I’m just going to let Lynn Anders explain herself to you on the podcast. For example, Lynn describes herself as a relatively new author, yet she has written about a half-a-dozen books so far. Lynn writes contemporary romance.
Tom Betz is a retired editor of the Woodland Star News, among other credentials. Tom Betz spent 30 years writing The Fleagle Gang—his book about a criminal gang from the Roaring Twenties. Who really has the Fleagle getaway car now anyway?
This short story by Kate Chopin was written in the Louisiana Bayou country in the late 1890s. It was published in Vogue, and is considered to be a forerunner of modern feminism. Fifteen dollars back then would be getting close to $500 today. Blowing it all one afternoon in town would be hard to justify in a society where women were expected to sacrifice for their families. It is reminiscent of the 1980s "shop 'till you drop" mentality. It's interesting that pretending to have money again for an afternoon helped her self-esteem more than raising children did. There's a contrast in ascribed and achieved status for you! Truthfully, this story might be a forerunner to post-modern feminism, since it is very in the moment, and not at all future oriented. A modern feminist might have taken the money and started a glove factory. I don't even think you could really get away with this self-indulgent behavior today, not unless you came home with a wardrobe to last two years, not merely a handful of accessories. Although ticket prices for a moderately popular live performance today, not a sell out, in the afternoon, is a hundred dollars. It's an interesting portrayal of one of those moments when reality and fantasy become blurred.
During my book launch party for Just Let Time Pass I spoke with Meagan Poetschlag, author of Wolf's Blood: Plague of Snowbrook, about the various marketing techniques we know. We came to no conclusions, but talked about the selling options currently available to indie authors. If you want to know what techniques we're using, listen in!
This week's podcast features Taylor Dietrich, a guitarist at Central Arizona college. I spoke with her Monday on several engrossing aspects of playing live. Some of the topics we discussed were the differences between playing large or small crowds, fast or slow songs. She lets us know if she has found anything surprising about being a musician. Taylor Dietrich has an upcoming festival date in Los Angeles. Listen for more details!
At the Tucson Festival of Books, independent authors have an area where they can talk about their books and take audience questions. I enjoyed speaking there last year, so I was elated when I won the drawing to speak there again this year (2017).