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 … Continue reading Can you afford to be an Indie Author?

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*

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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?

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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. 🙂

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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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Epigraphs? How to Increase the Depth and Tension of Your Fantasy World

An epigraph is a short quotation or saying at the beginning of a book or chapter, intended to suggest its theme. Epigraphs usually come from other artists, such as poets, authors, painters, or musicians. For example, here's the famous epigraph, written by D'Invilliers from Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. If you've read The Great Gatsby, then you're familiar … Continue reading Epigraphs? How to Increase the Depth and Tension of Your Fantasy World

How To Easily Format Poetry For Ebook Publishing…

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By Derek Haines  on Just Publishing Advice:

Formatting poetry for ebooks is simple with the right tools
Self-publishing fiction is as easy as having a Word document and then uploading.

Most publishing platforms automatically remove unwanted space and create flowing text, which is perfect for fiction.

For poetry, however, space is a tool, and it can be very frustrating when all your formatting in Word is stripped away when you upload for publishing.

It has been a while since I had to work on a poetry manuscript, and I’ll admit that I was becoming a little frustrated after my first couple of attempts at uploading to both Kindle and Draft2Digital (D2D).

While Kindle preserved at least some of the Word formatting, Draft2 Digital stripped almost all of it away.

I found this in D2d help, but it proved to be a hit and miss affair. Some formatting stuck on some…

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