The Fog Lifted in Calgary This Morning

Fear not the fog for it will lift and reveal beauty otherwise unseen — N.D. Richman.

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Supporting my Local Authors

Nancy Schroeder’s pretty cool so it’s nice to see her book featured like this. And I’m sure the other two books are great as well.

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book5As a newish serious writer and a hopeful some-day-to-be-published author, I have taken the opportunity to connect with local authors. I’ve enjoyed meeting them on Facebook, Twitter, over dinner, and local book signings. It’s a delight to pick their brains and see their paths and encourage their goals.

As my own manuscript is in the middle-grade genre, I’ve focused mainly on middle-grade and children’s authors to meet and greet, although I’ve enjoyed connecting with others also.

Of course, I’ve purchased and read my new friend’s books.

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit my young grandchildren in Florida. I was packing three special books! 🙂

I purposely did not read the books I brought with me in advance as I wanted them to be new to me as well as the kids.

book3 Because this family had just moved away from St. Louis only 18 months earlier, their favorite was Who…

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Great Indie Reads Found for You

There are a number of websites dedicated to featuring great Indie reads. They do the legwork for you by reading and reviewing Indie books and recognizing only those of exceptional quality. If you’re a reader that loves Indie books I highly recommend you check them out and sign up for their newsletter. If you’re an author looking for recognition of your high quality writing submit your book for a review.

I understand there are sites charging exorbitant fees to authors for this service. Avoid them. The three sites below offer this service for free or charge a minimal fee. I have dealt with all of them. They are reputable and have been very good to me.

With payment Awesome Indies will provide detailed (and very good) manuscript notes on how to improve your book and may even accept the book upon completion of the changes. Awesome Indies also requires payment for a full listing complete with book cover (I’ve not yet payed it).

B.R.A.G. sent me a batch of stickers at no cost. StoreyTeller Alley purchased a copy of my book at no cost and offered it as a prize for their reader list signup.

Check them out. The links below send you to the websites and my book, Brothers, Bullies and Bad Guys.

Book Readers Appreciation Group (B.R.A.G.)

Awesome Indies

StoretyTeller Alley