Carole Anne Carr, author

I don’t feature authors too often, unless I can’t help myself because they’re just so darn wonderful. Carole Anne Carr is one of those authors. Carole writes children books that my grandchildren love. And we all know you can’t fool a child when it comes to good storytelling.  Enjoy, these are exceptional reads… Carole Anne Carr is an author and …

ASK PZM July 2012

In place of Phyllis Zimbler Miller’s usual monthly Ask PZM column in which she answers questions, she has provided Chapter VI of her brand-new ebook TOP TIPS FOR HOW TO MARKET YOUR BOOK ON AMAZON AND FACEBOOK: Action Steps You Can Do Immediately Whether You Are Traditionally Published or Self-Published: CHAPTER VI – AMAZON AND KINDLE CATEGORIES Categories are an …

Wanna Buy a House?

We finished the renovations on our home on Cluculz Lake and have finally listed it. Doing so felt very similar to the first time I sent a manuscript to a publisher. Fingers crossed, sweaty brow, anxiety levels off the charts. As the days pass I’m learning to stay calm. The markets slow, but I have faith that someone somewhere will …

LEARNING TO FLY

“I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got wingsComing down is the hardest thing.” –Tom Petty and Jess Lynne I love the lyrics to Learning to Fly. He knows he has no wings and he’s going to fall, yet he tries anyway. Each time I hear those words I’m moved emotionally and intellectually. Yesterday I stopped and asked myself why. I …

ASK PZM – June 2012 Landing Pages

Q: Should I be worried about Facebook’s future and removing my work from their pages?   While I do not have a crystal ball, I do not think you have to worry anytime in the near future about Facebook going away. The fluctuations in the company’s stock market price have very little if anything to do with the popularity of …

Brendell Is Choked With Me.

Yesterday a dear friend dropped by, someone I hadn’t seen for awhile. During our visit I mentioned I’d won the silver medal from IP Awards for BROKEN BUT NOT DEAD. She was delighted. But as I spoke, I heard a disturbing sound in my voice. It was my apologetic tone. I was embarrassed I’d won when so many others hadn’t. …

IPPY AWARDS, Theytus winners!

I received exciting news yesterday from my publisher Theytus Books. Over 2,400 independent authors and publishers participated in the 16th annual, 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards contest. My suspense thriller BROKEN BUT NOT DEAD won the Silver Medal for Canada-West — Best Regional Fiction. WOO-HOO! As authors, you write these stories because they have to be written, but you never …

IT’S MY MOTHER’S FAULT

Our home of twenty years has been under construction since the first of March. No sooner do I think we’re nearing completion and something else needs to be done. Most recently we replaced the railing in the loft with a half-wall. What I like best about the change is that we turned the area into an actual room… and because …

ASK PZM: May 2012 ebooks

Q: If authors want to self-publish, how do they choose between the overwhelming array of self-publishing options for books and ebooks?  Excellent question – and one for which there is no answer.  But there are some signposts to consider on this particular path. Here are my notes by category on some of the options now available (and remember that this …

MY KINGDOM FOR AN ICE BREAKER

You can’t tell unless you look closely, but the ice is so clear it’s almost invisible. But it’s there. No, it’s not going away fast enough. Someone was so anxious to get out on the water yesterday, that they were spotted boating along the edge where the water’s open. I’m not that brave. I’d get out there and the wind …

Breakup on Cluculz Lake, BC

Folks, I’m shocked to reveal that Cluculz Lake is still covered in ice. I was so sure it would be off by today. Goes to show what I know. The closest guess will win a copy of my suspense thriller Broken But Not Dead. I’ll be sure and let you know when that happens. Here’s a recap of April. April …

AGENT HAPPY, AGENT SAD

Not long ago, over four years now, I was in the thralls of a fear so incapacitating I couldn’t see a way out. I was certain I’d never be published. My family and friends said it would happen. I even smiled confidently when asked if I believed that. But the fear had a strangle hold on my throat, and I …