June Haiku and Other Stuff

Roses shout at the passers-by; announcing that summer has arrived And now for the “other stuff.” First, in honor of summer’s imminent arrival here in the cool and cloudy Pacific Northwest: Yahoo!!!! Okay, enough of that. I need to get outside soon and lay some soaker hoses in the garden before everything grows too much.. […]

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. […]

The Writer’s Dilemma

First posted in January of this year… (But always relevant.) It’s the age old question for writers who wake up in the middle of the night and lie there writing poems, posts, and clever book blurbs in their heads —  get up and write it down, or try and go back to sleep and remember […]

Your Child’s Next Favorite Book (Winter rerun)

In keeping with end of the year reruns, I’ve decided to finish off 2013  with repeats of  some of my most popular posts from the past year (slightly edited and/or updated). Maybe you missed it the first time around! 🙂 Okay, I’m going to admit something an author should probably never admit: As a child, […]