year 2011 archives

The End

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I’ve just finished writing the ending paragraph to my latest novel. My head is numb; my butt is numb and for a moment I’m elated. It feels SO GOOD to reach the end of this journey. I call a friend to celebrate because she knows how exhilarating it is to write The End. But the minute I hang up the phone my emotions plunge back to reality. This is just the first draft. The nuts and blots of the story are in place. Maybe. Now comes the arduous task of editing and revising.
Some of my writer friends can whip out a book in six months, some even three. But this book has been percolating for several years. I have a file folder three inches thick of scenes I’ve deleted, or research I want to include, or should I say wanted to include as the story morphed to an end. My characters names have changed; I’ve honed their actions and reactions. I know them better than I know my siblings. But still, this book really isn’t finished.
Thus is the task of a writer. Formulating an idea strong enough to carry a book, writing more than 100,000 words. Writing, rewriting and rewriting. I’m not complaining. I love my job. I am so grateful to have friends and family who support my writing and me. I can’t think of a better way to end this year by typing THE END, knowing 2012 is just around the corner, and that this is really just the beginning. Thank you all so much for your support. You have no idea how much you mean to me as I hole away to write my stories.

May Santa bring you everything you want, especially a prosperous New Year.

There’s still time to submit your Idaho ghost story

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Okay, I know this year has sped by way too fast. Here it is December already and my 2011 to-do list still has many things left to do. I hope you’re in better shape. I also hope you are planning on submitting your Idaho ghost story to The Other Bunch Press before year-end. You can find guidelines here.

Where is your marketing plan?

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When I left my day job to pursue a career in writing, I didn’t know I’d spend so much time marketing my work. Like many starry-eyed beginners, I had visions of sitting all day at my desk, waxing words that moved readers to tears. Just as I had to learn how to structure a solid story, now I’m learning how to create a great marketing plan, which is usually the first thing an agent or editor asks when queried.
Dear Author, what are you going to do to market this book?
Wait, isn’t that the marketing department’s job?
Dear Author, times are tough. We have no marketing budget for your book. Where’s your marketing plan?
In an attempt to better understand the revolving world of marketing and publishing, I recently attended the Idaho Book Extravaganza in Boise, Idaho. The two-day event was exhausting in that this event focused on the how-tos of marketing, not the how-tos of writing.
Marketing is just another aspect of a writing career, and it was great fun to discuss the industry with good friends like author Kelly Jones, and publisher and editor of Idaho Magazine Kitty Fleischman.
What are you doing to develop your marketing plan?

Kitty Fleischman, Idaho Magazine
Kelly Jones with her new book, "The Woman Who Heard Color"

A Ghostly Affair, standing room only

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Marie Cuff discussing paranormal investigation

Almost 50 people turned out Oct. 15 to hear Marie Cuff of Boise, executive director of the International Paranormal Reporting Group, discuss paranormal activity in Idaho.
The International Paranormal Reporting Group has been serving Idaho and Oregon since 2000 and is a member of the TAPS organization.
The event, held at the Twin Falls County Historical Museum, was sponsored by Other Bunch Press to kick off submissions for its upcoming book, “Hauntings from the Snake River Plain.”
Cuff discussed the mission of the group, talked about different types of hauntings and shared audio and video clips from the group’s investigations.
Check out a news story on KMVT-TV about the event.

Canyon Rim BookFest 2011

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It was great to see so many Idaho authors in one place. The new arts building is beautiful, especially the views of the canyon!

Bonnie Dodge, Dixie Thomas Reale, Patricia Santos Marcantonio

Kelly Jones and Donna Fletcher Crow with their latest releases

A Ghostly Affair. Meet the Ghost Hunters

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Do you believe in ghosts?
Do you have a ghost story about Idaho to tell?
Join us for A Ghostly Affair, as Marie Cuff, Executive Director of the International Paranormal Reporting Group, and her team talk about paranormal activity in Idaho. The Other Bunch will provide details on submitting your ghost stories for its new book, Hauntings from the Snake River Plain. Marie and her team will be investigating historical Stricker Ranch the night before. Come find out what she found lurking in the dry cellar, if anything. This will be a fun event, and admission is free!

When: October 15, 2011
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Twin Falls Historical Museum
21337A US HWY 30, Filer, Idaho

Join us for an enlightening day and learn a little about the history of southern Idaho. Hope to see you there!

Canyon Rim Bookfest 2011

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Join me and over 20 Idaho Authors on October 1, 2011, for the Canyon Rim Bookfest. Admission is free. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. participants will share tips and tricks every author should know. The bookfest continues 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Twin Falls Center for the Arts, 195 River Vista Place, Twin Falls, Idaho. Call (208) 734-2787 for more information.