RJ Crayton Joins the Indies Unlimited Staff

rj crayton libraryWe are pleased to announce that RJ Crayton, author of Life First and Second Life, is joining the staff of Indies Unlimited as a monthly contributor.

RJ is a former journalist who has worked at the Wichita Eagle and the Kansas City Star. She writes dystopian thrillers with a touch of romance. To learn more about her or her books, visit her website or her Author Central page.

Please join us in welcoming RJ Crayton to the Indies Unlimited team.

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confused grammar guyDazed? Confused? Fed up with that page number that won’t show up properly on your new book? Ready to throw your computer out the window because you can’t figure out how to use a supposedly helpful website? About to stab someone because you’re getting five different answers to your grammatical question?

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IU Named Among Six Great Blogs for Indie Authors

6 Great BlogsWe are very pleased to share the news that Indies Unlimited has been named in Publishers Weekly to a list of six great blogs for indie authors.

The article, by Betty Kelly Sargent, features blogs with “… passion on the part of the creator, extensive knowledge of all aspects of self-publishing, consistency, and clean, clear, entertaining prose.”

The other blogs honored include some of our perennial faves: The Book Designer, The Passive Voice, Jane Friedman, The Creative Penn, and No Rules Just Write.

Of course, Indies Unlimited is more than just the fevered dream of a lone evil mastermind brought to fruition. We would not be what we are today except for the talent and dedication of my partner, award-winning novelist and photographer, K.S. “Kat” Brooks, and the able assistance of our associate editor, Laurie Boris.

No blog can accomplish anything without a lot of high-quality content. Our staff contributors have given Indies Unlimited the certain je ne sais quoi we enjoy. Guest contributors also provide valuable and informative content.

Most importantly, we want to thank YOU. Thank you for making the occasional donation, for sharing our links around the internet, for engaging, and for spending part of your valuable time with all of us. Without you, our readers, none of this could happen.

Be sure to check out the whole article at Publisher’s Weekly.

Melinda Clayton Joins the Staff of Indies Unlimited

Melinda ClaytonWe are pleased to announce that Melinda Clayton has joined the staff of Indies Unlimited as a contributing author.

Melinda is the author of Appalachian Justice, Return to Crutcher Mountain, Entangled Thorns, and Blessed Are the Wholly Broken, as well as her nonfiction book, Self-publishing Made Simple: A How-to Guide for the Non-tech-savvy Among Us.

In addition to writing, Melinda has an Ed.D. in Special Education Administration and is a licensed psychotherapist in the states of Florida and Colorado. Her vast experience working in the field of mental health gives her a unique perspective on human behaviors, and she likes to explore this dynamic in her writing.

Her books have impressed critics and readers alike, and her winning personality, quick wit, and snarky sense of humor make her a great fit for us. Also, we need to get those minion psych evals going as quickly as possible. Please welcome Melinda to the IU family.