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Series: Issue #3 - July 2021

Learning the Craft
Bre Lockhart

Serial Authors Share the Key to Mastering the Craft

If you’ve perused author-centric Facebook groups and some articles here at Indie Author Magazine over the last sixty days, you’ve likely seen chatter about the unveiling of Amazon’s new serialized fiction platform, Kindle Vella.  But serial fiction isn’t new. Writers

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Cover Design
Chrishaun Keller-Hanna

Letting Your Cover Do the Talking

How Color Mapping and Psychology Can Help Your Cover Stand Out In the May issue, we talked about how authors generate trust by having their covers reflect the story within. We pulled several bold and rather red action adventure covers

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Dear Indie Annie
Indie Annie

Floundering in Fairbanks Writes…

Dear Indie Annie,  I’ve finished my first book and sent it off to my editor. While he’s ripping it apart, I’ve started looking into all the things I need to do to self-publish my book—and it’s… a lot. I’m so

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IAT Roundup
Indie Author Tools

Cover Design Tool Roundup

#3 July – Cover Design If you see a font you want to identify, check out Font Squirrel Matcherator.  Just upload an image with type and this tool will show you the fonts that match. The Brusheezy website has a

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From the Industry
Suzie O'Connell

Make “FOMO” No More with This Marketing Strategy Tip

Prioritize Your Strategies for a Healthier, Happier Author Life Ah, the Fear of Missing Out (a.k.a. FOMO). That nagging panic that tricks us into thinking if we don’t try the newest, flashiest marketing strategy populating our news feeds, our author

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Laurel Decher

What’s Your Type?

How to Use the Magic Melding of Letters and Art to Sell More Books Typography is more than letters spelling out your title. It’s the music to your lyrics. The frame for your painting. The signboard for your reader’s journey.

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Health & Wellness
Jacqueline Harmon

Rest and Reset: Solving Your Creative Slump with Sleep

How Sleeping Aids Creativity.  Are you struggling to find a killer hook? Or is that tricky scene between your protagonist and antagonist keeping you awake at night? It turns out that shutting down your laptop and getting a good night’s

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Indie Author Tools

AskALLi Self-Publishing Advice

Hosted by Orna Ross and other members of the ALLi team.  The Alliance of Independent Authors’ Self-publishing Advice Podcast, with director Orna Ross and other members of the ALLi team, broadcasts weekly on Fridays.  Every other Sunday, the podcast also

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Indie Author Tools

Helping Writers Become Authors

Hosted by K. M. Weiland Helping Writers Become Authors provides writers help in summoning inspiration, crafting solid characters, outlining and structuring novels, and polishing prose. Learn how to write a book and edit it into a story agents will buy

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Andrew Dobell – Best of Both Worlds

Andrew Dobell is a highly regarded British designer whose bright and colorful covers are easily recognizable. He’s also an author who straddles several genres, which makes him the perfect person to ask questions about how his writing influences his cover

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From the Publisher
Chelle Honiker

Plans, Pivots, and Laughter

Depending on several factors, the saying “Man Plans, God Laughs” might be familiar to you as a Yiddish Proverb, a quote from author Michael Chabon, or the name of a Public Enemy Album. I’m firmly team third camp.  However you

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Elaine Bateman

How to Find Your People and Why It Matters

Being an author is often considered a lonely existence. But secluding yourself to write feverishly and drink yourself to angst-ridden death is now terribly out of fashion. The authors of today are a new breed. We have Facebook groups and

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From the Managing Editors
Robyn Sarty

Let Your Cover Sing

As writers, we want readers to love our book as much as we do, so it behooves us to give it the best possible cover that we can. Whether it’s designing one ourselves, purchasing a premade, or commissioning a custom

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10 Tips
Lasairiona McMaster

Ten Tips: TikTok

TikTok is a social media app that allows users to create short videos (fifteen or sixty seconds, with three-minute videos being beta tested). You can also add filters, background music, stickers, and captions to videos, and create split-screen videos with

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Devil in the Details
Nicole Schroeder

Representation of Disability in Fiction

When a movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches was released in October 2020, viewers weren’t just upset by a change to the story; they were offended.  In the film, the Grand High Witch, whose fingernails resembled cat claws in

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Genre Tropes
Merri Maywether

The Perfect Recipe for Small Town Romance Success

A pinch of this and a dash of that makes for sweetly satisfied readers Small Town Romance is one of those tried-and-true genres that withstands the test of time.  While they seem easy, there are a lot of components that

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Books We Love
Chelle Honiker

Cover Design Books We Love

Book Cover Design Formula By Anita Nipane Book 4 of the author’s series focuses on the basics of what readers expect when looking at a book cover, and how authors can measure their cover against those expectations. It’s a straightforward

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From the Creative Director
Alice Briggs

The Interesting isn’t Always The Most Obvious

As the designer on the team, I’m excited to provide you with several ways to up your cover game in this issue of Indie Author Magazine. But, in another life, I am an Occupational Therapist, and have worked with people

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From the Managing Editors
Erika Everest

Make Your First Impression Count

“Judge a book by its cover.”  We’re told not to, but we all do it. First impressions count, and this is your chance. What will your cover tell the world about your story? In this issue we explore some of

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Indie Author Tools

Two Guys on Your Head

Hosted by Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke Each week Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke explore different aspects of human behavior and the brain. In conversations hosted by producer Rebecca McInroy, the two renowned psychologists cover everything

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