Why & What?
Red Clover Reader is addressing parents' concerns surrounding poor quality screentime and lack of diversity in kids' books. The platform features high quality, diverse and value-focused kids' content from independent Authors for use at home and in school. Some of the social values the platform helps foster include cultural diversity, empathy, perspective taking and emotional resilience.
Is this for me?
Red Clover Reader is a dedicated community of talented and passionate indie kids' Authors. Our members are parents themselves (in most cases) and educators who have the kids' best interests at heart. Some of our current members include Raven Howell, Pam C. Rice, Maria Ashworth, Myron Campbell, Michelle Person, Erik Island and Natalie Kennedy.
What's in it for me?
After passing the 'gentle review' process, vetted members have access to a slate of promotional opportunities:
Red Clover Reader is a developing community of Authors working together to change the way Independent Authors market their work. After all, we become Authors to share our vision of the world, our message, and our stories; not to become marketing experts. Unfortunately, the current reality of being successful as Independent Authors (especially self-published Authors) works out to be 90% marketing (things like Author platforms, email lists, advertising, and influencer outreach, trade shows, networking on social media) and only 10% writing. The Red Clover community is working toward changing this order. Our goal is to give Authors their time back to focus more on their craft and less on self-promotion. We want to give you the type of exposure previously only available to traditionally published Authors (and even more), for FREE ! Click below to read more...
Addressing Common Author Misconceptions About Red Clover Reader
Red Clover reader is a unique platform, in that we provide Independent Authors with level of exposure traditionally only available to conventionally published authors. To change the nature of the game we must do somethings differently, and of course our approach may not work for everyone. For self-published authors, success requires 90% marketing and 10% writing. We want to give some of that time back to authors to focus more on their craft and less on self-promotion. If you’re interested in learning more, kindly read below about some common misconceptions. Click below to read more...
We are excited to have you in our community. There are three different ways we help authors connect with audiences: the hangout interview, book listings on our boutique, and having books featured on our e-Reader. Your participation can be at any level. We encourage you to take advantage of all the options to maximize your free exposure.
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What's the single WORST piece of advice you've ever received about writing or publishing?
Here are some great ones that are popular in the indie community. We want to share them with you - and get some of your thoughts too.
You know how it goes...
Unsolicited advice - bad advice - can be difficult to handle. But when it becomes generally accepted as "wisdom" it can be truly damaging.
And for writers, this is a doubly frustrating. Especially when the advice is coming from people who have never written a book in their lives (note: readers love pretending to be literary critics).
Here are a few examples:
1) Self-publishing = they couldn't make it as a "proper" author
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There is a lot of confusion in the indie author community about the 'Amazon KDP Select' program. What is 'Amazon KDP Select' exactly? What are it's pros & cons? What do most indie authors who participate in 'Amazon KDP Select' do in practice?
Are you thinking about signing up for 'Amazon KDP Select' program? Are you already in, but don't quite understand what the program is all about? You should take a moment to read the terms and conditions for the program. They are detailed here:
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There has been instances where poor internet connectivity made it impossible to conduct a good interview through Google Hangouts. In such few cases, an alternative has been to let authors record themselves answering some suggested hangout questions. If this happens to you, please feel free to use some of the resources below to guide you through the process of recording your own high quality videos.
Google Hangouts allows for video chat and messaging, among other features. This is our preferred tool for conducting author interviews. Not quite familiar with Google Hangouts? Check out the links below!
As authors ourselves, we do take copyrights very seriously. We had our team of engineers deactivate the contextual menu ensuring no one can right-click and copy images from RedCloverReader.com. This is the primary way people are able to download content online.
An additional layer of protection you may want to consider is to adding watermarks to the pictures using graphics programs such as PhotoShop or Inkscape (free software). A watermark renders the photo useless for reproduction. Please consider taking this step in protecting your own materials, before you share them with us.
The reality is, that it can be difficult to fully protect anything on the internet. Although we think the above steps will help keep your protected materials safe there is no way to prevent screen shots and photographs. Let us know if you have further concerns. We look forward to featuring you on RedCloverReader.com.
Thank you! The Red Clover Reader Team