Tag Archives: indie authors

Links for Writers v1.0 May 2017

Faced with so many blogs and web sites for writers and readers, how do you choose? I’ll try to help. From time to time I’ll give y’all links to sites and specific posts.

Sharon Scarborough introduced me to the blog Writer Unboxed where Donald Maass, one of my favorite writing gurus, is one of many regular contributors. Here’s Maass with a different look at pacing in “Getting Ahead of Yourself . . . and Your Reader.” 

Until very recently, I was stuck in terms of the role of a secondary character in my work-in-progress. What got me un-stuck was a post on the Self Publishing Advice blog of ALLi (Alliance of Independent Authors). The post is titled “Writing: How to Plot Better by Concentrating on Character,” by Olaf Bryan Welk. If you’re not familiar with ALLi, check it out.  I subscribed to the ALLi blog and lurked around for quite a while enjoying all the free content, but I ultimately joined because it’s arguably the best advocate for indie authors around.

Indie authors know the value of reader reviews. It’s not negative reviews that doom a book so much as a lack of reviews. How should you go about getting reviews? Here’s a comprehensive post on the subject, “How to Create a Review Campaign for Your Book Launch,” on the blog Book Marketing Tools. 

Quotable

Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose.

–Neil Gaiman

Contests for Indie Authors

Is it worth your effort and/or money to enter your novel in a contest or submit it for an award?

Among the many departments of ALLi, the Alliance of Independent Authors (I’m a member) is its Watchdog Desk, which monitors the self-publishing industry. Check out its Award and Contest Ratings.

You’ll find ratings (Recommended, Mixed, Caution) for a whole host of awards and contests. Hint: not many earn “Recommended” ratings.

Any experience with awards or contests? Leave a comment.