Author Archives: Karen Randau

Generosity Will Help You Build Your Book Business

Tara Majuta used her business degree at a financial management firm until she realized it was sucking the creativity right out of her. So she decided to be a novelist instead. To fund that endeavor, she learned about novel writing … Continue reading

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How to Know When Your Novel is “Ready”

Kim Rendfeld worked as a journalist in Indiana for 17 years before her husband took a job on the opposite side of the state. Now she she’s a copy editor for an Indiana university. While on a family vacation in Germany … Continue reading

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Novel Marketing Begins Two Years Before Publication

We’ve been following the publishing adventures of Judith Starkston since October 2013, when she signed with Fireship Press to publish her debut novel. Hand of Fire is now in bookstores and has been met with solid reviews. Here’s an example: “But … Continue reading

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Never Give Up

Jenny Milchman wrote eight novels before finding a publisher. It took 13 years. Cover of Snow debuted in 2013 and earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, as well as praise from the New York Times, San Francisco Journal … Continue reading

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Reading, Writing and Community

Sophie Littlefield, award-winning author of 24 books (16 of them published), says she found publishing success through reading, writing and community. “I’ve been writing my entire life,” she said. She quit her day job in the early 1990s to raise her … Continue reading

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A Disaster Survivor Becomes a Disaster Author

M. J. Neary describes herself as a disaster author because she writes about natural, political and social disasters—often with a different perspective from other historians. An award-winning historical essayist, multilingual arts and entertainment journalist, published poet, playwright, actress, dancer and choreographer, … Continue reading

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Blog Hop: My Writing Process

Judith Starkston, author of the forthcoming Hand of Fire (Fireship Press, September 20, 2014), invited me to participate in this blog hop and answer four questions about my writing process. I’ve featured Judith twice on this blog, first when she … Continue reading

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Responding to the Call

To Cynthia Neale, getting published has been a spiritual journey, having felt a calling from a young age. “I wanted to be that writer who was always in the attic writing,” she said. “But I had to make a living.” She earned … Continue reading

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Country Elk and Town Elk

The morning air was cool and crisp. I wiped the sandman’s work from my eyes and decended the front steps. Rounding the corner two houses away, I stretched oxygen into my sleepy muscles. A hearty yawn and … 10 magestic elk stood right in front of me … Continue reading

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Edgar Nominee Credits Luck, Blessings and Perseverance

Kim Fay started writing fiction at age 10 and pitched her work for 35 years before landing a publisher for her debut novel, Edgar award finalist The Map of Lost Memories, published by Random House in 2012 in print, eBook … Continue reading

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