The Indie Author Roadmap – Part 2

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by Kevin Tumlinson

Yesterday, in Part 1 of this article, I wrote about book formatting and end matter. Today, we’re going to talk about what comes after that.

Wide Distribution

You likely won’t have been in the indie author space for more than a few minutes without hearing the terms “exclusivity” and “wide distribution.” Welcome to the Debate of Our Time: Indie Author Edition. Continue reading “The Indie Author Roadmap – Part 2”

The Indie Author Roadmap – Part 1

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by Kevin Tumlinson

Indie authors are incredible.

Few industries match publishing for the sheer volume of challenges, demands, and overhead—from production costs to distribution considerations to marketing strategies. These are the types of challenges met by tech giants and globe-spanning corporations, with budgets and teams of experts and professionals to help meet the demand. And yet, these same challenges are faced by the independent author on a daily basis, often operating with only a shoestring budget and a lot of elbow grease.

Bring it. We’re indie. We can take it.

Indie authors have all the tenacity and courage it takes to DIY their way to publishing success, but that doesn’t mean they have to do it all alone. In 2012, Draft2Digital was formed by a bestselling author and two of his code-genius friends, specifically to help will-be authors to convert, publish, and distribute their books worldwide, with support the whole way. The idea was to build tools and resources that would let writers … well … write, while not having to worry about much else.

There are several things to consider when you’re building and growing your indie author career. Let’s take a look at the roadmap, with a few mile markers from D2D, to help you along the way. Continue reading “The Indie Author Roadmap – Part 1”

Authors with Websites: Who Owns Your Domain Name?

stressed out author stress-2379631_960_720The initial response to the question of who owns your domain name would likely be, “I do”. In most cases, you would be correct. That’s what I thought, too, when I received a renewal notice last August. As it turns out, I was wrong – sort of.

If that sounds confusing, you have it right. There is nothing straightforward about what I am about to share with you. The situation has only now been resolved, though I am still awaiting confirmation that it has successfully been transferred to a more reputable company. I am still in some confusion as to everything that happened. Here’s the short version. Continue reading “Authors with Websites: Who Owns Your Domain Name?”

Theodore Jerome Cohen Wins Flash Fiction Challenge

Theodore Jerome Cohen is the Readers’ Choice in this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge. The winning entry is decided by the popular vote and rewarded with a special feature here today. (In the case of a tie, the writer who submitted an entry first is the winner per our rules.) Without further ado, here’s the winning story:

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