The Automated Reciprocator

How many times a day do people ask you for advice on how to write or publish or market a book? It can get frustrating and become a time-suck. Can you imagine if you were a doctor, a lawyer, an accountant, or a mechanic? You’d never be giving your time away for free, would you?

Well, here at the Indies Unlimited Laboratories, we’ve come up with the perfect invention for you: the amazing Automated Reciprocator!

This machine is so brilliant, so intuitive, and so easy to use, you’ll wish we invented it years ago – but only after you got published, right?

The directions for use are simple. Before you put it into service, however, you need to make a list of the things you need, or the things you’re willing to barter for. The Automated Reciprocator can’t help you get your due until you perform this initial step. Not sure what you need/want? Here’s a list of most commonly requested items: Continue reading “The Automated Reciprocator”

Vote Now and Free Your Brain Up!

You feel that itching in your forebrain? That’s your brain trying to remind you to vote in this week’s flash fiction challenge. That or brain chiggers. Probably the first thing though.

We had a number of great entries. Kudos to all the entrants. Now IU readers to choose: Who will be this week’s Flash Fiction Star?

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.


Which author wrote your favorite story about Og and the fire leaf?

  • Dick C Waters (49%, 19 Votes)
  • Lynne Cantwell (18%, 7 Votes)
  • Ed Drury (10%, 4 Votes)
  • Yvonne Hertzberger (8%, 3 Votes)
  • Sherri (8%, 3 Votes)
  • mandywrite (8%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 39

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An Indies Itchy Feet Vox Pop

I interviewed the famous and fabulous Martin Crosbie on my blog recently, and realised that he was the second Scot-transplanted-to-Canada to feature in a podcast. Then there’s me, a Londoner in Ontario. I asked him if he thought the whole emigration thing had contributed to his writing, and we mused about outsiderness for a while. Intrigued, I had a look at the Indies Bio Page and found that about half of us have moved from somewhere to somewhere else.

Not a scientific survey I’ll grant you but I wondered about the connection. I asked some of the minions, “Did you become a writer because you travelled, or did you travel because you’re a writer?”

and “Writers often consider themselves to be outsiders, observing life. Did learning to adapt to new cultures foster this aspect of your personality?”

Here are some of their answers. Let’s start with Martin… Continue reading “An Indies Itchy Feet Vox Pop”