Writing Resources and Indie Author Rescue – help for indie authors


Starting out as an indie author and don’t know where to start?

Writing Resources

Dog on Pile of Books


I hope you find these romance writing resources useful.

I run a business for authors with fellow Australian author Tracey Pedersen called Indie Author Rescue.
Visit us to find out how we can help you with Building Your Author Platform, VA Services, Newsletters, Brand Auditing and One on One Coaching and Motivation – email me via my contact page for more information.


Writing Links and Resources Australia and NZ

Queensland Writers Centre
Writing NSW
Romance Writers of Australia
Romance Writers of New Zealand Inc

Self publishing basics



I’ve never been big on podcasts but I spend quite a bit of my time in the car so here are some of my 2021 recommendations.

What I Wish I’d Known for Authors – my current fave!

The Spa Girls – excellent for beginners and levelling up

The Creative Pen – great mix of information

The Six Figure Author – advanced

Indie Author Rescue

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Indie Author rescue came about when, Tracey Pedersen and Monique McDonell (that’s me!) met in person at a conference and began discussing some of the challenges of being an author  all the way back in 2019. (If only we’d known what was coming in the next couple of years).

We weren’t talking about writing books — we have written over 80 books between us – we were talking about the branding, marketing and technology aspects of the profession.

“We got to talking about how we wished there had been someone to step us through things like creating a brand, setting up your website, your social media, your newsletter. We’ve each spent hours learning to do all these things online and we wanted to save other people from reinventing the wheel.” Monique.

“There is a lot of online training available but if you’re new to social media or you learn better face-to-face that doesn’t always work for you. So we started talking about how to create a way to do that in person here in Australia.” Tracey

We offer author specific marketing and social media courses that are in person, and personal, covering such things as:

  • Developing your Brand
  • Building Your Social Media Platform
  • Setting up Your Newsletter
  • Blogging Basics
  • The basics of KDP

  1. Help Rescue Me – 101 – I’ve written a book and I don’t know how to publish it

One on one coaching to step you through the steps you need to take to get your author platform set up and your book live – with cover, edits and formatted – on retailers.

Includes author resource sheet telling you where to go to complete the steps.

2. Rescue me and my newsletter

  • Wondering what platform to use?
  • How to set up an onboarding sequence and why you need one.
  • How to link with Bookfunnel or Story Origin
  • What sort of content to use for your brand?

We can also manage your monthly or bi-monthly newsletter for you if you prefer.

3. Rescue me – I’m a new/stuck author and I’m suffering from overwhelm

Monthly coaching to get you moving forward on your author journey – sometimes you get bogged down with all the things people tell you, you must be doing. Together we’ll work out what’s holding you back and what you need to prioritize in the month ahead to help you reach your goals.

Based in Australia, near Sydney or Melbourne ? We can meet with you one on one and step you through what you need to know to move forward.

Based elsewhere? Let us know what your goals are and we can work with you to help remotely.

Contact me for pricing information and availability.