Amy Joy: Writing about Writing An Indie Writer's Network site Thu, 01 Nov 2012 22:05:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New Cover Art Wed, 20 Jun 2012 03:39:12 +0000 Continue reading ]]> So I’ve been learning to use Adobe Photoshop lately, and wow! The things you can do! It’s really quite amazing! Here’s the new covers I designed for my husband’s books today using the software. (Keep in mind, I’m just learning the program…)


If you like to create your own cover art and you haven’t yet tried out Photoshop, I highly recommend it. (They do have a free one month trial on their website.) I’ve made several trips to the library for books and videos to teach me how to use it, but it’s worth it. I’m looking forward to seeing what kinds of designs I’ll be able to create a year from now, when I have many more hours of experience under my belt!

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How do we classify & categorize YA lit? Sat, 02 Jun 2012 02:47:12 +0000 Continue reading ]]> This week my young adult title The Academie hit Amazon’s bestseller list repeatedly for top children’s science fiction for kindle. (YAY! It even beat out a James Patterson novel!) But here’s something to ponder: one of the themes I attempt to address in the series is the fact that we aren’t treated as responsible, capable adults as early in life as we should be. Should it have been possible for the central character, Allie, to be forced back into high school at age 19? Of course not. She’s an adult and should be treated as one. What does this have to do with Amazon’s bestseller’s list? Note the category above: children’s science fiction. As an indie writer, I admit, I placed the book into that category, albeit grudgingly. However, it’s either that or it gets sloshed in with your typical adult fiction. Do I think young adults are capable of reading adult fiction? Certainly. By my early teens I was reading adult lit along with both my sisters. We weren’t the only ones.

The fact is, “young adult” is a relatively new genre, and as such, it doesn’t yet have its own category on Amazon. So for now it gets mixed up with children’s lit. Hunger Games, Twilight, they are all there. The question is: should they be?

Personally, I don’t think so. But I don’t think they should be mixed in with adult fiction simply because they do address a narrower audience who might have trouble finding them otherwise.

What do you think?

The Academie on Amazon's Best Seller's List

The Academie listed above a James Patterson novel. Not bad for Indie!

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I love Scrivener Mon, 21 May 2012 16:53:57 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Scrivener is a fantastic writing program I use to arrange my books. It’s developed by a writer and software designer. I’ll write a whole post about this when I have more time, but for now I wanted to pass along the link in case you haven’t checked this out yet:

PS they have a free 30-day trial.

Arranging words in Scrivener

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The Academie on Indie Snippets Tue, 17 Apr 2012 02:32:05 +0000 Continue reading ]]> The Academie by Amy JoyThe Academie was featured today on Indie Snippets. If you haven’t visited their site yet, I highly recommend it. It’s a great way for authors to promote their work for free, and it’s fun to read the snippets!

We’re also featuring story snippets from members of our network in our new e-magazine, Revolution Indie. If you are interested in getting your snippet into the next issue, join the network’s Revolution Indie group and follow the discussion board conversation to learn how to submit.

Here’s my snippet:

The sinking feeling in my stomach renewed itself. The ancient stone building looked the same as I remembered, but the sixteen-foot barbed-wire prison fences around the perimeter and guard shack by the drive reminded me that this was no longer Grant High School: Home of the Angry Bees.

A line had formed at the school entrance, and I looked ahead to see what the hold-up was. But given my size, I couldn’t see anything.

“What are we waiting for?” I asked the girl ahead of me.

She turned and I could see I wasn’t the only one who’d been taking this hard. Her eyes were swollen and her voice was tight as she answered. “I think they’re collecting papers.”

I started to rummage in my bag. Weeks ago I’d been given extensive paperwork to complete, and was told to bring a copy of my social security card and birth certificate.

The girl in front of me sniffed. I wanted to say something, but I kept quiet. Sometimes you just need to be alone to cry.

I watched as she tried to wipe the tears away, and I reached into my bag again, rummaging about until I came upon a pack of tissues. “Here,” I said, holding them out to her.

“Thanks,” she answered, accepting the pack. She wiped her face and blew her nose. “Sorry…I’m just…”

“No, it’s fine. Really, I understand.”

“I have a daughter, Charlotte,” she answered.

“Oh,” I said, surprised.

“How old is she?” It seemed like a nice enough way to make conversation. Apparently, it was not the right thing to say.

Tears started down her cheeks. “Five days.”

Click here to view the snippet on Indie Snippets.

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Finding Time to Write Fri, 06 Apr 2012 18:47:01 +0000 Continue reading ]]> As an indie writer, perhaps the single most difficult thing I find–even above promoting my books–is simply finding time to write. Like many, I’m torn in so many different directions that I find myself grabbing a snippet of time here and a snippet there, so that my stories end up being written in pieces that later have to be compiled into on coherent story.

How do I keep going? By telling myself the same thing many of us do: that it won’t always be this way. That one day I’ll be established enough that can quit one (or two) of my jobs and focus more on writing. Will this ever be true?

I’m a firm believer that if someone else can do something, I can too. Thankfully, there are other indie writers who have already been able to quit their days job(s) and focus entirely on writing. I intend to be the next.

How about you? Where do you find inspiration and encouragement to keep pursuing the dream of becoming a successful writer?


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Poll: Are you a compulsive sales checker? Tue, 21 Feb 2012 03:04:33 +0000

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New Covers for CN James’ Work Fri, 20 Jan 2012 19:49:20 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Today I’ve been working on book covers for my husband’s work, including a novel and two short stories. I’ve tried to keep them simple, set the tone, and keep some consistency throughout the work so readers will recognize them as CN James titles. Here’s what I’ve come up with:

Bone Machine is the novel, “Chapter Zero” is a short story companion to that novel, and “The Dark Room” is a stand-alone short story.

What do you think?


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Welcome! Fri, 13 Jan 2012 23:52:32 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Thanks for stopping by!

I’m just getting set up with my new IndieWriteNet blog. Please check back shortly and I’ll be sure to have my new site up and running. In the meantime, you are welcome to join me at my young adult series website,

I look forward to connecting with you soon!

–Amy Joy

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