eBook Deals February 20-26

KindlesmileThere’s nothing like good eBooks priced affordably, and we’ve got a bunch right here for you! They’re all either free or 99 cents, so tell all your friends! Yeah, I know, we’re really good to you!

Readers: look in the comment section below. If you see one you like, click over and buy it. How easy is that? (If you don’t see the book covers, adjust your browser’s adblock settings.)

Authors: if you have a book priced at 99¢ or less (that’s right, post your free eBooks here, too!), follow the instructions below Continue reading “eBook Deals February 20-26”

Which “Dead End” Flash Fiction Story Gets Your Vote?

Vote5It’s that time again…time to choose your favorite flash fiction story of the week! It’s all up to you now – only one can win Flash Fiction Readers’ Choice Champion honors. It’s super easy – choose your favorite and cast your vote below.

Check out this week’s entries here. Make your decision, then come back to THIS page and click the gray circle next to the person’s name. Scroll down to the vote button which will turn blue, and then click it. Please then use those share buttons at the bottom of the post to spread the word. Attention Authors: It is okay if you ask people to vote for you!

Voting polls close Thursday at 5 PM Pacific time. If the poll doesn’t close on time, any votes received after 5 pm will be removed.

REMINDER – entries over the 250 limit are disqualified.

Which "Dead End" Flash Fiction Story Gets Your Vote?

  • Mary Kay Bonfante (19%, 4 Votes)
  • Jeremy Cook (14%, 3 Votes)
  • Ann Zimmerman (10%, 2 Votes)
  • Melissa Bowersock (10%, 2 Votes)
  • P. k. Guncheon (5%, 1 Votes)
  • Ed Cooke (5%, 1 Votes)
  • E Carr (5%, 1 Votes)
  • Diane Selby (5%, 1 Votes)
  • A. L. Kaplan (5%, 1 Votes)
  • Leigh Kimmel (5%, 1 Votes)
  • Ken Talley (5%, 1 Votes)
  • Pharrel Katz (5%, 1 Votes)
  • William Thomas Engleson (5%, 1 Votes)
  • Tamara McLanahan (5%, 1 Votes)
  • Joshua Stemple (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Jon Brierton (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 21

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NOTE: Entrants whose submissions exceed the 250 word limit will be disqualified even if they win. ONE VOTE PER PERSON, please. Duplicate votes will be deleted. The results displayed above are unofficial until verified by administration.

Flash Fiction Editors’ Choice Winners for November and December 2018

indies unlimited editors choice flash fiction winnersFinally, the moment has arrived: we will now announce the Editors’ Choice winners for the IU Flash Fiction challenges from November and December 2018.

As you know, each week, the public gets to choose the Readers’ Choice winning entry by popular vote and the author is rewarded with a special feature on Saturdays. In the case of the Editors’ Choice winners, they garner a coveted spot in the first ever third Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Editors’ Choice Anthology. You don’t remember any of this? Well, you can refresh your memory by reading our rules.) Without further ado, here are the winning authors:

Continue reading “Flash Fiction Editors’ Choice Winners for November and December 2018”

Creating a Dynamite Four-Sentence Opening Paragraph

opening scene, window with curtains, breeze blowing inI began my writing career in drama, and when I start a new chapter of a novel, the first thing that comes to mind is the dialogue. Bad idea. When you come into the middle of a conversation, you always feel like you’re missing something, and I suspect my readers react the same way. So I went looking for a metaphor that would help me write an effective opening paragraph for every chapter. And to do that, I had to figure out what readers want at the beginning of a chapter.

And then I had a thought; starting a chapter is like entering a new room we have never been in before. What do readers want to know about that unknown room? Continue reading “Creating a Dynamite Four-Sentence Opening Paragraph”