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June 2021 - All About First Drafts

Featured Author
Merri Maywether

Jami Albright: Putting Blood, Sweat, and Tears into Every Project

We’ve all heard the expression “blood, sweat, and tears.” I’ve put my blood, sweat, and tears into this project. This month we will meet an author who did exactly that. Let me introduce Jami Albright. Every week, authors around the world can catch an hour with Jami on her podcast,

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Kindle Vella
OP-ED
Kevin McLaughlin

Vella: KDP Gets Serialous

On April 13th, Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) announced a new program: Kindle Vella, a home for serial stories. Like Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Worlds before it, indie authors around the world have shown enormous interest in the upcoming program, which is due to launch this summer. But like all

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Dear Indie Annie
Indie Annie

Nice in Newcastle Writes…

Dear Indie Annie, I love my characters. I love seeing them live out their lives, and making wonderful things happen to them. But my critique partner says my story is

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Collaborations
Publication
Elaine Bateman

The Many Faces of Author Collaboration

What is collaboration? When two authors love each other very much… Okay, they don’t have to love each other but the best collaborations do emerge from professional relationships based on

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Mindset
Anne Lown

Conquering the Muddy Middle

When the shine of a new story idea fades and the muddy middle beckons, it is easy to lose interest, especially with a shaky or problematic plot. Giving up would

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Genre Focus
Fatima Fayez

Urban Fantasy Tropes

What makes a book an urban fantasy and not merely contemporary fantasy? It comes down to genre tropes. Every genre has its specific set of tropes that define it from

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Devil in the Details
Susan Odev

Kill or Cure?

Alfred Hitchcock famously said, “I think everyone enjoys a nice murder, provided he is not the victim.” In reality, there is no such thing as a nice murder or a

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Design
Kasia Lasinska

Author Logos: Making Your Mark

A logo is an asset that every author should consider having in their marketing repertoire. Your logo will be one of the key indicators of your brand. It will be

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Advanced First Drafts
Marion Hermannsen

Dictating Your Way to a First Draft

We’ve all read that publishing fast can be one of the drivers for a successful indie publishing career. In fact, there are writers who consistently produce a book a month.

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Beginning First Drafts
Sine Mairi MacDougall

Battling the First Draft and Winning

Drafting is how we get books. Books are our business. This means drafting is our business. Finishing our drafts is our top priority. No finished draft, no book. No book,

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10 Tips
Fatima Fayez

Clubhouse: Make it Work for You

Clubhouse is the latest social media platform. It’s an audio-only platform where people engage in conversation in groups called “rooms.” Some rooms invite everyone to participate, whereas in others you’re

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Letters from Our Executive Team:

Strive for progress, not perfection

Done is Better than Perfect

Done is better than perfect. Just finish the thing. You can’t edit a blank page. All great advice for writers when they’re in the middle …

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Time to Roll Up Your Sleeves

After the excitement of Outlining, that first glimmer of the idea that’s going to be the most amazing story ever, we come to First Drafts. …

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Step on the Stage and Shine

Before I get to this month’s topic, I want to say thank you to everyone who has supported us in our launch. Seeing how the …

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Discover New Outlining Strategies

In this issue, we’re continuing to follow the basic process of creating a book. Outlining last time, First Drafts this. It seems like a fairly …

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Selections From the May 2021 Issue:

Dictionary Success Magnified

Defining Success

Many of us write because we love to write; it’s our outlet that keeps us sane. Publishing is a by-product that becomes our businesses to pay for our writing habits.

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Wide Vs. Exclusive: Which Is For You?

“Should you go wide?” is one of the most popular questions in Indie publishing. “Wide” publishing means offering your ebook(s) in as many channels, languages, countries, and formats as you

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Small Starts, Big Gains

As writers, there is nothing better than finding ourselves in the creative zone of genius, furiously pumping out words for hours at a time. Before you realize it, you’ve gone

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mysterious woman holding a fan black and white

De-Mystery-fying Tropes

A mystery is a crime or puzzle that must be solved by the end of the story. It is critical to reader expectation and satisfaction that the culprit is discovered,

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OP-ED: Why a Magazine?

One of the best things about the indie author community is that it is first and foremost a community. It’s unique because in the strictest sense, we aren’t competing with

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