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

Lake Union Publishing

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. When I completed the manuscript for my World War One-era novel Go Away … [Continue reading]

Does paying for book promotion pay off?

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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 did I have that it would work? How many books would … [Continue reading]

Book awards – Worth it or not?

"Go Away Home" receives the 2014 Readers' Favorite silver medal in historical fiction from founder Debra Gaynor

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 either realized or dashed. Like corn … [Continue reading]

Readers vote authors out of publishing slush pile

annamaria Bazzi author

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 author and publisher reach their goals by … [Continue reading]

I’m thankful – Today and everyday


Thanksgiving Day gives us a reason to say thanks. It's a little sad we may need a reason, though I understand how it happens. We're busy. Too much to do. Not enough time. Because I sometimes have a tendency to get wrapped up in doing rather than … [Continue reading]

Journey to publication began with NANOWRIMO

Writers worldwide recently passed the half-way mark of National Novel Writing Month. By today, a writer who is on the NANOWRIMO track will have logged at least 30,000 words on their work in progress. Each year when NANOWRIMO rolls around, I itch to … [Continue reading]

‘You got game, white girl’ – Home Sweet Hardwood

Home Sweet Hardwood

Mo'ne Davis pitches like a girl. A thirteen-year-old girl who throws a 70 mph fastball. The star of The Little League World Series may not even realize sports wasn't always an option for girls like her. Preston High School didn't offer girls … [Continue reading]

Her kind of historical fiction


"I'm blown away." That's what I thought as I read The Girl on the Mountain, a novel set in the West Virginia mountains at the end of the 19th century. The characters are vivid and likeable (except for the ones we shouldn't like). The language … [Continue reading]

Book marketing – It’s not always about sales

Photo by Larry Baker's wife, Ginger Russell, at an appearance in Cedar Falls in 2009.

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 not a groundless fear. It happened to me this … [Continue reading]

How much of historical fiction is history?

Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan

The 2014 Man Booker Prize winner was announced this past week. The accolades judging panel chair A.C. Grayling heaped on Richard Flanagan's WWII-era novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North, included this seemingly odd comment: Historical fiction is … [Continue reading]