The Ethics of Proposing to More Than One Person! You'd never consider proposing marriage to more than one person at a time. However. In literary circles, it's the norm to propose a book idea to multiple agents at a time. At first, that seemed illogical to...

  I'm Proposing! Yes, it's official. I'm in my second ever relationship and have decided, "It's a GO! Let's Get This Thing Done!" What the heck? Right? When my first book, So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village came out with Autumn House Press, I didn't need...

I'm stewing over threes this week. They are everywhere. From Veni, Vidi, Vici to Stop, Look, and Listen. My husband and I each come from a family with three siblings. The Government of the people, by the people, for the people. The good, the bad and...

Collegeville 2017 with Lauren Winner Each year Collegeville Institute hosts a summer full of writing workshops. It's tough to get in. I applied two years ago. Nope. Only twelve writers, from across the United States and Canada, are accepted to each ten day workshop. All expenses...

I never thought I'd be the sort of author who would (or could) say, "I've just come back from a research trip!" I never thought I'd say, "My research trip was six weeks long. And it took me to Europe."  But here I am. Saying those very...

The liquid and ever-changing world of book publication reminds me that just when I get comfortable, things are most likely going to change. This time it's my Book Distributor. I've gotten a new book distributor ...

Rebecca LeBoeuf, Editorial Assistant at The Penman Review emailed me a month ago about a Q&A for The Penman Profile. I said sure, I 'd love to do that. Over the course of the month, we emailed back and forth. Over the course of the month, my...

My website and I spent a week together doing a Make Over with web designer and friend, Eric Heuer. The big question is: How Often Should A Website Be Updated? Do you really need a website makeover? According to itd interactive, there are a lot of updates...

I had a grand four days in Austin, Texas. First of all, Texas is not North Dakota. The trees were blooming and the outdoor pool called my name. I had three free hours before the conference welcome and I spent it getting in a great swim...

W. Scott Olsen is set to launch his 11th book: A Moment with Strangers: Photographs and Essays at Home and Abroad. The book is a  fine collection of photographs and thoughts, Olsen at his best, as he travels and considers places as distant as London, Paris, Fargo,...