Why Self-Published Authors Are Amazing

Reblogging because it’s worth repeating. ❤ I love all my fellow Indie authors.

Ask Alianne

If you’re following my blog, you’ve seen me post some rants about this or that. I do it to air out my own personal grievances, but also to shed some light on current events happening in the book world. Cathartic and educational. Win-win.

But today, I want to do something different. Today I want to tip my hat and give a nod to every self-published author out there, because the Indie community is a truly amazing and humbling place. Yes, it has its problems–all communities do–but on the whole, its members are some of the kindest, bravest, most supportive, most intelligent people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.

Too often, the label of “Indie author” or “self-published author” still evokes the unfair stigma of being sub par, unworthy when compared to authors on the other side of that gilded line of traditional publishing. Today, I want to show you…

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On Get Rich Quick Schemes

Guess it’s a good time to officially introduce my business-side website. It’s a pet project I’ve been planning for a very long time to separate my writing from the author tips/advice/q&a side of it. It’s mainly for new and aspiring writers just getting their feet wet in the industry; something of an overview of how things work, and (because I get ranty sometimes, too) an opinion blog portion where I will share thoughts on current industry events, among other things. 🙂

This is the most recent blog post. I already shared my thoughts on this on Facebook, but wanted to expand on it a little, so I wrote a blog. Enjoy!

Ask Alianne

I was scrolling Facebook yesterday and came across an ad promoting a workshop that will tell you how to write a book in 40 hours (not a typo) and double, quadruple, even decuple (multiply by ten) your income (also not a typo). For privacy reasons, I won’t share the actual post, but if you’re in any way involved in the writing world and active on social media, you’ve likely seen any number of these ads already.

Is what they’re promoting physically possible? Well, typing non-stop for 40 hours at the average typing speed of 40 words per minute, you would get about 96,000 words. This does not include typos, editing, backspacing, breaks, or any kind of thought or planning process. It is literally just typing words non-stop.

A couple things you can accomplish this way:

  • manually copy an existing manuscript
  • write absolute nonsense in 96,000 words

Given the parameters, I…

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20 Questions

Saw this on Facebook and thought it’d be fun to do… So here we go!


1.) What is you Author name? Alianne Donnelly

2.) What is the first book you ever published? Blood Moons

3.) What is your publiversary? September 27, 2010

4.) What is you favorite book you’ve written thus far? Wolfen

5.) What book took you the longest to write? Blood Hunt

6.) How long did it take you? Over 2 years, on and off. Incidentally, it is now also my least favorite book written thus far. Just because it was such a pain in the ass.

7.) What kind of music (if any) do you listen to while you write? Depends on what I’m writing. For fantasy, I recently found that the Witcher 3 soundtrack is amazing for inspiration. Anything else, I either randomize all my songs or play nature sounds.

8.) Who is you favorite character from any of your books? Err… Hmm… I honestly don’t know.

9.) What are you currently working on? Dearest Love for my Rebel Court series, and Prince of Deceit to round off the Dragonblood trilogy.

10.) Do you have anything you snack on while you write? No. When I write, I often forget to eat and drink all together. I remember when I get light headed and can’t concentrate.

11.) What is your favorite quote or line from one of your books? “My choice is you–always.” (Dragonblood)

12.) Are you a self published or traditional published author? Self-published all the way.

13.) What is your writing inspiration? Everything. Movies most of the time, because they spark my imagination the fastest, but often ideas for my books will come from something I dreamed.

14.) What genre do you write? Fantasy romance, sci-fi/paranormal romance, erotic romance, and post-apocalypse dystopian horror. I know, that last one kind of snuck in there…

15.) Do you have any writing rituals? No. Just write, write, write, whenever and wherever I can, for as long as I can.

16.) Do you have a specific place you write or time? On the bus to/from work, during lunch in the back room, and/or at home at my desk during weekends. I try to avoid writing when I get home from work during the week. I find it burns me out very quickly.

17.) Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? You have to love it. You just have to. If you don’t it’ll kill you like a serial killer slowly removing parts of your anatomy inch by cubic inch. Don’t do it because you think it’s “cool” or because you think it’ll make you rich (trust me, it won’t). Do it because you can’t not. And when you reach that point, don’t let anything stop you. But when you do reach that point, the advice becomes redundant. 🙂

18.) What are your writing goals? My goal is to write the stories I am craving to read and hope that someone else out there likes them just as much.

19.) What authors inspire you and your writing? Every single book I have ever read has had an impact on my writing, whether it inspired me, or cautioned me, or sucked me in so deeply that I still feel part of that world when I remember it. There is no single title or author I can point to. I have favorites I return to again and again, but some books have left such an impact on me after a single read that it’d be a disservice to them to leave them out.

20.) What will be you next release? Dragonblood (September 3, 2016), followed by Catch Me ( October 8, 2016)

Until next time! 🙂

Vote WOLFEN for February’s Featured Book

WolfenWOLFEN is nominated for February’s Featured Book at The Writer’s Inkwell! This is a HUGE thing for me! Help me out, click below and cast your vote for the book that still gives me (and several other people) nightmares. Wolfen for president!

Thank you so much to the amazing Kristine for the nomination. ❤

The Writer's Inkwell

I was a little concerned as I came into today’s voting post. I feared I wouldn’t have any books to feature. But that’s just because I have reading amnesia. I actually have some amazing books that are up for becoming my featured book for next month. So please, take a moment to vote for one of these amazing books. If you haven’t read them, then feel free to vote based off of the review I wrote (just click the title to read it) or the synopsis of the book listed below it’s title. There are some fantastic authors being featured this month and I really hope you all will enjoy the books as much as I do.

Here are the books that you can vote for:

The Mine by John A Heldt

In May 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground…

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Huh… Funny Coincidence…

Tomorrow, on September 27, 2015, an interesting celestial event will be happening. The moon will be at its closest distance to Earth, creating a supermoon. At the same time, it will also be eclipsed, effectively creating a super blood moon. Or blood supermoon. You can read the article here. Explaining how that works.

MoonsThumbThe more interesting event (she says humbly, sitting up straighter at her computer desk) is that Blood Moons will go live across all platforms. I take this as a sign of amazing things to come. I wish I could say I had planned things to happen this way, but honestly, it just happened. I happened to want the re-release date to be the same as the original release date, because I’m sentimental like that. And it just so happened that this fell on a Sunday, when I actually have a chance to celebrate and enjoy it. The fact that it also happens to coincide with a major celestial event, not to be repeated for the next 20 years? Just the syrup on top of my pancakes. 😉

Because of the way these things work, it might be that Blood Moons starts popping up live a little early, and downloading for those who had pre-ordered (You guys rock!!). The print version is now available on some websites as well. I know for a fact CreateSpace and Amazon have it, and so does Barnes & Noble.  See below for links to the most popular online retailers. Grab a copy and enjoy! As for me, I think I’m going to kick up my heels and have a(nother) slice of pizza. Don’t mind if I do…

Oh, and P.S.: Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter! Next one comes out tomorrow, with an exclusive excerpt from Blood Hunt!

Happy re-birthday, Blood Moons! Buy it here:

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