Indie Author Tag!

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Recently, I was nominated for another tag by my sweet friend E. G. Bella! This one’s all about indie publishing, which is incredibly near and dear to my heart.

But first … the rules of the tag!

  • Link back to the original tag – and that’s R.M. Archer! Be sure to check out her blog.
  • Link to the authors you mention – will do. 🙂
  • Tag 5 other indie authors – I’m coming for you guys! 🙂

Questions + My Answers

Why do you publish indie?

I’m going to be really honest here – probably the number one reason I didn’t even pursue traditional publishing was because I knew it’s incredibly difficult to do so. If I waited for some big publishing firm to pick me up, I’d be waiting the rest of my life to publish.

But, like so many things in life, the Lord works out everything for our good! I didn’t want to be controlled by a publishing company, and now I see indie publishing as the best choice for me. I think it will continue to grow in years to come, and what a cool bit of history to be a part of!

What’s your favorite indie standalone?

This is incredibly difficult. So many of my favorites are series …

Oh! I have it! Operation Lionhearted by Maribeth Barber. I’m not a sci-fi person, but this novel was so engaging and well-done!

What’s your favorite indie series?

Another incredibly difficult question …

I’m going to have to go with The Moretti Trilogy by Kristina Hall. I mean, how can it get much better than 1920s New York mobsters?

What’s your most anticipated indie book release?

There are so many good books coming out. How can I choose?

So there’s the second book in the For Liberty & Conscience series by Jayna Baas, then the third book in Grace Johnson’s Daughters of the Seven Seas, and also the first book in my sister’s new dystopian trilogy, Fled for Refuge.

I can’t choose. Please don’t make me.

What was your most recent indie read?

Beneath the Willow Tree by Abby Burrus. It was such a lovely story that showed the glorious salvation Jesus gives us! Review to come soon on the blog.

What is your favorite part of being an indie author?

Oh, so much! I love the flexibility of my schedule (college makes things more difficult), and the freedom indie publishing affords. My book doesn’t have to fit into a cookie cutter. I can write what the Lord has laid on my heart. And that’s the most beautiful thing about indie publishing—no one can tell you what to say or not to say! Christian fiction, in my opinion, needs to be thoroughly Christian, and that’s sadly not very popular in today’s market. Indie publishing allows me to freely share the truth with my audience.

What’s the hardest part of being an indie author?

And every indie author screams … marketing.

It’s an issue, and I’m not very good at it, either.

Do you ever plan to go hybrid?

I didn’t really know this was even an option until recently! I don’t think I’d really like to do that … not now that I’ve tasted freedom. 🙂

How many books have you released?

Exactly one. Unknown was released in August of this year.

Where are you with your current project?

I’m currently in the midst of lovely edits of the second book in the Grace Sufficient series, Unworthy. I’m nearly on my third round, so I’m making progress. Progress is good. Even if it’s by tiny baby steps. 😊


Thanks so much for tagging me, Bella! 🙂


Tags

Maribeth Barber @ A Writer’s Tale

Katja @ Little Blossoms for Jesus

Madi @ Madi’s Musings

Hannah Foster

And you!

12 thoughts on “Indie Author Tag!

  1. Thanks for tagging me, Vanessa!

    I love your answers! College does indeed throw a wrench in things. And I wholeheartedly agree with you. Christian fiction needs to be Christian, else it’s nothing more than a general market book under the wrong label. If we say we’re Christian authors, we need to write like Christian authors, and be unashamed with the amount of faith and the Gospel we insert into our books.

    Hey, slow progress is still progress. Congratulations on surviving editing so far.

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    • You’re so welcome! Looking forward to seeing your answers. 🙂

      Aw, thank you. I know, it’s definitely a problem with the current Christian fiction market. But I’m so thankful for all the indie authors who are stepping up and unashamedly writing the truth God has given us in the Bible.

      Hahaha, so true! And you too! We can get through editing together!!

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    • Aw, thank you for your excitement, Saraina! 🙂 That means a lot to me. And there may or may not be a cover reveal coming, Lord-willing, within the month … though let’s just see if I can write a synopsis first, shall we? 🙂

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