Happy Amazon Shopping, Everyone!

snowflake holiday shopping timeAs the holiday season nears, people will be shopping for thoughtful gifts and little extras they may need to accommodate seasonal visitors. More often than ever before, people will do a lot of that shopping online, and Amazon.com will get the lion’s share of digital retail.

That’s no surprise. Not only does Amazon sell everything under the sun, but it has made customer satisfaction a priority with competitive pricing, rapid delivery, and no-hassle return policies.

Indies Unlimited is an Amazon affiliate, which means that if you order something from Amazon though any link you click here, they will pay us a few pennies for the referral. It costs you nothing more to get your shopping done and to support Indies Unlimited at the same time! So, here is a thought: If you are going to shop Amazon this holiday season anyway and you are already right here on Indies Unlimited, why not get to Amazon by clicking here?

We’re not trying to guilt you into anything. We won’t mention all the free content we’ve provided, the helpful tutorials, or free promotional opportunities we make available for authors. No, mentioning that stuff is not our style. Nor will we remind you that IU is run by volunteers who largely do all this out of a sense of responsibility to the indie author community. After all, our humility is a real point of pride. (ahem)

All we’re asking is that if you’re going to buy something from Amazon anyway (and who hasn’t?), that you get there though Indies Unlimited. That goes almost without saying for things like books and Kindles, but even if you decide to get Great Aunt Ida that case of baked beans she’s always wanted, Amazon will toss us a scrap if you go there through an IU link.

So, what do you say? Seems like a win-win proposition. After all, we don’t want to have to send BigAl to sidle up to you to say in his best gangster voice, “Nice shopping list you got there. I’d hate to see something bad happen to it.”

Which Software Is Best for Authors – Part 1

author software questions keyboard-824309_640Newbies to the wonderful world of indie publishing can be forgiven their bewilderment at the range of software options out there for our use. The thing is, some programs work better than others for our purposes, and some don’t really have any use for us at all.

The minions sat around the gruel cauldron recently and discussed what’s out there – the good, the bad, and the ugly. We came up with so many options that I’m going to split this into two posts. Today, I’ll talk about project planning and writing software, including a couple of options for people who don’t have access to Microsoft Office. Continue reading “Which Software Is Best for Authors – Part 1”

Thrifty Thursday: eBook Freebies & Deals

Thrifty Thursday Jumping for JoyThat’s right, we’re jumping for joy over the super hot free and 99 cent eBook deals on Thrifty Thursday!

Readers: look in the comment section below. If you see one you like, click over and buy it. How easy is that? (If you don’t see the book covers, adjust your browser’s adblock settings.)

Authors: if you have a book priced at 99¢ or less (that’s right, post your free eBooks here, too!), follow the instructions below and post it right in the comment section. Got more than one bargain book? Go ahead and post them all if you like, but only one book and ONE link per comment please!

We will convert your link to a clickable book cover. Do not attempt to insert an image in comments on your own. Just put the following information in the comment section:

1. Book title
2. Author name
3. A one sentence
blurb (~140 characters – longer descriptions will be deleted)
4. ONE link to download the book (only secure retail sites – Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, Kobo, or Apple/iStore)
5. Whether your book is free or 99 cents (and for how long/what dates)

Then let your friends and fans know your book is available here today. Use the share buttons below, or copy the link in the address bar above and share the news on your favorite social media platforms. The more, the merrier, right?

So let’s give it a try, shall we? Please make sure to follow the RULES above. Now, go ahead and tell the world about your cheap read. IU is a safe-for-work site. PLEASE do not post links to erotica, religious, or political titles.

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