I Grew Up Country – New initiative encourages storytelling

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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 alone a day to celebrate it? Not … [Continue reading]

From high above – Perspective

Geometric lines of a farm field reminded me of Iowa.

Hot air balloons float over my house in Des Moines with some regularity in the summer. I've watched from the ground and wondered what it would be like to go up in one. What would it feel like? What would I hear? What would I see? How would it be … [Continue reading]

Can you believe your eyes?

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Seeing something with your own eyes is proof. Right? At one time or another, most of us have said: “Seeing is believing.” or “I’ll believe it when I see it.” We’ve also said the opposite when reality goes against what we know or believe to be true … [Continue reading]

What’s the value of taking a closer look?

Cadillac Ranch from a distance

"You have got to be kidding," I whispered when I drove past the Cadillac Ranch west of Amarillo, Texas. The famous line of ten Cadillacs planted front bumpers in the ground and rear bumpers in the air was barely visible in the distance. I shook my … [Continue reading]

Soaking in natural beauty

Cactus frame red rocks.

Some places encourage - perhaps even demand - that a person stop thinking, stop talking, and simply soak in nature. Sedona, Arizona, is one of them. I had the pleasure of spending two days this past week in the natural beauty of red rock splendor. A … [Continue reading]

From indie author to Amazon Publishing

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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 it means to me on the Women's Writing Circle. Thanks … [Continue reading]

Marketing a book with a “Use By” date

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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. I didn’t realize my new book would have a “Use By” date. I … [Continue reading]

Growing Up Country now an audiobook

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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 go back and look at the journey of my first … [Continue reading]

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

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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]