Silver Frogs

Yesterday, I finished teaching a once a week, 1 ½ hour, four-week course called Indie Publishing: Who Me? for Texas Christian University’s Silver Frogs Program. This is part of their Extended Ed program. And yes, all the students are over 50. (Well, as is this teacher, too. LOL) I taught the course two years ago. In the interim I’d learned a few things and had to make a few additions to the power point.

There are two main points I make with the presentation:

  • This is a learn by doing activity (and if I can learn to self-pub, anyone can.)
  •  WRITE THE NEXT BOOK

Bright, bright, interesting folks. The students had lots of potential. Each shared some of their writing samples. A couple were writing children’s books. Several were interested in writing memoirs. (Fortunately, I have a good friend who’d just published a book to help with that very thing.) Your Words Your Life Story, A Guide for Sharing Memories by J. Q. Rose. Several were into writing short stories, and I referenced fellow Sisterhood of Suspense, Vicki Batman’s short story collections. One man was already published with some technical books no longer in print. He was especially interested in marketing. I shared several examples of author’s newsletters, one of Kathryn Jane’s banner, and showed samples of SWAG. We talked about doing book presentations and all the places you can do that. We talked about Bitty Booklets, my best marketing strategy.  Laron Glover at http://www.ninthmoon creates these.  The other side has the opening paragraphs of the book and the other book covers in the series. MW_BB_2019_OUTSIDE_1

Doing something like this takes away from my writing time, but I love to do presentations. Lots of folks have helped me along the way, so it’s only right to pay it forward.

Have you been able to share your writing experiences with other? Are you terrified of speaking to groups? Just like writing, that’s a learn by doing activity. You only get better by doing it. Now, I’ve got to get back to my WIP. Love to hear from you.

The first book in the 4-part Second Chances Series is SECOND ACT. Four women friends from elementary school days, struggle with loss, tragedy, danger, and love. Read them all to see if they get their happily ever after.

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B & N http://bit.ly/1YKCq8S

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Thanksgiving

I know our Canadian SOS sisters and our Canadian readers celebrated this wonderful holiday on October 14 this year, but this is the week for those of us in the US. I love this holiday so much I may start celebrating with y’all in Canada. A week is not long enough. 😊

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Some of the reason I love it is because y’all, it falls in the FALL! And I love Fall. If you follow me on Facebook, or my newsletter or blog, you’ve seen plenty of pictures of beautiful leaves. Most years, I have to share pictures I’ve taken in New England because generally, Texas leaves are okay, but not spectacular. What a difference that early freeze made. Late in October we experienced two hard freezes: 24 and 27 degrees. I know not much compared to where some of you live and it was only for two days, again, not what many of you experience. But for us in North Texas this was record breaking early.

What a blessing this turned out to be. We’ve had one of our best seasons ever for colorful leaves.

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The other thing I love about Thanksgiving is well, it’s about being thankful. Along with “Kindness,” “Gratitude,” as we know from our Sister, Kathryn Jane, is really important, and we should practice it every single day and not just once or twice a year. Below  is where we walk Charley every morning.IMG_2268

No gifts are involved, just wonderful food, and time with friends and family. It is my favorite time of the year.

If you like to enter contests and like chances to win Gift Cards, I encourage you to stop by N. N. Light’s blog. Two of my books are spotlighted. VERMONT ESCAPE, especially good for this season because so much of it takes place in that beautiful state and during the fall. https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/single-post/2019/11/07/Vermont-Escape-SUR

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Amazon Print   http://amzn.to/2fMDt8H Amazon http://amzn.to/2fmayrf

Barnes & Noble https://bit.ly/2k340mD  KOBO https://bit.ly/2DYkgdx

iTunes https://apple.co/2Muy5W0

SECOND ACT, Book 1 The Second Chances Series is the second one. Starting the first book in a series is always fun. https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/single-post/2019/11/15/SECOND-ACT-SUR

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Amazon Kindle http://amzn.to/19TAB4B Amazon Print http://amzn.to/1NiKvcb

KOBO http://bit.ly/1FWzZH8  B & N http://bit.ly/1YKCq8S

iTunes https://apple.co/2umRBiy

I am very thankful for this group, for the friendship with people who for the most part I’ve not met in person, for your support, and for the knowledge and inspiration you share.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all, whenever you celebrate.

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