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February 15, 2010

Sharing with Writers
A newsletter that is also a community. Share your ideas. Learn from theirs! Associated with the multi award - winning series of HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers,

From the Desks of
Carolyn Howard - Johnson
and Sharing with Writers Subscribers

In the spirit of the advice I give in the Frugal Editor - - that is to use an extra pair of eyes whenever possible - - this newsletter is voluntarily copyedited by Mindy Phillips Lawrence ~ ~ I also tell writers to be patient with other writers when they make editing boo - boos. We're all human. This letter comes out weekly (except when I'm traveling or on deadline) and it's long!
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Note from Carolyn

Dear Subscribers:

As many of you know, my grandson is back now from two tours of duty in Iraq and is now stationed (very luckily) near Monterrey, CA. Thus, the plight of our troops is a subject near and dear to my heart. My poetry writing partner Magdalena Ball and I are giving away e - copies of chapbook of unconventional love poetry Cherished Pulse to 'our' troops overseas as part of Operation e - book drop. They will get an e - mail with a coupon code for a free copy at Smashbooks.

We would love to have you have a copy, too. Partly to see how the program works. Partly to share our poetry with you. The coupon code to use to get it free is ZF39H (not case sensitive).You will enter the code prior to completing your checkout. It expires: February 28, 2010

You may want to do something similar for the troops. More about Op E - book Drop is here: - supports - operation - ebook.html

And they have a Facebook group here: - EBook - Drop/172002003420

If you prefer to send a real copy to someone, that is easy, too. It is only $6.95 on Amazon, certainly a doable gift. And it is really beautiful with Vicki Thomas’s artwork. Go to

Happy Writing, Promoting and Editing in 2010 Carolyn Howard - Johnson

PS: If you missed the last issue on my Roman Retreat opportunities, find that information on my blog at - retreat - e - books - and - yes - promotion.html or just go directly to and drool. ( - : Better still, sign up!

There is a page of contests on the Resource for Writers page on my Web
Follow the links on that page to other valuable lists on my site, too.

Letters - to - the - Editor

Hi, Carolyn;

You asked for ideas on ugly words and jargon to avoid. My current un - pet phrase is "a number of," which I think users believe sounds better than "several." The reason why I hate the term is that it's so unhelpful for the reader. That number could be anything from three to millions — who knows? I think the user of this term often is thinking of a number that's more than two but an unimpressive number more than two (like maybe three).
Whenever I run across the term in my editing, I substitute "several,"
which at least gives the reader the idea that the number being spoken of is relatively small.

That was fun to rant! I'll keep you in mind as I run across more.

Liz Babcock, editor of Longridge division of the California Writer’s Club’
s newsletter. If you’d like to subscribe, please send a request to Liz at

Editor's Note: Here's my call for editing ideas from last week: I have a new book coming out. The proof is on its way to me. It's really a booklet because I think people do better when they get things like Trip - You - Up words in small doses. As I was writing it, I realized I need suggestions.
I already have a few from subscribers Nadine Laman and June Casagrande.
But I need enough for a whole new booklet. That would make three lists in all. (There is a list in your copy of The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success, too.) I'm also planning a booklet on ugly jargon words or phrases we'd best avoid. So won't you help? Send your ideas to me at

Please paste this little blurb - - perhaps with a little endorsement - - in your newsletter or Web site: To subscribe to Sharing with Writers send an e - mail with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line to or go to for an auto subscribe box. Let me know you did it. I will be able to do something similar for you on my Resources for Readers page at


Selling Books from Own Web Sites Vs Amazon

This came in as a response to my recent blog post on Amazon. Because it is from an independent publishing expert, Michael N. Marcus, I thought my subscribers would like to see his views, especially because I hear so often that small publishers and independent authors are eschewing Amazon.
The original post is at - ways - to - up - your - ratings - by - selling.html.

By Michael N. Marcus

I can't understand why writers want to sell books from their own websites (or from vanity publishers' websites) instead of from Amazon or B&N, etc.
The 20% that the online booksellers keep on a $20 book is $4.

If a self - publisher ships it from the publisher's own inventory, the flat - rate Priority Mail fee is $4.85 (more than what would be paid to Amazon).

The fee for shipping one pound by Media Mail is $2.38 (less than what would be paid to Amazon), but the service is slower than Priority Mail and does not include delivery confirmation. Confirmation adds about 70 cents.

Lightning Source charges from $3.80 to over $40 to drop - ship a book to a publisher's customer. However, the shipping fee is built into the printing fee for orders placed through online booksellers. (Printing and shipping a 300 - page book to an Amazon customer costs $5.40.)

So, Priority Mail costs a little bit more than what Amazon or B&N or other online booksellers would keep, and Media Mail costs a little bit less. The numbers change depending on the cover price and weight of a book.

But when you consider that many millions of potential buyers can find a book by searching on or B&N, but almost no one will find the book on an author's own site without a lot of PR and paid advertising to send them there, relying on the big booksellers should be a no - brainer.

Michael N. Marcus
~President of the Independent Self - Publishers Alliance,
~Author of "Become a Real Self - Publisher: Don’t be a Victim of a Vanity Press,"
~Author of "Stories I'd Tell My Children (but maybe not until they're adults)," coming 4/1/10.
~Blogging at

My blog, War, Peace, Tolerance and Our Soldiers is where I get to nag and rag and try to make things better for our troops and maybe for the world.
It includes a segment of frugal ways to help our troops and veterans. I'd love to have you leave a comment.

Author Successes

(The author successes segment is here to praise, laud, and encourage but the success of one author may give you a resource for another. So, applaud, certainly, but also learn.)

Norma Sundberg Publishes Poetry . . ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ . . . with Marshall
Cook's University of Wisconsin (Madison) Continuing Education Journal. Her poem "Memoir" is on page eight. The address for the journal is She says, "Prof. Cook will publish an article next month, an extended bio titled It's Not the Destination, It's the Journey and has invited other writers to send their "journey" stories. Here's Marshall's e - mail address:

=================================================== Book Proposal Help:
"The Great First Impression Book Proposal: Everything You Need To Know To Sell Your Book in 20 Minutes or Less" for 49 cents at


Amazon Announces Novel Contest . . ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ . . . with a
letter to its Advantage Members. Notice that it's a f r ^ ^ contest. Here it is:
Hello from,

As a valued member of Advantage, we want to let you know about an exciting opportunity for authors: the third annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA).

The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award is an international competition seeking fresh new writing voices. One of the great new aspects of the contest is that self - published novels are now eligible. There will also be two categories this year: Young Adult Fiction and General Fiction. One grand prize winner from each category will receive a full publishing contract with Penguin, including a $15,000 advance. Contest details are listed below, and further information and official rules can be found at

What is the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award?
The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award is an opportunity for emerging fiction writers to join a community of authors on, showcase their work, and compete for a chance to get published. Sponsored in partnership with Penguin Group (USA) and CreateSpace, the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award first launched in October 2007 and received more than 5,000 initial entries. In the inaugural contest, Amazon customers voted and named Bill Loehfelm the winner with his novel, Fresh Kills.
Several of the other Top 10 finalists also received publishing deals with Penguin.

The 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award started out even bigger than the first contest, with over 6,500 authors signing up. After narrowing the field, the top 500 excerpts were available to Amazon customers to read and review while Publishers Weekly reviewed the full manuscripts. From that information, Penguin selected 100 semifinalists which were then reviewed by a group of Penguin editors who chose the three finalists. Excerpts from Ian Gibson (Stuff of Legends), James King (Bill Warrington's Last Chance), and Brandi - Lynn Ryder (In Malice, Quite Close) were voted on by Amazon customers, and in a ceremony in New York, James King was announced as the
2009 winner.

What are the grand prizes?
The grand prize winner in each category will receive a full publishing contract with Penguin to market and distribute the grand prize winner's winning manuscript as a published book, including promotion for the published book on and a $15,000 advance.

How do interested authors enter?
Contest submission period begins January 25th, 2010 at 12:01 a.m.
(U.S. Eastern Standard Time) and ends February 7th, 2010 at 11:59 p.m.
(U.S. Eastern Standard Time), or when the first 5,000 entries have been received in each category, whichever is earlier. There is no entry fee.

How do interested authors get more information about the contest?
Visit to get more information, participate on the ABNA message boards and read the rules and contest FAQ. Visit to sign up to receive contest updates and get tips on how to enter.

Best regards,

The Amazon Advantage Team

From Cynthia Brian. . . ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Author 101 University is coming up on March 5 and 6th in Los Angeles. Save an immediate $100 on your registration (just use the coupon code
"cooper.") Besides best selling authors, agents, publishers, and editors will be in attendance. Get more details here:

If You Write and Play Sports . . . ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ . . . subscriber Sylvia McClain sent me this opportunity: Action Sports hub is looking for Action Sports Enthusiast who can write articles. You can work from your home at your hours and your pace. Please send a sample to for your consideration and we will respond accordingly.

Workshop Presenters Needed . . . ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ From Jo Linsdell, founder of PromoDay: Are you an expert in blogging?
marketing? social media? virtual tours? creating websites? writing reviews? preparing for author events? know great ways to make money writing online? or any other topic that might be of interest to the attendees of the PROMO DAY, an online seminar for writers.

If the answer is yes, then I need YOU!

I'm needing 10 experienced presenters for the LIVE workshops to take place in this years PROMO DAY on Saturday 15th May.

Workshops will be a LIVE written chat in the on site chatroom and each one will last one hour. Presenters should allow time for a question and answer session. Each workshop will have a moderator to help keep track of questions order and time remaining.

As a workshop presenter you become part of the official PROMO DAY Crew and get one book included in the on site bookstore free of charge, promotion on this blog, listing on the PROMO DAY website and mention in promotional materials for the event.

Please email me at with a brief description of the topic you would like to present.
N.B. If you're not a crew member you can still have your books featured for a small fee of just €5,00 per book.

To take advantage of this offer, please email your book details (amazon link where available) to with 'bookstore' in the subject line. Payments can be made using the paypal button at .

I'll be leading a seminar on Sat. the 15th at 10 am LA (Pacific) time and
7 pm (Rome time). The subject will be Promoting with Query letters.

Editor’s Note: I’ve presented at this seminar and know it comes with fine credentials. It is a great way to get experience as a presenter for writers’ conferences. Jo will also present at the Rome Retreat Eve Caram and I will be offering in October (see this newsletter under "Appearances").

==================================================== So you got As in English. You know grammar and spelling. That's great but an editor of you those skills alone doth not make. An editor knows formatting, front and back matter, indexing, structure, the elements of fiction and on and on.
But mostly she'll see your manuscript in a fresh, new light. Learn how to hire a great editor and learn to be a better partner for any author, awful to superb, in The Frugal Editor.

Tip: See what does for you in their Story Behind the Book feature. My Mother's Day chapbook (with Magadalena Ball) is there this week. Just keep watching the rolling feature at the top of the page or click the arrows to speed it up. These featured books change out every week. It's lovely to be featured.

Podcasts are a great way to learn (and be refreshed) on everything from craft to poetry to promotion. Find many f r ^ ^ ones on the sites of those who support writers. You'll find a list of my most recent ones at: You'll need to scroll down, down, down.
That's OK. You may scroll through other resources you need, so read as you go.

Writing Tip: If you write fiction you need K.M. Weiland's Crafting Unforgettable Characters: A Hands - On Introduction to Bringing Your Characters to Life. Featuring some of her most popular tips on character crafting, this pdf offers a good starting place for understanding the basics of character building, as well as some tips for troubleshooting.
You’ll also discover inspiring quotes from successful authors, writing prompts, and creativity exercises. Of course, the discussion of character is far too vast a subject to be covered in a 50 - page e - book, but this information will give you the tools you need to tackle your latest batch of characters. Get your copy by signing up using the form in the top of the left - hand column on her blog Wordplay: Helping Writers Become
Authors: http://wordplay - - e - book - crafting - unforgettable.html.

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Writer's Vocabulary

From's Word of the Day ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ I love this
word - in - my - mailbox - a - day service but I especially like the ones that have to do with words or writing! Thought maybe you'd like this and want to sign up, too, at

Galimatias (noun)

Pronunciation: [gal - uh - `mey - shee - uh s]

Definition: Gibberish, foolish talk; unintelligible speech.

Usage: The world galimatias, which itself sounds unintelligible, simply means unintelligible speech. It can be used in reference to speaking gibberish (or “gobbledygook”), although it is often used to describe a rambling and incoherent speech. Perfectly normal patterns of speech that fall outside the purview of an individual, such as legalese or a foreign language, may also be appropriately described as galimatias.

Suggested Usage: If you can’t understand what someone else means, whether they’re speaking a language you don’t speak or just using words outside of your vocabulary, introduce a vocab word of your own: galimatias! Whatever the context, crying “galimatias” is a fun way to discredit the words or arguments of others. Best of all, it doesn’t sound particularly mean; just kind of silly. (It is, therefore, to be used liberally around people way smarter than you.)

Etymology: When it first came into use in English, galimatias was also spelled gallimatias. It is French in origin. In fact, the word means the same thing in French—utter nonsense—as it does in English. It has been suggested that the word is a popular variation of the French term galimafrée, which means a medley. The English word gallimaufry, which means a mix or jumble, reflects this origin.

Subscribers who have websites or newsletters of their own may be interested in the F r ^^ Articles 4 Readers and Writers on my site, . I try to add new articles to it frequently.
If you don't see what you need for your blog or newsletter, just ask.

Twitter Tip: - Karen Langston who "tames social media one hot key at a time" reminds tweeters to put their shortened link first so that when the tweet gets retweeted, part of the link doesn't get lost. It would look like this: " (Bitly short URL) The Net is changing the art of writing are you with the times?: Find her at She can also help you with nutrition and better body matters.

Fun and F r ~ ~: If you purchased the Frugal Book Promoter or the Frugal Editor, I'd love you to review it on Amazon or Make it simple; just tell what part of it you found most valuable. If you do, send me the review link (URL) and I will send you a handout from one of my UCLA classes. As a thank you, of course. =====================================================

COMMENTS: E - Book Pricing Goes Haywire

Mindy Phillips Lawrence

“All traditional standards and beliefs are shattered in a severe economic crisis. The moral order is turned upside down. The honest and industrious are wiped out while the gangsters, profiteers and speculators walk away with millions.” ~ Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize - winning reporter for the New York Times = Amazon.Com, the whopping book and merchandise site, has long found that prices above $9.99 on an e - book frustrate their customers. Now publishers are forcing e - book prices to go up to $12.99 and $14.99. In the New York Times article, “E - Book Price Increase May Stir Readers’
Passions” - books&st=cse by Motoko Rich and Brad Stone on February 10, 2010, Mark Gompertz, executive vice - president of Simon and Schuster, said, “There are people who don’t always understand what goes into an author writing and an editor editing and a publishing house with hundreds of men and women working on these books.”

Gompertz’ comment seems to say that publishers have to pay out as much for production of e - books as they do for printed books. I don’t see that. I also don’t see anymore going to authors. Please correct me, noble writers, if I am wrong.

Here’s my question. Why in the middle of a recession, when people have LESS disposable income and, sometimes, no job, do publishing companies choose THIS MOMENT to up prices on an e - book market already struggling?
With all the consumer perception of business as the greedy - guts who give huge bonuses to their upper echelon and tell their customers to “eat cake,” do publishers go this route at this time? Frankly, my dear, I don’
t understand.

Amazon customers have made it understood by comments on the Amazon site and in the New York Times article that they don’t intend to pay what they consider inflated prices for e - book. They’ll turn to libraries or to other activities other than reading.

Where does this leave writers? If their e - books don’t sell, then the market for them will dry up. Authors will have one less market for their writing. Is Amazon shooting its own Kindle in the foot? Is Apple going to see iPads dry up out of the starting block? It’s possible.

In the New York Times article, Joel Waldfogel, a professor of business and public policy at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, said, “I would be scared to death about a culture of piracy taking hold. I wouldn’t mess around with price increases.”

That’s another consideration. Protecting against e - book piracy will cost publishers more. Maybe prices will mount yet again. Maybe people will quit buying e - books all together. In that case, bye - bye Kindle and all the others like it.

Remember, there’s always the second - hand bookstore or the local library.
Find one in your neighborhood and frequent it. We may not be able to afford anything else. If you’re a writer, like I am, I’m sorry.


On Poetry
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This is a running feature for the poets among us and those who would like to try writing poetry but feel, well, inadequate about the writing or the promotion. Please send in your poetry tips and resources for this section.

I am often asked to endorse or give a blurb to a fellow poet. Recently Helena Harper asked me if she could re - use portions of a review I did for her book Family and More. Of course, I was honored. Asking is a very nice way to keep in touch with those who have supported one with an endorsement. But it isn't necessary. Once someone has reviewed or endorsed a book, those words become property of the author. He or she may quote wherever they want. Those of us who do endorsements know that we benefit, too - - and we take pleasure in helping writers. There is no greater honor than being included on a cover of a book and I thank all those who have asked me to do so.

Endorsement: I wanted to tell you how your workshops, reading your newsletter, and just chatting with you has been a great help to me. I have a background in marketing from the fashion world and even though it has helped me get my foot in the door, I honestly have to say that after getting to know you, reading your books, and everything else I just said has truly helped me put Stories for Children Magazine on the map. ~ VS Grenier, Founder and Editor - in - Chief Stories for Children Magazine.

Tip: Texana Publishing’s free Publishing Tips Newsletter is e - mailed to subscribers monthly. It features articles and resources for book publishing and marketing.

A general marketing rule is that a product must be seen seven times before it is purchased. That is just as true for books (because they are products, like it or not!). Let people see that book cover image! To do that, you are invited to advertise as a site sponsor at for only $25 to $35 a year. Yep, the frugal way!
Click on the Advertising tab at the top of the page or contact me personally at

In the News: is partnering with Lightning Source, the print - on - demand unit of Ingram Content Group, Inc., to allow authors and publishers using CreateSpace's Pro Plan to have their books accessible on Ingram's data base for ordering by bookstores, etc. Do remember that libraries tend to use Baker & Taylor, so it won't help as much there as one might suppose. This feature will be useful for authors who plan to do lots of book signings in bookstores.

Audio divas bring you audios on many aspects of building a writing career:
www.tri - Titles include:
Contest Facts: How to Add “Award - winning” to Your Name; Do It Yourself Indexing: The Way to Sell Your Book to Libraries, Schools and Anyone Else That Buys Nonfiction; Fury and Destruction: How to Use Violence Effectively in Your Writing And more.

Tip: You know how I hate e - mail signatures that don't make it easy on editors, bloggers and anyone else who may need to know more about you! Now comes which gives you a page - turning widget to use in your autosignatures. And it's f r ^ ^!

I highly recommend Jozette Aaron's f r ^ ^ DeSilva's News for writers: not just because I write a column for her.

An Itty - Bitty Column on Writing

How to Start a Novel – From a Neophyte
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I’ve worked with two writers as they wrote an entire novel. This is how they did it.

* One novelist came from an engineering background. She put her book together using intricate outlining, Excel spreadsheets and a great deal of research.

*The other novelist wrote with the idea/outline in his head. He put together a very good book just from knowing the ending of his tale and explaining how the story got to the ending.

Now, I am beginning work on my own novel. I’ve taken into account the two different methods these authors used, plus I’ve read a lot on how others have put together what they write. My conclusion? Every writer is unique.
Everyone has an individual way to get to the story.

So far, I’m using three resources as guides as I write. One is Larry Brooks’ e - book, Story Structure - Demystified. Another is Carolyn Howard - Johnson’s The Great First Impression Book Proposal: Everything You Need to Know About Selling Your Book in Twenty Minutes or Less, which I will need as I write to define my market, and Bev Walton - Porter’s book, Sun Signs for Writers which helps me build my characters. I’ll use other sources as I write but these are the ones I am keeping in mind in the beginning and throughout the process. Yes, you have to pay for them but their ALL worth it.
If you are beginning your first novel, as I am, here’s a list of sources for you to use.
And, by the way, GOOD LUCK!


How to Start a Novel: Holly Lisle - 1.html

Writing a Novel with the Snowflake Method: Randy Ingermanson

The Great First Impression Book Proposal: Everything You Need to Know About Selling Your Book in Twenty Minutes or Less: Carolyn Howard - Johnson - alias%3Daps&field - keywords=The+Great+First+Impression+Book+Proposal%3A+Everything+You+Need+t

Story Structure – Demystified: Larry Brooks - structure - demystified

Writing Your First Novel: Victory Crayne

My First Novel: Michael Ridpath

~ Mindy Phillips Lawrence,, is the author of the poetry collections One Blue Star and Above and Below. She is co - author of The Complete Writer and a publicist and literary agent. She is in the process of researching a novel titled Alone is Where We Begin.
Blogging at:
Her specialty is helping writers with their media releases. Reach her at

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Tip: Listen to Bev Walton - Porter (Bev Sninchak) as she welcomes Mindy Phillips Lawrence to on February 26, 2010 at 8pm MOUNTAIN TIME / 7pm Central

Yes, I do consult. I tailor my fees to your needs - - everything from coaching to full edits (sorry no partial edits) to hour consultations to help you with your marketing campaign or your path to publishing.

Tip: There is a look and feel to each market. For some markets it will be a consistency in color, messaging, or packaging, and for others, it's just a "feeling." For example, Web sites for thrillers tend to be dark and foreboding. There may not be a consistent message but the feel is the
same: scary. Getting to know your market is the #1 thing you should do when you're thinking of developing your brand. Submitted by Sharing with Writers subscriber Patrika Vaughn, your Author's Advocate.

Visit one of my blogs. Experiment a bit with the little green Tweetmeme logo if you haven't used one before. And, please let me know if mine is working for you. I think the one at is working. I used the second offering down on the tweetmeme site and replaced the suggested code with the address of my blog.

Thank Yous

Thanks to Lea Schizas , . .
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ . . . for including Sharing with Writers newsletter in her every - Friday writers guide on You’ll notice we’re also gearing up for our October Muse Online Writers’ Workshop! Other good stuff, too. Every Friday and then some. - 32774 - Canada - Writing - Examiner ~y2010m1d15 - Friday - links - for - January - 15 - 2010

Thanks to Kathleen Gage . . .
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ . . . a marketing expert if there ever was one, who used my article on the #1 rule for fielding bad publicity at her blog - how - not - to - market - from - the - big - guys.html

Thanks to Shelli Johannes - Wells . . .
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ . . . .for her interview on marketing. Check it out! Top five things to do first!

Thanks to Smitty of Blog Fame . . .
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ . . for publishing my media release on how the Net is changing the world of writing even for literary writers and poets. See it on either of his blogs at: Book http://book - or http://author - book -

Thanks to Michael Marcus . . .
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ . . . for including my self - help book on writing on the Independent Self Publishers sites: and

===================================================== If you're starting your own blog or want to market the one you have or focus it better here’s a f r ^^ chapter from Phyllis Zimbler Miller’s and my coming book.
Download it now at

Tip: Midwest Book Review is a major Internet and Web resource for list that authors can use.. Be sure to check them. You'll also find some good ones on in the Resources for Writers pages.

Unsolicited endorsement from a reader: I read The Frugal Book Promoter early last year and became an instant fan. Your common sense, easily accessible and easily implemented tips were a godsend as I entered the promotion for my second novel. You have so much knowledge to share! I wonder if you would be interested in an interview on the blog AuthorCulture, for which I write? ~Katie Weiland, Author of Behold the Dawn and A Man Called Outlaw,

Tip: It’s important to spread your new publications over the whole year.
January and February, for example, are strong months for finance and self help. It is important to plan from a financial as well as a marketing perspective.Submitted by Patrika Vaughn, your Author's Advocate.

This is an example of one of my Twitters: "FrugalBookPromo New trend?
Borders will buy nonreturnable books from HarperStudio in return for a deeper discount." My tweets cover everything from news to more tips and resources, all in 140 characters or less. If you don’t want to tweet, at least follow me. Make a profile page and invite me at

A Peek: My new on word - trippers is now in the release process. You can take a peak at it as an e - book at:
If you don't like e - books, it's coming as a paperback.

The New Book Review is a f r ^ ^ service of this newsletter. It allows authors to get more exposure from their favorite review and reviewers a chance to have more readers see their reviews - - with links, of course.
Please check the guidelines on the blog site at

Carolyn's Appearances and Teaching
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 Carolyn Howard - Johnson and fellow UCLA Writers' Program Instructor, Eve LaSalle Caram (a UCLA Award - Winning Instructor at hat - - yes note the caps!) are planning an amazing intimate conference in Rome for October, 2010. Find details at Jo Linsell - Feliciano, a writer living in Rome and founder of the online conference PROMO Day, will also be offering a seminar. Accommodations are extremely limited.

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 The Muse Online Writers Conference cosponsored by Lea Schizas and Carolyn Howard - Johnson is now taking reservations for the f r ^ ^ event beginning October 11 of 2010.
To avoid a small late registration fee, please register before Aug. 15.

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Carolyn Howard–Johnson discusses Mormon life and history and how she melded the two into her gripping book, This is the Place, on the History Czar, aka Paul Bruno, on March 5, 2010, at 9:00 am Pacific at The History Czar is the Internet’s premier talk radio program covering all areas of history. You'll find the interview at after March 5. Listen to current History Czar shows at or at the show’s blog at Ask to be on Paul's notification list for free podcasts.

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 Carolyn Howard - Johnson offers two seminars at the f r ^ ^ Catholic Writers Conference on Monday March 1. “Your Query Letters
Perfected: Straight from the Mouths of Literary Agents” is at 9 and a casual chat, “Twitter: How Writers Can Make It Work for Them” is at 10.
The conference is online from Feb 26 to March 5 and is open to everyone.

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 Carolyn Howard - Johnson will be leading a seminar for the F r ^ ^ PromoDay writers' conference on Sat. the 15th of May at 10 am LA
(Pacific) time and 7 pm (Rome time). The subject will be Promoting with Query Letters. Do make it easy on founder Jo Linsdell and register now.

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Campaign: Networking Your Newsletter, Building Your Blogs.
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 Carolyn Howard - Johnson will teach a one - day seminar in book promotion including a planning a thrifty online campaign. The place? UCLA Extension's Writers' Program on campus, of course. Mark August 7, 2010, on your calendar. Sign up online at

 Carolyn Howard Johnson, author of A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In - Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques, will make a guest appearance on Paul Bruno's Career Czar® radio program. We'll talk making retailing work in a down economy and how authors can make their case to retailers to let them boost profits with a book signing on December 17, 2010 at 10:00 am Pacific at
You can also listen at www.alltalkradio./careerczar/career121710.mp3 In the meantime, listen to his other shows at or at the show's blog at Ask to be on Paul's notification list for free podcasts.

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 Carolyn Howard - Johnson will be a featured speaker at the Wisconsin Regional Writers Association Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, in the fall of 2010. Find information on that at This active group invites writers from everywhere to join. Find their blog at

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Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't The e - book at

The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success

The Great First Impression Book Proposal: Everything You Need To Know About Selling Your Book in 20 Minutes or Less, - First - Impression - Book - Proposal/dp/B000YG6O5U/

A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In - Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques

To learn more about This Is the Place,
Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered, Tracings, and She Wore Emerald Then: www.carolynhoward -

She Wore Emerald Then: Reflections on Motherhood, a chapbook of poetry coauthored with Magdalena Ball.

Tracings, a chapbook of poetry (Finishing Line Press)

Contact Information
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Blogs:, a blog on all things publishing, all things grammatical and ungrammatical, a blog focused on YOUR reviews, a blog focused on editing, formatting and craft War. Peace. Tolerance. And Our Soldiers., a blog where you can learn to get some mojo behind your own booth by learning from the successes and mistakes of others.

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Connie Gotsch Host Write On Four Corners KSJE FM, Farmington NM Author two award winning novels Snap Me a Future and A Mouthful of Shell available

Always in Print ‘Cuz They’re Print on Demand!

And now out! Belle’s Star,’ a youth novel from Artemesia Press at and, and through your local book store. Winner 2010 Mom’s Choice Award Finalist 2009 New Mexico Book Awards

Lisa Lenard-Cook's Activities

Upcoming Talks, Classes, & Miscellany

Alternating Mondays
March 1st - June 7th (8 weeks)
6 PM - 8 PM Mountain Time
Location: Online! via WiZiQ
This eight-session course covers the seeds of story,
character, plot, and background
before moving to timing, form, style and more.
Info/to register:

a lively discussion of what inspires us, what keeps us going, and how we make our art fit into our lives
6 p.m. March 11
National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 Fourth St. SW
Albuquerque NM
Salon Ortega

poet KATHLEEN DRISKELL Seed Across Snow, Spalding University
author LISA LENARD-COOK Dissonance, Coyote Morning, The Mind of Your Story
author + journalist CAROLYN FLYNN Spalding University, SAGE magazine
writer + artist ROMA ARELLANO


Albuquerque Fiction Workshops
with Lynn C. Miller & Lisa Lenard-Cook

Novelist/Playwright/Award-winning professor & good friend Lynn Miller ( & I have teamed up to form Abq Fiction Workshops. Our first Artful Weaving class is filled, but we’re taking names for the next one. We’re also putting together Fictive Technique for Memoir Writers, & are interested in hearing what other classes you might like us to offer. Info for any Abq Fiction Workshops class:
Share the Wealth

This June, my daughter Kaitlin will be riding her bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles (that’s over 500 miles!) in the AIDS Life Cycle. If you’d like to cheer her on by making a contribution, here’s the link:

Bev Bell, whose work with Haitian women is legendary, is posting from Haiti here:

Bob & I are honoring Roadrunner Food Bank’s 30 years of feeding hungry New Mexicans by purchasing a chair at one of their tables. You can do the same (or learn about other funding opportunities at RRFB) by emailing Be sure to tell her I sent you.
the fine print

Connie Gotsch Host Write On Four Corners KSJE FM, Farmington NM Author two award winning novels Snap Me a Future and A Mouthful of Shell available

Always in Print ‘Cuz They’re Print on Demand!

And now out! Belle’s Star,’ a youth novel from Artemesia Press at and, and through your local book store. Winner 2010 Mom’s Choice Award Finalist 2009 New Mexico Book Awards

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

New Mexico Book CoOp

February Meeting
Our next meeting will be Friday, February 26 at 12 noon at the Golden Corral in Albuquerque. Our guest will be John Hoffsis from Treasure House in Old Town Albuquerque. He will talk about what kinds of books and events he likes for his book store. Please join us for this informative program.
ABQ School Libraries Display
If you signed up to participate in the display for librarians at the ABQ Public Schools remember that you need to get the display copy and the 75 fliers to us no later than February 26. You can bring them to the Co-op lunch meeting (see above).
All spaces for the display are sold out!
NM Library Association Info Bags
If you signed up to have your fliers at the NM Library Assn meeting in Ruidoso you must get your fliers to Sabra at the February 26 or March 19 book coop lunches or MAIL TO: Sabra Steinsiek, 3523 Santa Teresa NW, Albuquerque NM 87120

Upcoming Calendar
February 26- Coop lunch - John Hofsis, Treasure House Books
March 10 - ABQ Public School Library Display
March 19- Coop lunch - Book covers
April 7-9 - NM Library Assn meeting (must sign up by March 19)
April 23- Coop lunch - Ask Anything About Publishing
May 28- Coop lunch - Author Tips for Success
June 4-5 - 6th Annual Chama Book Fair
June 25- Coop lunch - Pitch Your Book
Calling all Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and West Texas Publishers, Book Designers, and Authors!
The NM Book Association has announced the First Annual “Southwest Book Design & Production Awards for Excellence. This new contest will recognize creativity and quality of book design, and production. Books must be published, designed or produced in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah or West Texas. Go to New Mexico Book Association (NMBA) website for more information and to download the brochure.

Stickers for Winners and Finalists
Stickers are available for anyone who is a winner or a finalist in the 2009 New Mexico Book Awards. You can order stickers (they come in rolls of 100 and cost $23 each which includes tax and shipping) on the website by CLICKING HERE.

2010 Book Awards Entries Underway!
The 2010 New Mexico Book Awards entry information and guidelines are available HERE -- The early deadline for entries is May1.

6th Annual Chama Book Fair
The 6th annual book fair in Chama will be on June 4 and 5 and will feature award-winning and best-selling author David Morrell. Sign-ups are going fast so don't delay. There are only about 30 slots available for the workshop and the book fair. CLICK HERE to get the registration form.

Voices of New Mexico Extended!
The entry deadline for the Voice of New Mexico anthology has been extended to March 30. Get your work published in this special Centennial project. CLICK HERE for information.

Connie Gotsch Host Write On Four Corners KSJE FM, Farmington NM Author two award winning novels Snap Me a Future and A Mouthful of Shell available

Always in Print ‘Cuz They’re Print on Demand!

And now out! Belle’s Star,’ a youth novel from Artemesia Press at and, and through your local book store. Winner 2010 Mom’s Choice Award Finalist 2009 New Mexico Book Awards

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Lisa Lenard-Cook News

I’ll be giving a talk about the writing of Dissonance at the Esther Bone Library in Rio Rancho tomorrow evening at 6:30, in conjunction with the ongoing Anne Frank exhibit at Coronado Mall. I understand a smaller exhibit has been set up at the library as well. The Esther Bone Library is located just off Southern, behind the Rio Rancho Post Office. I’ve posted a link on my website.
With all my best wishes, ~L
Lisa Lenard-Cook, the new sister site to Authorlink
The Mind of Your Story: Discover What Drives Your Fiction, NM Presswomen Communications Contest Finalist
Dissonance: A Novel, short-listed for the PEN Southwest Book Award
Coyote Morning: A Novel, NM Presswomen Zia Award Finalist

Connie Gotsch Host Write On Four Corners KSJE FM, Farmington NM Author two award winning novels Snap Me a Future and A Mouthful of Shell available

Always in Print ‘Cuz They’re Print on Demand!

And now out! Belle’s Star,’ a youth novel from Artemesia Press at and, and through your local book store. Winner 2010 Mom’s Choice Award Finalist 2009 New Mexico Book Awards

Monday, February 8, 2010

New Mexico Book CoOp Lunch


The February meeting of the New Mexico Book Co-op (Friday, February 26) features John Hoffsis of Treasure House Bookstore in Old Town, Albuquerque. He will talk about what books do well at his store, what he looks for, and the trends of the book industry in New Mexico. The meeting starts at noon at Golden Corral, 3451 Hwy. 528 (Coors & Alameda) but attendees are encouraged to come early to eat and network. Attendees pay for their own lunch buffet and drink. Attendees are also encouraged to bring a copy of their latest book.

To RSVP call 505/344-9382 or email

Connie Gotsch Host Write On Four Corners KSJE FM, Farmington NM Author two award winning novels Snap Me a Future and A Mouthful of Shell available

Always in Print ‘Cuz They’re Print on Demand!

And now out! Belle’s Star,’ a youth novel from Artemesia Press at and, and through your local book store. Winner 2010 Mom’s Choice Award Finalist 2009 New Mexico Book Awards

New Mexico Book Association News

Book Networking Luncheon, Friday, February 12th
NMBA's Book Networking Luncheon is Friday, February 12, at the NMBA Book Forum! Same time and place: 11:15 am at 826 Camino del Monte Rey (between St. Francis and Pacheco) in Santa Fe. Cookies and juices provided, but bring a bag lunch. No charge (but contributions to the "Cookie Kitty" are welcomed. Bring and share your topics of interest and concern for the challenges of 2010! NMBA's monthly Board Meeting will follow at 1:15 pm. It's an open meeting to all members.
>Send Libro News Items to Mary Neighbour! Libro (as loyal NMBA members have known for 15 years) covers news of your achievements and plans in the world of books. Please send items directly to Mary E. Neighbour, Libro's new editor! Mary's email is You may also contact Mary by phone, (505) 474-6309. Deadline for the March-April issue is February 17, but don't put off what you can share with her today! Go to and use the handy Submission Form to post latest events, booksignings and readings. And remember, our staff is here to serve you!
>Ten Days Left to Enter an exciting new contest for "Books for Better Living"
If you write or publish books that enhance or improve peoples' lives, this book awards contest is for you. The Living Now Awards were created to bring increased attention to books intended for readers who seek healthier, more spiritual and productive lifestyles. Gold, silver and bronze medallions will be presented in 30 categories at a gala event held during BookExpo America in New York on May 25th, 2010.
Entry fee is $90 per category and the final entry deadline is February 14, 2010. Enter online by midnight Feb. 14 and send books later, or postmark your mail-in entry by February 13th. To view a complete list of categories click HERE. To print out the Living Now Awards guidelines and entry form click HERE. Enter your books at a secure online entry site HERE. To learn more visit:
Reminder: Deadline Extented for The Southwest Book Design & Production Awards:
Attention all publishers, book designers and producers, editors, and authors: your entries may now be submitted until March 19, 2010 to be considered for the Southwest Book Design & Production Awards for Excellence! Choose your best-looking books published in 2008 and 2009 and send them to us now; you don’t need to be an NMBA member to qualify! All details and the entry form are on the website. Contact Jim Mafchir with questions: (505) 988-7214,
Please visit NMBA at:

Connie Gotsch Host Write On Four Corners KSJE FM, Farmington NM Author two award winning novels Snap Me a Future and A Mouthful of Shell available

Always in Print ‘Cuz They’re Print on Demand!

And now out! Belle’s Star,’ a youth novel from Artemesia Press at and, and through your local book store. Winner 2010 Mom’s Choice Award Finalist 2009 New Mexico Book Awards

Friday, February 5, 2010

Write on 4 Corners, KSJE-FM 90.9
Connie Gotsch Program Driector/Interviewer

Contact Connie Gotsch for interview and reading schedule, 505-566 3377, Visit for dates and times of Internet real time broadcast, and you can hear past programs online by searching MP3 Archives, Write on Four Corners. February, 2010 Schedule follows:

February 3: Richard Flint. No Settlement. University of New Mexico Press. "Write On 4 Corners," 10:30am, reading.

February 5: Bill Gulick. The Dam Builders. University of New Mexico Press. “Write On 4 Corners, 2:30pm, reading.

February 10: Melody Groves. Border Ambush. La Frontera Press. "Write On 4 Corners," 10:30am, reading.

February 12: Warren Perkins. Putrefaction Live. University of New Mexico Press. Write On 4 Corners, 2:30pm, reading.

February 17: Sally K. Serverino. Becoming Fire. Epigraph Press. "Write On 4 Corners," 10:30am, reading.

February 19: Nancy K. Morrison and Sally K. Serverino, Sacred Dance of Growing in Compassionate Living. Azo Press. Write On 4 Corners, 2:30pm, reading.

February 24: Barbara Mahler. Hole in the Sky. Sea Turtle Publishing. "Write On 4 Corners," 10:30am, reading.

Connie Gotsch Host Write On Four Corners KSJE FM, Farmington NM Author two award winning novels Snap Me a Future and A Mouthful of Shell available

Always in Print ‘Cuz They’re Print on Demand!

And now out! Belle’s Star,’ a youth novel from Artemesia Press at and, and through your local book store. Winner 2010 Mom’s Choice Award Finalist 2009 New Mexico Book Awards

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

New Mexico Book Association News


Attention all publishers, book designers and producers, editors, and authors: your entries may now be submitted until March 19, 2010 to be considered for the Southwest Book Design & Production Awards for Excellence! Choose your best-looking books published in 2008 and 2009 and send them to us now; you don’t need to be an NMBA member to qualify! All details and the entry form are on the website. Contact Jim Mafchir with questions: (505) 988-7214,


1. Moonbeam Children's Book Awards - Early-Bird Entry deadline Feb. 13: Now is the time to enter your award-worthy children's book into the fourth annual Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, honoring the year's best children’s books, authors, and illustrators. The program accepts entries with 2009 or 2010 copyrights or with release dates between January 1, 2009 and August 21, 2010. Entry is open to authors, illustrators, and publishers of children’s books written in English or Spanish and intended for the North American market. These awards bring an opportunity for recognition to independent authors and publishers who have a hard time breaking through to win library association awards like the Newbery and Caldecott.
Early-bird entry fee is $75 per title, per category (until Feb. 13), with increases to $85 and then $95 as the final deadline of August 21 approaches.
Online entry form:
Download a PDF of guidelines and entry form:
Questions? Contact Jim Barnes, Awards Director, 1-800-644-0133 x1011; email:

2. MPIBA Regional Book Awards - call for nominations: The deadline for nominations for the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association’s Regional Book Awards is February 26. Eligible titles must have been published in calendar year 2009, and their content must deal substantially with the MPIBA region, i.e., Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wyoming. (The authors' place of residence is immaterial for this award.) Booksellers, publishers, sales reps, wholesalers, and authors all may nominate titles. For details, visit:, or email:
3. Border Book Festival. The 2010 dates are now April 8-11 and the theme is Shooting Stars. Our theme, Shooting Stars, celebrates the luminous beauty and spirit that is to be found in life, at once transitory, incandescent and meaningful. Our children, our youth and our elderly are the shooting stars of our lives illuminating the shimmering trajectory of our days. Our format for the event has changed, for further information:

February 2010 Book Events in New Mexico
• Feb. 5: Annie McNaughton hosts Taos area High School poets, SOMOS, Taos Center for the Arts, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos, 7pm-9pm, (575) 758-0081,,
• Feb. 6: IWWG-and-Friends Luncheon, RSVP needed, place to be determined, 11:30am, (505) 473-3479,
• Feb. 7: Bookworks Author Fair—Nancy King's The Stones Speak, Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande, NW, Albuquerque, 3pm-5pm, (505) 344-8139,,
• Feb. 12: NMBA Networking Luncheon, at the Book Forum, 826 Camino del Monte Rey, Santa Fe, 11:30am. Free, bring a friend! Paula Lozar, Board meeting follows at 1:15pm.
.• Feb. 12: Sean Murphy/Mirabai Starr/Jenny Bird, Time of New Weather/Love Poems between St. Teresa of Avila & St. John of the Cross/CD Mystic Muse, SOMOS, MDL Meeting Room, Taos, 7pm-9pm, (575) 758-0081,,
• Feb. 19: Carolyn Gage/James Stevens, Parmachene Belle (one act play/poetry), SOMOS, MDL Meeting Room, Taos, 7pm-9pm, (575) 758-0081,,
• Feb. 20: Winter Storytelling with Joe Hayes, Clear Light Book Gallery, 851 W. San Mateo, Santa Fe, NM, 10am -4pm, (505) 989-9590,,
• Feb. 26: dg nanouk Okpik (poetry)/Catherine Strisik (poetry), SOMOS, Caffe Tazza, Taos, 7pm-9pm, (575) 758-0081,,

Author Signings & Readings
• Feb. 4: Anne Hillerman and Don Strel, Tony Hillerman's Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn, Free presentation sponsored by Vista Grande Public Library, 14 Avenida Torreon, El Dorado, Santa Fe, 7pm, (505) 466-7323,,
• Feb. 8: Nancy Bartlit, Silent Voices of World War II, New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Ave., Santa Fe, 10am, (505) 476-5200,,
• Feb. 12: Jennifer Kitchell, Girl with Skirt of Stars, Collected Works Bookstore, 202 Galisteo St., Santa Fe, NM, 6-8pm, (505) 988-4226,,
• Feb. 20: Martha Egan, La Ranfla and Other New Mexico Stories, Authors for Literacy Series, Moriarty Public Library, 202 S. Broadway, Moriarty, NM, 9am, (505) 832-2513,,
• Feb. 25: Nancy Bartlit, Silent Voices of World War II, Volcano Vista High School, 12:30pm, (505) 890-0343/Ext. 37274,,
Please visit NMBA at:

Connie Gotsch Host Write On Four Corners KSJE FM, Farmington NM Author two award winning novels Snap Me a Future and A Mouthful of Shell available Belle’s Star (tween novel age 9-12) Artemesia Publishers Winner Mom's Choice Award 2010 Finalist New mexico Book Awards 2010

Monday, February 1, 2010

Sandi Ault Brings Out Wild Penance

Sandi Ault is a regular contributer to KSJE FM's Write On 4 Corners 90.9-fm Farmington, New Mexico. She'll discuss Wild Penance this June on the show

February 2, 2010
WILD PENANCE WILD and WARM Publication Party
Poisoned Pen Bookstore
Scottsdale, AZ
7 PM

February 6, 2010
WILD Mountain Get-Down at the Estes Park Library
MacDonald Book Shop
Estes Park, CO
2 PM
February 12, 2010
Sandi Ault will read and sign WILD PENANCE at Borders Books and Music
Boulder, CO
7 PM

February 13, 2010
Old Firehouse Books hosts Sandi Ault for a Reading and Signing in Celebration of WILD PENANCE
Fort Collins, CO

February 20, 2010
Afternoon Open House: Talking, Laughing, Signing and Reading at Treasure House Books
Albuquerque, NM
2 PM

February 25, 2010
A Winter Evening of Stories In the Parlor at I Love A Mystery Bookstore
Mission, KS
7 PM

February 27. 2010
Wild West Fashion Show, Hoedown, and Author Party at Will Wyatt’s Cowboy Couture
Overland Park, KS

March 11-13, 2010
Booked in L.A.: Left Coast Crime Convention
Los Angeles, CA
Click Link for Schedule
March 20, 2010
Featured Speaker — Colorado Author Series at the Denver Public Library - Schlessman Family Branch 100 Poplar St.
Denver, CO
2 PM

April 10, 2010
Celebrating 50 Years: Sandi Ault will serve as the Keynote Speaker for the Pueblo Library System 50th Anniversary at the Robert Hoag Rawlings Library
100 E. Abriendo Avenue
Pueblo, CO
5 PM

Connie Gotsch Host Write On Four Corners KSJE FM, Farmington NM Author two award winning novels Snap Me a Future and A Mouthful of Shell available

Always in Print ‘Cuz They’re Print on Demand!

And now out! Belle’s Star,’ a youth novel from Artemesia Press at and, and through your local book store.