Category Archives: The Publishing Process

Each step in the process with my new publisher.

Writing Your Novel Available Now!

WN White w1 & Border 300WRITING YOUR NOVEL: From Idea to Outline, to Plotting Your Way Through the 3-Act Structure + Xtras

Available Now! Special launch price $.99!

We did a slight alteration on the cover. I hope you like it. And I hope Writing Your Novel will help you succeed as an author.


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September 26, 2015 · 6:52 pm

Launching Soon!

WN White w1 & Border 400WRITING YOUR NOVEL: From Idea to Outline, to Plotting Your Way Through the 3-Act Structure Book 1

Have a great idea for a novel, but don’t know how/where to begin?

Never Fear. Writing Your Novel will help you!

A simple, step by step method for building a successful storyline from your basic idea. Designed for the busy lifestyle, it’s simple enough to read in one sitting, yet powerful enough to demonstrate the mysteries of the modern story structure.

I explain story structure and demonstrate plot points, although I call them Stepping Stones because, when used correctly, they guide you through the maze of modern story structure.

As a Bonus, I’ve included how I used the Stepping Stones to build my novel, Ten Times Guilty!

Amazon Kindle:

Smashwords: Coming Soon!


September 5, 2015 · 4:17 pm

Amazon Best Sellers

I’m thrilled to announce that my paranormal, The House on Serpent Lake, has hit Amazon’s Best Sellers list for ghost stories. It’s #8.

I don’t know how long it’ll stay there as the list is updated hourly, but I’m going to take a screen shot.

Thanks, y’all, for allowing me to share my good news.




February 25, 2015 · 11:46 pm

Manuscript Evaluations

Book Fairy largeL. Cooper Press is, in my opinion, the best for authors who wish to be independent. As Gen Mgr, I think they offer the best terms for writers, and as an author who’s been with ‘traditional’ as well as the smaller indie publishers, I’d recommend them over any other publisher – except perhaps a million-dollar advance from one of the Big 6 publishers. Or is it 5?

As part of LCP’s service, they offer a 3-Chapter Manuscript Evaluation by Victoria Howard, whose romantic suspense novels have hit the bestseller status on Amazon several times. She’s talented and knows the craft. I just read her latest evaluation of a gen fiction novel, and I’m so impressed with her observations and recommendations. And she’s still willing to read and critique for L. Cooper Press’s opening special of only $50.

If you’re writing a novel and wonder what other people would think of it, wonder if you have talent, or would even like to know how you’re doing, take advantage of Victoria’s special. Even if you do not want to publish with L. Cooper Press, take advantage of the evaluation. It’s quite a bargain.

Victoria Howard’s evaluations:

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February 5, 2015 · 6:22 pm

P & E Readers Poll Results

P&E Top Ten NovelFor those of you who’ve asked for the results, thank you for your interest. I’m flattered you care enough to inquire.

So for you, and also to share my excitement, The House on Serpent Lake finished at #5, and all the top ten winners earn nice icons/banners to proudly post on their websites. It wasn’t exactly a horror novel, nor a romance; instead, it was a combination of the two with heavy tones of reincarnation.

Now that this contest is over, I need to get back to my novel and actually work on it. Now that we’ve begun the new year, it’s time to do something constructive instead of thinking and planning. Time to get it done.

I’m still holding workshops in the Redlands, CA area. On the third Thursday of each month, I discuss publishing – commercial, online, and self-publishing, and offer pros & cons of each. For the first Thursdays, I’m starting a critique group. And I’ll be presenting two workshops at the Ovitt Family Library in Ontario this April. So I’m still busy, always busy, but I love it, love being around writers, love the air of excitement we seem to garner when we discuss our hopes and dreams. As one good writer friend says, “Writing is a fantastic journey,” and I couldn’t agree more.

Harlequin WorldWide Mysteries will be sending their paperback version of With Full Malice to their mystery subscribers at any time, but for those of you who are not on their list and would like to read it, it’s currently on a bargain price of only $.99 for a few more days. SO if you’ve ever wanted to read it, how’s the time.

With Full Malice

Thanks, y’all. Until next time,


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January 17, 2015 · 6:34 pm

Preditors & Editors Readers Poll 2014

thoss2NEWCOVER300The voting for the Preditors & Editors Reader Poll Award for 2014 is nearly over. By tomorrow, I’ll know if The House on Serpent Lake placed. The top ten novels in each category – mystery, romance, horror, etc – receive an award.

While awards are not supposed to be of such importance, I’m watching the clock for the poll closing countdown. So check back tomorrow or Friday. If I’ve placed at all in the top ten, I’ll proudly announce it. If not, I’ll quietly slink out of town.

Wish me luck!

The House on Serpent Lake

When her husband inherits his abandoned childhood home on a north woods lake, Lindsay Peterson is delighted. Until . . .
Strange things happen when she sees the decaying house for the first time: she knows how the rooms are arranged, knows of a gazebo that hasn’t existed for fifty years.

After they move in, dreams of a lover from another time haunt her sleep, then intrudes on her days with déjà vu until the present blurs with the past. A stirring of air caresses her with whispered touch.
Then the touches become real.






January 15, 2015 · 4:31 am

Publishing – Self-Publishing, Online Publishing, Commerical/Trade

LCooperPressLogo75Are you ready to publish your novel? Thinking about self-publishing but overwhelmed by all the choices? Let L. Cooper Press help to break it down for you. Even though we’re a self-publishing author/publisher co-op, we can help with the confusion.


L. Cooper Press Brochure

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January 2, 2015 · 11:30 pm

Plot Evil Deeds

Off to a late lunch, early dinner to plot evil deeds – revenge, justice, murder. Ok. don’t call the swat team – we’re all writers, and we murder safely. On paper.

holding knife And we’ll talk about how to become a self-publishing independent author through L. Cooper Press.


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December 31, 2014 · 9:30 pm

L. Cooper Press


If you’ve considered self-publishing but do not know how, join us 1/15/15. Bring your opening two pages for critique and/or evaluation.

Novel Writers Workshop,

Redlands, CA

L. Cooper Press


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December 27, 2014 · 9:57 pm

Harlequin Releases With Full Malice as Mass Market Paperback

Exciting news! Received word that Harlequin will release With Full Malice as a mass market paperback in Feb 2015. It’ll be for their WorldWide Mystery subscribers.


Harlequin WFM front & back

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December 16, 2014 · 8:30 am