Episode 69 – Birthdays, Indies Unlimited and K.S Brooks!

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Episode 69 Newbie Writer’s Podcast

 Special guest: Kat Brooks Co administrator of www.IndiesUnlimited.com


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From the Indies Unlimited Web site:

This site is dedicated to the independent authors, publishers, reviewers and readers who are on the cutting edge of that technological revolution.

A major challenge for any indie author is the lack of established infrastructure in place to market indie books. It can be challenging and time-consuming to get the word out about your book, to find reviewers, and to drive traffic to your website or Facebook page. As a new author, I was delighted to discover a very high level of mutual support and camaraderie in the indie author community. This platform is born from that spirit of mutual aid and support.

Please make Indies Unlimited your home for engagement with others who are interested in the Indie Author Movement. Be sure to “play nice” with others. Write informative, educational, or opinion minded comments, guest posts and other contributions. You can promote your books or yourself by participating in discussions and providing valuable content. Please do not spam us or use this system to send unrequested self-promotion, marketing, or sales materials. Instead, please use this platform to engage, inform, discuss, and build quality relationships.

Stephen Hise


K.S. Brooks is an award-winning novelist and photographer, author of thirteen books, and co-administrator of Indies Unlimited. Brooks’ feature articles, poetry, and photography have appeared in magazines, newspapers, books, and other publications both in the U.S. and abroad. For more about K.S. Brooks, visit her website and her Amazon author page.

So how do new authors get involved?

Are books published by other companies and then the author contacts you?

Are you primarily about promotion? Support?

What does a new author gain from engaging with Indies Unlimited?

Any success stories?

What do you suggest to new authors?


http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2012/11/08/introducing-bookscather/ – This is the article about one-star reviews .

Here’s a link to the titles Indies Unlimited put out last year: http://www.indiesunlimited.com/i-u-titles (including the Writing Stimulus Package)

An article newbies might find helpful – “What is a book trailer video?” – http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2012/12/18/what-is-a-book-video-trailer/

The link for the tutorial for Animoto – http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2012/07/31/how-to-make-a-thirty-second-book-trailer-video-using-animoto/

The post we discussed for newbie, unpublished authors who want to start setting up their platform: http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2013/01/23/i-dont-have-anything-yet/

My most recent “solo” release is Postcards from Mr. Pish: South and West Edition (sorry, set in the USA, but his first two books include Canada…):




I thought about pre-writing Valentine’s Day cards. You are my only one . . . Roses are Red . . . .

What about writing up a valentine to the one who broke your heart?

Roses are Red

Violets are Blue

I married a rich guy

And are better off than you.

I think Damien can do better – but you get the idea. The anti Valentine sentiment. Possibly more fun. Write many to those you are grateful got away.


To my past Valentine, lay off the chocolate and carbs..


Word of the Week


paresthesia or paraesthesia


(par-uhs-THEE-zhuh, -zhee-)



noun: A sensation of pricking, tingling, burning, etc. on the skin.



From Greek para- (at, beyond) + aisthesis (sensation or perception). Ultimately from the Indo-European root au- (to perceive) that also gave us audio, audience, audit, auditorium, anesthesia, aesthetic, anesthetic, esthesia, synesthesia, and obey. Earliest documented use: 1848.



“Cronk muttered to himself, wiggling his right foot in an effort to relieve the paresthesia.”
Bruce Banta; A Dead Man’s Chest; Xlibris; 2011.

Explore “
paresthesia” in the Visual Thesaurus.




Tortured Sentences:


To her relief she did not share a sleeping compartment with Dranit, she was so attracted to him, yet fearful which then heightened her blasted feelings and sensations.

This is from the very, very, rough draft of the Elements of Time, I felt I needed to call out my own crappy sentences.


Shout Out:

Indies unlimited plebs






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