Indie Authors

  • Amazon Tries to Manipulate Indie Authors in Hachette Dispute

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 9, 2014
    Warning: If you have a problem with profanity, this post isn't for you. For any of my readers who are sick and tired of hearing about the Amazon-Hachette e-book pricing bullshit, let me start with an apology. I'm sorry for bringing that topic here. I'm sick of it too. I've tried to stay out of the issue thus far because […]
  • The Horror Writers Association Opens Its Doors to Indie Authors

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 24, 2014
    As of today, indie authors can qualify for either active or affiliate member status with the Horror Writers Association (HWA) based on earnings from their self published books. Previously, the only way to earn these member statuses from your books was to work through a traditional publisher. I'm particularly happy about this change for a few reasons: I'm an indie author […]
  • Dark Waters: Celtic Legacy Book 1

    By Melissa Breau on February 9, 2012
    In indie author and blogger Shannon Mayer's latest book, Dark Waters (the first in her new Celtic Legacy series) the bonds of family are stretched to the breaking point. Legendary monsters, a deadly prophecy and soul swallowing fears threaten to destroy the lives of two sisters who, when they had nothing else always knew they had each other. Add in two […]
  • Bonded: Book One of the Shadowlight Saga

    By Melissa Breau on February 9, 2012
    I had the pleasure of editing indie author Mande Matthews' latest YA Novel, Bonded: Book One of the Shadowlight Saga, which has already achieved an average of 5-stars from reviewers on A timeless tale of heros, the book weaves together a chieftain's son and a warrior maiden—his vow to protect her pits his best friend against him, endangers the light of […]
  • A Zombie-ish Apocalypse

    By Melissa Breau on December 27, 2011
    One of my recent projects has been for self-published author Shannon Mayer, who recently published A Zombie-ish Apocalypse: a trilogy of novellas that follow the story of one couple as their life goes to hell. A paranormal romance set in a post apocalyptic world, Mara and Sebastian fight off marauders and monsters alike. But Sebastian carries a dark secret, one that […]
  • Joel Friedlander on Book Cover Design for Indie Publishers

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 11, 2011
    It's no secret that your book cover design is an important book marketing tool -- for indie authors and traditionally published authors alike. Yet many self published authors and indie publishers take the DIY route and the results are often easy to spot in relation to professional cover designs. Who better to talk about cover design issues like these than […]
  • Evelyn Lafont on Beta Readers: How Beta Readers Can Improve Your Book

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 28, 2011
    Today Evelyn Lafont and I talk about beta readers for your books and e-books. Evelyn Lafont is a first-time fiction indie author, with her e-published novella Vampire Relationship Guide Volume One: Meeting and Mating scheduled for release on March 31st. Having only published nonfiction so far myself, I've seen benefits in working with beta readers -- early readers who provide […]
  • Zoe Winters on E-book Pricing: Does Low-balling Attract the Wrong Kind of Reader?

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 16, 2011
    As an e-book publisher should your rankings be based on your low-ball rates or on the merit of your work? Coming from the traditional side of e-book publishing, I'm a fan of the latter. I believe in premium pricing when you put out quality work. And I believe in letting your individual market help determine your rates -- not Amazon […]
  • Self-Publishing Books: An Interview With Peter Bowerman

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 28, 2011
    The following is an interview with independent author, Peter Bowerman. Bowerman is the author of The Well-Fed Writer and The Well-Fed Self Publisher (a book I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone interested in pursuing indie publishing). When did you first decide to self publish, and which was your first self-published book? I decided to self-publish my first book, The Well-Fed Writer (2000), […]