About K.S. Brooks

K.S. Brooks is an award-winning novelist and photographer, author of twenty-two titles, and co-administrator of Indies Unlimited. Brooks’ feature articles, poetry, and photography have appeared in magazines, newspapers, books and other publications both in the U.S. and abroad. For more about K.S. Brooks, visit her website and her Amazon author page

Anthems for Authors – My Book

Wouldn’t it be kinda neat if, when someone asked you what your book was about, you could pick up a guitar and sing a song about it? Okay, maybe not. I’m not sure what The Beautiful South is doing here while performing My Book – what with those hats and all – and is that dude reading his lyrics out of the book? In any case, if you can get past the nagging sensation that you’ve heard this tune before (*ahem* Spooky by ARS), then you should be able to get a kick out of it.

Like Anthems for Authors? You can see more here.

Keywords Vs. Tags

keywords and tagsWhat is the difference between a keyword and a tag? That’s a very good question. Theoretically, they are the same thing. Since most of the time this question is being asked from a blogger’s standpoint, that’s how it shall be answered. And I’ll be using Indies Unlimited as an example to make it easy to follow.

The incredibly simplified answer to the question is: keywords are used to find things via search engines; tags are used to find things within your own blog. So, you would use keywords to help label your article so when people search on Google, they hopefully use the words in your article (or in your article’s keyword Metadata). Just so you know, metadata is “a set of data that describes and gives information about other data.” Thank you, Wikipedia. By the way, did you know Wiki has a series of pages on George Clooney? Anyway, your keywords make up a set of data that describes the information in your article. Got it?

Tags also describe your article, but they do it more like an internal filing system, if you will. About a year ago, the Evil Mastermind wrote an article about using keywords in book titles. Let’s say that article wowed you (of course it did!) and you want to read other articles with similar content at Indies Unlimited. At the bottom of the article, under the share buttons (which you always use, right?), you will find this: Continue reading

Video Trailer Nuts and Bolts

Movie Clapper BoardMany people are intimidated by the thought of making video trailers for their books. I used to be. Then Carol Wyer taught me how to use Animoto, and I became a video trailer-making junkie.

A lot of people just take their book’s description, type it into frames, and then show those as a slideshow with music. That really isn’t going to draw the interest that could be garnered by this visual media.

You need very little to make an effective book trailer video. And, depending upon what platform(s) you use to create your video, everything you need may be at your fingertips. Here are a few tips I use which you may find helpful: Continue reading

Registering a HashTag

twubs logoThe other day, I was chatting with an author who had registered the title of her book as a hashtag. She really had it together – mentioning the hashtag in her book, and even in her book’s description. I was wowed by this level of planning and technology.

“How did you know to register the hashtag?” I asked.

“It was in an article on Indies Unlimited,” she answered.

Well, I’ll be. And it sure was. Lynne Cantwell interviewed Kriss Morton and wrote Hashtags 501 – and I must have been so dazzled by the amazing amount of hashtag knowledge that I missed that part.

I kind of liked the idea of registering a hashtag, so I decided to give it a shot. I went to Twubs.com and entered “MrPish” in the big “enter a hashtag” box. A little wheel spun for a moment, but there were no results. Cool! This hashtag was mine, all mine! *rubbing hands together in an evil manner* Continue reading

It’s a Piece of Cake to Vote for the Next Flash Fiction Champ!

cakeVoting for your favorite flash fiction entry is easy as pie. Yes, that’s right – we’ve got lots of puns for this week’s challenge! We’re just getting started.

Remember, the winning entries will all be included in the next edition of the IU Flash Fiction Anthology.

Check out this week’s entries here. Make your decision, then use those share buttons at the bottom of the post to spread the word.

Voting polls close Thursday at 5 PM Pacific time.

Which flash fiction entry takes the cake this week?

  • Dick C. Waters (23%, 15 Votes)
  • Tom Kepler (20%, 13 Votes)
  • Joanne Lloyd (17%, 11 Votes)
  • DaveDAuthor (13%, 8 Votes)
  • Melissa Bowersock (8%, 5 Votes)
  • Morgan Winters (5%, 3 Votes)
  • The Purple Helmet (5%, 3 Votes)
  • AL Kaplan (5%, 3 Votes)
  • Mathoska (3%, 2 Votes)
  • Ed Drury (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Venkatesh Iyer (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 64

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NOTE: Entrants whose submissions exceed the 250 word limit are eliminated from the poll. ONE VOTE PER PERSON, please. Duplicate votes will be deleted. The results displayed above are unofficial until verified by administration.