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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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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Classes this March and our new site!

February 24, 2015 – 8:44 pm | No Comment
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It’s been an amazing month, and we’ve got some great new things to invite you to this coming month!

Indie Author Classes will be moving to it’s own blog this month, so from this post, please do head on over to IAC to join in on our classes – we’ve got a lot to offer – there will be four classes running at once for a …

It Takes a Village

February 13, 2015 – 9:04 pm | No Comment
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I’m sure you’ve all heard the phrase “It Takes A Village” in reference to raising kids. I think it’s true in terms of growing an author, too! We need support, encouragement, advice, and sometimes a helping hand.
Writing can be a lonely and solitary endeavor. A writer spends so much time alone with nothing but her thoughts and a computer. When I’m deep into a book …

Author Marketing Live! – Part Two

September 10, 2014 – 6:09 pm | 3 Comments

Yes, it really did need two posts! There was a LOT of information! I was getting overwhelmed, so if I misrepresent things, forgive me!
Hunter Boyle spoke about using e-mail to keep in contact with your fans and to build your fan base. He also advocated setting higher expectations, creating e-mail connections with the offer of a freebie. Create a compelling call to action – i.e. …

Author Marketing Live Seminar – Part One

September 10, 2014 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

I’ll be honest, I was half afraid that the seminar would be nothing more than a sales pitch, but it wasn’t. Even the sponsors didn’t promote, which was refreshing. (And made it more likely for someone like me to recommend their services.) The speakers were by and large very informative and sometimes funny. Some of it was more geared toward non-fiction than fiction, but even …

What should we cover?

August 15, 2014 – 3:44 pm | 2 Comments

All things being equal and all conversations being important, what’s the burning question(s) you have for your career, that others also need to know?
By this I mean, if you could ask someone a question that would help you and would be as important to other people as it was to you, what would it be?
Please note – anything that basically amounts to having specific ‘work’ …

Promoting Until Your Fingers Bleed

May 31, 2014 – 10:11 pm | No Comment

I began writing full time since 2009 and have managed to give myself carpal tunnel while trying to promote.  The writing always came easy, it was promotion that took up the majority of time.  I’ve done free promos, spammed my facebook, twitter, and blog with information about book releases, and what I really got from all that was some really great people to talk with.   …