Category Archives: Indie Authors Networking

The Indie Ladder

If you think I’ve written my book, now all I have to do is put it on Amazon and I’ll be a millionaire,  laughing2  laughing3  laughing  Nope, not happening! If you believe that…

The real world is very, very different and what’s more, it’s even harder for Indies. So the learning curve people talk about is a load of old tosh, it’s not a curve it’s a ladder and it’s pretty upright to that wall we have to climb.

Pieces of advice we were given were:

a) Lower your expectations – OK (tick) I’m not going to be J.K.Rowling today.

b) Don’t give up – OK I’m still going to be another J.K.Rowling tomorrow.

c) Don’t let others discourage you. OK you may laugh, but I AM going to be the next J.K.Rowling.

d) Remember you are a NO NAME brand trying to compete with the leading brands in the field. Johan brilliantly likened it to 3 tins of baked beans No Name (Tesco’s), Farmer’s Choice (Ocado), Koo (Heinz)(=UK) we need to get into the Farmer’s Choice market to deliver Koo standard books.

e) You need to pitch your books to the centre for a middle-class audience if you wish to sell a lot of books – that’s OK middle-class kids like pirates.

f) Remember you get 40-55% when you self-publish, as opposed to 12-25% with a typical publisher, and new names get less publicity with them because we are the no-name brand. Find your niche and do it yourself. – OK (tick).Kids books stressing anti-bullying and it’s ok to be different through story format, got it.

g) In SA you are local, your reader can meet you, touch you, talk to you YOU ARE REAL use that, let them know every time you will be at SKOOBS, come meet with you, but a copy of your book, get it signed, but more importantly dedicate it. OK I’m going to next be at Skoobs on…… I will be at School XYZ on …….

h) Use economies of scale, try to print at least 500-750 books at a time so that you can keep the price of your book down. IF YOU CAN’T FIGHT WITH A FAMOUS NAME FIGHT WITH PRICE.

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY SHARE, SHARE, SHARE. If you don’t share, others will stop sharing with you. OH and by the way, we will be reviewing who has shared on this site after 6 months – so if you want the benefits of what we have to offer, you need to share too – IT IS NOT A ONE WAY DOOR.

Ok, so you’ve launched at Skoobs Theatre of books, what next?(part 2)

Ok, so you’ve launched at Skoobs Theatre of books, what next?

If you are looking for a slightly greener location with a lot of grassy garden space then you have found Better (91 Oxford Road, Saxonwold.)

This location has a conference centre, plus numerous smaller rooms for interactive meetings, as well as a huge grassed garden for functions. I would consider it ideal for private yoga retreats, book launches and conferences. or you can just rock up and join in with some of their organised events, as I did with the Friday morning writers group and meet like-minded people.

I had a delightful morning writing with one of their groups last Friday morning in the garden, and although on the main road, the birds, large vegetation and trees drowned out the sound of the traffic.

I met with Andrew, who co-ordinated our writing session, his bubbly character made me immediately feel at home.

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You can publish at any age…

Not all authors are ready to write when they are young. Some have job or family commitments that prevent them from finding the time to set down their thoughts.

So it is never too late to start writing or get published. Here are some late bloomers:

1. Harriet Doerr was an author whose debut novel, Stones for Ibarra, was published when she was 74.  Stones for Ibarra went on to win the National Book Award. It is a modern classic. It is also a personal favourite of mine.

2. Raymond Chandler, another of my personal favourite authors, started publishing short stories in pulp magazines in his forties, but it wasn’t until he was 51 when his first book, The Big Sleep, came out. The Big Sleep was also initially not a success.

3. Elizabeth Jolly an English author who settled in Australia started writing early on but her first collection, Five Acre Virgin and Other Stories, was not published till she was 53. She went on to publish 20 other books and win many awards.

4. Richard Adams published the classic Watership Down when he was 52. He went on to publish over 20 other books as well.

5. Karl Marlantes, the author of Matterhorn, a powerful novel about Vietnam, worked on his manuscript for 33 years before it was finally published when he was in his sixties.

6. Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author of The Little House on the Prairie series did not start publishing her series till she was in her sixties.

7. Frank McCourt, the famous and bestselling author of Angela’s Ashes published his first book at age 66.

8. Charles Bukowski worked at the post office and published the occasional poem and the occasional short story when he was younger, but it wasn’t till he was 51, when his first novel, Post Office, was published.

9. Bram Stroker who is now best known for writing Dracula,  published his first novel when he was 50. He published Dracula 7 years later.




Another great night at I.A.N

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We had so much fun on Friday evening at our Indie Author’s Networking meeting. Graced by two terrific speaker and lots of wonderful people the evening just bobbed along, until it was pumpkin hour before we even knew it.

I’d like to thank Arthie Moore and Anusha Singh for their informative and inspiring talks. It is after talks like these that writers go away fresh, renewed and inspired to write up a storm. THANK YOU LADIES BOTH.

Look forward to seeing y’all at the next one – 20th May 2017 @ 2pm – you know where.