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 “Write Your Story Even if You Can’t Write”

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.

How to Make a Book Trailer in iMovie Part One

Author Candace WilliamsGuest Post
by Candace Williams

RJ Crayton’s inspiring article, Authors Can Make Book Trailers With YouTube’s Free Editor, came along just when I was starting to make a book trailer in iMovie. IU asked me if I’d write an article about it for all of us Mac users. Of course! This will be in two parts. Don’t worry about the volume of information. I’ve broken the whole process down to just four basic steps to guide you. In this post, I will concentrate on the preparations, and in part two, the actual creation of the book trailer.

Before we get into iMovie itself, there are a few things you should do to make the process easier. Continue reading “How to Make a Book Trailer in iMovie Part One”

Sunday Book Showcase: Birthing Ella Bandita

Birthing Ella Bandita by Montgomery MahaffeyBirthing Ella Bandita
by Montgomery Mahaffey
Genre: Dark Fantasy
70 pages
4.1 average on 10 reviews

Seven years of silent treatment brings a young woman to the edge of despair. Her father, the illustrious Patron, has refused to speak to her since she was thirteen, and everyone in the village follows his rule. One day, the girl realizes her twentieth birthday has passed, and she is now the age when she would enter society as a Woman – if only she wasn’t an outcast. Knowing her life will never get better, the girl decides to end the aching silence within her in the depths of a violent river. Just before plunging into the icy water, a voice behind her utters, “There is a better way.” The Sorcerer of the Caverns stands at the bank, holding a promise. He has the power to end her ostracism, but as the girl knows, a change of destiny this drastic must claim a fair price.

Birthing Ella Bandita is available at Amazon.com and Amazon UK.

Exclusive excerpt from Birthing Ella Bandita by Montgomery Mahaffey

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