Indies Unlimited is a site accessible to the wide public. It will be helpful to you to think of the site as a safe-for-work site. Language and images should be appropriate to that ethos. All work submitted should be clean and polished. IU staff may correct typos, but we will not do heavy editing of unpolished work. Submissions will be posted on our timeline and in accordance with our caseload. You will be notified in advance when material you have submitted to IU is scheduled.
Indies Unlimited reserves the right to reject any material submitted. If material is rejected, the submitter of the material will be notified of the reason for the rejection. In some cases, it may be that we feel the material is simply not within the genres, classifications or types of writing addressed by Indies Unlimited.
Other reasons for rejection may include, but are not limited to:
- Material that is not submitted in accordance with the specific instructions in the submissions guidelines;
- Incomplete submissions;
- Material with typographical, spelling, grammatical or usage errors;
- Material that requires extensive editing;
- Material we deem inconsistent with the safe-for-work rule;
- Material containing information that is incorrect, or out-dated;
- Material containing links to suspect third party websites; or
- Material we deem as insensitive to issues of race, religion, ethnicity, sex, or sexual orientation.
Indies Unlimited offers two different free self-service promo features. These are opportunities for you to promote your books at no cost to you. Thrifty Thursdays are for 99¢ e-books and free e-book promotions, and are run every Thursday at 5 a.m. Pacific time. Print Book Paradise (also known as Mr. Pish’s Print Book Party) is for print books that are available for $15 or less, and runs every Sunday at 9 a.m.
It is not necessary to query to participate in these features. Simply go to the post and place the following information in the comment section:
1. Book title and price info;
2. Author name;
3. A one sentence book description;
4. ONE link (to a major online retailer) to download the book; and
5. Coupon or discount code information, if required.
PLEASE do not post links to erotica, religious, or political books.
Indies Unlimited’s Weekly Flash Fiction Challenge
This feature is so awesome that it has its own page. Check out the particulars of the incredible IU Flash Fiction Challenge here.
Guest Post Feature
This is an article written by a guest author and featured on the site with a picture (head shot) of the author, a short byline, and links to their website and Amazon Author Central pages. These features allow you to share your expertise and experience, or even just an opinion with others in the community of authors. You can see examples of the Guest Author Feature HERE and HERE. If you are interested in submitting a guest post, please check out the Guest Post Submission Guidelines here.
The following features are different ways to showcase your books on indies Unlimited. All of these features require the books be submitted and go through our vetting process. These features are deigned for single titles. Because each title for these features has to be individually vetted, no omnibus editions, box-sets, multi-author bundles, anthologies, or collections, will be accepted.
New Release Announcements
Beginning in April, 2013, we will feature new release announcements as omnibus posts that will appear on the site once or twice a month (depending on volume). No more than five announcements will be bundled into a single post, and books must have been published within the past 90 days. For each book, these features include a book link, a 140 character book description, and a book cover image. Authors participating in announcement features will have that book showcased in the IU store for one year.
Please query with the contact form. Include a purchase link for Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble or some other mainstream outlet that enables book previewing with your query.
Video Trailer Feature
If your book has a video trailer, we can feature that on the site as well. The Video Trailer Feature requires a 100 word book description to accompany the video. Include a link to YouTube so we can obtain the necessary HTML code. You can see an example HERE. Authors submitting a Video Trailer will have that book showcased in the IU store for one year. These features require a purchase link for Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble or some other mainstream outlet. Trailers should not have a run time in excess of 1:30 (90 seconds). Please include at least one of these links with your query.
Book Brief Features
Book Brief is a simple Q&A type feature that includes a book blurb, some answers to questions about the book, a picture of the book cover, and one Amazon link for the book. These features focus on the book rather than the author. See examples of the Book Brief feature HERE.
Authors interviewed for our Book Brief features will have one book showcased in the IU store for one year.
This feature is intended for novels and novel-length nonfiction. It is not intended for use with anthologies, short stories, essays, poetry, picture books, or short story collections.
If you are interested in making a submission, please query first by using the form on the contact page. Please include a link to your book from Amazon, Smashwords, or another major online retailer when you query. Select the appropriate department from the drop down menu, and let us know how you’d like to participate. Do not include sales information or press releases. We look forward to hearing from you.