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May 2021 - The Outlining Issue

10 Tips For: Instagram

Used correctly, Instagram is a powerful tool that can help elevate your career. There are many ways for you to optimise your Instagram as an author. Here, we provide the

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Dear Indie Annie
Indie Annie

Conflicted in Calgary Writes…

Dear Indie Annie,I’ve been working on my story for a while now, and at first I really loved it. Lately though, I’m starting to wonder if it’s any good. I

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mysterious woman holding a fan black and white
Genre Focus
Anne Lown

De-Mystery-fying Tropes

A mystery is a crime or puzzle that must be solved by the end of the story. It is critical to reader expectation and satisfaction that the culprit is discovered,

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Dictionary Success Magnified
Mindset
Sine Mairi MacDougall

Defining Success

Many of us write because we love to write; it’s our outlet that keeps us sane. Publishing is a by-product that becomes our businesses to pay for our writing habits.

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Featured Author: Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger writes great heroines. With thirteen New York Times bestsellers, over a million books in print, and her Parasol Protectorate Series optioned for animation, it was a natural fit

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From the Creative Director
Alice Briggs

From the Desk of: Alice Briggs

This all started in a castle in Scotland… There are times in your life when you make a quick decision, and it pays far richer dividends than you could ever

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Chelle Honiker, Publisher
From the Publisher
Chelle Honiker

From the Desk of: Chelle Honiker

  Magic and Alchemy. As indie authors, our days are filled with the wonder of words and how they weave togetherto tell tales. Sometimes, reality can be a wondrous tale

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Erika Everest, Managing Editor
From the Managing Editors
Erika Everest

From the Desk of: Erika Everest

The part of indie publishing that makes my heart sing is not seeing my own words in print (although I like that too) but helping others to realize their publishing

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From the Managing Editors
Robyn Sarty

From the Desk of: Robyn Sarty

The Start of Our Story When Chelle Honiker and Alice Briggs first presented the notion of a magazine dedicated to the independent author community, I sat there like the little

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Devil in the Details
Sine Mairi MacDougall

How to Write Accurate Fight Scenes

You’ve decided that violence is the answer! In your story, that is, but now what? What makes a good fight? There are a lot of things to consider for your

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Technology
Elaine Bateman

Lost the Plot? We Got You Covered

You’ve decided to write that novel. You opened Word, but now you’re staring at a blank screen and… what? What actually goes into writing a novel?  This is when Plottr

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OP-ED
Alice Briggs

OP-ED: Why a Magazine?

One of the best things about the indie author community is that it is first and foremost a community. It’s unique because in the strictest sense, we aren’t competing with

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Podcasts We Love

Podcasts we love and have found useful for indie authors. The Author ArenaHosted by Fatima Fayez, Merri Maywether, and Paddy Finn Three authors from three different genres come together to

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Health & Wellness
Chelle Honiker

Small Starts, Big Gains

As writers, there is nothing better than finding ourselves in the creative zone of genius, furiously pumping out words for hours at a time. Before you realize it, you’ve gone

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Publication
Laurel Decher

Wide Vs. Exclusive: Which Is For You?

“Should you go wide?” is one of the most popular questions in Indie publishing. “Wide” publishing means offering your ebook(s) in as many channels, languages, countries, and formats as you

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June 2021 - The First Drafts Issue

Design
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

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Beginning 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,

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10 Tips
Fatima Fayez

Clubhouse: Make it Work for You

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

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Mindset
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

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Advanced First Drafts
Marion Hermannsen

Dictating Your Way to a First Draft

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.

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From the Creative Director
Alice Briggs

Discover New Outlining 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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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Collaborations
Publication
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

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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

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Genre Focus
Fatima Fayez

Urban Fantasy Tropes

What makes a book an urban fantasy and not merely contemporary fantasy? It comes down to genre tropes. Every genre has its specific set of tropes that define it from

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Kindle Vella
OP-ED
Kevin McLaughlin

Vella: KDP Gets Serialous

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

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