Indie Author Community

I must be a glutton for punishment. Honestly, I cannot believe I’ve done this…but I have. I’ve reopened the old Scribe’s board. However, Scribe’s will never return. I’ve changed in the last 14 months. My outlook and goals have changed too. Now, I want to be a part of a community. I miss being with people who care about the things I care about. Hence, the birth of…

Indie Author Community Message Board {link removed as the board has since been closed down again}

Yes, there’s a section for writing, but the main focus of this board is indie publishing. As I learn the ropes, I’ll share my experiences. If you want to learn with me, then feel free to join the board and share your experiences too. If you’ve already travelled the indie road and have information we might be interested in, then please join the board and share. And, yes, if you’re a writer and haven’t even thought about publication yet but want to mingle with other writers, then join the board…ok, I won’t say it again. Anyway, the more the merrier.

I don’t want the community to be swamped with rules and regulations. Not like last time. Use common sense and respect and everything should be fine.

I hope to see you at the board soon. 😀

Podcast Review: ThrillerCast

Following on from my last post, I want to continue talking about podcasts. This post relates to non-book podcasts.

Book podcasts are much like audiobooks, the reader is telling the listener a story. Non-book podcasts are different as the reader is giving the listener information. The information can be about anything, but in this case, the reader (or should I say hosts, as I doubt they have a set script in front of them) are talking specifically about writing. Writing thrillers, in particular.

ThrillerCast is new to the podcast world. The hosts, Alan Baxter and David Wood, are published authors. They talk amongst themselves regarding writing thrillers, reading them and getting them published.

The first episode was a good, sound introduction. The hosts work well together, are easy to listen to and had me chuckling out loud at one stage (which was embarrassing as I was on a crowded train at the time).

The second episode is about ebooks. They discuss the past, the present and what they predict for the future of digital publishing. I found their insights to be well thought out and inspiring. They made me want to get to work and get more publications out there so that I can be a part of it.

The third episode is about size – short stories, novellas and novels. The information isn’t new, but I liked the way they put it across. It made me realise there is a place for novellas in today’s market. Anything that makes you revise your opinion has to be good. And…as for the cat’s fifteen minutes of fame…I loved it! You’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out what I mean.

I have a feeling these two authors will share a lot of useful information in the future and I look forward to future episodes.

I recommend this podcast to all writers…and you don’t have to be a thriller writer to gain something useful. Visit the ThrillerCast website or go to iTunes to download and subscribe to the podcast.

Podcast Review: Shadow Hunter

In October 2006 I wrote my first post on podcasts, it was called Introduction to Podcasts. I started listening to Shadow Hunter then. I listened to about 16 episodes and then, for a reason I can’t clearly remember, I stopped. I think it had a lot to do with changing service providers and having a lot less download megabytes available to me.

Anyway, four years later, I rediscovered podcasts through my iPod Touch. Suddenly a whole new world opened to me. I didn’t have to suffer eye strain as I read books VERY early in the morning on the train. I could see back, relax and listen to someone tell me a story. It’s absolutely brilliant.

It’s not surprising that this revelation sent me back to Terrence McLean’s website to find out if I could listen to Shadow Hunter in this new (for me) way. I was happy to discover I could.

Luckily for me, there was a recap episode which brought the characters and setting back to my mind and memory. Then I listened to four or five episodes that I had previously heard and then I went on to listen to the rest of the story.

Shadow Hunter is pure fantasy. There’s magic, necromancers, battles and a cast of complex characters. The author and reader, Terry, does a fine job keeping the listener interested. The story is fast paced and always kept me guessing what would happen next.

I have already listened to half of the next serialised podcast by Terry, which is called Buried in the Sand. I will review it upon completion. And there are two other books by Terry loaded on my iPod, waiting their turn.

Podcast books, audio books, ebooks and traditional paperbacks. There are so many forms of reading that we cannot possibly ever get bored again. If you haven’t tried a podcast book, try it. You’ll enjoy it.

Get Shadow Hunter and Terry’s other books through iTunes or the Never Was Website.

Kayelle Press Website Launched

At 10am this morning, the Kayelle Press website was successfully launched. I’ve spent a lot of time on the site over recent weeks – making graphics, figuring out complicated coding and generally trying to piece together a website that I can be proud of and I’m pleased with the result.

Please take a few moments to head over to the website and see what’s on offer.

Podcasts Invades My iPod Touch

Searching for a particular something on iTunes, which I didn’t find, I finally decided to download two podcasts and give them a try – one was Creatures of the Night Shorts and the other was Into the Woods.

First, I listened to Creature of the Night Shorts. I’ve never really been a huge fan of short stories, but you can’t have an opinion on something if you haven’t tried it so my thought was to spend an hour (which was the length of the podcast) listening to short stories and then switch over to music. What could I lose? I had nothing else to do.

I lost nothing, but gained a whole lot. There were three stories of varying lengths. The main one being Popsy by Steven King, read by an actor from the Sopranos (I can’t remember his name). The reader was excellent. He made the characters come alive. I really enjoyed the telling and I really enjoyed the author’s twisted ending. It was great. Totally worth listening to. The second story was quite short. It was a humorous Transylvanian type story set in a suspicious hotel, where more happened under the cover of darkness than it did during the day. You know the type, the ones where you check in, but don’t check out! And the third story seemed a little out of place, as it wasn’t a horror story, but it was about a creature of the night so that’s why it was included. It was read by the author and she gave it a personal, “this is real” touch. It was mysterious and gave me goosebumps, even though the storyline was not scary in the slightest.

Honestly, I’m not sure what’s happening to me lately. I’m suddenly developing fondness for things I’ve never enjoyed. Weird! Maybe, where short stories are concerned, I just prefer to have them read to me. Anyway, the podcast is produced by a radio station – PRI – and I intend to head back to iTunes and subscribe so I get some more. Note: When I headed over to iTunes to get a link to the podcast, I discovered the one I listened to seems to have been removed.

The other podcast I listened to was Into the Woods, a novel by David Wood. I downloaded this one because I thought of it as an audio book and I like listening to audio books on the way to work. I soon discovered there is a definite difference between podcast and audio books. With an audio book you get the whole book and you listen to the entire thing at your own pace. With a podcast, unless the author has completed recording the entire book, you get chapters when they become available…and the wait between parts could be quite long.

I hadn’t taken this into account when I spotted Into the Woods. There were about thirteen parts to it so I downloaded the lot, but later found out it wasn’t the complete story. I had no idea what to expect from the story and was open to whatever surprise I might get. It turns out this novel is an historical adventure novel, set in frontier America in the 1700’s. Straight away I liked the author’s style of writing (and reading) and was drawn into the story. I especially liked how the author doesn’t drone on and on with unnecessary description of setting and weather etc. This story is straight to the point, giving the necessary information and then moving on. Because of this, I was hooked. I rather enjoyed the romance thread too! When I reached the last podcast and realised the story wasn’t over, I was disappointed, because I’m not one for waiting for the next instalment. However, that will not deter me. I’ve subscribed to receive future instalments. I believe the podcast is also available as a digital download from Smashwords and in paperback from Amazon.