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Indie Author Day Report

Despite cool, rainy weather (which usually encourages indoor activities), attendance was low for my Indie Author Day presentation at the Owatonna Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 14. Nevertheless, our small group had a lively discussion after I talked about the writing and publishing revolution that I’ve watched unfold over the […]

Castle Danger Wins Another Award!

I was surprised and pleased yesterday to receive this email from Karen Krumpak of FW Media, the owners of Writers Digest magazine: Hi Chris, Congratulations! Your book, Castle Danger, was an Honorable Mention in the Genre category for Writer’s Digest’s Self-Published Book Awards. You’ve won promotion at WritersDigest.com and a digital […]

Reminder: Help Me Celebrate Indie Author Day in Southern Minnesota

Especially for my followers in Southeastern Minnesota! I’ve just signed on to make a presentation on Saturday, October 14, at the Owatonna Public Library (a darn cool library for its architecture alone–let alone the great staff and service). The event is the second Indie Author Day, an international celebration of independent authors. Libraries around […]

Celebrating Indie Author Day!

Especially for my followers in Southeastern Minnesota! I’ve just signed on to make a presentation on Saturday, October 14, at the Owatonna Public Library (a darn cool library for its architecture alone–let alone the great staff and service). The event is the second Indie Author Day, an international celebration of independent authors. Libraries around […]

Meet Me Saturday, Aug 26 at the Austin ArtWorks Festival

ONE OF MY BIGGEST EVENTS OF THE YEAR I’m excited to announce I will participate in my first arts festival in the beautiful, vibrant city of Austin, MN. It’s the Austin ArtWorks Festival, now in its sixth year and growing steadily. I’ll be speaking at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at […]

Contest Entry and General Updates for Castle Danger

Contests I decided to enter Castle Danger in a few book award contests on the off-chance I might actually win a (supposedly) coveted prize. I just got word that my book is being “Featured” on the AmericanBookFest.com website for 5 months. Not an award as such, just a nice little […]

Happy News, Exciting News, and Notes

This is What Motivates Me the Most to Write (the Happy News) Exciting News I’ll be attending the University of Wisconsin Writers’ Institute (UWWI) conference in Madison, WI next month. That in itself is not earthshaking, although it’s a great conference for writers. This will be the seventh consecutive year […]

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 […]

Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk

Most of you know that I am a volunteer Big Brother and a huge supporter of the program. I’ve been matched with two Little Brothers during almost all that time. I took about a year off after my first match ended after more than 11 years (Zach “graduated” from the […]

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