Gordon Long Joins the Staff of Indies Unlimited

Author Gordon LongWe are pleased to announce that Gordon Long has joined the staff of Indies Unlimited as a contributing author.

Gordon is the author of a number of titles including a drama textbook, one social commentary – Why Are People So Stupid?, and some alternate reality/fantasy books. We here at IU knew Gordon’s snarky side ran deep when we saw his book titled A Sword Called… Kitten? In addition to writing prose, Gordon has authored many plays and musicals which have been performed by professional and amateur groups over the years.

When Gordon isn’t writing, he crews on a 32-foot racing sloop called “Quicker” out of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, and occasionally teaches ESL (English as a second language) in Korea. Thank goodness – someone who might be able to tell us what language these instructions are in. Now, perhaps, we can get the DeathStar out of drydock and away from the Google Barge.

Please welcome Gordon to the IU family.

A Self-Publishing Journey Which Debunks Conventional Wisdom

Author Shawn InmonI started my publishing journey three years ago — a fifty-something year-old realtor that hadn’t written anything in decades, but had a story to tell. Like so many others, I nearly fell into the orbit of a vanity press, a company that was thrilled to publish that story for me for around $5,000. Luckily, before I signed on the dotted line, I found Indies Unlimited and a few other worthwhile sites that showed me a different path. Now, three years later (I think publishing years should be like dog years and count at about a 7 to 1 ratio, don’t you?), I now find myself with the opportunity to write for IU. Who says dreams don’t come true?

Long before I ever wrote my first guest post for IU, I subscribed to the blog posts to make sure I didn’t miss any of them. If I had a question I needed answered, IU was always my first stop. Why? Because I had learned that I could trust the information. With so many publishing blogs, there’s an obvious slant, trying to recruit for some cause or belief, but not at IU. If they have a cause, it is to help us all be better writers and publishers. Continue reading “A Self-Publishing Journey Which Debunks Conventional Wisdom”

Shawn Inmon Joins the Staff of Indies Unlimited

Author Shawn InmonWe are pleased to announce that Shawn Inmon has joined the staff of Indies Unlimited as a contributing author.

Shawn is the author of ten titles including Rock ‘n Roll Heaven, Feels Like the First Time, Lucky Man, and the Second Chance Series. His stories also appear in a number of anthologies. Two of his novels have been translated into Spanish and Italian.

In addition to writing, Shawn has experience in a number of different fields including real estate, radio broadcasting, hamburgers, and business consulting. This combination makes Shawn a perfect fit for Indies Unlimited, as we are always fighting over the music on the iPod, and how to say gruel in Spanish.

A true dynamo with over 600 reviews on his first novel which was published just over two years ago, we look forward to learning much from Shawn. Please welcome him to the IU family.

Malapropisms, Spoonerisms and Oxymorons

Lovely words, aren’t they? They’re names for rather lively and entertaining word usages. Let’s just have a look at their origins and what they mean.


Malapropisms are named after Mrs Malaprop, a much-loved character in Richard Sheridan’s comedy play, The Rivals, written in 1775. She’s the play’s heroine’s aunt. She’s moralistic, pedantic and somewhat prejudiced, but she’s best known for her misuse of words: a trait of which she is completely unaware. Her quirk became known as Malapropisms. Here are some examples of her entertaining blunders:

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