Book Promo Feature – The Newbie Author’s Survival Guide by A.K. Taylor

Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome A.K. Taylor to the blog today! A.K. Taylor is here today to share some information about her book, The Newbie Author’s Survival Guide.  If this sounds like a book that you would find helpful, please use the buy links at the bottom of the post to pick up a copy!


After crash landing into self publishing with nothing but the clothes she had on, author AK Taylor fought for survival with trying to market her books on a small budget. After two years of trial and error, reworking, refining, and reaching out, she has created the first survival guide for book marketing compiled of great tools and resources that can be used by any author during the rough times.

Comparing the book marketing wilderness with the real wilderness is how Taylor viewed the publishing world around her. Growing up in the woods and learning survival skills has given her this unique viewpoint for a different kind of world. When she started her search for information, a book marketing survival guide didn’t exist—until now.

The Newbie Author’s Survival Guide is available from Amazon, B&NGoogle Play


Untitled1A.K. Taylor grew up in the backwoods of Georgia where she learned about nature. She enjoys hunting and fishing, beekeeping, gardening, archery, shooting, hiking, and has various collections. She also has interest in music, Native American history and heritage, Egyptian history, and the natural sciences. A.K. Taylor has been writing and drawing since the age of 16. A.K. Taylor has graduated from the University of Georgia with a biology degree, and she shares an interest in herpetology with her husband.

A.K.  can be found:
Website  |  New Author Blog   |   Twitter  |   Facebook  |  Google+  |  Goodreads



You Need a Blog


Many authors understand that others need a blog–but they don’t see the value of such a routine. Or, perhaps you are like me: When I started out I didn’t know what a blog was. It sounded like some nonsense character out of a Dr. Seuss book.

You need a blog because the things of the past aren’t working like they used to. Newspapers are disappearing, for example, or at least not writing about books any more. Press releases go to fewer places. Author book tours are no longer (or rarely) done, and many persons are tired of bookstore readings. Old media, when it works, is painstakingly slow, and its reach minimal compared to what the Internet and social media can do.

A blog is the helipad of all your websites and social media. You can offer potential readers free samples of your writing. On its pages you can show people where you are in the social media world. Here, you can host book giveaways or participate in blog hops or tours. You can make it your only website or link it to other elements. You can add an array of cool widgets, badges, images, and themes. Still you don’t like what you see? Then hire website designers for a custom theme. You add posts (or pages) just like a website, but the content will bring people in, especially if you add to this content on a regular basis (weekly at minimum).

To get started on a budget, you can start for free on or They are simple and easy to use to start blogging. Consider leasing a URL (uniform resource locator) with your name or book title or theme. Of course, you may have a helpful friend who is an avid blogger and who will offer to develop your site “from the ground up.” I wouldn’t recommend this for beginners. First, your friend may build in many things you don’t want (or cannot handle) at this early stage. Second, all the unused gadgets may require a monthly fee, which can make your early months complicated and pricy. (And then, you need to thank you friend periodically and report how cool everything is, which can produce in you guilt or resentment.)

Once you set up your free blog, play around with it. Discover all of its functions; try back arrow if something seems to go wrong. Or, consult the help menu if you are about to freak out. Or, ask other people in your network if you need other help.

What to blog about? If you write nonfiction, then you can focus on your subject. For example, my blog related to this book would focus on helps for new authors. I might invite authors to send me questions, to which I respond in the bulk of the blog post. At the close, I would ask other authors (experienced or new) how they have handled this issue.

If you write fiction, then you might focus on your genre, say, suspense or sci-fi or fantasy, and perhaps even a particular aspect, such as how various authors create suspense or what new worlds have been created recently. The goal is to attract readers who read in the genre(s) in which you write. If you write variously on a singular topic, then your blog will move higher in search engine rankings whenever someone searches for your topic.

Some authors find the approaches above to be risky. They are just beginning in their genre, or they have done a lot of writing, but less reading of other authors in their area. So they focus on a subject they know more intimately, namely, themselves. Try this. Tell about why you like to write or how you got started or teachers and authors who have meant a great deal in your career. Start somewhere.

Sometimes authors will mention that they are “blogging a book,” meaning that they are creating 500-750 word posts, more or less from an outline they have created. (Later they will copy these posts, edit them, and publish them in a different format.) A variation of this is to write and post on a theme, gather the posts into a PDF, and then offer this as a free download for persons who subscribe to your site or post the free offer on your Facebook page.

Some authors are self-critical; they think they don’t have the “blogger voice”–that their blogs are too different from their authorial style. Just hang on a moment. Review some of your posts on Facebook or Twitter. Now, talk casually like you were posting any of these. After all, Twitter and Facebook posts have been nicknamed “micro-blogging” formats, which is true.

Some friends can be critical (in the most helpful way). Your blogs are hard to read, they report. Not that you have gone all Goth on them, but … they’re not sure. Review your paragraphs and overall visual look. Be sure to bust up your paragraphs into smaller, digestible pieces. Add pictures you have captured or licensed to use. Apart from the words, your blog posts should look intriguing; visuals should help make your point.

Why are we doing this again? To get people interested in your world, your subject or genre, you as a person, and so forth. Okay, to get readers to come frequently to your blog. Big blocks of text with no pictures makes people leave like a dog that has been skunk-sprayed. Or, put on your science smock and measure how well some posts do while others do not. What is the difference? Title, image fun, how the text is arranged? Experiment, make single changes, and see how your customer (the reader) reacts.

Make sure you activate you email subscription widget and put it where people can see it. Best is to place in an attractive clump with your Twitter and Facebook buttons. If people subscribe to your blog by email, then you posts go directly into their inbox every time. These are real people who are interested in what you’re blogging about.

Want safe and free places to put pictures on your blog? Check out these ten sites from this blog ( WordPress has built in tools to help you find pictures as well. There have been a few bloggers that have been hit with copyright infringement suits, so choose from Google very carefully (or at your own risk). There are several other free and low cost sites too.

Book Promo Feature – Night Cycles by Beth Morey

Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome Beth Morey to the blog. She’s here to answer some of our questions and to share about her book, Night Cycles. If this book sounds like something that you would be interested in reading, please find buy links below and pick up a copy or two.


IBP – Try to describe your book in one sentence.

Beth Night Cycles is a collection of visceral poetry written during the author’s own dark night of the soul and is essential reading for any spiritual seeker, asker of questions, or mystic.

IBP – Tell me a little about yourself.

Beth – I am a mom of two tiny humans, and in between playground adventures and diaper changes I write and paint. I love my kids and love being their mother, but at times the tension between my job as their mama and my need to write and create is very difficult, and it’s always interesting. It’d make a fine book, actually!

I began writing as a child for fun — one of the first stories that I can remember penning involved an interstellar journey through a black hole and finding a colony of giant versions of Disney’s Pluto on the planet of the same name. I went on to earn a degree in creative writing, and then later in my adult life writing turned into a form of survival, and then finally into a professional endeavor.

I seem to have the complete inability to commit to one creative niche or even book genre. I’ve published books in the self-help, romance, and poetry genres, and have unpublished manuscripts in even more. I also love to create mixed media paintings of women on soul journeys, and if you had to ask me to pick either the title of “writer” or “artist” I’d have a hard time. These days, however, I am mostly writing when I’m not snuggling my sweet, sassy children or enjoying a good snark with my husband.

IBP – Do you write at a laptop/desktop or do you write freehand?

Beth – Both. Almost every poem of mine is first fully written out freehand, and then transferred to digital form via laptop during the second draft. Much of my fiction begins as a notebook scribble, but to keep up with the speed of my brain when I’m in story mode I write the rest of my fiction books on a laptop.

IBP – Aside from writing, what do you enjoy doing on your spare time?

Beth – I love dancing wild (courtesy of OULA Fitness, my favorite form of exercise), art journaling, reading in our hammock, participating in the women’s circle I’m a member of, reading (of course!), and wondering.

IBP – Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Beth – I am definitely a pantser! I wrote NIGHT CYCLES and THE LIGHT BETWEEN US (plus four unpublished but fully drafted novels) via the pants “method.” The adventure and discovery that occur in the midst of the act of writing are a big part of what I love about this art. That said, I’m finding that it’s becoming harder to hold things together all in my head without any plotting (for fiction stories, that is). I will probably start exploring incorporating some plotting into my process in the future.

IBP – Could you describe to us your typical writing day?

Beth – I don’t have a typical writing day! I wish I did, but the reality of being a full-time stay-at-home mom of a three year old and a five month old is that my life pretty much revolves around theirs. I write when I can find the time and energy, and I have one weekly writing date on the weekend that is pretty much set in stone. On that day, my husband takes over the parenting and I steal away to my favorite coffeeshop and write for a few hours while drinking a latte and nibbling a delicious treat. That way the work of writing meets the pleasure of some time to myself.

That said, as my baby matures (read: sleeps better!), I’m beginning to play with carving out daily time. It’s not easy to find that time, when you’re exhausted from running around after small children all day and not necessarily (read: probably not) getting enough sleep on a regular basis. But I try to wake up about an hour before I expect the young ones to get up in the morning and use that time to work on whatever my current project is.

For example, today the baby woke up at around 6:00 AM. I breastfed him, and then he went back to sleep in his crib around 6:30 AM. I got up, made some [decaf] coffee, lit a candle (because candles make everything feel more special and sacred), and added 700+ new words to my current work in progress. Then both my boys woke up around 7:45 AM, and I shifted into mom mode. Then I managed to steal a little more time in the evening (to work on this interview, actually!). My exercise plan for the day was to walk on the gym’s treadmill while the kids were in childcare, but since the weather was lovely, I instead put them in our double stroller and walked around the neighborhood. Then I took them to the gym childcare at around 5:00 PM and have tucked myself away in a corner next to the squash courts to write. I’ll pick them up in an hour, and we’ll head home for dinner, baths, and bedtime, and then I’ll eat dinner and read for an hour or so before falling into bed myself.

Like I said, it’s not easy, and if something’s got to give, the first thing to go is my writing time, unfortunately. But it’s worth it, to be able to both be a stay-at-home mom for my kids (a gift for both them and for me that I value very highly) and also be able to squeeze in some time to write. Writing is something that gives me a lot of life. Plus, it makes me a better mom, so it’s a win for everyone if I can be focused and efficient with my time and do the thing that I love like another child.

IBP – Did you do any research before or during the writing of your books?

Beth – No, I typically don’t do any research beforehand. But then, I don’t write novels that require any scientific or historical accuracy, so it’s not as big as a concern for me as it might be for authors who write in different genres. If a certain project of mine does need research, I tend to do only a minimal amount.

However, for my novels I do create Pinterest boards that I add to as I go to help me with visual inspiration. Things that I pin include images that inform my characters’ clothing and style, physical appearance, location, living accomodations, and more. You can check out the Pinterest board for my romance, THE LIGHT BETWEEN US, here {}, and the board for FINDING ME AND YOU, the sequel to THE LIGHT BETWEEN US that I’m currently writing, here {}.

IBP – Your favorite books and authors?

Beth – Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffennegger

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (and pretty much anything else by Lamott)

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman by Jean Shinoda Bolen

His Fair Assassin trilogy by Robin Lafevers

Rilke’s Book of Hours by Rainer Maria Rilke

Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

poetry by Rumi, Hafiz, Mary Oliver, Charles Simic

IBP – Where can readers find your books?

Beth – You can find links to all editions of my books (including paperback, digital on various platforms, and signed copies) here {}.

IBP – If you could pick any place in the world or created by a book to travel, where would it be?

Beth – Wait, I can only pick ONE place to go? This is an impossible task, so I’ll give you my top picks. :)  If I was traveling into fictional worlds, I’d probably head to Narnia, with Hogwarts taking a close second. In the actual world, I’d love so much to tour the UK for a month and visit London and Glastonbury and Stonehenge and, and, and . . . !

IBP – What is in the works for you next?

Beth – I’m currently writing FINDING ME AND YOU, which is the sequel to THE LIGHT BETWEEN US, both romances. I’m planning on writing a second poetry collection, but I will likely assemble that slowly and more organically over the next one to two years (which is the same way I wrote NIGHT CYCLES).

I’ve also been enjoying using Periscope to teach mini classes on writing, authenticity, and more — find me at And my favorite social media platform is Instagram, so be sure to come say hi if you’re on there, too —

Thank you so much for this interview! It was a lot of fun, and great to connect with your readers.


Night-Cycles-big-version-of-smallerNight Cycles is the story of spiritual loss and rebirth, drawn from author Beth Morey’s experience of that desert place Saint John of the Cross called“the dark night of the soul.” Morey beckons us along as she descends into the deep yet vividly beautiful realms of mystery and unknowing, shedding layers and stale beliefs before returning to the light with vital new life and knowledge. In the tradition of mystic poets including Mark Nepo, Mary Oliver, and Rainer Maria Rilke, these textured poems from a fresh voice nourish the seeker within us all.

Night Cycles is available for purchase from Amazon and Etsy


beth-black-and-whiteBeth Morey writes, paints, and dreams in Montana. She is the author of The Light Between Us and Life After Eating Disorder, and is also the owner of Epiphany Art Studio. Her words and art have appeared in various publications, such as Somerset Studio, to linger on hot coals, Still Standing Magazine, Wild Goslings, and Disney’s Family Fun. In addition to her quirky little family and their three naughty dogs, Beth is in love with luscious color, moon-gazing, and dancing wild. She writes soul into flesh at

Beth can be found on her website, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads


_the wildest one_

do you dare to step in-
to the vulnerable black, stripped
to the soul with human blindness –

when the full and weeping
moon steps from the shade
of a tumult of mountains –

when, in the fragrant dim,
day’s tree stump transforms
into some nether-worldly other –

when time’s skin is thin and you are
bared – when there is nothing
between you and the Wildest One

whose name is your own?


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