Over the short time since its inception, Indies Unlimited has become one of the most heavily trafficked websites for people interested in indie writing, publishing, marketing, and reading. We’re honored that so many people are saying so many great things about us.
With the word spreading, this means we encounter a lot of new folks who have never seen anything quite like Indies Unlimited and who don’t know quite what to make of it.
We thought it might be nice to provide a sort of guided tour, so people could get a better handle on what our site is about, what we do, and what we don’t do.
Indies Unlimited was established to help independent authors in both honing their writing craft and promoting their work. We are a mainstream site, featuring fiction and nonfiction books for all age groups. We are a safe-for-work site and do not feature books that have themes that are predominately erotic, political, or religious in nature.
We will not feature material we feel is a poor fit for the site, or material we feel is not ready for prime time.
The site is staffed and run by volunteers. We have many demands on our time and attention. Your queries will be answered, though it may take some time, depending on our caseloads. Getting snippy with us will not help you.
The site was founded in 2011 by indie author Stephen Hise and is administered by award-winning novelist and photographer, K.S. Brooks. Readers will often see Hise referred to as the Evil Mastermind, or E.M., for short. Do not be alarmed. It’s just a work title. The administrators are responsible for responding to queries, recruiting guest posts, developing the schedule, vetting content for the site, researching and writing posts, moderating discussion, and developing and scheduling non-staff content (such as like-fests, Thrifty Thursdays, etc).
The staff contributors (sometimes referred to as minions – again, just a work title) are the regular article-writers for the site. The majority of these are other indie authors. All of the authors on staff were selected because of their reputations in the indie community for being knowledgeable and helpful. Two of the staff are book reviewers. The book reviewers do not do book reviews here. They have their own sites for that. Instead, they are on staff because we believe it is important for authors to understand various facets of the craft from a reviewer’s point of view.
We have a lot of different kinds of content, all aimed at different things.
Articles, whether staff posts or guest posts, are generally about some facet of writing, editing, or marketing, market analysis, technology, or trends. Most of our articles are either informational or humorous (or both).
Tutorials are informational posts that guide the reader through a specific process, such as setting up an Author Central page, writing a book description, or using various social media.
Like-fests are posts that invite readers to participate in growing their social media followings by posting a link to a specific social media platform, and “liking” others in the thread who do so in return.
Promotional opportunities abound on Indies Unlimited. There are free promotional opportunities, like our Thrifty Thursdays (featuring books priced from 99¢ to free) or our Print Book Paradise, featuring print editions priced at $15 or less. These are self-serve posts, and provide authors a no-cost opportunity to list their books so readers can pick up some great reads on the cheap.
Additional free promotional posts: Book Briefs are designed to provide readers with a behind-the-scenes look at a book from the author’s point of view. Video trailer posts introduce readers to a book through a more visual medium. New Release Announcements spotlight five new titles every few weeks. Books which appear in these features have passed the Indies Unlimited Vetting Process.
Featured posts are paid promotions. We offer several types of paid promotion to fit any budget. See the advertising tab on the main menu bar at the top of the page for more information. These titles have also been vetted.
Announcement posts alert readers to new Indies Unlimited book releases, new features, or changes to the site.
The popular Flash Fiction Challenge is a post that contains both a picture and written prompt. Participants are invited to write a 250 word flash fiction story using the prompts provided. All are welcome to participate. The rules are provided in the body of the posts. These posts run every Saturday at 9 AM US Pacific Time.
Polls or Voting posts ask readers to vote on a specific issue, such as the best flash fiction entry of the week, video trailer of the month, or to solicit opinions or preferences.
Searching the site can be daunting. There are several thousand articles in our database, and that content grows every day. We provide several different ways for readers to find what they are looking for on Indies Unlimited. There is a search bar in the upper right-hand corner of the site. In the right sidebar, there is a list of staff members – if you want to see all the articles by any particular staff contributor, you can click their name and all their articles will appear. There is a category list – you can look at all the posts assigned to those categories. There is a calendar widget. You can hover over a date and see all the posts for that day, or click on the day and it will take you to that page so you can read the posts.
On the main menu bar at the top, we also have a KnowledgeBase page. Click on any subject there, and you will find results for all the articles containing the specified tag. We also have a number of Resource Pages which you can find at the top of the KnowledgeBase page. The KnowledgeBase is still under construction.
What we are not:
We are not a social media platform. You can’t post content here – only we can post content here. If you would like to write a guest post, do a book brief, or have your book featured in some way, query through the contact form and follow the submission guidelines. Comments made in posts on the site should conform with the comment policy. We encourage reader engagement, but comments should be courteous, on topic, and appropriate.
We are not a review site. Do not send us your book and ask us to review it.
We are not a publisher. Do not send us your manuscript and ask us to publish it.
We are not an editorial service. While we may fix the occasional typo, if you send us material that is shot through with errors, we will reject it.
For additional information, please see our new ABOUT page, our SUBMISSION guidelines, our ADVERTISING information, and our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.
Thanks for being here, and we wish you much success in 2015.
10 thoughts on “How Indies Unlimited Works”
Thanks for all you do. I’ve learned a lot here. When anyone asks me questions about how to write or publish a book, I send them to IU.
Yay. This is a great post to share first when trying to explain why this is a good site for indies (which I will be doing in a local library program in a few weeks).
Best resource for Indie writers anywhere.
Excellent round-up of IU. I will bookmark this to share with newbies that come to me with questions about any of this.
A clear, concise explanation of why IU is the best independent author site around.
I concur with the above comments – this is a really great site for indie authors.
Thanks for being here and having our backs. 🙂
Indies Unlimited has pointed me in the right direction on more than one occasion and has been my companion throughout my first full year of indie authorship. Love it.
Best to you an yours for all of 2015.
Thanks so much for all the wisdom and tips you share with authors. IU is a great place to hang out, to keep up to date with what’s happening in the industry, and to connect with like-minded writers. Happy New Year!
Thank you for all you do for indies. I’ve learned so much reading all of these posts. It’s a great community. Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to what Indies Unlimited accomplishes in 2015.
Thanks for all the great comments, everyone. We wish you a happy, healthy, and successful 2015. 🙂
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