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Writing series/sequels

April 13, 2015 – 11:57 pm | No Comment
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First, readers love series/sequels. However, the next book in any series should always be a standalone book, that is unless you really want to annoy your readers. And you should only write it because you have more to say, because you like the world in which you wrote it, or because you love the characters so much that you want to spend more time with …

Our groups and subgroups, and the award winning project!

February 9, 2015 – 9:46 pm | No Comment
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EXTRA, EXTRA!
The Indie Author Group has won a Preditors and Editors award!
We were voted BEST DISCUSSION FORUM, 2014!

And while we’re here – would you like to join some new writer’s groups?
Our main writers groups are our closed one – Indie Author Group
Our open group is smaller, but just as friendly  – Indie Author Writing Group
On top of that we have a Triberr tribe, where we …

Primer for New writers

June 8, 2014 – 8:42 pm | One Comment
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What’s the most common question most writers get after ‘where do you get your ideas? How do you write a book? Neil Gaiman answered that question the best – you put your butt in the chair and type a sentence. Then another. It’s as simple and as hard as that. (Paraphrased, of course.) For some people – pantsers aka those who write by the seat of …

Points of view…

March 8, 2014 – 8:22 am | No Comment
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From The Fellowship of the Rings – “There were some that shook their heads and thought that this was too much of a good thing; it seemed unfair that anyone should possess (apparently) perpetual youth as well as (reputably) inexhaustible wealth.
“It will have to be paid for….”
Notice that the sentence is in no discernible particular voice.
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From Dune – ‘Paul’ heard the fear in her voice …

Pinterest – A picture is worth a thousand words

January 29, 2014 – 3:50 pm | No Comment
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A picture is worth a thousand words, especially with Pinterest. This is where having a great cover makes a tremendous difference.  An intriguing cover will draw the interest of Pinterest viewers As with all social media, though, it is social media. It’s not just about promoting your books, but about getting to know you, the author, so you need to post more than just your covers. Post about …

The Indie Author’s quick guide to Twitter

January 24, 2014 – 4:49 pm | One Comment
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In a new feature, we’ve decided to provide some quick guides to various social networks, from our social media based moderator (Kai).  Remember too, that we have our own Twitter and Facebook page, and will be launching a Pinterest profile for our members soon!
The Quick guide to Twitter
Twitter is a basic social network where you can post tweets, which are 140 characters or less.  Tweets …

The four E’s of Indie publishing

January 16, 2014 – 6:24 pm | No Comment
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There are four e’s to indie publishing – four elements that just can’t be skimped on, or you’ll destroy yourself.  That destruction will come from poor reviews, and your image, once damaged, is really difficult to repair.  Once you’re known as a writer that doesn’t care about his/her product, though you’ll still gain readers, there will eventually be a barrier to your evolution as a …

Merging sites and more

January 14, 2014 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

One of the major things we quite like to do at the Indie Author Group is make sure that we’re offering the best of our content to everyone.  Over the last few years, we (Valerie and I) have ran two seperate blogs that we’ve recently decided to merge down.
So, when you visit both the Indie Author Community and Two Midlist Indies, you’ll now find those …

How to be a new writer

December 27, 2013 – 9:31 am | No Comment

 
There are so many decisions to be made it can seem overwhelming. The first and best advice I can give you to start is this – stop worrying and just write. Then write some more. Enjoy yourself, enjoy the process whether you’re a plotter – you have to outline – or a pantser – you just write. If  you’re loving what you do, then do …

Your new to-do list – what should it include?

December 8, 2013 – 7:55 am | No Comment

So, now you’re looking at the ‘clean’ space that was once a massive to-do list of doom, what goes back ON it?
The short answer is, whatever you prioritize.
How to choose priorities
One of the major things many people need to think about is what they want to prioritize – it is, in most cases, physically impossible to do everything, and a lot of the problem with …