Time for the Flash Fiction Vote

IU readers vote now to choose the next flash fiction star. Who will it be?

All our winners will be included in the next edition of the IU Flash Fiction Anthology.

Check out this week’s entries here. Vote for your favorite entry, then use those share buttons at the bottom of the post to spread the word.

Support your fellow writers and participate in this week’s voting, then  share the link to let everyone know the vote is on.

Polls close tomorrow at 5 PM.


Which author do you think penned the best flash fiction story this week?

  • Ed Drury (33%, 14 Votes)
  • Kathy Steinemann (31%, 13 Votes)
  • Jon Jefferson (14%, 6 Votes)
  • Susan Strayer (10%, 4 Votes)
  • AL Kaplan (10%, 4 Votes)
  • suteko (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Annette Hatton (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 42

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NOTE: Entrants whose submissions exceed the 250 word limit are eliminated from the poll.

Promotions with Tomoson

Some time back, I heard about Tomoson, a site for promoting products, including books. Curious, I checked it out. It’s an interesting idea. It’s essentially a meeting point for people who have a product to promote and bloggers looking for products to review. They describe themselves like this:

Tomoson was created because there needed to be a better way of managing product promotions with bloggers. The process was always so long, manual, and time consuming. Tomoson is the fast and efficient way to communicate with all your promotional bloggers or find new ones to review products.

I decided to run a promotion of my book, Queen’s Gold. I set it up on June 6 of this year and ran it through August 31. I realized after the fact that I really didn’t need to run it for that length of time, but found out once you set up a promotion, you cannot change the timing on it, so that was fine. Continue reading “Promotions with Tomoson”

5 Steps to Building Your Most Successful Marketing Campaign Yet

Guest post
by Meg Baatz

As an indie author, you cannot succeed without a marketing campaign. At its core, marketing is nothing more than telling a story. It’s just applied in a different context. Here are the 5 steps you already use to captivate your readers that you can use to build your most successful campaign yet. Continue reading “5 Steps to Building Your Most Successful Marketing Campaign Yet”

Book Blogger Spotlight: I Am, Indeed

Today, the Book Blogger Spotlight falls upon Gaele, from I Am, Indeed. This amazing book blogger was a veterinary science major at university with a bent for English literature, American and British.

The transition from reader to reviewer was a natural one for Gaele. “I don’t remember a time when I didn’t read, and I’ve always been fascinated with language and words. I was a kid who traveled often, so books were easy to transport and bring along, and being able to hide in other worlds kept boredom at bay. It wasn’t unusual to see me with 3 or 4 different books in a bag or backpack, and I’ve had and used and worn out library cards, getting my first when I was 4. With the advent of eBooks, an iPad and a Kindle Fire; both exposure and ability to get new titles near instantly kept me feeding my reader with titles in all genres. When I started to see the profusion of review sites, I put my name in the pot for a couple of positions on review teams, and was chosen. Between those site owners giving me a chance, and my own type-A go all in or go home attitude, a book blog was born. Then as time has gone on, I’ve spent time working on my review skills: from running a small review team for an eMagazine, to encouraging and helping new reviewers, writing guest posts about reviews and still managing to write reviews for 3 sites beside my own I’m pretty busy. Additionally, I still beta read for (last count) ten authors, and I have started editing (copy/proof/line) and two of my edited titles are now released.” Continue reading “Book Blogger Spotlight: I Am, Indeed”