Monday, October 22, 2018

3 Tips to Indie SUCCESS from 3 Successful Authors

Asking successful Indie Authors:

Indie Author Tip
We’re a few years into the rocket ship that is independent publishing, so most of us have read countless articles and books on the ‘how to’ and ‘what not to’ and ‘try this’ types of tutelages. The Indie Author has become a successful one-man and one-woman show. We’re educated in the fields of production and marketing. So of course many of these tips and articles have proven effective! But because our industry has grown with so many success stories out there, we can now start asking deeper questions on the motivation that has driven these successful authors.
As cover designer, illustrator and writer I’ve worked with countless independent authors and publishers. On this journey with them all I’ve seen some authors enjoy incredible achievements.
However, how do we measure an author’s success? Is it the amount of books sold, awards won – or is it the mere fact that so many authors have to overcome various challenges to complete a book, or even series?

‘Success’ is NOT just one thing. Its many things.

In my humble opinion, I would say it’s all of the above. ‘Success’ is NOT just one thing. Its many things.
It has been my privilege to work with these three authors, from diverse genres, who have gone onto publishing numerous books, won awards and even kick-started a whole product range!
So I asked them this question: “How did you go from ‘Wanting to write a book’ to now having published and doing so much more?”
All three answered generously (and authentically), and it’s my honor to share their insights with all authors out there, new or established. Each of these answers resonate with me, and I KNOW every author will find an echoing thought and driving inspiration.


A.J. CULEY -Young Adult and Children’s Book Author

Tweet-worthy: “It’s not about reaching the peak. It’s about the journey to get there and then the journey to the next one.” – A.J. Culey

Author A.J. Culey
Author A.J. Culey
I think for much of my life I was waiting for the stars to align – for me to have the energy, the time, the inspiration AND the motivation all in the same moment. This is how years passed with plenty of ideas and tons of story starts but no finishes. Eventually I realized the stars would never align, at least not perfectly, for me to ever feel like this was the one moment I had to write. And that was my big lesson – realizing the moment had always been and always would be now.

So I started taking classes and I joined writers’ communities and I began to take my writing seriously. I think that's the big thing. We have to take ourselves seriously, as artists, as writers, as creative thinkers. And in that process of taking myself, my craft and my dreams seriously, one book led to another and another until one day I woke to the realization that I was an award-winning author with twelve published books in three different genres and several more on the way.

But to say “I woke” to that realization is to somehow imply that it just happened, which really isn’t the case at all. The truth is I invested the time and money in developing my career. I focused on the goal, invested financially in amazing book covers and illustrations, not to mention promotions, and committed my time to writing quality stories. I just plain did the hard work. And I think the big thing for me moving forward is to keep doing that hard work. I can’t stop to rest on my laurels. I have to constantly work at developing my craft and reaching for that next great story.

It’s not about reaching the peak. It’s about the journey to get there and then the journey to the next one.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

New Indie Book Release: Off the Ice (L.P. Dover)

New Indie Book Release:
Off the Ice - L.P. Dover
Contemporary/Sports Romance (243 Pages - October 2018)

Off the Ice: A Breakaway Novel is a sweet, sexy story about getting a second chance at love.

"[...] I loved this pairing, they brought smiles, laughs, swoons, and loads of feeling to the pages, once I met them, I didn't want to leave them! I highly recommend you check this one out, it is certain to leave you thoroughly satisfied on all fronts!" - Reader Review

About the Book

Off the Ice (L.P. Dover)
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He’s always made the scoring plays, both on and off the ice, but this time he has a new goal … the one for Meghan’s heart.

I’m Justin Davis, all-star center for the Charlotte Strikers. For years, I chased the spotlight, not only with hockey, but through television as well. That’s why I decided to play the bachelor on Rich and Single. Unfortunately, I was stuck with a fake fiancée from hell who I couldn’t stand to be around. Now that our contract is up, I’m allowed to do whatever I want, with whoever I want. I plan to take full advantage of my newfound freedom.

After being on the show, people don’t recognize me for hockey anymore, even with just winning the Stanley Cup for my team. That’s why I’m spending the off season in a remote cabin in Wyoming where the chances of people knowing me are slim. Space is what I need, but when a down to earth beauty needs help on her ranch, I can’t resist. Meghan Taylor is exactly what I’ve been looking for, even though I’m not the kind of man she wants.

Getting her to see the real me has its challenges, but the more time I spend with her, the easier it is for her to see that I’m not the same guy she knows from TV. Being away from the media is one thing, but as soon as I’m back in the spotlight, I’m afraid it’ll change what we have. I don’t want to lose her, but I also can’t hide away in Wyoming forever. It’s a choice I’m not ready to make.

About the Author

Author L.P. Dover
Author L.P. Dover
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

She loves to write, but she also loves to play golf, go on mountain hikes and white-water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.

Dover has written countless novels in several different genres, including a children’s book with her youngest daughter, but her favorite to write is romantic suspense. However, she has found a new passion in romantic comedy, especially involving sexy golfers. Who knew the sport could be so dirty and fun to write about.

Connect with L.P. Dover via the Author's Facebook Page
and on Twitter: @LPDover

Monday, October 08, 2018

New Indie Book Release: Mae's Cafe (Elsa Kurt)

New Indie Book Release:
Mae's Cafe (Welcome To Chance) - Elsa Kurt
Contemporary Women's Fiction (300 Pages - September 2018)

Mae's Cafe is about the good and the bad, the loves and heartbreaks, the scandals, and the friendships. Welcome to Chance takes you full circle in a fictional world of people who feel so familiar, it's like you've lived there all your life, too.

About the Book

Mae's Cafe (Elsa Kurt)
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Welcome to the quaint, coastal New England town of Chance, where nothing and no one is entirely what they seem. In book one, Mae's Cafe, we meet Mae, the beautiful young owner of the charming retro cafe.

Still grieving the death of her larger than life father, she throws herself into her work and ignores the looming problems threatening her fragile peace. Bruce is the man hopelessly in love with her, waiting patiently for her to notice him. Handsome, enigmatic William Grant comes unexpectedly into town and turns everyone's world upside down... especially Mae's. As if that weren't enough, add the troublesome Feather Anne, who seems determined to ruin Mae's life at any moment.

Welcome to Chance is a window into small-town life, where everyone knows your name and your business. Along with Mae and company, you'll also meet Rosabelle and Miles, the Jacobsons, the 'we used to be cheerleaders' moms, the Brightsiders, and more. Their stories will pull you in and make you feel at home.

So much so, you'll wish you were there.

About the Author

Author Elsa Kurt
Author Elsa Kurt
Elsa Kurt is a multi-genre, indie & traditionally published author, brand designer, life coach, and motivational speaker.

She currently has seven novels independently published, as well as three novellas published with Crave Publishing in their Craving: Country, Craving: Loyalty, and Craving: Billions anthologies.

She is a lifelong New England resident and married mother of two grown daughters. When not writing, designing, or talking her head off, she can be found gardening, hiking, kayaking, and just about anywhere outdoors.

Connect with Elsa Kurt via the Author's Website
and on Facebook

Sunday, October 07, 2018

New Indie Book Release: SIGHTED - The Gift (Cheryl Thibodeau)

New Indie Book Release:
SIGHTED: The Gift - Cheryl Thibodeau
Paranormal Suspense (126 Pages - September 2018)

SIGHTED: The Gift features a multi-generational cast of highly relatable and vivid characters, a fast-paced plot, and the draw of a continuing saga - The SIGHTED Series appeals to a very wide audience.

"I absolutely loved this book so much! It was so good! I finished it in 2 nights! [...] Best book I had read in a long time!" - Reader Review

About the Book

SIGHTED - The Gift (Cheryl Thibodeau)
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I'm Lindsay, and I'm a teenage visionary with a few big problems. My mother is way overprotective. My best friend is an airhead. My boyfriend joined the Army.

And I can see murders before they happen.

At the age of eight, I realized that I'm a visionary - that I'm "sighted," as my mom calls it. She tells me I need to learn how to manage my ability. She insists that it's a gift.

That's so not true. I think she's just trying to make me feel better about it. I mean, I already have enough to contend with. Like surviving the continuing drama that is my best friend Sara, and finding the time to be with my boyfriend Scott, all while trying to get myself graduated from my small-town high school so I can go to college and have even more to contend with.

My visions of grisly deaths - past, present, and future - kind of complicate things, especially since I'm still learning how to handle them. Every now and then, I see them wrong.
So while Mom calls it my "gift," I disagree. If this is a gift, then I'd like to give it back.

About the Author

Author Cheryl Thibodeau
Author Cheryl Thibodeau
Cheryl Thibodeau is a single mother of one young adult, living in Southern New Hampshire.

After a few years of living on her farm with her son, it occurred to her that probably half of her life was behind her, and she hadn't yet gone after her Dream: Becoming an author.

She shelved that one for years, because the whole idea was scary. Telling her stories? Too intimidating. She thought she could be content with what she already had. After all, two out of three is pretty good. But as is the way with our dreams, they nest in your soul and refuse to be silenced until you let them take flight.

Connect with Cheryl Thibodeau via the Author's Website
and on Facebook

Saturday, October 06, 2018

New Indie Book Release: The Soulless (Michelle Scott)

New Indie Book Release:
The Soulless - Michelle Scott
Supernatural Thriller (200 Pages - September 2018 / 2nd Edition)

The Soulless is a supernatural thriller meant for fans of Stephen King and Dean Koontz.

"[...] I highly recommend this story for everyone who loves horror, general fantasy or paranormal romance genre, if you buy this story you will not be disappointed ever." - Reader Review

About the Book

The Soulless (Michelle Scott)
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They prey upon society’s outcasts--the lonely, the desperate, the guilty--feeding upon the rage and lust and fear hidden in these human hearts. Once they find a victim, they are able to erase the boundary between impulse and action, turning an angry thought into murderous rage and a simple desire into manic obsession.

Only one person understands the danger. Evander Calhoun has spent a lifetime protecting his unsuspecting neighbors from these evil spirits, but--after a nearly a century of service--the old man no longer has the strength to continue the fight.

Evander must find a replacement. But, despite the fact that his master was a nearly crippled, illiterate, farmhand, Evander staunchly refuses to consider anyone but a strong, young male for an apprentice. In fact, he is so blinded by prejudice that he is apt to overlook the best chance he has of saving his beloved town.

About the Author

Author Michelle Scott
Author Michelle Scott
Maybe it's because of her Halloween birthday, but Michelle Scott has always been attracted to scary stories. Supernatural thrillers and paranormal suspense have always been at the top of her reading list! Like her favorite chocolate, her books are both dark and sweet. Although she loves supernatural themes, she’s also written romance and romantic suspense.

Michelle has been writing since childhood, but earned her bachelor's degree in psychology and her master's in English literature. When she’s not writing, she’s a straight-laced English teacher at a two-year college in Detroit.

She’s been married to Mr. Right for over thirty years. She also has three children: a boy and two girls, all of whom have threatened to never speak to her again if she turns them into characters and puts them into her books.

Connect with Michelle Scott via the Author's Goodreads Page
and on Facebook

Monday, October 01, 2018

New Indie Book Release: Missing Chloe (John C. Dalglish)

New Indie Book Release:
Missing Chloe - John C. Dalglish
Murder Mystery Thriller (182 Pages - September 2018)

Missing Chloe is about the death of a child that leads to a series of eventstakes. It takes the reader on an emotional and unexpected journey to a powerful conclusion.

"This is a great story of human nature in a tragic situation that just keeps on getting worse. Lies, deceit, undue blame, it's all here. You will not put this down until you get to the end." - Reader Review

About the Book

Missing Chloe (John C. Dalglish)
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On a warm summer evening like so many others, Jack Richardson comes home to learn his little girl is missing.

Though Jack and his wife Sarah have no way of knowing it, they're at the flashpoint of an inferno that will leave everyone and everything within their idyllic life scorched beyond recognition.

Suspicion, betrayal, and murder will burn through the lives of everyone who is MISSING CHLOE.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Featured Indie Book: Multiverse - Pain and Turmoil (Rosemary Feld)

Multiverse - Pain and Turmoil (Rosemary Feld)

Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Fantasy Novel Multiverse: Pain and Turmoil by Rosemary Feld.

Multiverse: Pain and Turmoil is a unique perspective on the concept of human beings living in concurrent multiple realities, where all the realities are affecting one another; most often subconsciously, but at times consciously.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon CreateSpace and is available as Paperback - 446 pages - released in August 2018.

About the Book

The Multiverse Series revolves around a boy existing in parallel realities of varying circumstances where he struggles with physical, emotional, and mental challenges--working his way through darkness into the light on his path of self-discovery and spiritual enlightenment.

Birthed through darkness, born into light.

Join Raven as he travels the earth-paths of Pain and Turmoil…

Multiverse - Pain and Turmoil (Rosemary Feld)
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Monday, September 24, 2018

New Indie Book Release: Noël - Of Memories and Sleep (Benjamin Boudreaux)

New Indie Book Release:
Noël: Of Memories and Sleep - Benjamin Boudreaux
YA Fantasy Adventure (300 Pages - August 2018)

Noël: Of Memories and Sleep draws heavily on Cajun and Creole culture, which have rarely (accurately) been explored in most media. The food, the music, the language, the folklore, and just the general way of life are all portrayed in this novel.

About the Book

Noël - Of Memories and Sleep (Benjamin Boudreaux)
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The town of Beauséjour, located in Southern Louisiana, is home to many Cajuns and Creoles, who are happy to spend their days fishing and crabbing; tilling and sowing; eating, drinking, and laughing. But this town is also home to sinister secrets, which are soon to be unearthed by a child of thirteen summers by the name of Noël Broussard, as well as his friends Évangéline Lejeune, Marc Lejeune, and Amédé Fontenot.

Many strange and terrible things occur, such as denizens visited in their dreams by a nightmarish entity; children selectively spirited from their homes by a demonic creature; and telltale signs of a wolf-like being infecting hapless wayfarers. These are spirits straight out of the traditional oral folklore of the Cajuns and Creoles of Acadiana – and they are very real! But there is something linking them all together – the key to everything – and it will prove integral for Noël as he struggles to solve the mystery and end the terror that plagues his hometown.

This story – the first in a series – delves into the subject of memory, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of fear, anger, sadness, and failure. Noël will have to learn (and accept) many things about himself if he is to succeed.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

New Indie Book Release: Rise (David Probert)

New Indie Book Release:
Rise - David Probert
Dystopian Thriller (319 Pages - September 2018)

Rise is a heart-pounding adventure novel from the Blades and Bullets series. A moving and exciting story that gives its readers a glimpse into a terrifying future.

About the Book

Rise (David Probert)
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After spending 2 years in an underground shelter to escape the horrors of a collapsing society, Zuri Kilpatrick and her sister, Lynn, are forced to emerge in search of supplies.

But the world has drastically changed. Technology has run rampant and all law enforcement has been disbanded, there is no protection from the monstrosities that now roam the earth. When Lynn is taken captive by a ruthless band of human traders, Zuri finds herself forced to navigate the hostile and treacherous new world in a fight against time to rescue her sister.

Not only must Zuri adapt to a new way of life, but she must reach deep within to find a hero that lies dormant, a hero just waiting to rise.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

New Indie Book Release: Summer Fling (Tarrah Anders)

New Indie Book Release:
Summer Fling - Tarrah Anders
New Adult Romance (182 Pages - September 2018)

Summer Fling: The night before tourist season hits their sleepy little town, Emma has an impromptu drunken romp with a guy from a party… only to run into him just a few days later. Over the span of the summer, their relationship develops as Royce hands her a love note, word by word.

- "[...] sexy, sweet and fun- an entertaining, heart-warming and light-hearted story that captivated me right from the first page. This standalone is one that you won’t want to miss. I really enjoy Ms. Anders' writing." - Reader Review

About the Book

Summer Fling (Tarrah Anders)
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Small towns are perfect for summer vacations and summer flings.

The night before tourist season hits their sleepy little town, Emma had an impromptu drunken romp with a guy from a party… only to run into him just a few days later.

After her last major heartbreak, Emma swore off dating any of the out-of-towners. She had never questioned that decision… until Royce arrived in town. At first, she thought he was just like any other tourist during the season, here today, gone tomorrow.

However, when proved to her that he was putting down roots, that all changed.
Emma can only trust what she knows. Tourists always leave and relationships began with them always have an expiration date.

She has to protect her heart, even if she knows that if he goes, he will be taking it with him.

Only, Royce insists that he is in it for the long haul wants to build his life with her and in Sweeny. He starts giving her a note per date spelling out a single message- one painstaking word at a time. When all of a sudden the past comes barreling into Sweeny and starts to torment both Emma and Royce.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Featured Indie Book: Survivors of the Sun (Mia Kingslie)

Survivors of the Sun (Mia Kingslie)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Post-Apocalyptic Thriller Survivors of the Sun by Mia Kingslie.

Survivors of the Sun is a story that is at once terrifying, gripping, and completely believable. It is a beautifully crafted triumph of human achievement and courage. As you follow Georgia, you find yourself riding a tidal wave of emotions alongside her as she attempts to overcome the seemingly impossible when her world changes dramatically after what appears to be a global terrorist attack...

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback - 681 pages - released in August 2018.

About the Book

It should have been just another ordinary day for Georgia. Her husband, Nathan, had left early for work and his children, Jamie and Rebecca, from a previous marriage, were due to go back home that afternoon. Afterwards, Georgia realized that she hadn’t noticed if there had been anything unusual about that day. There may have been a greenish tinge in the air and the sun may have seemed a little brighter than usual. But the only noticeable disruption to Georgia’s plans for the day, came in the form of Deedee, her sister-in-law’s young, precocious daughter, who arrived unexpectedly to be babysat while her mother was at the dentist.

The first indication of an event was the sudden breeze that sent a chill through Georgia that morning and a feeling of unease deep down. Then, while working in the basement, her three dogs began whining. Next there was a crackling noise and Jamie’s hair stood straight up. Finally, the lights went out and she was in total darkness. Outside there was total silence.

Have you ever wondered what might happen if the power grid of an entire country was sabotaged… and not only the power grid, but every transmitter and device that we so readily take for granted?

Mia Kingslie’s novel, “Survivors of the Sun” is a classic story of survival for the 21st century and beyond.

The characters are just like you and me; ordinary people in an extraordinary situation. They will prompt you to question; how would I survive? What if the entire infrastructure of a nation had been eliminated in just seconds: transport, communication, emergency services, appliances and every single electronic device across the country. Could you survive? It may be the result of a terrorist attack or an environmental disaster. The result is the same; societal collapse.

Survivors of the Sun (Mia Kingslie)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "A post-apocalyptic thriller by Mia Kingslie was genuinely a pleasant surprise. Kinglsie writes with such ease and realism, this tense story about a horrifying situation feels so real, you might as well be experiencing everything along with the characters. [....] Strong recommendation." - V.E. (Amazon)

- "[...] The struggles and hardships that they endure, threaten their very existence, testing their loyalty, fortitude and love for each other in ways they could never have imagined. Powerful, eloquently written, very contemporary, this is a book of survival and all that that suggests. Recommended reading." - Grady Harp

Monday, September 17, 2018

Featured Indie Book: Stuck at Thirteen (Rosemary Feld)

Stuck at Thirteen (Rosemary Feld)

Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Fantasy Novel Stuck at Thirteen by Rosemary Feld.

Stuck at Thirteen is an exciting adventure story which subtly delves into the metaphysical topic of learning to live in the moment, as seen and experienced through the eyes of a boy who is stuck in adolescence.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon CreateSpace and is available as Paperback - 124 pages - released in June 2018.

About the Book

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to simply stop aging?

The idea of youthful immortality can be appealing.

But what if you suddenly discovered that you were stuck at a certain age... mentally, emotionally, and physically? And what if that age was that of a young adolescent?
You’d never be able to become a legal adult, get a full-time job, marry, or raise a family. How would others react to you?

And what if the government was very interested in this unique ability that you had?

This is a story and adventure of such a boy.

Stuck at Thirteen (Rosemary Feld)
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