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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Heart’s Oratorio by 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: 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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Paths to Publication: Bernadette Pajer

I’m happy to feature Bernadette Pajer as my second guest on Paths to Publication. I had been hearing about Bernadette for years from my co-author, Curt Colbert, who would run into her at the grocery store where she worked as … Continue reading

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Paths to Publication: Shannon Huffman Polson

I’m always fascinated by the stories of how writers become authors, which is why I’m starting this new feature called Paths to Publication. At the end of my Writing Your Non-Fiction Book Proposal classes, I always feature a previous student … Continue reading

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Notes from NW Bookfest

I was a bit disappointed in this year’s Bookfest, though it’s impossible for Bookfest to ever measure up in my mind to those glorious early days when it was on the pier: the drafts, the smell of creosote and briny … Continue reading

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Dial C for Chihuahua

Artwork by Krista Brooks of RetroPets

Artwork by Krista Brooks of RetroPets Dial C for Chihuahua, the humorous mystery I wrote with my friend, Curt Colbert, will be published by Kensington under the name of Waverly Curtis in October, 2012. It’s the first in a series … Continue reading

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Welcome to my new blog.  Watch this spot for news, events and my thoughts on writing.

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So What? The Moral of the Story

So what? This question surfaces in a troubling way once a writer gets words on paper and conveys those words to an audience. I remember when it first showed up in my writing life. Years ago I was a member … Continue reading

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Making Books

Writing is an act which has many benefits for the writer. Writing can be play. Writing can be entertainment. Writing can be educational. Writing can be meditative. Writing can be therapeutic. But ultimately there comes a point when writing as … Continue reading

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