What does it mean to be an Indie Author?

Here is an old post I wrote in 2017. It is still relevant and important to all indie authors. I updated it and added a recent article from a local paper, Londonderry Times, on August 22, 2019 that features an indie author who made it! It’s not impossible indie authors out there! We still can do it and make it big! Keep plugging away and never give up!

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I have been an Indie Author since 2013 and have often asked myself this question. What does it mean to be an indie author? There are many things that come to mind. Some of them are positive while others are negative.

1. I am my own boss.

2. I need to promote my work tirelessly.

3. I need to keep up with all social media.

4. I need to update my blog and website with my work often.

5.  I need to actively engage my target audience in order to sell books.

6. I need to do book signings and donate books to libraries and schools.

7. I need to actively gift books to readers with the hope of receiving reviews.

8. I need to do something in the form of writing every day to hone my craft.

9. I need to read, read and read some more about writing, publishing, etc. in order to keep fresh and relevant in my craft.

10. I need to read other authors’ work in order to learn more about writing and do plenty of reviews (writing) to improve my writing.

Everything I do is not only time consuming but can be tedious. Being an Indie Author takes a whole lot of energy in order to be somewhat successful. I am still working diligently to getting even just a little of that.

I do all this because I love what I do – writing for all ages. I do this because I want to encourage all ages to read, to realize the importance of reading and the multitude of benefits it provides.

I appreciate everyone who has ever purchased my books and written reviews. I appreciate the support I have received from all the fellow authors, writers, readers who have become my friends online. You know who you are. There are too many to mention here. It is because of you that I continue on this difficult road to publishing.

As long as I can physically continue to write and publish as an indie author, I will do so. I will also continue to support all my online friends in return for their tireless support.

I read an article recently about being an Indie Author. Here it is from a local newspaper proof that an indie can make it in this big wide world of books! Congratulations, Robert Napolitano!

What does it mean to be an indie author? It means that I can do whatever I want in whatever timeline I give myself or can choose to push myself to the limit. I can be who I want to be – an author, and do what I love to do – write. With the help of God I will continue on this tough road and feel satisfaction when I complete each book and see that book displayed on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I can sigh with contentment and be proud of my accomplishments even if I don’t make a million on any book, I feel I have done an admirable thing – written a book for others to enjoy. After all, that is my goal – to encourage others to read and get healthier in the process, escape the troubles of the world and relax and enjoy a good book.

Please show some love for authors by reviewing their books. It’s like an early Christmas gift.

Thank you for stopping by and for your continued support.

All Jemsbooks are available on Jemsbooks.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sears.com and some at Walmart.com.


Blessings & Hugs,



About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 12 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 9 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 3 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 children's book, Lamby the Lonely Lamby, won a Silver Medal in the Mom's Choice Awards. Book 1, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Honorable Mention from Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Book 2, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and so did Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Book 5, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost, and Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Davey & Derek Book 6, and Abby & Holly Books 1 & 2 all won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. Abby & Holly Book 1 School Dance won a Bronze Medal from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Book 5 of Davey & Derek also won a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest. Hunting Mariah and Mariah’s Revenge were Finalists in Authorsdb First Lines Contest, Book 4 of Davey & Derek Series was a Finalist in Red City Review and received a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Book 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 4 of Abby & Holly series for girls and a Dragon series for young children. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2020 and beyond along with more children's books. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, 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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2 Responses to What does it mean to be an Indie Author?

  1. A lovely and encouraging post, Janice.

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