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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.

Courage – Would you have enough?

By Carol / 27 April 2016 / 22 Comments

Harriet Tubman. Oskar Shindler. Esther. People iconic for their courage and the bold actions they took to save the lives of others, actions that put their own lives at risk. Every time I hear a…

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How important is the frame?

By Carol / 29 March 2016 / 12 Comments

A few years ago, as I walked the Crystal Bridges Art Museum grounds, I spotted a single picture frame set on posts in the middle of a soccer-sized field. Intrigued, I walked out to look…

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Seven questions about publishing with Amazon

By Carol / 11 June 2015 / 2 Comments

Ever since Lake Union Publishing acquired my novel Go Away Home (re-launch on July 7), I get questions. Lots of them. About how it works, the advantages, the disadvantages. Jane Friedman invited me to answer the…

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The scoop on editing with Amazon Publishing

By Carol / 05 May 2015 / 16 Comments

“What was it like working with Amazon Publishing?” “Did it bother you to lose control?” “Is it still the same story?”  These are some of the questions I’ve received since my novel Go Away Home…

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A "Marriage" of Fact and Fiction – Giveaway

By Carol / 28 April 2015 / 18 Comments

Many authors write a memoir first and then turn to fiction, as I did. While those first works of fiction often have some basis in real people and events, the outcome is largely fictional as…

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A different kind of book review – Deeply Odd

By Carol / 21 April 2015 / 10 Comments

Memoirs and historical fiction are my normal reading choices. But every so often, I enjoy trying something different. Recently I caught a Dean Koontz interview on the CBS Sunday Morning show. Though I’d seen his books…

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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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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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How can writing short stories work for you? Six ways

By Carol / 30 May 2014 / 6 Comments

What’s next for my writing? With my novel Go Away Home set to publish in July, I’ve been thinking more and more about where to turn my writing energy next. Short stories have come up…

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