Query Letter Workshop

The Sandpaper Crew, an online beta reader group and Introvert PRESS, are co-hosting a Query Letter workshop on July 8th, 2017. The workshop is for people with current query letter looking for input and recommendations for improvement. The event will last for a 24 hours. It will allow you to post your query letter and receive suggestions from a diversity of viewpoints. We have editors, writers, readers and teachers, all ready to help with constructive criticism.  The Sandpaper Crew is a safe place!

Normally the Sandpaper Crew is a secret group, but we are opening up for the days leading up to the workshop so those associated with Introvert PRESS can find us on Facebook.

Remember the cardinal rule of criticism: take what you like, leave what you don’t.

The following day you can post your updated Query Letter for final applause, and hopefully make a few connections in the Indie Author world along the way.

Here is a link to the event. If you click on “interested” or “going” you will receive notification about details as they shape up.

Even Carrie Had a Prom Date

The origin of IntrovertPRESS is a selfish one. Upon completing my novel and not having a traditional publishing contract I was faced with the Indie Author conundrum:

  1. I wrote a book
  2. I now want to sell the book
  3. Commence bashing head into desk

It’s a bit like getting yourself all gussied up on a Saturday night and then hoping a date will materialize at your door.  It is infuriating, even Carrie had a prom date.

So I created IntrovertPRESS to accomplish a few things:

  1. Make me feel like I’m actually DOING something to market my book
  2. Give my book a traditional publisher feel
  3. Create a network to put my book in front of buyers
  4. Garner a peer review of my novel until I land a qualified industry review
  5. See #1

In addition, I’m going to purchase my own ISBN so I can put my book on local bookstore shelves. The local paper has agreed to do a book review of my novel, so — assuming it is positive — my book will have a local push. If anyone else is interested in purchasing ISBN’s for their work, the costs are far more reasonable when you purchase in bulk:

  • $125 – 1 ISBN
  • $250 – 10 ISBNs – if IntrovertPRESS buys 10, super cheap to IP members
  • $575 – 100 ISBNs – super cheaper here!
  • $1000 – 1000 ISBNs – super cheapest…ISBN’s all around bartender!

Apparently buying ISBN’s is like buying mayonnaise, the 5 gallon vat of condiment is cheaper in bulk — and so it goes for literary birthmarks.

Respond if you are interested in joining our band of merry authors.

I am a serial killer.

I sit, in the dark, alone.

The thoughts come to me about my next victim. I know where she goes for coffee after her run. I know where he picks up his fifth of Bourbon after work. I see the silhouette of a family playing board games at their kitchen table through their drawn shades. I have groomed them all with love and care.

I know my weapons. I know how they feel in my hand. I see them on my basement table, gleaming in the light from the single exposed bulb shining down from the ceiling.

It’s just a matter of time now. I know their routines. I know the date they will die. I know which weapon will undo their lives. I know I will kill them.  I revel in the upcoming slaughter. The woman I kill slowly. The man I kill quickly. The family — oh that precious, sweet family — I will kill one at a time starting with the youngest as the others watch.

It’s my passion. I savor their struggle at my hand like I the salty taste of a fine caviar on my tongue. People die to sate my longings. Their pain, to me, is sublime beauty

I am a serial killer.

Or perhaps I should say, my character is a serial killer…

Come write with us.

The Writer’s Space

The Writer’s Space is celebrating indie authors.

If you’d like some buzz about your book and would like to be featured in the “Author Promo” send in your details as a message to Shirani Rajapakse. You can also tweet her here.

Strictly for self published authors, or authors published thru small presses only – but no traditional or vanity presses.

Here’s what you need to send in:

Your name, the name of the book, genre, something about the book – a blurb would do, a short quote from the book, an author photo, a photo of the book, links to the book (where it can be bought) and links to your blog, FB page Twitter etc, or anyplace you want people to contact you.

Also include a short author bio (max 200 words). Please note only one book per author, so if y’all have zillions of books please select one for this promo. Trying to give everyone a chance.

Launching a book?

There’s a new section coming up for book launches.

It will include the same information as the book promo with some additional details. Contact Shirani on FB to discuss this further.

#writerslife #bookpromotion #indieauthors #indiepoets #TheWritersSpace #writers #authors #books #amazon #lovewhatyoudo #kindle #poets


Bill Scheltema, author of “The Feels” a contemporary romance novel is launching a promotional campaign video called HUG-A-WRITER. This campaign is a great effort to collaborate on our Indie works to cross-promote and break out of obscurity!

All you need to do is to take a few seconds to film yourself saying one of the phrases from the script. It has all the potential to go viral — so click a link and start generating momentum!

IntrovertPRESS is proud to partner with Bill — an unending source of inspiration and energy — to help promote indie authors throughout social media.








PROCESS – how ya gunna git ‘er done?

I just finished writing my novel. I know, I’m awesome. Er, wait…

I started with an edgy, brilliant idea. I stared writing. I got several chapters in when I discovered I had errors in my timeline. Crap. I made notes to come back to it because the muse was tickling my basal ganglia (look it up — it’s not dirty) so I journeyed onward. I kept writing. A new character would pop in mind – woo hoo – so let’s go there! More writing. Chapters turned into ideas larger than a hippodrome. Stories within stories. The plot got dropped and picked up like a yo-yo. I WILL NOT BE DETERRED! With all the gusto of a Hemingway or an Austen I forged ahead like the untamed Cracken!

But. let’s e serious for a moment, what really happened was my plot became a morphing blob, my characters didn’t know each other and … and… ok, let’s call it what it is:


The long story short is…I finished the story with the thinnest of plot line. Once finished I had no idea how to edit the beast I created. I made a plot without the oversight of process.

Writing can be cathartic and explosive and wildly entertaining. That is the essence of a writer. But…. I want to sell books and make a living from writing.

I want to become an AUTHOR.

That’s how I learned the hard way the difference between being a writer and being an author: ya gotta have PROCESS.

And you have to develop your OWN process. That’s the rub – how the @#$ does that happen. Well, my process came to me in cleaning up my raging pile of plot. I realized I needed a timeline, something to keep me understandable to the readers. No matter how much sense it makes to me — it has to make sense to the reader. Creating a timeline keeps ya me honest.



I went to Family Dollar and spent $3.19 on craft paper, Post-its and note cards. I made a note card = 1 chapter. I made yellow Post-its for characters and purple for plot turns. In doing so I realized the holes in my plot, where my characters needed to connect and how the hell I was going to finish the damned novel.

Now that my Chimera-meets-Shapeshifter tragedy of a plot has been transformed into a sleek and ever-understandable story – I have shipped it off to the editor.  I look ahead to novel Number 2. For this endeavor I made note cards for all the possible scenes I have in mind. I placed these note cards in order so that I have a timeline to follow. With my note cards in order, I can select where I want to write knowing where it’s placed into the story. I also have built-in mechanism for when Writer’s Block (myth!) occurs, because if I’m organized and prepared to write – Writer’s Block can kiss my [insert your selected body part here].

So the moral of this story is – I have a PROCESS. I plan to hone it during this next novel. Now, my precious little possums, what ‘er you gonna do? Yallz have the Google at your fingertips. Remember…a process will help you “Git ‘er done!”


As always, please share shamelessly to everyone you know.

Taming the Social Media Maze

The Thought:  My social media footprint will bring readers to my book.

The Reality: You need to bring your social media footprint to your readers



The statements above may seem like a petty distinction; however, I believe this is why indie books get parked in a stagnant social media footprint. Think of that big footprint left behind by the T-Rex in Jurassic Park. This footprint is created: large, defined and impressive. Enter the monsoon rains (in this metaphor we will say the rains are the flurry of social media activity). The huge imprint fills up with rainfall, but instead of holding onto the rain, the footprint itself is washed away into obscurity.


  1. 93.5% of your Facebook followers do NOT see your postings.
  2. unless you are using “Lists” on Twitter, you aren’t really utilizing Twitter
  3. vague titles will kill blog post readership
  4. lack of awareness of what days and hours is most advantageous to post
  5. the list goes on and on…

The items listed above, along with countless other social media concerns, are what we spend our time solving. Social media must be used strategically to meet realistic expectations. If it isn’t used with a heavy dose of critical thinking, it simply will not perform. What it can and cannot accomplish varies somewhat from author to author, but overall it can bring great success if utilized correctly. Introvert PRESS will work to get the most exposure for your book. That’s our goal, plain and simple.

Our blog posts are used to promote:

  1. Your book debut
  2. Your link on our genre publicity pages
  3. Your book review
  4. Press Releases to pertinent news/community agencies about your book
  5. Your appearance on our Author Spotlight series
  6. Your quotes and comments in our Monthly Newsletter

Did we mention that all of this is free?

Please share this post as much as possible. We need to connect with more authors to complete our network goals.


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  2. http://www.socialmediatoday.com/social-business/5-common-social-media-myths-debunked
  3. http://www.gallup.com/businessjournal/148694/social-media-three-big-myths.aspx
  4. http://www.business2community.com/twitter/2-common-twitter-marketing-myths-jeopardizing-your-social-media-success-0291915#oGYD0rY3KXg7Sbds.99