Indie Author Day, 2018

In honor of Indie Author Day, October 13th, I would like to introduce eight outstanding local authors who will be available to sign books for Indie’s First Day in November.

Indies First was first conceived by Sherman Alexie, who asked fellow authors to “be a superhero for independent bookstores [and] spend an amazing day hand-selling books at local bookstores.”  Fittingly, the day falls on Small Business Saturday.  This year BookPeople of Moscow has teamed up with the Palouse Writers Guild to bring in a fantastic line-up of local authors.  Continue reading


Bigfoot Review Call for Submissions, 2018

The SFCC Pullman Campus Creative Writing Club is pleased to announce the theme of this year’s anthology: MONSTERS!

Whether they hearken from myth and legend, the evil side of religion, fantastical or sci-fi creatures with beastly traits, warlords or mass murders, or are the stuff of nightmares, we want you to bring us your monsters. This anthology explores monsters, their roles in our lives, and ours in theirs. Submissions are open to fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, however, all works should adhere to the theme. Authors whose work is selected for inclusion will receive a copy of the book and have an opportunity to participate in a reading in May 2019. Continue reading


Book Review: Snow City

Snow City, a novel by G. A. Kathryns  
Available on Amazon for $12.99

Hooked from the first sentence!

“Sometimes one has to dream very hard to keep oneself sane.”  From the moment I read the opening line in the prologue, I was hooked.  As the book progressed I wondered, who is really doing the dreaming?  What reality is she trying to escape?  Is this a futuristic dystopian SciFi novel or an exposé on mental illness?  And who is that dead girl?

Snow City is the creation of Echo Japonica, a reclusive guitarist, who strives to live in a perfect world.  A world that she created.  Unfortunately, the nightmares of reality spill into Echo’s dream of perfection for Snow City.  Those nightmares threaten to cause the entire system to collapse, taking Echo with it.  As Echo puts is, “Here [at the Blue Rose] I can be the simple, black-garbed and blonde-braided guitarist I was months ago, before gangsters and lost ghost have entered my life.  But gangsters and lost ghosts have entered my life . . .” Continue reading


Building an Author Website

This is the second part of a workshop I hosted for the Palouse Writers Guild on Saturday, July 28, 2018.  To see the first part of the workshop, click here: Building An Author Platform.

ESTABLISHING YOUR AUTHOR PERSONA

Even introverts publishing under a pen name need an author website and that’s why it’s absolutely vital to contemplate your author personal at the onset.  Some people are wholly themselves online, while others may use a pseudonym and have an online persona different from who they are in real life.  It is essential that authors figure out their persona BEFORE beginning to build their website; the website becomes the author’s identity.

 When editors, agents, and publishers receive queries from prospective authors one of the things they do is Google the author because they want to see the size and scope of platform, prior works, etc.  Readers also look for author websites.  The whole point of a website is making yourself and your work easy to find. Without a website the author simply does not exist. Continue reading


Building an Author Platform

I presented the following information at a workshop hosted by the Palouse Writers Guild on Saturday, July 28, 2018.  The second part of the presentation will appear in a separate blog post.

WHAT IS AN AUTHOR PLATFORM?

Author Platform Definition: The ability to sell written content (books, short stories, magazine articles, etc) because of who you are or who you can reach.  Simply put, a platform is your visibility as an author in the communities in which you participate. Continue reading


Workshop: Author Platforms and Websites

Do you find the concept of promoting yourself as an author a daunting task?

Khaliela Wright will demystify the concept of an author platform and provide real world examples authors can employ to promote themselves and their work.  Her talk will cover avenues to publication, the importance of networking, effective use social media, publicity, and the necessity of an author website.  Judah Wright will lead a hands-on workshop in which authors will purchase their domain names, discuss options for website hosting, and build their own WordPress website, including choosing a theme, customizing your website, adding widgets and plugins, and building content.

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Summer Lovin’

June . . . love is in the air.  It’s the traditional month for weddings.  The solstice is upon us and the days are filled with light.  The wedding month traces its roots back to Celtic origins and the story of a marriage which resulted in an unnaturally long day.

Celtic mythology states that Dagda and Danu loved each other so much that they married in secret and hid themselves on the Earth in order to make love away from the prying eyes of the other gods. Their marathon love-making session lasted nine days and nine nights.  When Danu finally climaxed a great rush of water issued from her, creating the Danube River.  From their union the goddess conceived.  To prevent discovery of her pregnancy Dagda harnessed the sun and held it in place until Danu gave birth, thus their son was conceived and born on the same day.

The marriage of Dagda and Danu represents the union of a tribal god and a mother goddess, uniting land and people, a concept that remained popular in the sacral marriages of kings to their goddesses in later generations.  If the king upheld the duties of a husband well, the land and his people prospered.  Fail to show adequate love, respect, and devotion to the Goddess and the kingdom would fall into disarray, just like the household of any unhappy marriage.  And that is the whole point of writing today: sometimes relationships stumble. Continue reading


DYSTOPIA Launch Party

All the hard work has paid off and now it’s time to celebrate! The SFCC Pullman Creative Writing Club is proud to announce the publication of their anthology, DYSTOPIA.  Authors will be at Thomas Hammer Coffee on Wednesday, June 6th to read sections of their work and be available to autograph copies for the public. Coffee and munchies will be provided.

Copies of the book are available for purchase from Bruised Books in Pullman and BookPeople of Moscow.  On June 4th copies will be available from And Books, Too, in Clarkston.  In addition, Aunties Bookstore and Giant Nerd Books in Spokane have agreed to sell the book just as soon as I can get a few copies to them.  Bookworms can read for free by using their library card.  Print copies of the book have been distributed to libraries in Whitman, Asotin, Latah, Nez Perce, and Spokane counties.

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Independent Bookstore Workshop

Are you a self-published author or published with a small press?

This workshop with Carol Price will cover what it means to be an IndiBound Bookstore and what independent booksellers want from local authors who self-publish or are published by smaller presses.  Carol will also cover the listing requirements for placing your book in her store, along with the services BookPeople of Moscow offers to local authors.

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Idaho Magazine, May 2018

My story about treating Bruce to dinner in Harrison for his birthday is featured in the May 2018 issue of IDAHO Magazine. You can read the whole story for free by following the link.  (I suspect the free read will only be offered for a short time, so if you’re curious, read it now!)

IDAHO Magazine rules state that authors cannot mention businesses unless they are advertisers, so the restaurant where we dinned is not specifically mentioned in the story.  However, I am please to say that we dinned at The Landing.  The proprietors, John and Shawna Nelson, out did themselves to provide a perfect evening and I look forward to dining there again, when Bruce returns the favor and treats me for my birthday in June.

More pictures from around the area are below, I hope you enjoy them.

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