#IWSG July 2017: Indie Drama, Personal Drama, #IntlAuthorsDay, & #Giveaways


Created and hosted by the Ninja himself, Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writers Support Group posts the 1st Wednesday of every month. Click the image to learn more or sign up.

Monthly Question: What is one valuable lesson you’ve learned since you started writing?

If you can find a good critique group, cherish it. No author can make their story the best it can be all on their own. We all need someone else’s eyes and impressions at some point, even if we don’t like them. I’m constantly on the search for effective feedback that goes beyond “I liked it,” or “I don’t get it, or “Just add more showing and you’ll be fine.” Luckily, I have several resources at my disposal now, and it’s still a struggle sometimes, but it’s a struggle worth dealing with.


Now for some personal and professional updates… There’s a lot of them.

1) I’ve been experiencing a great deal of family drama lately. If you are a praying person, please send your prayers my way. Otherwise, well wishes are also greatly welcomed.

2) There always seems to be some scandal or drama going on in the indie book industry, anything from vanity press scams, pirated ebooks, and, most commonly, the fight to find space on book store shelves. Recently there’s been an uproar about the new review policy at Amazon.com. Authors are heartbroken over finding that some, or many, of their reviews have been removed. This has many indie authors having to reconsider their partnership with the company and pursue other options.

For me personally, I never liked the idea of putting all my eggs in one basket, but that decision wasn’t an easy one to stick to. I’ve tried so many different promotional and distribution avenues, but the only one that ever paid off was Amazon. I think it’s important for every author to do what’s most beneficial for their royalty gains, and while many argue that they don’t pay the best royalty rate, I recognize that it’s difficult to earn royalties when your books aren’t selling.

There are indie authors out there who are able to build up sales and readers over many platforms and are in a position where they can remove their books from Amazon and still make a profit. To those authors, I say, “what a blessing”. Considering the time and maintenance required to manage multiple platforms and convincing readers to purchase from a different outlet, it just isn’t worth it for someone like me. I whole heartily support any author’s right to manage their business the best way they can and hope that others will understand why I choose to manage mine the way I do.

3) So, I thought that International Authors Day was July 18, but I was wrong. It’s July 14. I’ve created an event for anyone who wants to take part. It’s a come and go as you like Facebook event where anyone can talk about any indie authors they like. Just to be clear, INTERNATIONAL AUTHORS DAY is a celebration of ALL authors, whether traditional or indie. Even if you don’t join my event, please head to social media on July 14 and show an author you love some appreciation.

Oh, and I’m still accepting submissions for anyone wanting to try the blog swap.

4) I finally posted another YouTube video after a very long time.

5) Lastly, here are a two giveaways I’m helping to promote. Please check them out.


If you’re going through some personal drama, let me know and I’ll pray for you or keep you in my thoughts.

Have you considered making a change to how you run your indie book business?

Gonna try any of the events or giveaways listed?


After hanging out with Alex, be sure to stop by and visit this month’s co-hosts:
Tamara Narayan ,
Pat Hat ,
Patricia Lynne ,
Juneta Key , and
Doreen McGettigan !


Click here to visit other IWSG blogs and sites to receive and share more inspiration and support. (This month, I’m #64).

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords

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Toi Thomas

I like reading, writing, cooking, dancing, movies, and music. I'm a big kid and choose to see the world in my own special way. Yes, I'm educated, but I haven't let that stop me from being who I want to be. I'm a wife, teacher, author, blogger, and more.

23 thoughts on “#IWSG July 2017: Indie Drama, Personal Drama, #IntlAuthorsDay, & #Giveaways”

  1. Toi,
    I’m a praying woman who believes prayer changes things. I’ll be praying for you. As for International Author’s Day, I’ll do my best to drop by at the Facebook Event.
    Thinking of you, Lady.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G at Everything Must Change

  2. Hopefully the drama works itself out for you soon. Ugg, yeah, Amazon has everything tied up in a bow. To those that can make it without them they deserve major props.

    1. Thanks for the encouragement. It’s much needed.
      I think it’s important for all authors to respect the business end of publishing and not waste our creativity on judgement. I’m rooting for everyone to find sucess the best way they can.

    1. Thank you for the prayers. I’ll be praying for you too. Hope your drama has passed or lessened.

    1. Thanks for the prayers. I really appreaciate them.
      I’ve been thinking of relisting my books on other platforms but just haven’t had the time to do it. Again, I’m aware that the option is there and like knowing that I can pursue it when and if the time is right.

  3. Life keeps dishing out so much. I wish it could always be good. Take care and I hope things turn around for the best very soon. I’ll try to drop in to your fb celebration on the 14th.

    1. Thanks for the encouragement. Even if you don’t stop by my event, be sure to recognize an author that day. I means a lot.

  4. I hope everything works out with your family situation and I am sending well wishes your way. That sucks about a lot of indie author’s reviews being removed on Amazon. I used to like Amazon a lot several years ago but a lot of their recent actions over the past couple of years have rubbed me the wrong way as they expand and take over every market known to man.

    1. Thanks for the well wishes. I know what you mean about being rubbed the wrong way. It’s an odd situation.

  5. I am definitely praying for you and yours, and will you pray for mine too? Thank you. I wish you much luck with your promotions and I too wrote about the same thing this week 🙂

  6. Sorry to hear about your family drama. Sending you all the positive thoughts and well wishes!

    Who are these mystical authors who don’t need Amazon? I’ve found the same as you–I have my books available on nearly every possible channel, but Amazon outsells all of them combined. By legions. It’s definitely the big dog.

    The review situation is such crap. Having positive reviews from friends and family offsets the negative reviews from people who haven’t even bothered to read your book.

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