Time to Read Indiestructible
by Rick Daley
Time is a precious commodity. The mandatory activities that so rapidly consume it—the day job, soccer tournaments, swim meets, cooking, and yard work—take such a toll there’s hardly time to exercise, or take my wife out for dinner. On top of that, I need to make time to write. The time I have left for pleasure reading (oh, that lonely, meager amount) … well, it cannot be wasted. Or rather, I cannot stand to see it wasted, because surely it can be.
When I invest my time in a book, I need to get something out of it. I either want to lose myself in the entertainment of genre-fiction (i.e. haves me some brain candy!), or I need to be actively engaged in learning new things (i.e. get my geek on). Many Kudos to the author if I can achieve both in a single read … That’s awesome! But honestly, I’m fine with just one or the other. I like to have options.
So that being said, let me tell you why I’m taking the time to read Indiestructible … and it’s not just because I am a contributing author. This collection of personal essays is entertaining and thought-provoking. I’m honored to share the pages of Indiestructible with Jessica and the other fine authors who donated their precious time to help provide advice and encouragement to writers of all levels and genres.
Independent publishing is not going away. It’s a new frontier for small business, both in America and abroad, and there are many who are working hard to bring great books to market. It doesn’t represent giving in, giving up, or copping out. It’s a lot of work, an investment of time, and an honorable endeavor.
Some people still question indie quality, though. Are there issues with indie book quality, since there are no gatekeepers, and professional editing is optional? It depends on what you consider quality, and what you classify as an issue.
Think of it this way: The tomatoes you buy at the supermarket look good … they’re all the same size, and each one is all shiny and round. At the farmer’s market, though, the tomatoes look more … real. Instead of being smooth and uniform they have contour and diversity. And the flavor. You don’t get that same robust flavor from the mass-produced tomatoes.
Think of indie publishing as your local farmer’s market, with fresh organic wares, not the mega-supermarket waxed-fruit that is Big Five Publishing. It’s small business going up against the corporation.
Please help support it. Every voice counts!
100% of proceeds will be donated to BUILDON.org, a movement which breaks the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education.
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About Rick Daley:
Rick Daley lives in Lewis Center, OH with his wife and two sons, and they all live with a neurotic schnauzer named Leo. His hobbies include cooking, playing guitar and bass, running, yoga, and wrestling great white sharks.
Just kidding about that last one.
Rick is the author of THE MAN IN THE CINDER CLOUDS, a gripping tale about Kris Kringle and how he came to be known as Santa Claus. It wasn’t easy. It’s a fun read during any season for anyone who has ever believed in Santa Claus.
Rick is also the author of RUDY TOOT-TOOT, a hilarious tale about self-control (and the lack thereof) that will keep kids in grades 2-4 laughing … and turning the pages.
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Genre – Non-fiction
Rating – G
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