Looking for indie authors – is that you?

We all know how hard it is to write and promote yourself. How many writers are also book publicists? Even if you are both, do you have time to do both? Probably not. That’s where Book Club Mom comes in.

Who’s That Indie Author is a regular feature on Book Club Mom. It’s a free and easy way to promote yourself and your books and, at the same time, allow readers to know a little bit about you. Because we want to know how you got started, when you write and whether you prefer coffee over tea!

Who’s That Indie Author is also a great way to meet other writers and book lovers as they check out your profile, leave comments and share your information on social media.

After you submit your information, Book Club Mom will publish your profile on WordPress, Twitter and Facebook, the way to go when you want to get people to know you.

Take a look at these recent profiles on Who’s That Indie Author:

Matthew Williams

Ritu Bhathal

Cage Dunn

Kit Falbo

Amy Tasukada

For more information, email Book Club Mom at bvitelli2009@gmail.com.

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Looking for indie authors – is that you?

We all know how hard it is to write and promote yourself. How many writers are also book publicists? Even if you are both, do you have time to do both? Probably not. That’s where Book Club Mom comes in.

Who’s That Indie Author is a regular feature on Book Club Mom. It’s a free and easy way to promote yourself and your books and, at the same time, allow readers to know a little bit about you. Because we want to know how you got started, when you write and whether you prefer coffee over tea!

Who’s That Indie Author is also a great way to meet other writers and book lovers as they check out your profile, leave comments and share your information on social media.

After you submit your information, Book Club Mom will publish your profile on WordPress, Twitter and Facebook, the way to go when you want to get people to know you.

For more information, email Book Club Mom at bvitelli2009@gmail.com. I’ve prepared a brand new set of questions that are sure to get people interested!

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When you’re looking for ways to promote your book…

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If you’re an indie author, you know that it’s up to you to get your name and book out there for people to see. That could be fun if you like marketing. But if you don’t or you’re busy, you may be looking for simple ways to spread the word.

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Why not submit an author profile for Who’s That Indie Author?

Share your story, promote your book and get some recognition for the hard work you put into your writing!

Email bvitelli2009@gmail.com for an indie author template. Profiles are posted weekly and shared on Facebook and Twitter.

Check out these recent indie author profiles:

Who’s That Indie Author? G. M. Barlean
Who’s That Indie Author? Pablo Palazuelo
Who’s That Indie Author? Sandra Butler

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Hey indie authors – tell your story on Who’s That Indie Author!

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Hey indie authors! Are you wondering how to get people to know about your books?  Tell your story on Who’s That Indie Author!

One of the greatest challenges independent authors have is promoting their books.  Some writers are so busy writing their books or working at another job they have little time left for promotions. Others are overwhelmed by the opportunities social media offers. And some writers are just uncomfortable putting themselves out there.

Whether you are uncomfortable with self-promotion or are too busy, Who’s That Indie Author is a great way to tell readers about your books.

If you would like Book Club Mom to post your profile, email me at bvitelli2009@gmail.com and I’ll send you the template to complete.


Take a look at these indie author profiles:
Who’s That Indie Author Recap: Sep/Oct 2015
Who’s That Indie Author Recap: Nov/Dec 2015


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Click here to read “Book publicity and marketing, what’s an indie author to do?” and join the discussion about indie author marketing and book promotion decisions.

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Who’s That Indie Author? Sherry Mayes

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Author name: Sherry Mayes

Genre: Young Adult

Book: Stop the World

Stop the WorldSet in the dusty desert town of Cedarville, North California, beauty queen, Jody Angel Taylor believes her life is all mapped out: glamorous, clever and popular, and due to marry her handsome boyfriend, she has it all. Until one night she has a devastating car crash, ending up paralyzed – and her perfect world collapses. Committing media suicide and publicly blamed for her own accident, everything around her falls apart. She becomes a lonely recluse, feeling she’s lost everything including her legs – her boyfriend to her best friend, her father to an affair, her mother to depression – but above all she fears losing her mind. What she doesn’t know is that someone across the globe is about to throw her a lifeline. Can she find the courage to take it?

Bio: I’ve worked as a journalist for nearly twenty years and have also written two self-help books published twelve years ago. Stop the World is my first work of fiction.

Favorite thing about being a writer: Creating new worlds and becoming every character.

Biggest challenge as an indie author: Finding support to get your novel ‘seen’.

Favorite book: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Contact Information:  Facebook:  Sherry Mayes Author; Goodreads:  Sherry Mayes  Amazon: amazon.co.uk


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?

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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Who’s That Indie Author Recap: Nov/Dec 2015

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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:


Megan Bailey

Megan BaileyGenre:  New Adult, Contemporary Romance
BooksThere Are No Vampires In This Book
Favorite BookShe 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.


Brittney Sahin

Brittney SahinGenre: 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.


Diane V. Mulligan

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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.


Frederick Gero Heimbach

Fred HeimbachGenre: 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


Uvi Poznansky

Uvi PoznanskyGenre: Romance, Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Poetry, Horror, Children’s Books
BooksThe 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 Informationuviar.blogspot.com


William F. Pillow, Jr.

William PillowGenre: 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: wfpillow@gmail.com

 


Rose Seiler Scott

Rose Seiler ScottGenre: 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 informationroseseilerscott.com


R P Channing

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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 bvitelli2009@gmail.com and I will send you a template to complete.

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Who’s That Indie Author? Brittney Sahin

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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?

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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Who’s That Indie Author? Tracy Ewens

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Author name: Tracy Ewens

Genre: Romance

Books: Catalina Kiss and the A Love Story Series (Premiere, Candidate, and Taste – out 10/27/15, Reserved – out 2/9/16)

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Bio: Tracy Ewens writes contemporary romance and shares a beautiful piece of the desert with her husband and three children in New River, Arizona. She is a recovered theatre major who also blogs at From the Laundry Room.

Taste is her fourth novel, and the third in her A Love Story series. Tracy is a horrible cook, wishes she could speak Italian, and bakes a mean Snickerdoodle.

Favorite thing about being a writer: There are so many great things about being a writer. My mind is constantly working. I like that. There’s always something going on or something to figure out. I also like the people I meet in my head. It’s such a joy to create characters and then watch them evolve through a novel. They tell the story most of the time. I’m sort of like a crossing guard. I make sure they don’t get too far off track. Writing is honestly the very best job in the world, and believe me, I’ve had a few other jobs.

Biggest challenge as an indie author: That’s a toss up between finding the right support and promotion. It has taken me a while to find the right team of editors, etc. When I was traditionally published, I wrote the story and emailed the manuscript. What went on after that was simply a matter of, “This is how we are going to do it,” and me nodding. Publishing independently allows for so many freedoms, but with those come a pretty huge responsibility to present professional work that can compete with the sea of traditionally published stories backed by large houses. Typos, mistakes, are a death sentence for independent work because readers tend to discount you as an amateur.

Promotion is really my own personal hurdle. There are more avenues for independent promotion than ever before, but I often long for someone to tell me what to do and where to be. Selling myself, my work, is not a natural thing for me; so when I have to do it on my own, motivate myself, it can be challenging. But, promotion is part of the deal and I get better with each book.

Favorite book: Such an unfair question, Barb. On a desert island, I can only bring one book . . . Great Expectations. It’s as perfect a book as I have ever read, in my humble opinion. J

Contact Information: Website: tracyewens.com; Blog: fromthelaundryroom.com

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?

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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Who’s That Indie Author? Michelle Eastman

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Author name:  Michelle R. Eastman

Genre:  Children’s Picture Books

BooksThe Legend of Dust Bunnies, a Fairy’s Tale and Dust Fairy Tales: Absolutely Aggie 

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Bio: I began my career as an elementary teacher in the West Des Moines School District. At Iowa Public Television, I wrote and produced educational content.

My work with children, and passion for picture books, inspired me to found the literacy initiative Picture Book Pass it On to get free books to kids in need.

My books take a lighthearted approach to the compelling desire kids have to fit in. The stories validate the need we feel for acceptance, while imparting a subtle message about the joy that can come from embracing one’s individuality. The lively, rhyming stanzas and vivid illustrations appeal to boys and girls alike.

Favorite thing about being a writer: My favorite part of being an author is meeting with and reading to kids and using my platform to serve others and make a positive difference in my community.

Biggest challenge as an indie author: Marketing and promotion is a constant challenge, but I try to focus on making connections in the writing community rather than strictly marketing my books.

Favorite book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Contact Information: Be sure to check out Michelle’s website at Michelle Eastman Books. You can also find her on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

Special mention: The Legend of Dust Bunnies, a Fairy’s Tale is an Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree, and the Kindle version has been a #1 seller on Amazon.

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?

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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