Cardiff Indie Authors (CIA) – Introductions – Meet the Authors!


Cardiff Indie Authors (CIA) – A Supportive Community of Writers on a Self Publishing Adventure

Q:  Who are the Cardiff Indie Authors (CIA)

A:   Join the new Cardiff Indie Authors (CIA) at the Plum Tree Café Bar Canton and meet them!

FIRST MEETING – Cardiff Indie Authors (CIA)

Thursday 17 December at 7.00 pm


160 Cowbridge Road East, Canton, Cardiff, CF11 9ND (Free parking behind the bar)


Siobhan and Corinne were delighted to finalise with Vickie, the Manageress of the Plum Tree, that we could use her fantastic venue to be the new home of Cardiff Indie Authors (CIA).

And now for the INTRODUCTIONS


Hi, I’m Corinne and Siobhan and I are the co-founders of the Cardiff Indie Authors (CIA).

Siobhan and I only met a few weeks ago when we were both looking for a Writers Group.  Not finding what we wanted, Siobhan, with the confidence of youth said, “Never mind, we’ll start our own!”  My heart sank.  Siobhan is ALOT  younger than me and by nature I am a joiner not an instigator.

Nevertheless we had a few meetings, we got on well and things started to take shape.  Before we knew it we had a web-site, e-mail and twitter accounts, and last week an invitation from Vickie at the Plum Tree to use her fabulous venue as the new home for Cardiff Indie Authors.  We were up and running.  Now all we need are members!!!

We do have an ace up our sleeve.  Kevin Ashman, a former colleague of mine from a former life, is a VERY successful author!   In fact he is even more successful than I realised!!  I have just looked at his website at and I am in awe!!

More importantly for Cardiff Indie Authors (CIA) Kevin is very keen to support us.  He will be a fount of knowledge and we are very lucky to have him on board.  If you are serious about getting your work published then Cardiff Indie Authors (CIA) is the place to be.  Kevin has generously offered to share his experience and his expertise.  We can’t believe our luck!

From a personal point of view I am a retired teacher with 30 years experience at the sharp end in both the Comprehensive and Further Education Sectors and I have scribbled away for most of that time too.  I mostly write poetry, very unfashionable I am told, and inspirational poetry at that, probably even more unfashionable, although Patience Strong did very well out of it!!

Most of the time what I wrote ended up in notebooks at the back of a cupboard but some years ago I did try, rather half-heartedly,to get a traditional publishing deal.  The first flurry of rejections was enough to put me off so I ended up self publishing a book with Author House.

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I won’t go into all the pros and cons of that now, but Author House does not have the best of reputations.  Personally, I wasn’t that displeased with their service although I wouldn’t use them again.  More of that for a future meeting perhaps!!

I have written another book and I was all set to gird my loins and try approaching traditional publishers when I read a book which made me look at self publishing in a different light.  Somehow in the intervening years it seems to have morphed into something respectable, even pioneering.

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David Gaughran makes a very good case for “going Indie” and selecting self publishing as a preferred route to market, and frankly I am very pleased to have that option.

I also have a blog at

Depending on who you read having a blog is either essential, desirable, or a time-consuming waste of time.  I enjoy blogging but it is very time-consuming.  Gaughran takes the view that if you enjoy blogging carry on, but do it for its own sake rather than for what you think it might bring you.  He is probably right.  It will be interesting to hear what other people have to say.

So there you have it, that’s me.  I am now on a self-publishing journey.   No-one would claim that it is an easy route.  There is so much to learn and it is daunting.  That is why I would far rather do that learning in the company of others who want to make that journey too.

And so that is my hope for Cardiff Indie Authors (CIA).   I hope that we can grow an Indie Authors Community right here in Cardiff, a community that will share enthusiasm and experience, creating a supportive environment which wants everyone to succeed.  Who knows where it might lead!

I am really looking forward to meeting you.

If you want any more information contact us at:

Cardiff Indie Authors (CIA)


twitter:   @CIndieAuthors


We look forward to meeting you at The Plum Tree.  Everyone is welcome!









Cardiff Indie Authors (CIA) – An Update


Cardiff Indie Authors (CIA) – A Supportive Community of Writers on a Self Publishing Adventure

Q:  I want to write/am writing/have written a book.  What do I do now?

A:  Join the CIA!

Cardiff Indie Authors (CIA) is an exciting new Writing Group and you could be part of it!  In fact we want you to be part of it.

  • If you want to shape the Cardiff Indie Authors Writing Group  the time to get involved is now!
  • If you want to meet with other like-minded writers who want to create a  dynamic writers community here in Cardiff the time to get involved is now!
  • If you want to learn about self publishing in a supportive environment that wants everyone to succeed the time to get involved is now!

Cardiff Indie Authors (CIA)

We are very excited to inform you that the date and details of the first meeting will be announced VERY SOON!  We have secured a fantastic venue and we are thrilled to have their support.  We know that Cardiff Indie Authors (CIA) are going to be made very welcome and we feel we have found a great home for us!

In the meantime you might want to check out a book that I read and which inspired me to get involved in the world of self publishing.

David Gaughran’s book gives practical, hands-on advice on all aspects of the self publishing process.  Editing, cover design, formatting, pricing, marketing strategies, platform building, blogging, social networking and more,  it is all here.

But more than that, David Gaughran makes a very compelling case for choosing self publication over the more traditional publication routes.  What a relief for the author.  No more banging on closed doors, no more waiting for the dreaded rejection letters, no more putting our fate in the hands of others.


Gaughran says, “This book won’t just tell you how to self-publish; it will tell you why to self-publish.”  He goes on to give an overview of how, “the internet has revolutionised every single business it has come into contact with, and publishing is no different.”

It is a breath of fresh air!  I loved it, it inspired me and if you are interested in self publishing your own book I think it will inspire you too.

Publishing our books can literally now be,  “In our Own Hands!” 

But we don’t have to do it alone.  When I read David Gaughran’s book I was inspired, but I was also overwhelmed.

Lori Lesko said,

“The good news about self publishing is you get to do everything yourself.  The bad news about self publishing is you get to do everything yourself..”

and that is daunting!

And that is really why Cardiff Indie Authors (CIA) has been born.  Yes we can do it ourselves, yes we can go it alone, but how much more pleasurable to do it in company, to share the path with others who are on the same journey.

We look forward to sharing the journey with you!

Cardiff Indie Authors (CIA)

Contact us with any questions, comments, suggestions at:


twitter:   @CIndieAuthors

to help us to shape our first meeting.

The details and date of our first meeting will be announced VERY SOON!