Clean indie publishers unite! Seriously though, aren’t indie publishing companies the greatest?
A few months ago, I opened up the pages of Deleted, my first read by Immortal Works (the indie press I’m publishing with). I was dying to get a inside glimpse of what the book company was all about—and the best way to do that was through the books. It was honestly a refreshing experience. The book was unique, it was exciting and exhilarating, and when the experience ended I felt uplifted by the themes involved.
I wanted more of that feeling.
Indie book companies can be harder to find than powerhouse publishing companies. But each one has something wonderful and fresh to bring to the table. Here are some of the gems I’ve discovered:
1. Clean Teen Publishing
First of all, I love YA, so this company has obvious appeal for that reason. The other thing I love about Clean Teen fiction is that it gives a rating to each of its book. You can find out ahead of time what you’re getting into. It prints books of all rating-levels, but it allows you to be an informed buyer. Brilliant and needed, yes?
Monster Ivy was founded when a writer wrote a horror story with Christian themes and was unable to find a home for it. It was too dark for Christian publishers and too religious for mainstream publishers. So, this niche book publisher was born. The company focuses on clean and edgy stories, stories that freak you out and creep you out, but with characters and themes that can uplift you. Strange combo, yes, but also awesome.
I would be amiss if I didn’t mention Immortal Works. I‘ve read about twenty of their books already: Deleted, Justice in a Bottle, Conquest, Swallowed by a Secret, Myrikal, etc. And the books are always uplifting. Some of them have been terribly devastating, but, for whatever reason, they all make me want to be better: more kind, more hopeful, more forgiving, etc. So, if you are looking for something exciting but still somewhat clean (no sex, little swearing, but often violence), Immortal Works is a superb pick. I pick it all day everyday. (And no. They didn’t pay me to say this. I’m just a fan of my publisher.)
4. Shadow Mountain Publishing
Shadow Mountain is a great company. I’ve also read a good selection of their books and have loved them. They‘ve published a lot of clean books in specific genres, mostly sweet romance and middle grade fantasy. Recently, they’ve also been publishing contemporary stories.
So, back to my crave to read more, I’d gotten so sick of the mainstream books. So I dropped them, and I discovered my book jam. I discovered the power of going indie.
I hope this list helps you discover your book jam—or at least I hope you look into some indie books and find out if they’re right for you.
Know any other great clean publishers? Please add them below, so we can spread the word on indie publishers.