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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.

Marketing on My Mind – Simple Truth Launch

By Carol / 23 February 2018 / 8 Comments

My new novel Simple Truth is a reality. I know this because an advance shipment of books sits in my garage. Marketing this new book has been on my mind for some time, but there’s…

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Happy 10th Anniversary – Growing Up Country – Memoir

By Carol / 02 January 2018 / 11 Comments

I turned on the car radio last week and was surprised to hear the announcer introduce me. The Iowa Public Radio interview, which focused on growing up in Iowa, had aired in October. The now-taped…

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Simple Truth – Cover Reveal

By Carol / 20 December 2017 / 12 Comments

I’m pleased to share the cover of my upcoming novel, Simple Truth. The design is the work of Jenny Toney Quinlan, the talented designer who created the first edition cover of Go Away Home. A…

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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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