An Alliance of
Independent Writers, Self-Publishers, Small and Independent Publishers to
Inform, Support, Promote and Encourage Independent
Welcome to the Indie Writers Alliance
If you're tired of the
Traditional/Conventional Publishing Industry and want to excel with your own
writing, you've come to the WRITE place—JOIN
·Why Be an
Independent Writer and Sell Your Work in eBook and POD
it's easy, you have complete control, and your royalties are much
Traditional Publishing Woes:
"One in a thousand manuscripts get
published," and even then it takes forever to find an agent, then an editor,
and after that you have to wait a year and a half to three years
to see your work on the bookstore shelf!
Indie ePublishing Wows!
can have your work published and being sold within 48
Royalties are as high as
The Nearly Unbelievable Success Stories:
Big name authors are turning down
contracts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to go
Some indie writers are making over
a $1,000,000 a year off eBooks alone!
Many indie writers are selling
50-100 books per day!
·Why Join Indie Writers
ALLIANCE--we take care of each other. We blog, we review and
promote each other's books. We're in this
What's it take to be an Indie Writers Alliance member?Ambition, a dream, a love for writing
only $10 (a year)!
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For the past 21 years, I have
struggled to get my novels traditionally
pub-lished.Although I have come close on numerous occasions, I've yet to see
any of my work produced by a royalty paying publisher. I've submitted
hundreds and hundreds of queries, both paper and electronic, and several
dozen manuscripts. Month after month, I've waited anxiously for their
replies, and had my hopes dashed far too many times with the receipt of a
I've had contracts fall through, verbal agreements
dropped, and I even turned down a publishing contract because I thought I
could find something better.
I've had the big, "million-dollar" agents. I've
made dozens of contacts with the NYC movers and shakers, am friends with
editors, agents, and NY Times Bestselling authors. I've even had a senior
editor at a major publishing house query me! It's been a fun, yet mostly
So, why am I
I want to sell my books:
There's power in numbers--the more members we
have, the more exposure all of our work will have from blogs, social and
professional networking sites and even emails and
These websites expose more writers
to my writing services, seminars and books,
enjoy helping writers, as I've been doing now for nearly twenty
I've charted a new course for my own
writing career, and I ain't looking back. This ship's pulling up anchor
soon, and will be sailing fast. Care to come
aboard? I guarantee a fun ride!
Gordon A Kessler
Why Be an
Independent Writer and Sell Your Work in eBook and POD
Incredible things are happening. Actually, much of
it started years back, but only a few visionaries saw the full potential
of what was taking place. It started with "eBooks". They have literally
revolutionized the book publishing and selling
The facts, as I see them, are listed
Not long ago at a writers conference, I heard a
simple little lady around 70 years old speak about her experience with
her newly epublished cozy mystery. She looked and spoke no more special
than you or I. However, she had recently become a
successful writer after publishing one eBook for Kindle on Amazon. She
had blogged quite a bit to get the word out. She told about making only a
few sales the first month, but sales increased dramatically as months
passed. Now, Sales for the fifth month were nearly 1300 books,
and in the first six days of the seventh month, she had sold
This wasn't the only story at the conference:
another lady did the same thing, with similar results; averaging
55 eBook sales per day.
Then there’s the story of
26-year-old indie novelist Amanda
Hocking who sold
169,000 eBooks in her eighth month of epublishing, making her total at that
point more than 500,000. In the first year, her eBook sales have reached over
Brian S. Pratt went from poverty
level in 2009. With eBook sales, he's on tract to earn over
$200,000 in 2011.
Lindsay Buroker has made $724
in royalties for just her third month of selling her two eBooks.
suspense author L J Sellers went independent, even though she was a
successful, traditionally published writer.
Best-selling thriller author
Barry Eisler turned down a $500,000 advance in favor of epublishing as an
indie! Why? His NYC publisher would only pay him
The stories go on and on.
The secret seems to be persistence
which makes monthly books sales grow
1. Fewer people are
read-ing.Printing prices are sky-rocketing.
2. It takes around 18 months (or longer) for books
published tradi-tionally to arrive on the bookstore
3. It can take years to find a
literary agent, then more years for an agent to sell a
4. Traditional publishers spend very little if
anything to market their midlist authors' books.
5. Bookstores are closing shop because eBook and
Internet (esp. Amazon) paper book sales.
6. Traditional publishers have more competition
due to POD and eBooks.
7. Traditional publishers are pricing their eBooks
at $8.00 to $12.00 and up.
8. EBooks are taking a larger slice of the pie, so
traditional publishers are printing fewer books, and stores are ordering
9. Traditional publishers are delaying eBook
version debuts until after printed versions have been out, to sell more
of the paper.
10. Traditional publishers pay 10 royalties on
print, 25% on eBooks, tops.
11. Bestselling authors' books are now selling
better as eBooks (NYT BS Steve Berry anticipates his book sales will be
60-70% eBooks this year).
12. Although most books are sold by author name
recognition and return fans; the cover, book jacket synopsis, first pages
and PRICE sell nearly as many.
15. Indie authors' eBooks are being published for
Kindle and listed on Amazon at no cost to the author (along with other
eBook sites in formats for other eBook readers).
16. They receive the same attention as
traditionally published eBooks do (the same basic
17. Indie authors receive 70% royalties for eBooks
priced at $2.99 and over (35% for under $2.99).
18. An eBook can be published and made available
within 48 hours.
19. An author does not need an agent (or an
editor) to publish an eBook—this can be a bad thing, too, if you know
what I mean.
20. Indie authors can reach thousands of readers
all over the country and world with just a little
21. Indie authors can price their eBooks much
lower than eBooks distributed by traditional houses.
22. There are incredible marketing tools available
to everyone with the Internet, including blogs, websites, social
network-ing sites like Facebook, and even book trailers made for YouTube
and eBook websites.
23. Book trailers can be acquired for as low as
$40 or even be author-produced for very little.
24. Even short stories can be produced for Kindle
and sold on Amazon!
And here’s a really telling fact: this past
December, only six of the top 26 indie authors with eBooks on Kindle were
already established writers.
You've landed on the entrance page for the
Indie Writer Alliance. It's a sort of co-op, based
from a special member page one click away on this Writers Matrix
From the IWA member page, we'll plot
our course and work together getting our work epublished in as many places
as possible. And we'll promote our work both individually and as a team,
finding the best blogs and Internet sites to promote, market and sell our
books. Our new website, www.ReadersMatrix.com, will showcase our work with book cover
thumbnails as well as individual author pages. Sounds fun, doesn't
Indie Writers Alliance?
As an IWA member, you'll have easy access to
dozens of critical links and other resources pertinent to eBook and POD
publishing, as well as a member only blog conducted by like-minded indie
Through strength in numbers, your exposure to
readers will increase exponentially with dozens of members blogging,
social networking and otherwise connecting with
Alliance members will feel compelled
to purchase and provide positive reviews for other members' work in the
spirit of reciprocation. After all, that's what "the Alliance" is all
about--writers helping other writers become
You'll find a step by step strategic,
book-marketing plan, following in the footsteps of experienced indie
writers in order to promote, market and sell your books and help make you
a successful author.
Your work (both "self-published" as well as any
traditionally published work you wish) will be showcased on the Readers
Matrix website, where readers will be able to read reviews, watch
trailers and link to purchase and download your work from Amazon, Barnes
& Noble and other online eBook stores as well as purchase paper
copies, should you choose.
What's it take to be an Indie Writers Alliance member?
Ambition, a dream, a love for writing and only $10 (a
For the $10 annual maintenance fee, you'll have
full access to the IWA member page. You'll also be able to list and
showcase (with thumbnail image, book trailer, reviews, etc. if you have
them) any and all of your books (pending Readers Matrix approval—see
below*) and short stories on the Readers Matrix website home page free of
charge (each work listed at no charge must be currently sold on Amazon,
Barnes & Noble or any other Internet eBook store with an affiliate
If your work isn't currently listed on an
affiliate friendly Internet bookseller, you can still showcase it on
Readers Matrix for a $1.00 per month per book. A full author's Web page
is available for another $1 (author photo, book thumbnail and printed
copy must be furnished by author and will be formatted according to
Readers Matrix's author's page template).
For even greater exposure, your book can be
displayed on the "Featured Books" Amazon carousel at the top center of
the Readers Matrix home page for a small additional
*For your book or short story to be granted
Readers Matrix approval and be showcased on the Reader Matrix website, it
must be original and the author must be sole owner or have approval from
the rights owner of the work to be listed by Readers Matrix. Also, for
reader quality assurance purposes, a documented response in the form of
one of the following three must be presented:
1. Quality checked for grammar and punctuation by
a professional editor (this includes both Publishing House and
2. Two Independent Reviewers' positive responses
(this can be from two IWA members who themselves have approved work on
the site, or from a known book critic/reviewer).
3. Readers Matrix positive review,
with any expense incurred for such service to be the sole responsibility of
the owner of the work.
few concerns to consider before you
1. What are the traditional publishers going to
do—do you think these behemoths will take it lying down? What can they
2. Will all these indie eBooks overload the
3. Will indie epublishing make it too easy for
anyone, even kids and idiots, to publish poor quality work and
4. Will new restrictions be made on indie authors'
work to help ensure quality?
5. Just what will the market look like in six
months, a year, two years?
If you are not directed to a Web page containing
your new membership code please email:
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That's why I must subsidize the costs with
affiliate links and minimal membership dues.
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