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 Flash Fiction Story Should Win the Honors This Week?

  • Howard Johnson (64%, 41 Votes)
  • Angela Fulbright (8%, 5 Votes)
  • Leland Dirks (6%, 4 Votes)
  • Jon Jefferson (6%, 4 Votes)
  • Kathryn El-Assal (5%, 3 Votes)
  • Michael Seese (5%, 3 Votes)
  • Venkatesh Iyer (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Nancy DeCilio Gauthier (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Jacqueline Hopkins (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Vicki Zell (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Kenyon Ledford (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 64

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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.

NOOK Press for Print Books

Nook Press logo newThis week, NOOK Press announced it would begin “publishing” print books.

There’s a reason why I put “publishing” in scare quotes. For indies, the news isn’t as big as one might think at first glance.

First, the good news: NOOK Press will indeed turn out a print book for you, in a variety of trim sizes and cover types – including hardback, which CreateSpace doesn’t offer.

NOOK Press also provides a handy-dandy formatting guide, which looked pretty comprehensive to me when I skimmed it: covering everything from headers and pagination, to what the heck front matter and back matter are, to how to size the spine. And it actually appears to be written in English, not typeset-ese, which I thought was a problem when I originally looked at Lulu’s directions.

Now, the bad news. And there’s a lot of it. Continue reading “NOOK Press for Print Books”

Book Brief: The Art of Secrets

The Art of SecretsThe Art of Secrets
by Vicky Adin
Genre: Women’s Fiction
58,600 words

Emma Wade’s life has fallen apart and her career is rapidly going downhill. In a last-ditch effort to keep her job, she reluctantly agrees to write an exposé on the aged and reclusive author Charlotte Day.

Charlotte, who has lost the passion to write, is suspicious and distrustful of people and doesn’t want anyone digging into a past she considers shameful. However, she recognises her need to leave a legacy of some kind, and hesitantly accepts the project.

Wrestling with her own secrets, Emma worms her way into Charlotte’s past. But some memories are too precious or too painful to share – especially the causes of her descent into isolation. As they struggle forward, the two women are surprised to find much to like about each other. Their unusual relationship deepens; will they learn to trust again… Or will reliving the past be too much for either of them to handle?

The Art of Secrets is available at Amazon.com and Amazon UK. Continue reading “Book Brief: The Art of Secrets”

Goodreads Campaign-fest

What? No, not *that* kind of campaign: a Goodreads advertising campaign!  Advertising on Goodreads is inexpensive and, frankly, fun. It’s so fun that Melissa Bowersock wrote about advertising on Goodreads just yesterday. Looking at all those statistics on my ads makes me happy. You should give it a try. Meanwhile, how about we stir things up with a Goodreads like-fest?

Today you can share your author page and find new friends. For your profile, grab that URL which should look like this: https://www.goodreads.com/KSBrooks and paste it in the comments below.  (Not sure where to find your fancy URL? See the image below and look for the aqua arrow.) goodreads like buttonNow everyone can “Like” your author page.  The “Like” button is found about 1/3 of the way down the page on the same side as the author photo. Clicking on that will show that you like that author’s page on your Facebook wall. There’s also a Google+ button there, so if you have a Google+ account and you’re feeling generous, go ahead and click on that, too. Still not sure where the “like” button is? Click on this thumbnail to enlarge it and look for the magenta arrow.

[Don’t forget, if you right-click the links, you can choose to have them open in a separate tab so you don’t have to worry about navigating back and forth to pages.]

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.