Indie Authors: Self Publishing Advice

Being an indie author is tough. There's the long hours of writing, the nail biting and teeth gritting as you revise your work, and of course there's marketing, promoting, and hoping that maybe you'll get a few, or a lot, of readers. Over the years, more and more indie authors have published, and shared their …

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Indie Authors Writing: Writing Dialogue and Choosing Point of View

Good writing takes a lot of practice, and it also helps to get feedback from readers, editors, and other writers.  Sometimes, it's hard for writers to come up with realistic sounding dialogue. If you want some help, check out The Write One Blog's "Fiction Dialogue Writing Tips Adapted From Real Life," which gives a number …

Indie Authors: Expanding Your Content

Writing and publishing a book is a great accomplishment, but it doesn't have to end there. Books can be spliced, expanded, and distributed in new and multiple ways online. Gordon Burgett wrote about how to multiple a book's sales by turning it into six books. It works easily with non-fiction books, where you can separate …

Guest Post: Pro Tips for Editing Your Book Efficiently and Effectively

By Mariah You've finally written that book, and you are so proud of your efforts. It may have been very long in the making, and you are ecstatic to be so close to the finish line. There is still some work that needs to be done on it; it needs to be checked for grammatical …

Indie Authors: Writing and Publishing Tools

It seems that every day I come across a new site or tool that can help with writing, editing, promoting, or pretty much any stage in the publishing process. (The Book Designer has a great article explaining why authors should embrace new technologies.) Here are links to a few of the best ones: Writing Citation …

Indie Authors: Marketing Books by Collaborating

Marketing in teams often pays off more than marketing by yourself. Author assistant Kate Tilton and many others, including S.R. Johannes have advocated street teams, which involves getting fans to rally and support a book. But there are also some clever ways to form groups among authors who write in your genre. Jason Kong wrote on …

Indie Authors: Building Your Brand and Writer Platform

To be a successful indie author, you need to have a brand / writer platform. At first, this may sound like a daunting task. And yes, it is a lot of work. But I've found that it helps to outline goals, and then break down your plan into small steps that you can easily do …

Genres in Publishing

There's a lot going on in publishing. One really interesting thing to watch is what's happening in different genres. Usually, I think the term "genre" here refers to the big three: romance, sci-fi/fantasy, and maybe thriller/crime. But there's so much more to it. BookNet Canada has been studying popular genres and releasing reports. One report …