Summer Reading Challenge

The summer reading challenge (read 12 books between June 1 and August 31) was first proposed by Oliver de la Paz, and adopted and adapted by two of my writing friends, Wendy Call and Josephine Ensign. It inspired me to … Continue reading

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Path to Publication: Sonya Lea

I’ve known Sonya Lea for years. We’ve both taken classes from each other (with great benefit–at least on my side) and I felt honored to be able to read an early draft of this memoir. I was impressed by both her … Continue reading

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Finding the Right Title

A book title is important. Along with the description of the book and the cover, it’s one of the three factors that compels a reader to pick up or purchase a book. Yet it’s often a struggle for an author … Continue reading

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Paths to Publication: E C Murray

I first met Elizabeth Corcoran Murray when she was a student in my Nonfiction Book Proposal class in the Winter of 2012. At that time her memoir, about the year she spent working as a goatherd in southern France, was … Continue reading

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Economics of Self-Publishing

This is a written and updated version of a talk I gave at the Pub Camp sponsored by Writer.ly on November 15, 2014 on the Economics of Self-Publishing. I was grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts (and numbers) … Continue reading

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Paths to Publication: David Mecklenburg

When I choose authors to feature in Paths to Publication, I’m looking for variety as well as unique approaches that might inspire readers. David Mecklenburg’s story appealed to me because in the process of publishing his book, he discovered a … Continue reading

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Paths to Publication: Carrie La Seur Interview

I was delighted to learn that my cousin-in-law, Carrie La Seur, who is married to my first cousin, Andy Wildenberg, is also a writer. Proof that talent runs in the family! What I didn’t realize, until I read her book, … Continue reading

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Becoming a Publisher

The idea for Rat City Publishing—a publishing company that would publish only mysteries set in Seattle–surfaced many years ago but I didn’t jump on it right away. After all, I was already engaged in many activities with high satisfaction and … Continue reading

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Paths to Publication: Interview with Mary Oak

In previous Paths to Publication, I’ve featured two traditionally published authors and an award-winning self-published author, Judith Gille, who happens to be a friend of this month’s published author, Mary Oak. They met in one of my classes, I believe. … Continue reading

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Paths to Publication: Interview with Judith Gille

For the last two episodes of Paths to Publication, I featured two writers who were published by traditional publishers. So I thought it was about time to showcase a self-published author. I’m especially happy to introduce Judith Gille and her … Continue reading

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