Creating a book trailer

Authors are now encouraged to have book trailers (usually before the book comes out, but I flouted tradition, again). There are companies who will create book trailers for authors, but what does a former software engineer with a dangerous bit of Photoshop (PS) experience think when looking at those prices? I can do that myself! […]

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Book covers, and the changing face of Ariane Kedros

I have the new Pathfinder cover displayed on the web site. One point is obvious when looking at the three covers: Major Ariane Kedros sure changes a lot, doesn’t she? Actually, in Ariane’s world, identity isn’t tied to appearance any more. Don’t like your face or body shape, skin color, hair color, or eye color? […]

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Merry Christmas

Because of Mem’s funeral, I had to push my review of the Pathfinder copyeditor changes in to December. After that, we ran around the house cleaning and throwing away junk (or hiding it–which is good enough, right?) My sister and her husband, as well as my parents, stayed with us over Christmas. It’s been a […]

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What’s in a book title?

Quite a bit, actually. For my first published book, I had the experience that many new authors have: the title change. Initially, I thought my original title was great, but I quickly learned that I didn’t know much about the publishing, packaging, and marketing of books. My vague title, which was based upon theme and […]

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Monument Art Hop, my new Sony Reader

It’s been a busy month, what with the RMFW Colorado Gold Conference, a signing, my birthday, etc. The signing was at a local bookstore (Covered Treasures) during the last Monument Art Hop of the summer. If you live near Monument, CO, then I recommend getting to those summer Art Hops, as well as the outdoor […]

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Taking a breather

I feel like a bear who just dragged itself out of its winter cave, blinking blearily at the sunshine. What? Did I miss spring? (Not all of it, according to the chilly temperatures in Monument, CO.) I’ve been holed up working on Pathfinder, running out only for emergencies such as the PPW Conference and the […]

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Writer’s block can have physical causes

The basement is finally finished and livable, just in time for my sister-in-law’s Thanksgiving visit. More important, I finally got back into book #3 because I learned something important about my writer’s block: the medicine (beta-blocker) that I’d been given in June to subdue my horrendous headaches is known to affect creativity and concentration. My […]

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