Tuesday, June 4, 2013

INDIE WITH AN “i”? NOT ME! ~ by Linda Rae Blair, Author

Linda Rae Blair, Author

Everywhere I go these days I see a conglomeration of descriptions for those of us who are independent authors–to those not in the “writing” biz, that means we do not darken the doors of Random House or other traditional publishers. We do the job(s) normally done by those hallowed halls of tradition all by ourselves.
That in itself tells you we are another breed altogether. We’re not afraid to tackle our own responsibility for the work we put out there to the reading public.
We meet marketing our work head-on–ummmm–maybe not so head-on. Sometimes it’s after a period of procrastination as fear of rejection is a terrible thing.
We cheerfully arrange our own book signing–well, okay, maybe not so very cheerfully, but we do it despite the odds!
We hawk our wares night and day–even our relatives walk the other way when they see us coming. So sad!
We creatively produce our own video trailers. By the way, have you seen my lat…oh, I digress.
We tweet, twitter, twerp–whatever you call it–until our poor fingers can no longer type “http” and our Hoot owl starts smoking.
We make hundreds of new friends via FaceBook, Linkedin, Google+, yada yada yada. And still we feel somewhat empty–writing is a very solitary vocation.
Then, what do we get? (Only if we’re lucky, mind you.) Reviews of the rating variety where we have no idea what that person gave us a 1 when 20 gave us 5s, 4s and 3s. We cry over harsh reviews of the work we were so very proud of when we put it out there. (Here’s where those hundreds of new friends come in handy. They keep us out of the ER and back into our writing!)
We go through alllllll of this just to be called an indie writer? I say NO! I am an Indie Writer. (Note to reader, see those caps?) I’m proud of what I do. I may not always do it right, but I try–and MY mom said that was a good thing! I earned that capital “I” and “W”. I’ve sweated bullets over a story, edited until I nearly went blind, hawked my work to others for review and editing ideas. Done all those things listed above.
I am an Indie Writer and I’m proud of it and me!
Excuse me. Did you hear that faint sound of cheering? I’d swear I heard…

Books by Linda Rae Blair are available on the following sites:
Check out the author’s page on Indie Book Lounge. It has links for various sellers by their formats:
Indie Book Lounge (Has links to many purchase sites)
Hard Press’d: https://www.createspace.com/3474453
Press’d Into Action: https://www.createspace.com/3492491
Press’d To The Wall: https://www.createspace.com/3497568
Press On: https://www.createspace.com/3624000
Pressing Engagement: https://www.createspace.com/3626148
Press ‘n SEAL: https://www.createspace.com/3678135
Pressing The Message Home: https://www.createspace.com/3801659
A Pressing Issue of Murder: https://www.createspace.com/3793427
Trace Evidence: https://www.createspace.com/3845990
Press’d To Kill: https://www.createspace.com/3889195
A Pressing Reunion: https://www.createspace.com/3918450
Jones’d: https://www.createspace.com/4106192

Amazon.com (Paperback and Kindle)
Amazon France (Paperback and Kindle in English)
Amazon Germany (Kindle in English)
Amazon Italy (Kindle in English)
Amazon Spain (Kindle in English)
Amazon United Kingdom (paperback and Kindle)
Barnes & Noble (Nook)
Barnes & Noble (Nook UK)
http://www.bibliocracy.com/ (Search “Linda Rae Blair” for complete listing)
eBooks (Smashwords – has formats for Sony, Kobo, Kindle, Nook, Apple, Diesel)
Google e-books
iBooks (Apple)
Sony Reader Store

Her travels to the beautiful southwestern states inspired her more modern historic romance combined with mystery, “100 Years of Brotherly Love”.

Her mystery series, The Preston Andrews Mysteries now has 12 published entries, beginning with “Hard Press’d”
Hard Pressd which now claims over 50,000 downloads and, most recently, the softcover print version of the series in compilation form.
Ms. Blair has spent many happy hours in Virginia Beach during off-season, when the winds blow cold and hard and the salty air whips at the weather-protected palms. This is the locale chosen for her Preston Andrews series. Locals and visitors alike find many familiar frames of reference in this series.
Her homage to her love for Poirot is via her teeny tiny mystery, “The Board Game Murders”.
Her newest series is aimed at a slightly younger and more female audience from that of The Preston Andrews series but begins in the backstory in “Pressing Reunion”.. The Samantha Hartley, PI series is lighter and features a very young and not terribly experienced private investigator just beginning her career—with a slight assist from the Director of the FBI. CHRISTMAS JUMPER FRONT COVER
One thing is for certain, she combines her passions into stories interesting to history buffs, travelers, and lovers of romance and mystery.


  1. Loved this post! I'm proud to be an Indie Writer too! We must be thinking along the same lines since I had a "Yay Indies" post on my blog yesterday too. Check it out if you get the chance. http://wordswithletidelmar.blogspot.com/2013/06/why-indie-authors-are-like.html

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    2. THANK YOU LETI! Iwill check it out

  2. Great post. I love the rewards and frustrations of being an Indie Author. Thanks for a great posting!