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StoryBundle – Writestuff 2016

May 25, 2016 – 8:35 pm | No Comment

We don’t often feature these products on the group blog, but this is one designed for indie authors, and it doesn’t have affiliate links AND you can donate 10% to charity, so we thought we’d see how it went.
Storybundle and HumbleBundle feature products in ‘bundles’ at a significant amount of money off, and if you’re looking to study or intake information, this bundle is a …

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StoryBundle – Writestuff 2016

May 25, 2016 – 8:35 pm | No Comment
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We don’t often feature these products on the group blog, but this is one designed for indie authors, and it doesn’t have affiliate links AND you can donate 10% to charity, so we thought we’d see how it went.

Storybundle and HumbleBundle feature products in ‘bundles’ at a significant amount of money off, and if you’re looking to study or intake information, this bundle is a great one for at least one or two perspectives to give you something to think about in the indie author community. Plus, it’s something that the mod team talk about a lot – making sure that the advice we’re listening to isn’t from people just recycling information or not sharing from experience.

Here’s the blurb:

From curator Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Hundreds of writing books get published every year, and most of those books are written by people who have written…a book on writing. I kid you not. These people have a method or a scheme or they teach a writing class—even though I have no idea how they get those gigs. (Okay, I do. They get an MFA, which universities seem to think is more important than actual writing experience.)

Those writing books have nothing in common with the writing books in this bundle. Together, the authors of the books in The Write Stuff 2016 Bundle have more than two-hundred years of writing experience, and have contributed more than five hundred award-winning and bestselling books (fiction and nonfiction) to the world of literature.

We know writing, the writing life, and what makes a writing career. And we want to share it all with you.

You can grab your bundle here.  And keep checking back on the blog as we talk about the advice we’re working on for you guys ourselves!

Pronoun merges with MacMillan

May 25, 2016 – 8:10 pm | No Comment
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Pronoun announced today that they were merging with MacMillan, in a move that is probably going to be quite surprising to many. There have been a lot of changes recently in the indie author community, so what is clear is that people are trying to forge the best of their platforms for various needs – it’s just a question of finding the ones that work …

Weekly subgroup discussions – Week beginning Sunday 15th May

May 15, 2016 – 11:36 pm | No Comment
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All of our Indie Author groups are no spam, so people can enjoy the discussions.  We feature our subgroups regularly, so please join us for some great conversations, and to hang out with other writers that enjoy the same genres.  Readers can join us to see who is discussing the things that interest them and click through to the writers that offer the most interesting …

Self-publishing 101

January 15, 2016 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

Write a good book and finish it. Do not even consider self-publishing until it’s finished, with good cover art and editing.
Write at least two and up to five more books before releasing Book One, even if it’s in another genre – nothing sells Book One like Book Two, Three, etc.
Give the first book to beta readers for evaluation – give them a time to return …

My experience with Twitter Ads

January 9, 2016 – 5:58 pm | One Comment
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At the end of 2015 I had the idea to experiment with Twitter’s advertisement machine. It’s easy to find: http://ads.twitter.com. You sign in with your twitter account and there’s where you start.
You can set up all kinds of campaigns. I wanted one that got more traffic to my website so I went for that. (You can go into the ads site and look around without …

How to be a Pantser – Character Development

December 23, 2015 – 3:57 pm | No Comment
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When you first met one of your best friends, did you know everything there was to know about them? Of course not. Sometimes becoming friends is instantaneous, something about them tells you that you just know somehow that you’ll like them. Maybe it’s the easy way they have about them, or the direct way they look at you, the way they’re comfortable in their own …

Pinterest for Writers

December 23, 2015 – 3:38 pm | No Comment
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First, remember that Pinterest is not a promotion or sale site, it’s simply another social media site except that it’s geared around pictures. For a writer, a Pinterest page allows readers to get to know the writer as a person, as well as your work. Your goal with Pinterest is to engage readers. So, with that in mind:

Create a Pinterest page for you as a writer. …

Our new classes, starting October 1st, and a freebie

September 27, 2015 – 12:45 pm | No Comment
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If you struggle with marketing, you are cordially invited to join us for some accessible, affordable classes based around everything social media.  These classes are designed to teach you to handle your social media in a way that doesn’t overwhelm you, and gives you the chance to write, market yourself on various platforms, or work […]

Approaching Book Review Blogs

September 15, 2015 – 2:17 pm | No Comment
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I have been reviewing at least a book a week for two and a half years over on my magic realism blog. I am also an indie author, so you could say I have a foot in both camps. I try to support my fellow indie authors on the blog by reviewing indie books as well as traditionally published ones, but there are times when …

How to write a best-selling novel

August 7, 2015 – 4:01 pm | One Comment
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First, read. Read a lot. (Stephen King, paraphrased – “if you don’t have time to read, you can’t write.”) Reading will teach you how to write, how to write well, and how to write compelling characters.
Corollary – read the genre you’re writing in, that will teach you the ins and outs of that genre, and it may inspire a story.
Second, are you a pantser or a …

Reality Check for Indie Authors

July 3, 2015 – 7:20 pm | No Comment
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I n all honesty I suspect that Scribd found the path of least resistance in their romance/erotica decision. (Witness the petitions to Jeff Bezos/Amazon asking him to change the review policy.) The truth of the matter is likely to be a more harsh reality – a lot of romance/erotica readers were downloading books, finding them to be dreck and so they didn’t finish them, they just …