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Online Publishers

book-fan-rgb-300As some of you know, I’m an advocate of publishing either with a major commercial publisher through an agent, or self-publishing. To avoid one of the hundreds of ebook publishers on the net.


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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

Two Exciting Events in March

This March is an exciting month for me for two reasons:

WithFullMaliceFront4Website100First, the ebook version of my mystery/thriller, With Full Malice,  will be released on Amazon March 22. I believe the Kindle version will be priced at an introductory price of $3.99.

Second, I’ll also be the guest speaker at the Inland Empire branch of the CA Writers Club on March 23. The event will be held at the Ontario Library and the topic:

The 5 Tiers of Publishing
*What publisher belongs to each tier & why
*Advantages & disadvantages of each
*Watch for this RED FLAG in your contract
*If your contract does NOT include this item, and if they will not negotiate, don’t sign!
Ontario Library – Ovitt Family Community Library
215 E. C Street
Ontario, CA 91764
(909) 395-2004

So thank you, CA Writers Club, for this honor.


March 7, 2013 · 6:47 pm

SoCal Orange Empire Writers League

My new writers group will meet for the first time tomorrow evening – Thursday the 19th – and the topic will be The 5 Tiers of Publishing.

I’m looking forward to meeting everyone, and I know we’ll have a great discussion on writing & publishing.

 If you’re an Inland Empire writer, published or not, feel free to join:
SoCal Orange Empire Writers League

See you there!

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Finding Inspiration

The past few months have been a whirlwind of activity: receiving an offer for my mystery/thriller, With Full Malice, a novel that took nearly two years to write and edit, completing the other tasks my new publisher requested, then getting it all submitted. And I formed a local critique group for novel writers.

Then came the lull. And letdown.

I’d decided to write in another genre – paranormal – one of my favorites, although my three previous novels are women’s fiction, sorta, with a touch of suspense, although With Full Malice is more of a mystery/thriller. So I’ve been thinking about the new storyline, working on the opening chapter and more, but unlike my work habits in the past, I haven’t dedicated all my time to writing. I do my part; I show up for work and firmly plant myself in my desk chair, but instead of opening my novel file, I surf the net, checking this site and that one, wondering what my friends were doing while I spent time with my nose to the computer. That lassitude lasted for days and weeks and I hadn’t been able to snap myself out of it. I’d been so lackluster that I was concerned I’d lost my drive to succeed.

But I finally found the solution to my problem. Or at least something to help me get back on track – the Paul Potts youtube videos, from his first audition to the one announcing him as the Britain’s Got Talent contest winner. After the announcement he’d won, they requested an encore performance, and he was magnificent. It’s all so inspiring, and no matter how many times I watch the videos, tears stream down my cheeks. There’s a young man who went for a dream – and made it come true.

Then I turn to the Susan Boyle videos. I love those especially when I’m feeling down and on the verge of a pity party. I’m getting too old to be successful, I’d think, and, if only circumstances had allowed me to pursue my dreams and goals when I was a younger woman. If only I’d realized, as a young woman, that I didn’t need a literary family heritage or even have a college degree to be a writer. If only I’d known all I needed was the drive to succeed and a willingness to learn. If only . . . if only . . .

To snap me out of that dead end, I watch Susan Boyle. She strutted on stage – to everyone’s horror – but once she began singing, she had the audience, including the judges, on their feet cheering her on. No one cared about her age or her degrees – or the lack thereof. She, along with Paul Potts, turns my thinking around and drives home the message: if I want to succeed, nothing’s stopping me, even at my age, except me, that the world will accept me if I have something to offer, so I have to get back to work and try my damndest to make my next story interesting enough to entertain others.

That’s the thing: to write a story that will entertain others. If I can do that, no matter what, I will have succeeded.

Paul Potts audition:

Susan Boyle:

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Completed – or Not . . .

They’re completed. The edits, the extra info my publisher wanted, all completed and sent in with one exception – my photo, which I’ll submit as late as possible.

What a wonderful feeling. Or it should be. I should be rejoicing that I can have my life back, and any normal, sane person would. Yet I have that nagging feeling that one sentence, after several revisions, still isn’t right. It’s an important sentence, one that bothered me all the way through. My editor says I’ll have another chance once the manuscript is in galley form.

So instead of celebrating, I’m merely letting go – for now.


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Sent New Query

Still no word yet, so today I sent another new query. Hope I hear something soon. In the meantime, I’m ‘power thinking,’ trying to come up with a new, fantastic idea.

Tomorrow I’ll start the process over again, checking emails, waiting for the mailman.

What torture.

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Radio Interview

I just completed my first radio show and even now, almost an hour later, I still feel like throwing up.

You’d think, since I’m a mature woman, at least according to my gray hair, that I’d have more confidence when doing interviews, and I do – when they’re on paper. But talking to someone over the radio?

So that I wouldn’t come across as a dork, I wrote questions that could be asked and practiced my answers over and over. Finally, I got so smooth at talking about my book – at least to myself – that I was ready. I’d made the last-minute trip to the bathroom, had my soft drink next to me in case my throat went dry, and with my answers highlighted in a huge font so I could read them at a glance, I waited for my cue. Then the host introduced me.

OMG. It was time to talk. I froze, even my blood froze. I wanted to run to Mommy. But since I WAS the mommy and grandmommy to boot, I had to try to maintain some semblance of dignity, so, I did what I do when writing my novels: I pretended I was this confident character who knew what she was talking about.

It went well, or so the sympathetic host, Don McCauley assured me. At least we didn’t have to stop and start all over. I don’t remember much of what I said, so I’ll be as surprised as the listeners when it airs – that is, if I work up enough nerve to listen.

But hey, I can do it. Raising children, moving to a new state after a marriage of nearly thirty years ends in divorce, writing novels and sending them to agents and publishers takes guts, so I must have some. We’ll see when the show airs in two to three weeks. I’ll bite the bullet and let you know.


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A Whirlwind of Activity

For a writer who’s used to quiet and solitude in front of the computer, the past several months have been a whirlwind. It almost boggles the mind. But it’s all good.

In October 2008, I signed with an independent publisher, Vanilla Heart, for the release of my new mainstream novel, Beyond the Quiet, and my plotting how-to, Plot Your Way to Publication.

Scheduled for release in February 2009, Beyond is women’s fiction, a departure from my first novel, Ten Times Guilty, but it’s a story I had to tell. Perhaps later I’ll tell you why.

p2pub-small2Plot Your Way to Publication started as an ebook to help my writing students understand story structure. I went on a quest to learn early in my writing career, and when it finally made sense, I wrote the ebook and designed plotting chart templates. I spent several years on a quest to learn to plot, and I’ve condensed the story on my website:

Click Here for Plotting info on my Website:

It’s now February, and Plot Your Way to Publication is live on Amazon and B&N’s online store as a workbook, and it’s very exciting.

No matter how much work is involved in the writing, editing, and going over the proofs line by line, word by word, it’s all worth it when you see the cover of your book for the first time. And when the listing goes live, it’s as exciting as having a beautiful baby – only with a book, you don’t have to change diapers.

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