Ten Reasons to Write Short Stories

short stories once-upon-a-time-719174_640Short stories are everywhere, but how do you know if you should be taking time away from your novel to hammer out a couple of short fiction pieces? For the most part, short stories are not very lucrative. If you’ve published a couple of novels, it might even be harder to look at short stories as the best use of your time.

If you’re on the fence, here are a few reasons you might want to consider adding short stories to your repertoire. Continue reading

July 1 Blogfest

Indies Unlimited LogoHappy Canada Day, peeps! How about we dust off our blogs and post a link to it below during our Indies Unlimited blog-fest!

This is how it works: If you are an author, publisher, publicist, literary agent, librarian, book reviewer, (or especially a book-lover), etc., in the comments below, paste in the link for your blog, with a one sentence description of what you feature.

Show some love on the blogs in the comments above yours, by clicking over and adding them to your blogroll, liking some posts, or leaving a comment, even if that comment is nothing more than “Indies Unlimited sent me.” Be sure to check back throughout the day to catch up. (Remember: If you right-click the link, you can open it in a new tab so you don’t have to constantly page back and forth.) PLEASE only ONE link per person. Additional links WILL be DELETED.

This should be fun and should generate a lot of followers for everyone who plays. We’ll kick things off with ours – don’t forget to subscribe to us here at Indies Unlimited! Let’s get the party started!

IMPORTANT: Please do not reply to every comment in this thread. Instead, leave a comment on the person’s blog you like saying, “Indies Unlimited sent me. Nice blog! (or whatever)” Then after you’ve done a bunch, come back here and leave a marker at the bottom saying, “got everyone up to here.” If people reply to each comment with “liked you!,” we will have to turn off comment notifications because we generate more emails than the SPAM guidelines allow. Thank you.

PLEASE be sure to reciprocate by liking those who like you. This is give and take. If everyone plays by the golden rule, we all benefit.

Write Your Story Even if You Can’t Write

The View from the SummitRecently I’ve been working with a 90-year-old woman on her memoirs. If you just glanced at the small, frail woman, you would never guess what she’s seen, where she’s been or what she’s accomplished in her life. Like most older people, she doesn’t carry a sign saying who she is, and those who don’t look beneath the aging face miss a lot.

To add to the complexity, she’s always been dyslexic. Like most differently abled children of her time, she didn’t get any support or sympathy for her difficulty with learning, or even a diagnosis that she could understand. She was labeled “stupid” for a large part of her early life. Because of that, she has a decidedly low confidence in her ability to write.

So how did she start working on her memoirs? Continue reading

Indie Reads – June 2015

Indies Unlimited does not review books, but we do have a couple of renowned reviewers on staff. We thought a great way to celebrate indie writing would be to ask those reviewers for their top indie picks of the month. Here are this month’s top picks from our experts:

The Agora Files by Adam Oster 120x177The Agora Files by Adam Oster

“From start to finish, I had trouble putting The Agora Files aside. Adam Oster has a talent to keep pulses racing…”

Read the rest of the review by Michael Thal.

The Agora Files is available through Amazon.com.

The Modigliana Girl by Jacqui Lofthouse 120x177The Modigliani Girl by Jacqui Lofthouse

“This is a beautifully written novel (and I mean that in every sense of the word). …unusual, fascinating and multi-layered novel.”

Read the rest of the review by Pete Barber.

The Modigliani Girl is available through Amazon.com.

Pennies for the Damned by Edward LornPennies for the Damned by Edward Lorn

“As the bodies stack up I just keep repeating, “it’s only a book, and they had it coming anyway.” It usually helps.”

Read the rest of the review by BigAl.

Pennies for the Damned is available on Amazon.com..

Burning Through 120x177Burning Through by Melissa Bowersock

This is a gripping book that will have you planning a couple of sittings to finish it. …a perfectly structured plot.”

Read the rest of the review by Cathy Speight.

Burning Through is available at Amazon.com.

Dragons Web by Lynne CantwellDragon’s Web by Lynne Cantwell

“Ms. Cantwell has done an excellent job weaving this timely story together with several players. The story has several interesting twists that I didn’t expect.”

Read the rest of the review by ?wazithinkin.

Dragon’s Web is available through Amazon.com.