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Self-publishing Author Advice about the art and craft of writing great books

Barbara Freethy, the best-selling self-published novelist

How I Do It: Successful Indie Authors Share Their Secrets. This week: Barbara Freethy

“The best thing you can do for yourself and your growing fan base is to write the next book,” advises the self-published prolific novelist Barbara Freethy, an established New York Times #1 best-selling author with 35 novels to her name. What’s the secret of your success? Focus! I know that’s an intangible answer, but it’s […]

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How I Do It: Successful Indie Authors Share Their Secrets. This week: Darcie Chan

“Be confident in your work, but first make sure your book is your very best work,” advises Darcie Chan, whose debut novel The Mill River Recluse sold over 650,000 copies and appeared in the New York Times bestsellers list for 28 weeks. What’s the secret of your success? Truthfully, I’m still trying to figure that out! […]

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How I Do It: Successful Indie Authors Share Their Secrets. This week: Steena Holmes

“Surround yourself with other indie authors who are reaching for the same things you are,” advises award-winning novelist Steena Holmes, whose novel Finding Emma has sold over 100,000 copies and earned her a three-book deal with Amazon. What’s the secret of your success? My readers. They fell in love with Finding Emma, a book I […]

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Writing As A Team: Collaborative Fiction Writing

Over the last year and a half, a mother and two daughters have written a novel together, collaboratively, in an almost entirely egalitarian fashion. “Somehow all three of us are still alive,” says Amira Makansi, one of the three writers who makes up K. Makanski. We invited her over to tell us how this three-in-one […]

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self-publishing Liliana Hart

How I Do It: Successful Indie Authors Share Their Secrets. This week: Liliana Hart.

“I’d definitely recommend writing a series to hook readers.” Liliana Hart talks about the writing and publishing strategies that have seen her sell more than a million books since she started self-publishing in June of 2011. What’s the secret of your success? Hard work and having new books out on a consistent basis. I write all […]

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How Wattpad Gained My Self-Published Novel 500,000 Reads

Drawing on her own success story, indie author Dianne Greenlay explains why she thinks all self-published writers should try using Wattpad to increase the discoverability of their books. Last weekend, my novel, Quintspinner – A Pirate’s Quest, surpassed the incredible number of a half a million “reads” on Wattpad, the free online app connecting writers […]

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Hugh Howey

How I Do It: Successful Indie Authors Share Their Secrets. This week: Hugh Howey.

“Write as if nobody will read it; publish as if everyone will read it.” Hugh Howey talks about the writing and publishing strategies that have made him one of the world’s bestselling self-publishing authors. * What’s the secret of your success? The biggest advantage I had as an aspiring writer was my prior experience as […]

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