The Best Hashtags for Indie Authors in 2015

In a new post over at my author blog GaryMcLaren.com I’ve just revealed some of the most useful hashtags for indie authors in 2015. For those not familiar with hashtags they are essentially a keyword beginning with the “#” character. When someone writes a tweet they can include a hashtag to make it easier for people interested […]

The Indie Author’s Guide to Publishing Ebooks, 2nd Edition, Now Available

I am very pleased to announce the release of “The Indie Author’s Guide to Publishing Ebooks, 2nd Edition“. It also reveals my new strategy, or recommended path, for creating ePub and Mobi formats as easily and painlessly as possible!The first edition was released in December 2011 and has helped many writers to self-publish their own […]

Kindle Matchbook: Amazon Will Bundle Ebooks With Print

Amazon has announced a new service called Kindle Matchbook where customers can buy discounted ebook versions of print books they purchase or have purchased in the past. “For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases will soon allow you to buy the Kindle edition for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free.” Did you […]

Amazon Announces Winners in 6th Annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

Amazon has announced the winners in the sixth annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. “Ten thousand entries came in from around the world—the most entries ever in the history of the contest—and after several rounds of judging, Amazon Publishing has selected one winner in each of five categories: general fiction, mystery/thriller, romance, science fiction/fantasy/horror and young adult fiction.” […]

How to Use Goodreads as an Author

At the end of March Amazon announced that they have reached an agreement to acquire Goodreads, so I thought it would be a good time to review how authors can use this web site and social network. Founded in 2007, Goodreads is one of the leading online social networks for book lovers. Members can find […]

10 Reasons Why Authors Should Be On Google Plus

In case you haven’t heard already, Google+ has now passed Twitter to become the 2nd largest social network in terms of active users. While Google Plus may still be behind Facebook keep in mind that Google also has YouTube at #3! Authors, and indie authors in particular, should be making the most of this opportunity. You […]

The Future of Publishing

Be sure to watch this video, prepared by the UK branch of Dorling Kindersley Books and produced by Khaki Films. The message it contains is very important if you want to succeed with your publishing. Hint: make sure you watch it up to at least the halfway point, there’s a surprise!

6 Tips For Marketing Your Book On Reader Communities

As I am sure you already know the Internet and digital publishing have had a huge impact on the publishing industry. But the Internet has also changed the way that many readers find books. These days readers are less likely to choose a book from a recommendation in a newspaper or on a television program, […]

Welcome!

Hi, and welcome to Indie Publishing. This new blog will deliver the latest news, information and resources for indie authors. Despite being frowned upon just a few years ago, independent publishing or “self-publishing” has now become a viable and respected option for authors. We’ll be covering independent publishing as it applies to print books, ebooks […]