Indie Publishing

  • Weekend Reading: Character Development for Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 1, 2015
    Our weekend reading collection is coming a bit late this week. But better late than never, right? This week's posts and resources are for authors trying to develop new characters for their fiction. We'll kick things off with a checklist-style post to help you get to know your new characters, then get character development advice from Virginia Woolf, and finally […]
  • Reader Question: When Should Indie Authors Publish a Second Book?

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 26, 2015
    Last week, a question from Sunayna Prasad came in about building a fan base and how it affects series publishing. Basically, she wanted to know if she should publish the second book in her new series right away, or if she should wait until she has more fans or readers of the first. Here's her question: "I am writing a […]
  • Quick Tip: Make Sure Your Author Blog Reaches the Right Readers

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 24, 2015
    Your author blog can be an important, and effective, book marketing tool. But I've seen countless authors complain that blogging isn't worth their time, only to discover that they're going about it in the wrong way. One of the biggest issues I've seen is that authors aren't targeting the right readers with their blogs. And if you don't reach the […]
  • Subscribe to All Indie Writers for a Free Collection of Fiction Author Blog Post Ideas

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 29, 2015
    On Friday I'll release the first subscribers-only freebie to everyone who's subscribed to the All Indie Writers newsletter. This freebie will be a collection of 21 author blog post ideas to promote your fiction. The resource also serves as an introduction to an upcoming e-book release, The Busy Author's Guide to Blogging. If you subscribe now, you'll receive a download link […]
  • 5 of the Best Premium WordPress Themes for Authors

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 21, 2015
    If you're thinking about launching a new author website or blog on WordPress, a good place to start is choosing an appropriate design. Today I'd like to share a bit of inspiration. Here are some of the best premium WordPress themes for authors that I've recently come across. These themes are designed to do more than host your author blog. […]
  • How One Weekend’s Work Led to Thousands of Dollars in Freelance Writing Gigs

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 12, 2015
    Before the holidays I was talking to a few colleagues about my very first e-book. It sold reasonably well, or at least much better than I expected it to at the time, bringing in a little over $4000 in the year and a half it was on the market. It led to lucrative freelance relationships bringing in thousands of dollars […]
  • The 30 Day Marketing Challenge for Writers (Free Tracker)

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 7, 2015
    The New Year is a great time to tackle a new writing challenge. So I've added one to the collection over in the All Indie Writers forums -- a 30 day marketing challenge. The goal of this challenge is to do something to market your writing every day for 30 days. That could mean promoting your freelance writing services. It […]
  • Quick Tips: Prepare Early for a Successful New Year

    By Jennifer Mattern on December 16, 2014
    The New Year will be here before you know it, and there's no time like the present to prepare for it. Recently I shared three things to do this December to close out the current year. For this week's quick tips, let's expand upon that with some easy things you can do now that will have you ready to hit […]
  • 4 Free Tools for NaNoWriMo Authors

    By Jennifer Mattern on November 3, 2014
    It's that time again! NaNoWriMo kicked off over the weekend, and writers everywhere are challenging themselves to write novels of at least 50k words during November. I'm taking part again, and like last year I'll document my progress here at All Indie Writers (you can keep an eye on my word count progress in the sidebar, and I'll occasionally post […]
  • Quick Tip: Build Relationships With Reviewers Well Before Your Book Launch

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 21, 2014
    When you try to land reviews for your new book, the last thing you want is to be just another random new author reviewers have never heard of. Yet it's not uncommon for authors, and especially indie authors, to wait until the last minute to think about book reviews. So for this week's quick tip, let's make sure you don't […]