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Salem Public Library Author Event!

I will continue my series on the Heirloom Expo after this announcement for Authorama. I will be taking part in this tomorrow, Saturday, September 20, 2014. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 3, 2014 FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Ann Scheppke, Librarian 503-588-6124 ascheppke@cityofsalem.net Salem Public Library Presents Authorama Salem Public Library presents Authorama, the Library’s third annual […]

School Visits, Part 2

 A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my last author visit to a local school. I wrote about how much I enjoyed the experience and answered some of the questions students had asked in the little notes they sent afterwards. One young lady’s response warranted an entire post. This one’s for Lily. Not my […]

Posting Reviews for Your Indie Authors

You know that friend/author who’s always pleading harassing  asking you to leave them a book review on Amazon? The one whose book you read? Possibly you even got the book for free? Okay, so ME for some of you. This is just a little tutorial/explanation of why it is so important and how to do […]

Author S. Smith Press Release

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   LOCAL AUTHOR COMPLETES TEXAS BOOK TOUR Ultimate Food Police Imagined in Speculative YA Series SALEM, Ore. May 10, 2014—Would you still garden if it were illegal? That is the question confronted in Smith’s futuristic series, Seed Savers. Seed Savers envisions a day when corporate agriculture and the government have merged […]

Texas Earth Day Tour Recap

It wasn’t a blog tour, it was a real tour. We left on April 9 and returned–on schedule–May 1. A rental car we wished we could keep carried us safely through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada as we attended the wedding of a niece and appeared in bookstores and […]

Pitching for the ABNA Contest

Now that it’s over, now that I’m in, I feel like I can share about the all-important Pitch. But first, a little background information for those of you new to the arena. What is the ABNA and why does anyone care? ABNA stands for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. The contest has being going […]

Heirloom 2nd Edition

Those of you in the authoring world, especially the self-publishing half, know what the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest is. I have never entered it before because my two previous books did not meet the 50,000 word minimum. Heirloom, however, just barely taps a toe over that finish line. Here is how the contest works. […]