Thoughts on preparing for Nanowrimo from participant LadyofPangaea

Contributor, Inspirational, Nanowrimo, Writing
Hi there. I'm Jen, a fellow blogger and a friend of Dianna. I'm here because she asked me to do a guest blog on preparing for the awesome madness that is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo or NaNo as I will be referring to it from here on out). So, here it is! NaNo is a cauldron of opposing forces. It is thrilling yet daunting; exciting yet terrifying; liberating yet maddening. It is all of these things and more, and it is for this reason, it is important that you leave the starting gate prepared. It is impossible to be prepared for everything, and I am not here to tell you it is going to be easy; I'm just here to tell you what I have experienced. First off, you…
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The Book Tour Blues

Books, Contributor, Marketing
by Joelle Fraser I’m sipping coffee in a cute café in the tiny mountain town of Quincy, California, 90 miles from my home. Tonight is the last signing for my new book, The Forest House. For nearly three months, like a traveling peddler from the Old West, I’ve spent my weekends driving from one town or city to the next. This is my second book tour—and I did it all wrong. My memoir about a year spent healing in an isolated forest retreat is with a prestigious, but small, publisher: Counterpoint Press. My publicist, sweet and professional, set up about half of my “events”—readings, radio interviews, guest blog posts, a college class and a book club visit—and I arranged the other half. What I feel, as I wonder how many…
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