Learning the Indie Game

Guest post
by A.C. Flory

n00b [also newbie] n. Gaming term for inexperienced players.

After ten years of gaming, I consider myself to be something of a veteran, so heaven help anyone who calls me a n00b! However in the world of self-publishing I have no illusions; I am a n00b. So when Kat Brooks, a.k.a the Blurb Doctor, asked if I would do a guest post, my first thought was ‘Yes!’, closely followed by ‘What have I done?’.

Kat suggested I write about becoming a debut author. But what could a n00b like me possibly write on Indies Unlimited? Talking about my experiences would be like trying to teach my mother to boil eggs… embarrassing for both of us. Continue reading “Learning the Indie Game”

Meet the Movie Producer

Once in a while the Facebook gods smile on a poor, hapless individual such as myself. I don’t have thousands of friends, I like my comfort zone. But there are times I will reach out to someone and make a friend request. I’d seen a post by a friend, and there were several replies to it. One person’s replies intrigued me, so I sent a friend request. He accepted, and little did I know, that’s how I met a movie producer and screenwriter.

Daniel Noe, of Minority Pictures, LLC, has been in the business over 30 years. He’s spent six of that running his own company and another 24 in various “ATL” and “BTL” positions (these are industry terms for budget. “Above The Line” refers to Producers, Director, and Lead talent. “Below The Line” refers to the various pre-production/production departments and post-production).

I asked him if I could interview him for both my blog and the IU blog, he readily agreed. I typed up 10 questions that I thought would-be screenwriting authors might like to know. Yes, my inquiring mind wanted to know too! Continue reading “Meet the Movie Producer”

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.


Who deserves to be this week's flash fiction star?

  • Robert K. Blechman (29%, 19 Votes)
  • Lynne Cantwell (26%, 17 Votes)
  • Ed Drury (17%, 11 Votes)
  • Jacqueline Hopkins-Walton (12%, 8 Votes)
  • Summer Ross (9%, 6 Votes)
  • Frank Parker (5%, 3 Votes)
  • A.L. Kaplan (2%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 65

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Please Big Al, Stop Complaining

Sometimes I feel like my posts at Indies Unlimited help too little, or maybe that should be they help, but complain too much. Largely, I see that as a difference between my logical role as a contributor here, and the majority of IU’s other contributors. While most of IU’s posts are written by authors, Cathy Speight and I are exceptions. We’re book reviewers. Other contributors can talk about how to craft proper dialogue, their experiences with KDP Select, and various marketing techniques, and all of us can pass on our experiences with social media or (in Cathy’s case), help with punctuation usage, but there are areas Cathy and I can talk about that the other minions can’t. We see the best indie books out there (largely written by IU readers) and the worst (the authors who I’m guessing frequent those other sites instead). When we see trends in those “worst books,” we can point them out. These can be reminders or cautionary tales for those faithful IU readers and, for those other people who stumble in from elsewhere, possibly help them see the error of their ways. They’ll not only become better at their job as an author, but may eventually rise to the level of the faithful IU reader. Raising everyone’s game, helps us all. Which leads to my current criticism. Continue reading “Please Big Al, Stop Complaining”