Posts by Amy Joy

The Art of Flash Fiction

One thing I’m constantly hearing from my non-writer, former-reader friends is this: “I’d really like to read more. I simply don’t have the time.” No worries, my busy friends. Writers are clever, and we have a solution for you: Flash Fiction. What is Flash Fiction? Flash fiction goes by many names–micro fiction, sudden fiction, and postcard fiction to name a few–all names that reflect the heart of its nature: flash fiction is extremely short fiction. How long? Many agree that flash fiction is long enough to convey the classic elements of a narrative, but quick enough to read in just
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Podcasting for Promotion

Just yesterday I entered the wonderful world of podcasting when I appeared in my first video interview with with Lindiwe Maqhubela founder of Inspiration for Creation. From this experience I not only learned a lot, I found myself hooked on a social medium I’d previously left only to the experts. What is a Podcast? A podcast is a digital medium consisting of either audio alone or audio and video. As a college professor, I’ve learned that for those under 25, the connotation for podcast  is video. Why Podcast? It’s a great way to connect with readers beyond the page. It offers them the opportunity
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Crafting Believable Characters

Today I did my very first author interview podcast, and in preparation I did a couple of practice recordings using some of the questions my interviewer had prepped me with. I’ll post more on my podcast experience in my next post, but here I’ve focused on the art of crafting believable characters, which I thought might spark some inspiration and conversation on the subject. Please hit Play to unfreeze my face from the crazy expression it’s stuck in 🙂 Share your thoughts What do you think makes characters believable? Please share your thoughts below.
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The Rise of Digital Books

With the rise of e-readers and tablets, countless articles have been written speculating on future of our beloved books. A lover of technology, when I entered the world of indie publishing a year and a half ago, I had already embraced the e-reader even though I had yet to own one. The idea of being able carry my entire library around with me simply appealed to my nerdy self in a way print couldn’t. Usually I’m a sentimentalist, but not this time. (The smell and feel of books? Have you checked out a library book lately?) I was ready to
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Tips for the would-be author

With indie publishing booming and e-readership expanding daily, there’s never been a better time to become a writer. As a published author and writing instructor, my advice to the “would-be” author is this: Write your book. Plenty of people say they are going to write a book someday, but they never do. If you’re serious, then stop talking about it and start writing. Re-write until you never want to look at your book again. I know this probably sounds crazy, but if you read about successful writers, you’ll find that most have this in common: by the time they finished
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Navigating The Indie Writer’s Network

The Indie Writer’s Network is full of opportunities for you to meet other writers, join in discussions, join special interest and genre groups, and learn from other writers by exploring networked blogs. The question is: once you’ve joined, where do you begin?  Start with your IndieWriteNet profile. This might seem like a silly place to start, but once I show you all it has to offer, it might not seem so silly after all. How do I access my profile? When you are logged in on the network’s home page, your profile can be found by clicking on your name
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Indie Blogging 101: Creating Effective Posts

Everyone comes to the network with a different level of experience on the web. In the last post I shared the basics of what a blog is and how to create one. Now I’d like to talk a little about creating posts. The WordPress Platform In blogging, articles are called “posts”. The Indie Writer’s Network runs on the WordPress platform, one of the most popular blogging platforms available online today. Because it runs on WordPress, if you’ve ever had a WordPress blog, you’ll find that it works in much the same way. It also means that you can easily import
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What Can You Do on the Indie Writer’s Network?

The Indie Writer’s Network is a fully-functional social network designed with you in mind. The first step to getting involved is to create an account. After that, here’s some things you’ll want to try out: Let people know who you are You do this by filling out your profile. There are several sections you can fill out to help others get to know you. You are welcome to fill out as much or as little of this as you like, but this does give you an opportunity to advertise your books and share a bit about yourself. How do I do this? After you
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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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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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