Archive | February 2018

Can you afford to be an Indie Author?

At this present time, I don’t consider myself an “active Indie Author”. To clarify any confusion, let me explain. Yes, I do have two books out in the world. Yes, you can find them on Amazon. Yes, you can purchase them on Amazon. Please do. Sometimes, you may have the vampire novel, due to KDP land, for free.

And I had planned on independently publishing more books, but life didn’t only happen– it Dragon Punched me in such a way that I wouldn’t wish these circumstances on my worst enemy.


Life kicking my a$$.

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Me: -9,999,999,999

So, for now, I won’t be putting money (that I don’t have) into marketing these books. Why? Please read what’s within the parentheses above. For example, my oldest son will be going to college soon, driving, and continuing to make my husband and I proud.

Needless to say, my answer to the question “can you afford to be indie author?” is No. Not Yet.

And the not yet is a much better response than no, not ever.

Now, with that said, I simply had to share this post from Angela J. Ford, an Indie author who has the right stuff.


Can you afford to be an indie author? As independent authors, we have to be aware of the way cost plays into self-publishing. Cost can mean the difference between turning book publishing into a business versus having a very expensive hobby. The question is, how much is too much? When do you know if your books are bringing in a positive return on investment?

Truth be told, some authors make back the investment they made into their books, while the percentage of authors who don’t make back their money is larger. As I enter my 4th year of writing and publishing, I’m taking a hard look at the cost of book publishing versus what I can recoup back. While I certainly don’t have all the answers, I do want to break down expenses a bit and help you figure out when too much is too much.

You can enjoy the remainder of this thought-provoking post here.



Be Stubborn

Do I feel like giving up? No comment, but if there’s one thing I learned from the movie “Galaxy Quest” is to #NeverGiveUp #NeverSurrender Yes, Vian, I will choose to be stubborn when it comes to pursuing my future as a writer! Cheers! 🙂

The Uncensored Writer

I think it’s about the right time for me to write a very short post on the virtues of being stubborn. Yes, I said virtues.

Our society constantly berates anyone who is too stubborn; often calling them names like boar-headed or thick-skulled. While there are definite instances where being stubborn should be frowned upon, I believe that we, as artists, should strive to be so.

We’re artists. We sculpt and shape worlds into existence. We create intricate stories in universes unseen by anyone else before. We’re effectively playing at being a god.

But we’re not perfect.

We’re human and we make mistakes. We blunder. We trip and fall. We do supid things for stupid reasons. We overlook details and we miss flaws in the things we’ve made.

So what do you get when you play at god, but are so fundamentally flawed?

You get a creation that is flawed.


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The Top 4 Myths Of Traditional Publishing

Thank you so much for this objective take on traditional publishing. As a once published, then turned Indie author (publisher went out of business) who wants her most current stories to be published traditionally, I know that both camps (traditional vs self-published) possess their own set of pros/cons and misunderstandings. Great post!

The Uncensored Writer

Last week I listed four of the more common myths surrounding Self Publishing. It wouldn’t be fair if I just left it at that, would it?

I hope to highlight some of the biggest myths surrounding the Tradition Publishing industry. Despite all the information out there, some people have pretty erroneous ideas regarding this topic.

Let’s jump right in!

“It’s A Slow, Outdated System”

This myth is mostly determined by your perspective. You’ll see it spread by indie-purists and people who, in some way, have been burned by the publishing industry (also by the occasional ignoramus). I can try to understand where these people are coming from, but I simply can’t agree with them.

Yes, it is a lengthy process that can take anywhere in the region of 18 months or more. Yes, it is a system that has been in place for many, many years. With both these things…

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Books, Authors, Double Standards and Snobbery.

Being an Indie Author is tough and it doesn’t get any easier when the stigma of independently published books are in most cases patronized and ignored (at worst). However, I must admit that it’s hard to market your existing book and write more books for publication without the proper resources, platform, advertising, which all cost a lot of money that writers (who dream of quitting their day jobs in order to write full-time) simply can’t do without. Great post! *New Follower Alert*



I am perpetually frustrated by the disdain that many have for Indie authors. Indie artists, musicians, and filmmakers are applauded for daring to step out, break the mould and do their own thing in defiance of the industries that are perceived to have grown too big, too powerful, too rich.

Nobody hesitates to go to a doctor or lawyer who owns their own practice. People don’t think twice about having their car serviced by a mechanic who runs a local garage. They’re independent practitioners within their industry, too. Let’s face it, there are some shonky ones out there – in any industry – but they are the vast minority, and their behaviour should never be used as the yardstick by which all others are measured.

So why is the double standard against Indie authors still not only acceptable, but so widely endorsed?

woman with bookI won’t deny that I’ve picked up two…

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What Social Media Platform is Right for My Writing?

Fantastic insight! 🙂

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In today’s world, every aspiring writer needs to work with social media.  Whether it be perfecting their WordPress blog, advertising their latest posts to Facebook and Twitter, or struggling to understand the complication that is Instagram Ads, (I’m still working on this one….) writers must learn how to use these platforms and they must also decide which ones can be most useful to them and their work.

In today’s post, we are going to the top five social media platforms in today’s world for writers, and list a few pros and cons of each one.  Hopefully you find this to be helpful in your search to optimize your writing.

1. WordPress Sites and Blogs

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I figured we might as well start with the obvious: WordPress.  Clearly, I support WordPress as I am writing this post on my WordPress sponsored blog, and I know many of you also are familiar with…

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Postcolonial Fantasy and Africa- Against the Word “Tribe”

A great resource for The Novel to come. 🙂

Phenderson Djèlí Clark

South-Africa-Tribes-–-South-African-Culture“The idea of tribes was brought to Africa for several reasons…. It was easier to place people into categories based on perceived divisions of ethnicity than it was to try to understand the multi-layered, fluid identities that prevailed…. colonial authorities found that placing people into “tribes” with “chiefs” was an effective way of creating a political order.”–John Reader

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