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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.

From indie author to Amazon Publishing

By Carol / 03 February 2015 / 0 Comments

My life as an indie publisher went in a dramatic new direction when a senior editor from Amazon Publishing contacted me last November about acquiring Go Away Home. I share how it happened and what…

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Marketing a book with a "Use By" date

By Carol / 29 January 2015 / 0 Comments

This  cartoon circulated on Facebook, and I laughed because it hit me where I was. When I indie published Go Away Home this past July, I geared up for intensive marketing over the long term.…

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Growing Up Country now an audiobook

By Carol / 27 January 2015 / 0 Comments

Changes in the publishing industry have made life easier for indie authors with every evolution helping us reach more readers. As I launch the audiobook version of my memoir this month, it’s been fun to…

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Amazon Publishing acquires Go Away Home – I'm giddy!

By Carol / 30 December 2014 / 36 Comments

Have you ever thought you were as happy as you could be and then something happens to make you realize you could reach a whole new level of happy? It happened to me this month.…

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Does paying for book promotion pay off?

By Carol / 16 December 2014 / 37 Comments

As an indie author, I’ve looked at paid book promotions from time to time and always backed away. There were so many questions for which I had no solid answers. Which promotion site? What guarantee…

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Book awards – Worth it or not?

By Carol / 09 December 2014 / 22 Comments

Tis the season – not only the holiday season, but the book award season. Readers’ Favorite and Writer’s Digest, to name just two, announced winners in recent weeks. And with those announcements, author hopes are…

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Readers vote authors out of publishing slush pile

By Carol / 02 December 2014 / 2 Comments

Authors look for ways to get their writing noticed. Publishers search slush piles for the next hot author. Author Annamaria Bazzi alerted me to Kindle Scout, a new program from Amazon that could help both…

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Book marketing – It's not always about sales

By Carol / 28 October 2014 / 23 Comments

Author Larry Baker (The Flamingo Rising, A Good Man and others) posted this picture to his Facebook page this week, and I laughed. It captures a fear most authors harbor: ‘What if nobody comes?’ It’s…

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The big questions: Memoir or fiction? Is the Past ever Past?

By Carol / 15 October 2014 / 2 Comments

Life is full of so many questions. What’s for dinner? White wine or red? Is it time to turn on the furnace? The writing life is no different. Three events coming up in the next…

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A few of my favorite blogs – One Lovely Blog Award

By Carol / 30 September 2014 / 14 Comments

When I began blogging in 2009, I posted my writing for a full year before telling anyone I was doing it. I was trying out my voice, learning the “rules” of blogging, and seeing if…

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