This Week in Indie Publishing

This Week in Indie Publishing



Jade Stewart is persistent. The Irondale native spent almost a year searching for a literary agent to help secure a publisher for her debut novel.

“I got rejected by 33 literary agents,” she recalled.

Stewart then took matters into her own hands. After doing extensive research, she found Amazon’s CreateSpace, a program that provides tools for self-publishing and distribution of creative materials.

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Dear Apple, Please Don’t Give Up on iBooks in iOS 11

Here are some ideas I have to improve iBooks in iOS 11, because I want to see it succeed. As an avid reader, I was disappointed that there was nary a mention of iBooks at WWDC 2017. I’m not just talking about the app, I’m referring to Apple’s eBook ecosystem as a whole. I think improvements can be made in both areas, and that Apple could give iBooks a bigger presence in physical Apple stores.

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art3New Opportunities in International Indie Book Space

A lot of authors have found new opportunities in the digital publishing and self-publishing revolutions, but it’s all too easy to overlook the fact that the US retail book space is not an isolated market. It’s not even a market that is limited to Amazon regions. There are thriving digital sites all around the world, and if authors aren’t taking full advantage of international readership, then they’re missing out.

A new announcement from WebNovel shows the reach–and the potential–for those involved in self- and small press publishing. China’s top online reading platform Qidian has launched an international program that is not only spreading the reach of books, but also opening doors to monetization for translators.

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art4The 7 best books from indie publishers right now

From Virginia Woolf’s 1917 launch of Hogarth Press to the oft-told story of how John Kennedy Toole’s “Confederacy of Dunces” — years after his suicide and countless rejections from major publishing houses — was finally published, small and independent presses have been producing brilliant, beloved, strange and daring works of literature for decades. And yet the majority of book coverage today remains of books from bigger houses.

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Wilbur Smith signs ‘eight-figure’ book deal at age of 84

Wilbure Smith has struck a blow for elderly authors after signing a book deal worth at least £10m, for eight novels, at the age of 84.

The South African author, who splits his time between London, Cape Town and Switzerland, will leave HarperCollins, his publisher since 2012, and join Bonnier Zaffre, a three-year-old publisher based in London, which is a division of Bonnier Publishing, the English-language book publishing arm of Sweden’s Bonnier AB.

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Completing My First Draft: Three Things I’ve Learned

A Writer's Path

by Jennifer Kelland Perry

Two weeks ago today, I had a fabulous evening.

Late on that Friday afternoon, I typed the last word of the last sentence of the last chapter of my Work In Progress. It felt wonderful! What a sense of satisfaction filled me as I raised my glass of Cabernet and toasted to my awesomeness. What an accomplishment! I spent the rest of the evening, and well into the night, celebrating, mentally patting myself on the back and grinning like an idiot.

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The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy #FREE on Amazon 6/23 & 6/24

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Back in February, I had the pleasure of interviewing Colleen Chesebro on my blog. Her book, The Heart Stone Chronicles, was my recommended book of the month. Colleen is now offering the book as a free download, but only on the 23rd and 24th June 2017. Don’t hesitate, click the link below and go get your copy.

The Heart Stone Chronicles - Book 1: The Swamp Fairy by Colleen M. Chesebro Colleen’s first book – The Heart Stone Chronicles: Book 1: The Swamp Fairy

Source: The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy #FREE on Amazon 6/23 & 6/24

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Truths Unseen — the 1930s Part 2

Teagan's Books

Welcome, everyone.  Thank you for all the encouragement you’ve given me about this story — and about just doing whatever I can, even if I find myself unable to finish telling the tale.  It’s better to consider this a series of character studies, than a serial.

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I wrote this a week in advance because the surgery for my little BFF was Thursday, June 22nd, and I don’t know what or how much I will have on my hands when this episode is posted.  

BFF Update

Crystal came through the surgery like a champ!  I admit it’s frightening looking… the big shaved area, but particularly the length of the incision. She also has a little shaved spot on each arm.  The growth was at least as big as a golf ball, so the line of her stitches is about four inches long. Dr. Villar said he…

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Historical Saturday: Review: “The Winchester Goose” by Judith Arnopp

Check out the book, The Winchester Goose, by Judith Arnopp, as featured on Writer Christoph Fischer’s blog


Arnopp 3I’ve been a big fan of Judith’s writing for some time and regret that I so rarely get the time to read. She has a large body of work and I yet have to find one novel that didn’t blow me away.
The Winchester Goose is no different. I was fortunate enough to catch a sunny break in the garden and indulge in this historical treat.
The book is an excellent story told in an intriguing and compelling way: Different narrative strands introduce us to the characters of this novel, all acting in the London of Henry VIII, observing the wider political developments and the gossip at Court while going through their own life-changing adventures.
Winchester Goose is a term coined for prostitutes and one of the narratives focuses on this young woman, having to make a living to feed her younger siblings. The author does a splendid job at…

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Smorgasbord Guest Writer – Part 4: The Problem with Erlkings by Horatio Grin

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Welcome to today’s post by Horatio Grin. However much we might like to belief in fairies or their various visitations, it is very difficult to prove their existence when history has been repeatedly scrubbed of any tangible evidence. This is true of the fairy overlords.. The Erklings who science has found lacking. However, Horatio takes us on a journey to potentially restore them to glory.

Part 4: The Problem with Erlkings by Horatio Grin

The first fairies were the offspring of early modern humans and Neanderthals, whose developed frontal lobes indicate telepathic and telekinetic abilities. Fairies are telepaths and cast glamour – an illusionary spell to make an object look different. But glamour does not satisfactorily account for all instances of fairy magic. Sometimes not only the appearance, but also the substance, of an object changes and telekinesis seems the most likely explanation.

Telekinesis is the ability to move…

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3 (More) Books by Blogging Authors

3 (More) Books by Blogging Authors

Check out these books by fellow blogging authors courtesy of the Word Dreams blog


My writing PLN (Professional Learning Network) pretty much revolves around blogs and the authors who share their insights and advice through the online blogs. When I have a question, I often go there first, before digging through my shelves of self-help writing books. Along the way, I’ve read many of their books. Here, I want to share those that I’ve particularly enjoy and think you might

  • Double Negative — a troubled teen with 2.5 strikes against him must come to terms with his life
  • Sahmara— hard work and a few prayers make this woman’s story
  • Dragon Hoard and Other Tales–a collection of mini-vacations from reality

 Double NegativeDouble Negative

by C. Lee McKenzie

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When we meet Hutchinson “Hutch” McQueen in C. Lee McKenzie’s Double Negative (Evernight Teen 2014), he seems like a typical hopeless juvenile delinquent. He cares nothing about school, hangs out…

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