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Patience and the Writing Life

Lots of Books!

Writers know all about waiting. ALL about it. We write a story and submit it. We accumulate rejections. Finally, our agent sells a story and then another. We wait through the edits and the design and the production. A year. We become marketers of that book (those books), but we’re Read more →

Woohoo! Sailing out of Darkness, a Finalist in The Maggie!

Maggies Finalist badge

The Georgia Romance Writers are a talented group of women. I’m reading books from the other finalists in the Strong Romantic Elements category of the Maggie Award for Excellence, and I’m very impressed. This means that, win or lose, I feel hugely honored that they chose Sailing out of Darkness Read more →

HAVING FUN AGAIN–ASPEN GOLD FINALIST!

Aspen Gold Medallion

Y’all know how much fun contests are. Well, this has been a delightful week for my books. Today, I learned that Sailing out of Darkness is one of three finalists in the Single Title Category (for romantic as opposed to romance fiction) of the Aspen Gold Contest from the Heart Read more →

Book News: One Finalist and One on Sale!

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First of all, the news about four days of 99 cents for Kindle. WhiteFire Publishing has finally put Sailing out of Darkness in the almost-free category, so if any of you dear folk have been waiting to save a couple of dollars to read (oh, and pretty please, to review?) Read more →

STORMS AND STORIES: Post-Hurricane, a Story from Mexico

Waves crashing on rock

One of my WIPs begins with a scene taken from my first storm on board Sea Venture. We’d moved the boat from the CA Delta to Marina Bay in Richmond, CA. The wind and waves had direct access through the Golden Gate to our slip. Michael was late returning from Read more →

Attention Readers: How to Help a Writer

Chuck Sambuchin of Writer’s Digest Books edits the GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS and the CHILDREN’S WRITER’S & ILLUSTRATOR’S MARKET. His Guide to Literary Agents Blog is one of the largest blogs in publishing. I hope you’ll take a moment to read what he has to say about How to Support Read more →

Trailer, Take 3

It was River’s turn this time (Silver Seas PR and my go-to guy for marketing). He still thinks the trailer is too long, but he claims Take 3 is better than Take 2, which was better than Take 1. It’s always a good idea to be on the upswing instead Read more →

Learning a new skill: The Trailer Revisited

(Or, it’s back to school for me.) Editor Linda Yezak donned a flak jacket before writing to tell me what was wrong with the Sailing out of Darkness trailer. When I said that I LOVE constructive criticism, she breathed a sigh and shed the jacket. “I was sweating in there.” Read more →

Marketing Stage 3: Sailing out of Darkness Book Trailer

What can I say?  After yesterday’s fun, I decided to play some more.     Here is the new book trailer for Sailing out of Darkness. Would it make you want to read the book? Please let me know!  

Marketing, Stage 2: Becalmed’s Book Trailer

  Some authors and social media experts have suggested that book trailers aren’t worth the effort in terms of sales. Maybe not, but I love watching them. And I’ve wanted one for my books. Only, I hadn’t a clue how to make one. Until today. I’ve been studying trailers, and Read more →


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