Palmerston North, New Zealand

Happy Birthday to the Indie Publishing News

Happy Birthday to the Indie Publishing News


I can’t quite believe how fast the last two years have gone.  The Indie Publishing News was first published on 10th Feb 2016 as a by monthly magazine for Indie Authors. It was quite a hard sell at first, looking for people who would participate, doing interviews, new releases poetry etc. By May of the same year I opened the Indie Publishing News Group so I could gather all I needed to make a magazine. I made Post headings and invited those I knew into the group so we could all share and enjoy each others achievements. 

The group grew, the magazine changed appearance in October 2016 and we started Spotlight Authors. If memory serves me well J G Clay was my first Spotlight Author. He was great to interview and the cover was amazing, a great photo which Ceejay-designs created and continued to create right up until Ceejay became a Spotlight Graphic Artist/Book Cover Artist. This year, this young designer will only be doing the word placement as each magazine will be created by a different designer who we will interview and show some of their work.

By the end of the year I also had two cartoonists to draw cartoons of my Spotlight Authors…a good bit of humour which I know has been enjoyed by the authors involved. Adam Mitchell was with us for a short time before Mara Reitsma are great artists.

Today we have a group of over 500 members with 370 who have signed up to participate and share out the magazine each month.  Sadly I have no idea how many share or even open each magazine, what I do know is it goes out worldwide and we get more new members each month.  Looking into the statistics of the group the amount of participates in the group is 145 which isn’t even half of those who signed up. 

Active Members

If we wish this magazine to continue to grow and share your work, we really need to up the amount of those who participate within the group.  We need more names for Interviews, New Releases, Poetry, Flash Fiction, Events, Educational, Informational…The last two can be emailed to me.

Comments and Reactions have also dropped.


The drop in Comments means less are participating and adding links.  The magazine has gone from 45 pages down to about 33. Even though that is still quite a large magazine it is also a considerable drop. If you can help build the magazine back up…please let me know. Send in your ideas…Give it a go and be proud to be INDIE


I would like to encourage bloggers to join the group and share some of their educational and informational articles, spread your news, share our magazine and grow our social media. I’m happy to do a short series on various writing, editing, book covers, marketing topics etc.

On the marketing side I’d like to thank Joe Compton from Go Indie Now for sponsoring this magazine last year. If you wish to sponsor the magazine by getting the same advert in each month then the cost is $60 USD

Part of the celebration is also opening the doors to Indie Music and sharing their links to videos, muisc and we are also hoping to share songs by these wonderful muscians. 

Happy 2nd Birthday to everyone involved in this wonderful magazine!


2 Responses

  1. sternmike52 says:

    Claire, Happy Birthday and Congratulations. Well done. And thank you for your effort.

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