An Indie Writer's Odyssey

Rated 5.00/5 based on 3 reviews
There’s a new force abroad in the land: the independent writer of fiction: He who can create his own original stories; perform (or arrange for) editing, required artwork, and promotional blurbs; and promote his creations by himself. We have the conventional publishing world in terror. If you’re a fellow indie, perhaps you’ll enjoy this collection of thoughts on our common avocation.
Download: epub mobi (Kindle) pdf more Online Reader
About Francis W. Porretto

Francis W. Porretto was born in 1952. Things went steadily downhill from there.

Fran is an engineer and fictioneer who lives on the east end of Long Island, New York. He's short, bald, homely, has bad acne and crooked teeth. His neighbors hold him personally responsible for the decline in local property values. His life is graced by one wife, two stepdaughters, two dogs, four cats, too many power tools to list, and an old ranch house furnished in Early Mesozoic style. His 13,000 volume (and growing) personal library is considered a major threat to the stability of the North American tectonic plate.

Publishing industry professionals describe Fran's novels as "Unpublishable. Horrible, but unpublishable all the same." (They don't think much of his short stories, either.) He's thought of trying bribery, but isn't sure he can afford the $3.95.

Fran's novels "Chosen One," "On Broken Wings," "Shadow Of A Sword," "The Sledgehammer Concerto," "Which Art In Hope," "Freedom's Scion," "Freedom's Fury," and "Priestesses" are also available as paperbacks, through Amazon. Check the specific pages for those books for details.

Wallow in his insane ranting on politics, culture, and faith at "Liberty's Torch:"

And of course, write to him, on whatever subject tickles your fancy, at

Read Francis W. Porretto's Smashwords Interview
Learn more about Francis W. Porretto

Also by This Author


Jennifer Massey reviewed on July 24, 2012

The previous reviews say it all! The book is clear, down to earth, with touches of humour. I love the Author's style of writing. It is a must for anyone who wants to break into the world of indie writing. Many thanks Francis for your book.
(review of free book)
J, Jr reviewed on July 11, 2012

The best book I've read about writing. Clear, simple and informative. I would recommend this to any fledgling or experienced author, there is something in there to be learned by anyone. And for free, who can complain?
(review of free book)
Garry Puffer reviewed on Jan. 2, 2012

All indie writers need to read this, especially if they are not among the 1% of gifted writers Mr. Porretto refers to. Thanks to the author for making his trenchant observations free to us. Much good stuff involving all aspects of the writing experience, from creation through publicizing. Excellent.
(review of free book)
Report this book