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Weekly roundup, week ending 19th January

January 19, 2014 – 4:55 pm

Last week’s roundup
Every week, one of the IAG moderators will round up what’s gone on, on the group and in the Indie community as a broader view.  If you’ve been busy writing, editing, or promoting, let us catch you up and find conversations and blog posts that should interest you and dive into the information you’re really keen to see.
On the group
Nikki Broadwell started a conversation …

Indie Author Challenges

December 4, 2013 – 3:15 pm

Each Wednesday, myself or one of the moderators will share a challenge, and on Sunday, one of us will explain how you can use that for your own writing. The Wednesday after, that challenge will appear on the blog, to help writers make the most of them.
Wednesday 27th November
On Wednesday 27th November, I set a challenge asking people to describe their book in four words. …

Be a little… different

May 16, 2013 – 7:15 pm

“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of. ” Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon gave us cowboys in space – just look at the way Nathan Fillion was dressed – right down to the ‘companion’ with a heart of gold, the preacher and the doctor all along for the ride. …

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 …

The question of genre

December 16, 2012 – 8:26 am

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” Eleanor Roosevelt said.
Do you have to write in the same genre? Should you use a pen name?
(For those who don’t know it, genre is the category in which you write – mystery, science fiction, etc.)
It seems as if everyone is playing with genre today, Stephen King became Richard Bachman to write the stories he was compelled to …

Something really amazing happened

August 24, 2012 – 2:41 pm

Okay, so it wasn’t as if I hadn’t planned for it. First, I ordered a new cover. I liked the old one, but it didn’t quite have the edge I wanted. I wanted to remind readers it was an epic fantasy – the romance was just part of the story. An integral part, but only a part nonetheless.
I made Song of the Fairy Queen free …

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 …


July 20, 2012 – 6:27 pm

To quote Isaac Asimov and Heraclitus – The only constant is change. And there have been a lot of changes in the publishing industry, the most radical of course being the addition of Indie writing and Indie Authors.
Much of that change is due to Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords, who took Indie writing out of vanity press and made it something viable. As a kid …

Eclectic Collective – What’s a collective

June 13, 2012 – 7:33 pm

So, what exactly is a collective? It may or may not be the next big new thing among Indie writers.
Essentially a collective is a group of writers who band together for one or any number of purposes.Oneof the primary reasons many form a collective is to declare a certain level of quality for their work, given the reputation that many indie writers have. Collectives can …

Editing 101 – The Basics

April 6, 2012 – 1:15 pm

First, this document was never intended to replace a good editor. (Good editor defined – i.e. one who works with you, who suggest rather than insists, and who occasionally doles out compliments. They are not your friend, they are the defender of your precious baby – your book – first and foremost, by making sure that it is concise and grammatically correct.) In fact, you …