A.V. Carden Wins Flash Fiction Challenge

A hearty congrats to A.V. Carden, whose entry won this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge.

The voter-selected story is recognized with a special feature here today and wins a place in our 2015 Flash Fiction Anthology, which will be published as an eBook when this year’s challenges are completed.

Without further ado, here’s the winning story:

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Amazon Marketing Services for KDP Select Titles

Amazon Marketing Services LogoAmazon rolled out a new advertising option in the last few days and, as with all things Amazon related, it set the author blogosphere abuzz. If you have published books through Amazon’s KDP Select program, when you go to your KDP bookshelf, you should see a link that says “Promote and Advertise.”

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If you are interested in giving this new option a whirl, click that button and you will be taken to a page that looks like this: Continue reading “Amazon Marketing Services for KDP Select Titles”

Part II – A Trust or an LLC Can Help Manage Author Assets after Death

estate planning for authors last willYay, you came back! On Monday, we talked about what happens to a writer’s intellectual property (IP) after they die. A will was mentioned as a fairly simple way to pass on this asset. However, a will has some drawbacks.

“Every state is different, but a will can spend up to a year in probate,” said Chad Whitfield, an attorney with Hunter, Smith and Davis in Tennessee. “It has to stay open between four months and a year, and things become public. The copyrights you own, all the assets have to be on the inventory. Some people like to keep it private. With a living trust, you can accomplish the same goals, but it’s private.” Continue reading “Part II – A Trust or an LLC Can Help Manage Author Assets after Death”