Category: Two Midlist Indies

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How the three laws of robotics apply to writing and planning

Today is National Sci-Fi day, and while we’re not on Sci-fi this month (that’s later in the year) as our featured support genre, for advice Mondays, I thought I’d share a bit of a thought experiment. First though… We’re a nation – or half of one – proud of our ignorance https://t.co/3I5AMHu7Ia — Valerie Douglas #fantasy #thriller #romance (@ValerieDouglasA) January 2, 2020 Today would be Issac’s 100th birthday, and there’s little denying the impact he...

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Writing series/sequels

First, readers love series/sequels. However, the next book in any series should always be a standalone book, that is unless you really want to annoy your readers. And you should only write it because you have more to say, because you like the world in which you wrote it, or because you love the characters so much that you want to spend more time with them. Because if you did, your readers probably will, too. If...

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Our groups and subgroups, and the award winning project!

EXTRA, EXTRA! The Indie Author Group has won a Preditors and Editors award! We were voted BEST DISCUSSION FORUM, 2014! (we’ve since gone on to win, or place in the top three every year). And while we’re here – would you like to join some new writer’s groups? Our main writers groups are our closed one – Indie Author Group Our open group is smaller, but just as friendly  – Indie Author Writing Group On...

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Points of view…

From The Fellowship of the Rings – “There were some that shook their heads and thought that this was too much of a good thing; it seemed unfair that anyone should possess (apparently) perpetual youth as well as (reputably) inexhaustible wealth. “It will have to be paid for….” Notice that the sentence is in no discernible particular voice. ***** From Dune – ‘Paul’ heard the fear in her voice and wondered at it. Jessica spoke...

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Pinterest – A picture is worth a thousand words

A picture is worth a thousand words, especially with Pinterest. This is where having a great cover makes a tremendous difference.  An intriguing cover will draw the interest of Pinterest viewers As with all social media, though, it is social media. It’s not just about promoting your books, but about getting to know you, the author, so you need to post more than just your covers. Post about you. What inspires you as a person or what inspired your...

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The Indie Author’s quick guide to Twitter

In a new feature, we’ve decided to provide some quick guides to various social networks, from our social media based moderator (Kai).  Remember too, that we have our own Twitter and Facebook page, and will be launching a Pinterest profile for our members soon! The Quick guide to Twitter Twitter is a basic social network where you can post tweets, which are 140 characters or less.  Tweets are designed to be short and sweet –...

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The four E’s of Indie publishing

There are four e’s to indie publishing – four elements that just can’t be skimped on, or you’ll destroy yourself.  That destruction will come from poor reviews, and your image, once damaged, is really difficult to repair.  Once you’re known as a writer that doesn’t care about his/her product, though you’ll still gain readers, there will eventually be a barrier to your evolution as a writer, or even your ability to reach the next level....

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Merging sites and more

One of the major things we quite like to do at the Indie Author Group is make sure that we’re offering the best of our content to everyone.  Over the last few years, we (Valerie and I) have ran two seperate blogs that we’ve recently decided to merge down. So, when you visit both the Indie Author Community and Two Midlist Indies, you’ll now find those posts here. Explore the archives – there’s some really...

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How to be a new writer

  There are so many decisions to be made it can seem overwhelming. The first and best advice I can give you to start is this – stop worrying and just write. Then write some more. Enjoy yourself, enjoy the process whether you’re a plotter – you have to outline – or a pantser – you just write. If  you’re loving what you do, then do it. Just do it. Before you do anything else,...

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Your new to-do list – what should it include?

So, now you’re looking at the ‘clean’ space that was once a massive to-do list of doom, what goes back ON it? The short answer is, whatever you prioritize. How to choose priorities One of the major things many people need to think about is what they want to prioritize – it is, in most cases, physically impossible to do everything, and a lot of the problem with old to-do lists is knowing what’s really,...