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As a curious observer of life, I blog on writing, marketing, my prairie - anything that interests me in the moment. I like to have conversations with readers, so don’t hesitate to leave a comment. I'll respond.

Rolling out a new website design – Come take a look

By Carol / 01 November 2017 / 16 Comments

Drum roll, please. Today I’m excited to unveil a fresh new, mobile-friendly look for my website – www.carolbodensteiner.com As I move closer to the launch of my next novel, it’s time to revisit all my…

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What can we learn from annoying, repetitive TV ads?

By Carol / 11 April 2017 / 6 Comments

Have you ever been watching your favorite show and wanted to throw a brick through the TV when the fifth Burger King commercial plays in the course of one hour? My husband changes the channel.…

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How do we handle rejection? Find a new path.

By Carol / 06 December 2016 / 29 Comments

This past week rejection hit me right between the eyes. While I was not altogether surprised by the rejection, I was still disappointed. To the point of tears. In that moment, it helped to be…

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Taking writing on the road

By Carol / 21 March 2016 / 12 Comments

Writing can be a solitary business. When I’m working on a writing project, as I am now with my novel in progress, I get to my keyboard each day by 9 a.m. and do my…

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Readers make novel launch possible

By Carol / 07 July 2015 / 4 Comments

It’s launch day for the new edition of my novel GO AWAY HOME. If you haven’t read it yet, this is an excellent time to snag a copy. GO AWAY HOME is available on Amazon…

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Reviews matter – Here's how to get them

By Carol / 16 June 2015 / 12 Comments

Have you watched the big five trade book publishers launch a book? They always have an impressive list of reviews on Amazon the day a book launches. When I launched Go Away Home, I tried…

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Seven questions about publishing with Amazon

By Carol / 11 June 2015 / 2 Comments

Ever since Lake Union Publishing acquired my novel Go Away Home (re-launch on July 7), I get questions. Lots of them. About how it works, the advantages, the disadvantages. Jane Friedman invited me to answer the…

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Dressed up in a new cover – Go Away Home

By Carol / 02 June 2015 / 29 Comments

A drum roll, please … When my novel Go Away Home re-launches on July 7, it will sport this brand new cover. As an indie author responsible for all aspects of publishing, I have to…

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It’s "I Grew Up Country Day" – How will you celebrate?

By Carol / 18 March 2015 / 4 Comments

We expect you celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. Hopefully with enough restraint to leave room to celebrate a far newer day. Since Iowa Governor Branstad signed a Proclamation declaring March 18, 2015, “I Grew Up Country Day,” 50+…

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I Grew Up Country – New initiative encourages storytelling

By Carol / 10 March 2015 / 14 Comments

On Monday, March 9, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed a Proclamation declaring March 18, 2015, “I Grew Up Country Day” – in Iowa and wherever food is produced. Haven’t heard of “I Grew Up Country”? Let…

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