A Major (sort of) Milestone for Straight River

Deciding on a cover is also a major milestone

LIke the cover? I sure do. It signifies that Straight River, the prequel to my award-winning debut novel, Castle Danger, reached a major milestone and is nearing completion. On Wednesday, I celebrated the fact I’d finished MY proofreading of the Continue reading A Major (sort of) Milestone for Straight River

A Book Festival and a Pirate Festival in One Weekend

**Sorry folks. I forgot to post this last week.** From the sublime to the ridiculous? Maybe just ” . . . to the silly and fun.” Took Little Brother Ethan to the local presentation of the Iowa-Minnesota Pirate Festival in town Continue reading A Book Festival and a Pirate Festival in One Weekend

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 Continue reading Little Moments, Big Magic, Super Salesmen

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.” Continue reading I am now an Author-Publisher

April Update

April is shaping up to be a good month. The signing highlight will be my appearance at Chapter 2 Books in Hudson, Wisconsin, on Saturday, April 21, from 11:00-1:00. It’s a “meet-and-greet” event where I’ll be signing copies of Castle Continue reading April Update

My Motivation for Writing and Selling Books

MONEY IS NOT THE ONLY MOTIVATION Being an author whose books are “yet to achieve” major bestseller status isn’t particularly rewarding in the monetary sense. Some rewards come from meeting avid readers, advocates for literacy, and making friends with other Continue reading My Motivation for Writing and Selling Books

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 Continue reading Minnesota 2018–Blizzards and Book Clubs

Gifts of Experiences, not Gifts of Things

Like many people have done, I’ve turned away from the Christmas frenzy of buying gifts for everyone and receiving gifts from those people after realizing all those things are often soon forgotten. Most people can ill afford to buy gifts Continue reading Gifts of Experiences, not Gifts of Things

Little Brother Ethan at the National Eagle Center

Little Brother Ethan at the National Eagle Center (reposted from chrisnorbury.com)