Supporting Indie Authors

3 Ways to Be a Great Fan

It’s one thing to like someone’s writing, but true fans are hard to come by for a lot of literary professionals. Here are three ways you can do your part to help your favorite authors become successful in their craft and be a sincerely great fan of their work!


 

1. Tell the World

Good fans read the books, blog posts, and magazine articles written by their favorite authors. Great fans encourage others to read their favorite author’s stuff as well. They tweet, blog, email, and post about the book. They pin and Instagram pics of the book when they get it in the mail or download it onto their e-reader. They recommend the author when they text, call, or chat. The never miss a chance to mention the author’s latest book when speaking with a friend, colleague, or family member. These are the behaviors of fans who help create careers for writers that last!

How do you measure up? When is the last time you tweeted about your favorite author’s work or passed one of their books along to a friend or co-worker?

 

2. Get Involved

Many authors (especially independent ones!) have ways that you can get involved with the publishing process for their work. This could mean anything from pitching plots or characters to joining an ARC list. Authors with a little more notoriety may already have a few Goodreads or Reddit groups about them. But if they don’t, a great fan may be the one who starts that group for discussion about the writer themselves and the works that the writer produces. Sometimes just realizing that there is someone in the world devoted enough to a particular artist to create a group based on their career is what can draw other people into considering becoming fans as well.

Have you gotten this deeply involved on behalf of your favorite author(s)?

 

3. Buy Direct

As much as you are able, try buying directly from the author. This could mean purchasing their work from their shop, their website, their booth at a book fair, or directly through their publisher’s site. Purchasing through third parties such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble often takes a healthy chunk of profit out of the author’s pocket. While it isn’t always an option based on where you live, how far you’re able to travel, and other factors, consider doing what you can to deal as directly with the author as possible.

 

 

What else do you do in order to help your favorite author’s succeed in the publishing world? Leave a comment and let everybody know!

Voice Actor

Calling All Producers: Show Her Audio Book

For immediate release. Please pass along to any producers and voice talents who might be interested. 

Publisher Seeks Producer for Latest Audio Book

CLARKSTON, GA, June 4, 2017– As of midnight on May 31st, Volo Press found itself without a producer for its latest book, Show Her. Now, it is opening auditions up to the public via the Audible (Amazon) site ACX.com in order to draw talent from all across the world.

“It’s an unfortunate and bizarre circumstance,” says T. L. Curtis, Founder and CEO of Volo Press. “We had a producer who actually recorded the entire piece, then didn’t finalize the project by the due date of May 31st. Now we’ve got to start over from square one.”

California radio DJ Don Abad was hired to take on the project. He had recorded and submitted the entire book for final revision requests. But, according to Curtis, once the revisions were requested, there was no response.

“I thought maybe he was just working on it. Got busy with some other projects, you know. But I never heard back from him. At this point, it’s time to make sure the project gets done at all. I hate it though, since he had done a good job over all.”

Volo Press invites interested parties to submit auditions at https://www.acx.com/titleview/AYJ473JO41T3J.

The audition script is available on the ACX website.

Show Her is a dystopian, psychological thriller that follows the story of Erika Wogo as she battles threats to her marriage and her “perfect” life. The book currently holds more than 4.5 stars on Amazon.com, 3.5 stars on Goodreads.com, and 4 stars on BarnesAndNoble.com.

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For more information, T. L. Curtis can be contacted at TLCurtis@Volo-Press.com or 404-666-1126.

4 Free Things Writers Pay For

I cannot tell you how many writers I’ve spoken to who have spent hundreds and even THOUSANDS 🤢of dollars on items and services that they could have gotten without ever pulling out their wallet. ere are just a few.

 

1. Book Publishing 🖨️

You knew this would be #1, didn’t you? My heart shattered when a fellow author told me that they’d spent nearly $3,000 publishing only about 500 copies of their book through a vanity publisher. For such a critical part of beginning to build your audience as an independent author, you don’t want to waste money like this right out of the gate. Especially when there are so many free, cheap, simple options that give you a high level of control over the project. And when you buy in bulk like this, you have to be responsible for storing, protecting (fires, thieves, rodents, insects, water, etc.) and transporting all these books. Whereas, having books printed only when a purchase is made–and without you having to store them–can save you a lot of risk, time, effort, and money.

2. Web Site Setup 💻

Again: easy and free. You can even go for ‘affordable’ and get a website with features like this one for around $10 a month. I could understand paying for a tutorial or some IT help once in a while if you’re super-uncomfortable with technology, but paying someone hundreds of dollars just for clicking a few buttons for you seems absurd, generally speaking.

3. Social Media Setup 👍

Social media profiles are generally free and can be set up within minutes. Once you become a world-famous author, maybe these profiles will get a little overwhelming and you’ll want someone to help you manage them (though that’s still not really necessary in most cases). But please, please, please do not pay anyone big money to do something so simple as merely setting up the profiles for you.

4. Mobile Credit Card Readers 💳

These are free. Please don’t ever pay for these. It makes me sad. One author told me they purchased a PayPal Here reader to use at a book fair, even though they didn’t even know how to use it. They hadn’t even set up a PayPal account yet, let alone a PayPal Business account! Yes, it was only about $20, but that’s $20 that could have gone towards book promotions, literary contest entry fees, a decent dinner, or–most lavishly–a brand new book! I understand that the new mobile readers with chip-compatible technology are available, and they can be relatively expensive, but there are still cheaper ways to get those than paying full price.

 

 

If any of this information is shocking to you, or if you have paid for some of these things yourself, I’m available for consultation as needed. As independent authors, we need to learn to reserve our resources (especially liquid cash), by not paying for things we don’t have to. If there’s a YouTube video, blog post, or pod cast that can teach you how to do something, learn and go do it for yourself for free!

Get your book reviewed.

Affordable Services for Indie Authors

After all the hard work you’ve done to craft, edit, and market a great story, don’t lose out on potential sales because you didn’t promote in every way that you could!

Promoting Via Volo Press

If you go to the Volo Press Services page (volo-press.com/services), you’ll find regularly updated statistics regarding the digital footprint that Volo Press has online. For some of the lowest fees on the web, you can have your hard work shared with another segment of people who appreciate good writers like yourself who produce good work.

Promotion Options

$0: Free Book Review (not necessarily dedicated and likely, but not guaranteed, digital copies only)

$5: Inclusion in 2 semi-monthly newsletters

$5: 7 days of tweets on Twitter (1 per day)

$10: 1 dedicated Facebook post

$20: 1 dedicated LinkedIn post

$25: Showcase Post (cover, blurb, excerpts from reviews)

$30: Review Feature (a dedicated, guaranteed review, hard copies accepted)

$50: Volo Press Sidebar ad (one month duration)

 

Ready to get started? Go to Volo-Press.com/Services now!

 

Now on Reddit: Volo Press

The Volo Press subreddit is now available to subscribe to at Reddit.com/r/VoloPressers! Volo-Press.com subscribers won’t want to miss out!

 

What Kind of Content is Allowed On the Subreddit?

Just about anything, so long as it is related to literature. Got a new book coming out? Post a link! Love your local bookstore? Tell us about it! Just saw some big news on Volo-Press.com? Share it on Reddit, too!

Of course, as time goes on, there may be reasons to enforce various restrictions, but we’ll just play it by ear! Enjoy!

 

Get Yours Now: Wind Screen

I’ve been hearing a series of book trailers with voice-over work that has a lot of static and background noise. For less than $10, you could get a wind screen for your microphone that will help reduce (and possibly) eliminate the excess noise that brings down the quality of the trailer. Find purchasing info below. Happy book-promoting!

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How Trump and E. L. James Cured My Anxiety

For whatever reason, I actually felt less and less nervous about publishing my first novella the closer the release date came. Here’s an inside look into what transpired in the days leading up to the release of Show Her.



What I Expected To Happen

Given the near-nervous-breakdown I had when I published the first version of Show Her many, many moons ago, I kinda figured it would go the same way this time. I would be making an insane amount of changes up until the very last second and then would click ‘Publish’ with my eyes closed and go curl into the fetal position on my bed feeling like I’d just murdered a herd of puppies with a blunt axe.

In short, I didn’t think that I had really gathered any confidence at all since the last time I tried to do this. I thought it would be a cluster-fuck of epic proportions.

 

 

What I Didn’t Expect To Happen

Yet, it didn’t go like that. Don’t get me wrong, I am a procrastination master (though I am trying to become a better person in this regard), so I was still making major changes to the plot, character descriptions, and even the entire ending as of a week before the launch.

However, I found myself getting more and more excited about release day coming as it approached. I found myself actually telling family members, co-workers, and even strangers early on, with ease and relative comfort.

 

 

 

Why It Happened This Way (In My Humble Opinion)

There are a couple of major things that happened since I began thinking that I wanted to make writing my full-time career that contributed to this more relaxed reaction to self-publishing. Please feel free to use this information for your personal healing if that’s helpful for you.

First, Donald Trump got elected as President of the United States of America. I’ve never been so glued to an election in my life (okay, 2008, I guess, but you know what I mean). So, why was Donald Trump an inspiration that eased my anxiety? Because–following the “rules” of politics–he shouldn’t have won. He should have lost. He should have been an epic failure, a laughing stock. He should have been rejected by every single voter in the country according to traditional political ideology because he “didn’t fit in.” He didn’t look, think, act, walk, or talk like a president or even your run-of-the-mill politician. Yet, he won it all, and by a landslide.

If this man that stood “no chance” of winning the day he announced that he was running made it all the way to the top through sheer persistence and giving haters and critiques the bird, who was I to feel inadequate? How dare I be afraid of rejection! If he can make it to the top of Mount Everest from the Earth’s core, certainly I can make it from the bottom of the mountain (geez, at least I’m above sea level).

Second, E. L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey not only became a bestseller, but went on to become a proverbial movement in the literary and cinema worlds.  I just had to read it since it was getting so much hype, but when I tried, it was like trying not to pass out while sawing off my own leg.

Why is this inspirational for me? Because I struggled so hard to get through the book. I’ve never been a huge fan of romance novels (though I do enjoy erotica) so that was already a strike against her. Beyond that, I personally thought the book wasn’t well written and the plot was not realistic or thought through very much. It was like she wrote it and sent it in without any rereading it herself, having a friend look at, hiring a copy editor or proofreader, etc.–straight from brain to print.

And yet, look at the enterprise that has been built from it! So, again, what the fuck would be wrong with me to think that I can’t be successful just because I don’t love the things that I write? What kind of sense does it make for me to doubt myself and the reading public? If she can do what she loves successfully, so can I.

As an added bonus, I have my beautiful and talented Curtis Cartel as backup. Forming my own cartel was something I knew that I needed to do in order to keep myself moving forward with publishing and hold myself to deadlines. But I could not have imagined how invaluable they have been in helping me turn Show Her into a solid piece of literature.

 

 

If you find yourself doubting your work or your abilities, just remember that there are people out there making hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars who don’t write half as well as you do, who don’t have the same education and experiences that you have, and who don’t have the same world view as you do. Just because you are technically different from these people doesn’t mean that you can’t succeed at the things that they do. Good luck!

 

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