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Tips for Successful Self-Publishing

June 10, 2011

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The world of self-publishing, like baby equipment and politician’s sexcapades, has become a lot more complicated in recent years.  In the case of self-publishing, this is a good thing.  Self-publishing used to be called “vanity press.” Pay a sum of money, have a bunch of books printed, sock them away somewhere and then give them […]

London: Why I’m Here and Why I’m There

March 23, 2011

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Whatta week!  Life in the Boomer Lane arrived n London on Thursday to spend the week with her daughter, grandson, and son-in-law.  As if that weren’t exciting enough, LBL found out on Saturday that from 4000 entries submitted to the NPR short story contest that she entered in January, hers was one of a dozen selected […]

The Steps to Writing Your Life

February 22, 2011

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Make a commitment to be honest.  This is the most important step of all.  Take your defenses and put them somewhere for the time being (maybe in a trunk in the attic.)  If you aren’t writing authentically, and you are writing to heal, you won’t be able to heal.  If you are writing for posterity […]

Writing A Memoir

February 21, 2011

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Most people have one of three reasons to start them thinking about writing a memoir.  One is posterity.  When we left the communal campfires of our ancestors, we stopped telling the stories that were passed down through countless generations.  Nowadays, as we age, it’s natural to want to pass down our experiences to children and […]

I Get Royalties and You Don’t

February 10, 2011

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It’s that time of year, the annual arrival of the 1099 with the year’s royalties I have received for my novel.  I’ll pause for you to take this in.  MY NOVEL.  As in, I WROTE A NOVEL.  AND I GET ROYALTIES.  So, you may wonder, how did this amazing and spectacular thing come about?  When […]

Rogue Rules

February 2, 2011

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For well over a year, I’ve been writing a humor column for an online newspaper.  The newspaper has rules it wants their writers to follow, and I’ve been pretty good at ignoring virtually all of them.  Until recently, it didn’t seem to matter.  I posted my articles, they got printed, and very occasionally someone might […]

Why Every Woman Needs A Log Cabin

November 17, 2010

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One of the bloggers I follow, http://www.VVDenman.com, wrote a lovely piece the other day titled “The Power Behind A Writer’s Desk“ and she included a photo of the desk at which she writes.  I’ve always found it fascinating to see where people write, especial since I began my first novel on the back of sales […]

The Myth of “How To Get A Book Publisher!”

October 22, 2010

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                            Five years ago (or 100, depending on quantum physics and the state of my mind), my two friends and I wrote a book about life over 50.  After enough publishers (insert hiss, boo, bad, a lot of other negatives here) told us the book was great but there was no market for 1. a […]

The Myth of "How To Get A Book Publisher!"

October 22, 2010

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                            Five years ago (or 100, depending on quantum physics and the state of my mind), my two friends and I wrote a book about life over 50.  After enough publishers (insert hiss, boo, bad, a lot of other negatives here) told us the book was great but there was no market for 1. a […]