Interviews with Indie Authors

Top Tips from Successful Self Published Authors


June 28th, 2013
The “trial and error” approach to e-book promotion

Today’s guest indie author is the amazing Nyhs Glover, author of “Barbarian’s Mistress”, “Lionslayer’s Woman” and many other books.

Check out Nhys’ author page on Amazon here:

The Article

I have been watching the Indie phenomenon for a while now and what blows me away is the number of talented, creative people who are finally finding their outlet. People who, like me, have been writers forever, (or it feels that way anyway,) but never thought that they’d get out there because the mainstream big boys were Gatekeeping. So they wrote for themselves and hid their manuscripts in the bottom draw, gathering dust.nhys_glover

Then along comes this amazing new way to communicate that costs almost nothing and allows a writer to find their audience, anywhere in the world. I can’t tell you how in awe I am by this development, not just because it has given me my lifelong dream, but because it has allowed for an outpouring of creativity the world has never seen before.

History has always been important to me. It gives me a perspective on the world I see around me. From an historical perspective this shift is as big as the invention of the printing press. Before that time, clerics spent their lives bent over desks laboriously copying a few manuscripts that were considered of value by the Powers That Be. And only the most educated, (and most of them men,) had the ability to read those precious works.

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June 26th, 2013
Calling All Indie Authors! We want your story!

Megaphone TeamThis blog and our book “Interviews with Indie Authors:Top Tips from Successful Self-Published Authors” are all about indie authors sharing the story of their journey in self-publishing, the successes they’ve had, the mistakes they’ve made and the advice they’d give to newbie authors. I’ve shared my story here and the likes of CJ Lyons, Tracey Garvis Graves and Bella Andre have shared theirs in the book, and now it’s your turn.

Are you an indie author with a story to tell about your experiences with self-publishing? If so, would you be willing to write a guest post for this website? Topics can include:

  • Your journey – Why you chose to self-publish and what happened.
  • Mistakes you made on the way
  • Success stories – Did you take the world by storm? How?
  • A strategy that worked for you – How did you get the word out about your book? etc.
  • Preparing your book for publication – Advice and tips
  • Marketing tips

Anything really… Perhaps you did something different and unique, so do share.

Obviously a guest article will help promote you and your books (I’ll add links to your Amazon page and/or website to your post) BUT I’d like you to think of it more as an opportunity to give back. We’ve all been helped on our journey by those who’ve gone before so now’s your chance to help those starting out.

Please contact me at if you’d like to take part.

P.S. Apologies for not blogging much recently, I had to concentrate on my own writing and publishing.

February 19th, 2013
Colleen Hoover featured in KDP newsletter

Congratulations to Colleen Hoover, who is one of the featured authors in our book “Interviews with Indie Authors“! Yesterday Colleen was also featured on the KDP publishers newsletter which is emailed out to all of the authors who have self-published with Amazon on the Kindle!

Colleen Hoover

Colleen began her self publishing in January 2012 (right around the same time that we started publishing our first books), and things very quickly grew and grew from there. It wasn’t long until her books were #1 bestsellers on the Kindle book store. We’re so proud of her, and having read her books we can also say that they are an excellent read!

Well done Colleen, and thank you once again for your amazing interview which is in Interviews with Indie Authors!

November 2nd, 2012
Giving Back

Hawa, the nursery teacher we sponsor

As you may know, Tim and I decided to give 50% of the royalties earned from Interviews with Indie Authors to charity, to be split between two charities: ROPE and Goal for the Gambia – see the Charity page for more details.

If you have purchased any of my books, including Interviews with Indie Authors, then you have helped support Hawa Colley, a nursery teacher at Kuloro Nursery in the Gambia. Hawa is in the second year of a three year course studying Early Childhood Development and has taught at the nursery for eight years. She has not received a regular salary payment for the past five years, so our sponsorship will help her enormously and she is very grateful. I hope that other authors will consider pledging 5% of their royalties to help those less fortunate.

November 1st, 2012
November is National Novel Writing Month – NaNoWriMo

Huge apologies for not blogging recently, I’ve spent the past month going through edits for my upcoming book and I also started a creative writing course – yes, I like having too much to do!

Today is the start of NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. Writers who join NaNoWriMo (it’s free to join) pledge to write 50,000 words between 1st November and 30th November, so it’s a great way to motivate yourself and get writing. The NaNoWriMo website explains:

“Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved. Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. This approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly. Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.”

Editing will come later, the aim is to just write and 50,000 words in 30 days works out at about 1666 words a day, so is definitely do-able. Why don’t you try it? Simply sign up at and you’ll find all sorts of resources and advice to help you. I’m doing it.

P.S. You can also find lots of writing tips in this article from Galleycat – see 60 NaNoWriMo Writing Tips in a Single Post.

September 19th, 2012
Ebook Sales Soar

According to a BBC News article, the Publishers Association has just announced a “huge increase” in ebook sales. Sales of physical books in the first half of 2012 dipped 0.4% compared to the same time in 2011, but digital fiction sales were up 188%.

But it’s not just digital general fiction which has seen this growth. Digital children’s books were up 171% and non-fiction was up 128% – brilliant news for ebook authors and publishers.

It will be interesting to see what happens this Christmas when readers get ereaders and tablets as presents. These devices are much cheaper now and the Kindle Fire has just launched for pre-ordering in Europe. Mr Jones, from The Bookseller, told the BBC “There’s a good deal of uncertainty about what will happen on Boxing Day 2012 when a few million people open up their tablet and think ‘What am I going to buy on it?’.”

September 17th, 2012
Claire’s Guest Posts on Self-Publishing

Claire and Tim

As you know, Tim and I have been doing a virtual book tour or blog hop with Interviews with Indie Authors: Top Tips from Successful Self-Published Authorsand as part of that I have shared some articles on self-publishing. Here are the links:

Hope you enjoy them and find them useful.

September 8th, 2012
Interviews with Authors Book Tour – 9th-15th September

Tim and I are going on a virtual book tour, or blog hop, with our book Interviews with Indie Authors: Top Tips from Successful Indie Authors from tomorrow (9th) until the 15th September. Here is the schedule so that you can join us and a big thank you to Pandora from Orangeberry Book Tours for organising it.

Interviews with Indie Authors: Top Tips from Successful Self-Published Authors is available now at Amazon at $2.99 for the Kindle version and $11.50 for the paperback. It is also available from the other Amazon sites and Barnes and Noble.

September 7th, 2012
Kindle Fire Launches in Europe – Good News for Kindle Authors

Amazon customers in Europe have today received emails alerting them to the fact that the Kindle Fire is available for pre-order and will be shipped at the end of October – great timing for Christmas.

This is brilliant news for authors, both traditional and self-published, whose books are available on Amazon Kindle. The Kindle Fire is a great price so may well tempt those who have been looking at the Apple iPad but are concerned about spending £300+. The Kindle Fire starts at £129 for the 7″ LCD 8GB version and the most expensive version is just £199 for the 7″ HD 32GB (with Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Dual-Antenna Wi-Fi).

I say “just” because I am comparing it to the iPad prices. I think the price, plus the Kindle’s reputation and Amazon’s marketing, will tempt many customers considering a tablet for Christmas, and these customers will probably want to download some e-books too – fingers crossed!

August 29th, 2012
The Dark Side of Book Reviews

I’m so glad that I was away this weekend, enjoying some well earned R&R with my family rather than reading the news in the publishing world, banging my head on my desk and doing face palms. What on earth is going on at the moment? Have authors gone mad?

Two stories which have blown up concern Amazon book reviews…

Paid Reviews

The first story is that of millionaire ebook author John Locke commissioning Todd Rutherford of to provide him with reviews. According to an article in the New York Times, Locke bought 300 reviews from Rutherford and it is also alleged that Locke paid other people to download his books and review them. Of course, this had led to people wondering (aloud on Twitter) if Locke’s success is purely down to those paid reviews. I would think not, but they obviously helped.

I’ve seen companies offering reviews and, as I’ve mentioned before, I’ve read books advising authors to fake reviews or to get their family and friends to fake their identities and post reviews on Amazon. It’s just not right. I think it’s perfectly fine to send out review copies and to encourage people who contact you praising your book to go and leave a review, but to write fake reviews just seems so desperate and also fraudulent. It also doesn’t seem right to pay for reviews.

It appears that Locke’s behaviour has upset an awful lot of people and that those people are now punishing the author by leaving him one star reviews. As author Tracey Edwards points out on her blog, “The hypocrisy of giving someone a negative review based on your belief system, (and the irony that you are giving a false review based on false reviews), means you are entering a slippery slope of morals and ethics”, and I have to agree. It really is pathetic. I, for one, enjoyed Locke’s book “How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months!”. It contained some useful advice and that doesn’t change because Locke paid for some reviews.

What do you think?

Poor Reviews and Death Threats

As authors, we all know how it feels to read a bad review. We wouldn’t be human if a negative comments on our hard work, our “baby”, didn’t get to us, but we are professionals, or we should be! As much as I itch to start typing a comment back, particularly when a reviewer criticises my book for not being a novel (I write Tudor history non-fiction), I sit on my hands or move on and get on with my next book. Author comments on reviews just lead to nastiness and to the author looking unprofessional and desperate, as in the case of author Emily Griffin, in the second story on reviews.

To cut a long story short, things got out of hand when Griffin’s husband responded rather aggressively to a one star review on one of his wife’s books. This behaviour, combined with Griffin’s behaviour lamenting the fact that she had only got to No. 2 on the New York Times Bestseller list, rather than number one and Griffin encouraging her fans to get involved in the Amazon comment battle by posting about it on Facebook, led to a book reviewer and blogger changing her 4 star review of Griffin’s book to a 1 star review. The reviewer felt that she’d been over-kind in the first place anyway, but now felt that she could not recommend this book or the author. The reviewer edited her review and that’s when things went crazy. Griffin drew attention to the new review and the reviewer got attacked by Griffin, her assistant and Griffin’s fans. It got so bad that the police had to get involved because the reviewer was receiving death threats and offensive phone calls. I think it’s all died down now but it has led to a reviewer being scared out of her mind and an author’s credibility being called into question.

See what happens when you go away for a few days, everything blows up!

You can read the full stories about John Locke and Emily Griffin in the following articles:

After all that nastiness, I enjoyed reading Robert Jackson Bennett’s light-hearted take on reviews: The types of online reviews that drive writers totally nuts.