Createspace: One Author’s Opinion

createspace logoCreatespace, for the uninitiated, is a paperback creation and distribution platform – currently owned by Amazon. With little understanding, and as cheap as free, you can design and publish paperbacks. By free I mean they will even provide you with ISBN numbers. Which is something, as far as I know, no other company currently does. They do provide a rather basic cover creator if you’re in a pinch, but I’d recommend finding other means for a cover. There are plenty of premade covers out there for cheap. Many of them will come in correct dimensions, including spine depth. This is an important thing to consider when publishing a paperback for the first time, because it’s also the single most difficult part of the process. Continue reading “Createspace: One Author’s Opinion”

Theodore Jerome Cohen Wins Flash Fiction Challenge

Theodore Jerome Cohen is the Readers’ Choice in this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge. The winning entry is decided by the popular vote and rewarded with a special feature here today. (In the case of a tie, the writer who submitted an entry first is the winner per our rules.) Without further ado, here’s the winning story:

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Flash Fiction Writing Prompt: Bird Play

Photo copyright K. S. Brooks. Do not use without attribution.

Use the photograph above as the inspiration for your flash fiction story. Write whatever comes to mind (no sexual, political, or religious stories, jokes, or commentary, please) and after you PROOFREAD it, submit it as your entry in the comments section below. There will be no written prompt.


Welcome to the Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge. In 250 words or less, write a story incorporating the elements in the picture at left. The 250 word limit will be strictly enforced.

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Indie Author Newsbreak 8-17-2018

indie author newsThank goodness it’s Friday. Of course, you know what this means – it is time once again for your weekly booster shot of news serum! So, roll up those sleeves and hum a happy little tune while we affix this ginormous needle of enlightenment. It’s for your own good and there’s no copay!

Is your writing plagued with bloat? The word doctor is in. This week, grand rounds include a case study on the signs and symptoms of redundancy in writing.

Joanna Penn has a prescription for enriching your writing through travel. She states, “Even a trip to the other side of town can infuse your writing with new and exciting energy.” Not sure about that. For some of us, a trip to the other side of town may involve gun-play.

It can be frustrating to take the pains to set your characters apart in physical description and voice, only to realize you didn’t use a very rich palette in making their mannerisms as distinctive. If you’re up for a little exploratory surgery on that manuscript, here’s a neat post on crafting a body language voice.

Finally, Joel Klettke has some great advice on diagnosing and treating problems in writing. An ounce of prevention, people!

That’s it for this visit. Be sure to stop by desk to schedule your appointment for next week. We may have your test results in by then.