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
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: Jessica Glenn PR Liaison
Publicist and Owner of MindBuck Media, Jessica builds and executes successful public relations and publicity campaigns for book releases and authors. She works with publishers including AmazonEncore, CBAY, Ink and Paper, Dame Rocket Press, Absey and Co. and more.————————————————————————————————————————————————— David Gaughran, Columnist
David Gaughran is the author of If You Go Into The Woods, Transfection, and Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should. You can catch him athttp://davidgaughran.wordpress.com.Loren Kleinman, Columnist
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/.————————————————————————————————————————————————— Brid Nowlan, Reviewer
A writer, editor, and musician living in Seattle, Washington. She has published articles on fiddle music and has chronicled local fiddlers and their music in the book Roses In Winter: A Celebration of Fiddlers in Washington State. She has also written, edited, and designed technical reports and educational materials on environmental issues in her native Ireland and her adopted state of Washington. When not reading or writing, she plays fiddle in Seattle-based Tinker’s Dram.
Jovana is a production editor by day and freelance copy editor, proofreader, formatter, and book reviewer by night. She feels a deep connection with books and music; when her eyes aren’t glued to a book, her ears are immersed in up-and-coming musicians. Jovana’s other loves include spending time with family, dragging friends to random concerts, and traveling to exotic locations.
Julia lives in New York City, but left part of her heart in New Orleans. She received her undergraduate degree in English Writing at Loyola University and earned an MFA in Poetry at The New School. She currently teaches English Literature and composition on the college level. Julia founded a number of indie and student-based lit mags, including The Wandering Womb: A Feminist ‘Zine and created/coordinated the Brooklyn-based Tea Leaf Poetry Reading Series. Her creative writing has been published in The New Orleans Review, Revisions, Gangsters in Concrete, LIT and The Emerson Review. She is currently working on a collection of love sonnets inspired by the grittiest parts of New York City life, and falling in love with her new home.Kathryn Livingston, Reviewer
Avid reader and book reviewer. Author “All About Motherhood” (an indie) and other titles that are not. Blogs about family issues. Practices yoga. www.livwrite.blogspot.comMaya Fleischmann, Reviewer
Writer, photographer, wife and mother of three. Her 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. 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.Mercy Pilkington, Reviewer
Mercy is a young adult author and staff writer for GoodEReader, covering digital and indie publishing.Peg Lavake, Reviewer
Holds degrees in English and Music. Has commercial pilots license. A practitioner of Tai Chi. Teaches violin and viola. Performs classical music. Finds great satisfaction in writing. Has been published numerous times. Works daily on what she hopes to be her first novel.Steven Maginnis, Reviewer
Freelance writer. Blogger of current events and popular culture. Reviewer for IndieReader.com since 2009. www.stevenmaginnis.blogspot.com