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Series: Issue #9 - January 2022

Feng shui
Devil in the Details
Sine Mairi MacDougall

The Balance of Magic

Using Feng Shui to Frame Your Magic System Sine Mairi MacDougall Magic systems can be one of the most fun parts of world building. Readers also obsess over this part of fantasy. They are looking for clearly laid-out rules, so

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Close-up of racing snails in front of finish line. Themes competition, winning and funny animals.
Elaine Bateman

Rapid Release to Rapid Riches?

Elaine Bateman Could rapidly releasing your books be the fastest way to financial success? Well, it might be one of them. What is “rapid release?” The rapid release strategy is to publish each book quickly enough that the previous book

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Genre Tropes
Merri Maywether

What is Women’s Fiction?

Merri Maywether In a sentence, Women’s Fiction is written by women for women. It isn’t that the genre is exclusive; men can and have read Women’s Fiction titles. However, the author writes with the female reader in mind. Relational sagas,

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Fashion announcement.
Emilia Zeeland

Full of Fanfare

Getting the Word Out About Your Book Emilia Zeeland We’ve all been there. Exhausted, over-caffeinated, and anxious about our next launch, wondering how to not just attract attention to our new release, but also turn that initial buzz into a

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Indie Author Tools

Author‌ ‌Revolution‌

Podcast that promises to help you get clear on how to move forward, as well as hand over actionable tips on what you can do to get your novel published as quickly as possible, without sacrificing quality.https://authorrevolution.org/

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Ship rocket launch
Laurel Decher

Rocket Fuel Doesn’t Come in a Can

Why Wide Authors Need A Custom Launch Plan Laurel Decher Book launch plans are all over the internet, including the twelve in my “Read Later” folder. They are fun to look at but can be dangerous for your author business.

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Organization of work
Greg Fishbone

The Commotion of Notion

Organizing the Workflows of Writing Greg Fishbone Notion is the organizing tool I didn’t know I needed but now can’t live without. The slick web and mobile app interfaces collect notes, tasks, and projects together into a single Swiss Army

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Indie Author Tools

Book Launch Show

Follow along as book launch expert Tim Grahl teaches you the fundamentals of launching a bestselling book. Based on his work with hundreds of authors and launching dozens of top New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other bestselling books,

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Top tips
10 Tips
Bre Lockhart

Ten Tips: Kickstarter

Simply put: Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform. For those wondering what that means, crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project by raising small amounts of money from a large number of people. If you’re like many folks, your knowledge

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Paper with Newsletter text in old typewriter
From the Industry
Jackie Dana

Substack: The Latest Substitute for Standard Publishing

What do authors Salman Rushdie and Chuck Palahniuk have in common with a small army of indie authors? They’re actively publishing newsletters and creative content on the newsletter platform Substack. Let’s look at why this new platform might be the

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Highline walker participating in competition at extreme sports festival
Learning the Craft
Kasia Lasinska

Walking the Wire

Adding Tension to Your Stories Kasia Lasinska Tension is not just reserved for Thrillers—it spans across all genres. In Romance, there’s sexual tension (just kiss already!); in Dystopia, there’s the ever-present threat that one wrong move could draw the attention

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Fatima Fayez

Recapping The 2021 20Books Vegas Conference

A Recap of the 20Books Vegas 2021 Conference In November 2021, roughly sixteen hundred authors descended upon Las Vegas to attend the annual 20Booksto50K® conference. Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel hosted the event for the first time, the increased number of

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Elana Johnson Featured Author for Indie Author Magazine
Featured Author
Nicole Schroeder

Making a Name for Herself

How Elana Johnson—and Liz Isaacson, Jessie Newton, and Donna Jeffries—left traditional publishing to inspire indie success Nicole Schroeder Over the fourteen years she’s spent in the self-publishing industry, Elana Johnson has learned to use her strengths. The USA Today bestselling

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Adventure and Treasure Hunt
From the Managing Editors
Robyn Sarty

It’s Time For Your Daring Adventure

“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Christopher Columbus January is a month for fresh starts and looking forward to a year full of exciting possibilities. We’ve made our

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Dear Indie Annie
Indie Annie

Innumerate in Indiana

Dear Indie Annie, I know I need to run ads if I want to grow my revenue, but all the numbers are making my brain hurt. ACOS, CPC, Impressions, CTR: I am trying to keep them straight, but all the

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Kitchen timer for cooking and working productively.
Health & Wellness
Jacqueline Harmon

Getting the Most From Your Writing Time

Jac Harmon How many times have you heard yourself say, “If only I had more time to write”? Probably far too many. One popular and well-proven method of increasing your productivity within your available time is to alternate periods of

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just one step closer
Gill Fernley

One Step at a Time

Gill Fernley Indie authors have so much to think about and learn, and that’s before you even tackle the world’s most enormous to-do list. There’s writing, editing, finding beta and ARC readers, social media, emailing your list, and on and

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