Happy birthday Indie Author Group!
When Valerie and I started talking about the changes on the site, we realized that we were rapidly approaching seven years as a group. Seven years is incredible! And we got to talking about how many changes we’ve seen the community undergo, and how much we’ve looked at in the last few years, because we share everything we’ve learned as we learn it. And then we got to thinking how amazing our community is, that they share too. So…happy birthday guys!
And… welcome back to the Indie Author Group Blog. We’ve been offline a long time, while we planned and plotted and created some really neat new things, which will be rolled out in the coming weeks, plus, we’ll be updating and republishing a lot of advice, so it’s all go here.
Seven years ago in May, Valerie Douglas put out the call to create a group for indie authors and asked for moderators. The result was the Indie Author Group. I was one of the first moderator volunteers, and Valerie and I have gone on to build one of the most popular groups on Facebook for advice on writing. She’s published over 20 books, and I’m not so far behind 😉 We’ve got an amazing team of moderators, and the site has gone from strength to strength. We have a Facebook Page, Twitter profile, Instagram (new) and Pinterest. Plus, we’re restarting the newsletter soon!
But we primarily run IAG on Facebook, and support people with their careers – basically, we share our mistakes so people can avoid them, and news in the indie community and more. So much so that everyone is *off* writing right now, so we’re hoping to kick things up a notch with the blog. When we founded the group, KDP was in its infancy, as was Smashwords, and we’ve done it all. Both Valerie and I are hybrid authors, and we have a team of seven other moderators who help out with their expertise, so it’s nice to think that we’re starting a new phase now.
I’m glad you asked. New things include The Writers Information Reference Library (give it a Twirl 😉 ), and we’re launching a new blog on creating and marketing content on a shoestring, so you can save your money for the foundational stuff. We’ve got a new publishing schedule, new guidelines and some new toys that I’ll roll out later in the year, once we’ve beta tested them. We’ll be adding a provider database and all sorts of other new bits and pieces very soon too, but the biggest thing that’s new is we’ll be providing new and exclusive content at least fortnightly to the main blog, or Shoestring, and we’ll be constantly adding to Twirl, which is a bit like Quora, except its only one answer. Though we are looking at adding a Quora-like function later in the year too.
At [email protected] we’ll talk about the things that indie authors should know – review technology and other items that allow people to keep up with everything they need to in the indie author community – it’s not so much about the technology, but about using technology to make the most of the things around them. We’ll talk blogging software, and the software on blogs, plugins, RSS readers, how to search properly and more. That launches in September.
Finally, we’ve got a news only blog that takes the most up to the minute news on all things author. More on that in a bit, but if you’d like to subscribe, then head over to Breaking News. It’ll have commentary and information on all the things important to writers with a focus on publishing and platform news. We’ll also link to the best resources we use to research, so you can go straight to the horse’s mouth. That’ll be launching as soon as we’re settled into the new blog!
And of course, our social media presence will remain.
Finally, Valerie and I want to thank our team and our members. WIthout you guys, Valerie’s idea, and the work that we both do would never be the same and we’re grateful for our community, every single day.