meGuest Post
by JT Sather

Greetings, my fellow indies. I’m one of the new kids on the chopping block. I’ve been a fan of IU for some time now, and I finally have something to contribute. There’s a social site on the web that is an amazing resource for exposure. I’ve been messing around with it for a little over a year, and trying to figure out how to use it to my advantage. (Yeah, I’m slow. I get it.)

These are my “tips and hints” on how to use as a tool for authors and bloggers alike. I haven’t told many of you about this place yet for a reason. It can make you, or break your little heart rather quickly. Follow my guidelines, and you’ll go far. If you try to rush into selling your books or blogs, you’ll be shunned like a leper, and it’ll be over as quickly as it started. I’ve been working it for a long time now, and I’m finally, after careful planning and cunning, starting to gain book sales, and even reviews. This is a site on the web that has one of the largest gatherings of people I have ever seen. There is an endless amount of groups, and within each group you can find anywhere between a few hundred or a few hundred thousand people. I have been toying with this place since October of last year. I’m not the most online savvy guy you ever met, so yeah, it took me almost a year to finally start to make use of it. I’ll give you a step by step instruction on how to get started, but be warned, this is a place where if you’re not careful, you’ll be eaten alive and left for the crows. DO NOT start off spamming, or you’ll be cyber-killed in a minute. There is a low tolerance here for such. Read this before you start; Continue reading “Using”

Flash Fiction Vote: Get it in Gear

Flash Fiction VoteThe flash fiction challenge is off to a fast start. There are lots of great entries to choose from this week. Which did you like best?

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

Voting polls close Thursday at 5 PM Pacific time.


Whose story did you like the best?

  • Sara Stark (39%, 24 Votes)
  • TJ Perkins (25%, 15 Votes)
  • Kathy Steinemann (16%, 10 Votes)
  • Jon Jefferson (7%, 4 Votes)
  • alkaplan (5%, 3 Votes)
  • Annette Hatton (3%, 2 Votes)
  • tdmckinnon (3%, 2 Votes)
  • Ey Wade (2%, 1 Votes)
  • G Mitchell Baker (0%, 0 Votes)
  • jledgington (0%, 0 Votes)
  • John Shirley (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 61

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

New Titles Available

Happy New Year! Here are four new titles to check out.

Alinors Shard 120x177Alinor’s Shard by Brian Beam

In a world consumed by shadow, the Dark God rules uncontested. Will the power of Alinor’s Shard be enough to end his vile reign?

Alinor’s Shard is available through and Amazon UK.

cookin with the hopkins 120x177Cookin’ with the Hopkins by Jacqueline Hopkins

This collection of recipes is the author’s favorites regularly made by her mother while growing up during the 60s & 70s in Colorado & Idaho.

Cookin’ with the Hopkins is available through and Amazon UK.

Self publishing made simple 120x177Self-publishing Made Simple: A How-to Guide for the Non-tech-savvy Among Us by Melinda Clayton

Compare and contrast distributors, format manuscripts, register copyrights and much more, all in this plainspoken, easy to follow guide.

Self-publishing Made Simple is available at and Amazon UK.

Eugenic reprisalEugenic Reprisal by J. M. Preiss

Cpt. Mason Smith and Lt. Jacob Brown are sent on another exciting part of their adventure in hopes to stop the impending apocalypse.

Eugenic Reprisal is available at and Amazon UK.