UW Writer’s Institute—April 2018

April in Wisconsin got confused, very confused and thought it was January. Operating as an efficient January, April opened up the heavens and blew snow on high winds all over the mid-west. Lots and lots of snow and icy roads.

I’d flown to Madison to attend the  Writer’s Institue Conference with my Writing Sisters. We didn’t let a little unusual weather slow us down. We ate, they drank, we all laughed a lot, and plotted mayhem and murder in our works in progress.

After our panel presentation on writing groups, we went out to dinner at the Old Fashion Restaurant across from the Capitol

Martha Miles and Lisa Kusko

Blair Hull and Cheryl Hanson

Julie Holmes & Barbara, Bibi Belford.
Bibi is the author of the award-winning book, Crossing the Line.
Her mid-grade books are great!!

Lisa Kusko, Roi Solberg, and Julie Holmes

Blair Hull wearing the cover of her book on her jacket. The woman knows how to promote.

Our writing mentor, Chris DeSmet, in the striped top was with us.
She has no choice, we keep hanging around and refuse to leave.

Blair Hull (author of St. Mary’s Private Dancer), Julie Holmes, Chris DeSmet (author of Fudge Shop Mysteries), and Cheryl Hanson (Ceone Finn, author of To Reap the Finest Wheat). All these books and mine, The Caretaker are available on Amazon.com

Cartoons of Chinese Food

Cartoons of Chinese Foods—every time I think of this typo in the first printing of THE CARETAKER, I have to laugh. Not that typos are funny in the book that you’ve just published and very proudly announced to the world—well, a small portion of the world, anyway.

Editing is never-easy and never-ending. The manuscript was edited by no less than six or seven people, each of us went over it numerous times. I ran each chapter through two software programs for editing and still, things got through.

The only thing one can do is say— Ah, so —and move on.

The good news about self-printing on Create Space is that you can edit and repost as opposed to waiting until your publisher’s print run is done and another run can be corrected and loaded.

The copy that is now for sale doesn’t have any cartoons of Chinese Food, sorry, you’ll have to get your own.