The many hats of an indie author

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Indie authors have to wear a lot of hats. Many authors have day jobs and family responsibilities. Writing happens in the early mornings or late at night. Then there’s editing, proofreading, formatting, choosing a publisher, a cover, and all the details that go along with these tasks. And next…there’s book promotion, getting reviews, tweeting, Facebooking, blogging, talking about your book nonstop, every day and doing it in a different way each time so that people notice. Online and in person. Here’s how you may react:

Wait…what? You mean, after everything else, now I have to actually market my book? But I’m busy writing my next one. I’m a writer, not a book promoter!

One way to get the word out is to be part of Who’s That Indie Author, a regular feature here at Book Club Mom. Many indie authors have already been introduced and you can be too! Email bvitelli2009@gmail.com for a template and instructions.

And in the meantime, meet these talented indie authors who are busy writing their next books!


M. Barlean –mainstream fiction, suspense, cozy mystery and short fiction


Brysen Mann – psychological thriller, mystery, suspense and science fiction


Annika Perry – contemporary fiction and short fiction


Diana Tarant Schmidt – speculative fiction


Connie Lacy – young adult, historical fiction,
magical realism and climate fiction


K.C. Tansley – young adult time travel mystery


Geoffrey M. Cooper – medical thriller


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Do You Know What a Book Publicist Does? by Claire McKinney

Do You Know What a Book Publicist Does?
A Guide for Creating Your Own Campaigns
by
Claire McKinney

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Writing a book is a big job and getting it published is an even bigger one. But even then, there is more work ahead. Did you know that there were over 700,000 books published in 2015? If you are a self-published author, promoting your book is the only way to get people to read it. Many self-published authors are unsure about how to do that. Their craft is writing, not publicity and marketing is a daunting task.

That’s where Claire McKinney’s guide to creating a book publicity campaign comes in. Even if you have a publisher, you need to understand how campaigns work. McKinney knows that having a plan takes the anxiety out of the job. Her book outlines how to pitch a book, develop contacts, write press materials and create a timeline.

In traditional publishing houses, the plan is in place months before the release. For self-publishers, it should be no different. McKinney’s guide is a great place to start. She explains how book publicity works and what you can do to get in there. Specifically, she offers advice on how to prepare a press kit and a bio, how to pitch your “story” and where to pitch it. She details how to set up and manage a media contact list, how to ask for and get reviews and when to pay for them.

Social media plays a big role in book publicity and McKinney offers advice on reaching readers through Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads. You can download her free social media guide here. In addition, she explains advanced media strategies including how to work bookstore events, library programs and conferences. One strategy I think is the most interesting is how to insert your book and into a news story, thereby adding reader interest.

The book’s format is simple and readable and presented in a non-intimidating style. I highly recommend this guide and I will be sure to keep it handy as I help promote my father’s new book of short fiction.

I read Do You Know What a Book Publicist Does? as part of my Build a Better World Summer Reading Challenge to read a do-it-yourself book.

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Who’s That Indie Author? Vanya Ferreira

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Vanya Ferreira

Author name:  Vanya Ferreira

Genre:  Paranormal Short Fiction

BookThe Story of Lucius Cane

The Story of Lucius Cane

Bio: Vanya Ferreira was born in South Africa and spent 5 years of his life in Australia. He has been reading since he can remember and has a passion for writing; he simply finds the syntactical nature of language to be a beautiful and mesmerizing creature. Apart from his short story collection, Vanya is also currently working on a full length psychological crime thriller that should be released before the end of the year.

Favorite thing about being a writer: That I get to share my imagination with the reader. I think that there is nothing quite as exhilarating as someone reading what you have created and to find them liking it.

Biggest challenge as an indie author: Marketing is definitely the most difficult part of being an indie author. Before I published my first book, I always thought that it was the writing and finding the inspiration. I was mistaken. The most difficult part is actually getting people interested in what you have written.

Favorite book: That’s a bit difficult since I have so many but I have to mention The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

Contact Information: Facebook Vanya Ferriera; Twitter: @AuthorVanyaF


Are you an indie author?  Do you want to build your indie author network? Why not get your name out on Who’s That Indie Author?

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Who’s That Indie Author? David Meredith

David Meredith


Author name
:  David Meredith

Genre:  Fantasy/Romance/Sci-fi/YA/NA          

BookThe Reflections of Queen Snow White

The Reflections of Queen Snow White

Bio:  David Meredith is a writer and educator originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. He received both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from East Tennessee State University, in Johnson City, Tennessee as well as a Tennessee State Teaching license. He is currently a doctoral student in Educational Leadership. On and off, he spent nearly a decade, from 1999-2010 teaching English in Northern Japan, but currently lives with his wife and three children in the Nashville Area where he continues to write and teach English.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  I like telling stories that make people feel something. Whether it’s anger, fear, sadness, or amusement I want to provoke an authentic emotional response in my readers. When I can do that; when I read a review that says “I cried” or “I laughed out loud” it makes me feel like I did my job.

Biggest challenge as an indie author: Certainly getting recognized. With the advent of the word processor and Kindle Direct Publishing anybody can hang out their author shingle and they do – producing a veritable deluge of Indy works. It’s a challenge to get your work noticed in the midst of the flood.

Favorite book: The Dragonbone Chair – Tad Williams and Shogun – James Clavell

Contact Information:
Facebook: @DavidMeredithWriting
Amazon Author Page: David Meredith
Twitter: @DMeredith2013


Are you an indie author?  Do you want to build your indie author network? Why not get your name out on Who’s That Indie Author?

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Who’s That Indie Author? Dorinda Balchin

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Dorinda Balchin

Author name:  Dorinda Balchin

Genre:  Historical fiction

BooksHeronfield; The Guardians

     Heronfield     The Guardians

Bio:  I’ve been a voracious reader since I was a child and spent all of my spare time in the local library. I also have a love of history so it seemed only natural that the two should come together and I would write historical fiction, particularly stories set during periods of war and conflict. I love the detailed research necessary to create books which have a real feel for the period, and my debut novel, Heronfield, was described as ‘an amazing read’ by the Historical Novel Society. I’m currently at the proofreading stage with my third novel (set during the English Civil War) and, whilst this is ongoing, I am working on a series of novels featuring a war correspondent.

My life has not always been about writing (although there has never been a time I wasn’t scribbling something down). After graduation I had a career teaching in England, followed by a ‘mid-life crisis’ which saw me moving to India with my husband to run a remote guesthouse. Now that we are back in the UK I spend most of my time looking after my grandson, and writing. Any spare time I get will be spent painting, fencing and riding.

Favorite thing about being a writer: One of my favourite things about being a writer is being able to create a fictional story within a real historical setting. I love the detailed research required, and then creating a whole set of characters to inhabit that timeline. The great thing about writing historical fiction is that my characters can look at a well-known event from a different perspective; no one knows how they will be affected by what is going on around them, which makes for great storytelling.

Biggest challenge as an indie author: I think the biggest challenge as an indie author is marketing. I know that there are many readers out there who would love my work but as an indie author it is much harder to reach them without the resources and contacts of a traditional publisher.

Favorite book: This is a difficult one! I have eclectic tastes and my favourite book can change over time depending on which genre I’m currently enjoying. I would say that, at the moment, one of my favourite books is Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder. But who knows what it will be next week, or next month!

Contact Information:  Author website:  dorindabalchin.com; Twitter:  @DorindaBalchin; Email: dorinda@dorindabalchin.com


Are you an indie author?  Do you want to build your indie author network? Why not get your name out on Who’s That Indie Author?

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Who’s That Indie Author? Carrie Rubin

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Author name: Carrie Rubin

Genre: Medical thriller

Books: Eating Bull (ScienceThrillers Media, 2015) and The Seneca Scourge (Whiskey Creek Press/Start Media, 2012), awarded Best New E-book: Fiction, USA Best Book Awards

Eating Bull               The Seneca Scourge

Bio: Carrie Rubin is a physician with a master’s degree in public health. She’s been easing into fiction writing for the past 15 years and is a member of the International Thriller Writers association. In addition to writing medical thrillers, she maintains a humor blog on her website. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two sons.

Favorite thing about being a writer: Being able to tell stories and bring characters to life.

Biggest challenge as an indie author: Promotion. Whether self-published or small-press published, getting our books in front of new eyes requires a daily time commitment, not to mention stepping out of our introverted shoes.

Favorite book: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. Its beautifully written, yet heart-wrenching story of impoverished life in 1975 India stayed with me for a long time. But I also love Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, Midwives by Chris Bohjalian, and the A-Z mystery series by Sue Grafton. Oops, did I just cheat by listing so many?

Contact Information: You can find Carrie on her website, carrierubin.comFacebook, Twitter(@carrie_rubin) Goodreads: Carrie Rubin and Google+.


Are you an indie author?  Do you want to build your indie author network? Why not get your name out on Who’s That Indie Author?

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Who’s That Indie Author? Brittney Sahin

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Brittney Sahin
Brittney Sahin

Author name: Brittney Sahin

Genre: Romance, Suspense

Books: Silenced Memories, Book 1 in the Marine Special Forces Series. Book 2 (still untitled) will be out in 3-4 months! All books are stand-alone novels.  In Silenced Memories, Sahin’s male protagonist is an American veteran who created a business initiative for veterans- investing in small businesses to support their entrepreneurial endeavors.

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Bio: I am a former high school history teacher, and now a full-time writer and mother. I am about to have my 2nd boy this November! I love all genres of books, but my favorite is romance suspense. I love traveling the world, hiking, reading—and of course, spending time with my family.

Favorite thing about being a writer: Creating a world where anything can happen – especially Happily Ever Afters 🙂

Biggest challenge as an indie author: Getting your book in front of readers

Favorite book: This might sound crazy as a romance writer- but The Shining by Stephen King. I read it when I was 13, and it inspired me to be a writer!

Contact Information: You can find Brittney on her website, brittneysahin.com, her blog, brittneysahin.wordpress.com, her Facebook Author page, and on her Amazon Author page.

Are you an indie author looking for some positive publicity? Do you want to build your indie author network? Why not get your name out on Who’s That Indie Author?

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Who’s That Indie Author? Megan Bailey

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Megan Bailey
Megan Bailey

Author name: Megan Bailey

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Book: There Are No Vampires In This Book

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Bio: Megan Bailey is a novelist and short story author. When not writing, she loves playing video games for way too many hours and reading everything she can get her hands on. Megan is married to her own wise-cracking, romantic hero. They live in Central Illinois with their two devious/darling daughters and three furbabies: Minna the boxer dog, Logan the black cat, and Gimli the dwarf bunny. You can keep up with Megan at MeganBaileyBooks.com

Favorite thing about being a writer: Getting lost in my own little world. I love coming up with characters and watching them take on a life of their own on the page.

Biggest challenge as an indie author: Marketing! It’s hard to get your book out there and noticed. Not everyone realizes just how much work goes into that side of things. I’m a rather shy person by nature, so it’s really difficult to promote myself. But, it has forced me out of my shell a bit. As a result, I’ve learned so much and met so many wonderful people.

Favorite book: She Who Remembers by Linda Lay Shuler. I remember sneaking that book out of my mom’s collection as a teenager and reading it over and over.

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.

Are you an indie author looking for some positive publicity? Do you want to build your indie author network? Why not get your name out on Who’s That Indie Author?

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New feature – Who’s That Indie Author?

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Are you an indie author looking for some positive publicity? Do you want to build your indie author network? Why not get your name out there on my new feature, Who’s That Indie Author?

Email bvitelli2009@gmail.com for a bio template and other details, and follow along on Book Club Mom to join the indie author community!

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