#IndieLife | Are you the GateKeeper? I’m the KeyMaster.

I’ve been down on indie lately. The ‘us against them’ mentality that remains prevalent across the net lately can just do that.

But Indie as a publishing mechanism has been fraught with controversy and some interesting news only over the last week – and yesterday. Here are the links, should you not have caught up.

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#IndieLife : NaNoWriMo Time to Go

NaNo Monster

It’s that time of year again. The time when every blogger and his dog gives you tips for how to successfully get through NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. And here you will find a huge list of resources for those doing NaNo again or for the first time this year.

It’s not quite as easily recognisable this year, as the event is using a new design (pixel art) for the badges and logo’s, but I’ll be cheering on and offering support to those I find doing the marathon writing during November.

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Writing Magazine (U.K.) Year Index

I read several writing magazines, mostly in electronic form as the imported magazines available in Aussie new stands are very expensive. I've always been a subscriber of the two U.K. Magazines – Writer's Forum and Writing Magazine, but until now the editions went by without an easy method of referring back to articles.

Joanne Phillips is a British author, who also loves indexing. From her website, she's provided a PDF index of Writing Magazine, 2012 and 2011. Those direct links will open the PDFs for you. Also take time to check out Joanne's series on Self-Publishing, it's a major resource.


Ditching or Mixing my Author Brand– Part 1

As an as-yet unpublished writer, my main time and concerns in writing lean towards actual writing, revision, and getting my books (products) ready. That’s as it should be.


There’s always the big thoughts about author platform and branding circling my campfires. These have come to my mind this week again, because I’m currently rejigging my goals and plans for the rest of the year. Goals and plans need rejigging often, but it brings up the question towards branding again.

Part One – My Concerns in Author Branding (specifically to genre).

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Want Books? StoryBundle offers packages at choose-your-own prices

A month ago I discovered StoryBundle, which at the time was offering a good package of female-authored eBooks, curated by M. J. Rose (so: full of thrillers and mystery fiction). Currently, StoryBundle’s newest bundle is a niche-offering of Video-Games books. Previous offers have included Holiday bundles, Halloween bundles and I missed the Indie Crime and Thriller bundle of last year.

These bundles of ebooks are available on choose-your-price options. In other words, readers can choose to pay what they like for a collection of reading.

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I've just signed up for a free online conference for indie writers, running from the 19th to 21st February. Some well known writers/speakers will be running hour long topic sessions, chats and giveaways over IndieReCon. Registration is free – just sign up with your email address.

For those with international time zones or other reasons they can't make the sessions, the posts will be kept up for a certain timing. Note – I went to the site initially on my iPad, and the iOS website doesn't show you the sidebar panel. Change to the website version if you find you can't see the sign up a box to register for IndieReCon.


Congrats to JC Martin – Oracle Release

JC Martin’s book ‘Oracle‘ officially launches today, and she is doing a whole month of blog touring, competitions etc to celebrate. I will be picking up my own copy from Amazon this week sometime – I’ve been looking forward to the launch for several months now.

Here’s the blurb – perfect timing, as I’m really enjoying the Oympics right now.

With London gearing up to host the Olympics, the city doesn’t need a serial killer stalking the streets, but they’ve got one anyway.

Leaving a trail of brutal and bizarre murders, the police force is no closer to finding the latest psychopath than Detective Inspector Kurt Lancer is in finding a solution for his daughter’s disability.

Thrust into the pressure cooker of a high profile case, the struggling single parent is wound tight as he tries to balance care of his own family with the safety of a growing population of potential victims.

One of whom could be his own daughter.

Fingers point in every direction as the public relations nightmare grows, and Lancer’s only answer comes in the form of a single oak leaf left at each crime scene.

Head on over to JC’s website for details on the tour.