Drinking Alone

You’d think I’d be used to it by now.  If you follow me anywhere, Twitter, Facebook, etc., you are already aware of my white zin addiction.  It’s sad but true.  The cheaper the better and I drink it over ice.  Anyone shuddering out there, yet?  Sutter Home is okay, but I…

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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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