Dear Indie | Kindle Vella, Anyone?

Hi Indies! I normally don’t jump on new trends—still not on TikTok or BookTok despite the rave reviews. I’m just lazy as sh*t when it comes to apps and social media, and especially social media apps. 😉 But I have to admit that I just started publishing my first serial on Kindle Vella to giveContinue reading “Dear Indie | Kindle Vella, Anyone?”

Dear Indie | eBook Formatting Tips & Hacks for Kindle

Hi Indies! Over the last week, I’ve spent a lot of time researching the best “free” ways to update the formatting for my books. I wasn’t happy with their blahzay interiors–and I also wanted to add content to the Back Matter that I didn’t have before. I already shared the new chapter graphics in aContinue reading “Dear Indie | eBook Formatting Tips & Hacks for Kindle”

Dear Indie | I Didn’t Know I Could Do That! (Free resource post)

Hi Indies! Did you know you could make your own vectors AND remove the backgrounds from any image for FREE –without using Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, or Gimp? I didn’t! Not until I was determined to combine one of my drawings with a photo. Normally, I would purposely set out to find two images with theContinue reading “Dear Indie | I Didn’t Know I Could Do That! (Free resource post)”

Dear Indie | Writing Challenges & Word Counts

Hi Indies! This is just a quickie. I’m not promoting or being sponsored by Reedsy, I swear–but, I wanted to share that they have weekly writing challenges on their site that pay out $50 a week to winners. So, if you love writing challenges and fancy a go, you might want to check that out.Continue reading “Dear Indie | Writing Challenges & Word Counts”

Dear Indie | Book Editing Software & Sites

Hi, Indies! Last time, I mentioned that I kind of got scammed by more than just that ridiculous font site – and I did. By Amazon. I know, shocker. Sometimes, I feel like I’m just really late to the party…like, there aren’t even Solo cups or streamers left laying around, I’m THAT far behind. But,Continue reading “Dear Indie | Book Editing Software & Sites”

Dear Indie | Fonts, Vectors, & Scams, Oh…snap!

Hi Indies! I’m back, and I have links! In my last post, I touched base on some of the issues we DIY’ers face when working with a small budget and little-to-no experience. Formatting an eBook, which has “Floating Text” vs. formatting a paperback with “Fixed Text” is not only different, but sometimes it can beContinue reading “Dear Indie | Fonts, Vectors, & Scams, Oh…snap!”

Dear Indie | Prologues, Prefaces, Forwards, Introductions & Epilogues

Hi Indies! I’ve been thinking about prologues a lot lately. Mainly because most of my original works have them and when I get the rights back from my publisher, I plan to polish them up and have them re-edited. But, it seems that more and more readers are expressing their dislike for prologues these days.Continue reading “Dear Indie | Prologues, Prefaces, Forwards, Introductions & Epilogues”

Dear Indie | Tropes

Hi Indies! In this post, I’d like to cover some of the more common tropes used in the romance genre. I think we’re all pretty familiar with them and have our personal favorites and those we absolutely despise. I won’t be holding back on my opinions here, fair warning. 10 MOST COMMON TROPES IN THEContinue reading “Dear Indie | Tropes”

Dear Indie | Writing Female Characters Part 1: Inspiration

Hi Indies! I’d like to jump into character development topics over the next several posts and thanks to some amazingly positive feedback and requests for this particular article, I’m tossing in my two cents on the popular subject about writing female characters/heroines. Keep in mind that I’m a writer of Romance, so that genre willContinue reading “Dear Indie | Writing Female Characters Part 1: Inspiration”

Dear Indie | Using Daily Prompts to Stay Active

Hi Indies! Whenever I stumble upon something that I feel would be a great resource for you all, you know I have to share. When I first started my blog back in October of 2013, I used the WordPress Daily Prompt challenge to build up my followers and writing network. It was great for awhileContinue reading “Dear Indie | Using Daily Prompts to Stay Active”