What is IndieVisible?

W e are a powerhouse collective of independent writers who use joint resources and collaborative social media to deliver quality books to the masses without pushing our work through a big house. We work with top notch editors, illustrators, graphic designers, and PR gurus, keeping all aspects of industry-related work within our ever growing family of freelancers, supporting a thriving community of entrepreneurs. We are real people, with a real desire to have real careers as best-selling authors. We’re reinventing publishing so that it works for us, and for our readers.

The Justice League

Jordan E. Rosenfeld, Communications Director

Jordan E. Rosenfeld learned early on that people prefer a storyteller to a know-it-all. She channeled any Hermione-esque tendencies into a career as a writing coach, editor and freelance journalist and saves the Tall Tales for her novels. Her debut novel, Forged in Grace, was released in February, 2013, and has gone on to be a quarter-finalist in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

She earned her MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and is the author of the books, Make A Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time (Writer’s Digest Books) and Write Free! Attracting the Creative Life with Rebecca Lawton (BeijaFlor Books). Jordan’s essays and articles have appeared in such publications as AlterNet.org, Publisher’s Weekly, The San Francisco Chronicle, The St. Petersburg Times, The Writer and Writer’s Digest magazine. Her book commentaries have appeared on The California Report, a news-magazine produced by NPR-affiliate KQED radio. She lives in Northern California with her superhero-obsessed son and Psychologist husband. www.jordanrosenfeld.net

Chelsea Starling, Creative Director

After years of using her sorcery to conjure up websites and logos that shimmer on the web, Chelsea Starling is shifting her focus. Influenced by the literature of her childhood, she spends her days giving voice to the inhabitants of the planet inside her head, an alternate earth which she calls Vale, full of vivid people and creatures demanding their stories be told.

The debut story will be revealed in her YA fantasy novel, Quickbane, first in the Vale Chronicles. Her creative energies also fuel a habit for leather-crafting, mothering two bright boys, dancing when she has the time, and promoting other writers with a passion for independence. She makes websites for writers at  www.starlingmagic.com and lives in Charlottesville, VA. www.chelseastarling.com 

Julia Park Tracey, Editorial Director

Somewhere between tattletale and truth-teller, Julia is an award-winning writer, editor, journalist and activist.  Her award-winning column and blog, Modern Muse (modernmuse.blogspot.com), received the East Bay Press Club’s award for Best Independent Blogger (2007) and Best Multimedia project for her posts highlighting hunger and food justice in the community (2011). Julia was the founding editor at The Alameda Sun community newspaper; her essays, articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications.

Her new book, released in Fall 2012, I’ve Got Some Lovin’ to Do: The Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen (1925-1926), is a co-op publishing venture between Stellar Media Group and iUniverse.  She’s also published a novel and a collection of poetry.  An ecofreak, a cat/chicken lady and mother of five creative geniuses, Julia splits her time between Alameda and Sonoma County. Her husband deserves a medal for patience and general wonderfulness. Visit Julia at www.thedorisdiaries.com and www.modernmuse.blogspot.com

Christina Mercer, Reviews Director

Christina Mercer is an award-winning author of fiction for children and young adults. She’s also a CPA, a Certified Herbalist, and a hobbyist beekeeper. Her Preteen/Teen Fantasy, Arrow of the Mist, placed in the Semi-Finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest and won an Honorable Mention in the 21st Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Look for the sequel, Arms of Anu, released March 2014. She is also working to release her Young Adult Magical Realism, Honey Queen, which took Writer’s Best of Show at a SCBWI Regional Conference. Christina enjoys life in the foothills of Northern California with her husband, two sons, four dogs, and about 100,000 honeybees.

For more about her and her writing visit www.christinamercer.com

Tomi L. Wiley, PR Director

Tomi L. Wiley  has worked in media, communications and public relations for over 10 years, with focus in newspapers, magazines and digital media. She has written and edited for mainstream and private media including Southern Living and Oxford American magazines, edited numerous manuscripts and literary anthologies, procured authors and coordinated panels for the Southern Festival of Books and is a past President of the Tennessee Writers Alliance. Tomi studied poetry in France as part of a program with the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and her poetry and short stories have been published in a number of anthologies and literary journals. She specializes in short fiction, poetry, creative marketing and media communication, likes ice cream, goat cheese, red wine and very loud jazz.

After years of using her sorcery to conjure up websites and logos that shimmer on the web, Chelsea Starling is shifting her focus. Influenced by the literature of her childhood, she spends her days giving voice to the inhabitants of the planet inside her head, an alternate earth which she calls Vale, full of vivid people and creatures demanding their stories be told. The debut story will be revealed in her YA fantasy novel, Quickbane, first in the Vale Chronicles. Her creative energies also fuel a habit for leather-crafting, mothering two bright boys, dancing when she has the time, book cover design, and promoting other writers with a passion for independence. She lives in Charlottesville, VA. www.chelseastarling.com 

Stephanie Naman, Marketing Director

Stephanie Naman is an advertising and editorial writer with fifteen years experience. Her first book, BarCode: Your Personal Pocket Decoder to the Modern Dating Scene, was turned into segments for a syndicated dating show called “The Single Life”.

In addition to writing for advertising clients like Little Debbie and AT&T, she is working on the Chloe Carstairs mystery novel series written under the pseudonym Billie Thomas. The first novel in the series, Murder on the First Day of Christmas was released in December, 2012. Learn more at www.chloegetsaclue.com.

Victoria Faye Alday, Designer

victoriaWhile on the journey to discover her true passion, Victoria Faye Alday has been everything from an appliance salesman to a prison guard, a window display artist to a marketing assistant and even a movie extra! Deciding to try freelance design as a hobby for extra income, Victoria began creating logos, web graphics and illustrations at a modest level. A few years later business really began to pick up when she started to create Cover Art for independent/self-published authors looking for professional looking artwork and design for their books and promotional materials.

Victoria now designs cover art, logos, web graphics and more for creative entrepreneurs looking to have complete control of their visual presence, whether it be their self-pubbed book or their personal brand. She also has picked up her love for writing once again, and is working on her first novel. Visit her portfolio site www.whitandware.com or see all her other creative endeavors on her personal blog, www.thisisvictoriafaye.com

Victoria Faye Alday, Designer

victoriaWhile on the journey to discover her true passion, Victoria Faye Alday has been everything from an appliance salesman to a prison guard, a window display artist to a marketing assistant and even a movie extra! Deciding to try freelance design as a hobby for extra income, Victoria began creating logos, web graphics and illustrations at a modest level. A few years later business really began to pick up when she started to create Cover Art for independent/self-published authors looking for professional looking artwork and design for their books and promotional materials.

Victoria now designs cover art, logos, web graphics and more for creative entrepreneurs looking to have complete control of their visual presence, whether it be their self-pubbed book or their personal brand. She also has picked up her love for writing once again, and is working on her first novel. Visit her portfolio site www.hitandware.com or see all her other creative endeavors on her personal blog, www.thisisvictoriafaye.com

Victoria Faye Alday, Designer

victoriaWhile on the journey to discover her true passion, Victoria Faye Alday has been everything from an appliance salesman to a prison guard, a window display artist to a marketing assistant and even a movie extra! Deciding to try freelance design as a hobby for extra income, Victoria began creating logos, web graphics and illustrations at a modest level. A few years later business really began to pick up when she started to create Cover Art for independent/self-published authors looking for professional looking artwork and design for their books and promotional materials.

Victoria now designs cover art, logos, web graphics and more for creative entrepreneurs looking to have complete control of their visual presence, whether it be their self-pubbed book or their personal brand. She also has picked up her love for writing once again, and is working on her first novel. Visit her portfolio site www.hitandware.com or see all her other creative endeavors on her personal blog, www.thisisvictoriafaye.com

Frankie Rose, Media Director

As a child, Frankie was accused of being bookish because she wore glasses- big, horrible, ugly ones with too-thick lenses. (But the reason she had to wear glasses was actually because she sat too close to the T.V.)  Since then, she’s been ripping through books like they’re going out of fashion, which, thankfully, they’re not. Good thing, too, because she’s a writer now, and books are her business!

Frankie’s debut YA Paranormal, Sovereign Hope has been receiving high praise among fangirls around the globe! The next book in the series, Eternal Hope, is due out September 30, 2012. Frankie lives with her police officer husband in Sydney, Australia where she is honing her skills as a book trailer producer & editor when she’s not busy writing. www.frankierosewrites.com 

Becca Lawton, Author Member

beccaRebecca Lawton writes about wild rivers and lands with a passion for nature, human and otherwise. Her new novel, Junction, Utah, is inspired by her life as one of the first women whitewater guides in the West. Her literary honors include the Ellen Meloy Fund Award for Desert Writers and three Pushcart Prize nominations—in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

Becca has published work in Orion, THEMA, the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Shenandoah, Sierra, and numerous other journals and anthologies. Her essay collection about the guiding life, Reading Water: Lessons from the River, was a San Francisco Chronicle Bay Area Bestseller and ForeWord Nature Book of the Year finalist.  She is co-author of Write Free: Attracting the Creative Life (with Jordan E. Rosenfeld), On Foot in Sonoma: Twelve Walks in the Valley of the Moon (with Arthur Dawson), and Discover Nature in the Rocks (with Susan Pantajja and Diana Lawton). She is represented by Sally van Haitsma of van Haitsma Literary. Visit her at www.beccalawton.com.

Sharisse Coulter, Author Member

Sharisse Coulter finished a novel.  Halle-freakin-lullah!  It started with a smidge of college in Paris (not Texas), a dash in Australia and, voila!  A master’s degree in Anthropology framed and placed lovingly on a shelf, never to be dusted off again.  Instead, she took the clear path to success, marrying a musician, becoming his manager and touring the country playing gigs, taking photos, and making music videos.

Finally, she had a son (and subsequent identity crisis), which thankfully fueled the completion of her first novel (soon to be released) ROCK MY WORLD.  Now at work on her second and third novels, she’s concurrently undertaking a five month 55 city national novel/music tour while perfecting the art of Lego and enjoying her addiction to reading novels on her iPhone.  It’s a wonderful life for an insatiable wanderluster. Visit Sharisse at: her website, her blog & her talented hubby’s blog! Oh, and their Tour site: www.anovelmusictour.com

Amy McElroy, Charter Member

amyLong before she ever knew what she was searching for, Amy started writing in a small circle of sunshine in the woods behind her home near the Blue Ridge Mountains.  After literally hugging many trees, hours in pointe shoes and at the piano, volumes of Shakespeare and Freud, Southern Baptist pulpits and Catholicism, studying at college twenty minutes from home and abroad in Paris, she completed her formal quest for truth in law school in 1996, deeming it finally: an impossible mission.

Nevertheless, she helped families and foster children through divorces and other family crises for a few years before beginning a family of her own.

Amy now expresses her passions with a career as a freelance writer and editor–repeatedly featured on the independent Santa Cruz station, KUSP–teaching yoga for babies to seniors, fighting for equality, and can occasionally be spotted on stage, dancing or quoting Shakespeare. 

She lives near San Jose, California with her husband, an attorney and Ironman, helping her daughters busily pursue their own quests. Amy’s blog column My Big Truth is featured on Our Big Blog here at Indie-Visible.

Elizabeth Beechwood, Charter Member

Elizabeth Beechwood wrote and self-published her first novel “The Brown-Eyed Trio” when she was nine years old. Unfortunately, the only copy was lost so you’ll have to take her word when she says it had a killer plot, tension on every page, and tons of adjectives. It also featured a nine-year old girl, a dog, and a horse.

Now, years later, Elizabeth continues to write novels and short stories, striving for killer plots, tension on every page, and as few adjectives as possible. Occasionally, she throws in a dog. Elizabeth has worked at zoos, libraries, book stores, a bakery, a raptor rehabilitation center, and (briefly) the night shift at a convenience store in Kalispell, Montana. An alumni of the University of Alaska, Southeast, and a current MFA student at the University of Southern Maine focusing on popular fiction, Elizabeth and her Coast Guard husband call the Seattle area home. Their grown children live elsewhere.

Eros-Alegra Clarke, Charter Member

Eros-Alegra Clarke is mother to a wild tribe of three, a sometime surfer, and wife to a husband who qualifies for sainthood. She won the 76th Annual Writer’s Digest grand prize for her personal essay, “Salamander Prayer,” and placed in the 4th Annual Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards. She has been published in The Bitter Oleander, Literary Mama, Waikato Times, Flash40 and wrote as a columnist for The Motherhood Muse.

She regularly contributed articles and interviews to Editor Unleashed, nominated by Writer’s Digest for the top 101 Best Websites for Writers.  She curated and edited Milk & Ink: A Mosaic of Motherhood, an anthology of stories, essays, and poetry She can be found blogging about life, writing, and motherhood at: www.alegra22.wordpress.com

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