————————————————————————————————————————- About: Lucy Wang Director, Social Media
Lucy Wang writes, teaches and occasionally performs. Her plays have been performed all over, and are available at JAC Publishing, Original Works Publishing, Amazon, and YouthPLAYS. Wang has also written two short films (one of which she directed), and sold a pilot to Disney. Her awards include the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, Best New Political Social Play from the Katherine and Lee Chilcote Foundation, Berrilla Kerr Foundation, James Thurber Fellowship, CAPE’s New Writers TV Award, NATPE Diversity Fellow, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Honorary Fellow, Annenberg Community Beach House Writer in Residence. Her papers are archived at the Huntington Library in San Marino. In addition to her work at IndieReader, Wang freelances, and is a faculty member of E-script.——————————————————————————————————————————————————-
Loren KleinmanEditorial Director, IndieReader Publishing
Loren’s collection of poetry, Flamenco Sketches, was published by Spire Press in 2003, and her poetry has appeared in literary journals such as Nimrod, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Resurgence (UK), HerCircleEzine and Aesthetica Annual. Recipient of the Spire Press Poetry Prize and is a 2000 and 2003 Pushcart Prize Nominee. A Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize Finalist for 2004. Contributing editor and writer for publications such as Premier Romance, Bonita Magazine, Premier Hotels, Premier Spas, Luxury Travel Advisor, Travel Agent Magazine, Newark Council Monitor, Aesthetica: A Journal of Arts, The New Writer, Open Wide Magazine (UK). Owner of LK Editorial, LLC. Visit LK at www.lkeditorial.com and her blog at http://www.lkeditorial.com/wordpress/.