Indie Authors Writing: Writing Dialogue and Choosing Point of View

By Janpha Thadphoothon.Janpha at en.wikibooks [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

By Janpha Thadphoothon.Janpha at en.wikibooks [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Good writing takes a lot of practice, and it also helps to get feedback from readers, editors, and other writers.  Continue reading

Indie Authors and Libraries

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By Joe Crawford from Moorpark, California, USA (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Libraries are wonderful for indie authors. They open up a whole new audience of readers, but unfortunately the route to getting an indie book into a library is not always very clear.

The American Library Association (ALA) has a great fact sheet that goes over what libraries buy, when they look to buy books, what the library market looks like, and marketing opportunities. The fact sheet even has a section specifically for indie authors, providing a link to a number of articles and resources about self-publishing and libraries that are accepting self-published books.

According to GoodeReader, more libraries are opening up to the idea of purchasing indie books, which is good news. Libraries in general are changing. In fact, one library, University of Iowa, has started digitizing fanzines.

Until recently, it seemed the best way for indie authors to submit their books to libraries for consideration was via Smashwords, which distributes to Overdrive (who recently announced they are working on a way to convert PDFs to EPUBs) and Baker & Taylor, and IngramSpark, which distributes to libraries. However, indie authors don’t really get to pitch their books to librarians this way, which makes the whole process less likely to succeed.

From what I can tell now, there are two new platforms that basically cater to indie authors looking to get their books into libraries. Continue reading

An Interview with Tracy Lawson, author of Resist

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Tracy Lawson is the author of The Resistance Series. Resist is Book 2 in the series:

After their plan to rescue a group of dissenters imprisoned by the OCSD spins out of control, Tommy and Careen are on the run, dodging the quadrant marshals in a headlong dash for the remote mountain headquarters of the Resistance.

Their budding relationship is tested when an attempt to spark a revolution goes awry, and the pair move toward an inevitable confrontation with the forces that terrorize the nation. Will their differing viewpoints drive a wedge between them? And where does love fit in when you’re trying to overthrow the government?

Read on for Tracy Lawson’s interview about the book. Continue reading

Indie Authors: Writing a Series

Writing a good book takes a lot of effort, between the outlining and plotting, researching, drafting, editing, proofing, and then publishing. But writing a series takes at least a bit more planning from the beginning.

I’ve been thinking about this more, since I started working on my first series, Dinosaur Wars. And, as usual, I’ve found some helpful articles that give advice on the several aspects of writing and publishing a book series.

Also, if you’re debating whether to write one book or a series of books, you should check out Indies Unlimited’s “What Readers Want – Series vs. Standalone Books,” which discusses the pros and cons. This includes less author risk and commitment for standalone books, but more reader commitment for series. Continue reading

All About Literary Magazines: Reading, Submitting, Publishing Your Own

Literary magazines are wonderful. They often publish new and established writers, are increasingly become more mobile, and for the motivated, are fairly easy to publish.

For readers, there are a number of great literary journals out there. Some examples include Glimmer Train, Narrative, and Strand Mag. (Also magazines that take submissions, for writers looking to get published.) There is also Literary Hub, a site which, according to the Washington Post, “attempts to bring together everything literary on the Internet.”

For writers, there are some comprehensive databases with links to literary magazines, submission guidelines, and what they pay (if anything):

Lastly, for anyone thinking about starting their own literary magazine, here are some hopefully useful tools:

  • NewPages (to help you find MFA programs where you can reach out to directors and ask to spread the word about your new magazine, as well as how students can submit work)
  • Submittable (to easily keep track of submissions and determine which ones are a good fit

If you ever start your own literary magazine, please let me know! I would love to hear about your experiences. Also, for those interested in other forms of literature, check out my articles, “All About Chapbooks” and “A to Zine: A Guide to Understanding Zines.”

 

Ebook Review: The Novel, Kunzman, the Novel!

kunzman_novelThe Novel, Kunzman, The Novel! by Larry Lefkowitz

The assistant to a known literary critic suffers from the domination of the critic. After the critic’s sudden death, the assistant believes he has been freed from the critic’s dominance. However when the critic’s beautiful wife asks him to complete an unfinished novel written by her late husband, the assistant finds himself still under the influence of the critic as well as his wife.

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Guest Post: Want to Step Up Your Facebook?

By Sheena Mathieson – Freelancer

Facebook is such a big platform that has helped out so many indie authors. Here are some more tips on Facebook fan pages, from guest author Sheena Mathieson.

Today, the world meets on a platform and that social platform is Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg’s child has brought us closer and knitted us into the same web of ties. In this web of interconnected humans, do you want to be that entrepreneur or blogger who explores Facebook marketing strategies to serve creations to the world around?

Well, then you have come to the right place.

The categories for which you can set up a Facebook Fan Page.

The categories for which you can set up a Facebook Fan Page.

Why should you step up your Facebook fan page?

If you want to develop a concise Facebook marketing strategy or publicize your content, then you have set up a Facebook Fan Page. These are the reasons:

  1. A good place to network and share one’s thoughts.

Sometimes you might want to share quick links or thoughts with other people. By using a fan page, not only can a celebrity take their musings to their fans, but product developers can also take their thoughts to their prospective customers. A writer can share the gist of his content to the internet-usership, artists can display their creations to the world; all of these without having them come to your site or shop.

A fan page is like a virtual ground where people can have discussions and interactions, where they can share links and foster connections. Once they know what you are about and they like it, your business or blog will begin to grow at a much higher rate.

  1. Access to a greater number of people.

Facebook limits your friends’ count at around 5,000 but a fan page allows you to get as many likes as you desire. Your networking skills are expanded and with such an expansion, your thoughts and ideas can reach faster and further to the people out there.

It is simple to have a Facebook fan page, but to wait for its impact isn’t. It needs hard work in the form of daily upgrades. A successful fan page doesn’t attract success very easily – you need a plan and a spark to help you get there. Take these few important Facebook tips – it needs a well laid content plan, posts that can be food for thought or surprising news to the ones visiting your page, and daily tending so that it doesn’t rust away.

What are the benefits of stepping up a Facebook fan page?

Well, it is a simple thing – a personal profile of a market entrepreneur or blog writer doesn’t provide him or her a market or unlimited readership. Fan pages that publicize your business or work can be a cherry on the top for your Facebook marketing strategy. Personal profiles, however are just meant for one thing – personal connections. Not public ones, right?

So, here are a few benefits of your Fan Page:

  1. You get great access to advertising – Through your Facebook fan page, you can create ads for a targeted audience and end up not spending much money in the process. You can reach out to the friends of your fans through promoting posts and marketing your products/content well.
  2. You can schedule your content within Facebook – You can schedule your content according to the way you want and bring back older content as reminders for your audience.
The icon for scheduling your content. (Picture courtesy: http://www.jonloomer.com/2012/05/31/facebook-page-schedule-posts/)

The icon for scheduling your content. (Picture courtesy: http://www.jonloomer.com/2012/05/31/facebook-page-schedule-posts/)

  1. You can gather more followers– As a part of most Facebook Tips; you can gather more followers from friends of your fans and a community outside that of Facebook. You can achieve this through newsletters and contests.
  1. You can get insights from the new Insights tool – The new Insights tool on Facebook gives a detailed analysis on what is happening to your page – the number of people who have liked your post, the number of people who have access and much more.

A Few Facebook Tips:

  1. Run a contest on Facebook to reach out to more people as they give you access to emails through enticing prizes.
  1. Promote your fan page by setting up a Facebook page elsewhere online or through email notifications.
  1. Try to make the most out of your Facebook Insights tool.
  1. Generate access to apps that can add purpose and traffic to your page. For example, the Social RSS app helps you to draw on your blog’s RSS feed.
  1. The Insights tool can be of immense help in stepping up Facebook fan page.

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This is a simple list. Be creative so you can devise ingenious Facebook marketing strategies to allow Facebook step up fan page. Just draw on and develop from experience and experimentation; and in case you need help, you have these Facebook tips to fall back on!

image4Sheena Mathieson understands the essence of making excellent content that suits the needs of every business, especially when it comes online marketing. She can spice up your marketing campaign with the content she makes and then incorporate Buy Real Marketing services.

An Interview with Robert A. Kezer, author of The Boétie Legacy: and a World in Peril

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Robert A. Kezer is the author of The Boétie Legacy: and a World in Peril. Here is the official book description:

In The Boétie Legacy, and a World in Peril, Luke Canton arrives in Granada, Nicaragua, midlife and dreading having to start over again. Spending the last twelve years as a student has taken a toll on his relationships, and he yearns to settle down. But he knows he has to let the people know what he uncovered—that while humanity has been duped into accepting perpetual war, we now have the ways to expose, sanction, and control the powers that have done so. Somehow the ideas forming in his mind—the way for humanity to claim and enforce its inherent right to direct our governments and corporations—have to be brought to life. And if a more compassionate world is possible, Luke has to do his part regardless the cost; for him, life is that way. He has come too far, sacrificed too many people and too much of life, not to see this journey through. But now he’s struggling, wondering if he’s reached his limit or if he’s as naïve as many people seem to think. At least he is until he meets Jo. She brings clarity and stirs up urges he had put aside long ago. Could there really be someone for him at this point in his journey? Someone who could walk by his side as they wove their unique selves into the fabric of creation? But old fears loom large, testing his courage to love again and threatening humanity’s chance for survival.

Read on for  Robert A. Kezer’s interview, as well as an excerpt from the book. Continue reading

Privacy in the Digital World

A couple years ago, there were a lot of articles being shared online about how ereaders/tablets were “watching” their readers. In the digital age, privacy is a legitimate concern. In addition to hackers, companies collect and track data from their users/customers, and there’s also concerns over how much the government sees.

There’s definitely a trade-off between convenience and privacy. And over the last few years, it’s sparked a lot of interesting debate and conversation. In particular, there’s been a lot of talk over how to protect the privacy of minors.

In 2013, California made a law that anyone under 18 had the right to delete things they said online. DBW also reported that teens took matters into their own hands and avoided or uninstalled certain apps due to privacy concerns.

There are also new concerns over how to protect the privacy of the deceased. Sometimes if you don’t know the passwords to social media accounts, it can be tricky to deactivate accounts. The Next Web, however, offers a helpful guide.

For people who may be concerned about who knows what they read digitally, Eric Hellman wrote up a post on which research journals let their ad networks collect data about their readers. Electronic Frontier Foundation also created a detailed ereader privacy chart, sharing exactly what information companies collect (though it is from 2012, and may be a bit outdated).

Have you encountered any issues with reading digitally? Please share in the comments!