Indie Author Excerpts

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Indie Author Excerpts

Welcome to Indie Author Excerpts!

Welcome!  Indie Author Excerpts is a feature allowing indie authors the chance to showcase one of their books and allows readers to find their next favorite story.  Each week, an indie author gets to promote a 1-2 page excerpt of their book here at BookShelfery.  This is a win-win for everyone!   This feature was inspired in part by Indie Author Spotlight, a meme hosted by Beckie @ Bittersweet Enchantment and CYP @ A Bookalicious Story.

What Is An “Indie Author” Anyway?   Some would say it’s anyone who is self-published.  After speaking with an author friend of mine, we’ve determined it’s any author who is not published at one of the Big Six publishing houses (or their imprints); that is to say, Random House, Macmillan, HarperCollins, Hachette, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster.  Why was it decided this way?  Simply put, rather than having a team of publicists and PR agents at their disposal, authors at smaller publishers still typically have to self-promote. And that’s a lot of hard work.

How I Came Up With This Idea This feature was created because we were receiving so many emails from authors and publicists, requesting to review their work, but we just didn’t have the time – and, we’ll be very honest, sometimes the interest – to review their books.  But we know authors pour their souls into their books and we wanted a way to still help them get their books out there.  we have a lot of respect for the guts it takes to work so hard on something and then push it out into the world and say, “Review this!  Tell people how you really feel about it.” So Indie Author Excerpts was born.

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Are you an author that would like to be featured in Indie Author Excerpts?  If so, fill out the form below.   We’ll be in touch if your book gets selected to be an Excerpt.


What kind of novels can be featured in Indie Author Excerpts? – Any genre listed here (please, no erotica, BDSM, etc):

  • Young Adult
  • Paranormal Fiction
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Dystopian/Speculative Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Dark Fantasy
  • Science-Fiction/Fantasy
  • Contemporary
  • Thrillers/Mysteries
  • Southern Gothic
  • Romance

Do I need to be self-published to be featured? -No. You just cannot be published by Macmillan, Random House, Hachette, Penguin, HarperCollins or Simon & Schuster.

Can my scene be a sexy scene?Let’s keep it PG13.  We have a mixed audience here at BookShelfery, and we’d hate to upset anyone.

Does my novel need to be published to be featured? -No, it does not need to be published, however it’s probably a good idea that it’s in at least the last stages of pre-publication, for quotation purposes.

What do you mean, you don’t always have an interest in the review requests you receive? Why feature them here? – We may have read the synopsis and decided the book was not for us, but that doesn’t mean it’s not for anyone else. Reading experiences are completely subjective and we want to help others find great reading experiences.

How quickly will I be featured if I’m selected? -Currently there is a 1-month waiting list.  Do not let that keep you from signing up!

How quickly will you contact me once I fill out the form? – Well, now, there is the conundrum.  We all four of us do have full-time jobs, and they keep us busy.  We also have pets, children and spouses.  Don’t forget about all the books!  We don’t have time to contact every single author who signs up, so we have limited our emails to only those whose books we feel will be a great fit on BookShelfery.

Sign up!

To make it easier on you, here is a list of the items you will need to gather to complete this signup form:

  • Social Media links
  • Buy links (Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, etc)
  • Book Cover Image
  • Author profile photo (not mandatory)
  • Synopsis
  • Excerpt you will be using

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Jennifer is both a book nerd and professional photographer. That means she lives in the fantasy world all the time, whether of her making, or someone else's. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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