Tag Archive | indie authors

Indie Pride Day – July 1st

Indie Pride day

Indie Pride Day: On July 1st , Indie Authors from around the world, intend to raid social media with pic’s of us holding up our books with the hashtag #IndieBooksBeSeen..Last year thousands participated, and our indie pride day almost trended .And this year i believe we can! We are about to make history as the biggest online showcase of indie authors and titles ever! I hope that you’ll support us in our day to shine! Tell every indie author that you know to mark their calendars for July 1 st!

So are you going to participate?

MWB awards 2015

Here is me in St. Paul at the Midwest Book Awards. I was a finalist for the historical fiction book I am holding, but I didn’t win the whole enchilada. Maybe next year!

Why I have stopped reviewing books from Celebrity Authors

I wouldn’t go so far as to not review a celebrity author’s book if I take the time to read it, but I definitely go out of my way to read indie authors and review their books on multiple sites, (if I like it). If the book needs help, I contact the author and suggest such – even though that might not make me popular. If my book needed help, I’d want people to tell me. It doesn’t help anyone if I just lambaste them for poor writing or editing online. Do indie authors listen to my suggestions – I’m guessing not many, but if enough people them them their book needs help, then maybe they will listen. All indie authors benefit when our group as a whole puts better work out there. Yes, it’s competition, but it also helps our reputation as a whole, and that helps everyone!

Gisela’s Straightforward Blog: Why I have stopped reviewing books from Celebrity Authors.

Self Publishing A Book: 7 Mistakes Of Indie Authors and How you can fix them | The Creative Penn

If you aren’t familiar with Joanna Penn, let me introduce you to her. She is a great resource for people who write and want to publish.

Self Publishing A Book: 7 Mistakes Of Indie Authors and How you can fix them | The Creative Penn.

Barnes and Noble as Library – can it work?

b and NSerendipity and Samples Can Save Barnes & Noble – Bloomberg.

I don’t think Virginia’s idea of a Barnes and Noble book warehouse/membership house would work. Sounds like a library to me. But it is a good question whether B & N can survive. Smaller stores might be a better idea. If they go under, my guess is the indie bookstores that have managed to stay afloat will still be around and can fill in the gap.

I am no fan of B & N since they make it very difficult (if not impossible) for indie authors to put their books in their stores (unlike the sadly defunct Borders), but I do buy from them on occasion.

As with most things, time, and the pocket book, will tell.

Terry Cordingley: Day 3: The Platform For Your Book

I wanted to share this post about the scary word to most indie authors – PLATFORM.

I think that creating a platform: what you are known for, is easy if your famous. Your platform is created by just writing your books and selling tons of them.

But then, most of us aren’t famous, so what do most of us do?

If you write non-fiction, I think it is a bit easier. You have a topic that you have written a whole book about. You can share your knowledge with you target audience.  But you have the same task as all of us have; you have to get your name  and your expertise out there (the same marketing conundrum).

For fiction writers I think it is a little harder. Fiction writers aren’t experts per say. They may be expert at writing a particular genre or few different genre’s but I think that is harder to “sell,” so to speak, harder to stand out as an “expert” writer of westerns, or an expert writer of horror. There are a lot of fiction writers out there, so standing out among that large crowd is not easy, especially when your exposure to the world at large is up to you. (But thank goodness for the internet – the indie writers friend!)

In both cases, for the majority of indie authors I agree with Terry in that it really is a matter of time. It also takes a lot of persistence : going to book stores, speaking at clubs, writing a blog, tweeting, facebooking, connecting to readers on Goodreads or Amazon and with others in the writing world… You name it, you can do it.

Or not.

I’m not convinced a platform  has a big impact on actual sales, but it is connected. I think sales are the number one platform creator and that comes back to marketing again – which is tied to all those things I mention above plus more. All these things are things we, as writers, can do to get our names, and hopefully, our books out there. But again, it takes time.

The biggest thing is to not fret about it. Continue to write and edit and write some more. Make contacts where you can, spend as much energy on putting yourself out there as you have. As I mentioned, the internet is your friend, so use it. Just hang in there. Some of what we have realize it that fate plays a part in all this, as well. If that newspaper editor happens to pick up the press release your sent, and if they happen to like your story and they decide to print an article about you and your book, and it happens to resonate with readers of the article who decide to actually go online or to your local indie bookstore to pick up your book…

Need I say more. Give it time and keep writing 🙂

Click on this link to see what Terry has to say on the topic.

Terry Cordingley: Day 3: The Platform For Your Book.