Not Quite Heaven – A Brief History

Even I didn’t remember how long ago I started working on this story until I started going through the box where I had stored its entire history on paper. Oh, the trees I have killed. For you tree-huggers out there, I want you to know, I recycle paper. I save…

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What Do Readers Want?

A recent meeting with a marketing expert goes something like this: HER:  What do you feel is most important when it comes to content on your web site? Me:  (Mental response) I don’t know. Me:  (Verbal response)  Whatever will draw more readers to it and encourage them to buy my…

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Picky Reader Reads Non-Fiction – 1

I rarely read non-fiction for a couple of reasons.  First and foremost it takes me a long time to read a non-fiction book.  I can generally only manage a few pages a sitting which my pea brain must then absorb before I can go back and try to glean some…

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Writer Envy?

There has been a bit of a furor lately about John Locke’s book on how he became a bestseller offering ninety-nine-cent eBooks while also admitting he isn’t that good of a writer.  I have not read his how-to book.  From what I’ve read about it, it appears he takes a…

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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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