Self-publishing allows writers to tell their full stories
Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen's book Changing Lives, Making History
Indie publishing is an increasingly popular option for religion writers, offering them a unique opportunity to expand on their thoughts and describe their own experiences. In some cases, self-publishing might be the only way to put across controversial views or touch on sensitive subjects. This was true for Qasim Rashid when he was looking to publish his memoir, The Wrong Kind of Muslim. Every traditional publisher he approached “included the caveat [that I would have] to either tone down the ...
We talk to multi-bestselling writer Kathleen Brooks about the secrets of her self-publishing success.
Kathleen Brooks is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author. The indie writer’s romantic suspense stories feature strong heroines, humor, and happily-ever-afters. Her Bluegrassseries—and the follow-up Bluegrass Brothersseries—features small-town charm with quirky characters that have captured the hearts of readers around the world. Brooks is an animal lover who supports rescue organizations and nonprofit organizations such as Friends & Vets Helping Pets. Here, she shares her secrets to success using solely the self-publishing platform.
The savvy hybrid writer reveals reasons to self-publish and reasons to go traditional
Holly Robinson photographed by Meg Manion
Novelist, journalist, and celebrity ghostwriter Holly Robinson attended college thinking she would become a doctor, but fate offered other prescriptions. Now a hybrid author of several books, Robinson’s articles and essays appear frequently in publications such as Cognoscenti, the Huffington Post, More, Parents,and Redbook. She and her husband have five children and a stubborn Pekingese. They divide their time between Massachusetts and Prince Edward Island, the setting for Robinson’s latest novel, Chance Harbor, published this month. She shares insights ...
We talk with the store’s general manager, Jeremy Ellis
Jeremy Ellis photographed by Mark Hiebert
Brazos Bookstore was founded in Houston in 1974 by Karl Kilian. In 2006, when Kilian announced he would retire and shutter the bookstore, 28 local supporters collectively bought it to keep the Houston literary hub alive. Here, we talk with General Manager Jeremy Ellis about Brazos’ patron saints, Banned Books Week, and midnight Haruki Murakami parties.
How would you describe Brazos Bookstore to the uninitiated?
Brazos Bookstore is curated, creative, and inviting. We specialize in literary fiction, poetry ...
Jason Gurley photographed by Rodrigo Moyses
Jason Gurley is an author and software designer from Portland, Oregon who began writing novels when he was 18 years old. It wasn’t until 2013 that he experimented with self-publishing. His novels Eleanor and Greatfall have been Amazon bestsellers, and since its publication in the summer of 2014, Eleanor has been acquired by a publisher. In 2016, it will be reintroduced in the U.S. by the Crown Publishing Group, and in the U.K. by HarperCollins.
Why did ...
Indie writers who place women at the heart of adventure novels
The heroes of action-adventure tales are still most often male, following the model of James Bond, Jason Bourne, and Jack Bauer. Genre fiction has long challenged this notion, though, resulting in massive bestsellers such as The Hunger Games and Divergent. A recent attempt, by a group called the Sad Puppies and their allies, to skew the 2015 Hugo Awards toward mostly white and male creators was beaten back in the final vote, which gave no victories to Puppies-preferred nominees. The ...
We talk to the stores' owner, Christine Onorati
Christine Onorati of WORD Bookstores.
Christine Onorati opened the first WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn in 2007. After quickly building a hard-core fan base that extends far beyond Kings County and Manhattan, she opened a second WORD in nearby Jersey City in 2013. Onorati talked with Kirkus about nonsnooty booksellers, the reading habits of youngsters, and this year’s BookCon.
How would you describe WORD Bookstores to the uninitiated?
I used to say that WORD was a small but very mighty bookstore, but now that we have ...
Kendall Ryan photographed by Maris Ehlers.
Kendall Ryan started off by writing YA and tried the traditional publishing route at first. This was before Fifty Shades of Grey made headlines. Deciding to plunge into the romance genre in 2012, Ryan decided to pursue Indie publishing, a path that had been tested with headline-grabbing success by a fair number of authors. Using marketing strategies such as free book downloads, music play lists, and author appearances, Ryan paved her path to success. Today Kendall Ryan is a New ...