The Indie author help page questions

For anyone who would like to answer these questions, feel free to copy them and send your responses to

For anyone who missed it the other day, Charles Yallowitz and I are starting a help page on both of our sites for indie authors who are new to the publishing arena. Nothing too complex, just asking authors the same set of questions and hoping to get answers from those who write across a broad array of genres. The answers will be posted to the blog once a week and then links to those posts will be put on a page where authors can go and refer back to them. We will also be listing sites that have useful info for authors about marketing and promotion both free and paid.

So if you’d like to take a moment and answer the questions, it would be much appreciated. Only thing we ask is that you are an indie or crossover author, not exclusively traditionally published. Please include the links to your work or website with your answers so we can help promote you!

Thank you for your help!

Questions for authors

1. How did you decide to become an indie author?

2. What genre do you write in and why?

3. What social media sites do you use and can you offer a tip for each one?

4. How important is blogging to an indie author in your estimation?

5. How do you go about getting reviews?

6. What do you price your books at and do you give away free copies?

7. Do you use a cover artist or make the cover yourself?

8. What do you do about editing?

9. What do you do when sales are slow to encourage more books to be sold?

10. What do you know now, that you wish you had known before?

11. Do you use a mailing list or newsletter to promote?

12. Any further advice, tips or tricks you think would help others?

13. Where do you sell the largest majority of your books and do you do just ebooks or print as well?

Published by: Ionia Froment

Blogger, reviewer, theology/philosophy major. I'm a mother and a writer and a supporter of free speech and freedom in general. My favourite author is Albert Camus, and I listen to a bit of everything. I've been too busy (LAZY) to blog in the last few years, but I'm giving it another shot.

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18 thoughts on “The Indie author help page questions”

  1. What does it say about me that I don’t want to answer any of those questions because I don’t think I have any great tips or advice to offer any new indies?

    Yet, I’m glad I’m an Indie and I am having fun (but not a lot of sales, yet….)!

    Great idea. If inspiration strikes, I know where to send the results.

    Best to you and Charles, Ionia!


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  2. How did you decide to become an indie author? This answer is simple for me. I have a passion to tell my stories. They are true stories told through fictitious characters. I did not have the patience nor fortitude to wait years for a publisher to get interested in putting them out to the world. So, I published as an Indie author under my own imprint and am working on the fourth and final book of the series.

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  3. What genre do you write in and why? So far, Biography Fiction or Creative Non-Fiction. When I am finished with this series, I may try my hand at Fiction. The reason for writing in this genre is again simple. I am telling a true story through fictitious characters.

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  4. Where do you sell the largest majority of your books and do you do just ebooks or print as well? I sell both e-books and print copies. The largest majority of sales comes from personal speaking appearances and book signings.

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