Valerie’s world is turned upside down when she meets smooth-talking Lex Kendal. #readinglife #romcom @IndieWriterSupp #dryhumour

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How far would you go to stay alive? Eden – #scifi #adventure #alphamale #mustread #inlust #scifiromance

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Nurture or nature? Does anyone have any answers? #paradox #paranormal #timeslipnovels #timetravel

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The worst thing you can say to someone with #depression is ‘pull yourself together’.

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‘Is it in?’ – A Proper Charlie #romcom #british #badsex #cheapbooks

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What I wished I’d known before I published!

Discovering Book Tags
Louise Wise

This month, I’ve asked authors to send in their contributions for what they wished they’d known before they’d published.

The eBook publishing industry is changing all the time and it’s difficult to keep up, and when I first started out not only were the words ‘eBook’ and ‘Facebook’ a twinkle in the developer’s eye, I seemed to be the only struggling author in THE WORLD!

That’s how it felt, but I’ve come a long way since then, or so I thought, until, only a few months ago, I realised the potential of tags: a keyword or label given to your book after uploading onto Amazon (or Smashwords, D2D etc).

These tags not only help the customer find books, but allows your book to rise to the top of a category with only one or two sales: say you have tagged your book with romance, love, coming of age, friendship.

The romance and love tag are common, but coming of age less so and friendship even more. These are the categories where your book has the opportunity to hit the top spot when it’s lagging at 100,000 in the charts. And once it hits that top spot it has more chance of being seen and pulling in readers from other directions.

So study your book’s possible tags and use them wisely.

Sequel to Eden…

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Jenny was marooned on Eden a long time ago. As a woman from the 23rd century and living life in the fast lane, adapting to her prehistoric world was never going to be easy. She tamed Fly, her alien lover, and fell in love with her new life. She has everything she wants: an alien man who loves her.
But then he’s taken away.
Jenny’s out for revenge.
Eden’s sequel – HUNTED

Win a copy of YA novel Life and Times of the Heir and the Keeper

Etta King 
Ah the guest blog! My time to shine!
What shall I share? This is rather like a “Show and Tell” isn’t it? Hmmm…well I
think I’ll go back in time a bit – not too far – and take a peek at a little
episode in dear Jonathan’s life. Now Jon is sort of the quintessential prodigal
son; he just loves doing whatever he wants, bucking convention (why should he
join the legacy of Reinhardt men inducted into the Keepers?) and breaking
hearts (didn’t an ex call him Delish? Yum!), yet he always finds his way home
(figuratively, of course, since he can’t wait to leave his grandfather’s
mansion…hey! I never said he was sane!). But don’t the daring ones always have
the most fun? Go to the best parties? Kiss the cutest girls? Perhaps there’s a
method to this madness? Let’s see…the year was…I’m blanking…the grade? 11th!
Oh high school, the wonder years…
was exhausted. But in a good way. A sated way. That was pretty much the only
reason I was smiling at the gentle nudging that was bringing me out of my coma.
I didn’t even have the blinding headache I associated with any and all brands
of Tequila. I was in an Aybee-trance. AB Baby, my sort-of, maybe, probably
girlfriend. Angelica B. McCarthy, to anyone who wasn’t a ‘close and personal
friend.’ Which was a grand total of probably five people. Yeah, AB was very
popular. She was also insanely cute. No, not hot, cute. She was a Blake Lively,
not a Megan Fox; you never could bring yourself to hate her, you just wanted
her to notice you. She had that effect, a subtle glow that made even teachers
curry her favor. And I was lying in her bed. How I’d gotten up here, I couldn’t
remember. What we’d done? Well I remembered that. That brought a second smile
to my lips.
know what you’re thinking.” She whispered in my ear.
had to laugh. Somehow, I didn’t doubt that; she had a way of guessing people’s
need to get up; I’m riding with Kit this morning.”
opened my eyes and raised a brow at that. Christopher, who insisted everyone
call him Kit, was her British “cousin.” The air quotes were unimagined; I was
pretty sure Kit and I were as related as he was to AB. I couldn’t mentally
reconcile what I knew was a lie, but I consoled myself with the fact that at
least I knew.

are you riding with him, you could be riding with me,” I replied with a crooked
smile. It was corny and I knew it, but she laughed.

promised,” she said, brushing her hair out of her face. “Besides, Cassidy needs
the exercise, and you haven’t ridden since…” She paused and chewed her lip
before continuing. “Anyway, you know it doesn’t mean anything.”

I hadn’t been near a horse since my father’s accident. That was what she’d
stopped herself from saying. But she ignored it and bypassed the awkward
moment. There were no awkward moments around AB. Did I know it didn’t mean
anything? Probably.
So why do I need to get up, again? You’re not riding up here.”
hilarious. I need to get ready and my mom might stop by.” She rolled out of the
bed, automatically adjusting the Alice and Olivia tank dress she’d fallen
asleep in.
right, and she hates me.” I couldn’t even say it with a straight face. She bit
back a smile herself.
doesn’t hate you…what you did at the club…honestly; I don’t know how you dare.”
shrugged; I hadn’t exactly been in a great mood on that eventful day and I’d
forced her party of bird lovers into a smaller room with my ‘reservation.’ Yes,
I’d used my family’s name to outrank her. No, I wasn’t contrite. She’d made a
point of mentioning my spiked loafers one too many times. I couldn’t understand
how that was her problem.
tossed my shirt at me and I sat up slowly, stretching in the process.
was looking around the room with a small frown.
place needs a makeover.” I looked around too; It was an art piece, called AB;
from birth to seventeen.
Marilyn, more Audrey,” I made the observation more to myself, but she looked up
with a wide smile.
You totally get it!” She made a running leap for the bed and practically landed
on top of me.
Necessary?” I asked, laughing.
that’s why I love you.”
blinked. We hadn’t said that yet. Were we saying that now?
why?” I asked, playing it cool.
because you act like you don’t care, but I know you do.”
I don’t really care.”
care, you just hide it so well.”
your secrets…why you’re so jaded…”
She was staring right into my eyes, hers so blue they were almost violet. I
felt like she was looking right into my soul. I blinked.
Life and
Times of the Heir and the Keeper
Amazon Kindle  BarnesandNoble
They say college is a
lot of things; a haven, a four-year party, the place you met the girl – or guy
– of your dreams. What they don’t tell you is, the best part of college is the
drama YOU bring to the table! After all, that dirty little secret, that
not-so-little white lie, and those texts you wish you could erase from
cyberspace can’t stay hidden forever. At CU, someone’s always watching, and you
better hope there isn’t a camera phone on hand when you get caught.
It’s the Spring Semester, but it’s not all fun in the budding
sun for Jon and Franz. Follow them as they delve through the politics of secret
societies, the inevitable drama of the F-word (that’s FAMILY, for the
uninitiated), creepy Resident Advisors, creepier residents and girls who don’t
always say what they mean. Who wouldn’t need two months to recuperate?
Cheers! And GL!

Comment, share and join the tour and you could win a $30 Amazon Gift Card PLUS a Signed Paperback of Life and Times of the Heir and the Keeper:

Etta King is the author of the Caspian University novels, a series chronicling the life and times of a group of wealthy teens who inevitably discover the various flavors of college drama. Etta writes from her personal experiences as a college co-ed and as the product of an all-girls prep school. Here she witnessed the very eccentricities and foibles which she depicts in her novels.

In a home filled with books, it was no surprise that Etta grew to be an avid reader, and that translated into writing when she was thirteen. She wrote simply for the fun of it, whatever would come to mind, from fantasy to thriller to romance, and shared her stories with her friends.

In 2010, at twenty-one and just as she was about to graduate from college, Etta began writing “The Life and Times of Elizabeth and the Duchess.” This was a story which had first taken shape in 2008, after her freshman year, but had been put on hold. With graduation looming, Etta recalled the characters, and the events which had inspired them, and took pen to paper. Literally, as Etta enjoys writing out her stories before typing them out. Soon the first book had been completed and the series was born.

“The Life and Times of the Heir and the Keeper,” comes as the sequel to “Elizabeth and the Duchess,” and serves as the second semester of these teens’ college saga. Etta is currently working on the third book, in what will be an eight-part series.

Etta King lives with her family in Westchester, New York.

Excerpt from 
Life and Times of the Heir and the Keeper
I woke up to the sound of my phone
vibrating on the floor. I scooted out of bed, trying not to wake Elizabeth as I
went to pick it up. I missed it and I saw four missed calls. All from Chadwick.
Crap, it was six thirty-seven. I called him back and made my way to my bathroom,
while it rang.
“Hey,” I said when he picked up.
“Sorry, about that; you were on the phone when we went
“Yeah, that’s okay, I’m home. Look,
Jon, I’m going to say this just this once and then I won’t say it again.” I got
an ominous feeling and leaned against the sink, ignoring the cold marble.
“Judith,” he began and I bit down on
my groan. If ever I was tired of hearing one person’s name in a day.
“I don’t care what it is you did, I
really don’t.”
“I didn’t do anything.”
“Whatever. Just don’t do anything
“What?” I couldn’t help the irritation
creeping into my voice.
“Nothing else, okay? Just don’t lead
her on, don’t mess with her.”
“What the hell do you think I did?”
“Honestly? I think you hooked up with
her and never called her back. Or maybe you did and she didn’t understand how
you worked.” How I worked??
“Jesus, Chad, seriously?”
“Look, I’m not judging you.”
“Are you drunk?”
“I’m not judging you, I just want you to leave her alone, okay?”
I was silent; what the absolute fuck
had Judith said to Chad? What was her problem anyway? Three weeks was all it
had been, for God’s sake.
“I didn’t do anything to her, Chad.”
“So why is she calling me and crying?”
I massaged my temple and shook my
“Because she’s Judith, Chad. Because I
haven’t told her about Elizabeth and I, and I don’t feel like calling her and
skipping that conversation, so I’d rather just not. Because yes, she called me,
called my house, sent me messages, but all I want is for her to calm down and
stop acting like I’m Judas. Because yeah, we’re friends and she feels that
means she has exclusive rights to my number. Because…” My God, I could go on
and on.
“Not because you hooked up with her?”
“She told you that?”
“You’re not saying you didn’t.”
“This is not about hooking up. I don’t
understand why she’s so anxious to talk to me, but that’s pretty much it. I’m
just not ready.”
“You’re an ass, Jon. You’re my friend,
but you’re an ass.”

How to edit you’re novle affectively.

OK, keep your wig on. The title was MEANT to be full of errors . . . actually, I have no idea if ‘affectively’ is wrong or not, that’s why I hire editors for my books. Here, on WWBB, I do my own editing and if unsure of the word I won’t use it. It’s that simple.

Editing really is that easy: hire, hire, hire or do not write that/a word.

It boils down to ONE reason why a writer won’t hire an editor:


Under the umbrella of arrogance they will tell you that family or friends are good enough to edit for you or ‘editing kills unique writing’. They’ll even say that their qualifications enables them to edit properly.

Even editors need editors. Put it this way, do you check your appearance in the mirror before leaving the house? Or do you trust yourself that your breakfast isn’t stuck in your teeth or beard?

The mirror will tell you.

So will an editor.

Louise Wise is the author of two comedy romances:

And one ‘spicy’ sci-fi romance:

And a non-ficiton novelette:

Agatha Christie with added mayhem – The Ratcatcher

Tim Steven
Like many thriller readers and writers, particularly of the
male variety, I grew up on the novels of Alistair Maclean. What appealed to me
about his books wasn’t just the exciting adventure plots, but also how they
nearly always contained a ‘whodunit’ element. The best of them had a disparate
group of people trapped in a life-threatening situation, and you always knew
from early on that one of them was a traitor or a saboteur of some kind; part
of the fun was trying to work out which of them it was. It was like Agatha
Christie with military weapons.

In my début thriller Ratcatcher I wanted to do something
similar. A group of disaffected former soldiers are planning to assassinate the
Russian president at a summit meeting in Estonia on the Baltic Sea. Which of
the three British MI6 agents trying to foil the plot is actually working with
the terrorists? To complicate matters, I made the treacherous MI6 agent one of
the point-of-view characters. To complicate them further still, I included both
women and men among the suspects, so the sex of the traitor was in doubt.
I got round the problem of hiding his/her identity in the
point-of-view scenes by referring to our rogue agent throughout as ‘the
Jacobin’, a nickname allocated by one of the other characters. Trickier was the
task of disguising the person’s sex, and it involved a fair amount of stylistic
and grammatical gymnastics to avoid all reference to ‘he’ or ‘she’. Not that
this has any bearing on the finished product – readers want to enjoy a good
story, not marvel at how cleverly the author has wielded the language,
they’re fans of Martin Amis – but I actually found this quite a stimulating
exercise as a writer.
The other element of mystery in my novel was the method of
assassination chosen by the terrorists. In an odd way, it was like one of the
central puzzles in a country-house murder mystery, except the question wasn’t,
‘How could the murderer possibly have done it when the room was locked from the
inside?’ but ‘How are the terrorists going to kill the president when every
point of access to him has been anticipated and closed?’
This posed a serious
problem. I had an idea how to pull it off, but it took extensive (and
admittedly very haphazard) research online to find out if a particular piece of
technology existed that might serve my purposes. And I did want to stay within
the bounds of plausibility; I wasn’t writing science fiction.
Once I’d discovered that the technology needed by my
terrorists did in fact exist, I needed to find out more about it. And
everywhere I looked, I found the same basic information, but not the in-depth,
down-and-dirty detail I wanted. I asked a couple of ex-soldiers I knew, but it
was beyond them. I joined a few online forums to pick the brains of the
military eggheads there, but had no luck. One person even emailed me with a
friendly warning that I had to be careful about asking questions like this
online, as they might come to the attention of shadowy outfits monitoring the
web for signs of terrorist activity.
In the end, I decided it didn’t matter. If detailed
information about a particular weapons system was so secret that only the
manufacturers and their military sponsors were aware of it, then I could safely
speculate about the nuts and bolts in my book without worrying about looking
sloppy in my research to the average reader. This works as a general principle
for writers of fiction, I think: do your research, but don’t be so terrified
you might get a few details wrong that it takes your focus away from writing a
good story.
Oh, and if anyone reading this is an insider in the armed
forces or intelligence services of a certain Middle Eastern country and decides
to read my novel, I’d welcome your feedback and corrections. With not a little
trepidation, I should add.

The Ratcatcher
The police have Internal Affairs departments. 
British Intelligence has John Purkiss, the Ratcatcher.

Purkiss’s job is straightforward. 

Track down agents of the intelligence services who are taking kickbacks, committing crimes and bring them to justice. Straightforward doesn’t mean easy . . . 

After a renegade British former spymaster, Fallon, is sighted in the Baltic city of Tallinn on the eve of a historic summit meeting between the Russian and Estonian presidents, Purkiss is despatched to investigate, and uncovers a conspiracy that threatens to tear the world apart. 

But it’s become personal–Fallon murdered Purkiss’s fiancée. A murder that Purkiss witnessed.
As the countdown to a catastrophic conflict begins, Purkiss must keep his desire for revenge under control.

‘RATCATCHER is both an adrenaline fuelled action adventure novel and a hardboiled mystery story which exposes the world of the spy, in which few motives and actions are purely black or white.’

Author Tim Stevens
Tim Stevens was born in London and grew
up in Johannesburg. He lives in west Essex, England, with his wife and
daughters, and works as a doctor in the National Health Service.
His début novel is the acclaimed thriller
Ratcatcher, and both it and its sequel Delivering Caliban, featuring the return
of John Purkiss, are available in all ebook formats. Severance Kill, a thriller
without John Purkiss, was published in November 2012.
Tim Stevens’s other publications are the
espionage novella Reunion and novelette Snout, and his collections of macabre
short stories, Woodborn: Six Tales Of Unease and Quarry: Six Tales Of Dread.

Tim Stevens’s blog is Dead Drop meet him there!

Present day, alternate world, different rules


Alison Morton

Writing crime and thrillers with an
alternate history setting throws up twin challenges – to tell a tense, fast-paced
story with a punchy ending plus get the historical background right.
Historical? Well, yes. Unless a writer knows their history, they can’t alternate
it. Knowledgeable readers out there will be disappointed if a writer makes a
serious blooper when projecting history in a different direction. And disappointing
the reader is a writing crime.

Alternate history stories, whether packed
with every last piece of information about their world or lighter where the
alternative world is used as a setting with bare detail released only when
crucial, need to follow three ‘rules’: nail the point of divergence from the
real time line that has carried on in our world; show how the alternate world
looks and works; and flesh out the consequences of the split.
Writing crime,
mystery and thrillers in this environment ain’t easy, but it’s fun!

Readers can take cops being gentle
or tough, enthusiastic, intellectual or world-weary. Law enforcers are all
genders, classes, races and ages and stand in various places along the personal
morality ruler. But whether corrupt or clean, they must act like a recognisable
form of cop. They catch criminals, arrest and charge them and operate within a
judicial system.

In alternate history, writers draw
on history before the point of divergence as C J Sansom does in Dominion. But he then goes on to stretch
and distort the functions of the Special Branch we know into a Gestapo-like
force and the Special Constabulary into the Auxiliaries similar to the French Second
World War milice.
In my own earliest
story in the series set in the mid-twentieth century in a country founded
sixteen hundred years ago by Roman refugees, the town cops are still called
‘vigiles’ after the ancient Roman ones; then, they caught thieves and robbers,
put out fires and captured runaway slaves. They were supported by the Urban
Cohorts who acted as a heavy-duty anti-riot force and the even the Praetorian
Guard if necessary. The modern vigiles in my earliest alternate story carry out
the functions of a police force that anybody would recognise today. And there
is still a Praetorian Guard, but a very modern one. Both services have to deal
with the criminal mind whether rational, completely disconnected from societal
norms, opportunistic or terrorist.

Something to remember, especially
when writing a series, is to let organisations develop. My vigiles are
disbanded then re-formed as ‘custodes’ in the three later stories following a
catastrophic civil war.
They evolve in a similar way that London Bow Street
runners gave way to Sir Robert Peel’s Bobbies who in turn developed into the
modern Metropolitan Police.

Legal practicalities in alternate
history stories can be quite different to those in our real timeline, but they
must be consistent with history of that society while remaining plausible for
the reader. My alternate world has examining magistrates (echoing ancient Roman
practice) and a twenty-eight day post-arrest, pre-charge detention period which
police services in our timeline would probably love! Questioning is robust, but
there’s no gratuitous physical brutality – things have moved on since ancient
Roman times when
the punishment officer would take a criminal off into the corner and beat him into a pulp. In the 21st century, the approach is more psychological, wearing the detainee down, but the odd slap creeps in.

If writing in any foreign language
environment, whether in this world, off-planet or in a different time, using local
words for police, e.g. ‘Schupo’, ‘carabinieri’ or ‘custodes’ enriches the
But the writer has to explain in a non-obvious way. An example from my
earliest book:

He handed me his card.
“Kriminalpolizeikommissar Huber – GDKA/OK”. Juno, he was one of the German
Federated States organised crime investigators. We were in the big time here. I
glanced up at him, but he looked even grimmer, if it was possible. I decided to
play safe.
The same applies
for slang, which naturally peppers any thriller with police and military
‘Dear me,’ he murmured, ‘you
are a cross little scarab, aren’t you?’
I knew he was winding me up
by using scarab, the derogatory word for the custodes. I might deal with a lot
of shit in my job, but I was no dung-beetle.

Getting professional help? Do your research first! If writing a contemporary
police thriller, writers should at least read around the basics; detection and
arrest procedures, forensics, interviewing and case development. For political
or military thrillers, the same applies for structures, chain of command,
intelligence procedures and weaponry. Apart from watching television and movies
and reading other writers’ books, I find Wikipedia is an excellent place to
start if researching a specific force, police service or weapon. After that, most
libraries and bookstores will have real life accounts written by former members
of those services.
For legal background, you could start with the lawyers’
associations and see if they have any public education programmes, similarly
the probation and social services. If you ask reasonably intelligent, specific
questions (make a list!), serving and retired professionals will usually be
delighted to help you, especially if you mention them in the acknowledgements.

If you’re writing in a historical whodunit or
thriller, then as well as the reading, you are probably going to become good
friends with your county archivist and possibly the British Library staff.
you have no living professional to consult, you should find at least two preferably
three sources for your information. Law enforcement officers’ roles, powers and
practices varied hugely in the past and if policing existed at all in some past
eras, it was often carried out by the military. You soon get to know your
Tacitus from your Pliny or Caesar!

Crime, mystery and thrillers are
one of the most popular genres in our bookshops, whether online or bricks and
mortar. Whether you have a historical, contemporary or alternative setting,
research and meticulous accuracy are the watchwords for keeping on the right
side of the writing law.
Author Alison Morton

Alison Morton has a
master’s degree in history, has served time as a translator and soldier, and is
a deep-steeped ‘Roman nut’. 

Currently living in France, she writes Roman-themed
alternate history thrillers and her first novel, INCEPTIO, will be published by
SilverWood Books in March 2013.

Watch this space!

The Biggest Block to an Indie Writer’s Success

Clyo Beck

When you first conceived of your book, it
was so exciting. In the creative flow, you probably told yourself that you
would have no trouble getting it published because what was coming through was
so darned good. It would be a gift to
the world.

What you didn’t tell yourself was that
editing and preparing it for publication would be easy. Or fun. Or cheap. You
didn’t affirm that you would connect with the perfect publishing platform because
you weren’t at all sure that you would. Neither did you jump up and down with
joy at the thought of marketing your book.

In fact, as you recall the process you went
through, you may realize that, at times, you felt almost apologetic about writing
a book. Sometimes you couldn’t tell if your writing was brilliant or a bunch of
poop. Doubts about yourself and the value of your writing kicked in. Who were
you to be so audacious? Who were you to expect to be published? Who were you to
make money when so many other writers don’t make a dime?   

Yet, we’re in an Indie revolution; so you
decided that you would self-publish. After all, who has time to deal with the endless
submissions and rejections associated with traditional publishing? Who wants to
play the Catch-22 game of “you must have an agent to get published, but
you must be published to get an agent.” Besides, how hard could it be to publish
a book yourself?

With the desire to write so fervent within
your soul, you had no choice but to keep writing, and it was exhilarating. As
idea after idea came to you, and as the pieces of the puzzle that was your book
came together, you felt on fire. This had to be your higher guidance kicking
in, right? You had to be writing for an audience who really needed—and would
love—what you offered…right? Your book would just have to sell…right?

But then that inner doubter—the one
embedded in you when you were a little kid—started circling you, like a
vulture. While it couldn’t stop the flow of inspiration coming through, it started
to sabotage you. The result is that you started to doubt yourself and
everything about your process. Then things started to snowball. You signed a contract
with a print-on-demand publisher before your book was finished. You found
yourself facing a deadline you had to meet or you’d forfeit your deposit.

As a result, you didn’t have time to take
your chapters to a critique group or read through your book out loud. Tired of
trying to figure out whether your writing was good enough or not—and in a panic
to get your book up and just be done with it so you could try and recoup the
money you were investing in self-publishing—you decided you could do without a
professional edit.

After all, what could it hurt? You can
write, right? And, besides, these are your
words. Why do they have to be edited? Why can’t they stand as you first wrote
them? Isn’t that what will make your book unique? What can anyone else possibly
add to what has emerged from you? And how dare they think to subtract anything?
Besides, editors are too darn expensive.

So you rushed yourself into self-publishing
with a print-on-demand publisher. The bad news is that your book isn’t selling.
So you feel sick, and like a failure. You don’t even tell people you wrote a
book. You’re afraid they’ll read it and think less of you because, secretly,
you’re afraid your book is junk and doesn’t measure up, especially since you
discovered a couple of typos in it. Worse, you are afraid to try again. You are
afraid to write another book.

So, what’s happening? Wasn’t the Indie
movement supposed to empower you? Weren’t you supposed to be earning your
living as an author by now? What’s going on?

Why Are You Failing At Your Dream?
You need to heal your beliefs about what
you deserve before you put yourself and your work out there, or you’ll just be
kicked around.

See if this feels true for you:
While, in your heart, it felt like your
writing had value as you put words down on the page, your inner critic kept
sniping at you. It said what you were writing wouldn’t sell. It poked and
prodded you, and got you to doubt what you thought was truest in you. You may
have even felt some shame about daring to write a book. And that’s when that sinking
feeling that you were going to fail showed up.   

At that point, if you were like me, you
went to a marketing guru to get an opinion about your book. In exchange for the
fee, you were told that the general consensus in the publishing industry would
be that your book was too “different” and there wasn’t a market for

Since that was your greatest fear, it made
sense to you that you would receive that depressing review. Yet what you might
not have realized is that the review you received was a self-fulfilling
prophesy. The reviewer was merely reflecting your most deeply held belief.

The Power Of Your Deepest Beliefs
The lesson offered here is this: your deepest beliefs determine your result.
This means that your own subconscious belief system, when it’s negative, is the
biggest block you face as an Indie writer. So, before you put pen to paper
again, take a personal inventory of your beliefs. Do you have doubts about your
value, or the value of your output? Do you, secretly, think that you cannot
write well enough to meet the standards of a traditional publisher?

If so, publishing on the Indie platform is
unlikely to get you sales. If you don’t believe in your work, that will come
through in your writing, in your promotion, in your face, and in every word you
utter about your book. Yet, instead of despairing, simply realize that you have
inner work to do, and do it. Emotional Freedom Technique is great for this, but
explore and find what works for you.

If you have finished your book and received
feedback that it’s really good, still check in with yourself before you publish
it. See whether you have any beliefs or fears that will interfere with book
sales. For instance, imagine yourself contacting people to review your book. Then
imagine animatedly promoting your book when you talk to people. Can you do? Are
you looking forward to it? Or do these ideas make you feel uncomfortable?

If the idea of marketing your book makes
you cringe, you have blocks to success that must be cleared. It may be that an
inner aspect doesn’t value your perspective or your work. If your family
struggled with money when you were a child, you might have subconscious blocks
to abundance. You might even have energetic blocks to being happy.

If any
of this resonates with you, don’t put yourself out there again before
correcting your core beliefs. You’ll only be battered around by the publishing
world and ignored by readers. Take the time to clear all self-sabotage and program
yourself for success.

How Can An Indie Author Be Successful?
realize that writing is an honorable endeavor that requires patience, time, and
respect. As Richard Bolles, the author of What
Color Is Your Parachute?
once told me, “It takes three times longer to
do anything than you think it will.” He was right; so be prepared to
invest the time.

Second, if
you feel driven to write a book and it feels like a joyful “calling”
then there is an audience for it. You will, however, not connect with that
audience until you value your perspective, value your work, believe you have an audience and know you deserve success. So start with
healing that part of you that does not believe what you write is of value, or doubts
you deserve money for writing. Heal the core beliefs that work against you, including
those that would allow you to put an inferior book on the market, and
everything else will begin to fall into place.

Third, make
sure your book is well-written. Find a critique group and read a chapter of
your book to the group each week.  Really
listen to the feedback and take notes. Read select pages aloud at open mics and
glance out to see whether the audience is fidgeting and longing for escape,
falling asleep, or rapt with attention. Tighten your prose and tighten it
again, draft after draft. Polish it like gem you intend for someone you love. When
you feel you have tightened and polished as much as you can, have your book
professionally edited.

If you can’t afford an editor, then, at the
very least, go through your book and read it out loud, word by word—with your
finger beneath each word as you read it—to make sure you have no mistakes in
grammar, spelling, punctuation, or capitalization. Do this because your eye is
treacherous. It will skip over all the other letters in a word when the first
and last letters of that word are correct. Your brain then “sees” the
word that should be there—the one you
expect to see—instead of the misspelling that is actually there.  

Fourth, when
your book is ready for publication, fling yourself into the arms of Amazon’s
Kindle Direct Publishing. It costs nothing, and Amazon has a free book that
walks you through the process. Your sales potential is huge and growing bigger
as iPhone and e-book sales rise exponentially. Millions of people visit Amazon to
search for titles, whether they buy there or not. Given that Amazon’s sales and
marketing processes are the gold standard for selling books, there’s no good reason
to start anywhere else. Plus, you have great creative leeway. For instance, if
you decide your cover isn’t compelling enough, you can switch it and try
another one—anytime.

Fifth, after
your book is live, solicit reviews. Look at other books in your genre and
contact the people who have reviewed those books. When you sign up for KDP
Select, you get twenty days a year (five days per quarter) when you can offer
your book to reviewers for free. This is something you must use because your
success lies in getting good reviews. Until you have fifty or more great
reviews for you book (and some say the magic number is 300), do not expect
sales to take off. So budget part of your time every week for contacting reviewers.
Keep a list of the people who have agreed to review your book. When you have
ten people on your list, schedule a free download day and let them know when it
is. Persistence will win the race.

instead of worrying about why your book isn’t selling, start another one. Very
few authors have made a living with just one book. So if you are serious about
living off your royalties, keep writing. Improve your craft. Build up a body of

Seventh, when
you have a well-reviewed and good-selling e-book, that’s the time to issue a
hardbound version, not before.

My Book Is A Flop And I Know It
So what if you published, but those who reviewed your book didn’t like it? Or what if, like some Indie publishers, you didn’t take your book to a critique group and you published a poorly-edited stinker? What if that is precisely where you are, and you realize your book is never going to sell?

The beauty of KDP is that you can do a
rewrite. You can, potentially, make that stinker into something good. Issue it
as version two. You can even delete the old title, rename your book, and start
over. There’s no penalty. There are no deadlines. There are no lost fees. You
can even go back to the people who reviewed your book, and tell them you took
their reviews to heart and completely rewrote your book because of what they

A reader can experience nothing more
flattering than for a new author to take his or her opinion seriously. To have an
author correct typos, grammar, or a confusing plot line to please me and make
my reading experience more enjoyable would mean that my input was appreciated,
and who doesn’t love to be appreciated?

People love to be helpful and it can feel exciting
to be part of a process that helps a fledgling writer become a better writer. So
don’t think you’ve burned your bridges with your readers if your first book—or
first version—bombed. Simply try again.

Wherever you are in your writing and publishing process, it’s important to realize that this writing game is not all about the money. It’s not about hoping for a one-hit wonder. Neither is it just a learning process. It’s a litmus test of your self-esteem, flexibility, and courage. It will shine a glaring light on the beliefs you hold about your value and the value of your perspective. Both the quality of your book and the sales you make will show you, in real time, what you think about yourself and what you think you deserve.

If you don’t love writing, the Indie route
is probably not for you. It’s a road that reveals the truth to us about who we
are, and so you will have to face that you may not be a writer (because a
writer loves to write).

If you love writing, then the Indie route is
the best road to be on—despite the potholes—because it will lead you to your
true self. That’s the Self who knows you deserve to earn a good living doing
what you love, and that you can earn
a good living doing what you love, no matter what others—including big
publishing houses—think about your work.

When you go the Indie way, you do all the
work that you’d have to do for a traditional publisher—including marketing your
book—with the difference that you are
in control. You get to make all the decisions about your book. While that makes
you responsible for quality control, it also gives you tremendous creative
leeway. You can write the book you want to write, not the one that focus groups
say will sell. In other words, you get to be your most adventurous and
expansive self.

So go Indie!
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Written in a fire of divine inspiration,
Prayerforce Book of Prayer was created as a year-long journey of transformation
to bring the reader in closer contact with God.

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Author Clyo Beck

Clyo was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio
and received her Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University. She worked as
a teacher of the developmentally disabled before moving to California where she
served as a claims adjuster and vocational consultant before beginning a
private practice as a vocational rehabilitation counselor. 

Clyo moved to Florida in 2001 and created Prayerforce.Org, a prayer website and
blog dedicated to achieving world peace. In 2004 she published Prayerforce: 365
Days To A New Life. In 2007 she conducted experiential spiritual workshops on
the power of images to harm and heal for the Thomas Merton Society Of Canada.

Clyo writes short stories, poems, prayers and inspirational essays. She has
been involved with critique groups in Florida and London, Ontario since 2001
and served as the founding president of the London Writers’ Society from
2007-2008. Married to a Canadian, Clyo and her husband have residences in both
the U.S. and Canada.