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Jill Shalvis was a featured author back in our May 2013 issue. She talked about her book It Had To Be You A Lucky Harbor Novel.                 To read more click here. Read More »

The Indie Girl’s Guide to: Conventions Part II (Sales and how to make them)


By: Jordan Deen www.JordanDeen.net www.Facebook.com/AuthorJordanDeen   Last time we met, I discussed the very basic principles of preparing for a convention, what to take with you, and ways to enjoy yourself at a convention. This time, I want to delve into the real reason we all go to Con’s in the first place: SALES. Everyone in the Indie trade know that sales at conventions and events comes down to much more than just fantastic swag, book covers, table location, and table lay out. (We all wish it were that easy, but trust me, it’s not.) Here are a few tips and tricks to draw people into your table, your brand, and ultimately your books: 1)     Table placement: Now, I know this seems like a no brainer. The closest table to the main entrance is always better than the last table near the back door. Think about it. If you are at the end, the likeliness that the people you are speaking with will still have a good amount of funds left to purchase books. After all, they have already spoken to fifty other authors before you and gotten their swag and looked at their covers. So, when at all possible, ... Read More »

Being a new writer – Unlocking The Magic


If someone were to stop me in the street and ask me to tell them a story, I wouldn’t have a clue where to start, but sit me in front of a computer and leave me alone and the words just flow. Something inside me unlocks.       The journey of becoming a writer is different for everyone. Some will know that they are destined to be writers from the beginning and will follow that path until they get there somehow, while others, like me, will stumble upon it quite by accident. There is no given track that a person must follow, in order to get into writing, because what works for one person may not necessarily work for the next. One commonality however, is sheer hard work. After many years of trying countless new things, and hoping that one day I would stumble upon the one thing that would lead me to a better future, a future that would finally make me happy, leaving me feeling fulfilled, I finally found what I was looking for. I learned that I did have a talent buried deep within me, something that was so well hidden away, I had no idea I had ... Read More »

What It Felt Like To Write My First Words

  I had been on a very long journey to work out what I was supposed to be doing with my life and ultimately ended up, right back at the start.   I still relive the emotions of experiencing the penny dropping. It dropped like a great clanger, as subtle as a brick in the end, almost landing on my foot in protest of having taken so long to get there. I had found what I’d been searching for my whole life, but still had to wait to test my theory. I had been on a very long journey, to work out what I was supposed to be doing with my life and ultimately ended up, right back at the start. English, this was my answer. If only you could have seen my face when I realised that my future lay in writing. Everyone else could see it. It was glaringly obvious to them. My friends and colleagues had always offered great praise for my writing, which when I thought about it, they had done my whole career. I’d been writing all my life, I’d just written in a business sense rather than creatively. I had so many prompts throughout ... Read More »

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