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Are Genre categories stifling your sales?

  WARNING: Do not read unless you have already eaten!   Forget what you ever thought you knew about books. Why? Because YOU don’t decide what you read… Empirical Science does! A sweeping statement, perhaps… or is it? Let’s examine one of the most frustrating problems an author can face in today’s writing paradigm. And before I continue, I should make clear I’m not talking just about Traditional Publishing. Now IMAGINE for a moment you find yourself in a supermarket; we’ve all been there, right. You entered without any clear idea of what you were going to buy; no shopping
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Building a better Batcave (A long post about a VERY IMPORTANT issue. Sorry.)

What’s my worst enemy?   Backache? Stiff neck? Sore wrists? Stinging eyes?   Well… If YOU have these, perhaps  you have just come back from a night on the town where you either arm-wrestled a crocodile…    Or… You are a writer! No, I don’t mean someone who scribbles an email from time to time, nor an office bee producing memos for office bee colleagues. No. I’m talking about the word-zombies who sit in front of a keyboard for inhuman lengths of time pecking away at the keys as they brain-dump huge tracts of lies they call novels. Hello. My
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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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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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