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eNovel Authors at Work is a group of indie authors who believe in paying it forward…

  • Dead Reckoning
    ... a style and voice reminiscent of a good hard-boiled mystery ~ R Adams on Amazon
  • Return of the Runaway Bride
    I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a sweet and realistic love story. ~ The Autumn Review
  • Three Ways
    You will have a hard time finding a better way to entertain yourself with a book; this is fine summer reading ~ Alex Stiber AVP
  • Mangroves and Monsters
    Sharon Pennington’s romantic suspense pulls you in and wraps you in a mystery laced with sexual energy. ~ C. Hope Clark FundsforWriters.com
  • A fun, fast-paced romance with mystery ~ Bookzilla AVP
  • My image of Santa will never be the same again. ~ Greta Burroughs on Amazon
  • Face the Wind and Fly
    Romantic fiction in which complex relationships meet hefty issues. ~ Louise Bachelor on Amazon
  • Silent Love
    A feelgood story of love against the odds. ~ Juliet B Madison on Amazon
  • Nanostrike
    A roller coaster ride straddling the genres of science fiction and crime drama. ~ T P Alexanders on Amazon
  • In the Beginning
    The author has masterfully told this well-conceived story . . . Well done! ~ Kathryn Dionne, AVP
  • Mazie Baby
    The authentic feeling of “Mazie Baby” cannot be faulted. ~ Rabid Reader Reviews
  • Sisters of the Night
    Once again, author Linda Lee Williams kept me enthralled and turning the pages ~ Kelly Cozzone AVP
  • Brilliant dialogue, realistic and likable characters. ~ Bad Doggy Reviews AVP
  • The Reluctant Hero
    A 22 carat gem – BOOKBOT99 The tryanny of Reading
  • A captivating and inspiring tale of adventure, strong-will and suspense ~ Katarzyna Gajewska AVP
  • No More Mulberries
    You will feel you have really got to know these people and will want to know what happens in their lives long after you’ve read the last chapter. ~ Joseph King AVP
  • Stolen Innocence
    Captivating and hard to put down! ~ Tracy Brummett AVP
  • ...a heart melting, pulse racing, beautiful piece of literature. ~ Miss Heidi AVP
  • Drop Out
    The sleeper hit of the year ~ Kindle Nation Daily
  • Creatus The Prequel
    A different twist to fairy tales, super heroes & villains ~ Rhonda Davitte AVP

We are dedicated to helping one another to understand the challenges facing writers in the digital universe.

Everything we discover will find its way into these pages, to help authors and readers alike to navigate the ever-changing world of books.

Our goal is all about THE BOOK. We help each other to get our books noticed and expand our audiences. Indie Publishing is constantly changing, and we do our best stay informed.

Our members can participate in individual and group promotions.

Whether an author has published one book or ten, success requires diligence, dedication, and focus. We don’t know all the answers, but we are learning who to ask, who to listen to, and how best to use the tools available to sell BOOKS.

While we respect an author’s choice in what he or she writes, we do not promote erotica, gratuitous sex, or violence.

Right here is where you can subscribe to our newsletter (or at the top of the sidebar on any page). eNovel Authors will only land in your mailbox when a good book is free 99 cents or a special deal . Now and again we’ll tell you about a new release, a blog hop, or a book we discovered that made us laugh or cry or dream.

Would eNovel Authors at Work be a good fit for you? Find out! Check our Author Submissions Page.

Enjoy your visit and come back soon. We are always adding Useful Links.

 

72 Comments

  1. Thank you, Carolyn Steele, for making eNovel Authors at work such a beautiful website! Your talents and your efforts are much appreciated.

    Proud to be here,
    Linda

  2. Rich Meyer says:

    Great looking buncha books you got there!

    And what a wonderful job Carolyn Steele did on this website! That’s how a pro makes ‘em look … slick and easy! :-)

  3. Mary says:

    Great website, Carolyn, well done. It looks really good.

  4. Carolyn, I am so proud to have my book presented on this wonderful website that you have produced. To say thank you for such a visually stunning website hardly seems enough. Your technical skills are amazing to me!
    Thank you! Thank you!

  5. Julie Frayn says:

    The site looks wonderful! Thanks, Carolyn Steele, for all your hard work and talent. :)

  6. Donna Fasano says:

    Carolyn, you do beautiful work! Bravo!

  7. Ju Ephraime says:

    The site looks wonderful, Carolyn, thanks for all your hard work on behalf of the group.

  8. Lisa says:

    Thanks so much Carolyn. As usual you work is meticulous!

  9. Wow! You’ve done such a beautiful job, Carolyn! I’m honored to be here. Many, many thanks!

  10. Joanne Hill says:

    I love it, Carolyn – thank you so much! So pleased to be part of this gang and this website.

  11. Sarah Lane says:

    Pulling together a website can take an enormous amount of time and energy. So, thank you Carolyn–your efforts are most appreciated!

  12. Carole McKee says:

    This site is wonderful. Really nice job, Carolyn. Thank you.

  13. ?wazithinkin says:

    Very nice looking website! :D

  14. Carole McKee says:

    Very nice looking! Those book titles are pulling at me.

  15. Wendy says:

    I am so happy to have made it finally and the site does look absolutely gorgeous. I am double privileged i have to tell you, to also be representing some you the brilliant minds of eNovel Authors at Work. I must say…that March Book Frenzy banner looks supper fierce up there. Great minds!!! xo

  16. Carole McKee says:

    Thank you for this terrific site, Carolyn. It’s a great place to visit and a great place to be part of. Loving it!

  17. The site looks great! :-)

    And what a great collection of books! Thank you, Jackie, for pointing me to it!

  18. Maria Behar says:

    I’m very happy and excited to be participating in this hop. Also, I’m VERY glad that some of the books are available in print, as well as in Kindle editions. (I wish ALL of them were available in print.) That’s because I’m a diehard bibliophile! To me, printed books are SO special!

    Your novel, “Flaps Down”, is now on my Amazon contemporary romance wish list, as well as on my Goodreads TBR shelves. Of course, I’m referring to the paperback edition!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on my March Book Frenzy post. I especially appreciate your compliment about my blog! Since my favorite color is blue, I decided to spread it all over the design! Lol. : )

  19. Wonderful group of authors – I am delighted to be apart of your tour. May you experience increase and abundant blessings with your work now and in the future.

  20. Jackie Weger says:

    Stacy! Thank you so much for stopping by. We are all excited to have our books featured on <a href="Victorious Reviews and Promotions

    Jackie Weger

  21. Thanks so much for making my books shine, Carolyn – and for the pointers. I’m excited to be a part of this group!

  22. Jenny Harper says:

    I came across this site when a friend posted the link to your recent tour. I love the concept! I go to a writers’ retreat with exactly the same philosophy – pay it forward. We all need to support each other – I’ve found that really useful since becoming an indie. And the books are delightfully varied!

  23. What a wonderful way to wake up on a Sunday morning, to find myself on this website with other authors.
    Hope we can share a few tips along the way.
    And it’s wonderful to be amongst different people. Not that I’m complaining about the authors I already know but it seems we follow each other about and don’t meet new people with new followers.

    • Jackie Weger says:

      Kristine! We are happy to have you. Every new author friend expands our readership. It is the key to putting our books in front of new readers. ‘We love having you on eNovel Authors at Work. Stop in often!
      We like to hear from our authors.

      Jackie Weger

  24. Neil Ostroff says:

    So happy to be a part of this group.

  25. Jenny Harper says:

    I’m really excited to have joined this group – thanks for making me feel welcome! I’m already enjoying looking through the varied books you all write.

  26. Joe B Parr says:

    Jackie and gang,

    Thanks for allowing me to become part of this team. I look forward to getting to know each of you and your books.

  27. Jackie, I love the new cover of THE RELUCTANT HERO! It’s an 11 out of 10! :D

    • Jackie Weger says:

      Thank you, Lorrie! That poor book has been through the wringer, trying to get title and cover right. Our indie universe is a massive learning curve. I love the bit where we are not stuck with something that doesn’t work.

  28. Just finished reading my first book for RaveReviews, three days too late! Really must remember that the world has a timetable and that I am part of the world. Now I work from home I never know what day it is!!
    Good book, though. Ambien Ligh by Lorraine Adair.

  29. Great looking site. Very professionally done. I look forward to being an eNovel Author at Work.

    Thanks,
    Stephen

  30. I’ve been trying to give myself a break, but I woke up this morning with ideas crowding my head so I guess a writer never really switches off. So come Monday I will stop pretending I’m on holiday and get on with some work.

  31. Love this website already. Can’t wait to do my part in paying forward. Hope to meet readers and writers here. Wishing everyone luck and success.

  32. What a beautifully presented site and a wonderful concept. Glad I stumbled on you here :) I’m sure I’ll learn a lot and discover some great authors. xx

  33. Shawn Reilly says:

    I am so glad I found this site. The books represented above look awesome. The concept is wonderful. I am excited to se if I can get involved. So you’ll probably be hearing from me soon.

  34. Great idea, I’d love to belong. But you only promote books that are free or 99c. There are a lot of sites willing to promote authors who are happy to give away something they’ve worked years to create. I would love to see a group dedicated to helping authors who actually believe their book is worth something.

    • Jackie Weger says:

      Thank you for stopping by and having your say, Jane Ann McLachlan. Actually, eNovel Authors at Work is a by invitation only group. We do have a submissions page with a list of tasks applicants must complete before we invite them and promote their titles. This group is first and foremost all about the BOOK and Paying it Forward–whether a book is priced or not. New indie and novice indie authors must complete those tasks, otherwise they are not in a position to Pay it Forward–all they can do is take. Members of eNovel Authors at Work decide to price their books or not–that is author’s choice. We educate, provide tools, and try dispel myths. As far as starting a group dedicated to helping authors who actually believe their books is worth something–YOU do it. Nothing is stopping you. I saw a need, and started this group six months ago. That is how it came into being. Every member is a volunteer from our Webmaster to our Resident Reviewer and Publicist. Unpaid. We volunteer hours upon hours of our time and talents. We reach out to our indie community.
      Cordially,
      JackieWeger

  35. Jackie I can’t tell you how right you are!!! You nailed it. I can’t add anything more to that. What an awesome group of people here. Trust me authors… I only write reviews, but I wish so badly I had someone that would have taken me under their wing and given me some sage advice that came from vast experience and didn’t charge me for it. You are blessed, really! That is what this group is all about. The pitfalls and mistakes you are avoiding by being here are priceless and the advice on what works best will follow you all through your career as an author. I love the pay if forward motto!! If you don’t like it… well, it’s your loss.
    Forgive me, but since I’m not an author I can tell you that comment came off as very arrogant and it turned me off. Everyone thinks their book is worth something. Yes, much time was spent writing the book, but indies aren’t backed by big money. If you are a household name then maybe you can put the high price on your book and let it sell itself, but if your name isn’t on the tip of everyone’s tongue you might want to tone it down a notch. For the record the sites and groups dedicated to helping authors “who think their books are actually worth something” are called publishing houses. Just sayin’

    • Jackie Weger says:

      Julie! I love how you are just sayin’… My self worth is ingrained. Promoting my books on FREE does not diminish that one whit. I haven’t seen anything that says an author cannot promote a priced book. They just don’t do it. Mary Jane McLachlan has one fiction title priced at $2.99. She could promote it all over the Web. All of my fav sites are in Useful Links. Those sites are available to any author with the sense to tick the link. JackieWeger

  36. Hmmm . . . I can only speak for myself. And what I know is this: tonight I’m finishing up the most successful book promotion I’ve ever had. This is due to the tools and mentoring I gained here at eNovel Authors at Work. (Will post stats tomorrow.) I was floundering before. Now I know what to do and how to do it right. You can price a book from a buck to well, the sky’s the limit, but if those books aren’t selling? You do the math. If you’re willing to learn and put in the hard work, pay it forward (so important), you won’t find a better group of writers to support you. I’ll be paying it forward when a friend from “across the pond” has the first promo for his latest release in a few weeks.

    Meanwhile, I’ll keep on learning.

    Sharon Pennington

    • Jackie Weger says:

      Thank you! Sharon. I can’t wait to learn how successful your promotion was and you were. And always will be–because you worked it. Readers and book buyers are out there–we just have to let them know our books are available.
      The single thing I have learned in the past year is that indie authors are often their own “gate keepers.” They hoard their books and their grievances, keeping safe harbor against the reading public–who may or may not believe those books are “worth something”.

      JackieWeger

  37. Nate Fleming says:

    Great website! It’s a tough row to hoe, this self-publishing business, and it does seem like the best way to succeed is by working together. Thank you for being a great place to do that!

    Cheers,
    Nate Fleming

    • Jackie Weger says:

      Hello! Nate–you are welcome and thank you for stopping by. You don’t have to be a member to take advantage of the info in the articles and our Useful Links. You will also find info in the comments on our Author pages. What we know and learn–we post. Where we promote our books, we post. There is no trick or secret to our authors successes. We work it!
      JackieWeger

  38. Whew! I’m feeling a little attacked, here. I started my comment with “Great idea! I’d love to belong” and end up being sneered at for having one indie book and told, “YOU do it” and an implied accusation that I don’t help others, I just want to take without giving anything.

    C’mon guys. You don’t even know me. I read a lot of books, indie and trad, and enthusiastically review all but the rare book I don’t care for – and those I don’t mention at all, because I don’t want to hurt another author. I’ve critiqued books free for new writers, given free writing workshops to small writers’ groups, and donated all the proceeds from my first trad pub book to Third World Relief. I help anyone I can in any way I can, and I don’t do this because I’m “paying it forward” in the hopes it’ll pay off for me later – I do it because helping others is just the right way to live.

    This looks like a great site and a great idea – as I said before getting slammed here – and I still think so. Anyone who tries to help others is good by me. But the first thing I saw on your welcome page is: “eNovel Authors will only land in your mailbox when a good book is free, 99 cents or a special deal.” And I sighed and thought, why doesn’t any site promote books that are priced to at least give the authors their 70%, just because they’re good books? Is 2.99 too much to ask for a 100,000 word novel, edited and polished over years?

    As for Julie’s comment, “the sites and groups dedicated to helping authors “who think their books are actually worth something” are called publishing houses.” Isn’t that sad? Do you really think indies should only expect to be treated like their book is worth something if they go through a publishing house? (her words not mine). I think publishing is changing. I think indies have a right to be be proud of what they do. I know there are lousy trad pub books out there, and great self-published books that are as good as anything published by a publishing house.

    Jackie, I’ll say it again: Great site, great idea.
    I’m truly sorry all you saw in my comment was a personal criticism. None was intended, I assure you. I appreciate all the time a project like this takes, and your willingness to do it to be of help to others. Best of luck in your writing.

    • Admin says:

      Hello Jane Ann, Carolyn the webmistress here. If you have a look at the books on the slider, and browse some of the author pages, you will find books marketed at all manner of prices. We offer authors a free shop window here at eNovel and their decision to discount on not is a personal one. There was recently a discussion on our blog about the value or not of offering books free and we came to the conclusion that it can be great for visibility…but we are not a site that only promotes these. Our authors sometimes join together to work blog tours and they can discount their books then, or not. Our newsletter alerts subscribers to deals however, since we don’t want to bombard people with emails, we prefer them to read the website. After the many many hours of work to make this site as efficient as possible and to garner a terrific amount of traffic it does bug us slightly when people appear to criticise without reading it. We have had a misunderstanding maybe, but we are not a site that promotes discounted books. We are a site that promotes authors.

    • Jackie Weger says:

      Jane, I’m laffin’ because you nailed it. You said: “You don’t know me.” One of the things I encourage eNovellers to do is to “know who you’re talking to.”
      Thus, before I responded to you I Googled you. Had to do that because you don’t have any SOE links in your Amazon author page. Another little gem I insist eNovellers do. So! I know you wrote college text books. I know you have a fiction SciFi series titled Walls of Wind. Book 1 is 76 pages, Book 2 is 98 pages and Book 3 is 129 pages and you priced them at 99¢, $1.99 and $1.99.

      So, yes! You did strike a chord. You don’t know me or our authors. But–you could have. All of my indie titles are priced at $2.99. I sometimes promote them FREE and at 99¢. Right now, I’m promoting them at $2.99-and have sold $4000 worth in 28 days at that price. Readers do not fall into our laps. I encourage authors to promote their titles as far as their budgets will allow.

      We are not being unkind or sneering at you–we just wanted to set the record straight because we hear the lament all the time that readers won’t buy a priced book. They do. But they don’t buy them if they can’t find them. We have to take our books to the reader. In Useful Links on this site you will find many sites that promote books at $2.99. I use them all. And, many more that would be happy to promote your 99¢ title. Go for it!

      And as our Webmaster mentioned, Do take a few minutes to read the article on Authors Spew Vitriol about FREE books. It’s well researched and an eye-opener.

      JackieWeger

  39. Thanks for responding, Carolyn & Jackie.
    “Hoist by my own petard” as Shakespeare put it. I claim you don’t know me, but I sent off a comment about you before fully checking out your site. You are right, I was mistaken and apologize. I’m under deadlines right now, which is why I didn’t take the time, but that’s no excuse.

    Let’s start over. I obviously have a lot to learn (like SOE links on my authors’ page) And you obviously know lots about being successful at this.
    So for now I’ll follow you, and if there’s anything else I can do for you, you have my email, so let me know.
    Cheers,
    Jane Ann

  40. First off, I was afraid that my comment about publishing houses could be misconstrued. I probably worded that wrong, but that is not the way I meant it to sound.
    All I meant was the folks out there with big money behind them have someone out there doing the leg work for them. They have someone promoting them and setting up blog tours for them and so on and it cost them a fortune I’m sure. But, the truth is indies rarely have that luxury. They often spend their own money and make massive mistakes by being scammed etc. So, this site takes those folks under it’s wing and helps them sidestep pitfalls and gives advice on how to market their book to sell. Big and small publishers have a little cash and can help authors with those things so the author doesn’t have to worry about marketing as much. But, in this climate all authors are having to do a little self promoting. Still, with millions of books out there the reader can be overwhelmed with choices. Personally, $2.99 is a great bargain for a book and I don’t mind paying that at all. But, if I come across an author I have never heard of.. I might decide not to risk it if the price is too high. In fact the other day a more established author had a 57 page book on Amazon for 2.99. I passed. However, promos on books are done by everyone now, even well established authors with big publishers offer books as low as $1.99. This helps to establish the author in the readers mind. Hey, I tried Jackie Weger’s book and I loved it, so I want to try out more of her books now. I will pay the full price for them too. I’ve purchased books priced over 5.00 and have been disappointed and then purchased a book for 99 cents and loved it. Just because the book is on sale doesn’t mean it has to stay that price. You can get a few reviews going that are positive and try raising the price a little to see if your sales continue on a steady pace after you do. Also, many authors with publishing contracts are self publishing as well so they write what they want to. So, the point I wanted to make was that publishing houses do a lot of the promo work for authors that command a higher price on their books and the author that is signed up with a publisher isn’t in the same boat as an indie. But, more and more I have shied away from major publishers due the cookie cutter content that indies don’t have to adhere to.
    I think we all learned something from this. Have your ducks all lined up in a row before you go off on a rant. Often we rush to judgment without all the facts and this is how opportunities are missed and work relationships are broken and feelings get hurt. I think I’ll file this experience away and remember to practice what I preach! LOL!

    • Jackie Weger says:

      Julie: This has been a fabulous learning experience for all of us. I like a good discussion or debate. What happens is indie authors cry foul when their books aren’t selling. They spread that message. However, the book isn’t selling because it isn’t promoted. And if it is promoted and not selling–something is wrong with book: The blurb often, the cover usually. And oft times, formatting or badly composed text. Reviews tell that tale as you well know. Savvy authors repair their books. I have promoted two titles successfully and a third–not. The cover held it back–twice. I’m hoping the third cover adds the magic. I’ll know in a couple of months.
      Mary Jane graciously folded and she won’t be taken in by the next indie author who spews complaints about no sales, books and prices. We’ve put that baby to bed.

      JackieWeger

    • Yes, I agree Julie, every author has to promote his/her books these days, whether trad or self published. And often that does include offering free samples so people will try you out. I did a 3-day free and it did boost my sales. Now I have to try other things. The Kindle countdown deal didn’t work at all. My current focus, however, is to get more books written and published. When I have 9-10, then I’ll go more seriously into promotions. Always balancing time.

      • Jackie Weger says:

        That’s it! Time! Kindle Countdown Deals have to be worked harder and with more lead time than a Bookbub promo–no lie. KCD can run 7 days and the author has got to be dedicated to those seven days. Okay! I’ll have to write an article on that to give our authors a head’s up. Sharon Pennington just came off of a successful KCD. She’ll post what she did and the results on her Author page soon. Keep an eye out.

        Follow me on Twitter: JackieWeger

  41. So nice to find this site (thanks to Jackie). I hope to learn and share what I can with the rest of the gang.

    Peter Palmieri
    The Art of Forgetting
    http://theartofforgettingbook.wordpress.com/

  42. It is so awesome to find a site like this. I just recently self-published my first novel, so it is phenomenal to find a place where other authors come to congregate. I’ve been stumbling upon answers to questions I didn’t know I had until a week ago, so to find a place where others have had similar experiences and questions is great. Can’t wait to meet everybody.

    - JB Von Preysing

    • Jackie Weger says:

      JB! Thank you for visiting. If you have tie to read the articles archived, you can pick up a lot of info that is helpful. Sometimes the gems are in the comments!Do make use of our Useful Links Pages. We like to know who we are doing business with. You will find the promoters we trust and do what the say. “Soe offer exposure, some sell our books.
      Don’t be a stranger!
      Good luck with your book.

  43. Dale Furse says:

    This is a fantastic site. Looks great, easy to navigate and full of information. Congratulations to everyone who contributed. Will now wander off and read more. :)

  44. Hi to all – Administrators, Authors, and Readers
    I just found this site, have bookmarked it and will be checking in again.
    Expect to be hearing more from me.

  45. Jackie Weger says:

    Hello, Bronwyn:I’m Jackie Weger, the founder of eNovel Authors at Work and our lovely site is kept together by Carolyn Steele. Now–you know who you are talking to–which is always important in our indie universe. You can meet our authors by checking their pages. Many of us post the results of our promotions, FREE and paid in comments. You can learn a lot by just checking our submission guidelines–all of which has to happen for an indie author to be successful. Thank you for stopping by. Don’t be a stranger.
    JackieWeger

  46. Hi Jackie,
    The site looks great. You’d obviously put a lot of thought an effort into this. Thanks for doing it and for letting become a part of your venture.
    Stephen Hazlett

  47. Marcha Fox says:

    What a wonderfully informative site! I’m an Indie author who is still stumbling through the marketing labyrinth and welcome all the help I can get. The article on book blurbs was helpful but I’d love to hear about what we should do as opposed to not do. For me it’s easier to write the book than the blurb! I would love to get involved since your group looks like what I’ve been looking for. I love helping other authors and interview them for my blog all the time as well as do reciprocal reviews. I’m pretty good at grammar and editing. I’d love to join!

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