Thomas Sullivan Announces New Title

Author Thomas Sullivan is pleased to announce the release of his new humor collection, So Much Time, So Little Change.

Life is full of awkward events seemingly designed to annoy us like searching for an old-school barber, but landing at a frantic corporate salon that smells like a meth lab; running late for a flight, only to end up on The Terrorist Watch List; watching The Peoples Court with a stranger in the world’s gloomiest bar; fixing up a house knowing nothing about home improvement; and much more wonderful absurdity.

So Much Time, So Little Change was released in February 2013 by Wayman Publishing and is currently available from and Amazon UK.

Writing is Not an Entitlement Program

I demand a hefty advance!

I was having a nice chat the other day with a friend who’s a fellow author and the owner of an eBook publishing company. She was regaling me with stories from the trenches: namely, book submissions from diva authors.

“Then he sent me an email insisting he was expecting a six-figure advance for his fantasy tome, even after he’d read the contract and agreed to the percentage split,” she said, laughing and shaking her head.

My mouth dropped open in surprise. (Note to readers: this is an unattractive expression, and I don’t recommend it. The flies are annoying.) Continue reading “Writing is Not an Entitlement Program”

Weekly Flash Fiction Poll

It is time once more for IU readers to vote for their choice in our  weekly Flash Fiction Challenge.

When we left our flash fiction challenge, only part of the story was told. A handful of brave indies have stepped forward to finish the job, but they’re not out of the woods just yet.

Check out this week’s entries here. Vote for your fave then use those share buttons at the bottom of the post to spread the word that the vote is on.

 Note: Two entries were disqualified for exceeding the 250 word limit.

Choose this week's Flash Fiction star!

  • Dick C. Waters (50%, 23 Votes)
  • Ed Drury (20%, 9 Votes)
  • William C. Busch (15%, 7 Votes)
  • Aron Joice (9%, 4 Votes)
  • wmyrral (7%, 3 Votes)
  • Slimgrady2 (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Aurora Morealist (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 46

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We Don’t Need No … Front Matter

I thought it was a simple question, just like my answer. Kat Brooks mentioned that while sampling books using the “look inside” feature at Amazon she’d been seeing a lot of books front loaded with reviewer quotes among the front matter before the start of the actual book. Her question was whether the reviewer quotes were going to influence our buying decisions.

I rapidly tossed off my answer, that the reviewer quotes ought to be at the bottom of the book blurb or in the editorial reviews section of the book listing, not in the book, and returned to what I was doing. (Our gruel was especially good that day and I was hungry.) The other minions started chiming in with their thoughts and I listened while looking for a chance to steal some extra gruel from those deep in discussion. (Sorry Rich Meyer, you were eating too slow.) Continue reading “We Don’t Need No … Front Matter”