Dear Santa: My Indie Author Wish List

Dear Santa:

K. S. Brooks with Santa
Photo Credit: EPS, Lowell, MA

Pay no attention to that menorah behind me. It’s nothing more than a fancy candelabra. Honest.

I’ve been a good girl. Hmmm. Can you be more specific as to the parameters you use to base your “naughty or nice” evaluation? I’m a little sketchy on that.

In any case, I’ve worked really hard this year. I managed to turn out 4 published titles, and all the marketing/publicity work that goes with them. That’s why I’ve finally given in to writing you this letter. I’m a little tired at this point. So I’m hoping you will be a stand-up kind of jolly dude and bring me what I want for Hanu…kuh…ristmas. Yeah, I meant Christmas. I noticed I’m developing a stutter…I think it’s all the stress.

#1. Santa, I’d really like it if all those people who promised me reviews in exchange for a free book would actually post their reviews. To them the book was free, but it wasn’t for me. I guess they don’t realize that I have to pay for my print copies. And then I have to pay for postage. When all is said and done, it’s not an inexpensive venture for me. I think probably other Indie Authors have the same problem, so if you could work your magic for all of us, I’d appreciate it.

#2. I have over 700 friends on Facebook. Only a few of them, unprompted, have posted something like “hey, my friend has written these awesome books – you guys should check them out!” with a link to my page. That kind of thoughtfulness really blew me away. If only 10% of my Facebook friends posted something like that, that’d be nearly 100 people who might be talking about my books. Is that something you could, you know, make happen?

#3. I don’t mind giving advice and encouragement to people who have questions about writing. I’m glad to help. But sometimes I feel a little bit used – these people keep coming back over and over again with more and more questions – and I’ve never even met them. Do you think it would be rude to ask them to purchase my books? I’m really not that kind of salesy, so if you could do some kind of hocus pocus that makes people feel obligated to buy one of my books before they can ask something of me, that’d be super frikkin cool.

#4. I have to know. Does that suit itch? What do you wear under that? Does the red dye bleed into your skin? Is it dry clean only?

#5. I’d like to see authors stop using writers’ groups to hard-sell each other. Isn’t that like stealing from Peter to give to Paul? Trading books for reviews is one thing. Getting in my face to sell their book is another. That’s not how I roll.

I think that’s enough for now. How about I let you mull these over for a bit? I’m not sure you want to come down my very narrow chimney, but I’ll leave some potato latk…kuh…cookies out for you anyway. Damn, there’s that stutter again! We can work on that in my next letter. Meanwhile, if you could hop on this list, and spread the love a little, I know a lot of writers would be grateful.

Your Friend,

K. S. Brooks

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K.S. Brooks is an award-winning author and photographer, and Co-Administrator of Indies Unlimited. For more information, please see the IU Bio page and her web site:

Author: K.S. Brooks

K.S. Brooks is an award-winning novelist, photographer, and photo-journalist, author of over 30 titles, and executive director and administrator of Indies Unlimited. Brooks is currently a photo-journalist and chief copy editor for two NE Washington newspapers.  She teaches self-publishing and writing topics for the Community Colleges of Spokane, and served on the Indie Author Day advisory board. For more about K.S. Brooks, visit her website and her Amazon author page.

14 thoughts on “Dear Santa: My Indie Author Wish List”

  1. Awesome list, KS. I totally agree with #5, that is why you rarely see me post anything about me or my book. Guess I'm just not a salesman, guess why I am not in sales, lol. I definitely don't mind promoting other authors books and have decided my news years resolution it to promote more on an either daily or weekly basis.

    My one wish would be for Santa to give me more time write, perhaps be able to quit my day job so I can write more, get more books out there.

    1. Hey Jackie, thanks! Well keep on stopping by here – we've got some big surprises coming up to help authors promote their works. And you won't have to do any "sales"! Just how I like it. 🙂

  2. I'd like to wish to all authors (including moi!) a great holiday season full of love and laughter, latkes and cookies, brisket and turkey, and those delicious babas with miel,etc.

    Love, latkes, and eggnog to all!

  3. Kat,

    You left off the NY Times Best Sellers list for 2012. We deserve that, don't we! Then I was thinking, how about Santa getting us some help to publish in the New Yorker. I always get those nice rejections, with the hand-written note at the end. Hmmmmm, I think that's all I remember. What about some new publishers that like our work — maybe, I'm asking for too much now. Just let me stop here and wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukha, Peace, Hope and Health in the New York.


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