Interviews

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John Locke on the Big Problem (Still) Facing Indies

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"...despite the enormous progress indies have made, we’re still being cock-blocked by traditional media."
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Paying it Forward with Toby Neal

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Traditional publishing seems like snails in a molasses race to me now, and sitting on my manuscripts when they could be out being read and making money is torturous.
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The Minefields: Riding in on the "Mad Men" Wave

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At the time, four traditional book agents had expressed interest in representing me. I grabbed the phone and called my 'first choice.' I had barely begun to explain the tie-in opportunity when she cut me off. "Impossible," she said. "Traditional publishing houses just don't move that fast.”
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Laurel Osterkamp: An Indie Writer Who Packs a Punch

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"Even though things have changed tremendously for indie authors over the last few years, it’s still hard to get readers to give you the benefit of the doubt if you’re not a big name or if you’re not published by someone like Random House."
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Stay for the #Snark: An Interview with Rachel Thompson

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You don’t apologize for all the sex in MANCODE. Should we get over it or start having more of it?
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Fred Stoller on his "Seinfeld Year"

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Yes, I'm well aware the Seinfeld aspect did help get it attention. That show might be the biggest sitcom of all time.
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Why Not?

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Indie Author of New York Times Best Seller “Why Me?” Explains Why She Turned Down A Deal with Simon & Schuster
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Soulful Love: An Interview with Indie Erotica Writer Diana Laurence

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Fact is there’s no way real life can meet all our sexual needs. That’s why we all fantasize about sex.
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Indie Erotica: 20 Questions with Eden Baylee

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At the age of eleven, Eden Baylee, bestselling indie author of Fall into Winter, purchased a copy of Story of O by Pauline Réage. “It's amazing what they sold to kids back then in Montreal,” she says.
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David Raterman, author of "The River Panj"

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Fiction is art so sales forecasts are speculative, whereas nonfiction is easier for sales and marketing people to wrap their arms around. So I do understand why it’s tough to take a chance on a new novelist, especially one without the massive platform that editors like (hence novels by Snooki and Paris Hilton).
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Richard Bard on "Brainrush"

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I was astounded to learn that there are a growing number of cases where ordinary people suffer a head injury and then immediately develop incredible mental abilities—like photographic memory, math skills, or artistic talents.
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Interview with Theresa Ragan

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I started writing ABDUCTED out of frustration with not selling to New York. I decided to kill off a few characters and hopefully some frustrations at the same time.
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Neal Pollack, author of "Jewball"

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This [indie] route is so much faster, it's not even vaguely comparable [with trad publishing]. It's the difference between dial-up and broadband.
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The Zen of Steve Jobs: A New Graphic Novel from Forbes

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A Zen ninja re-imagining of Steve Jobs in the wilderness between stints at the company he founded and loved.
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Interview with Melissa Foster

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The one important thread that is common with [traditional and indie publishing] is that authors will need to market their own books no matter which way they publish.
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Ray Flynt on Kisses of an Enemy

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The story is about power—having, losing, grabbing for, and trying to hold on to power—and how people act when facing those challenges.
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Interview with CJ Lyons

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I've been a storyteller all my life—something that left me in "time-out" quite a lot as a child.
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Interview with Darcie Chan

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#1 on the "List Where Indies Count", #8 on The New York Times bestseller list, #18 on USA Today's list and #5 on Amazon
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Field Tested Books

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It’s a fool’s errand really.
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Interview with Simon Wood, author "We All Fall Down"

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I’m an ex-racecar driver, a licensed pilot and an occasional private investigator.
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Rick Murcer: Indie's Newest Best Seller

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The great thing about the indie world is the freedom to write, release, and market whenever and whatever...the American way for sure.
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IR Interview with Bestselling Author J.P. Locke

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One thing I’ve never mentioned about my background is that I’ve never received a paycheck in my life!
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Bestselling Indie Author J. Carson Black

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At this juncture, I would not go with a traditional publisher. I’ve been through it a couple of times and I’m tired of the smack I hear when the door hits me on the way out!
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Elisa Lorello on Faking It

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A 30-something female writing professor proposes an unusual arrangement to a male escort: lessons in writing in exchange for lessons in love.