Happy New Year From Amanda Hester, CEO, and The Amazing OWS Team

Happy New Year From Amanda Hester, CEO, and The Amazing OWS Team
January 1, 2019 No Comments » For Authors Amanda Hester

New Year’s is always a time of reflection and it is no different for the team at Our Write Side. The original motivation behind OWS was helping people; writers and readers specifically. Over the last three years, we have dipped our toes in some areas, avoided other areas, and jumped head first into the rest.

Along the way, we have learned many lessons, some harder than others. Our team wants to use their own experiences to help you sidestep as many “common” mistakes as possible. It is still our main goal to meet writers where they are so over the course of this year our articles will span from the hobbyist to the professional.

Looking Towards 2019


January is all about building, expanding, and improving your platform.

Together we will look at all aspects of your platform to see where you can grow and convert followers to readers.

Heidi Angell will walk us through 90 days planning each quarter of the year to help you stay on track. We’ll also look at your social media planning for 2019. Social media is a key tool in accessing your readers.

Amanda will be introducing a new series, ABCs of Writing, meant to give us a quick peek into some common terms and strategies for writing.

Additional posts from January include discussions on platform building, marketing versus advertising, elements of an author website, and identifying your reader demographic.


2018 in Review

In 2018 we had the honor of adding a grand total of 15 new books to your bookshelves! These included a variety of genres from our treasured authors. We also spent a lot of time introducing you to many of our favorite indie authors through our podcast, Beautiful Book Geeks, and events like 12 Days of Indies.

We had the chance to meet and work with many authors through our Chrysalis services and interacted with the indie community through lots of fun panels like GoIndieNow and Spilled Ink.

We added new board members and continued to evolve and polish the business side of OWS Ink.

OWS Ink Board of Directors

If you are new here, or just getting caught up, OWS Ink is run by an amazing group of women who share similar hopes and dreams. Amanda, Heidi, Rebekah, Julia, and Isa work day in and day out to make OWS Ink the treasure that it is.

We would like to say thank you to all the volunteers who work with us to help authors achieve their publishing goals. Their dedication is one of the many things that motivate us every day.

We would also like to welcome the new interns joining us for 2019. We have no doubt they will learn much and find their home among our incredible team!

If you are looking for a way to support OWS Ink other than buying our fantastic books, be sure to check out our Patreon where you can join us for lots of indie writer tips, tricks, and lessons every month.

From all of us here at OWS Ink we wish you a very Happy New Year! May your words flow freely and imagination never waver!


Amanda Hester Amanda Hester is the founder and CEO of Our Write Side. As an author, she enjoys writing in all genres and forms, even grocery lists. She is an artist and Wiccan who has an obsessive love of vampires, kilts, and blue butterflies. She is passionate about many topics and her posts are often laced with the snarky sense of humor one acquires from raising five teenagers, all at once. In her downtime, she can be found with her loving husband, Shawn, exploring the wilderness. She maintains her shreds of sanity with yoga, tea, and cats.

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