Category Archives: self publishing

It’s A Wrap

This post is a continuation of Monday’s and is about creating and publishing a book using Amazon’s CreateSpace. All things considered, it was a delightful experience despite our several challenges. What made the process more pleasant and doable was the customer service … Continue reading

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Cheers, Dears!

It’s done! Cheers, Dears. Yep, we “put the baby to bed” last week, the baby being the anthology that our local writers’ group has been working on since January. Were there trials? Yes. Was it hard work? Another yes. Would … Continue reading

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Pier Encounter

A few months ago, one of my daughters and I were discussing my Facebook author page, and she diplomatically informed me that if I wanted people to like and follow it, I needed to add new information more regularly AND … Continue reading

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It Even Has Pictures

Since I’ve begun writing on a more consistent basis, I’ve come across so much beneficial information that I can scarcely keep track of it all. Use strong verbs, write what you know, watch those “to be” verbs, and just do … Continue reading

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What Would Tolstoy Do?

I once read that Tolstoy was working on revisions of War and Peace when he died. The epic masterpiece that survived is recognized as one of the most important in world literature. It’s one of the longest too. I know … Continue reading

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Get a Website, Get a Website!

In our writing group, we’ve often talked about how to get one’s work out there without becoming annoying. How can a person market his or her book, jewelry, or photography business without hitting people over the head? To be honest, … Continue reading

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Algorithms and Popularity Lists

For the past couple of years, I’ve been a part of a writer’s group with a mission and an agenda for every meeting. We begin by talking shop about the goings-on in the state organization, SCWW, and then we chat … Continue reading

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Pictures Add Soul

I wrote  Crossing the Bridge: Succeeding in a Community College and Beyond for one   reason, the desire to help students succeed during and after college. Of all the positive things about teaching, the students top the list. Working with people … Continue reading

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Would Carl Sandburg Like Facebook?

Social media is a mixed blessing. While it gives us a way to reach out and link in, it can also be a potential source of stress. Should a would-be author use Tumblr, Facebook, Linkedin, or what?? The choices are … Continue reading

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Less Preachy and More Credible

Yesterday I posted something on my personal/hodgepodge blog (www.marlajayne.wordpress.com) about visiting the local hospital and seeing two of my former students employed as nurses there. Seeing them working so competently in that setting was exciting and reinforced my strong feelings … Continue reading

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