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A Busy June Ahead

A busy June ahead means many events, starting with a street fair on Thursday, June 2, from 5-8 pm in Downtown Owatonna for Downtown Thursday. It’s a relaxed social occasion with music, food from street vendors and local restaurants, and many vendors set up on the street for you to browse, including yours truly. The …

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Another Milestone

It may be just another milestone for some authors, but for me, it’s huge! As of this month, January 2020, I have officially sold more than 1,000 copies of my books to you wonderful readers. I had no expectations that anyone would buy a book I had written, so every sale seems like a bonus.¬† …

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Reviews, Reviews, Reviews

For author-publishers like me, it’s all about reviews, reviews, reviews. Next to word-of-mouth advertising, online reviews are the single best marketing tool most authors can use. But we can’t write more than our own review (if we choose to–most don’t). I reviewed my books, but only on Goodreads.com because I read both as a reader, …

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NEW FEATURES- CASTLE DANGER EXTRAS

(Reposted from my website chrisnorbury.com) Posted on March 14, 2017 by CNWriter   Just made available to visitors!¬†Check out the Castle Danger Extras page.These are features originally offered only to email newsletter subscribers. To receive future exclusive perks, be sure to sign up for my more-or-less monthly letter. Use the signup form on the left …

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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 NY Times Review of Books, …

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My Favorite Book of 2015

(for my wife, a huge Paul Newman fan) One of my jobs as a writer is to read. A lot. I’ve set a goal in the past few years of reading at least one book per week (audio books count) and I’ve succeeded. Yesterday I finished my 82nd book of 2015, according to my Goodreads …

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… One Giant Leap for an Author

Neo-Renaissance practitioners are always looking for new experiences, new insights, new knowledge, and pushing their own limits. As an aspiring polymath, some years ago I took up the creative endeavor of writing fiction, particularly the novel. At first, it was calling my wife’s bluff after she insisted once too often, “You should write a novel!” …

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