Wednesday, January 22

Announcing the Indie Author Column

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

With indie publishing, writers have more publishing options than ever before. Traditional houses, small presses, digital only, self publishing--and those options continue to grow. There's no one path to take anymore, and personal preference plays a large role in a writer's publishing decision.

Since this site is dedicated to helping writers grow, it made sense to launch a weekly column that focuses on the ins and out of indie publishing.

Starting tomorrow, you'll find articles every Thursday about indie publishing--from deciding if it's right for you to the technical discussions and examples of how to do it. Just like the writing articles get into the nitty gritty about writing, so will this new column explore indie publishing.

I'm thrilled to introduce my contributing authors for this new column.

Jordan McCollum

Jordan is an award-winning author who can't resist a story where good defeats evil and true love conquers all. In her day job, she coerces people to do things they don’t want to, elicits information and generally manipulates the people she loves most—she's a mom. Jordan holds a degree in American Studies and Linguistics from Brigham Young University. When she catches a spare minute, her hobbies include reading, knitting and music. She lives with her husband and four children in Utah. Her books include, I, Spy, Spy for a Spy, Mr. Nice Spy, and in her writing craft series, Character Arcs

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indie Bound

Marcy Kennedy

Marcy is a speculative fiction writer who believes fantasy is more real than you think. Alongside her own writing, Marcy works as a freelance editor and teaches classes on craft and social media through WANA International. You can find her blogging about writing and about the place where real life meets science fiction, fantasy, and myth. Her books include, Frozen, and her craft series, How to Write Dialog, Strong Female Characters, and How to Write Faster.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goggle+ | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

S.R. Johannes

S.R. Johannes is the award-winning author of the Amazon bestselling thriller series, the Nature of Grace (Untraceable , Uncontrollable and Unstoppable). She is currently repped by Lara Perkins at ABLA, and is the YA advisor of ALLi. She is also a winner of the 2012 IndieReader Discovery Awards (Young Adult category) as well as a Silver medalist (2nd place) in the IPPY awards for YA Fiction, nominated for 2012 Georgia Author of the Year (Young Adult category), a Finalist in The Kindle Book Review’s Best Young Adult of 2012, and a YA Finalist in the US Book News Best Book of 2012.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Pinterest | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Dario Ciriello

Dario is the founder and editor of Panverse Publishing, a small press with a mission to break the rigid barriers of category and genre and put story first. His Panverse Anthology authors have been nominated for both Hugo and Nebula awards, and the winner of the 2011 Sideways Award for Alternate History. On the novel front, his authors include T.L. Morganfield, Bonnie Randall, Doug Sharp, and Don D'Ammassa. His own work includes Sutherland's Rules, and the travel memoir Aegean Dream. Panverse is currently open for submissions until the end of January.

Website | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indie Bound

Julie Musil
Julie is children's writer, wife, and mother. She lives in a rural California town amid hiking trails and dirt bikes, and is married to her high school sweetheart, John. Together they have three amazing sons, two cute little doggies, and one menacing kitten. She's represented by Karen Grencik, co-founder of Red Fox Literary. Her debut novel, The Boy Who Loved Fire, comes out this month.

Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Along with these regular contributors, additional guest authors will stop by from time to time to share their tips and journeys in going it alone.

I'm excited about this new addition to the site, and hope you'll be too.


  1. This is a great idea Janice! Looking forward to hearing from your crew.

  2. I knew their was a reason why I read this blog every morning....

  3. Oh, I'm looking forward to the new column!

  4. Sounds great, Janice. And you've got some awesome contributors.

  5. Thanks guys! I've been wanting to do this for a while now, so I'm pretty jazzed about it.

  6. This sounds like a great new addition to the wonderful information you already share :-)

  7. This is a great addition. I look forward to reading it. Christy

  8. I've a feeling this will be very helpful to me. Thanks!

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  10. Awesome, Janice! I'm excited to be part of this line up, and I can't wait to read what your other contributors are working on!

  11. Janice, this is such an awesome idea! I can't wait to read this column every Thursday!

  12. I'm honoured and delighted to be part of this new column on your fabulous blog, Janice--thanks so much! :)