2012 Indie Blog Review

When I started this blog in August 2011 I had no idea what I was doing.  I had just released my first fiction novel, “Secrets & Lies” so my first thought was to use it to create a home-base for book promotions, (my books), with the hopes of starting a place to build my brand.  It took me less than six months to realize that I needed to do something more.   Sure, self-promotion is a good thing, in moderation, I learned, so within that first year I decided to reach out to other indie authors, who like me, were just trying to find a way to gain attention to our work without beating people over the head with the same information every day.  Once the idea was set in place I reached out thru my new social media outlets, (Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, etc…) and brought in a few of my indie author friends to guest post about their books, events, and anything else they wanted to promote.  Hence the title: “Let’s Talk About Books.”

Since then not only have I been able to read, review, and showcase some amazing authors, indie & traditional, I have also made some very good friends.  Because of these super talented people, I am happy to have found the perfect place for my blog.  Being a full-time supporter for Indie Authors (and others) has been the best for me in this past year.  Though I started a little late, and yes – I’m still in the learning stage, it has been my pleasure to host at least two major author events, a couple of blog hops, cover reveals, and personal interviews, all of which has brought me a wonderful collection of blogger awards and a growing number of friends, fans, and colleagues.  What more could I ask for?  Not a thing.  For someone who didn’t have a clue as to what they were doing, I am thankful to know that I learned to do something worthwhile.  Not just for myself, but also for the numerous others out there who just need a chance to be noticed.

So, what are my plans for the new year?  Well, I have a few ideas.  Though author support is my main objective, I am hoping to showcase more talent in film, screenwriting, musicians, artists, bloggers, almost anyone working to make a name for themselves in the arts.  As for myself, I have more novels and short stories to write and I am considering to venture into adapting more of my work for film.  As this new year moves along this blog may be in for a name change, but for now, talking about books and the people who write them is my number one thing.

And speaking of talented authors… In closing, I would like to share a group photo of a few of the best in indie & traditional publishing whom I got to know in this past year.  Some you may already know of and some are the best yet to come.  All good people from around the world and back.  :o)

Authors 2012

Indie AuthorsBig hugs and much love to everyone.  I couldn’t have done this without you.