Here some of the resources I find valuable as a writer and reader. These are resources I’ve used personally, but I don’t warrant any of the services offered.

For Writers

Write Away – One Novelist’s Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life, by Elizabeth George. New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George shares her approach to plotting and pre-writing a novel. I found the book an interesting read and her approach useful in writing my work in progress. By doing (most of) the up front work she suggests, my writing was richer and more on point from the beginning.

World Literary Cafe – Founded by best-selling author Melissa Foster, World Literary Cafe offers a wealth of services for Indie authors, from marketing workshops to promotional opportunities, and a supportive community.

World Literary Cafe

Historical Fiction Book Covers – Jenny Q is a talented historical fiction book cover designer. She’s done fabulous work for many authors, including me. I credit the terrific design she created for my debut novel Go Away Home as one reason reason the book attracted the attention of, and was eventually acquired by, Lake Union Publishing. I highly recommend Jenny Q. She’s also an excellent editor. P.S. When Lake Union acquired Go Away Home, they re-designed the cover, so the one you see now is not Jenny’s design.

99 Designs – A resource for quality, reasonably-priced book cover designs. I’ve not used this resource myself, but an author/reader used this for her upcoming book and was well satisfied with the product. Check them out if you have a book design need.

Independent Author Network – If you’re an independently published author, you’ll find valuable resources and a ton of support at the Independent Author Network.

The Independent Author Network





Ask David — is a site that posts books and reviews by readers. The service is free for authors. If you’re a published author, check it out! Here’s a link to the Ask David free book promotion page.


For Readers

The Independent Author Network

 The Independent Author Network is a great place to find your favorite indie authors and to discover new authors. Here’s the link to my IAN page and here’s the link to the Independent Author Network homepage. Take a few minutes and check out some great reads!


Ask David is a site where readers can leave their comments about books they read. Reviews are a great way to let other readers know whether a book is worth their time. And if you really like a book, a review is a great help to the author.  So, stop by Ask David and let people know what you think. Please feel free to add your review of Growing Up Country – Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl on

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