Self-published author J R Sheridan

The Psychology of the Put-Down, or Why Being a Self-Published Writer is a Bit Like Being a Bouncer

As an interesting aside to the continuing debate about hostile reviewers, thriller writer James Sheridan finds similarities between his dual roles as a self-published author and a door operative, commonly known as a bouncer. Freshers week is upon us at my local town’s university. As a door supervisor I start a week-long stretch of late […]

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Indie Authors Alliance Yearbook

The Alliance of Independent Authors Watchdog Warning: New Self-Publishing Resource from Writers & Artists

Another once-venerable publishing brand, Writers & Artists, an imprint of the Bloomsbury group, is showing little regard for writers as they move into the self-publishing arena. We’ve written here before about trade publishers like Penguin and Simon & Schuster showing insufficient care for authors as they trade on their brand-names to sell over-priced and under-performing […]

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The self-published author Amira Makansi

A Self-Published Author’s Rebuttal to Jonathan Franzen

Indie author Amira Makansi responds to Jonathan Franzen’s recent controversial dismissal of self-publishing and finds that he has more in common than he might realise with the self-publishers that he decries.  Nobody in the publishing world was surprised when Jonathan Franzen came out two weeks ago with an essay decrying the advent of self-publishing, the […]

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PaTrisha-Anne Todd

Open Up to Indie Authors Campaign Seeks Volunteers

You’ve heard of “Name and Shame”?  Our Open Up To Indie Authors campaign is all about “Name and Gain”. We believe the entire publishing industry gains when author-publishers are accepted as an intrinsic part of the business. That means good author-published books get sold in bookstores, are eligible for competitions and prizes, can be found […]

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Barbara Freethy, the best-selling self-published novelist

How I Do It: Successful Indie Authors Share Their Secrets. This week: Barbara Freethy

“The best thing you can do for yourself and your growing fan base is to write the next book,” advises the self-published prolific novelist Barbara Freethy, an established New York Times #1 best-selling author with 35 novels to her name. What’s the secret of your success? Focus! I know that’s an intangible answer, but it’s […]

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