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So you’re a writer. Then be one.

December 7, 2014 – 10:30 am

Dear reading writer,
A while ago I had a very interesting and eye-opening talk with someone. Before I go into this, let me ask you a question. How many of you look at yourself as a real author/writer? With this I mean a writer like Stephen King, Agatha Christie, George R.R. Martin, Jackie Collins and others in that range of fame? If you do then you can …

Indie author group roundup, week ending 26th January

January 26, 2014 – 5:21 pm

Welcome to this weeks’ ‘weekly round up’. Featured moderator of the week is Valerie – please pop on over to her profile and say hiya, ask a question, let her know about your favorite book of hers. She loves to talk to other writers and readers!
It’s been a busy week here at IAG HQ, with blog updates and new features for writers that blog for …

It’s a Writer’s Life for me….

January 8, 2013 – 2:12 am

Midnight, eyes shoot open… oh what a wonderful idea! Seeing the castle, and the flames, hearing the shouts of the fighters, the clash and clangor of swords and shields. Slips out of bed to keep from waking significant other and hurries to the computer, tripping over cat in the dark. Whispers, ‘sorry, sorry’, pats cat, and sits down at keyboard. Pours a glass of wine. Music, I …

Affirmation vs. Entitlement

October 23, 2012 – 8:38 pm

It’s important that someone celebrate our existence… People are the only mirror we have to see ourselves in. The domain of all meaning. All virtue, all evil, are contained only in people. There is none in the universe at large. Solitary confinement is a punishment in every human culture.Lois McMaster Bujold, “Mirror Dance”, 1994 US science fiction author
Just bear with me while I work this out in …

Writers Protect Yourself

October 16, 2012 – 12:15 pm

I was contacted recently by a writer trying to get out of their contract, a service person working with a writer but frustrated by the seemingly unreasonable demands of a ‘publisher’, and responded to a post by a writer who thought they were working with an agent who really wasn’t.
The rapid explosion of Indie writers has led to an equally rapid rise of scammers willing …

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 …

Why so mean?

August 24, 2012 – 12:17 pm

When did cynicism become fashionable? We’ve become remarkably uncivil as a society. The bullies have taken over the schoolyard.
Some of it I blame on a generation that held up “Mean Girls” in much the same way that another generation lauded “Wall Street” and the “greed is good” mentality. We’ve seen where that led us, and continues to lead us.
A few things raised these issues for …

So what’s a Midlist Indie? (at least for me)

August 14, 2012 – 12:00 am

What does it mean to me to be a mid-list Indie?
In the days when traditional publishers were the only way to go, mid-list writers were the mainstays of the industry – the mostly unsung and unheralded writers who weren’t at the top of the charts but consistently wrote good, and sometimes even great, books.  They weren’t the Kings, the Clancys, the Roberts, the Grishams, the …