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Series: Issue #2 - June 2021

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 boring as nothing bad ever happens. How can I make

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Kindle Vella
From the Industry
Kevin McLaughlin

Amazon KDP Gets Serialous: A Closer Look at Kindle Vella

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,

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Strive for progress, not perfection
From the Publisher
Chelle Honiker

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 of the first draft slog. Keep going. But what happens when the words literally won’t

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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 trust, respect, and reliability. Author collaboration has many faces. Whichever

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Indie Author Tools

The Rebel Author Podcast

Hosted by Sacha Black A motivational show for all the creatives out there with an inner rebel. Listen for interviews, industry news, tips, tricks and tools to help you take your creative business to the next level. https://sachablack.co.uk/the-rebel-author-podcast/

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Indie Author Tools

The Bestseller Experiment

Hosted by Mark Desvaux and Mark Stay Could you write and publish a Bestseller in one year? That’s exactly what our two crash-test authors did. Now it’s your turn! Join the two Marks in their weekly podcast as they talk

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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 be easy to do, so how do we keep going?

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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 perfect murder but, in writing, there can be the “right”

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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 one of the first things readers see when visiting your

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First Drafts
Marion Hermannsen

The Do’s and Don’ts of Dictation

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. But how do they do that? What single factor enables

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First Drafts
Chrishaun Keller-Hanna

Tackling the First Draft One Day at a Time

You have committed to writing a book, worked out the characters, what’s going to happen to them. The world is verdant and fleshed out in your head and you’re ready to write. But fifty thousand words feels like too much.

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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, no readers. The perfect first draft, that great inspired work

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10 Tips
Fatima Fayez

Ten Tips: Clubhouse

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 only a listener. You can select your interests to help

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From the Managing Editors
Robyn Sarty

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 indie author community embraced the magazine reassures us that this is something we need. So

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From the Managing Editors
Erika Everest

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. It’s time to roll up our sleeves and do the hard work. One of the

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From the Creative Director
Alice Briggs

Discover New First Draft 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 straightforward topic. However, our writers and editors have crafted some fascinating articles we expect will

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Indie Author Tools

The Creative Shift

Hosted by Dan Blank Interviews with writers and artists who have doubled-down on their creative vision. The focus is on deeper questions such as how we make decisions, deal with anxiety, the habits and routines that matter, and the reality

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