Where did we come from?
This website and the associated Facebook group were the brainchild of Paul Ruddock aka Echoesofthepen. You can read more about Paul and the other ‘Admins’ in … ‘Meet the Admins’, as you might expect.
Why are we different?
The two entities were created to promote support among like-minded independent writers by way of reading, reviewing and discussing indie-published books. We are able to enjoy a friendly atmosphere in our contact with each other, but we retain a professional attitude when reviewing or critquing, which is recognised throughout our group.
What is our role?
If you are a reader, but not a writer, you have a direct effect on what we do, both here and on our Facebook platform. We aim to provide books of a standard equal to that which you would expect to find produced by any traditional publishing house. Our prices are also competitive.
We strive to read, review, interact, discuss, support and promote as a team, but with integrity.
We are international, and have a wide range of skills regarding the craft of writing. In our ranks we have members with valuable experience of; creative writing in all its formats, editing, proof-reading, cover design, self-publishing, paperback publishing, website maintenance, blogging and a few more areas besides.
No, we may not be experts, however when we pull together and pool our ideas – we are strong, and our strength is borne of a desire to share with and provide mutual support amongst our peers.
Whether you be a reader, writer, or both, please note that within this website the spelling conventions may differ due to our international membership.
* The Admin team are predominently based in the UK, so in all areas associated with the administration the accepted ‘English’ is the UK version.
* Comments, excerpts, and other entries by our membership may come from a number of countries, so please bear in mind with respect, that you could be reading ‘English’ as used in: the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere.
What have we achieved?
As a group we have already published an anthology of short stories, ‘You’re Not Alone’ by Ian D Moore and friends, the proceeds of which are donated to charity on an ongoing basis. ‘You’re Not Alone’, is available from Amazon in eBook format or paperback.
We have since produced another anthology, ‘Holes’ by members of the IASD, the aim of which is to create a marketing platform for the authors involved. At the time of writing, (November 2015) – we are already underway with two more anthologies of short stories.
What else do we do?
There is an abundance of writing talent within the group, and it covers a substantial range of genres.
There are always a variety of ideas regarding promotional activity, and it is accepted that not all who write are capable in the area of marketing.
Fledgling writers are helped with a wide range of the issues affecting their efforts. Rather than a damning review, a novice in our group might well expect to receive a Private Message on the Facebook system. It may at first feel negative to read that their work is not up to standard, but if highlighted properly, basic issues can be addressed and amended. Our aims include taking novice writers and experienced writers to the next level, whatever that level might be.
Thank you for your visit, and we hope you find something to appeal within our website.
The IASD Admin Team