The Winchester Writers Fest, attracts attendees from all over the world and a week ago on Saturday, Karin and I met up with many of them. So, for the next couple of posts, the blog is going to branch out into our surrounding counties and hear some of their inspirational stories
CHINDI (Celebrating and Helping Indy authors) is a network of independent authors based in West Sussex. Running online and live events, sharing ideas, expertise and contacts, they encourage independent authors to follow their dreams by supporting them in the creation of excellent printed, ‘e’ and audio books, followed by marketing, promotion and selling opportunities.
Helen Christmas, member of CHINDI and author of five self-published romantic thriller suspense takes time out from event organising at the Festival of Chichester to tell us a little more about them.
It is CHINDI’s belief that independently published books are as valid and exciting as those produced the traditional way; the authors have the same expectation and levels of excellence in production values and gripping content.
CHINDI works with retailers, media and event organisers to promote our member’s books, working in harmony with traditional agents and publishers.
The advice on offer comes from authors who have been there, done that. Answering many and varied questions, the likes of: Where do I find a good proofreader? How do I produce an e-book? What the heck is an ISBN? We share what worked and what didn’t through our private Facebook page CHINUP.
Members support each other through social media campaigns. We attend events, hold our own panel discussions and library talks, we regularly run competitions and blog tours too promoting our books. CHINDI has supported charities including Dyslexia Action, Words for the Wounded and Cancer UK.
A very enthusiastic group of authors, we encourage members to actively support each other as much as possible, whether that be simply reading each other’s books and manning book stalls or joining in our events.
New members are invited to join the CHINDI Facebook group, Chinup, where we share resources, such as self-publishing tips, seminars and blogs, anything to help with promotion. We follow each other on Twitter too and have a CHINDI account which is an easy way to share content.
We occasionally have meetings by zoom online conferencing!
The benefits of being a member are numerous but here is some information from our website:
Profile on CHINDI Author Website,
Have your books listed by genre in our Readers Section,
Join our CHINUP Facebook page for online discussions, sharing promotions and networking,
Eligibility to upload own videos/book trailers to Chindi Youtube Channel,
Inclusion in media PR programme,
Speaking opportunities at events,
Sales opportunity at events and market stalls etc.
Access to database of writing competitions,
Inclusion in CHINDI quarterly newsletters,
Shared knowledge and experiences of the group,
Free feedback on proposed cover designs and early drafts (this is not a full proofreading or editing service but might suggest you need these)
Chindi is set up as a not for profit Community Interest Company. Fees go towards hosting the website, booking rooms, funding promotional material etc. Find out about membership and events at https://www.chindi-authors.co.uk/