Saturday, November 2, 2013

Epic Indie Fair of Awesome!

Welcome to the second ever Epic Indie Fair of Awesome!

It was originally going to be an independent book fair like the last one, but I realized something. Some of my favorite musicians are independent! I didn't want to leave them out of the fun, so I added a music section. I'm also listing it first -- that way, you have something to listen to while you do the rest of your browsing and shopping.

Speaking of shopping... let's get started. Shall we?

Marvelous Music

  • If you've been following this blog for awhile, you know that Zoe Keating is one of my favorite musicians. I love that she developed her own software to create the music she envisioned. I love that she used to live in an old warehouse with other musicians! She is truly an awesome, kickass person.
  • My friend Audrey introduced me to The Hush Sound's music. I feel like I owe her a kidney or spleen, because they're my favorite band. I could go on and on about how lovely they are and how their music is pretty much perfect, but instead, I'll tell you that Honey is one of my favorite songs... and that they have two new, independently produced ones out.
  • Mr. Sequin recently introduced me to Eliza Moore's music. I'll definitely be checking out more of her stuff... because she has a gorgeous voice! And she's an awesome violinist. Here's a video of her playing live.

Awesome Advice

  • Sarah J Sequins: Run Screaming! A Guide For Creative People. This is my e-guide on when to run away from your creative work like you're being chased by hungry zombies and when to keep going (more about it here.) It's on sale for half price until November.
  • Michelle Ward: An Effective Escape. The perfect companion to Run Screaming, written by a successful career/life coach, this one's all about how to leave your job without going broke.
  • Paul Jarvis: Be Awesome At Online Business. The title says it all. By the way, did you know that he offers a free sample of the book? I think this is a fantastic idea and probably something all authors should consider.
  • Havi Brooks: Monster Manual (And Coloring Book.) It's about confronting and dealing with the monsters that keep us creatively stuck. This looks like coolest book ever -- and I'm sure it is, because Havi is a fantastic blogger and all-around amazing person.
  • Florence Ditlow: Long In The Tooth. This one's about surviving chronic illness with a sense of humor. Florence, who happens to be a friend of mine from an online business course, is a nurse who dealt with a mystery illness -- something that plenty of us can relate to.

 Fantastic Fiction

  • Florence Ditlow: The Bakery Girls. A novel about a bakery in Pennsylvania in the early 1900's. It centers on the baker's three lovely, and very different, daughters.
  • Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt: The Beam (Season One). It's half political thriller and half science fiction... and it looks superbly interesting. This series is Johnny's favorite so far.
  •  Sean Platt and David Wright: ForNeverMore. A young adult supernatural thriller. I wish I had something intelligent to say about this one, but I read the description, and now all I can do is drool and say ohmygawd waaaannnnt!!!! I have three dollars left in my PayPal account... and I'm pretty sure I know where that money is going.

Darling Dolls

  • Megann R. Zabel: Dolly Bureau. This is a book of gorgeous doll clothing patterns. Perfect for doll collectors who love to sew, and for anyone crafty who has kidlets or grandkidlets.

  • Alison Rasmussen: Steffie, Out of the Box (Volume II) . This one's a series of photos from Alison's Barbie collection. These are some gorgeous dolls, and Ali's photography definitely does them justice. 

Bodacious Beading

  • Good Quill Hunting: How to Make a Beading Tutorial with Power Point. Selling tutorials is a great way to supplement your income as a jewelry maker and to build your reputation as an instructor. If you're not sure how to do this, Christina's tutorial looks like a great place to start! PS: also, check out her finger Cuff tutorial. Those rings are insane.
  • Cyndi Lavin: Bored By Backstitch. Cyndi has done it again! Here's an awesome e-book on livening up your bead embroidery by incorporating other beading stitches into your work.
  • Joan Babcock: Micro-Macrame Jewelry.  Many of you are familiar with Joan's outstanding fiber work... but did you know she wrote several books? This one teaches the basics.
  • Joanne Tinley: Macrame, Art Beads And Wire. Here are six fantastic multimedia jewelry projects. What a great way to build on the skills you learned in Joan's book!
  • Patrick Duggan: Sherrab pendant tutorial. Learn how to make a gorgeous beaded pendant from this talented -- and adorable -- Australian beader.

Fantastic Fibers

Rocking Resources

This was a bonus section in the last Epic Indie Fair, and I've decided to make it a regular feature from now on. Here are more amazing resources for anyone interested in giving indie publishing a go!

  • Nathan Bransford: Nathan, a former literary agent and traditionally published author of a series of children's books, has independently published a book called How to Write a Novel.
  • From Kelly James-Enger, owner of Improvise Press, Dollars and Deadlines. It's a book about how to make a living as a freelance writer, and it looks very thorough and detailed.
  • From here's some awesome advice about listening to what your audience wants.
  • From Think Traffic, here's a post all about how to launch your e-book or other product.
  • From Search Engine Journal, a list of some of the best writing advice ever. The first one the list especially clicked with me.

And that concludes the Epic Indie Fair of Awesome! I hope you enjoyed shopping and discovered some new favorite authors and musicians! If so, I encourage you to share this post on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks -- because the more attention our indie creators get, the better.

(Also, a note for authors: Want me to include your book cover in this post? Let me know, and I'll be happy to oblige -- this will help me promote you on Pinterest.)

Sequintastically yours,

Sarah J. Sequins


  1. The Hush Sound should be everyone's favorite band! And I'm so thankful that I got to share them with you!

    1. It's true! They should.

      Instead of a kidney, how about cake? Cake???

  2. Why thank you so much for including me in this awesome list of all these wonderfully creative people!! ~Chris

    1. You're so welcome! You'll be in the next one, too -- I see you have another tutorial out. <3

  3. Thanks for the shout out, I appreciate it!

  4. My daughter introduced me to Hush Sound...they had me with The Boys Are Too Refined :-)

    1. Yay, another Hush Sound fan! This makes me ecstatically happy. :)


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