The Kindness of Strangers – Guest Post by Cheryl Shireman

One of the first things a writer notices when they join the self-publishing community is that it really is a community. We all pitch in to help each other. We share tips on editors, formatters, and cover designers. We recommend promo venues and warn about scams or bad deals. And we cheer each other’s successes and commiserate when someone hits a roadblock. Part of the reason for that, I’m sure, is that there is a feeling that we are all in this together, lone wolves fighting against the deep pockets, marketing muscle, and control of print distribution of the large publishers. But it’s also because many of the people involved are just plain nice. One of the most helpful authors Read More…

Two Indie Writers Somehow Escape The "Tsunami of Crap" To Sign Major Trade Deal

With the kind of timing that only athletes and comedians are blessed with, two more indie writers have managed to wriggle free from the “tsunami of crap“. Mark Edwards & Louise Voss, who I have spoken about before on this blog, have signed a six-figure, four book deal with HarperCollins UK. But it wasn’t just an eagle-eyed editor and agent that spotted their potential in the endless morass of horrid self-published work that is blotting out the sun and condemning all superior literature to wither on the vine, last month 42,000 readers (most of them British) somehow found their books too. It seems that some books are easier to find than others. I’m sure it’s a coincidence that it happens Read More…

Two Indie Writers Somehow Escape The “Tsunami of Crap” To Sign Major Trade Deal

With the kind of timing that only athletes and comedians are blessed with, two more indie writers have managed to wriggle free from the “tsunami of crap“. Mark Edwards & Louise Voss, who I have spoken about before on this blog, have signed a six-figure, four book deal with HarperCollins UK. But it wasn’t just an eagle-eyed editor and agent that spotted their potential in the endless morass of horrid self-published work that is blotting out the sun and condemning all superior literature to wither on the vine, last month 42,000 readers (most of them British) somehow found their books too. It seems that some books are easier to find than others. I’m sure it’s a coincidence that it happens Read More…

Smart Promo Idea (And For A Good Cause Too): The Summer Book Club

Just a short post today. A group of top-selling indie writers have come up with a rather clever idea that I wanted to highlight (which also happens to help a worthy cause). The Summer Book Club contains titles from top indie authors J Carson Black, Saffina Desforges, Mark Edwards & Louise Voss, Sibel Hodge, Victorine Lieske, HP Mallory, Scott Nicholson, and Cheryl Shireman. You can read Mark Edwards’ blog post about the background the idea here. They have set up a Facebook Page to promote the book club, and tonight they will be holding a chat with Mark Edwards himself.

Cheryl Shireman's Life Is More Than A Dream – Interview

Today, we are going to do something a little different. Cheryl Shireman was kind enough to answer a few questions. For those of you who don’t know her, Cheryl is currently selling over 200 copies PER DAY of the e-book edition of her self-published literary novel Life is But A Dream. Can you tell us a little about your book? Life is But a Dream is a novel about a woman who suddenly questions her existence. Her marriage appears to be falling apart, and her only daughter is leaving for college. She goes to a secluded lake cabin to redefine her life.