What Keeps Indie Authors Motivated?

Well, I know what keeps this indie author motivated. I want to share my writing even if it is sometimes like baring my very soul to scrutiny and derision.

It took many years for me to become confident enough to want to share my work. Writing is what gives me purpose and makes me happy. Writing has become a part of me that I don’t ever want to lose. After all the years I kept it all inside, now it is free to come out.

We indie authors work tirelessly to get our work out there. We want to share our ideas and stories with others. We feel that we have something to offer and hope that others will think so too and enjoy reading our books.

All you indie authors out there, never give up your dreams. May you continue to grow and increase your knowledge in order to share it with the world.

I found early in life that not everyone will love me or my work. That’s okay. I want to reach all those readers who will love my work.  With my talented husband, John’s help, we will persevere and continue to publish our books for others to enjoy.

My husband and I have been working non-stop on the latest, children’s book, Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab, having some unusual glitches this time after 17 times publishing. I can’t figure out why the publishing process appears to be getting more complicated instead of easy. We have done the same thing and thought we had it down to a science. Evidently not! It appears that there are changes going on in indie publishing especially with children’s books and illustrations. We will continue to work toward getting our books published in perfect order no matter how long it takes.

We hope to have the latest children’s book, Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab, ready as a paperback soon. It is now available as a Kindle. We are happy with how it turned out and hope you will like it too.

We have added four photos of Clarence Henry in action and added some interesting facts about him. We feel this book will make a welcome addition and resource to classroom projects involving hermit crabs.

At the same time we are publishing the children’s book, I am working non-stop on the sequel to my first novel, Hunting Mariah. I hope to have this MS ready to give to my beta readers soon. If you would like to read this book, I would suggest that you read Hunting Mariah first in order to understand the mind of the killer.

We will be working on the cover to this sequel as soon as my niece, who is the model for the first book, gets a new photo to us. It’s always exciting to create a new story and cover and prepare to share it with others.

It never gets old to me, publishing a new book. Each time I push the button to publish I get a wonderful feeling deep inside. It’s like giving wings to my words and seeing them soar!

Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate your kind support and any reviews you do on my books. Your reviews restore my confidence and encourage me to write more.

Remember: Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Soar throughout 2018 with Jemsbooks.com!

Blessings & Hugs!



About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 42 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 7 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 36 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on Amazon.com, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog http://jemsbooks.blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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15 Responses to What Keeps Indie Authors Motivated?

  1. Such a joy to read this, Janice! This is sure to inspire all visitors today. Thank you!
    Congratulations and cheers for all that you’ve achieved and for all that lies ahead. Cheering you on! 🙂

    • jjspina says:

      Thank you, Natalie! I appreciate your encouragement! Thank you for being a supportive new online friend! Cheers to you too with everything that you do! 🤗 xx

  2. I wish you courage and perseverance! I’m sure the children who read it will appreciate your efforts.

  3. civicconcern says:

    congratulations on your works the more writers unfurled experience or personal life the more they grow in confessional writing.David Graham an english lecturer in the usa has commented & encouraged much of this neglected aspect of poets &writers

  4. Jennie says:

    Wonderful, Janice!

  5. I’m like you: what keeps me motivated to publish my books is the desire to share my stories and poems with the world. I’d write either way, but I love being able to share what I write with others. If even one person reads it and enjoys it, I feel I’ve achieved what I set out to, and it makes me smile. Of course, sometimes I wish the publishing part didn’t involve quite as much work, because then I could spend more time on the writing part. But every time someone buys one of my books, leaves a review on one of them, or lets me know in some other way that they’ve enjoyed what I wrote, I remember why I do it, and feel it’s worthwhile.

    Good luck with getting Clarence’s story published, and with the writing of your next book.

  6. Annika Perry says:

    Janice, your sense of joy and excitement shines through and I love your sentence of ‘It’s like giving wings to my words and seeing them soar!’ Good luck with all your projects … children’s books fill me with dread as a self-publisher but I hope to battle through this particular quagmire of unexplored world later this year! Keeps flying high! Hugs xxx

    • jjspina says:

      Thank you, Annika. I do feel like I soar on the words when I read and write. Yes, doing children’s books can be daunting to get it all right. I have spoken with CS several times. They keep rejecting our downloads even after we have increased the margins. I hope we can come to a finish soon! KDP was much quicker to accept our MS. After 17 previous books we thought it would be a snap. But it has been more like a crackle and fizz out. Oh well, we keep on moving forward and hope to have it available as paperback soon! Xo ♥️

  7. dgkaye says:

    Beautiful post Janice. Thank you for speaking for all of us Indie authors. And I agree, although we may have published several books, somehow the publishing part always pops up a glitch somewhere.
    Wishing you much success with your newest book, my friend. ❤ xx

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