INDIE AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT – Shawn Amick & Terry Rogers

One of the most inspiring posts I see on my many author forums is when someone takes the time to share their story. Each Friday, I’m going to feature a different indie author to help inspire all of you!

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What is your pen name?

Shawn Amick & Terry Rogers

What genre do you write in? Why do you love it?


How many books have you published?


What inspired you to become a writer?

Tolkien and his world building. His escape he offered to me as a child is something I strive to deliver on for other people.

What is your indie success story?

We hit #250 on the Best Sellers for Private Investigator! That was a wonderful moment. The struggles of Publishing launched our upcoming business, Author Authorities. Built to help new authors in a different way.

What are your marketing and advertising strategies? What works for you? What doesn’t?

Online advertisement, interviews/podcasts, and word of mouth thus far!

What is the best piece of self-publishing advice that you’ve ever received?

Just write. Live for it and the rest will come. Your passion will bleed into everything.

Anything else fun or notable that you would like to share about yourself?

I have a Lord of the Rings tattoo sleeve?

What are you working on right now?

The sequel! And Author Authorities.

Where can we find your work?

Want a complete list of all of the best Indie Author Resources?

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Have you spent countless hours uploading a book into a self-publishing platform only to have it look messy and unprofessional?

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They are working on something for me right now, and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Finding a cover designer is hard work.

Not only do you have to find designers that design for your genre, but you also have to vet them to make sure they are professional, you have to make sure they aren’t booked out.

You need to go to different websites, Facebook groups, and Instagram accounts to compare their work with other designers. OR you go to sites like Reedsy, and when you search for someone in your genre, it only yields a single designer. (Yes, this is the case for cozy mystery.) It’s sometimes like looking for a needle in a haystack.

I’m excited to announce the solution! The Cover Designer Directory.

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