Make way for the Typo Patrol!

So I'm doubling-down on the Mercy's Embrace indie republication ... and this has meant going on Typo Patrol. Typo, as in typing? Typing a manuscript? I am afraid so. Files and cover art typically remain with the original publisher, so when I reacquired the rights, I was on my own. Really on my own, because my … Continue reading Make way for the Typo Patrol!

On to the next book project!

Writers wiser than I advise that just before a new book comes out, one should get busy with the next. Supposedly this will keep the author's mind off how readers are responding on Amazon. Or something. So that's what I began doing last weekend. Even though the Darcy book isn't *quite* out, I launched a new … Continue reading On to the next book project!

Steep Learning Curve for a Scaredy-Cat

A cat has lots of lives. Even a Scaredy-Cat like me. It's been quite a year for this cat. I've used up some lives. Good thing that by God's grace I have so many! It's been a year for Mom, too. Other people have health issues, not us. We bounce back from anything, well... until … Continue reading Steep Learning Curve for a Scaredy-Cat

Day 34: When ‘Shake It Off’ takes a while

In nine days, it will be six months since I was admitted to ICU. Septic infection (urinary tract infection plus blockage caused by kidney stones) caught everyone by surprise. For five days (three of them while sedated on a ventilator), my body struggled to win the fight for life. And yet here I am, back … Continue reading Day 34: When ‘Shake It Off’ takes a while

Day 24: Book Signing and the Contact High

Today's prompt wants to know all about my first book signing. So I'm taking you on a smiling trip down memory lane. I was invited to sit at the author's table at the annual general meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America. The year was 2010 and the host city was Portland. And … Continue reading Day 24: Book Signing and the Contact High

Day 19: Meet Robin Helm, bibliophile

That's what today's prompt asks for: a "true bibliophile." I didn't have to go far to find one because my blogging pal fits the bill nicely. In Robin Helm's own words, here is how an avid reader comes to be. <><><> Reading has fascinated me since I was old enough to understand words. I am the … Continue reading Day 19: Meet Robin Helm, bibliophile

Day 15: By its Cover Judged

A pretty cover does not a book sale make. This is the lesson of my first series. The publisher's designers considered how the books would appear as on-line thumbnails--props to them for that. What they did not do was create something evocative enough for the Romance genre. Because a good cover fits in. The browsing … Continue reading Day 15: By its Cover Judged

Day 14: Editing, “for all intensive purposes”

Okay, so the title is a joke. It's "for all intents and purposes," although my high school students sometimes get it wrong. I hide a smile, fix it, and move on. Today's prompt asks about editing, which is what I am involved with now. As in right now, today. And it's like I'm operating in … Continue reading Day 14: Editing, “for all intensive purposes”

Day 5: We gots to read lots!

For the author--indeed, for anyone! --reading causes growth. What pleasure to experience another's storytelling voice and pacing and word patter. Between the lines, there are deeper currents going on. It's as if I am able to hear that author's heartbeat. A bridge of trust is built between us, and sometimes even friendship. And when I … Continue reading Day 5: We gots to read lots!

35-Day Author Blog Challenge: My Purpose

Hi, I'm Laura. I'm a teacher and an author. I'm an encouarager, too, which is helpful because I work with teens. Alas, I am also a online Lurker. I will faithfully follow a forum, but am reluctant to comment or engage. Tell you what, in today's social media world being a Lurker is not a … Continue reading 35-Day Author Blog Challenge: My Purpose