I’ve had a great response to Who’s That Indie Author? and I’m looking forward to posting more profiles in 2016. Some readers have commented that they weren’t sure what indie authors were. Others, like me, have been humbled by the huge number of writers out there who are publishing and promoting their own books. It’s a fast-growing market with a lot of different ways to get a book in print, and many challenges too.
In the article “What IS and Indie Author,” from The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), novelist and Director Orna Ross, helps define the indie author and explains that even writers who have relationships with trade publishers can be considered indie authors:
Lots of our members use trade publishers to reach readers, especially through bookstores. Being an independent author is an approach to writing and publishing, a matter of self-definition. If you see yourself as the creative director of your books, from concept to completion and beyond, then you’re indie. And you make partnerships that help you deliver the best possible book to the most possible readers, trade publishers included.
ALLi is a global non-profit association for writers who self-publish. Click here to visit their website.
Here’s a recap of Book Club Mom’s November and December indie authors:
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Books: There Are No Vampires In This Book
Favorite Book: She Who Remembers by Linda Lay Shuler
Biggest Challenge: Marketing!
Contact Information: You Can find Megan at her website: MeganBailyBooks.com, on Facebook at meganbaileybooks, on her Amazon Author page and on her Goodreads Author Page.
Genre: Romance, Suspense
Books: Silenced Memories, Book 1 in the Marine Special Forces Series, Book 2 due in 2016.
Favorite book: The Shining by Stephen King
Biggest challenge: Getting your book in front of readers
Contact Information: Find Brittney at these links: brittneysahin.com, brittneysahin.wordpress.com, and Facebook Author and Amazon Author pages.
Genre: YA & Women’s Fiction
Books: Watch Me Disappear, The Latecomers Fan Club
Favorite Classic: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Biggest challenge: Finding new readers
Contact Information: My website is dvmulligan.com, and twitter at @mulligan_writes.
Genre: Science Fiction, Alternate History
Book: The Devil’s Dictum
Favorite book: Tie: The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers; The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
Biggest challenge: Getting readers to stop long enough to read the first page.
Contact Information: Follow me on Twitter @Fredosphere
Genre: Romance, Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Poetry, Horror, Children’s Books
Books: The Music of Us . Click here for a complete list.
Favorite book: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Biggest challenge: Balancing time between writing and reaching readers.
Contact Information: uviar.blogspot.com
Genre: Non-Fiction Spirituality/Inspirational
Latest Book: The Real You Is Immortal: Whether You Like It or Not! (Seventh book, all on Amazon.)
Favorite Book: David Chamberlain’s Windows to the Womb
Biggest Challenge: Non-fiction does not attract readers as novels can.
Contact Information: email@example.com
Genre: Historical fiction, Non-fiction
Books: Threaten To Undo Us (May 2015), contributing author in Hot Apple Cider with Cinnamon (Nov 2015)
Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Biggest challenge: Finding time to write, between book promotions and the rest of life.
Contact information: roseseilerscott.com
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy / Romance
Book: Thirst: Blood of my Blood
Favorite YA Book: The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Biggest challenge: Marketing, getting known
Contact Information: Website/Blog: http://blog.rpchanning.com
Like anything else, having talent is only part of the process of getting noticed and, for indie authors, promoting themselves is one of their biggest challenges. If you are an indie author and would like to be featured in Who’s That Indie Author?, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a template to complete.
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