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Self-publishing 101

Write a good book and finish it. Do not even consider self-publishing until it’s finished, with good cover art and editing. Write at least two and up to five more books before releasing Book One, even if it’s in another genre – nothing sells Book One like Book Two, Three, etc. Give the first book to beta readers for evaluation – give them a time to return it to you with their critiques/evaluation. Hire an...

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Reality Check for Indie Authors

I n all honesty I suspect that Scribd found the path of least resistance in their romance/erotica decision. (Witness the petitions to Jeff Bezos/Amazon asking him to change the review policy.) The truth of the matter is likely to be a more harsh reality – a lot of romance/erotica readers were downloading books, finding them to be dreck and so they didn’t finish them, they just deleted them off their e-readers and went onto the next....

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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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Don’t make me pull out my teeny tiny violin…

Lately, there have been a lot of writers crying the blues about their books – “I’m promoting like mad, but no one is downloading my book,” or  “I can’t get any reviews,” or “Someone gave me a bad one-star review.” Oh, gee, I say as I search for it on the interwebz, I’m so sorry. My books are selling, but 1. I promote judiciously and 2. I follow the standard maxim – Nothing sells Book One like...

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What to write. For writers and the like.

Dear writer, Maybe you already have a very clear image of what you want to write. If so, power to you. If you have not such a clear image, power and pictures to you to get the image you want. I’m going to try and put down some help here for you. Help that I think might be good advice, although opinions, as mileage, might vary. Genre This is a tricky one sometimes, because you...

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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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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 others in that range of fame? If you do then you can stop reading here, there’s nothing new for you then....

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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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Aspiring writers

You’ve probably heard the phrase, or perhaps even used it yourself. “I’m an aspiring writer.” The free dictionary says this about aspire: as·pire intr.v. as·pired 1. To have a great ambition or ultimate goal; desire strongly: aspired to stardom. 2. To strive toward an end: aspiring to great knowledge. 3. To soar. If you are an ‘aspiring writer’, please stop being one. Be a writer or be no writer.  How can you strive to be a writer when you don’t write,...

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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...