We’re in a Magazine!


Yep, that’s Avarice up there in the top right hand corner! 🙂

In all honesty, I completely forgot that I had even submitted for this months ago, so it’s not really a surprise to me, but it’s still exciting to see the results at last!

Indie Authors Monthly is a brand new e-magazine and best of all it’s Free & chock full of Indie resources, helpful articles, author spotlights and yes… even AWESOME ads (like Avarice!) 😀

I was given this opportunity through the Goodreads support group: Navigating IndieWorld Discussing All Things Indie. This is truly an amazing and supportive group for Indies and they’re really open to collaborative blog events, self-promoting and their discussions are endlessly insightful! Plus, the atmosphere there is very friendly and welcoming. Best Selling Children’s Author, Carole Roman is one of the group mods and she is frequently offering amazing, can’t-find-anywhere-else promotional opportunities – Like stuffing your printed books into the swag bags at Hollywood Awards Shows and running ads on Podcast sites.

My books don’t qualify, even if they were in print, no S-E-X allowed in the grab bags!

If you’re not already a member, I highly recommend the NIW group and they have a new website where they advertise Indies with their own author pages, and love getting guest blog articles!


♫ ♪ “And I think to myself, what a wonderful world…” ♪♫



Quick Indie Update

Just a quick note to announce that I’ve started a launch page for all of the Dear Indie posts on my menu titled: Indie Resources. I’ve added a short description to make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for.

Also, a note on my recent experience with Cover Design: I previously posted that the DIY guy Derek Murphy has a Free online designing tool with step-by-step tutorial videos to walk you through the process.  I still recommend reading/watching everything he posts about designing your own book cover – however, I found his designing tool too glitchy and none of the color changes I would make to my design would save.  It’s run by a ‘flash’ server and has a tendency to freeze, causing you to lose any progress you’ve made.

I highly recommend Canva.  It’s free, it’s simple and while it doesn’t have the same kind of features (no beveling, glow, drop-shadow for fonts) – it still offers a lot and most importantly it saves your designs exactly how you make them.

Canva also provides an endless supply of backgrounds, fonts, graphics, elements and stock photos for only $1/ea., if they’re not listed as FREE.  There’s no downloading software, it’s a free internet site you can go check out right here.

Any graphic you could ever need you can make there. That is where I made my Twitter & Facebook Headers and my book Teasers, but they have a LOT of options! And as a bonus, they’re already set up to save your design in any format: JPEG, PNG, PDF & Print.

Hope this helps with your graphic needs!