So you’re a writer. Then be one.

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 […]

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, […]

It’s a Writer’s Life for me….

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 […]

Affirmation vs. Entitlement

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 […]

Writers Protect Yourself

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 […]

A day in the indie life

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 […]

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

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.  […]