Successful Indie Authors Share Their Secrets

Over on the blog for the Alliance of Independent Authors, they’re running a series of posts highlighting indie authors who have had great success. The authors share their secrets and other tidbits about their journeys to success.  The latest post features Lilian Hart, who when asked What was the single best thing you ever did? responded by saying:

Besides self-publish in general? Because that has worked out pretty well, I’d say!  The best thing I did was write the MacKenzie series. Those books are 70% of my monthly income, and readers get more and more attached with every book.

The rest of the interview is interesting, but my favorite part is when Liliana says, “Once you start self-publishing you have to constantly “feed the beast.”  This echoes one of the mantras I’ve heard again and again in my research–your backlist will sell your frontlist and vice-versa.


Which Blogs to Follow?

Like most debut indie authors, I have a thirst for information about our profession. I’m looking for blogs by indie authors, especially those who write in the New Adult category. The best way to find them is through readers. If you have a minute or two, please consider posting a link to your favorite indie blogs in the comments! Fellow authors, feel free to share your links, as well.

Thanks a bunch!


New Adult Defined

GalleyCat has an interesting post on New Adult. Like most media, they are trying to define the category, and like most people, they don’t really have a firm definition. I like to think it’s because New Adult is still defining itself. That’s one of the reasons that I write New Adult, because there are no set parapets, and maybe my work can one day help define it. Here’ an excerpt and linkage.

To help GalleyCat readers, we created a quick primer on new adult fiction, complete with free samples of books by leading adult fiction writers.

The label was first used in 2009 when St. Martin’s Press hosted a contest looking for stories that could be marketed to both YA readers and adult readers. The contest described for new adult fiction as books “with protagonists who are slightly older than YA and can appeal to an adult audience.”

To get a definition beyond that simple description, founder Georgia McBrideinterviewed JJ, an editorial assistant who worked on the St. Martin’s writing contest. Here’s an excerpt:

there is a gap in the current adult market–the literary fiction market–for fiction about twentysomethings. You never stop growing up, I think, but little in the market seems to address the coming-of-age that also happens in your 20s. This is the time of life when you are an actual, legal adult, but just because you’re able to vote (in the US, anyway) that doesn’t mean you know HOW to be one. This is the first time when you are building a life that is your OWN, away from your parents and the family that raised you. It’s a strange and scary place to be. Just as YA is fiction about discovering who you are as a person, I think NA is fiction about building your own life. (Very generalised, of course.) I hope that the creation of this category will allow the adult market to develop and expand in similar ways the children’s market did.

Combustible Launch!

Today, I published by debut novel, Combustible! It’s available on Kindle from Amazon for $2.99! Here’s the description:
combustibleFormer Navy hero turned firefighter, Boone Childress has returned home to the Outer Banks to pursue a career in forensic fire investigation, but when a series of arsons points to murder and greed, he finds himself stymied by a corrupt law officer and his lack of formal training.

So he turns to fellow student Cedar Galloway, who’s as brilliant as she is beautiful, to help him gather the evidence they need. Drawn together by a common sense of justice—and scorching passion that ignites them both—they race to solve the crimes before the arsonist can strike and kill again.

Combustible is the debut novel in my up coming Boone Childress series. Part suspense, part romance, the series tells the story of 20-something Boone, former Navy turned college student, as he forges a career in the field of forensic fire investigation and tries his hand at love after being burned by a former lover. As Boone gains more skill as both an investigator and lover, his adventures become more and more complex–and dangerous.

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