Sunstone’s Launch on Amazon: A Tale

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My newest book, Sunstone, was scheduled to be released on March 31. This was an exciting moment which my publisher, Sheenah from Paper Crane Books, and I had been working hard toward for at least the past six weeks. There were three rounds of edits, the blurb, dedication and acknowledgement to write. On top of that there was work with …

Where Did 2012 Go? A Retrospective.

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It was a year of change and progress. January 1st of 2012 found my second ebook hatching and saying hello to the world. February brought the news that my publisher was closing the fiction arm of his business. OH? WELL..THAT WAS A SHORT RUN! I started to talking to a fellow author who was in the same situation. She decided …

Editing

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No learning is wasted and if we are striving to perfect our craft we learn everyday. I don’t believe we ever have all of the answers though over time, as we learn, we make fewer errors. As long as we realize this we are progressing. My first agent didn’t do me any favors by telling me that “no edits were …

When a Door Closes Another Opens

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It has been awhile since I last wrote on my blog. There is so much to share with you. I have learned a lot … which is really cool as that is what life is about isn’t it. I told you in a previous blog that my publisher, Red Willow Press had decided to close their fiction arm. Red Willow …

The Times.. They are a Changing!

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This will be a personal blog post. So much has happened recently and I need to bring you up to date. On January 1st my second book was released as an e-book on Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes& Nobel. This was an exciting event as I have four books complete in the series and wanted more of the story available for …

The 2nd book in the Sage Seed Chronicle Series-coming soon

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The Reweaving, which is the sequel toThe Unraveling, is due to come out soon… possibly within a month. Isn’t that cool? There is a delightful story in that. One of the great people that I met on Twitter became intrigued with the concept of my book (The Sage Seed Chronicles: The Unraveling) and bought it. We discovered as we chatted …

Exploring e-books

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I have studied the traditional publishing routes for authors, have queried and had an agent approach publishers. That method isn’t off the table but in this economy it is incredibly hard to be considered! Self publishing has also been researched. Now it was the time for me to turn my eyes to e-books. It depends on how flexible you are …

The Traditional Road

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The traditional road to becoming published goes like this: You write a book- edit and refine it then go through the process of writing and refining a query letter. You go to some very good Query sites, find the agents that are accepting queries in your genre and start sending out queries. Literary agents are beleaguered with queries and are …

In the beginning…Once Upon a Time

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I have been writing for sometime. I started writing articles in 2001 for local publications. Some were research oriented and others were opinion pieces. In 2007 I was asked to write guest columns for a wonderful trade magazine: Home Furnishings Business. But in April of 2009 I began to write fiction. I started what turned out to be a series …