Tracking Sales on Amazon has a tracking system that logs every sale in book stores all across the country.  This makes it possible for authors to see where their books are selling and how many are being sold. After I got over the big-brother-is-watching response, I began to appreciate this information. As a regional author, I’m surprised by […]

Western Writers of America Convention at Bismarck, ND

What a great week! I’ve rubbed shoulders with historians, novelists, Spur Award winners and western writers of all genres.  James Crutchfield, 2011 Owen Wister Award Winner, shared his passion for history, research and writing.  What a privilege to hear him speak.  Dusty Richards, author of Wulf’s Tracks and finalist for this year’s Spur Award for […]

Janice Holt Giles

People are always asking me about my favorite authors.  One of my very favorites is Janice Holt Giles, a Kentucky writer, who wrote historical fiction in the 50s and 60s.  I discovered her books in the 70s while I was a stay-at-home mom to our three children.  I loved the way Giles set her early […]

Dreaming the Story

It’s been said that a novel is a long dream and that good writing allows the reader to enter into the dream and share the story.  Robert Olen Butler’s classic book about writing fiction, From Where You Dream, says that the writer must first dream the story. He talks mostly about daydreams to walk the […]

Birthing a New Book

BIRDIE, book three in my Abercrombie Trail Series, was released about ten days ago.  It’s been a busy time of book launches, contacting bookstores, and arranging events to promote the new release. Lisa Tucker, an instructor from the 2006 Taos New Mexico Master Novel Class, gave excellent advice.  She said that having a new book […]

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