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Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

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Publishing involves process, especially traditional publishing. In my “real” life, I’m a freelance writer, editor, and book designer. I help authors along the publishing journey by providing discrete services. Although the name of my business may suggest otherwise, Hen House Publishing is not a traditional publisher. That being said, I receive and see inquiries every week from...

book reviews

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Occasionally in various author and writing groups, I come across posts asking whether, as a reader, I post reviews on books I do not finish or post reviews for books written by other authors. These queries come across as though the person posting were squeamish about book reviews. Inevitably, the posts gain traction from two basic camps of respondents. To answer the first question, yes, I do post...

Why pay for editing?

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Savvy authors understand why they receive such a small percentage of royalties on book sold when their books are published by traditional publishers. The publisher assumes all financial risk and invests in producing a book of the high quality the reading public expects and deserves. That effort entails the employment of professionals: copywriters for the back cover blurb and marketing; editors...

HOT OFF THE PRESS!

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I have recently finished two projects: one is my own book and the other is one I wrote for 0-0-8 Studios. SINGLE STROKE The third book in my Triune Brides Alliance series, Single Stroke follows two characters briefly introduced in Double Cut, Louella and General Superior Yas’kihn. These two characters wanted their stories told, so I put them together. In Double Cut, Louella is kidnapped by...

Going unplugged

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Since one of my children died in January 2021, I have begun a tradition of taking a vacation in late October over his birthday. During that week or so, I unplug from the world. It’s a time for reflection, for memory, for grieving, and for filling my mind—or distracting my thoughts. I’m no adrenaline junkie, so my adventures are mild. This year, I went with my best friend to...

diving into hot water

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I’m one of those people who sticks to my guns when I believe I’m right or on the high moral ground, despite being lambasted for airing an unpopular opinion. In fact, I’ll air it again and again. Eventually, I’ll find someone who agrees with me, right? The latest contremps centered on my response to a post in a writing group from a writer who was having difficulty...

Shakespeare, Seuss & Austen: the meaning of words

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“I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.” That’s a line of the Nicene Creed that I did not recite for years as a teen, because I did not understand what certain words meant. I thought I understood, but I was wrong on two counts. The first was “catholic” and the second was “Church.” With regard to “Church,” I reasoned that, when...

Playing by the rules

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Every author, especially indie authors, craves reader reviews. Oftentimes, the success of a book depends upon those reviews, so positive reviews are the most prized, even though critical (and even negative) reviews may be informational. Many authors use the feedback contained within critical reviews to refine and improve their work. I know I do. There are polite guidelines to leaving reviews, the...

Champion of the Twin moons goes live July 19

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On July 19, 2023, my latest book, Champion of the Twin Moons, is officially published and available for purchase. The book is available in paperback and e-book from Amazon. (I’ll have printed copies for sale at my next event, the First Friday Art Walk on August 4, sponsored by the Beech Grove Artists Collective in Beech Grove, Indiana.) The fifth book in my Twin Moons Saga, Champion of the...

Mother nature interferes

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Art on the Hill & Wine Tasting was held Saturday, July 8, in Mantua (MAN-TOO-AY), Ohio. Art on the Hill truly is held on a hill. Northeastern Ohio is hillier than I realized—and swampy. (I’d expect swampy areas in northwestern Ohio, remnants of the Great Black Swamp, but not in the northeastern corner of the state.) My best friend, Cindra, and I arrived late Friday afternoon. It’s...