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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.

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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The value of a blog tour?

By Carol / 29 July 2014 / 4 Comments

While I was running fast on the ground to launch my historical novel Go Away Home in Iowa, I was also zipping through cyberspace on a virtual book tour that included 15 blog visits. In…

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Feeling the love – Making the most of local book launch events

By Carol / 24 July 2014 / 16 Comments

As I prepared for the launch of my historical novel Go Away Home, I wondered how much the world had changed. Since publishing my memoir as a paperback in 2008, ebooks have proliferated, social media connects…

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Tips for being in two places at once

By Carol / 01 July 2014 / 6 Comments

The magic of a modern-day book launch. I’m not in the habit of defying the time/space continuum, but this month I’ll be giving it my best shot. July is the official launch of my World…

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How can you help an author? Here are 11 ideas

By Carol / 11 September 2013 / 0 Comments

Ever wonder how you can help an author friend promote their new book? Chuck Sambuchino offered 11 great ideas in his blog today on Writers In The Storm. His ideas were so good and so…

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Making the most of a book signing

By Carol / 06 August 2012 / 23 Comments

J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, and Amy Tan sit at tables to sign books while people line up out the door and down the block. These super stars barely have time to take a drink of…

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Launching a print book? Think local.

By Carol / 30 July 2012 / 28 Comments

With the advent of e-books and social media book launches, I wondered if print book launches even happened any more. But I’ve seen several indie authors question how to launch a print version, so I’m…

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My Mom: My Inspiration – My Nag

By Carol / 12 May 2012 / 6 Comments

“You’re a writer. You can write our stories.” I can’t tell you how many times my mother said that to me. It made no difference to her that I was a business writer, not a…

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Learning from others' crises

By Carol / 15 February 2012 / 0 Comments

When I was in college, I took a self defense class during which I learned to ward off an attacker, break a fall, and use common objects to defend myself. Over and over again, the…

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What's in a name?

By Carol / 09 February 2012 / 0 Comments

Negro. Black. Colored. People of Color. African-American. Having spent my career in the public relations world, and considering myself reasonably sensitive in any case, I’ve always tried to be mindful of using the terminology groups…

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