Exciting things can happen when a bunch of Indie Romance authors get together. What do I mean by a bunch?
Well, this past Tuesday the Indie Romance Ink yahoo loop got its one-thousandth member!
In August 2010 Cate, who has published two award-winning fantasy romance novels in her Alaia Chronicles series as well as a short story and novelette, had just published her first novel and was interested in forming a smallish support group for indie authors.
Cate: “LOL, you can see how well the ‘small’ turned out!”
Around the same time, Carly had attended RWA Nationals.
Carly: “They did not have a single workshop, panel, or anything about indie publishing, and I realized more than ever that indie writers would need some way to share knowledge and support.”
Carly has her feet on both sides of the publishing aisle, as do some of the other writers in IRInk. She’s hadtwo books published by Red Sage but has Indie pubbed her novella Baby, It’s Cold Outside, plus two short stories.
The IRInk loop is amazing! On any given day there are questions, answers and discussions about everything from formatting to promo sites, to Amazon quirks, craft issues or even whether or not you’re hiding your erotic romance pseudonym from your family!
Like WG2E, IRInk is a place where Indie authors give generously of themselves to help each other along in this wild and unpredictable publishing climate.
Self-promotion is not allowed. There is an extension loop for members to request and give promo support. There is also an extension loop for the planning of the BookLovers’ Buffet sales.
Speaking of which . . .
Last fall I learned about the IRInk from a comment exchange with Theresa Ragan. I joined just in time to put my first Indie-pubbed book into a big 99 cent sale held over the holidays of December 2011. This was the birth of the BookLovers’ Buffet, originally begun by author Tawny Stokes, a spunky dynamo with a gift for mobilizing others. Now it looks like the IRInk’s Book Lovers’ Buffet sale is going to be a twice yearly event!
The Vacation Getaway edition of the Book Lovers’ Buffet opened its virtual doors on June 8 and will run through June 22. Many people worked to make this happen, but the gorgeous website was designed by author and fellow WANA-ite Jennette Marie Powell. And author Lori Dillon has taken on the enormous job of running the contests. Yep, there are prizes, too!
It’s Your Turn, WG2E-Land: Before you rush over to fill up at the Buffet (you won’t gain a pound, I promise!) – tell us about something you’ve recently learned or shared with a fellow Indie author.
The Best of WG2E Indie Authors Joining Forces Wishes — Alicia Street