Stuffs Indie Writers Do, or Ten Eccentric Behaviors of Self-Published Authors


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Surpass, in creativity, even your best passages by the means of procrastinating the writing of them.

Check e-mail, with a feeling of hope, 7X in the morning, review venues 3X, sales figures 1X, social media in reverse-proportion to how much drafting/editing you’re actually getting done.

 Keep a tab of constantly open to make sure you just used that word from deep in your vocabulary correctly.

Revere hot beverages as the nectar of the gods, in a vain attempt not to gain weight from so much perching over a desk.

Know by experience which works better on you: aspirin, ibuprofin, acetominofen, or whiskey.  As a famous author once told me, “You don’t have to be an alcoholic to be a good writer–but it certainly seems to help!”

Even though you’re a throwback, you become conversant with software you never thought you’d touch with a ten-foot finger.

Own a keyboard that has survived the crumbs of your entire dietary menu, as well as a few spills, and which therefore openly disgusts everyone but you.

Perseverate over whether that word you “kinda” coined will make it past the editor, even if it’s you.

“Give away” books at a net cost to yourself of minus $xxx, yet still claim “Books sales are getting better.”


Meet people and make friends you never would have, in all parts of the world, otherwise.

Image–Too many Chiefs, but a Boon for Bloggers


I highly endorse this unique social networking platform–you may have heard stories about technical difficulties (and alas, some are true, but the crew over there are working overtime and will undoubtedly get them ironed out.)  I’ve only been a member for several weeks, so I can’t speak competently to that.  But I can say this “reach multiplier” is one of those services that, once it’s part of your routine, you wonder how you got by without it.

Essentially, you confer, share, and support other bloggers to get their content in shape and spread around the internet. Your blog’s feed goes into a “stream” that is available to everyone.  Folks from all walks of life, from chefs and their recipes to auto enthusiasts and cars, are welcome.  And it’s FREE, unless you’d like to pay for an upgrade.

Just the ability to scan hundreds of blog posts from all over the world, in a relatively short period of time and from one location, is of value that can’t be overstated.

Now, the learning curve: everyone who joins can start a tribe of their own, as Chief.  This means that everyone ends up in lots of different tribes, which can be a good thing, because it varies your interests.  However, I found I had to withdraw from my largest tribe, because the stream was just too constantly full of fish (so to speak,) for me to focus on my own, close mates.

So here’s my humble suggestion, or at least a report on how I’m endeavoring to use this network.  Unlike FB or Twitter, in which some folks strive to obtain hundreds and even thousands of “friends,” I think Triberr is best employed as a medium to make several, more intimate connections that will actually mean something.  I began a Tribe called “Fiction Afficionados” which is gathering a small international membership.  As the name implies, these are writers (as all bloggers are,) but we don’t limit to authors with books–just people who read quality stuff.  Indie stuff–non-corporate stuff.  Like literary fiction, which the big publishers apparently think won’t sell, judging by the shelves in my local bookseller.

I fully intend to cap membership at about 12 members.  Why?  Am I loco?  Well, I think we can accomplish more by staying tight and actually reading, reviewing, sharing, and supporting each other in a sustained way, rather than as a revolving-door outfit with a sea of faces.

To that end, if there’s anyone out there who thinks they may be a good fit for us, we’ve a few remaining seats at our campfire. It’s not the easiest bunch to belong to, because we’ll help you out, and we’re going to ask you to help us out. Loyalty counts–if you’ve ever seen the Young Guns franchise of movies, I’m talking “Pals.”

Kiefer Sutherland, Emilio Estevez, Christian Slater, and Lou Diamond Philips prove that four deuces beat an ace, every time.

And of course, if your interests lie elsewhere (golf, anyone?), sign up and join, or lead, your own horde of maniacs!