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, publisher features, book reviews, and more!

Now 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.

Be 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 Note: Accepts only finished, highly-polished, previously unpublished work; no drafts, works in progress or currently published in any form (including Internet) work.

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



About Go Indie

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 publishers.

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 independent books.

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 independent.

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 America.

   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 America.
  • Helped provide hope to struggling independents.
  • Helped give indie publishers and authors voices in their communities.

    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

Find 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:

Featured Publishers

Featured Authors

Featured 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 volunteer editors. Click here for details about contributing.

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."
E.G., 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



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