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Supporting Indie Authors & Independent Publishers (& Giveaway!)

Before I started book blogging all the way back in good ol’ 2013 I had never, ever heard of ‘self-publishing’ before. The phrase had not entered my vocabulary and it took me a little while to get to grips with what it actually was. You mean to tell me, you can write a book and just publish it yourself? You don’t have to wait for a publisher to take you on? Does that essentially mean anyone could publish a book? Does that mean I could publish a book? These were just some of the questions that entered my little naïve mind around that time. Of course, I’m a lot more clued up now about self-publishing and what it is and I’ve also, finally come to the realization that I definitely could not publish a book.


As well as not having heard of self-publishing, I’d definitely never read a book that had been self-published. Or maybe I had? And just never realised? But book blogging introduced me to a whole new world of books – self-published books – that I probably wouldn’t have stumbled across before. I’m eternally grateful for that because I think self-published books can sometimes be looked down upon. Not held to as high a standard as traditionally published books. Which is a terrible shame because I’ve had the privilege to read some truly, truly great ones. Self published authors need to make a living just as much as traditionally published authors do. Their books and words and stories are worth just as much as they work just as hard as their traditionally published counterparts. I admire all authors but today we’re focusing on self-published books and below are some of those which I’ve read over the past few years and absolutely loved.


Left to right:

How Do You Voodoo? by Janice Horton
Afterlife Academy by Jaimie Admans
Death of the Mad Hatter by Sarah J. Pepper
Therapist by Jaden Wilkes
Insanity (Mad in Wonderland) by Cameron Jace

I’m also here to talk to you today about something very exciting that I’m thrilled to be involved in helping the promotion of. Don’t worry, this isn’t sponsored in any way, shape or form, I’m promoting this because I think it’s an amazing idea and I want to help out a fellow blogger on a very exciting venture. The thing I want to talk about is the Ninja Book Box.

The Ninja Book Box is a new quarterly box shipping worldwide from the UK and featuring books published by independent publishers – that is a publisher that isn’t owned by a multinational corporation. We aim to introduce excellent books (both backlist and new releases) particularly those which our team & the publishers we work with feel haven’t received the recognition they deserve, and help you find favourites in genres you wouldn’t necessarily pick up for yourselves. Supporting primarily UK based small businesses, each box will contain a book (often signed by the author & with additional material) plus at least two gift items and lots of other fun extras and will take its theme from the book. We want to support excellence and promote exploration and discovery in all aspects of the box. Subscribers will also gain access to lots of additional community perks. For more information sign up to our newsletter, or check out our website for details of how to get the first box!


For your chance to win the first ever Ninja Book Box enter the rafflecopter here!



Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.


  1. […] I am definitely not impartial to a self-published or Indie book (I actually wrote a post on that here!) I’ve read some wonderful self published books since I started book blogging and met, albeit […]

  2. It’s great to see people supporting the indie author scene.

    Inspiration and great storytelling has no one true source. I’ve read some incredible self-published books over the years.

    I’m likely to self-publish my first book (I am sitting on 2 incomplete manuscripts haha) and I look forward to sharing it with you one day.


  3. Jenny, I hope you know how much authors appreciate your support ~ particularly of indies/self-pubbers. You do a great job of spreading the word to readers that what counts is the quality of words between the covers and not how they were published. Thanks a bunch!

    1. Aww thanks so much for your lovely comment, Patricia!

  4. Reblogged this on Kate McClelland.

    1. Thank you for reblogging!

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    1. Thank you for reblogging!

  6. I love the concept of book boxes but until now I had not found one I was willing to pay for. I love the Ninja Box idea!

    1. It’s fantastic isn’t it? 🙂

  7. Now this is a fabulous idea and I would love to be involved! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. I’m so glad you love the idea! I think it’s going to be a huge success 🙂

  8. Always lovely to discover more indie publishers

    1. Absolutely 🙂 you find some right gems that you probably wouldn’t have stumbled across before!

  9. Shealea says:

    This is the best thing I’ve read all day!!! Good luck with this endeavor. Sounds exciting. ❤️

    1. I’m so glad! 🙂

  10. Self publishing is relatively easy, its the marketting and promotion that’s hard! This Ninja Book Box sounds like an incredible idea!

    1. It does, doesn’t it? I admire anyone who self published – it sounds awfully confusing and I wouldn’t know where to start.

      1. Look, if I can manage it, it has to be doable. Not easy, and you need more patience than the average bear, but…

  11. This sounds awesome, definitely going to be looking into this!

    1. Yay I’m glad!

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