Last year, I first saw this hashtag popping up on Twitter: #indieapril. I think it was started to support indies during the beginning of the pandemic, but we have to keep this support going. Indies often have to compete with traditional publishers with a large marketing budget just to let readers know they have a book. I want to do more to support the indie author community and #indieapril is just the beginning. I want to do more author spotlights, book spotlights, and eventually even author interviews. I want to talk about their books and their writing process as I’m still learning the author business myself.
Last year, I wrote one post about #indieapril, and this year I’m going to do things a little bit different. Every day during the month of April, I’ll post an author spotlight and promote one of their books. It’s simple and short, but I want to encourage you, the reader, to buy at least one book during #indieapril. Show your support by sharing your purchase on social media and leave a review when you’re done. Doing these tiny things will help out the author so much.
One of the things I’m really excited about too is another year of being on the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award panel. WE’re only judging indie books or books from small presses. The sign up for authors closes by the end of the month, so there’s still time to sign up. Expect more content later this year about BBNYA and the participants.
Are you an indie author and want to be featured in one of the spotlights? Sign up using this form and you’ll have a spot in August. The only requirements I have, is that you need to have at least one book out (not on pre-order) and write in the fantasy or sci-fi genre. Any subgenres or cross overs are welcome.