Monthly Archives January 2012

Why I created the Indie Writer’s Network

The Indie Writer’s Network is now in action! We’re happy to have quite a few Twitter followers already (@IndieWriteNet) and over 150 members. Many have asked about how this all came to be. Well, here’s the short version of the story: My husband, CN James, and I began writing a few years back and chose to indie publish in the summer of 2011. We quickly learned that going it alone was both wonderful and well, not so wonderful–partly because it’s so difficult to connect with other indies. While working two jobs apiece (not counting writing), as many others know, it’s
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What is Speculative Fiction?

Defining a genre often leads to muddled ramblings about what that genre should or shouldn’t be, and normally ends up leaving something important out in the process. That said, there are certain genres that are fairly clear cut. Romance, for example. If you are a romance novelist your readers expect all the joys and sorrows that come with the games of courtship and marriage. However, when it comes to other genres the definitions are unclear and confused. One genre label, which I personally subscribe to, that sadly falls into this unfortunate area of ambiguity is speculative fiction. So, and I
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Hooking Your Audience | Amy Joy

Think you have a few pages to hook your audience? Think again. Last night, I explored my childhood bookshelf at my mom’s house with my eleven-year-old niece, Lilly. Then I watched as she went through the books one by one. “How ’bout I read this story to you, Mimi?” Lilly said to me after piling up a decent-sized stack of mid-grade novels to take home. “Sure,” I answered, excited to see some of my favorite stories being reclaimed. Then I listened as Lilly struggled through the first line of one of the books. Mid-sentence, she stopped. “Uh, how about I
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Welcome to the Indie Writer’s Network

The Indie Writer’s Network is a brand new social network designed exclusively for indie and aspiring indie writers. Why another network? Other social media outlets offer the opportunity to get to know other writers on a superficial level. The Indie Writer’s Network was designed to establish friendships on a deeper level than is possible through other outlets because it’s designed just for us. What can you do on the Indie Writer’s Network? meet, friend, and chat with other writers find out who’s who and learn more about the industry join groups based on your writing interests participate in discussion forums related
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