Over the past few days I've been busy at an online conference called IndieReCon. The event was founded by authors S. R. Johannes and Ali Cross in 2013, but this year has partnered with Alliance of Independent Authors.
What is IndieReCon?
IndieReCon is a global conference focussing on all stages and levels of self-publishing. Run across three days, we’ll be offering live events online and offline, wherever you are in the world.Our aim is to make publishing a mission possible. We offer advice in a fun and practical way, with an emphasis on ensuring we get the best people to tell you the best ways to publish your books and reach your readers.
The event was awesome! So much great information being throw around, and such a supportive, engaged community. I highly recommend attending this event in the future if you've not been before.
With so much information being offered it's been hard to keep up with all the action but here's a few of my favourite snippets from IndieReCon:
"How can I write books that a million people want to buy" is better than "how do I sell a million books"! @cjlyonswriter #IndieReCon
RT @wbauthor: "The best way to get a good review...is to have a really good book." via Seth Dellon at #IndieReCon— Harold Underdown (@HUnderdown) April 16, 2015
"You need more than one book to be successful. Each new book increases discoverability" http://t.co/NbXsz0QJtb via @pbackwriter #indierecon— Joanna Penn (@thecreativepenn) April 16, 2015
— Clare Flynn (@clarefly) April 17, 2015
#indieauthors need to think of themselves as CEOs of their own global media empire! says @cjlyonswriter #IndieReCon
Use social media for things that are easy to say "yes" to. (Usually free things) @janefriedman at #IndieReCon http://t.co/qmwbJE4S8n— Jo Linsdell (@jolinsdell) April 17, 2015
@BenGalley For me, Nook, Kobo and even GooglePlay have some great features, but for me Amazon blitzes them for sales. @OrnaRoss #indierecon— Matt Waldram (@mattwaldram) April 16, 2015
@victoriastrauss Yes. Editing is a really specific skill. Just because someone writes, doesn't mean they automatically can edit.— Nicola Davidson (@NicolaMDavidson) April 15, 2015
— Wesley Banks (@wbauthor) April 15, 2015
That's my number one advice to authors: Learn abt publishing before you try to publish #WriterBeware #IndieReCon— Victoria Strauss (@victoriastrauss) April 15, 2015
Many writers jump into the business without knowing what their why is. @janefriedman at #IndieReCon http://t.co/qmwbJE4S8n— Jo Linsdell (@jolinsdell) April 17, 2015
Make sure any competition you enter is not dodgy! Don't pay too much or give away your rights, warns @Soc_of_Authors #IndieReCon
— Derek Murphy (@Creativindie) April 17, 2015
How many of you are indie authors? What made you pick that publishing route? What advice do you have for writers considering self publishing?