Being an indie author isn’t the easiest prospect. There are long, grueling hours of writing topped with longer, more grueling hours of marketing, promotion, creative design, editing, contact and platform building. The list is endless.
Promotion seems to be one of the hardest aspects. Independent authors rarely have the means to advertise like the major publishers, so we must be super selective on our choice of avenues. Sometimes this means we have to use our best instinct on what ones will be the most productive. Occasionally we’re correct; other times, we’re not so lucky.
But one aspect of writing has always been easy – the reliance on community support (namely other authors) to help showcase, spotlight, and promote their fellow brothers-in-arms a.k.a. writers. Because, while we are all competing for one another, we are also all in the same foxhole, braving out the blustery storm of “I’m not really much of a reader, you know” together.
Last week (and yes, I am a day late on posting this article) my old friend J. Travis Grundon tagged me in his post regarding his writing and published works. This week, I am going to pay it forward to a couple other writers I know. Each post is supposed to contain five tagged authors to carry on the tradition but, the loser that I am, I’m coming into this particular blog tag a little late and most people I know have already played. Also I simply don’t know that many people; I’m selective about my friends, and even more selective about my writers.
Now that I’ve gotten that long-winded explanation out of me. On with The Next Big Thing blog chain!
I have tagged a few authors I think everyone should know about. Kenzie Michaels is a good friend and stalwart supporter. She writes in the avenue of adult smut. Benjamin Martinson is also a good friend (and worked with me on the cover photo for A Touch of Madness). You want epic fantasy, Benjamin is your man. And Stephen Hines is a recently-acquired writing friend. I had the honor of sitting beside him and his wife at a convention this summer and a good time and conversation was had by all. He writes satirical humor.
As you can plainly see, I do not have five fellow authors to support. Nor have I supported anyone within my specific genre. I didn’t do this for the obvious competition factor but because these are three writers whom I enjoy and think my readers will also enjoy. I hope my readers will give them a chance.
Kenzie Michaels is the alter-ego of milder-mannered Molly Daniels, who resides in southern Indiana. She writes about the wilder side of romance, and wants readers to join her for the ride. Personally, I believe Kenzie is the personality I karaoke with on a semi-regular basis but Molly often tags along as well.
You can find Kenzie’s work on her blog! You can also follow her on Twitter @KenzieMichaels
Benjamin Martinson studied journalism at Indiana University, is a photographer, devilish dancer, and all around nice guy. His real passion is writing stories; fantasy, fiction, or whatever inspires him. Benjamin’s favorite authors are R. A. Salvatore and Robert Jordan. He has penned Nature of the Beast, a short story, and is in the process of publishing his full-length fantasy novel.
Find Benjamin online on Google+
Stephen Hines was born a poor white boy in a little hick town up north (Willard: where the men are men & the sheep are nervous) in Ohio & moved to southwestern OH in 1998. Now he’s an older, pasty white boy who works too much (he teaches, therefore he is insane). Stephen specializes in satirical humor and comics/graphic novels and is all around fun to hold a conversation with.
A special thanks to J.Travis Grundon for tagging me and making me a part of this series of questioning.
J.Travis Grundon is a father, writer, published author, and screen writer, amongst many more feathers in his hat. I just call him my best friend. J. Travis Grundon has served as an editor and contributor on Forrest J Ackerman’s Anthology of the Living Dead. His books Eclectic Collection and Happy Hour Blues are a feast of fiction, that illustrates his love, and craft of short stories.
You can find my work and J. Travis Grundon’s in our book Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction. You can also find links to our Amazon author pages from this book listing. Check it out if you are a fan of unforgettable short fiction! You can also find some of Benjamin Martinson’s photography on the cover of my latest work, A Touch of Madness.