Month: October 2016
Come and get your #FREE and #DISCOUNT #BOOKS! #SIAFBB #ASMSG #IARTG #IAN1
There’s a ton of books being offered, and now is your chance to find your new favorite author! Formed from the members of the Support Indie Authors board on Goodreads, we have something for every taste! From high fantasy to contemperary romance, if you’ve got a reading itch, we aim to scratch it! Check it out today, with more books coming tomorrow!
Cruisin’ through books cause books make life worth living with Aly 10/29/2016 part 2
Avalon Dreams by Alexa Whitewolf
Cruisin’ through books cause books make life worth living with Aly 10/29/2016 part 1
Bargains, bargains, bargains
You like a bargain, don’t you? Of course you do, who doesn’t.
Well, for all of you out there who like a bargain, or better yet, something free, the writer’s group I am part of on Goodreads has a big event this weekend with lots of books listed as free or at reduced prices in a variety of genres. If you’d like to fill up your kindle with some new reading material, here’s the place you need to go http://events.supportindieauthors.com/event.php
There’s some great reads here, and some great authors to support, so please dig into your pockets, you won’t have to find much, and you’ll be hard-pressed to get a better return on your investment.
Support Indie Authors presents CB’s Monster Weekend!
I am Thunder hear me roar! For a few shining moments, lightning flashed, thunder rolled, and Twitterverse was awash in shining gold, alerting readers and writers across the globe to “CB’s Monster Weekend!” The highly-anticipated ebook sale-give away provides reading gems for all readers. Presented by “Support for Indie Authors,” SIAFBB began in summer 2015 as the brainchild of member Charles Hash. Since then, avid readers have downloaded thousands of ebooks. SIA members make it all possible and everyone works together. For this event author & designer CB Archer rallied the troops and brought on the power of Thunderclap. The results—astonishing!
#SIABB now thru Oct 31, 2016
A guest post for you all! Latent Talent by Mehreen Ahmed#SupportIndieAuthors
Desire to express oneself is innate. Whether it be a political, religious, or an artistic expression, people have always tried to connect with others through one medium or another. Prior to the written word was a long-standing oral tradition. Much later, writing developed which added a new dimension to expression. Undeniably, an interest in writing and developing one’s talent are always the most important pre-requisites; however, sometimes this talent resides in a latent form.
That was me. I never embarked on this career willfully. Sure, I was always a spontaneous writer, vastly inspired by my natural surroundings: a raging storm, looming dark clouds, spring blossoms, tranquil or turbulent oceans. Pleasant full moons, sunsets and sunrises, everything affected me. As a child, I would simply jot down my inner feelings of a summer’s rain or a winter’s mist. I just loved watching them. These were the initial raw stages of writing which continued for a long time.
My thoughts gradually found a home in a red diary. Most of these musings were about nature. A description of an evening walk in autumn, sounds of the sea and the waves, sitting out on a beach on a breezy evening. Retrospectively, at this stage of my writing, I was trying to find meaningful connections with nature, which marked a clear departure from my earlier stages of unfettered inventory. I had by now started to write small compositions and short stories with nature being very much in the center. From here onwards, my diary became my greatest friend. It was a compilation of my very private thoughts, not yet meant for public consumption.
It wasn’t until much later that I wrote my first piece for publication. I was in Canada at the University of Saskatchewan. As a result, I saw snow for the first time. I could not begin to describe how thrilled I was to see the first icicle on my window pane. Inspired by what I saw, my first public piece came as a result, entitled, A Winter’s Tale, which appeared in 1987 in a notable campus newspaper called, The Sheaf. This publication was pivotal to my career as a writer. I was told by my friends that I should take writing more seriously. And I suppose I did. As my writing evolved, I ripened and started to learn about life and the human condition, in general. However, fiction was not the only area I limited myself to. I branched off to write journalistic and academic essays as well.
Since those early days of writing, I have released several books that include short stories and novels. While I always enjoy writing, I do not publish just for pleasure. I want to contribute something valuable. I am indebted to my society for giving me so much. It is my turn to give back a little; however, I must admit that I still get romantic thrills, a kick from natural objects which continue to inspire me to write. I feel that I have finally found an art form where I can reflect on nature and human issues in an entertaining way.
About the author
Queensland writer, Mehreen Ahmed has been publishing since 1987. Her writing career began with journalism and academic reviews and articles. Her latest work, Moirae, is available on Amazon.
Moirae on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LYMIGTW
Amazon author page: https://amazon.com/author/amazon.com.mehreenahmed
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Goodbye Traditional, Hello Indie – Results
One authors journey from Traditional to Indie.
Awesome Diane, thanks for sharing your insights for other’s to enjoy.
Eight months ago, I started the process of canceling my traditional publishing contracts and re-releasing all my books as an indie author. My reasons for the switch were detailed in two posts Goodbye Traditional, Hello Indie(Part I) and (Part II).
The process went more smoothly than I could have imagined, and I wanted to share the results:
1. I left myself 8 months to convert 6 books. Two months per book would have been easier as I was reproofing as part of the process. The advice: Create a schedule and then give yourself extra time.
2. New covers had an instantaneous sales response. Covers do matter whether traditional or indie publishing.
3. My old reviews ALL carried over to the new books. All I had to do was ask Amazon to combine the old (publisher) and new (indie) editions leaving only the new editions visible. The same phone…
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