Title Envy

hidden title 120x177Author, oh author, why is your title so tiny? Don’t you want your book to have a big title, like the other books do? I know you do. And I know you know that size matters.

Then why, oh why, are you not using the space on your book’s cover to better display your title? What, exactly, are you trying to accomplish?

This perplexes me. This drives me up the wall. This makes me want to scream.

When you…

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Your Knot Write

Your Knot WriteA long time ago (at least in internet time) I did a post on homonym or homophone errors titled Watt Due Ewe Mien. We all know the most common errors and hopefully look for them when we’re proofing our own work. Most of us have words and phrases in our vocabulary we use less often than the heavy hitters like their, there, and they’re that we know (or think we know) how to say, but have trouble…

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Featured Book: Don’t Tell Anyone

Featured Book: Don’t Tell Anyone

Don't Tell Anyone (award cover)Don’t Tell Anyone
by Laurie Boris
Genres: literature, women’s fiction
Available at Amazon US and Amazon UK.

When a family accidentally learns that their matriarch has breast cancer, their complicated weave of family secrets and lies begins to unravel. Can they hold their own lives together long enough to help Mom with hers? Winner, The Kindle Book Review’s 2013 Best Indie Books Award.

Excerpt:

“Ma…

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Kindle Unlimited

KindleUnlimitedYou’d have to have been living under a rock for the past week (or on vacation somewhere where there’s no internet) to have missed Amazon’s big news about its newest feature, Kindle Unlimited.

For the low, low price of $9.99 a month, Amazon.com will let readers download an unlimited number of ebooks and audiobooks from its special Kindle Unlimited store. (Those of you who are forced, by…

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How Kids Make Books Their Own

How Kids Make Books Their Own

Author Jacqueline DooleyGuest post
by Jacqueline Dooley

When I started writing my first book, Doorways to Arkomo, I knew I wanted to reach readers around age 10 through about 13 or 14 – an age where kids still believe in magic (I hope), but are old enough to crave a story with real depth and breadth.

My own experience as a young reader was constantly on my mind. I used to get so obsessed with books that I’d read them…

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Book Signing Check-Lists

Bowersock Book SigningThere have been several excellent guidelines posted here in IU about book signings. To mention a few: K.S. Brooks (1), Brooks (2), StoreyWyer, and Hertzberger.

If you’ve been taking notes, you’ve probably noticed that book signings can be wildly different depending on the venue, the time of day and the planning. You may have also figured that book signings can require a lot of effort and may…

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How to Resize a Photo – Mac Edition

How to Resize a Photo – Mac Edition

So you want to resize a photo and you own a Mac. The process is really simple and you only need the software that came on your machine. (For instructions on how to resize a photo on a PC this article is for you.)

To start, simply find the photo you wish to resize using the Mac’s Finder (the little happy face you use to find files), and click to open it. Mac automatically opens photos in its…

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Recognising a Crisis Part 2

Recognising a Crisis Part 2

Dont-Panic1I wrote in Recognising a Crisis Part 1 about some of the ways we prevent ourselves from processing disastrous information, this time I’m going to take a step back in time to the moment an emergency begins.

You’ll have been in a building when the fire alarm goes off…what’s everyone’s initial reaction? A test, a prank, a short-circuit. If someone collapses in public, or starts choking at a…

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Back To Work

penguinI’m back after a few weeks away from Indies Unlimited. Sure does feel good to be among friends, aspiring writers, already there writers and others again. While this site is not a “I went to the store yesterday” kind of blog site, I think it’s important to share with you what’s been happening in my life. In fact, it has a lot to do with writing.

For the past 16 years, I’ve worked for myself in…

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Featured Book: Triple Dog Dare

Featured Book: Triple Dog Dare

Triple Dog DareTriple Dog Dare
by K.S. Brooks and Stephen Hise
Genres: Chick-lit, humor, rom-com
Available at Amazon.

Mayhem ensues when Stu, a wealthy dog breeder, is forced to retrieve a prize pup from the woman he secretly loves. But the dog has become a celebrity, and Stu’s dream girl needs the pup to meet a publication deadline she was obligated to by her arrogant and controlling fiancé.

Excerpt

Terri then…

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