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Beginner’s Guide to Building an Online Platform

Beginner’s Guide to Building an Online Platform

A guest post by Marla Sherman.Most of my experience in the world of publishing has been helping friends and colleagues to get their work published, so I never had the need to create a social media presence for what I do. But when I decided to go pro, I realized that my business was going […]

Direct Submissions: Traditional Publishing, No Agent Required

Direct Submissions: Traditional Publishing, No Agent Required

A guest post by Jennifer Bort Yacovissi.It’s hard to overstate the changes to the publishing landscape over the last decade. The doors to the gates that regulated who got published have effectively been blown off their hinges, and authors are now awash in possible avenues to get their work out into world. For those trying […]

Writing a Novel During My Morning Run

Writing a Novel During My Morning Run

A guest post by Kathryn Pincus.Writing a Novel During My Morning Run WRITTEN BY KATHRYN PINCUS. POSTED IN SELF GROWTH. (Published originally in Living Well Magazine, April 2015 issue)Almost every morning, as the sun is beginning its ascent into the sky, I lace up my running shoes, stretch, and bound out the door. A feeling […]

Outside by Shalini Boland

Outside by Shalini Boland

About “Outside” (Book One in the Outside Series)A post-apocalyptic romance thriller.The world of the future is divided by Perimeters: high-security gated communities where life goes on as normal. If you’re inside you’re lucky, if you’re outside life expectancy takes a nose dive.Sixteen-year-old Riley is fortunate to have been born on the right side of the […]

Writers, Start Building Your Brand Early!

Writers, Start Building Your Brand Early!

One of the great challenges for an indie author is dividing time between actual writing and marketing. And I would argue that the same goes for writers who are as yet unpublished. Sometimes, I like to think about giants like Joyce, Fitzgerald and Nabokov. How did those guys do it? Most likely, not at all—or […]

The Forgotten Ones (Book One) by Laura Howard

The Forgotten Ones (Book One) by Laura Howard

About “The Forgotten Ones: Book 1 (The Danaan Trilogy)”Allison O’Malley’s plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she’s been in love with for as long as […]

What My Children Taught Me About Persistence

What My Children Taught Me About Persistence

A guest post by Steven Remington.My two year old daughter stands at my feet while I am speaking on the phone and repeatedly says, “Dad… dad, dad, daddy, dad,” until I am frustrated enough I finally burst out, “What??”All parents have been in this situation. It could be a person you’re talking to at home, […]

The Kraken: Part I by Jonas Cobos

The Kraken: Part I by Jonas Cobos

About “The Kraken: Part 1″Where other authors give us the trappings of steampunk without real substance, Jonas Cobos infuses his world thoroughly with the substance and spirit of the genre, 110% full of steampunk ideas and motivations. And he did something few other writers have done…made steampunk goggles actually functional tools rather than mere fashion […]

The Noru: Blue Rose by Lola StVil

The Noru: Blue Rose by Lola StVil

About “The Noru: Blue Rose”The last thing I see before I close my eyes are his silver wings coming toward me. He lifts me up and takes me in his arms. While demons hurl fireballs at us from every direction, I study his face. I realize he doesn’t want me to live; he needs me […]

A Love That Never Tires by Allyson Jeleyne

A Love That Never Tires by Allyson Jeleyne

About “A Love That Never Tires”Linley Talbot-Martin is a girl who likes to get her hands dirty. As the daughter of a famous archaeologist, she’s been everywhere and seen everything—except London. When the Talbot-Martin team travels there for her father’s investiture, Linley finally gets her wish. But when the time comes to trade her jodhpurs […]

Cinderella’s Cowboy by Roxanne Snopek

Cinderella’s Cowboy by Roxanne Snopek

About “Cinderella’s Cowboy”Chad Anders doesn’t know why mousy Cynthia Henley trips all over her tongue when she’s around him. Nor does he understand his undeniable attraction to this good girl. Wild and sexy is his type, like the dream-girl he caught a glimpse of years earlier he’s never forgotten.Cynthia’s superpower is invisibility, especially with men. […]

His Captive Princess by Sandra Jones

His Captive Princess by Sandra Jones

About “His Captive Princess”Earned respect is sweet…but deserved revenge is sweeter.Warren de Tracy was assured the Welsh village of Dinefwr would be an easy conquest, as would the widow of its fallen prince. Wedding her will appease the locals and win the respect of his liege, the usurper King Stephen.Instead, Warren is ambushed, taken prisoner […]

The Girl of Diamonds and Rust by Susan Ward

The Girl of Diamonds and Rust by Susan Ward

About “The Girl of Diamonds and Rust”“Maybe this is love. Protecting the part of yourself most important to you and knowing when to let go so that you can keep a small piece of that person alive and real in your heart.”~~Chrissie Parker“He will never need you the way I need you. He will never […]

Remembering Will by Jim Yackel

Remembering Will by Jim Yackel

About “Remembering Will”Memory is pain, but there are some things he’ll never forget…At thirty-nine years of age, Will Gailey is an “over the hill” singer-songwriter who leads a rock band that the music business doesn’t consider to have the “now” sound. A trauma has rocked his world, and as a result his memory of events […]

Contribute a Guest Post to IndieBookWeek.com

Contribute a Guest Post to IndieBookWeek.com

Many of us writers and authors maintain blogs, those creative writing outlets which we tie into our social media accounts as a method of outreach to potential readers and, ideally, new fans.I’ve heard of many reasons for starting a blog, including:- Gaining readership in advance of publishing a novel- Using blog entries as a form […]

Mooniana and the Secret of the Lost Chronicles of Sophia

Mooniana and the Secret of the Lost Chronicles of Sophia

A new book release from Miranda Moondawn. About “Mooniana and the Secret of the Lost Chronicles of Sophia”In every epoch and age there are a handful of souls who hear the Earth’s voice, hearken to the Muses’s song and drink from the font of the Goddess of Wisdom. These are the poets, artists and visionaries of […]

Finding that Happy Ending

Finding that Happy Ending

More and more, as a reader, I find myself searching for something new. This has less to do with branching out into genres I haven’t yet explored, and more to do with wanting the “old and familiar” to suddenly feel “fresh and inspired.”More zip? More zing? Is that what’s missing for me? I don’t know. […]

Advancing Writing Skills Through Meditation

Advancing Writing Skills Through Meditation

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations On my checklist of things to do in this life, meditation had always been in the “no time soon” category. Something about it seemed a bit suspect to me. As evidence, I offer you my original take on how it works: […]

Storytelling Through Music

Storytelling Through Music

Yesterday evening, I attended a concert at Strathmore Hall Arts Center. Intermission was followed by a modern symphony making its world premiere performance for a concert band. As part of his introduction, the evening’s conductor, Lt. Col. Jason Fettig, said that the composer intended the piece to be a journey through the ups and downs […]

Author Interview: Chicki Brown

Author Interview: Chicki Brown

About Chicki BrownYear first published: 2010Number of books and short stories currently published: NineBio: Shades of Romance Magazine 2011 Author of the Year, Chicki Brown has published nine novels and one novella, all of which have made different Kindle bestseller lists. A voracious reader since she was a child, Chicki grew up reading everything she […]