Tuesday, December 8, 2015

How’d They Do That? Self-Publishing on a Budget + Giveaway

We'd like to welcome Christa and her blog to our blog this week.

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Welcome to a new occasional series called “How’d They Do That?” It’s all about people who have successfully done amazing, hard things. The things you might want to do. I’m sharing their best tips with you!
Bethany BoringWe are kicking the series off with Bethany Boring, who recently self-published her book Unmasked: The Journey from Surviving to Thriving. Bethany is a certified life coach, award-winning speaker, cancer-survivor, wife and mom of three adorable little boys. Their family motto is “The Borings are not boring!” and no truer words have been spoken!
NOTE:  WATCH FOR A GIVEAWAY OF BETHANY’S BOOK AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST!
UnMasked BookGod has taken Bethany on an amazing journey and she wanted to share that journey to inspire and encourage others. She looked at several routes to publishing her book. She didn’t have the giant platform that traditional publishers were looking for. She didn’t have thousands of dollars to purchase a self-publishing package from one of the do-it-all self-publishing companies.
What she DID have was the assurance that God gave her a message to share, and a willingness to learn. With some patience, research and time, she embraced the learning process and successfully published a high-quality book without breaking the bank.

Bethany’s top tips for self-publishing on a budget

1.  Pray about your goals

Let’s face it. It’s unlikely you are going to make a million dollars from a self-published book. It happens, but it’s rare. For Bethany, it was important to get her story down on paper for her boys (read her book and you’ll understand why!). She also wanted a resource for her friends and coaching clients. She was realistic about her goals from the beginning and the results have far surpassed her expectations.

2.  Do Your Research

Pretty much everything you need to know is available for free online. Facebook groups are full of people who know how to do this and are anxious to help. The Christian Indie Authors Network offers several Facebook groups on different aspects of self-publishing that contain a wealth of information. You can choose how much or how little you participate, but just reading the old posts is a great education.
Another great source of information is your audience. You already have an audience, even if you don’t know it! Every friend, family member or acquaintance who has ever said, “Hey! You should write a book about that!” (like you’ve never thought of that yourself, bless their hearts) is part of your audience. Ask them whether they prefer e-books or paperbacks, narrative or workbook style, etc. Their input will influence some of the decisions you make along the way.

3.  Build Your Network

Bethany suggests starting early to build relationships with other authors and bloggers. While it seems like there are millions of them, the Christian writing and blogging community is actually a very close-knit group. They want to help others be successful and will be your biggest cheerleaders and sources of information.
But don’t just be a taker … be a giver also! Promote their work, serve on their launch teams, buy their books. You will help them out and also learn what might work when it is your turn to promote and launch.

4.   Accept Help

People want to help you. Really. They do. Bethany has a friend who believed in what she was doing and did all of the graphic design for free!
You can also barter services. Bethany swapped some coaching sessions in exchange for professional editing. So look at what you have to offer someone else and try to work a WIN-WIN deal.

5.  Buy Carefully

When it comes down to it, you may have to pay for some services. Check with the network you have built to get recommendations. For editing, formatting and printing, you will hand them your heart and soul in your manuscript, so be sure you choose reputable people.
Bethany found a reasonably-priced formatter in Australia who was recommended in one of the Facebook groups. Unfortunately, their price did not include a trip to Australia for a face-to-face approval meeting :).
It wasn’t an option for Bethany to hand over the manuscript and have someone else do the rest, and it may not be one for you. But with a lot of research, a supportive network to help and reputable services for what she couldn’t get done herself, Bethany was able to get her precious words in print.
If she can do it, you can, too. You may not get it all right the first time, but you will learn a lot and grow in the process.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Christian Indie Authors Mystery Group

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Welcome To Christian Mystery Suspense

detective-152085__180 Thanks for joining us here at the Christian Mystery Suspense Facebook Group. We welcome Clean and Christian Mystery Suspense authors and readers. Books we'll be sharing will include cozy, police, medical, legal, romantic, thriller, crime, and detective. Authors: Drop by and add your books to our Sub-genre photo albums, and feel free to advertise once a day. We love learning about new Mystery/Suspense novels. We do want all books to be kept at a PG-13 rating. NO erotica. If you think your book might need a rating of PG-13 or PG-17, be sure and add it to your posts. We do allow edgy mystery/suspense, but not too edgy. 

Our Beliefs

bible-879070__180*We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and is our source of truth. Jesus Christ, God's only Son, came as a man but was still fully God. He was tempted but lived without sin, died, was buried, and rose again as the perfect sacrifice for sin. He lives today to intercede for us. Any books posted in this group should reflect this message in some way.* All authors posting here agree to this affirmation of faith. Any books posted should reflect this message in some way.

Our Goal For This Group

book-933280__180Our main goal is to give Christian authors a great place to advertise their clean Christian Novels. We also want to help readers find good clean works with moral values that will help them understand being a Christian isn’t always easy, but that it is something we can do with God’s help. I pray the books will help and bless those who read them. If you find a book you like, please leave a review and share with your friends.


Join us here on Facebook

Monday, September 21, 2015

Romance For the Heart Facebook Group


Romance For The Heart 


Book Marks
Welcome to our Clean & Christian Authors & Readers group. We'd like to invite you to come over and add us to your favorites, add us to your book marks and save our link so you can find it later and come back often to see what our authors are writing.

We will be sharing Clean Romance, Amish Romance, Westerns, Contemporary Romance, Historical, Suspense, Cozy, Mystery and more. 



Christian Clean Authors Welcome 
We are also looking for Authors that write Clean and Christian Romance. Drop by and add your books to our Sub-genre photo albums, and feel free to advertise once a day. We love learning about new Romance novels. We do want all books to be kept at a PG-13 rating. NO erotica and if you think your book might need a rating of PG-13 or PG-17 be sure and add it to any posts you advertise. We do allow edgy romance but we don't want it too close to the edge. 




Our Group Motto
*We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and is our source of truth. Jesus Christ, God's only Son, came as a man but was still fully God. He was tempted but lived without sin, died, was buried, and rose again as the perfect sacrifice for sin. He lives today to intercede for us. Any books posted in this group should reflect this message in some way.*  
All authors posting here agree to this affirmation of faith. Any books posted should reflect this message in some way.


Our Goal For Romance For The Heart

Our main goal is to give Christian authors a great place to advertise their clean Christian Novels.  We also want to help readers find good clean works with moral values that will help them understand being a Christian isn’t always easy, but that it is something we can do with God’s help. I pray that the books help and bless those who read them. If you find a book you like please leave a review and share with your friends.


Being A Friend  

Thanks for stopping by today. Blessings from all the authors at Romance for the Heart. Remember, be sure to come back to our group whenever you're looking for a good clean Christian novel. We hope you'll also invite your friends to come, too. We want to grow with more readers and more authors. We will have many great novels in our albums to help you fill the days with good clean novels that will not only entertain, but teach you a few life lessons along the way.   


We also have these Genre related groups, listed bellow.
They are just starting but feel free to join them.
In time they will grow and grow. 

Non-fiction 
Christian & Clean Mystery 
Romance for the Heart 

Thanks all images are from pixabay 




Samantha Fury is the author of the Street justice series.  She's written many articles on book covers, for Indie Authors. She operates several Indie Groups, Editing Services, Cover Artist Groups and many more helpful Indie Facebook groups. In her spare time she designs covers.

 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Free Book Blast Christian Clean E-books

Christian Indie Authors and Christian Women Writers 
 is hosting a huge 

FREE E-BOOK BLAST!! 

Once on the site HERE Click on a image and you'll be taken to a link to download the free ebooks.
5 days Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun 16- 20
 


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Friday, August 28, 2015

New Readers Group 50.00 gift card

One of our Sister groups is opening a great new Readers group. You should check it out.  It's going to be a great way for readers to find great new books!!

  They are giving away a $50.00 Gift Card a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Blog Tour Faith Blum

  Novella Blog Tour
This is an older post.

What could be better to do on a chilly evening than sit in front of a fire with a good book in your hands? Yes, I know that it’s August and in most places in the US especially it’s probably pretty warm. But, Fall is coming. And with Fall comes falling temperatures. So why not plan ahead for those chilly evenings? Lucky for you, today, we have just the thing for you. Faith Blum has written three novellas just the perfect length for a short read. They’re wholesome, clean, entertaining, romantic, and historical. Be sure to read to the end of this post to enter an fun giveaway and find out about the free book offer!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Free Webinar from Christian Indie Authors

Friday, May 1, 2015

Christian Indie Author interview with Christina M Simpson

Author Interview 
Join us this month as we talk with Christina M Simpson about her books. I'd like to invite you to also check out Christina's Contest HERE it ends Ends May 2nd, at 12pm


Christina Simpson:    
Christina is an Independent Christian Author. She has been publishing her works since 2013. She currently has four published titles and attended The University of North Florida after graduating from high school in St Augustine, Florida. Her love for creative writing began her senior year in high school and has followed with her throughout her lifetime. She has been a member of the Christian Indie Author Network since 2013 and she currently resides in Philadelphia, PA with her husband and two sons.





Redemption
Nova never expected to come face to face with the ugly side of humanity. Fresh out of college and celebrating abroad with her best friend Evie, she never dreamed that she'd be in danger. She also never imagined she'd find her healing from it all in the arms of her rescuer.  Davis had his share of tragedy in life, and he was finally coming to terms with it. Then a chance meeting with Nova, brings out something inside of him that he had forgotten existed. Little did he know what would await ahead of them. It's his job to rescue her, but he soon learns he's responsible for more than just her safety, he's responsible for her heart.


Finding Alaris 
Princess Alaris found her home in the middle realm, after actions from her father caused her to flee Volonia. But it was time for her to come home. 
So they sent him-The Warrior of Volonia.  Neither of them knew what the ancients had in store. They could have never imagined that they'd be chosen. 
War was coming, and they would have to fight, or lose Volonia forever.
Interview

Christina's tips for Authors 
Marketing Tip: Be Personable and Communicate. Let your readers know you're a real person and draw them into discussions.
Amazon Tip: Figure out where the sweet spot is for you and your book. Pay attention to how Amazon works their marketing numbers and focus on that.
Writing Tip: Try to live as your character for 1 full day. It will help so much in developement.
Christina's Links
Come back often for more Author Interviews. With over 20 Facebook groups we will have a lot of fresh and exciting interviews. We will be asking our Authors for their favorite marketing tips, learn from them what works for them and their genre, and in general find out the best tips of the trade.

Thanks for checking us out come back often.
Website 
Facebook Group
Conference Group
Contact Us
Samantha Fury is the author of  the Street Justice Series.  
She's written many articles on book covers, for Indie Authors.
She operates several Indie Groups. Editing Services, Cover
Artist, Helpful Indie Facebook Groups.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Welcome to the Chrisitan Indie Authors Blog




Welcome
This is the first post of the Christian Indie Authors blog. We hope to have many interesting posts for authors and readers. We will be sharing new releases, and helpful tips for authors.  We have helpful links to the right and we will be having our email here soon so you can subscribe and keep up with all the exciting news.



Website

We have an ever growing website where you can learn about our authors and much  more.  Check out our spotlight for new releases and hear the latest audio books from our Christian Authors. We've had our website up and running for years now and we want  to add a Christian Academy to help our Authors keep on top of the latest marketing tips and information when we can.





  
Interviews
Come back often to check out our Author Interviews. With over 20 Facebook groups we will have a lot of fresh and exciting interviews. We will be asking our Authors for their favorite marketing tips, learn from them what works for them and their genre, and in general find out the best tips of the trade.

Thanks for checking us out come back often.
Website 
Facebook Group
Contact Us

Samantha Fury Founder

Samantha Fury is the author of  the Street Justice Series.  
She's written many articles on book covers, for Indie Authors.
She operates several Indie Groups. Editing Services, Cover
Artist, Helpful Indie Facebook Groups.

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