Stepping back, forty years into your own history, is slightly mind-bending. Last night I did a book reading/talk at the Valley City Barnes County Library. I'm not usually too worried about book talks; last night I was. What if ...

I lamely nicknamed us The Write Club. We are a group of six women who meet every other week to talk writing. I blogged once about the benefits of Writer's Groups.  This post is more personal. It's about "my group" and what we did this past week. We meet at...

Authors are reluctant to talk about sales numbers, unless they are selling thousands, at which point they love talking numbers. I've been curious about "average" sales. In reality, what I'm asking is, "How is my book doing?" Here's a hard look at the numbers and what...

I found out this week that my publisher, Autumn House Press, is using a new book distributor. A year ago, I didn't know what a book distributor was! Basically, the press prints the book and stores it at their office. Individuals can buy directly from...

So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village is officially going into a second printing! That means my book has sold beyond the expected selling numbers! COOL BEANS! It got me thinking, what exactly is a second printing? Is it the same or different from a second...

Seems like everyone is gearing up for first day of school, or first day of teaching, or first day of fall. It's transition time for me also, as a writer. Switching gears from just writing to writing and speaking. Clubs are starting up and groups are meeting. And...

This month my first (and most likely only) book ad came out in Creative Nonfiction magazine. It was one of those things that just came up and I had to make a fairly blind decision. To ad or not to ad? In general, traditional advertisement is...

Everybody said, "You'll love Twitter." They said, "Facebook is history." They said, "Get with it." Well, I would just like to say this: They were right. I joined Twitter three weeks ago, as a trial. Just to check it out. I found out that I like it....

Last week I drove to Valley City, the town I grew up in, to look for an old newspaper article from when I was a kid. I'd recently reconnected with a friend on Facebook and we'd reminded each other of when our picture had been...

Last nights Pens and  Pints Writing Crawl Fargo 2015, sponsored by the Red River Valley Writing Project, was a great success. Interested in a fun literary evening? Here's what happened. I'd do it again anytime! I registered at Zandbroz Variety and picked up a free t-shirt and...