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  • Pen names are an effective way to separate out your different genres and your writings. It is also a good way to build up different fan bases for different genres of writing (but only if you need to separate them). You can publish under any name you wish, within reason, but for tax purposes, your […]
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Why author communities are essential to success #writingcommunity #mondayblogs

by | Oct 25, 2021 | Advice | 0 comments

As Nanowrimo and some other projects approach, and as the season that most writers use to build their biggest sales, and followings approach – as many people get Kindle or eReader related gifts, while you should be focussed on your own community, including your street team and newsletter, it’s important too, to consider making author connections in the community itself.

Join up, share knowledge, ask questions!

The Indie Author Group was founded in 2011 to answer questions and offer an easy place for veterans to gather and nurture the community, and a decade on, we’re proud to still offer the same space. Whether you’re a complete newbie, you’re looking for information without being flooded with consistent advertising or you’re just seeking a friendly place to hang out, we’ve got you covered.

Our blog is in the process of being cleaned after a decade of content, but the group is a goldmine – from a list of people to follow and interact with, to service providers listing with us, and questions and answers on everything you can find. Most of all though, we’re one of the oldest author groups for indie authors on Facebook, and our moderators hold a collected 60+ years minimum of experience as writers.

Community is essential

One of the things that we believe is that community is absolutely essential. Whether it’s community as in those that you’re giving advice or getting it, I think community is ever more important in this environment. Writing is a solitary business – publishing is not. Even if it’s not just about getting advice, learning how to market or otherwise, it’s important to remember too that though we may write for ourselves, we also need to remember readers are our community, but aren’t the people we need to talk to about our writing. They are a part of it, but for the professional side, having a good, understanding, non-commercial based community to talk to is really important. And there are some of us on Facebook, of course, but we’d love you to join us on the Indie Author Group, and start conversations 🙂

See you there!

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