Welcome to INDIE-pendent Steam!©
We provide professional BOOK REVIEWS AND PROOFREADING FOR INDIE BOOKS.
Like you, we are a group of Indie Authors that have grown tired of knocking on the windows of a still entrenched and threatened traditional publishing world. Even publications that celebrate their own literary/journalistic independence (“you’re the public in our broadcast”; “fearless journalism” and all that jazz) do not do reviews of Indie books. A tad ironic if not downright hypocritical, eh? (Pssst. Word is we live in a “democracy”).
The idea that human creativity has to pass through some kind of societal filter, be it an agent and/or publisher, in order to be considered valid or “real” creativity seems to defy the very definition, essence of the process itself (but capitalism’s never been crazy about democracy. It often gets in the way, as history bears out). (See-Should Indie Authors Pay for Reviews?).
News Flash! Indie Authors and Publishers are here to stay (and we really want to see your Indie creations).
Take heart because the whole thing is still playing itself out and this is in fact a very exciting time to be an Indie Author. We know you don’t feel like this at 1 a.m. when you wrap-up the third rewrite and have this depressing sense no one cares about it but you; remember that the act of human creativity is itself a precious and sacred act. You are being true to yourself and your own human-ness and even if you only sell 20 books (we want to help you improve this if we can), you did something miraculous. You produced your own creation the likes of which the earth will never see again.
WE ARE NOT FROM THE TRAD. PUB. WORLD, A CORPORATION, TRYING TO CASH IN ON THE VULNERABILITY OF INDIE AUTHORS.
We care about your success. The success of one Indie Author helps ALL Indie Authors but in order to do this, we must hold Indie Books to high standards. Many people love nothing more than to ‘diss Indie creations. We would like to minimize their opportunities to do this with a sincere proofing and review process.
IS IT FREE?
No, it’s not free. You will need to follow the steps we outline here on our site. Our review prices are based on how many pages are in your book/manuscript. Check out the PRICING page. Once you submit what we require, we will have the review completed within 30 days.
WHY WE’RE DIFFERENT
POOR REVIEWS ARE NOT POSTED. THEY DEFAULT TO PROOFREADS.
We offer Proof-reading and/or Reviews. No poor reviews get posted (unless you WANT us to post a poor review) and it isn’t because we “hedge” or”word-smith” your review–it’s because we base our reviews on a thorough and fair scoring system. We tell you our results before we take the next step. Generally, if you pay for a review but your book scores below a certain total number, it defaults into a proofread (no extra charges). Conversely, if you pay for a proof but the book seems “road-worthy”, we may convert your proof into a review. All services include up to an hour phone consultation. Either way, you get a quality product, and if the book still needs some fine tuning, you get a break from a poor review.
YOU ARE PAYING US FOR OUR TIME.
Cost is determined by the number of 8.5. X 11 pages in your book/manuscript.
WE STRIVE TO FIND A REVIEWER THAT KNOWS THE GENRE OF YOUR BOOK.
Unlike other services, our reviewers/proofreaders are genre specific (see the FAQs). It can be extremely frustrating to pay for a review and you have no idea if the person that reviewed your book, say it’s a mystery, even knew the first thing about the genre. We completely understand this because we have gone through it ourselves.
THE NUMBER OF STARS/ASTERISKS ASSIGNED (IF APPLICABLE) ARE BASED ON A SCORE.
Using our own scoring system, we provide a sincere, rigorous, and real review. It’s not a predetermined number of words. It will be whatever it needs to be to provide an excellent review (see our SAMPLE REVIEW), most likely over the typical minimums of “300” or “500” words. Many so-called “review” sites think a 300-word advertising blurb equals a review. These are not reviews. If you want an ad, then you should seek out a service that can write and market an ad for you. If you want a solid and sincere review/proofread, then you want our services.
There are a few steps you have to complete in order to sign up for a review. Complete these steps and be sure to read our FAQs.
ARE YOU MEAN? WILL WE FEEL THE LOVE?
Do not ask for a book review/proof from IS unless you want the truth about your book. No, we are not mean, but we will be honest. Call it tough love. Remember, if your review is poor (less than three stars), it automatically defaults to a proofread so no bad reviews are posted. For more specifics, see pages on HOW IT WORKS and the FAQS.
Thank You–and as always, WRITE ON!