As a writer I tend to write about writing an awful lot. Quite logical I suppose but as a lot of Vandal readers are not writers, the subject matter may not be as entertaining as one of my recipes or rants about ‘techie’ conglomerates. Perhaps less gripping than the adventures of my cocker spaniel or tit bits of Swiss culture. So after giving the matter a lot of thought, I decided to attend to this non-entertaining issue, yet still accommodate those Vandal readers who are writers.
Da da! Hence the birth of The Indie Writer. A whole new site devoted to the subject of writing, and in particular all that goes with being an independent writer and trying to make a living from it. There are many new issues for writers today that have evolved quite rapidly due to the advent of self-publishing and paid on-line content writing. Making a living as a writer by selling books on Amazon and ebooks on Kindle is a rarity and most writers need to find alternative income sources to supplement book sales. Luckily, writing is one of the very few non-competitive businesses around, so helping and offering advice to each other is something we all appreciate.
Deciding on the format and direction The Indie Writer site would take, took some time. Simply asking writers to post articles has been done before a thousand times. So the new site takes a different slant by posting only the first couple of paragraphs of articles then linking back to the writer’s own blog with a ‘continue reading‘ link. The benefits of this are:
- Sends traffic back to a writer’s own blog.
- Generates an SEO friendly Google Search listing of the post due to my site’s PageRank and Alexa rating.
- Articles do not need to be unique.
- No need to send the whole article. Just lodge the link to your article from your own blog.
- Creates a portal of resources for writers and ensures ongoing referral traffic.
- A link to your site. (Reciprocal of course)
- Additional links back to a writer’s blog posts in the comment box.
- SEO tags can be assigned to help with an writer’s book promotion.
So take a look at The Indie Writer and see what you think. Everything is new, so your feedback will be more than welcome. If you like what you see, go to the ‘Contribute’ tab and post one of your articles.