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This year I was lucky enough to join together with an excellent group of authors. We have formed a group called Indie Inked and have become quite close knit as the months have passed by. It has been an unexpected blessing and made this year so much more enjoyable for me.
Our goal is to support each other in writing as well as help promote each other's work. To do this we have made an effort to share each other's releases and promotions through Facebook and Twitter. We've also gone into giveaways together and really tried to spread the love through each of our own fan bases.
Another thing we've put together is a couple of samplers called Get Inked. One is a fantasy sampler and the other is a contemporary romance sampler. The samplers release on November 18th and include four chapters from each of our books. Our intention is to make the samplers free so that everyone can access them. We're hoping to all gain some new readership and give readers the chance to test out our books, free of charge. If they like what they find, they can go on and buy the rest of the book, but at least it's a risk free download to start with.
I'm not sure how successful these samplers will be yet, but either way, it's been a fun collaboration project. Working with others can be hard. Sometimes you have different views and opinions on things, but this group of authors have been so lovely and I've enjoyed each step of the way. I am really proud to have my name next to these amazing ladies.
Another form of collaboration that I've seen coming through is box sets. Many authors are pulling together and making box sets of their books then putting them on sale for readers to snaffle up. I think it is an excellent marketing technique and one I hope to try next year.
So, I encourage you. If you're not already involved with a group, maybe you should join one or form one with other writers you know. It's a great way to get your work in front of different audiences...and make some solid friendships at the same time. Indie Inked has become a very special group to me and I love them.
What do you think about collaborating with others?