Indie Spotlight

The future of publishing is here now. The rise of e-readers and print-on-demand technology has changed how books are made, sold, and read. Consequently, it is now possible for anyone to publish.

That doesn’t mean it’s easy getting the word out or that publishing an eBook is a license to print money. Getting over is just as hard as it used to be.

As an indie author myself, I understand just how difficult it is to get folks to look at and buy your book. So when I read something by a self-published author I think is pretty good, I feel obligated by a spirit of camaraderie to do what I can to help. I also like to point out good reference books for indie authors to use in building their businesses.

Below is information on some indie books I’ve read I think you might enjoy. If you’re looking for a good read, I recommend any of the following.

The 92-Year-Old Lady Who Made Me Steal a Dead Man’s Car by Fred Schӓfer

Cover DA writer saves an old woman from being run down by a car. When the driver gets out to scold them, he is run down by a truck. The two of them steal his car.

And things haven’t even gotten weird yet.

It seems the old lady is being pestered by literary characters — everyone from Jesus Christ to Jay Gatsby — coming out of their books and asking for changes to their stories. She’s hoping the protagonist, being an author, can help.

What follows is an ambitious and very strange literary novel that is fun, quirky, and very interesting. If you like literary fiction or surreal books, this one is likely to appeal to you. Good stuff!

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Sundered by Shannon Mayer

A new drug that lets people eat whatever they want and still lose weight spreads like wildfire throughout the world. But when it starts turning people into feral animals desperate for food — any food including other people — Mara and her husband have to secure themselves inside their rural farm. A battle for survival becomes a battle for love when Mara discovers her husband’s dark secret amid armageddon.

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Forbidden by Megan Curd

Levi’s job is to protect his human until it’s their time to go. That’s what a Guard does. He’s done it for years on end, and he’ll spend his eternity doing the same, mundane thing, following the same, mundane rules.

…Watch from afar.
…Never share your name.
…And above all, never touch a human.

What Levi doesn’t know is that his newest human to protect, Hannah, just might be the catalyst to tipping the scales between good and evil, and he will be forced to decide which side he belongs to. Which friends will he side with, and who will he ultimately protect: his human, or the delicate balance that hangs on stopping the heartbeat of the person he has sworn to protect?
And, when you’re already condemned, what’s there to lose by breaking the rules?

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The Indie Author’s Guide to the Universe by Jeff Bennington

From the Author of Reunion, a #1 Amazon best-selling ghost story.
Listed with Goodreads Breakout Authors of 2011

The Indie Author’s Guide to the Universe is meant to help any author, whether they are traditionally published or self-published, to take one step further in their journey. This book is designed to encourage and inspire authors in their craft, and give creative ideas that can improve sales and grow your author platform.

If you bought a book about self-publishing 6 months ago, it is ancient history.

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Making Digital Books by Michael Jasper

So what’s all the fuss about digital books, better known as ebooks? Why should you—as a writer—be interested in making ebooks?

This ebook gets you up and running with the various online distributors, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and more. You get detailed, step-by-step explanations of how to format, upload, and sell your novels and stories as ebooks at over half a dozen sites. Along the way, you’ll find tips and tricks from an experienced ebook creator and author, including some excellent marketing ideas that won’t take up all your time, nor break the bank.

So if you’re still undecided about whether to go digital, this ebook will not only help you make up your mind, but it will show you all the options and help you make all the various decisions along the way.

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  1. Pingback: Contest: Win Jeff Bennington’s Indie Author’s Guide « John R. Phythyon, Jr., Author

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