From Bigfoot Erotica to Racist Rantings: When Author Life Affects the Rest of Your Life

Just recently, a big story that ran in national publications (People, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone) saw Virginia congressional candidate Denver Riggleman accused of authoring Bigfoot erotica. (He was outed by his opponent, aptly named CockBurn). While the details aren’t super important, the story brings to the forefront what can happen when your author life slams into your real life. While the two generally happily coexist, sometimes they bleed into each other in bad ways. Since we’re living in an age of social media, it’s a good time to examine the ways in which your writing life can impact the rest of your life.

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Indie Author Newsbreak 8-10-2018

indie author newsAhoy there authors and readers alike and all ships at sea! The Admins at Indies Unlimited have set sail on the dark and stormy waters of the internet in search of the great white whale of interestingness. So, batten down the hatches and shiver your timbers, thar be news in these here waters!

As we have pointed out numerous times, the seas of publishing are teeming with sharks. David Gaughran takes a look at how vanity publishers work their foul magic.

Do you find yourself plagued with self-doubt about your own writing? Terrible Minds has some sound advice about how to stay on track with your writing without letting your feelings dictate your productivity.

Do you write in third person or first person? Why? Writers in the Storm has an excellent article on third person vs. first person writing and the considerations that should apply to an author’s choice in the matter.

And finally, Do writers really have to know who their target audience is? Did the guy who invented the snuggy know exactly who needed a blanket with sleeves? K.M. Weiland takes on this thorny issue and gives 4 tips for writing to the right audience.

That’s it for now. Be sure to stop by next Friday as we reveal the answer to the musical question, who wrote the book of love?

Indie Author Newsbreak 8-3-2018

indie author newsHowdy-do IndieVerse friends and neighbors! The Admins at Indies Unlimited have set the timer on the microwave of truth so you can feast upon the steamy deliciousness of publishing industry news. The aroma of fresh-baked information fills the air. So sit up straight and put on your bibs, kids!

From our Who’dathunk department comes exciting news that YouTube has a growing segment of Book-Tubers aimed at generating interest in reading among millenials.

If your deal with the Witness Protection Program has ended or the statute of limitations has come about on whatever you did and you’re ready to engage with the world again to talk about your writing or get a review, check out this great new group of book bloggers.

Ah, remember when you were just starting out? You hadn’t even found Indies Unlimited yet. Sure, you made a few mistakes – probably had to change your name and phone number a few times – but we all learn. If you’re not there just yet, check out this list of writing tips 40 experts wish they’d known as beginners.

And finally, if you have an unfulfilled dream that one of your books tops the bestseller list, do read this article about how bestseller lists work and what they really mean.

That’s it for now. Be sure to tune in next Friday as we preview an excerpt from our bestselling new book: Poison Control Hotline Bloopers.

The BookPatch: Deal or Scam?

bookpatch (002)It seems anymore that there are all sorts of Print On Demand (POD) and service publishers, all ranges, offering a combination of add-ons and services. We’ve had readers asking about TheBookPatch, a slightly different take on POD publishers, and decided to look closer to see what we could find out about it.

From their website, they certainly look enticing. They offer to print a 60-page 6”x9” book for just $2.88, and this price is for 1-49 copies. For more than that, the price drops incrementally until you reach 1000 copies, when the price is at its lowest at $2.01 each. Continue reading “The BookPatch: Deal or Scam?”