Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Independent Author Network

One of the challenges of being an indie author, like being an indie musician or filmmaker, is getting your products out there in front of people. It is a continuing challenge for all of us. Sometimes it seems like we do more marketing than writing -- well, truthfully, most of us do. Writers who write within a particular genre have an easier time because there are plenty of blogs, discussion groups and forums that are genre specific. Therefore they have a concentrated audience for their books but, of course, that does not come with any guarantees. These days Social Media Spamming has become a hot topic on most of the discussion groups I participate in.

Recently Amazon Discussion Boards have revised their rules and I'm glad of it -- no more "Buy My Book" spamming is allowed. This is a good thing because too many serious readers were getting disgusted and giving up on book discussion groups. But the need of authors to promote goes on.

I am writing about all this because I recently became part of the Independent Author Network. I don't know how useful it will be but I'm willing to give it a try so, if you want to have a look at what they offer, please click on the link and have a look around.

I'm taking the day off from #SampleSunday and pretty much everything else. It's a cold, rainy day here in Gloucester. Foghorns are wailing and everything is very still. I'm hard at work on a new story The Crazy Old Lady In The Attic, and that's what I plan to focus on today. Hope your day is lovely.

Thanks for reading.


  1. I am jealous of your cool rainy day. And I can't wait to read the new story.

    I agree with you about so much social media. I have musician friends who would boast of these huge numbers of followers they'd get, and the messages were all from other musicians flogging their own shows and cd's.

  2. Hi Kathleen,
    I took a day off from Sample Sunday too. It's also cold and dreary here in East Hampton and I napping and reading.

    I checked out IAN and it looks interesting.

  3. It is presently 54 degrees. I refuse to complain considering how hot it is elsewhere but I am fighting the urge to turn the heat on.

    Yes, I have to re-think the social media promotion. My Facebook and Twitter pages are pretty much loaded with other writers saying "buy me", "no, buy me", "no, no, no, buy me!" I'm not sure what is the best strategy but the first rule of marketing is "Know thy market" so I need to focus on that.

    Yes, Consuelo, I think my book and my bed are beckoning. I went out to dinner with some friends last night and it was so fabulous -- an Azorean restaurant with amazing food -- and equally amazing martinis. I'm wasted today.


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