Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Indie Author Networks + Indie TV + 3 extra book clips

There are several websites that offer listings and services for independent authors who are self published or published by a small indie press and who actively promote their books - one of them is the Independent Author Network (IAN), a community of like-minded authors, with 750 authors who joined. Similar in idea is the Independent Author Index, with about 200 authors who joined. Both sites require set-up fees for joining authors (around 20-25$), but also offer extra services.

Indie Authors TV
The Independent Author Index now launched a special website that is dedicated to book video clips: Indie Author TV, and in a starting promotion, invited authors of recently published books to send their book video and a brief description. They are now featuring the clips, in a colorful and vivid mix of all genres. Watch and visit here: Indie Authors TV

3 Extra Book Clips
And some extra book clips, from Vimeo + Youtube:
- Birth of a Book: a book being created + printed
The Bibilo-Mat: a random book dispenser
- The Joy of Books: in a bookshop at night..

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Litro Lab - A Podcast on Literature

A London-based magazin with a focus on short fiction, that is Litro: "We find new ways of looking at the world through stories, seeking out the compelling and the controversial, the funny and the fantastic, the sad and the strange." 

Recently, Litro ventured into podcasting. Starting with a simple call for submissions from readers and writers in the form of a MP3 reading of a story, they developed Litro Lab: a literary podcast in episodes "with interviews and readings from guest authors... each episode will take on a life of its own as we explore the audio possibilities of short stories, poetry, readings and interviews."

The Litro Lab is hosted by Emily Cleaver, the co-editor of the Litro website, here's her bio: Cleaver is passionate about short stories and writes, reads and reviews them. As a former manager of one of London’s oldest second-hand bookshops, she also blogs about old and obscure books. You can read her tiny true dramas about working in a secondhand bookshop at and see more of her writing at

Recent Litro Lab episodes include:

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

9 Film Festival Links: Oscars, Berlinale, Sundance, Independent Spirit..

It's the season of film awards again - the countdown to the Oscar Awards has started, and in Berlin, the international film festival opened its doors, with more than 400 films. 

All of the festivals have extensive websites, plus there are additional features and trailer pages. So even when you aren't there, you can visit virtually:

Film Festival Websites: 
Film Trailers Online:
Berlin / Berlinale / & the Language of Hollywood