MAKING IT HAPPEN: No such thing as ‘going it alone’.

I’m an independent author. Basically that means I’ve chosen to publish my book in a non-traditional manner. No agent, no publishing house, no fancy cover designers, no marketing guru plotting my eminent take-over of the literary world.

But it doesn’t mean I’m going at this alone (or that I don’t have plans to take over the world). No-sir-ee-Bob.

From the fabulous people over at WANAtribe, to my special #WANA1011 pals, to my beta-readers and editors, and most especially, YOU, the reader…

well, there’s lots of people on this train ride.

And that’s a good thing. ‘Cause without y’all this wouldn’t be near as much fun. And also, I’d be out of a job.

Since Shrilugh is a new book, published by a new author, right now it’s pretty much invisible. There is a huge sea of independently published books out there. The only way for an indie book to make a splash is (a) for people to read it, (b) for those people then to talk about it and (c) get other people to read it. Then repeat that process, like a gazillion times.

Those that ask not, have not.

I’m asking for a little help. If you’ve read Shrilugh and liked it, I’d love it if you did a couple things:

(1) Talk about it. To your friendlies, your book clubs. Start a discussion group on Goodreads, get a tattoo of a Shrilugh tree and use it as a conversation starter… Word of mouth is an indie author’s best friend.

(2) Rate it, Review it. Amazon, Smashwords, iTunes, and Goodreads all have ways to rate a book, review it, or both. The more reviews a book has – especially good ones – the more likely a new reader will be willing to purchase and read themselves. On Amazon, you can also ‘like’ a book, and add tags.

(3) Tweet, or talk about it on Facebook. Sometimes this one makes folks feel nervous ’cause they’re not sure what to say. Here are a couple of short blurbies. Feel free to copy and paste willy-nilly:

For Twitter:

#shrilugh by @myndishafer is a fantastic read! Check it out: #YA #indiebooks

Dig #YAfantasy, #adventure, #romance? Read #shrilugh by @myndishafer!

For Facebook:

Looking for something new to read? Dig YA fantasy? Try SHRILUGH. Available at Amazon, Smashwords, or iTunes.

Myndi Shafer’s SHRILUGH is a fantastic read! Check it out at Amazon, Smashwords, or iTunes.

Need a new book-escape? Pick up SHRILUGH. Adventure, romance, glowing trees… Find it at Amazon, Smashwords, or iTunes.

Easy-peasy, right?

Here’s the thing – I love giving crap away. So if you’ll help me out by jibber-jabbering about Shrilugh, rating it or reviewing it, Tweeting it, or updating your FB status, I’ll put your name into a drawing for a free paperback copy of Shrilugh and a box of chocolates from Cocoa Dolce. CHOCOLATE, people. Fine, handmade artisan chocolate.


Just let me know in the comments how you spread the Shrilugh love, and I’ll make sure your name gets put in the contest. The more ways you share the love, the more times your name will be entered (unless you get the Shrilugh Tree tattoo, in which case, screw the contest. I’ll make sure you get the book, a box of chocolates, and a bottle of aspirin to help ease the pain). I’ll announce the winner on the 15th, along with the winner of the WHERE ARE YOU READING SHRILUGH? contest…which, if you haven’t already entered, you should! 🙂

Finally, I’d like to point you in the direction of the Pinterest board for The Darkening. I’m having a lot of fun working on Shrilugh’s sequel, and hope you enjoy seeing (and speculating about) these images!

Big grins,



29 thoughts on “MAKING IT HAPPEN: No such thing as ‘going it alone’.

  1. Natalie Hartford says:

    I absolutely love supporting my favorite authors and when you make it so easy, how could we NOT?!?! I tweeted and Facebooked it and I’ll try to remember to come back to do it as often as I can – feel free to send me email reminders. LOL!! And I’m not in it for the chocolate, although lovely, but am happy to do anything to support!!!
    Here’s to your UBER success girl!!!

  2. Coleen Patrick says:

    Hi Myndi! I’m living vicariously through your debut excitement! 🙂 I tweeted and will leave this browser open to remind me to promote later. Love to help!

  3. Jennifer Lewis Oliver says:

    I love the Shrilugh tattoo idea! I don’t do them personally, but I think it would make a really cool one. 😉 Maybe I’ll mention that to the daughters? Hmmm…Now that’s a marketing idea! Book cover tattoos on the kids! Is that sort of like wrapping your car?? LOL!
    It does take time and effort to get the word out, that’s for sure. But I’ll do my best to spread how much I loved this book!
    Don’t forget to try to find an independent book store in your area that might be willing to carry your novel – or even donate a couple to the schools too.
    Believe me, once someone reads Shrilugh, they have no choice than to read the sequel or they’ll be haunted by all the possibilities of what could happen next!
    Good writing to you!

  4. EllieAnn says:

    I love it! Sometimes it’s hard to know what to say at first, when you want to spread the word about a friend’s book. Great little blurbs you’ve set up here. =)
    And chocolate? Nothing says I Love You like chocolate. Really. There’s no better incentive!
    I’ve already posted about Shrilugh on my blog, twitter, and FB, and I’ve off to go share this post!

  5. Jess Witkins says:

    I would love to get a copy of Shrilugh as it’s in my goodreads queue already! I read Melissa Van Lone’s review of it and she raves!

    And you know, I really like tattoos…wouldn’t mind getting the tree. 😉

    So far though, Miss Myndi, I’ve tweeted for a few times and will continue to make some cyber buzz and share with my pals! Much success to you!

  6. Rachel Funk Heller says:

    Hey Mynniesue, I can proudly say that I was the first person to give you a mega star review on itunes. Now, you know I don’t put out like this for just anyone…. But don’t put my name in the hat, today is the day I’m giving up sugar (it’s on my blog) so best wishes to all the other responders, enjoy the chocolate for me. Good work Mynster.

  7. J. L. Mbewe says:

    I’ve suggested it for our book club read, but a different book was selected this month. Either way it was brought to the attention of the clubbers. Perhaps again in the future. 🙂

  8. Anne says:

    So far I have shared it on FB, Pinned it on Pintrest, gushed about it to every friend that will listen and sent telekinetic messages to every checker at the grocery store. I am working on my Amazon review but keep erasing them because it is not doing you justice. Go Shrilugh!

  9. Catie Rhodes says:

    I just finished Shrilugh on Sunday night. Now this is not my regular genre, but I enjoyed reading Shrilugh quite a bit. I was left with quite a few questions. I wondered if Brig was really dead, if Ayden and Rein would become a couple and if the Sovereign would do something mean to them. Good, well told story.

    I have your questions worked up and need to send them to you–if you still want to do an interview on my blog.

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