Aug 02, 2015
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serial
Feature  |  

4 Indie “Podcast Novels”
(Plus “Serial”)

Podcast novels—free, self-published audiobooks—are as old as the medium itself.

look alike
Tips  |  

Book Cover Twinsies

This nifty info-graphic summarizes why so many book covers–both indie and trad–end up looking alike.

memorable
Tips  |  

5 Tips for Crafting a Memorable Book Description

Jacket copy will never capture everything you want readers to know. Just accept the fact that a book description is supposed to be a teaser.

indie voice
Indie Voice  |  

“Ever After” Romance Brand Launches a Print Program for Indies

New Editing App, “Go Set a Watchman” Breaking Records (Alike But Indie for the title forthcoming) + more in this week’s roundup

fatal
All About the Book  |  

Lou Kilzer on his Book “Fatal Redemption”

All about the 2015 IRDA winner in the mystery category.

Secrets
All About the Book  |  

Lisa Quast on the “Secrets of a Hiring Manager Turned Career Coach: A Foolproof Guide to Getting the Job You Want. Every Time.”

2015 First place Non-Fiction IRDA Winning Author says, “This book is meant to be your go-to guide for conducting a successful job search, sharing the basics everyone should master.”

the preference
IR Interview  |  

Michele Scott on Being Kicked to the Curb by Penguin + Finding Indie

She dreamed of being a writer since the age of nine and is the bestselling author of more than three dozen books–women’s fiction, paranormal novels, mysteries, and thrillers.

indie voice
Indie Voice  |  

Hugh Howey on Author’s United Letter to the DOJ: “I think it’s hilarious!”

Kirk Cameron Gives Crocoduck a Blowjob in a New Novella, Classic Comic is Self-Pubbed on Facebook + A New App Helps Author Organize Their Tweets + more in this week’s roundup.

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Alike But Indie  |  

If You Liked “Grey”, You’ll LOVE…

If you’ve been living under a rock lo these past few weeks, you may not be aware that EL James released a companion of sorts to her “50 Shades” saga, “Grey”, as told from Christian’s point of view.

hey,
All About the Book  |  

Kate Shannon on her IRDA Winning Title “Hey, Baby, Look!”

Hey, Baby, Look! was sparked to life one Saturday afternoon while doodling on a napkin at a coffee shop.

indie voice
Indie Voice  |  

Brooklyn Book Fairs Showcase Indies (Way to go, Brooklyn!)

Class Action Denied in Author Solutions Case, New Award for African American Indies + more in this week’s round-up

the other
All About the Book  |  

Allan Avidano on “The Other Son”

When the empires of reason and faith collide, the authority of each is called into question.

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Kickstarted Indies  |  

5 Successfully Funded Kickstarted Books

We at IndieReader believe that the books generated by successful crowdfunding campaigns truly represent the best of what indie publishing can be–books created by authors with a vision and supported by readers who share that vision.

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All About the Book  |  

Cameron Stelzer on “The Island of Destiny: Pie Rats Book 3″

I grew up listening to stories where forgiveness was more important than revenge. We all have the potential to change for the better. The bad guy at the beginning of the story doesn’t have to be the villain at the end.

guest blogging
Tips  |  

Guest Blogging 101

Guest blogging can be a great way to get your work in front of new sets of eyes and your books on new bookshelves. But landing a guest blogging opportunity isn’t as easy as sending off an email to your favorite blogger.

indie voice
Indie Voice  |  

Amazon to Indie Authors: Size Really Does Matter

Scribd Cuts Down Catalog by Cutting Out (Lots Of ) Indie Titles, New App Lets Readers Get Ebooks They Already Own in Paper for Free + more in this week’s roundup

fireworks
Seasonal Selections  |  

7 Tropically Themed Indie Titles for More Fun in the Sun

Nothing says festive like a three day weekend that includes fireworks, BBQ’s and lounging on the beach with a great book.

deadly lies
All About the Book  |  

Chris Patchell on “Deadly Lies”

“Deadly Lies” is about a woman on a dark and twisted road to revenge.

The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Directed by Victor Fleming
Shown: Judy Garland (as Dorothy Gale) on the Yellow Brick Road, wearing the ruby slippers
The Indie Author Primer  |  

What You Need to Do to Finish Writing Your Book

“Handing over” your manuscript doesn’t describe just a transfer of paperwork, it describes a change of mental state on the author’s part.

indie voice
Indie Voice  |  

Is There An Author Who Can Do for Writers What Taylor Swift Did for Musicians?

50 Shades Fan Fic Keeps Pace with the Books, New “Book Launch Toolkit” from Joel Friedlander, The Indie Publishing “Tipping Point” + more in this week’s round-up

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All About the Book  |  

Tristan Wood on “The Wanton Life of My Friend Dave”

The book sums up to this question: what if instead of the half of your heart you were looking for you found the piece of your soul you didn’t know you were missing?

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games
Alike But Indie  |  

6 Young Adult Titles Even Parents Will Enjoy

A 2012 survey showed that 55% of YA readers are adults making the intended audience for beloved titles including The Fault in Our Stars and The Hunger Games series actually your teenagers!

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All About the Book  |  

D. Hart St. Martin on “Blooded: Lisen of Solsta”

The Lisen of Solsta trilogy posits the potential of a hero whose gender plays no role in her temperament or abilities.

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IR Interview  |  

The Multi-Talented Jayme K. Talks to IR About Everything

Jayme K on writing (his novel, Disorderly), directing (Practice Makes Perfect), hosting (Shootin’ It) and re-claiming his last name.