Independent Author-Publishers Recognized by Academia! Study’s Investigator Receives Research Award.

Jennifer Murray Earns Research Award - cropped screenshot

Fabulous news for all Indie Authors! We are phenomena worthy of study – and, as this principal investigator concludes, emulation:

Novelists who choose to self-publish have found great satisfaction and meaning in writing this particular novel and they are unwilling to allow someone else to stop them from offering it to the world. Others who hesitate to pursue their dreams could learn from this determination to sidestep the gatekeepers. – Jennifer Murray, Ed.D

Jennifer Murray earned her Doctor in Education this year from Ball State University, upon her successful defense of her dissertation, Pursuing a Dream at Midlife: Self-Direction of Writers with Their First Published Novel. Last autumn, she received the 2014 Graduate Student Research Award for a preliminary report on this study, Becoming One’s Own Gatekeeper: Why Novelists Choose to Self-Publish.

Heartiest congratulations to Dr. Murray!

Read the award announcement, and the conference paper that earned the award (p. 145, or 147 as enumerated by the PDF copy):

http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/collegesanddepartments/teachers/news-and-events/news/studentawards/jennifer-murray-earns-research-award

http://learnovation.com/R2P-2014/PDFs/MWR2P-2014-Proceedings.pdf

Commentary from a Study Participant:

What can this mean to Indies, in the context of change in the book industry?

Writers who persevere and finish their works are authors. Throughout the history of literacy, authors have published their own works. Whatever may be their individual goals: wealth, fame, a decent living, family legacy, a compelling message, personal development – all are valid outcomes – now is the time for Indies to become the standard bearers and standard-setters for writing and publishing. “Indie” can rightfully assume the role of “mainstream.”

Indie Authors are also to be congratulated: They are a force to be reckoned with!

How Indies strive to accomplish their goals can influence for good not only readers and other writers, but also theory and practice among educators, psychologists, other leaders and guides, as well as learners and doers in every field of endeavor. Those who independently produce and publish their own works of Written Art are role models. Wear the title “Indie” with pride.

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