Indie Publishing: Our Dirty Little Secret

be quietI’ve been attending the annual World Fantasy Convention for several years now, and it’s been interesting to watch the evolution of attitudes about indie publishing there. In 2011, traditionally-published authors were quick to dismiss indies as vanity-published hacks. (I won’t quote chapter and verse; we’ve all heard it before.) In 2012, as I reported back then, the convention organizers put together a panel discussion on indie publishing. That panel was less dismissive of indies – although there were still a couple of “slush pile” comments – and even featured one of the honchos from Kobo Writing Life, which had just launched that summer.

I couldn’t afford the trip to Merrie Olde England for last year’s convention. But this year, the big event was practically in my backyard. So I went with my ears perked up to see what, if anything, had changed over the past two years. Continue reading

Thrifty Thursday Coffee Break

coffee breakWe’re sorry, Thrifty Thursday is taking a coffee break. We’re hoping it will be back later today. You’ll know as soon as we do! Man, what a bad work ethic. Thank you for your patience.

Meanwhile, make sure to check out Martin Crosbie’s extensive list of book promo sites. We’ll be back soon.

Which Flash Fiction Story Gets Your Vote?

Vote5It’s Wednesday – that means we need your help – only you can tell us which of these stories should win the honor of Flash Fiction Champion. It’s super easy – choose your favorite and cast your vote below.

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 SuperDude entry should fly away with honors this week?

  • Howard Johnson (38%, 10 Votes)
  • Nancy DeCilio Gauthier (31%, 8 Votes)
  • AL Kaplan (12%, 3 Votes)
  • Chris Stafford (8%, 2 Votes)
  • Timothy Wan (8%, 2 Votes)
  • Jon Jefferson (3%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 26

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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.