Tagged: Author

Self-Editing 101

Spelling – Even the best spellers make mistakes. Use a software program like Grammarly or WordWeb (both of which have free versions.) Both may catch other errors in word usage – like affect vs. effect – and both do offer a thesaurus so you can find a better word or correct one that’s overused. One of the first things they may or may not tell you in writing classes or seminars is that in a...

Indie author group roundup, week ending 26th January

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 us regularly.  Now your profile can include your Amazon...

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

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

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 new author again.  So I thought I’d share...

Don’t just sign, read the contract

Don’t just sign, read the contract

Everyone has been getting very excited about the new options available to Indie writers – KDP Select and iBooks. I’ve been a little surprised by how few people really understand what they’re getting into, really look at the contracts they’re effectively signing, despite all the fuss some people kicked up about KDP. Remember that – a few weeks ago? OMG, they are the devil, they’re requiring authors to be exclusive with them! (Only for 90...

Keeping the community honest

Keeping the community honest

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 of negative issues (such as carpet bombing) and ostracize those...