Welcome Indie Book Readers!
Want to be
part of something important? Want to be the first on your block to
know what's what? Well, bookmark this page and keep check back in the
weeks ahead. Soon we'll have author showcases,
book reviews, and
accepting article, news, resource, and event
submissions for the inaugural issues of Indie Book News.
Writers Wanted -- Seeking articles 1,000 to 3,500 words; tips
and extras to 250 to 750 words; features 2,000 to 5,000 words. Pays
.02 to .05 per word, sometimes more depending on submission type.
Need around 25 regular contributors, as well as specials.
sure to submit up to 25-word bio with your work as well as a link to
your web site or facebook page. Note: Accepts only finished,
highly-polished, previously unpublished work; no drafts, works in
progress or currently published in any form (including Internet)
Inaugural issue Theme: What It Means to be Indie (and
related topics). That's pretty wide open and can come at it from a
reader perspective, an author perspective, a bookseller
perspective... Also needed resource listings, top book/author lists
by category, more.
Distribution: Retail, Schools, Libraries
Go Indie is dedicated to
promoting independent publishers, authors, and bookstores. Help us spread the word
about indie publishing and be among the first to discover the best
indie publishing has to offer! In the recording industry, indie is
in and the
major labels are out. In the film industry, indie movies are some of the most celebrated and talked about. In
the years to come, the same will be true for indie publishing.
There are over a million indie authors, and their voices
deserve a platform for success. We aim to provide a part of this platform for
success, or at the very least a unique forum for indie voices.
Go Indie officially launched
in May 2007 and the response was overwhelming. By the end of
2007, we received 4,827 submissions and 184 requests from those who
want to be contributors to our project. This huge response was a
welcome surprise and it reinforced our perception of the strong need
for what we were developing.
As many indie authors,
publishers and bookstore representatives know, many in the industry
answered the call to help achieve improved synergy amongst
independents. Everyone involved with Go Indie was deeply gratified
to see the changes, and for some, to be a part of this process. The
introduction of new indie programs is what everyone wanted.
Certainly, the biggest change is the retooling of BookSense as
IndieBound. With the launch of IndieBound and other indie-focused
programs, much of what we at Go Indie hoped for became a reality.
The Go Indie team is working to launch The Journal of
Independent Authors, Publishers and Booksellers--an
English-language publication supporting independent authors,
publishers, and booksellers in North America. Advertising and
subscription proceeds from the journal will go to support Go Indie
and our non-profit endeavors.
A Note from Our Founder
September 6, 2010
When there’s a need, the industry tends to fill it. Not necessarily
in a timely manner or in a manner everyone agrees on. This happened with IndieBound, the indie books program that’s doing quite
successfully what we’d’ve liked to do at Go Indie in our early days.
After participating in the program for a few years and waiting for
its evolution, some of our original members are coming back.
Together we’re looking once more at the future. We believe there’s
much work to be done beyond what's currently available. Why? Well,
there’s a whole world of publishing beyond the mainstream corporate
Personally, I truly believe there’s a place in the marketplace for
big, small, and indie publishing, and I’d like to see more indie and
less corporate in IndieBound. It’s doubtful, however, that that will
happen. The independent bookstores have their indie outlet in
IndieBound, so I’m leading the Go Indie team back to our earliest
beginnings and our plan for being a platform, a voice in the
community, for independent authors, independent publishers, and
Once again, we’re exploring the idea of launching
The Journal of
Independent Authors, Publishers and Booksellers--an English-language
publication supporting independent authors, publishers, and
booksellers in North America. As ever, this would be an entirely
non-profit endeavor. I don't know where this road will take us, but
it will be a fun journey.
William R. Stanek
August 1, 2008
I ask all independents to
lend support to IndieBound. IndieBound promises to create an indie
community around indie publishers, authors, and bookstores. This
fills the gaps and provides the previously missing links. IndieBound
makes the following bold declaration:
When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for
individuals to denounce the corporate bands which threaten to
homogenize our cities and our souls, we must celebrate the powers
that make us unique and declare the causes which compel us to remain
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all stores are not
created equal, that some are endowed by their owners, their staff,
and their communities with certain incomparable heights, that among
these are Personality, Purpose and Passion. The history of the
present indies is a history of experiences and excitement, which we
will continue to establish as we set our sights on a more
unconstrained state. To prove this, let’s bring each other along and
submit our own experiences to an unchained world.
We, therefore, the Kindred Spirits of IndieBound, in the name of our
convictions, do publish and declare that these united minds are, and
darn well ought to be, Free Thinkers and Independent Souls. That we
are linked by the passions that differentiate us. That we seek out
soul mates to share our excitement. And for the support of this
Declaration, with a firm reliance on the strength of our identities,
we respectively and mutually pledge to lead the way as we all
declare that we are IndieBound!
My mission is to band together with like-minded folks across the
country to celebrate our independent natures, our free-thinking
retailers and our unique communities.
Personally, I can’t think of
a better program for the indie community than IndieBound. I support
it as do all other Go Indie contributors. I look forward to seeing
IndieBound grow and hope you will support it as well.
William R. Stanek
May 30, 2007
My name is William Robert Stanek. I am the
author of 70 books for young people and adults. I helped
found and provide the funding for Go Indie™
and the upcoming Robert Stanek Foundation™.
Key goals of these initiatives are to provide resources for
and support for independent publishers, independent authors,
independent bookstores, and communities across North
Through my various writings and charitable
efforts over the past two decades, I have:
- Supported communities across North America.
- Supported schools and libraries across North
- Helped provide hope to struggling independents.
- Helped give indie publishers and authors voices in
I hope you will help me build a better
tomorrow by supporting my efforts to make a difference. I
ask you to please join our contributor team or write to us
to see how you can contribute in other ways. You can learn
more about me by
clicking this link.
William R. Stanek
Featured Publishers, Authors, and Books
We're just getting started
with our efforts to build a one-of-a-kind community for independent
authors, publishers, and bookstores. Follow these links to find
information about currently featured publishers, authors, and books:
We have a growing library of
resources for both authors and publishers.
Click here to visit.
We need more contributors
especially from booksellers at independent bookstores. We also need
Click here for details
What do others have to save
about indie publishing and authors...
"[Large publishers are
afraid of losing their marketplace advantage, and they should be.]
It will be a welcome development when the playing field is finally
leveled--when mainstream publishers don't automatically enjoy an
advantage over small publishers because of entrenched privilege, but
instead have to earn a superior marketplace position by consistently
providing customers with a better reading experience."
a new media consultant.
"[Large publishers have a]
ridiculous, archaic business model... Publishing industry, come
kicking and screaming into the 21st Century, either get up to speed
or end up getting rolled over. You're a dinosaur and either you
recognize and acknowledge the inroads [indie publishers] are making
or be prepared to be steamrolled over."
—H.F.S., a financial consultant.
"Distinguishing offset and
digital books is a non-issue. Digital books will continue to improve
as the technology develops. This will happen rapidly. I'd be more
concerned by all the other changes that digital printing is causing
in the business. It is already part of both the production and the
distribution processes, and it has already moved the barrier to
successful books from production into marketing. This is
accelerating. I suspect that within 10 years or so, most books sold
will be digital. The implications of digital printing are
revolutionary, like it or not..."—R.G, a publisher
"Books sell regardless. Is
it a good story, does it look like a book, and do [buyers] have
purchase options including ordering it through a brick-mortar store
if they choose to? That's what they care about…"
—M.S., a writer
"...It is now possible for
an individual or a micro-publisher to bring out a book that can
compete with any other book in the store. The issue is not who the
new publishers are (authors or otherwise), but the enormous increase
in competition for the readers' attention. The advent of tens of
thousands of new publishing companies staffed by creative, driven
and innovative people may be the best thing that could happen to the
publishing industry.... I hope that a large number of [small, indie
publishers] thrive and continue to contribute to our industry and to
the breadth of intellectual exchange in our culture."
—M.G., a management consultant