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Series: Issue #5 - September 2021

Space Opera Tropes
Genre Tropes
Greg Fishbone

Space Opera

All Your Favorite Stories…in Space Space Opera is a popular genre among authors and readers who enjoy Sci-Fi themed stories with an epic scope, splashy tech, romantic subplots, and a sharp contrast between good and evil. Where other genres of

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10 Tips
Anne Lown

Ten Tips: Bookfunnel

BookFunnel specializes in e-book and audio distribution. Authors can send e-books directly to readers’ preferred reading devices, collect email addresses, participate in group promotions, and more. BookFunnel has created tools that save authors time, facilitate reader engagement, and it prides

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Health & Wellness
Sine Mairi MacDougall

Five Simple Stretches You Can Do From Your Desk

Being an independent writer can mean a lot of hours behind a desk. It also means we can take on a lot of stress while we push for deadlines, learn marketing strategies, and plan our world domination. Exercise can be

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Featured Author
Bre Lockhart

Craig Martelle on Shaping an Indie Publishing Legacy

Meet the Man Behind 20BooksTo50K® and the World’s Biggest Indie Author Conference  To an online author group of over 50,000 people, a wise man once said, “The most important gift you can give somebody is your time because you don’t

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Books We Love
Chelle Honiker

Distribution Books We Love

Wide for the Win: Strategies to Sell Globally via Multiple Platforms and Forge Your Own Path to Success By Mark Leslie Lefebvre Arguably the gold standard when discussing distribution and platforms. Mark Leslie Lefebvre articulately breaks down each concept with

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Marion Hermannsen

A Guide to Publishing Your Book on Amazon

So, your book has been edited, and your designer has sent you an amazing, genre-appropriate cover. Congratulations! Now it’s time to upload it to the Amazon store, a retailer which accounts for 70% of the US e-book market. This article

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From Bad to new habits concept
Behind the Scenes Blog
Chelle Honiker

Overcoming Unconscious Habits

We’ve All Seen The Quote: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” – Will Durant (Not Aristotle) Habits are funny things, aren’t they? In Atomic Habits, James Clear defines them as “a

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Laurel Decher

Publishing Wide: The Direct vs. Distributor Debate

In “Wide vs. Exclusive: Which is for You?” (IAM May 2021), we covered the pros and cons of publishing e-books as widely as possible. The alternative is publishing through programs requiring exclusivity, like Amazon’s KDP Select program. When authors decide

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How to Get Your Book into Libraries
Remy Flagg

The Magic Portal

How to get your books into libraries Imagine a kingdom where books are traded like currency. The wealthiest are voracious readers who never reach the end of their TBR piles. It’s protected by wizards who teleport their patrons to distant

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From the Industry
Merri Maywether

Throwing Down the Gauntlet

What Is National Novel Writing Month and Why You Should Participate Warning: This story starts and ends with a challenge. Choices have to be made. Read and walk away with insight. Read and walk away with the seed of an

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From the Managing Editors
Erika Everest

Do you know where you’re going?

For the last four issues we have helped you get your manuscript to be its best version. Now, it’s time to decide how you are going to release that manuscript into the world as your book.  In this issue, we

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Dear Indie Annie
Indie Annie

Extinguished in Evora Writes…

Dear Indie Annie, I have just released the fourth book in my series, and it is doing really well. Sales are good, and the fans love it and are clamoring for more. Doesn’t sound like a problem, right? There are

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The Courage of Dreams
From the Managing Editors
Robyn Sarty

The Courage of Dreams

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney You’ve written your book, edited it until it shines, and now you’re ready to send it out into the world.  But how? What

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From the Creative Director
Alice Briggs

Normalizing Fear and Pushing Through

Distribution, especially with the growing number of avenues available to indie authors, is an important decision for any author, no matter where you are in your career. As I’ve progressed through my author adventure, my decisions surrounding distribution have changed

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Meetup and Conference
Fatima Fayez

Networking Tips to Conquer Your Next Author Conference

How to successfully network at author conferences Before the Conference Maximize your conference experience by planning ahead. A few simple steps can elevate your experience and ensure you get the most out of attending. Ideally, you want to stay in

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Explorers versus tour guides
From the Publisher
Chelle Honiker

Explorers and Tour Guides

In over two decades of entrepreneurship, there hasn’t been a single successful person I’ve known, followed, or interviewed that hasn’t admitted to doubting themselves at some point. Call it what you will. I’ve distilled the many names I’ve used over

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