Welcome To My Blog . . .

After almost two years of trying to keep both a blog and website current, I decided to combine them into one…and the website won out.

Please visit http://www.florenceosmund.com for everything that was on this blog and more.

To my blog followers — thank you for following me. I will continue to add new things to my website, similar to the way I did here, and you will have the opportunity to leave comments and questions that I will post. You will also have the opportunity to be included on an e-mail distribution list for receiving updates to the website. If you have any questions or comments, you may contact me at info@florenceosmund.com.

Sincerely,
Florence Osmund

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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Looking for a Good Book to Read?
Author Jim Reilly adds a sci-fi twist to the question, “How did the human race begin?” in his book “Evolution.”http://www.kimberlyshursen.com/#!jim-reilly/c1bea

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Free Kindle eBook Promotion
I had quite a successful free Kindle promotion for “The Coach House.” 27,000 downloads worldwide. Now will that boost sales for the sequel, “Daughters” which was the primary intent? Time will tell. And speaking of free Kindle eBooks, if you are interested in where to find them, here’s the link to a page on my website that lists several of them.  http://florenceosmund.com/free_kindle_ebooks

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Mid-Week Anecdote
I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent, he would be wise to develop a thick hide.
–Harper Lee

Friday, February 22, 2013
Author Marketing Club
Check out this site for promoting your books! http://authormarketingclub.com

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
“Daughters” Is Released
I’m excited to announce the release of my second novel, “Daughters,” sequel to “The Coach House.” Click here to read the first chapter. Click here to buy the book.

Monday, February 18, 2013
Live, Write, Thrive
I’m featured today on C. S. Lakin’s blog, “Live, Write, Thrive.”  Click here.

Friday, February 15, 2013
You Can’t Write a Novel Without Scenes
The basic elements of a story have been commonly defined as plot, character, setting, theme and conflict. These elements come together and have meaning through the creation of scenes. Without scenes, the writer would have to tell the entire story in descriptive narrative rather than show the action and let the reader absorb and interpret what is happening.

The majority of the narrative should be devoted to scenes.Scenes carry the novel. The emphasis in a novel needs to be on scenes as opposed to descriptive narrative which most readers find boring.    more

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Mid-Week Anecdote
Writing is like sex; you don’t have to be an expert to start doing it.
–Author Unknown

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Mid-Week Anecdote
George C. Scott said when they asked him how he achieved stardom so late in his career:
“I waited in line longer than anyone else.”
Never give up on your passion.

Friday, February 1, 2013
Click here for many helpful links for aspiring writers, especially those who want to self-publish.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Mid-Week Anecdote
Did you hear the one about the pregnant woman who went into labor and began to yell, “Couldn’t! Wouldn’t! Shouldn’t! Didn’t! Can’t!”  She was having contractions. (Okay, I admit…that was pretty cheesy.)

Monday, January 28, 2013
Here’s an interesting interview with Micki Peluso who used writing as a catharsis for her grief after losing a child to a drunk driver. http://www.kimberlyshursen.com/#!micki-peluso/c17fn

Friday, January 25, 2013
Adjectives and Adverbs
Strunk and White may have said it best in “The Elements of Style” when they advised, “Write with nouns and verbs, not with adjectives and adverbs.” Click here for the whole article.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Mid-Week Anecdote
I can’t understand why a person will take a year to write a novel when he can easily buy one for a few dollars.
—Fred Allen

Friday, January 18, 2013
IndieBRAG
If you are looking for good books to read, and you want to support indie authors at the same time, check our bragmedallion.com. The books that have won their “medallion” and are on their recommended list have gone through three book reviewers. Their number one criteria for being on their “thumbs up” list is whether the reviewer would recommend it to his or her best friend. Click here for a recent interview I did with them.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Mid-Week Anecdote
So if you’re a poet who likes to use rhyme, what would you use with orange, silver, purple, or month? Just wondering…

Friday, January 11, 2013
Five Reasons It’s Hard to Market Indie Fiction and What to Do About It
Click here for the entire article by Joel Friedlander.

1.  Fiction marketing is hard.
2.  Finding a target audience is hard.
3.  Getting discovered is hard.
4.  Branding is hard.
5.  Keeping readers engaged is hard.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Mid-Week Anecdote
It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.
– Ernest Hemingway

Friday, January 4, 2013
Best Blogs for Self-Published Authors
http://thefutureofink.com/top-10-self-publishing-blogs-the-2012-winners/?goback=%2Egde_1515307_member_200530724

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Mid-Week Anecdote
A linguistics professor was lecturing to his English class one day. “In English,” he said, “a double negative forms a positive. In some languages, though, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However, there is no language wherein a double positive can form a negative.”

A voice from the back of the room piped up, “Yeah, right.”

Friday, December 28, 2012
Marketing Vs Promoting
I just read the most concise explanation of the difference between promoting and marketing. Promoting your product is getting people interested in it. Marketing your product is making it available for people to buy.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Mid-Week Anecdote
A critic is a man who knows the way but can’t drive the car.
– Kenneth Tynan

Friday, December 21, 2012
Taleist Survey
The recently published Taleist survey of 1,000+ self-published authors reveals some interesting facts. Click here for the entire article.

  1. 40% of the respondents said they’d been writing seriously for more than 10 years, while 60% said they’d been at it for no more than 5 years. Only 1 in 10 said they’d been writing seriously for less than a year.
  2. Respondents who had had their work rejected by traditional publishing and then opted to self-publish were among the lowest earners. Self-publishers who went straight to publication without submitting their work to traditional publishers earned 2.5 times more than those who submitted it and got rejected. 32% of the respondents who said they could live off their royalties tried and failed to get a traditional publishing deal before self-publishing, but now make a living from selling their work.
  3. Respondents who hired help for things like story-editing, copyediting and proofreading earned on average 13% more than those who didn’t. Hiring a professional cover designer earned them on average 18% more. Self-publishers who hired professional e-book formatters saw average earnings of 1% more. 41% of respondents paid for cover design. 49% did it themselves. Only 29% of self-published authors paid for professional proofreading.
  4. To get their books to market, respondents said they had spent, on average, $685 on direct costs, but 54% of authors had already recouped their costs and if sales continued at their present rate, 68% could be expected to be “in the black” within 12 months of publication. The average respondent said they were earning around $10,000 a year from self-publishing.
  5. Of 1,007 responses to the survey, 97 (less than 10%) self-publishers said they could live off their earnings. These top earners spent 69% more time writing than the other respondents, writing an average of 2,047 words per day as opposed to 1,557 words. Top earners had almost four times as many reviews for their most recent book than authors outside of the group, and those books were earning them six times as much revenue. The top earners group also spent more time writing than they did marketing, and those in the group who spent the least time marketing were making the most money.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Mid-Week Anecdote
How to write good: Never use a long word when a diminutive one will suffice.

Friday, December 14, 2012
Relationships in Fiction
I was recently approached by a fellow author who specializes in relationships (real ones) to write an article about building believable relationships (fictional ones) for her blog. It was in interesting exercise. Click here to read the article.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Mid-Week Anecdote
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
– Franklin Jones

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Mid-Week Anecdote
Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind.
– Rudyard Kipling

Friday, November 30, 2012
Don’t Hand Out the Whole Police Report

Are you familiar with the ‘don’t hand out the whole police report’ rule? If not, read on.

Handing out the whole police report, or in other words, providing the reader with too much information, runs the risk of losing readers. How much detail is too much detail? It’s all a balancing act, and what complicates the matter is that different readers want different levels of details. What will satisfy one reader’s need for extensive detail will annoy another. So how do you choose? Click here to read the entire article.

Mid-Week Anecdote
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
“The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon.”
–Robert Cromier

Friday, November 23, 2012
B.R.A.G. Medallion Giveaway
You may want to check out http://www.bragmedallion.com/xmas2012 for their Christmas sweepstakes giveaway of a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet along with your choice of two participating B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree books. As a B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree and one of their book reviewers, I can vouch for their validity. It costs nothing – so there’s nothing to lose. Good luck!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Mid-Week Anecdote
What is the difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
–Tom Clancy

Friday, November 16, 2012
Conflict, Drama, Suspense, and Tension

It’s hard to imagine a novel without conflict, crisis, drama or tension. If every scene was peaceful, comfortable and pleasurable, the story would be boring and no one would read it. To make a story interesting, the protagonist must want something. He must have a goal, whether it’s something physical, spiritual, emotional or intellectual, and there must be roadblocks to overcome in order to reach his goal.

Conflict, crisis, drama and tension are the driving forces that move the story forward and entice the reader to keep turning pages. However you introduce it, include it early and often.

Click here for the whole article.

Friday, November 9, 2012
Know What Your Readers Want
I dedicate this blog and my website primarily to new authors, where I offer substantial information and tips about writing–advice I wish I had received before I started my first book. But what I recommend the most for new authors is to read, read, read. Read other books in your genre. Decide what it was about the story you liked and then do the same. If it was compelling characters that drew you in, think about what made them that way and then concentrate on developing your own interesting and unforgettable characters. If it was the action and suspense that kept you turning pages, then include that in your story. Knowing what readers want is the first step to being a successful writer.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Mid-Week Anecdote
It is perfectly okay to write garbage–as long as you edit brilliantly.
– C. J. Cherryh

Friday, November 2, 2012
How Did They Do It?
Today, you read more and more about self-published authors making it big. How did they do it? Here are five examples.

John Locke made history when he became the first self-published author to sell over one million eBooks with his crime series about a former CIA assassin named Donovan Creed. Locke shares his strategy in a popular industry-handbook called How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months. http://www.donovancreed.com/

Amanda Hocking wrote 17 novels in her spare time until April 2010 when she decided to self-publish her books with the Kindle store. By early 2011, she had $2 million in sales. http://amandahocking.blogspot.com/

Dubbed the “Mouthpiece for the Self-Publishing Movement,” Joe Konrath is a name new authors need to know. He gives self-publishing tips, opinions and advice on his blog, The Newbie Guide to Publishing. His new book earned him $100,000 in just three weeks. http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/

Boyd Morrison is technically the first person in history to parlay a self-published eBook into a traditional publishing deal. Boyd’s thriller, The Ark, made history for self-publishing, proving to many aspiring authors that hearing “no” from the traditional publishing industry doesn’t always mean no–sometimes it means “not yet.” http://www.boydmorrison.com/

Romance writer, Barbara Freethy, had enormous success with self-publishing her older titles into eBooks, eight of which have hit the New York Times Bestseller List. http://www.barbarafreethy.com/

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Mid-Week Anecdote
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
– Christopher Hampton

Friday, October 26, 2012
Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss
If you want to read a witty book about punctuation, read this one. It’s both educational and entertaining. Here is an excerpt from the Introduction:
A printed banner has appeared on the concourse of a petrol station near to where I live. “Come inside,” it says, “for CDʾs, VIDEOʾs, DVDʾs and BOOKSʾs.” If this satanic sprinkling of redundant apostrophes causes no little gasp of horror or quickening of the pulse, you should probably put down this book at once.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Mid-Week Anecdote
“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”
– Douglas Adams

Friday, October 19, 2012
Show, Don’t Tell (click here for the full article)
‘Show, don’t tell’ is often referred to as the golden rule of writing fiction–one of the most important rules for all new writers to learn and follow. Simply put, ‘show, don’t tell’ means to use words that allow the reader to experience the story through the character’s actions, dialogue, facial expressions, or through specific details rather than tell the reader what to believe. I can best explain by way of example.

Telling – He was really tired.
Showing – He slouched way down in the recliner, his eyes struggling to stay open, his hand gradually losing its grip on the Miller Light.

So if you want your readers to keep turning those pages, show, don’t tell.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Mid-Week Anecdote

There is probably no hell for authors in the next world–they suffer so much from critics and publishers in this.
–C. N. Bovee

Friday, October 12, 2012 (click on the Descriptive Writing tab under New Author Advice for the whole article)
Descriptive writing can be as simple as the use of one word or as complex as a long detailed paragraph. Either way, the goal is to add life into the sentences and put the reader closer into the scene.

Here is an example of a simple flat sentence growing into a descriptive one:
He sat at the desk.
The thin balding man slouched in the chair behind the desk.
The thin balding man slouched in the chair behind the desk, ignoring the brawl going on behind him.
The thin balding man slouched in the chair behind the desk stroked his wiry beard, ignoring the brawl going on behind him.
The thin balding man slouched in the chair behind the desk stroked his wiry beard, ignoring the brawl going on behind him, the cigarette dangling from his mouth defying gravity.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Mid-Week Anecdote

On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the escape key.
–Author Unknown

Friday, October 5, 2012
This week I am proud to announce I became a B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree for “The Coach House.” B.R.A.G. recognizes self-published authors by honoring those who receive three out of three positive reviews by their reviewers. Less than 15% get through. So if youʾre looking for a good book and you want to support self-published authors, check out http://www.bragmedallion.com for a list of their recommended books.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
My first novel, “The Coach House” was recently featured on askdavid.com.  Click on this link to read about it, and if you’ve already read the book, please feel free to write a short review on the askdavid.com site. Much appreciated.

Friday, September 28, 2012
I belong to several online author discussion groups, and a common theme in many of them is, “how to market a book without breaking the budget.” I offer several low-cost marketing methods on my website and here on my blog. Here are two other good sources. “Promote Your Book – Over 250 Proven Low-Cost Tips and Techniques for the Enterprising Author,” by Patricia Fry, and “The Frugal Book Promoter,” by Carolyn Howard Johnson. Good luck, fellow authors, in promoting your books!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Mid-Week Anecdote
All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary–it’s just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.”
–Somerset Maugham

Friday, September 21, 2012
Latest Book Reviews of “The Coach House”
I’m happy to share these two recent book reviews on my novel, “The Coach House.” Click here for San Francisco Book Review and here for Rebecca’s Reads.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Mid-Week Anecdote
“The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.”
–John Steinbeck

Friday, September 7, 2012
Freelance Blogging – really?
I just read an online discussion group thread about freelance blogging. I had no idea some bloggers hire someone to write their blogs. Not sure how I feel about this. But then politicians rarely write their own speeches, and there are plenty of ghost writers out there. So are there freelance Twitterers as well?  Just curious.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Mid-week Anecdote
If a book about failures doesn’t sell, is it a success?
–Author unknown

Friday, August 31, 2012
I belong to many on-line discussion groups for writers, and recently there have been several different discussions regarding whether or not you need an editor. I disagree with those who say not everyone needs an editor. Here are my six reasons.

  1. Most writers don’t possess complete editorial skills. Qualified editors have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in English, creative writing, communications or journalism and have been educated in all aspects of writing and editing.
  2. Editors are likely to catch errors that authors miss since It’s easy for authors to inadvertently skip over errors when they know what they meant.
  3. Editors can be more objective then the owner of the writing.
  4. After living and breathing the manuscript for months, writers often become too attached to be critical. Editors don’t have this problem.
  5. A fresh pair of eyes will catch missed errors.
  6. A second opinion from someone who knows what sells can be invaluable.

I believe even well-established successful authors can benefit from an editor. Writers are often just too close to their work to clearly see what needs to be done to take the book from good to great, and that’s where an editing staff comes into play.

For the whole article, check out the New Author Advice tab under Editors.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Just received this five-star book review on Amazon.com from LifeIsShort “Civility?Wherediditgo?” (not sure who this is, but thank you!). He/she thinks my book would be a good book club read. If you know people in book clubs, I’d certainly appreciate a plug, and if they’re local to Chicago or its suburbs, I’d be happy to join their discussion. I’ll also send a free copy of the sequel, “Daughters,” to anyone who is influential in a book club selecting “The Coach House.”

“The Coach House was a great read. The main character, Marie, was developed as a strong, resourceful woman. You want to know more about her and how she fares in the future. The descriptions of the era and locations leave you wanting to visit St. Charles, IL, Atkinson, KS, etc. I eagerly await the sequel- the impression that Marie leaves at the end of the novel creates a sense of suspense.

Highly recommend for a good summer read. It would be excellent for a book club. There are so many aspects of the book that would be fun to examine in a book club.”

Monday, August 27, 2012
I’m happy to announce Amazon has my book “The Coach House” on sale for a brief period of time. I’m happy because it doesn’t affect my royalties. LOL

Friday, August 24, 2012
Here is the link to my interview with Digital Book Today.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012                                                                                       Mid-Week Anecdote
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” –Groucho Marx

Friday, August 17, 2012
It may not be the conventional way to create believable characters, but give Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicators a try sometime. Click here for the article and then scroll down about two thirds into it to find out how to do this.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Mid-Week Anecdote
I was going to keep posts on this site strictly related to writing, but this one I couldn’t resist. If a man speaks in the forest and there is no woman around to hear him, is he still wrong? —Author unknown but revered

Friday, August 10, 2012
Websites You May Find Interesting

http://www.janefriedman.com. Jane Friedman is a former university professor and current author, editor, columnist, blogger, Tweeter (150,000+ followers) and speaker. She offers substantial free advice to writers on her website.

http://allwritepublishing.com/blog/  Morgan Hufstader, Managing Editor at AllWrite Advertising and Publishing, maintains a blog that offers all kinds of free advice to writers.

http://www.BestChickLit.com Charlotte Foreman is creator of BestChickLit.com, home to book reviews, news and interviews on the best women authors around.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Mid-Week Anecdote
“I handed in a script last year and the studio didn’t change one word. The word they didn’t change was on page 87.”   Steve Martin

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Interview with BestChickLit
http://bestchicklit.com/category/author-interviews

Friday, August 3, 2012
Self-Publishing
You can find hundreds of articles on the Internet discussing the pros and cons of publishing your book the traditional way versus self-publishing. It’s all been said before, so I’m not going to add my two cents. But if you do decide that self-publishing is the way to go, read about my experience with Amazon’s CreateSpace. Here is the link. If anyone else has had self-publishing experience, please do share.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012                                                                                       Mid-Week Anecdote                                                                                                    The word lethologica describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I suffer from lethologica on a daily…on a daily…wait, I just had it a minute ago.

Friday, July 27, 2012
Marketing Your Book
Unless you’re a celebrity, famous author or just an exceptional writer who caught some lucky breaks, you will have to make at least some effort marketing your own books. For the complete article please click on the “Marketing Your Book” tab on this site or visit my website http://www.florenceosmund.com.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Mid-Week Anecdote
The name for having a fear of long words is hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia.
Ironic isn’t it?

Friday, July 20, 2012
Six Reasons To Hire A Professional Editor

  1. Most writers don’t possess complete editorial skills. Qualified editors have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in English, creative writing, communications or journalism and have been educated in all aspects of writing and editing.
  2. Editors are likely to catch errors that authors miss since It’s easy for authors to inadvertently skip over errors when they know what they meant.
  3. Editors can be more objective then the owner of the writing.
  4. After living and breathing the manuscript for months, writers often become too attached to be critical. Editors don’t have this problem.
  5. A fresh pair of eyes will catch missed errors.
  6. A second opinion from someone who knows what sells can be invaluable.

For the whole article, please click on the “Using Editors” tab in this blog site. Do you know other good reasons for hiring a professional editor? Please share.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Mid-Week Anecdote
Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators.
Olin Miller

Friday, July 13, 2012
Used Books on Amazon
When I saw my first novel on sale as a used book on Amazon.com a week after it was released, I became suspicious. How could this be? So I looked into who the seller was and contacted him. Turns out he buys books (real cheap) from book reviewers and then resells them on Amazon. So everybody wins. The reviewer, who probably doesn’t make anything reviewing books, gets a little income, as does the used book guy, and the author gets exposure. Even the environment wins with the recycling aspect of it. At first I was a little miffed at seeing my newly released book discounted like that, but after thinking about it, it all makes sense.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Mid-Week Anecdote
“There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
W. Somerset Maugham

Friday, July 6, 2012
I was recently interviewed by a fellow author and blogger who asked me what I thought makes readers keep turning the pages. “How do you maintain their interest throughout the story?” he asked. I told him I thought it was a combination of things, but if you don’t incorporate each of the following, you’ll disappoint your readers.

  • An interesting plot
  • Compelling characters
  • Conflict, suspense, drama, crisis and/or tension
  • Beginning and ending chapter hooks
  • Adequate pacing
  • Good quality writing

If you know of other essential elements, please share.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Mid-Week Anecdote (a little writer humor – origin unknown)
An author came home to a burned down house. His sobbing and slightly-singed wife stood outside. “What happened, honey?” the man asked.
“Oh, John, it was terrible,” she said through sobs. “I was cooking. The phone rang. It was your agent. I didn’t notice the stove was on fire. It went up in second. Everything is gone. I nearly didn’t make it out of the house, and poor Fluffy is…”
“Wait. Back up a minute,” the man said. “My agent called?”

Friday, June 29, 2012
My online interview with author, Gail Baugniet 
http://gail-baugniet.blogspot.com

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Mid-Week Anecdote
This week’s mid-week anecdote is a quote from the 1940’s film, Arsenic and Old Lace, when Cary Grant says, “Insanity runs in my family . . . it practically gallops.” I just LOVE that line.

Friday, June 22, 2012
Before I started writing books, I never gave much thought to clicking the “like” button for an author’s book I found on amazon.com. After all, it meant having to go to Amazon’s website, finding the book again, and then clicking the “like” button. I figured I had better things to do. And I certainly never gave any thought to writing a review. Who cared what I thought? Now that I’m an author, I’m here to tell you those “likes” and reader reviews are very important.

So if you like an author’s book, at least give him/her a “like,” and if you’ve got a few extra minutes, write a review. It doesn’t have to be very long–just a few well-thought-out sentences can make a world of difference for a book’s success.

Friday, June 15, 2012
I received what I considered to be a thought-provoking comment on my book, “The Coach House.” It was from someone I don’t know, an author and playwright, who posted this comment in one of the discussion groups to which I belong. Please read it (I’m not including the entire post) and then tell me how important is a book cover to you when you’re considering buying a book? I’d be very interested in your thoughts.
 
“I suggest you find a better cover. They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but it’s the “eye-catching” cover that attracts the reader. [But] once I started [reading] I couldn’t stop. The words rolled off the page. I recommend the read to anyone looking for excellence in story-telling. Congratulations, Florence. But seriously, that cover…”

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
My online interview with author, editor, publisher, Shelagh Watkins  
http://shelaghwatkins.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/florence-osmund

Sunday, June 3, 2012
CPRTV Interview     Watched myself being interviewed by Veronica Leighton on CPRTV this afternoon. I suppose it went okay for a first interview. Fortunately, she made me feel at ease which made things pretty easy.

Friday, May 25, 2012
TV Interview Invite   CPRTV is a local Chicago TV program serving the Filipino/Asian/Hispanic community. Its founder, Veronica Leighton, thought her audience might like the ethnic thread that runs through “The Coach House” and invited me into her studio for an interview. It will be aired Sunday, June 3 on CBL25 (a local Chicago station available on Comcast, RCN and WOW).

7 thoughts on “Welcome To My Blog . . .

  1. I looked at your cover for The Coach House. I have to say that I really do like it. To each his own, I suppose. Very attractive!

  2. As one who now can also say “I am a writer. i am a novelist” i really appreciate you sharing your insights and experience! There is a lot of great ‘nourishment’ here and as I regularly get hung up on trying to figure out what the heck my next step is, it is refreshing to find someone so candid and so willing to share! Thank you! In gratitude …

  3. Thank you so much for all the helpful advice and information. Everything is written so clearly – you are really inspiring. Have just completed my first children’s book and am looking to self publish – so thanks again for your valuable help … and as the comment above states … given so willingly!

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