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Everything is new again – launches and more from an indie perspective

September 15, 2012 – 2:26 pm

Every author I know finds launches scary.  I’ve never met a writer yet, traditional or indie that hits send/upload/publish who doesn’t crap themselves and wonder whether people are going to love it/hate it/trash them/hunt them down with a shotgun.  Me, I’m kinda worried that I’ll have a scary fan, ala Misery by Stephen King.  That would be just my luck.
Still – every book, it’s like you’re …

A day in the indie life

September 9, 2012 – 10:59 am

Indies have to work their butts off. We have to cover everything (which isn’t exactly different from working as a traditionally published writer, other than the idea that we also source our editors and other stuff), and we have to do it, plus stand up against the idea that indies are somehow deficient.
Many indie authors ask how my day works out – so I thought …

Burnout city – population – me?

September 4, 2011 – 10:15 pm

This was a hard post to write. Not because I didn’t know what to write, and not because I couldn’t work out the slant, but because this week has been one of the hardest of my writing life.
And I’ve been writing for close to thirty years.
Burnout? What’s that?
First, I’d like to address a couple of misconceptions about burnout. It’s not ‘simply’ writers block, which, in …

Keeping the community honest

August 21, 2011 – 1:51 pm

At the Indie Author Community, one of the things we’re very keen to help support is the idea that the community has standards of some description – and that while we don’t suggest internal policing, bringing to light some of the issues indie authors face, because, by knowing about them, we can know what to watch out for, and support those caught in the trap …