Saturday, March 23, 2013

Epic Indie Book Fair of Awesome!

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

Today's the day of the Epic Indie Book Fair of Awesome! A self-published book fair and celebration of authors who bypassed the gatekeepers of the publishing world, took matters into their own hands... and created some seriously impressive work in the process.

I hope you enjoy browsing (and buying!) as much as I enjoyed putting this together. There's a nice mix of fiction, inspiration, business, and of course, beadwork. And even though this is theoretically a book fair, I've included self-published work of all kinds, including tutorials, e-books... and a workbook that rhymes!

Are you ready? Here we go!

Fantastic Fiction!

Johnny B. Truant, Fat Vampire.  Sick to death (ha) of sparkly vampires? Well, this book is for you! It's the first in the Fat Vampire series -- as I type this, there are three others. Also see Johnny's Amazon author page for more awesome stuff!

Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt, Unicorn Western.  This is a young adult series, and yes, it's really a Western with unicorns! And guns with pink smoke. I'm buying this for myself today.

Jessica Wagstrom, The Most Popular Book in the Whole World. This is a parody of Twilight involving aliens who crap rainbows. I've read every book in the series, and honestly, it's not just hilarious -- it's brilliant! It gets better with each book, and the characters are endearing. This girl is a true genius, and I'm not just saying that because we've been friends for years. Go here for more books!

Incredible Inspiration!

Lori Anderson, Follow The Path. This is a collection of blogging prompts by a creative entrepreneur, well-known jewelry blogger, and the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party. If I'm not mistaken, there's plenty of eye candy in this book, too.

Mark McGuinness, Resilience. Mark writes about one of my favorite topics -- dealing with rejection and criticism. I read the first few chapters of his book, which he offers for free, and I definitely want to read more!

Michelle Ward, Running Over Writing Roadblocks. I haven't read Michelle's book yet, but after reading her blog and finding out that Amazeballs is also her favorite word, I knew I had to include her! I think we were separated at birth.

Bodacious Business!

Margot Potter, The Fine Art of Shameless Self Promotion.  This is Margot's book on how to get noticed. If you've read Margot's blog, seen her on TV, or bought any of her beading books, you know that she knows what she's talking about.

Srinivas Rao, The Small Army Strategy. This book is about creating genuine, meaningful relationships with your blog readers. Srini is one of my favorite bloggers -- he always has something interesting and relevant to say, and he's got some fantastic reader engagement. I can tell this book is going to rock.

Michelle Ward, An Effective Escape. This book is about quitting your day job without having to move in with your parents. She's also written a rhyming workbook (!!!) called  Operation: Creative Career Cheer! My inner Seuss approves.

Awesome Art!

Alison Rasmussen, Alice: Out of the Box.  Alison is a doll collector and fantastic writer. This book features a collection of dolls inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Go here for more awesome doll books!

Joanie Springer, Apples with Spunk!  Joanie offers this painting tutorial for free to everyone who subscribes to her newsletter! Those are some seriously gorgeous apples. 

Badass Beading!

Mandi Ainsworth, Freeform Peyote Heart Tutorial. After seeing Mandi's incredible piece for the Freeform Peyote Challenge,  I was excited to see that she'd created a heart tutorial. Those hearts are adorable! 

Nicole Campanella, Flatwork. Nicole is a talented artist who really knows her flatwork, also known as bead embroidery. This book has been on my list for awhile. Go here for more books!
Nancy Dale, Atlantis Cuff Tutorial. Nancy's work never fails to stun me. I love the way she combines freeform with bead embroidery, which is totally different from other approaches I've seen, and I loved getting the chance to see just how she does it.

Katie Dean, Sweet Treats. You need to see the beaded chocolate chip cookies and eclairs on the cover of this book. So cute!  So clever. This is the perfect gift for the baker/beader in your life.

Cindy Holsclaw,  Fiberoptic Dodecahedron and Morning Coffee. These are tutorials for some of Cindy's popular, and beautiful, designs. I'm a huge fan of her work with beaded beads! Go here for more tutorials.

Cyndi Lavin, Some Assembly Required. Cyndi just finished the final chapter of her latest book, all about creating bead-embroidered components. I have every chapter, and I can honestly say that as someone who hoards information on bead embroidery, Cyndi taught me plenty of new tricks. Go here for more books!

Kate McKinnon, Contemporary Geometric Beadwork. I got my copy in the mail yesterday, and wow, this book is gorgeous!!! So much love and care and collaboration and creativity went into it, and I can't wait for Volume II. Go here for more books!

Jean Power, Geometric Beadwork.  Jean made some awesome contributions to Kate's book, and now she has a book of her own! I was excited as soon as I saw the cover, which is gorgeous. I can't wait for my copy to arrive.

Amee Sweet-McNamara, 3 Soutache and Bead Embroidery Projects. Interested in learning soutache? Here's a great place to start! I'd also like to point out that Amee has a site with supplies, since soutache braid has been hard to find in the past.

Karen Williams, Fancy Fish: Beadwoven Friends.  Karen sent me a review copy, and this is a fabulous tutorial for the world's cutest fish. I'm a huge fan of Karen's other projects too, especially Freeform Peyote Beading. Go here for more books and tutorials!

Self-Publishing Resources!
(A Bonus Section.)

That concludes the book fair, but I wanted to encourage those of you who are thinking about taking the indie publishing route. Here are some links to get you started:

David Gaughran offers self-publishing resources, including a free e-book on why you should self-publish!

Joel Frielander's site, The Book Designer, has a wealth of information on indie publishing. Did you know that he wrote about Karen's freeform book? Joel also does a self-publishing course! 

Joel also offers a series of book templates for Microsoft Word.

Johnny, Sean and Dave host my favorite podcast, Self Publishing Podcast.

Johnny talks about how he wrote a book in 29 days.

If you need a little more time, here's a guide to writing one in 30 days, from Copyblogger.

Gala Darling talks about the lessons she learned from writing her book, Love and Sequins.

Sarah Wilson shares her insights on publishing an e-book and an e-cookbook.

Jen of Beading Daily consults five experts about selling beading tutorials online.

If I've missed any of your favorite resources, let me know! I'll be happy to add them.

And that's all I have to say about self-publishing! Super duper thanks with extra amazeballs on top to the participants, and to everyone who supports them by purchasing their work. And of course, have a sequintastic day!


  1. Hi Sarah,
    Thanks so much for including my tutorial among all the fantastic goodies! I'm up against a deadline and have to get back to work, but I'll be back to comb a little deeper! You're awesome and don't you forget it :)
    -Mandi from

    1. Mandi, thanks so much! <3 For participating and for your awesome compliment. *Hugs.*

  2. Sarah you are a sweet heart for including my Flatwork book in your awesome book fair. I will be checking out the other features you have listed as well.
    Have a great weekend

    1. Nicole, it was my pleasure! <3

      Have fun checking out the other books! There are some real gems.

  3. What a wealth of amazing information Sarah. I clicked on just one link and I can see I would be reading all rock! xox

    1. There sure is a lot of awesome information, Corrine! Especially when it comes to the self-publishing resources. I think it would take me a month to read all of Joel's blog.

      Thanks! You rock, too. <3

  4. What a stellar line up; I think I shall be doing some book buying today!

    Joel Friedlander runs an awesome blog for anyone who's interested in self-publishing. I was lucky enough to meet him in person at a Createspace event. I highly recommend his book, A Self-Publisher's Companion.

    1. Karen, I'm glad you're enjoying it! I was really happy when so many talented people (you included) agreed to participate in this.

      Joel's blog is awesome! And he seems like such a sweet guy. I included his post about you in the Self-Publishing Resources section.

  5. Fabulous round up! Thanks so much for including me!


    1. You're very welcome, my dear! Thanks for participating. <3

  6. Such an AWESOME line up!!! I clicked on links and so it took me quite awhile to come back and comment, lol! Thanks so much for including my tutorial. I am having a wonderful time exploring all of the books, tutorials and links you've provided!! Mandi's right - you rock!!! :)

  7. Wow wow wow!!! I can't get over the great list of resources that you put together. Thanks so much for including my book :-)

  8. This is so awesome! Going to be buying me some books!!!!

  9. Thanks so much for including my patterns in your list! These books are so seriously cool, and they'll be keeping me busy for quite a while! You have such a great eye for self-publishing resources. Thanks again!

  10. I've been reading Srinivas Rao, The Small Army Strategy, over the last few days. Great source of information!

  11. Hey Sarah! I got your message about my e-book, I would, of course, love it if you could include it in future additions! Thank you so much!

  12. Sarah, this is a great roundup, thanks so much for including me in your resources. My passion is helping writers get their books into the world, so it's rewarding to see all the authors making their voices heard.

  13. I'm new to your blog! Just love the look and content of your site. Thanks. I'm now your follower! @levonne


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