A Contest Announcement

I interrupt my blogging hiatus to bring word that Tailwinds Past Florence has been selected as a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s annual Literary Contest. But wait, there’s more! This is but only a fragment of the exciting (and slightly disappointing) news I want to share with you today. So read on for Read More …

Kindle Scout and the Company You Keep

Amazon turned a lot of heads back in 2014 when it unveiled the Kindle Scout program, effectively giving writers a third choice in the decision to either query or self-publish. I had forgotten all about it, but the recent decision by Valve Software to do away with its user-curated Steam Greenlight program made me wonder how Read More …

Friday Links #22: Two Book Announcements

I logged onto KDP last week and noticed that Amazon had added the option to (relatively) painlessly offer existing Kindle eBooks as paperbacks. The program is still in beta stage and currently doesn’t offer the ability to receive proof copies, order wholesale (author) copies, or allow you to make the paperback available on non-Amazon websites, Read More …

Friday Links #20 – Freedom From Distractions

Today I’m going to tell you about one of the best purchases I’ve made in quite some time. It wasn’t expensive, nor was it something tangible that I can photograph and show you. Actually, I really wouldn’t even call it a purchase. It’s more like an investment. In myself. In eliminating distractions. It’s called the Freedom Read More …

RTFCP: Read the @#$&@&% Copyright Page!

Do you ever read a book’s copyright page? I bet you don’t. After all, why would you? It’s just a bunch of legalese, the publisher’s address, some odd numerical sequences that only rare book collectors care about, and maybe a boilerplate assurance that the book is a work of fiction. The latter is included so that Read More …

5 Link Fridays

Now that we’re officially into February I’m trying to clean out my folder of any remaining “best of 2015” type articles. Your welcome. This week’s list has a couple of book recommendation lists, one featuring books set in the American west, another featuring the best of women’s writing over the last 5 years. Those of Read More …