Indie Author Newsbreak 12-31-2018

indie author newsOkay, 2018 is just about over, so let’s take a look at a few ways to make 2019 a kick-butt year with some great advice from folks who seem to know what they’re talking about.

From rejected by publishers to self-published and number one on Amazon’s self-help, new releases category, Matt Sweetwood talks about What You Need to Know to Create a Best-selling Book on

Is 1000 True Fans Still Relevant for Self-Publishers? If you’re new to the concept of 1000 true fans, this piece by Amy Harrop talks about the origins as well as how and why it applies today more than ever.

Over on Anne R. Allen’s blog, veteran author Derek Murphy looks back and writes about 10 Mistakes I Made as a New Indie Author to help others not fall down the same way. He’s got some good advice in there, and it’s not just for newbies.

Last, but definitely not least, Joanna Penn sat down with Mark Leslie LeFebvre to talk about Tips For Long-Term Publishing Success. They talk about building a professional author brand, dealing with retailers, podcasting, in-person marketing, and more.

That’s all we have time for this year, folks. Thanks for being here. We’re thankful for this great community and each of you is a part of that. Stay safe on New Year’s Eve, and here’s to a bright and successful 2019.

Tamara McLanahan Wins Flash Fiction Challenge

Tamara McLanahan is the Readers’ Choice in this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge. The winning entry is decided by the popular vote and rewarded with a special feature here today. (In the case of a tie, the writer who submitted an entry first is the winner per our rules.) Without further ado, here’s the winning story:

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Flash Fiction Writing Prompt: The Race

IMG_20180603 flash fiction writing prompt copyright KS Brooks
Photo copyright K. S. Brooks. Do not use without attribution.

Use the photograph above as the inspiration for your flash fiction story. Write whatever comes to mind (no sexual, political, or religious stories, jokes, or commentary, please) and after you PROOFREAD it, submit it as your entry in the comments section below. There will be no written prompt.

Welcome to the Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge. In 250 words or less, write a story incorporating the elements in the picture at left. The 250 word limit will be strictly enforced.

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December 2018 Writing Exercise: Enervate

writing exercise stretching-498256_960_720Our overworked administrator is getting a well-deserved break today, so we figured you all might like to take this time to exercise your writing chops.

Therefore, here’s a writing prompt for you; do as you wish – short story, flash fiction, poem, what have you. There is no deadline or word count restriction. Just write. (Comments are closed – write on your own.)

This week’s word: Enervate

Use it however you’d like: as the title, in a sentence, or as inspiration. Ready, set, write!