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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.

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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Five strategies for getting book reviews

By Carol / 08 September 2014 / 9 Comments

Getting book reviews that would be posted on Amazon and Goodreads at launch was one of the marketing strategies I pursued prior to publishing my novel Go Away Home. In April, I blogged my intent. Now,…

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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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Go Away Home – New historical fiction

By Carol / 17 June 2014 / 6 Comments

Start spreading the news! Go Away Home is now available on Amazon and through bookstores. I’m excited because of what reviewers are saying: “The perfect story of coming home.” – Samantha Rivera, Readers’ Favorite 5 Star…

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Women's Fiction – What message does it send?

By Carol / 01 May 2014 / 10 Comments

Consequences of segmenting the author/book market As a college student in the 1960s, I took a class called “Black Literature.” “Black” being the culturally accepted term of the day for African American. We read works…

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Six thoughts on seeking advance book reviews

By Carol / 15 April 2014 / 14 Comments

Laying the foundation for a strong launch. The manuscript of my historical novel Go Away Home was edited and ready to publish in February. With today’s technology, I could have had the book on sale…

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