Adding Literary Devices to Up the Ante

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I know that I haven't found time to post to the site for ages, but it is largely because I've been concentrating on my own writing, and life in general. So today, some writing "craft" words. Some time back, I wrote a post on literary devices and techniques that bestselling writers often incorporate in their novels. At the time, I meant to go on and do a second post, and maybe even a … [Read more...]

A Real Romance Love as it should be written

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I know that I owe you all a post about marketing and promotion, and probably another post about editing, but first off I wanted to share with you the joy of reading a novel that really resonates with you. As writers, we need to make sure we're never too time poor to read. I'm lucky in that I frequently encounter other indie authors who are as inspiring as they are talented, and whose … [Read more...]

A Deal I HAD to Share… Night Trilogy Boxed Set for just 99c (Save $7)

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Occasionally here on the IRT Showcase, I feature an author's book or deal because it just represents great value for readers, and I think that all indie authors, as well as being writers, should be readers. We all need to keep our finger on the pulse of what is great writing, to read the works of others in our genre, and to read widely outside of our own genres as well. That's why I … [Read more...]

Return on Investment Where Best to Splash Your Advertising Cash

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Every now and again, I reach a point of total disillusion with my book sales. In the past, this has usually resulted in a knee-jerk reaction to either raise or lower prices, to hit the relevant permitted "spam" threads of all of those sites I frequent, and to tweet up a storm, usually with negligible effect. However, since I released Cruxim, I have been trying to work to a broader … [Read more...]

Dark & Clever Fiction: I am Eternal

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For as long as there's been a Vatican the Church has hunted Simeon Magus. He is tired of running... Simeon Magus has been alive... undead nearly two millennia. He has watched the undead go from myth to adored celebrity and he exists, hiding from a determined and lethal group of hunters who do not listen to reason and won't stop until he's destroyed. Simeon witnessed and lived … [Read more...]

Why Hitting the “Bigtime” is a Myth

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A few weeks ago, an author friend of mine who has had some real success selling on Amazon (we're talking shifting tens of thousands of books in the first few months of publishing her novel) told me she felt disillusioned. Even though some of her books were selling great guns, and she really felt like she'd hit the bigtime with one of her novels, every time a new book was released, it was … [Read more...]

Looking back on 2012; forecasting for 2013

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As 2012 is done and dusted, I thought it would be an opportune time to reflect on some of the challenges independently published authors faced in the year just past, and to make some basic predictions about how things might continue to change in 2013 and how indie authors might capitalise on opportunities that arise. Bear in mind that I first self-published via Smashwords and Kindle … [Read more...]

I Just Self-published, Now What? 8 easy steps to starting to sell books online

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I am a member of a number of awesome Facebook groups and online forums where authors go to congregate, congratulate, snipe or celebrate, depending on their mindset and whether their books are selling. And I often see freshly pressed self-published authors who are languishing in that post publish vacuum and wondering "So where to next?" There are no guarantees that your book will sell, … [Read more...]

The Writer’s Toolbox Literary devices that will enhance your writing

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This article first ran over on my much-neglected writing blog, but I thought it might also appeal to some IRT readers who are currently crafting their next masterpiece. Sometimes, authors approach me with perfectly “fine” writing. Grammatically, it’s all good. Words are correctly spelled, and there’s nothing overtly wrong with the writer’s voice except that it lacks a … [Read more...]

Celebrating New Releases Cured by Donna Huston Murray

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I'm happy to announce that I'm now running a new feature on Indie Review Tracker. Once a month, I aim to showcase a new release by an an indie author. CURED by Donna Huston Murray This month's featured NEW RELEASE is Cured by Donna Huston Murray. Cancer survivor and ex-cop, Lauren Beck, is surrounded by hostility. Her friends, phone, home, credit and credibility are all gone, … [Read more...]