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 […]

Indie Publishing News RoundUp – 7 Jan 2014

Here is a quick round-up of publishing stories making the news in this first week of 2014. Smashwords is reporting that author revenue was up 33% in 2013, to $20 million from $15 million the year before. There are now 275,000 titles (up 45%) and 83,000 authors (up 42%).   Goodreads almost doubled in size for […]

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 […]

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 […]