Little Moments, Big Magic, Super Salesmen

I had a great weekend promoting Castle Danger, but as it turned out, selling books wasn’t nearly the best part of the two events I was at. It was all about Little Moments and Big Magic. Bowl For Kid’s Sake For this annual Big Brother Big Sisters fundraiser on Friday, […]

I am now an Author-Publisher

Had a great time at UW–Madison’s Writers’ Institute last weekend. Great speakers, good networking, lots of new ideas and information. One term I picked up and will use going forward describes most accurately what I am. I am an “Author-Publisher.” The term “self-published” is inaccurate unless one does all the […]

Minnesota 2018–Blizzards and Book Clubs

My cousin-in-law, Deb, graciously invited me to meet with her book club last evening to discuss my novel,¬†Castle Danger. As is usual in Minnesota, one must factor weather into travel plans, which leads to most plans being tentative–as in, “I’ll see you at seven, presuming the weather cooperates.” Of course, […]

The Best Books I Read in 2017

My 2017 Reading Summary Books read: 80 Five-star ratings: 10 Four-star ratings: 40 Three-star ratings: 19 Two-star, One-star, and not rated: 11 Fiction: 60 Non-fiction: 20 My Rating System I follow the Goodreads.com guidelines. A three-star rating means I liked a book and thought it was better than average although […]

How I Spent about One Hour Per Day in 2017

All authors should be readers. Any author who aspires to excel at writing should be an avid reader. I don’t know if there is a definition of “avid reader,” but I consider myself to be one. I just received this email from Goodreads about my reading activity to date in […]

Book Clubs and Authors

Book Clubs–a New Experience I had the great pleasure of meeting with and speaking with my first book club the other day and it was fantastic. A friend invited me and I agreed to come and talk and answer questions about Castle Danger. We also enjoyed some adult beverages and […]

Reviews, Re-Boots, Reaching New Readers

The Importance of Reviews for Today’s Authors Back in the days before the Internet, eBooks, and burgeoning social media, book reviews weren’t terribly important in the marketing scheme for most authors. The supply of books was relatively small, most authors were promoted by a major publisher, and publications like the […]

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