Monthly Archives: November 2017

The Season of Love

The Season of Love by C. K. Thomas When you’re out and about during the holidays, notice the couples. Can you guess whether they’re married or dating? Here’s a fun exercise my husband and I tried during our Thanksgiving trip … Continue reading

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Local Authors Collaborate to Write Thriller

Local Authors Collaborate to Write Thriller by Mary Ellen Stepanich I wrote the following article, published in the Peoria Today newspaper, about my writer group’s upcoming book launch party on December 2, 2017. (Marketing a book is SO much work!) … Continue reading

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Thanks Giving

Thanks Giving by Barbara Renner A Yellow Lab Mix I know once stated, “Practice Thanks Giving all year long.” He’s a very wise dog and even printed his own desk calendar, called Larry’s Words of Wisdom. Okay, he’s my dog, … Continue reading

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Proofread – Then Repeat

Proofread – Then Repeat by Katrina Shawver An author has only one chance to make a good first impression with readers. I know with certainty that it takes time and multiple trained eyes to catch every error. My standard for … Continue reading

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Recovering a Lost Book of Poems

Recovering a Lost Book of Poems by Brian Flatgard In the early ’ 90s, I ran a very small press which published my poetry and that of others. The “press” was seat-of-the-pants, laser printer publishing. To create books, I used … Continue reading

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Low-Cost Book Promotion: How I Engage People at Book Events

Low-Cost Book Promotion: How I Engage People at Book Events by Kathleen Watson When my Grammar for People Who Hate Rules: Killer Tips from the Ruthless Editor came out in August 2016, I was not exactly a marketing novice; I … Continue reading

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Bite the Bullet, Not the Bait

Bite the Bullet, Not the Bait Patricia Grady Cox You’ve worked for years on your novel or nonfiction book. Written, researched, rewritten, edited, and polished. You’ve written your query letters to send with synopsis or book proposal. You’ve attended conferences … Continue reading

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