Indie Jane is a blog and community that celebrates and supports independent/non-traditionally published Austenesque literature. We strive to be a fun, honest, and supportive community for both indie authors and readers of Austen paraliterature. Indie Jane features reviews, resources, a chat room, and community events such as read-alongs, Twitter parties, and some super secret and fun opportunities to share our love of Jane with the world.
Why Indie Jane?
The lady wrote a darn good book. She created brilliant, long-lasting, realistic, meaningful characters. Her stories and characters have shaped our culture over the last 200 years and they continue to do so. In fact, you could argue that Jane Austen is actually a larger cultural force now than at any other time in the last two centuries. Her influence continues to grow as more people are being exposed to her novels.
We love indie publishing.
We here at IJ are of a rather independent mindset. When faced with the choice between a well paved, if somewhat restricting, road or hacking our own way through the wilderness, we are the sort to pick up our machetes and create our own space. We don’t hold any grudges against traditional publishing. Traditional publishers have (and continue to) put out some really great books. However, we are excited by possibilities of indie and self-publishing. We kind of have a thing for independent art in general. In the last few decades both film and music have benefited from artists taking personal control of their projects and destinies and now technology has opened up the same opportunities to authors. We are excited to be a small part of supporting this new era in publishing.
Why an online community?
IJ is more than just a blog – we are a community. We firmly believe that art is best supported by a community comprised of fellow authors and fans. We are so blessed to live in an age where communities do not have to be local, but can be global. We can gather together with like-minded Janeites from around the world to create our own unique place on the web. Indie Jane is that place and we hope that you will join us here!
– Jessica and Nancy, creators of Indie Jane
Indie Jane Creators:
Jessica Grey is an author, fairytale believer, baseball lover, and recovering Star Wars fangirl. A life-long Californian, she now lives in Montana with her husband and two children, where she spends her time writing, perfecting the fine art of toddler-wrangling, spreading the love of Austen in Big Sky Country, and drinking way too much caffeine. Her first novel, Awake: A Fairytale, is now available. Visit Jessica’s blog.
Nancy Kelley is a Janeite, an Austenesque author, and a blogger. Her debut novel, His Good Opinion, is now available on Amazon. During the writing of that novel, a version of Mr. Darcy took up residence in her brain; she fondly refers to him as the Darcy in My Head, or DIMH.
If Nancy could possess any fictional device, it would be a Time-Turner. Then perhaps she could juggle a full-time library job, writing, and blogging; and still find time for sleep and a life. Until then, she lives on high doses of tea, of which DIMH approves. Visit Nancy’s blog.
Indie Jane Contributors:
Jennifer Becton has worked for more than twelve years in the traditional publishing industry as a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader. Upon discovering the possibilities of the expanding ebook market, she created Whiteley Press, an independent publishing house, and has since published Charlotte Collins: A Continuation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, “Maria Lucas”: A Short Story in the Personages of Pride and Prejudice Collection, and Absolute Liability: A Southern Fraud Thriller. Caroline Bingley, her second Austen novel, is available now. Visit Jennifer’s blog.
Kimberly Truesdale is a writing and literature teacher who has a line from The Great Gatsby tattooed on her arm and has worn out at least five copies of Anne of Green Gables. In July of this year, Kimberly published her first Austenesque novel, My Dear Sophy, about how the Admiral and Mrs. Croft from Persuasion first meet. Kim is currently editing her second novel, The Wrong Woman, a Regency romance, and writing a non-fiction account of a murder mystery in her family. Follow Kim on Twitter or Facebook.
Rebecca Fleming who you may know as RivkaBelle, is an avid reader and lover of all things Austen, whose day job in Academia keeps her entertained when reading’s not an option. She is a fervent believer in fairy tales and the power of Love, and often describes her purpose as “the distributor of tough love and fairy dust.” You can keep tabs on her reading habits by swinging by A Word’s Worth,, or track her progress in writing her first Austenesque novel at Fairy Jane Tales.
Patty Marq is an Indie Jane community member and reviewer. She recently graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine. Patty fell in love with Jane Austen’s works seven years ago and has been reading austenesque literature since. When she is not planning to take over the world she can be found creating beautiful pieces of art with calligraphy. You can follow her on Twitter.
Jakki Leatherberry, former high-school language arts teacher and lover of all things Austen, lives in Georgia where she and her husband moved after graduating from a liberal arts college in Ohio. One of her greatest pleasures is reading and analyzing literature. When she is not chasing around her two children, Jakki can be found under a quilt, cup of coffee in hand, reading. She is blog mistress of Leatherbound Reviews.
Anna Horner is a news bureau editor by day, and a bookblogger and novelist-in-the-making by night. She graduated from Suffolk University in Boston in 2000 with a B.A. in English and Sociology. She fell in love with books at a very early age and wrote her first poem in 5th grade about cats. She has been blogging about books since 2007 at Diary of an Eccentric. She is obsessed with Jane Austen and all the variations of her novels, reads a lot of fiction and non-fiction about World War II, and co-hosts the War Through the Generations reading challenges. Anna does almost all of her reading on public transportation and has been seen laughing out loud, tearing up, and occasionally missing her stop. She can be reached at diaryofaneccentric[at]hotmail[dot]com.