Indie Authors In Exeter Writers

Indie Author Week runs this year from 11th to 18th June. While the traditional route to publication has for a long time been via an agent and a publishing house, technology now provides a number of different options, including small publishing houses; hybrid deals; or the fully independent route.

Publishing as an indie involves exactly the same processes as the traditional route: writing an excellent story; getting it professionally edited and proof-read; designing a professional cover; using the appropriate technology to produce a quality product in a variety of formats; selling and distribution; and most important (and difficult) of all, marketing. The only difference is that an indie author takes responsibility for ensuring everything is done, even if they don’t do it all themselves.

And the indie route is one chosen with great enthusiasm by a number of members of Exeter Writers, as you can see below.

Dianne Bown-Wilson

Multi-award winning short story writer, Dianne Bown-Wilson has published two collections to date. Instructions for Living is a tempting and eclectic selection of thirty-two prize-winning short stories which was published in 2017. Degrees of Exposure is the latest collection of award-winning contemporary short stories from a master wordsmith.

 Elizabeth Ducie

Elizabeth Ducie writes both fiction and non-fiction. Her fifth novel, Murder at Mountjoy Manor, published in 2021, is a cosy crime novel set in a fictional village in Devon. Her collection of short stories, Coombesford Calendar volume I, was published in April 2022.

Appropriately for Indie Author Week, Elizabeth also writes the Author Business Foundations series, the latest of which is Part 4 Independent Publishing.

Cathie Hartigan

Cathie Hartigan is the owner of Creative Writing Matters, and one of the team that runs the Exeter Novel Prize. Her second novel, Notes from the Lost, is a compelling WW2 story of kindness and betrayal. Two friends go to war, but when only one returns, why isn’t it to a warm welcome? Cathie’s debut novel, Secret of the Song, was shortlisted for the Hall and Woodhouse DLF prize. It is a time-slip mystery set in contemporary Exeter and renaissance Naples. Both novels are reduced to just 99p on Kindle this week, in celebration of Indie Author Week.

Angela Wooldridge

Angela Wooldridge is the current Chair of Exeter Writers. She has published an uplifting, entertaining and thought-provoking collection of short stories under the mysterious title of Witches’ Knickers. To find out what it’s all about, you’ll have to buy the book!

And there’s more…

Exeter Writers has published a number of anthologies over the years. Some are completely sold out and out of print. But our latest, Flashlight: Flash Fiction Stories To Brighten Your Day is still available.


Other Exeter Writers who have also taken the indie route include: Richard Handy and Simon Kettlewell. Margaret James has collaborated with Cathie Hartigan on a highly-popular series of guides  for writers.

Keep an eye out for other special offers during the next few days, and help us celebrate Indie Author Week.