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Issue #30 – October 2023

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Mark is a writer, editor, professional speaker, and bookseller with more than thirty years of experience in the book industry as a writer and industry professional. A huge advocate for how technology can further empower authors, Mark has been lucky to be at the helm of bookselling as is transitioned from a print-only game to one that embraced digital publishing. He is the author of more than forty books both indie published and traditionally published. But more than all of that he is primarily a passionate storyteller and book nerd.
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Hey guys, what's up? My name's Ines. I'm a television producer/writer turned romance novelist. My path to becoming a full time author wasn't a smooth one. After pulling in an annual income of three and four figure royalties for years, and suffering through low or no reviews, as well as lackluster sell-through from book to book, I finally figured out what readers wanted. Now I teach fiction authors how to write more bingeworthy books using pacing techniques from episodic television structure. Unlike other plotting courses, the Page Turner Pacing course helps writers craft their own plotting system that's tailored to their subgenre, so that they can increase sales by giving their specific readers the compelling, quality stories they crave in a timely manner.
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I am an author, marketer, and serial entrepreneur who loves writing poetry, talking about relationship and teaching about book marketing.
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Ember Casey is the USA Today bestselling author of over forty contemporary romance novels. She also writes interactive fiction, poetry, and serial stories (where she branches into fantasy romance under the pen name Ember Blackthorn), and she’s always looking for new ways to tell stories. She’s the founder of the Writing and Selling on Fiction Apps group on Facebook, a community where authors can discuss strategies for publishing in this world of new media.

A theme park that immerses fans in the world of a favorite movie. A board game or video game adapted from an existing story world. A fictional character’s favorite T-shirt made in real life for fans to purchase. Although the term “transmedia storytelling” may be unfamiliar to some, the concept is nothing new. Transmedia narratives […]

Website: https://www.draft2digital.com
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Dan Wood is the Chief Operating Officer at Draft2Digital, where he has spent the last 9 years helping authors publish their books to stores, libraries and subscription services worldwide. During this time, he has had the privilege to present at conferences across the world and speak with thousands of authors at various stages in their careers. With their acquisition of Smashwords, Draft2Digital now distributes over 900,000 books. Dan is also a Co-Host of the Self Publishing Insiders Podcast.
Website: https://tanyahales.com/
Tanya Hales is an author, illustrator, and lover of fantasy, nature, ice cream, and wholesome, uplifting stories.
Website: https://bookfunnel.com/

I'm the creator and CEO of BookFunnel! And, to a lesser degree, a self-published author of my own Fantasy trilogy as well. So, while I'm mostly a tech guy, I'm also an indie author just like you.
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Malorie is the author of over 127 books built in a far-reaching sci-fi universe she named Aeon 14. Over the past few years her focus has shifted to helping other authors achieve their goals via improving their launches and marketing. Together with her wife, Jill, they run The Writing Wives.
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Becca Syme (MATL) is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and has been coaching success alignment for more than a decade. She is the author of the Quitbooks for Writers series and the popular Write Better-Faster course. She also writes mystery novels in her spare time and lives on one of the thousand lakes in Minnesota.
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Considered one of the most prolific writers working in modern fiction, USA Today bestselling writer, Dean Wesley Smith has published over two hundred novels in forty years, and hundreds and hundreds of short stories across many genres. At the moment he produces novels in five major series, including the time travel Thunder Mountain novels set in the old west, the galaxy-spanning Seeders Universe series, the urban fantasy Ghost of a Chance series, and the superhero series starring Poker Boy, and the highly acclaimed puzzle mystery series The Cold Poker Gang. His monthly magazine called Smith’s Monthly, consisting of only his own fiction, premiered in October 2013 and each month has over 60,000 words per issue, including a new and original novel every month.

Indie Author Magazine: How will the strategy of publishing wide play a part in the future of the industry? Paddy Finn: I don’t subscribe to the idea of exclusive versus wide. It focusses too much on such a narrow sliver of your intellectual property’s potential. The question should be: How do I make my IP […]

Indie Author Magazine: On an individual level, direct publishing can equate to greater control over titles, greater royalties, and a closer relationship with readers. What will the trend of authors publishing direct mean for the industry as a whole? Oriana Leckert: I think we’re in a thrilling moment of creative autonomy, where authors and content […]

At the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), the global association for professional self-publishers, one of our ongoing campaigns is what we call Self-Publishing 3.0, or SelfPub3 for short. The seismic shifts that the self-publishing sector has seen over the past two decades have all been driven by technology. SelfPub1 was the era of desktop and […]

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Sarra Cannon is the indie author of more than twenty-five Young Adult contemporary fantasy novels, including her bestselling Shadow Demons Saga. Her novels often stem from her own experiences growing up in the small town of Hawkinsville, Georgia, where she learned that being popular always comes at a price and relationships are rarely as simple as they seem. With close to three-quarters of a million books sold, Sarra is also passionate about helping fellow authors learn to self-publish in a way that puts joy and creativity at the forefront. She is the host of the successful YouTube channel and blog Heart Breathings, where she talks about everything from productivity to plotting. Sarra lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her supportive husband and her adorable red-headed son.

Tips for Staying Healthy This—and Every—Conference Season Coined “con crud,” the influx of colds, flu, COVID, and other illnesses that happen this time of year is often on the minds of conference attendees and a factor to consider when preparing for a work trip. Conferences can offer authors countless opportunities for career growth and […]

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Stephanie (S. J.) is a writer, knitter, Capricorn, Japanophile, and USA Today Best Selling author. She loves summer, downtempo beats, yoga pants, foxes, owls, dogs, sushi, pasta, and black tea. She lives outside NYC with her husband, two great kids, and her dog who always wants to play. When it comes to her work, she writes about everyday women and uncommon worlds.

Having coached more than six thousand individual authors, I see burnout on a daily basis. The biggest cause of burnout in this industry is not overwork. It’s unrealistic expectations. Let’s look at the mental math involved. One work equals one outcome in our brains—sort of like how if I plant, water, and weed one plot […]

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Founder of Author Marketing Mastery through Optimization (AMMO). We help authors build and scale a profitable direct-to-reader sales system.
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Anthea Sharp is a USA Today bestselling author of YA Fantasy, GameLit, and Steampunk. Her books are filled with magic, adventure, characters you can care about, and a touch of romance. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies, and she's been an enthusiastic indie author since 2011, when she left tradpub and jumped into the new world of publishing. Wow, things have changed in the last dozen years! She can hardly wait to see where they go next...
Website: https://www.NovelPublicity.com
Melissa Storm is an industry veteran with more than 14 years experience under her belt. She currently juggles four active pen names (including Molly Fitz and SK Reign) and also serves as CEO and lead Facebook ads consultant for Novel Publicity. Her client list includes multiple NYT and Amazon top 100 bestselling authors in a variety of genres. Melissa has a particular fondness for #whychoose, lives in Alaska, and really likes cats.
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Theodora Taylor is the bestselling author of the 50 Loving States Series. Despite writing within a niche genre (interracial romance), she has earned six KDP All-Star bonuses and grown a fanbase of rabid readers through the power of Universal Fantasy. Her book, 7 FIGURE FICTION: How to Use Universal Fantasy to SELL Your Books to ANYONE was an instant #1 non-fiction bestseller in the Writing Category on Amazon and has since been certified as Great by the world’s largest online bookseller. Most importantly, this book has become a valued and treasured resource for writers around the world. Theodora has been invited to give presentations on Universal Fantasy by NINC (Novelists Inc.) Conference, RAM (Romance Author Mastermind), and Inker’s Con. She’s also a highly sought after podcasts guest. She’s made appearances on The Creative Penn (hosted by Joanna Penn), Six Figure Authors, #AmWriting, Wish I’d Known Then,

You’re not doing marketing wrong; you’re doing the wrong marketing. If there’s one thing we’ve learned over our combined twenty-five-plus years of helping authors, it’s that most people don’t hate marketing; they hate the marketing they are forced to do. Whether that means putting your books in Kindle Unlimited, being on every social media platform, […]

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CEO of the Future Fiction Academy, author of over 25 novels across Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple, and Google and any other store front open to indies. Elizabeth has been making a living from her digital writing since 2007 and first published a novel in 2011. An innovator on all things new technology for indie authors, she has shared training and classes for years on dictation, selling direct, running a business, organic marketing, and now writing with AI. The EA in EAW might as well stand for Early Adopter. She has been a speaker at RWA's national conferences, 20Booksto50K, and on numerous podcasts and Youtube channels over the years.

Dear Indie Annie, It seems like as soon as I have a handle on my career, something about the industry changes drastically—the rise of AI, changes in marketing strategies, a new program everyone’s suddenly using. How do I keep up with it all … and keep from drowning? Trying to Tread Water Dear Trying to […]

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Michael Evans is the author of over a dozen sci-fi thriller novels, a serial founder of media and creator economy tech companies, a student at Harvard University, and is obsessed with experiencing, studying, and creating stories that empower others to create better futures. His stories are genre-bending and feature flawed, relatable characters in high-stakes situations with tech-gone-wrong in the near future. When not writing, Michael can be found running, hiking, playing basketball, and embarking on real-life thrilling adventures. Ice cream and sunsets are some of his favorites, but he will settle for a warm blanket and a cozy book on a winter day.

In the hushed solitude of the writer’s room, the clatter of keys is the only sound. The author weaves worlds from nothing but creativity and caffeinated determination, crafting tales that possess the power to transport readers to distant realms. Yet a specter lurks, threatening to shatter this tranquil image. Its name? Marketing.  Often a daunting […]

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More animal than man, he bleeds caffeine and… Ah, I'm just kidding. It sounded cool though, right? I write because that's what I was born to do and I freaking love doing it When I'm not writing crazy stories, I'm spending time with my wife and two little space marines getting into mischief.

When the two of us started the Writer MBA, a company built to train authors on the ins and outs of the publishing industry, we knew we wanted to share the news with as many authors as we could. Our launch for the business was big and bold, as we were trying to drum up […]

For a career that is often portrayed as a lonely endeavor—one in which the author sits at their desk late into the night, a cup of coffee (or something stronger) beside them as they feverishly tap away at a keyboard or scratch pen against paper—writing rarely seems to be a solo act. Author coaches, editors, […]

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