Last week I found out about this brilliant website – Awesome Indies. Run by author Tahlia Newland, the aim of this site is “to promote professional standard Indie published books, as evaluated by industry professionals.” Their submission criteria are rigorous – reassuringly so, because this way you know that only the best independently published books will get listed.
I submitted Can’t Live Without, and was delighted when Tahlia contacted me to say it had been included. If you have a book to promote – a professionally produced indie book, that is – then you should seriously consider submitting your title to Awesome Indies. I’ve been battling the post-free-promo plummeting of sales figures for weeks now, but this weekend Can’t Live Without popped back into the top 100 bestsellers for Women’s Fiction, and this week I’ve managed to turn my sales around for the first time since the free Kindle promotion in July. I don’t think it was purely down to the listing on Awesome Indies – I’ve also had great results from the Facebook group I told you about last Sunday (Real Romance) – but I think this listing gave my book the extra shove it needed.
The great thing about sites like this is the ‘we’re all in it together’ approach. Tahlia encourages listed authors to cross-promote, and also encourages participation with guest posts and reviews. I’ve already found a few really interesting-looking books on there that I’ll be downloading this week, so clearly it’s a great resource for readers too.
Most of all, I love the title: Awesome Indies. That just about sums it up for me. Because we are awesome, aren’t we? x
This week I’ve got a whole stack of authors to tell you about, and you can find them on the Facebook page Real Romance. Bringing together discerning readers and “female authors of romantic or contemporary fiction and the heavier end of chick lit”, this is a relatively new group with a growing number of interested readers and interesting authors. Formed by Jan Ruth and Pam Howes, this is a place where you can read about new and exciting books and then ask the authors direct questions; it’s also somewhere to recommend books to other readers – and to authors, who also like to read a book or two
Here is some info from the About page of Real Romance, specifically for readers:
“This group is a bookshop for readers of women’s fiction. We hope our authors will inform and inspire, and you will enjoy chatting with them as much as reading their work. The books available range from the lighter side of romance to the darker side of life, and everything in-between! Hopefully there is something for everyone. We have tried to cater for personal differences of opinion within the genre guidelines; always a tricky one this but many independent authors are not easy to pigeon hole and their style can be a mix. We have tried to be as varied as possible without compromising quality. Pam and I are currently working on a document which will list all our authors with links to their books to make them really easy to locate and purchase.
In return we would love some feedback! If you have enjoyed something please do tell the group; just a couple of lines on this page is fine, or if you feel up to it a review on one of the recognised sites like Amazon or Goodreads would be wonderful. Oh, and do recommend us to your friends… ”
If you’re looking for a great book to read, or just fancy hanging out with like-minded readers, pop along and join up now.