Adding Literary Devices to Up the Ante


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...]

How to Polish your Online Reputation in 5 Easy Steps

Have you lost their respect?  Perhaps your online image is to blame

Today, I'm pleased to welcome Kimberley Laws, who has kindly agreed to stop by to chat about polishing your online persona. Take it away, Kimberley... Does your staff snicker behind your back? Have the locals taken to pointing at you and laughing when they see you downtown? If you haven’t committed an outrageous faux pas and you don’t have a piece of toilet paper perpetually stuck to the … [Read more...]

Divine Intervention: Author Style M. Edward McNally's Indie Prayer


Sometimes, when we're not considering sacrificing a few goats to the god of Zon or selling our souls for a 10K bump in sales rank, all of us indie authors feel the need for a little help from above, or below, or sideways, or wherever you feel a divine presence is located (pray tell!). So today, because it is Friday and because I'm shrugging off a less than enthusiastic review and because … [Read more...]

Return on Investment Where Best to Splash Your Advertising Cash


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...]

Looking back on 2012; forecasting for 2013


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...]

Want to Be Popular? First step: visibility


We all know that if we want our books to sell, and sell well, it pays to make sure that we're somewhere in the visible range on Amazon. The problem is, that's harder than it sounds! There are over a million books on and even more if we count the paperbacks on Create Space, so how do we stop our books from languishing down in the 100,000s and get them up to someplace where … [Read more...]

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


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


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 certain vigor … [Read more...]

Should You Appear in Your Book Trailer?


As a follow up to David Le Roy's article on book trailers, I'm joined by Australian editor Belinda Pollard who has kindly shared an article from her blog,, about whether you, as the author, should feature in your own trailer. Q. When is it absolutely right for an author to appear in his/her own book trailer? A. When the book is a very personal story. Book … [Read more...]

Warrior Poets How writing can soothe a troubled soul


"Nobody believes in Hell—until they get there" is the powerful first line of  Ghosts of Babylon, a newly released novel by R.A. Mathis who joins me as a special guest today on Indie Review Tracker. As writers, it is our job to plumb the depths of human nature, even if that sometimes means delving into darkness, but spare a thought for those whose day jobs lead them into dark places every … [Read more...]