What If It Fails?

Last week I began a grand experiment.  I self-published my book, Not Quite Heaven in digital format, offering it for sale on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and in the iBookstore.  After years of pooh-poohing self-publishing, suddenly it seemed like a very appealing idea.  Why? Because I kept hearing from other authors that by…

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Cover Artist Interview

Cover artist Katerina Vamvasaki designed the cover for my book, Not Quite Heaven.  I found the process fascinating.  Maybe you will, too.    Barb:  Tell us a little about your background and education.  What qualifies you to design book covers? KV:  I’ve been working professionally as a graphic designer and illustrator for years. More…

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Picky Reader and a Kindle Book – 1

For my birthday almost two years ago I received a Kindle.  I hardly ever use it.  For one thing, I’m not good with technology of any sort.  For another thing, being a poor, struggling author myself, I don’t like to spend a lot of money on books.  But occasionally, I…

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Independence Day (Almost)

There is no way to explain to someone who’s never written a book, never edited it for (let’s call it what it is) self-publishing, how incredibly tedious and time-consuming the process is. Just when you think it’s perfect and you’ve found and corrected every small mistake in your manuscript, a…

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Picky Reader – 21

Hidden by Shelley Shepard Gray.  I think I’m noticing another trend in the “inspirational” novels I’ve read.  Not enough set-up.  Whether this is an editing or an author issue, I can’t say.  All I know is the heroine’s motivation seems weak at best much too often.  In this particular book,…

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Ancient History

If you read my blog entitled “Before You Write” which was about how disorganized I was in my early writing days, you know I had a box filled with various versions of a book entitled Training Tommy which was published by a small press in 2001.  It’s not that great…

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Before You Write

GET ORGANIZED!  PLAN TO STAY ORGANIZED! Someone should benefit from my twenty-plus years of doing everything the hard way. Way back when I started writing novel-length fiction I’ll be the first to admit I had no idea what I was doing.  I flew by the seat of my pants and…

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Days Like This

Yesterday began with my brilliant idea to teach my husband to brew coffee.  I suggested it would be nice if he occasionally had coffee ready when I came downstairs in the morning instead of waiting for me to make it.  I’m pretty sure this somehow caused a tear in the…

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