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August 2020 Newsletter

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Episodes from My Family History

Two young ladies went down to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea to meet the ship that would embark upon a journey from Syria (now Lebanon) to the United States of America. One was twenty-one-year-old, Asma Asaff, with her eight-month-old baby as her traveling companion. That baby was my mother, Matilda Asaff. The other was Athuna Asaff, Asma’s teenage sister-in-law, who came to see her off.

After a tearful goodbye, Asma said, “I hate to leave you here, Athuna. Do you want to come with us?”

“Yes, I would love to go with you, but I have no money for a ticket,” answered Athuna.

“Not to worry,” replied Asma. “I will send word to George to wire money for you.”

So Athuna came on board that day with no money and only the clothes on her back. “We will share everything,” Asma told Athuna. “You are my sister and good friend. We will take care of each other.”

The family story goes that as the ship set sail, Athuna waved to her birthplace and said, “Goodbye, you sons of bitches,” and she never looked back. Asma, on the other hand, had such fond memories of Syria, that she would point to the moon and say, “Same moon that shines over the old country. Same moon.”

Asma Asaff was born when the figs were ripe in Berbara, Syria, a Christian village near Mt. Lebanon in 1890. Fleeing Ottoman oppression, she came to the U.S. via Ellis Island in 1911 with her firstborn baby. Her husband, George, had traveled to America the year before to earn money for his wife and child to follow him there.

Like many immigrants in those days, Asma was illiterate. In the old country, she had learned to bake in an outdoor stone oven, using her hands as measuring tools.

In America, Asma rose at 4:00 a.m. to bake bread, singing Arabic songs while she was at it. She crafted thick, round loaves from scratch, placing the sign of the cross on the dough before baking. Her kitchen always smelled heavenly. She also made delicious spinach and meat pies with the dough, and on special occasions, fried donuts with powdered sugar on top.

Cooking and feeding people came naturally to her. She would sit on her front porch in Lake Charles, Louisiana, waiting for men from the nearby airbase to walk by. “You hungry? Come in, I give you food,” she would say. Once inside, she would introduce them to her single daughters—and that’s how Uncle Roy met Aunt Rosie.

We called her Big Mama. When her first grandchild, my sister, Virginia, called her Mama, she replied, “I not your mama, I your big mama.”  Big Mama never learned to read or write and spoke broken English. The letter p was difficult for her to pronounce, substituting it with the sound of b. One day she offered my brother’s friend some peaches, saying, “You want some bitches, honey?” He knew what she meant by the fruit in her hand, but he replied, “You got any?”

When not cooking, Asma peddled piece goods door to door in her neighborhood. She tied her money in a handkerchief and had her own system of bookkeeping. I went with her occasionally and got to see firsthand how smart she was. With limited English, Big Mama found other ways to communicate, and we could always taste the love in her bread.

One of the unexpected joys of researching this story came when I heard from a cousin, Athuna’s grandson, with whom I had lost touch. He reminded me of a fun trip we took together as kids, riding in the back of a pickup truck from Shreveport to Dallas. He also reminded me of the courage and grit our grandmothers had when they traveled as steerage passengers on that long voyage to freedom and the “blessings of liberty” promised in the preamble to our Constitution. If not for them, we wouldn’t be here today.

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Muse and Ink: Soul Expressions Through Writing offers tips and exercises for creative self-expression. This book is a collaboration by three authors based on their own experiences as writers. The book also includes revision tips by Lillian Nader, author/editor, and activities by workshop facilitators, Dr. Marjorie Miles, and Dr. Heather Rivera. Our mission is to help writers find their creative spark, get their message out into the world, and flourish. We honor and encourage voices that may have been suppressed for years to finally emerge by providing a supportive, heart-centered, intuitive, and playful approach to both writing and publishing.

My Job As a Copyeditor

It all started when a friend referred someone to me, thinking I was an editor because I have a BA in English and a Master’s in education. Actually, I am a retired special education teacher experienced in working with struggling writers. So, I agreed to do the editing and gave the client a huge discount for my first editing job.

I edited my first e-book in 2013 and have enjoyed helping people publish their fiction and nonfiction manuscripts ever since. I use the Chicago Manual of Style along with other resources to verify my edits and comments while striving to maintain the unique voice of each author.

What Does a Copyeditor Do?

Even expert writers need a second pair of eyes to do the editing. Authors often miss errors because they know what they intend to say, and their brains fill in the missing details. The writer’s job is to get their thoughts and creative ideas written; my job as an editor is to fix writing errors and prepare the manuscript for publishing.

Unfortunately, books are being published today with missing words or repeated words in sentences and other annoying errors that interrupt the reader’s focus and enjoyment of the text. These mistakes frequently happen during the first draft of a manuscript, but they should never show up in the published version.

How to Prepare for Copyediting

I recommend writing and revising as much as possible before engaging a professional copyeditor. Write the first draft without editing or censoring the flow of ideas and then go back to fine-tune the pacing and text of the manuscript. Read it aloud or use a read-aloud program to discern potential flaws in the pacing, engagement level, repetitions, and omissions. By doing this prior to editing, the copyediting process goes faster and more smoothly.

Next, engage a few beta readers to offer feedback and revise again based on their observations of your work. Choose people who read the type of book you’ve written and provide them with a short set of open-ended questions to answer as they read. Keep an open mind when receiving constructive criticism and know you are making your book even better with appropriate revisions. With that said, use good judgment and only follow through on suggestions that enhance your work.

The Copyediting Process

I like to think of the editing process as a partnership between the author and me. Communication is key. We begin by exchanging contact information and the best methods and times for reaching one another. The author describes the manuscript regarding genre, potential readers, word count, and overall theme of the book. They send a portion or all of the manuscript to give me an idea of the scope and magnitude of the project. The manuscript must be in Microsoft Word, Times New Roman, and twelve-point font. We discuss payment terms and if both parties agree, I draw up a contract outlining the terms of our agreement.

The contract will list specific areas to be addressed such as punctuation errors, appropriate word choice, correct verb tense, omitted or repeated words, sentence structure, content clarity, consistency, and repetition. I use Track Changes, an editing format in Microsoft Word that allows editing markups within the manuscript and comments in the margin. In the contract, the author agrees to receive one edited document with Track Changes markups and comments in the first pass of edits, consisting of two read-throughs of the manuscript.

Upon receipt of the first pass, the author agrees to accept or reject each of the recommended changes. It is the author’s responsibility to review all marked changes, comments, or questions and to revise the manuscript accordingly. The author also agrees to send revisions to me for a final check as the last step of the editing process.

Some editors do not do more than one pass, but I prefer to take the extra time and effort to do as thorough a job as possible. I take pride in being thorough and accurate in my work and in making myself available to address any questions or concerns communicated by the author to me.

Finally, the contract stipulates the fee based on the word count of the original manuscript. I charge by the word rather than an hourly rate. Payment plans are available, and the dates of payment are also stipulated in the contract so that everyone knows their responsibilities in advance.

Perks of Being a Copyeditor

I enjoy my job as a freelance copyeditor for many reasons. First, I meet and work with interesting and talented creative writers. As a writer myself, I learn more about my craft by editing the works of others. Because I work from home, I can choose my work schedule and due dates. Most of my clients are repeat authors of books I’ve previously edited or referrals from those who know me or my work.

I can balance my time between editing and working on my creative writing projects. I provide a professionally polished manuscript an author is proud to publish, and I receive reasonable compensation to do so. It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement that I love!

Interview with Heather Rivera about Her Upcoming New Book

Feature Interview of Dr. Heather Rivera
November 2018
Dr. Heather Rivera is a prolific and versatile author of eight books and counting. She is the focus of today’s interview because she plans to release an inspirational e-book for writers in January 2019. I am proud to have collaborated on this book with Dr. Heather Rivera and Dr. Marjorie Miles of Muse & Ink.

Lillian: Heather, thanks for taking time for this interview.

Heather: Thank you so much for having me. I’m excited to be featured on “News from Lillian.” You’re very special to me. Not only do I consider you one of my dearest friends, but you are also my trusted editor. I wouldn’t be able to do my writing job without you.

Lillian: Muse & Ink: Soul Expressions through Writing is the title of your new book. How did you come up with this title?

Heather: The title was easy. I knew it had to be Muse & Ink. Years ago, Dr. Marjorie Miles and I decided to collaborate on some writing projects, workshops, and a writing festival. We came up with the name Muse & Ink at our favorite café. Dr. Miles teaches a “Writing with Your Inner Dream Muse” workshop. We thought the name represented a balance between the two sides of our brain—right and left. Utilizing both sides of the brain makes a good writer—the muse and the ink. Coming up with the subtitle was a little more difficult. I wanted to express how important I believed writing authentically was good for our soul. I found so much healing from writing-especially writing fiction and I wanted to share what I discovered.
I also knew that I needed help. I can’t think of two better people to collaborate on this project with me. Thank you, Lillian Nader and Marjorie Miles.

Lillian: Please give a brief description of the book.

Heather: Muse and Ink: Soul Expressions Through Writing offers tips and exercises for creative self-expression. This book is a collaboration by three authors based on their own experiences as writers. The book also includes editing tips by Lillian Nader author/editor and activities by workshop facilitators, Dr. Marjorie Miles, and Dr. Heather Rivera. Our mission is to help writers find their creative spark, get their message out into the world, and flourish. We honor and encourage voices that may have been suppressed for years to finally emerge by providing a supportive, heart-centered, intuitive, and playful approach to both writing and publishing.

Lillian: I know you are a writing coach as well as a published author of nonfiction, fiction, and books for young readers. You have a Life Coaching certificate along with a Creative Writing certificate from Wesleyan University, and you currently facilitate Finding your Voice Workshops in addition to one-to-one consulting with writers. What motivates you to teach other writers in addition to your own creative expression through writing?

Heather: I remember what it was like when I was just starting out. I had tons of questions and searched for answers. I love teaching and passing on what I’ve learned brings me joy. I want to see others succeed.

Lillian: How has your experience as a writing coach and student affected the content of Muse & Ink: Soul Expressions through writing?

Heather: It was my desire to share what I’ve learned over the years from practicing my craft. If I can inspire another writer or help someone discover the joy and healing from creative writing, I’ll be overjoyed. When I teach my writing workshop, I’m amazed at what the students write. I’ve learned a lot from them. By sharing what we write and being receptive listeners, we grow together.

Lillian: What else motivated you to write the book?

Heather: I think one of the things that makes our book and our workshops unique is the use of guided imagery. Being that we are all trained in hypnotherapy, we were able to present some nice visualizations in the book. When I’m teaching a workshop, I like using guided imagery and having the attendees write from a relaxed state. I believe it helps the writer dig deeper and gives them the space to find their writing voice.

Lillian: As a published author and writing coach, who or what has inspired you the most?

Heather: I am not sure I can narrow it down to one person or one thing. Many things and people inspire me. I’m inspired by reading books by my favorite authors like Susanna Kearsley and reading books about writing like On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King. I’m inspired by nature and some special people that have touched my life along the way.

Lillian: How long have you been writing?

Heather: I’ve been writing most of my life. As a child I wrote poetry, then as a young adult I wrote children’s stories. Later, I started writing for magazines and then I progressed to full-length novels. I enjoy writing novels more than any other form of expression.

Lillian: You recently relocated from California to Hawaii. Just as the setting can drive the plot of a story, how has your new real-life setting impacted your writing?

Heather: It’s quieter here. I think that helps me drop into my story quicker. Also, the scenery is breathtaking so taking a walk is a great way to get unstuck. I do miss the cafes in California, though.
Hawaii, I’ve realized, is as good a place as any to sit down and get serious about writing. It’s all about our commitment to the craft.

Lillian: I wrote a chapter on dreams for our book in which I cite several well-known stories that originated from dreams. Have you had dreams that inspired any of your books?

Heather: It’s funny that you ask. A few of my books were inspired by dreams. The first novel I wrote, Quiet Water, came from a dream. I woke early in the morning with the story “downloaded” into my head. I excitedly told the story to my husband, and he loved it. Over nine months I wrote it. It was a lot of fun.
Into ExaltiaTwice Again, and a new novel I’m working on, Chasing Chance, also came from my dreams. I keep my smartphone by my bed to jot down notes if I have a dream that I need to remember.

Lillian: You also write a monthly newsletter called Muse and Ink News. What is the best way to sign up for it?

Heather: Thank you for asking. The link to sign up for our Muse News is

http://www.heatherrivera.com/subscribe-to-muse-news/
By signing up, readers also get the free gift, “Ten Tips for Finding Your Voice.”

Lillian: Speaking of Muse & Ink, the concept started with you and Dr. Miles, and you recently included my editing tips in your publications. Thank you. Please explain the concept of Muse & Ink and its history.

Heather: I’m so glad that you’re a member of our merry band of writers. As I mentioned above, it began with Dr. Miles and myself collaborating on a few projects and grew from there. The three of us also participate in a weekly author accountability email. I really appreciate having someone to check in with weekly. You both help keep me on track with my writing projects.

Lillian: You seem to have a never-ending supply of ideas for books. What will you be working on next?

I like to work on more than one book at a time. My new projects are two novels. One is called Chasing ChanceChasing Chance is set on the island of Hawaii. The other manuscript is called Following Tai.  I like to write stories that contain a little magic and a little romance.

Lillian: Do you have anything else you would like to say to your readers?

Heather: Thank you for taking the time to read my interview. I would love to hear from you. If you have any questions about the writing process, I hope you take the time to reach out to me at drheatherrivera@gmail.com

Lillian: Thanks so much for your thoughtful responses to my questions.

Heather: Thank you again for having me on “News from Lillian.” It was a lot of fun answering your questions.

Dreams and Premonitions By Lillian Nader, M.Ed.

I’ve always had vivid dreams. My mom says I inherited her gift of dreams. Once when I was visiting a married couple, the wife tried to commit suicide with an overdose of drugs. The night she did this, I dreamed that a police officer approached me outside of their home and said, “Ginny is going to be all right.” When I work up, her husband, who was extremely upset, told me what Ginny had done. He seemed utterly helpless and useless in this situation. His anger at her had overtaken his sense of responsibility and rendered him ineffective, whereas people usually looked to him for assistance.

Seeing the urgency of the situation, I immediately gave Ginny some very strong coffee and refused to allow her to sit or lie down. I walked with her while telling her I knew she would snap out of this because of my dream. She had faith in me and felt that my dream was an omen that she would, indeed, recover from her suicide attempt, which is exactly what did happen.

I believe the dream was given to me because I would remember and act upon it. I knew enough about dream symbols to know the policeman represented authority. Therefore, I had it “on authority” that Ginny would be okay.

On another occasion, I was employed in a very difficult teaching position at a special education developmental center for severely disabled children. One case in particular was beyond my power to improve, and the student’s mother blamed me for his condition, which was severe brain damage. During summer break, while pondering whether to resign my position or continue working there, I had a significant dream. In my dream, I saw someone’s hand writing on a wall. Although, I couldn’t read the words, I realized the dream was helping me with my decision. I know that dream messages often appear in puns, and this was “the handwriting on the wall,” telling me to move on to another form of employment more suited to my sensitive nature.

Another premonition dream was one of someone else dreaming about my car. A friend was supposed to meet me at my church for the first time. The night before we were to meet, she dreamed of a red car and a lady with black hair standing by it, shaking her head no. The next morning, my car wouldn’t start. It had a dead battery. I called my friend to tell her about my car, and she asked if it was red. I said, “Yes, why?” She told me about her dream. The person she described sounded like a dear friend who had passed on.

Later, I had a paranormal experience with the same friend who had passed on. I woke up with the sense of her standing at the foot of my bed with a worried look on her face. She was holding some papers and seemed very distressed about them. It startled me to see her standing there, and the dream/vision or whatever it was, ended. Later that day, I was in an automobile accident while driving home from mailing some papers at the local mail station. The papers were an unusually large amount of information requested by a potential dentist. I later decided not to do business with that dentist.

I truly believe that dreams speak to us in puns, metaphors, and myriad symbols as well as feelings from the dream experience. Although I don’t remember all my dreams, the really important messages are usually very vivid and easy to remember. Maybe I  did inherit Mother’s gift of dreams.

If you have precognitive dreams, please leave a comment and tell me all about it.

 

Lillian Nader

Lillian Nader, M.Ed. is an author, playwright, copyeditor, and educator. Her book for upper middle grade readers, Theep and Thorpe: Adventures in Space, is available at http://Amazon.com.

TIPS FROM THE EDITOR    

Even the best writers need a second pair of eyes for editing. Authors usually miss errors because they know what they intend to say, and their brains fill in the details.

Errors in English are easy to make, and everybody makes them. Some common ones are the following:

  1. Use of one word or two?

Use all right instead of alright; a lot rather than alot.  EXAMPLES: It’s not all right to write alright or alot although people make these errors a lot.

  1. Different from versus different than.

Different from is better when comparing two things, but different than is used with clauses. EXAMPLES: Your book is different from mine. The movie is different than I thought it would be.

 

2017 Spring News From Lillian

Happy Spring Everyone and happy birthday to all those born in the month of May!

My Next Book

I have an idea for my next book. The working title is Time Travel with Theep & Thorpe. The protagonist is Hazel, a girl who befriended Jonathan, narrator of the first book, Theep and Thorpe: Adventures in Space. I’ve been doing research on time travel and posting fun quotes on the Theep and Thorpe Facebook Page. Here’s the link to it if you’re interested in seeing the quotes and other posts there:

https://www.facebook.com/TheepAndThorpe/

One of the challenges of writing this book is dealing with two time periods—the years 2161 and 1910. I have to use my imagination for the future world of 2161, where and when Hazel lives, while striving for accuracy for past events of 1910. I won’t be churning out this book with the speed of light, but I’m excited about the ideas I’ve come up with so far. It’s a WIP—Work in Progress!

Recent Accomplishments

As many of you know, I work at three different jobs. I am a freelance copyeditor, an Indie Author (independently published author), and a tutor for Professional Tutors of America.

I recently edited the third young readers’ book in the Prism Walker Trilogy by Heather Rivera. In the third book of the Prism Walker series, Sara and Molly wish they could cross realms from Earth to Exaltia to visit their elven friends, but they know from experience the portal only opens if they’re needed for a mission. Imagine their surprise when Thorn and Sael show up in their California neighborhood! Even more surprising is the mysterious crystal the elves use rather than a prism to cross realms, causing the Prism Walkers to expect all kinds of trouble to follow. Trouble is indeed what happens when the crystal accidentally transports the elves and the Prism Walkers not to Exaltia but to Mandriland, a land unlike anything they have ever seen.

Fun at the Street Fair with Kathy Bouchard

 

 

A new book marketing opportunity came with an invitation to participate in the Spring Street Fair in Encinitas on Sunday, April 30th. I signed up for a two hour time slot and had a lot of fun handing out bookmarks and interacting with delightful young readers.

 

 

Although the traditional school year is winding down, I am tutoring one fifth grade student to the end of June and another fifth grader through the end of September. I enjoy working one-to-one with these young students, which helps them make academic progress and also builds confidence. They think it’s cool that I’m an author.

What’s Happening Now

This time last year, I was fortunate to have a book launch hosted by my hometown library in Marshall, Texas. This year on Saturday, May 13, my California hometown library of Yorba Linda is hosting a Read Locally festival for several Orange County authors, including yours truly. I share the event with dear friends, Marjorie Miles, Flora Brown, Lynette M. Smith, and Don Westerhaven along with a few others I look forward to meeting. The main focus is on adult books, but they accepted my application as an author for young readers. If you’re in the neighborhood, do stop by.

To hone my writing and book marketing skills, I attend meetings with excellent speakers at SCWA (Southern California Writer’s Association) and PWOC (Publishers and Writers of Orange County) and for fun and inspiration, I attend “Writing with Your Muse” class by the amazing Marjorie Miles. In addition, I’ve enrolled in “The Plotting Workshop” online in hopes of becoming a plotter, but alas, I remain a pantser, just flying by the seat of my pants.

I currently have the pleasure of editing an adorable illustrated children’s book by Martha Ramsey: Mazy and Snub.

Mazy and Snub are delightful beings of light, traveling unencumbered by bodies, time, space, and gravity until an innocent ride on the arms of the Milky Way spins them into Earth’s atmosphere and changes everything. Both overwhelmed and amazed by their cumbersome bodies, emotions, and pesky gravity, they set out on adventures equally comical and dangerous. Readers of all ages will appreciate the metaphorical conundrums of these delightful and endearing creatures as they evolve into earthlings.

 

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 The Editor’s Corner

Did you know? Lillian is an editor as well as an author.

If you have questions for the editor regarding grammar or punctuation, send me an email and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll look it up for you. It’s better to be corrected privately by your editor than publicly in a review!

TIPS FROM THE EDITOR

That Pesky Apostrophe

RULE: Form the possessive singular of nouns by adding ‘s.

Follow the above rule regardless of the word’s ending.

Examples

Charles’s friend

Burns’s poems (note: Word Doc marks this as misspelled, so be aware that spellcheck has limits)

The witch’s wand

RULE FOR POSSESSIVE PLURAL NOUNS: If the plural ends in s, just add an apostrophe. If the plural does not end in s, add an apostrophe and an s.

EXAMPLES

The boys’ jackets

My parents’ car

Your bosses’ hats

The women’s dresses

The children’s toys

Lillian can be reached here for all your copyediting needs.

The Joys of Being an Indie Author

Proud Author Shows Off Her Book in Library

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The Joys of Being an Indie Author

What is meant by the popular term, indie author? The term refers to an author who publishes independently rather than going with a traditional publishing house. An indie author is someone who self-publishes or publishes with the aid of an independent publishing company. IngramSpark and CreateSpace are two of several such companies.

I went with CreateSpace based on the success of two of my trusted author friends who had pleasant publishing experiences with them. I, too, enjoyed working with CreateSpace, a subsidiary of Amazon. Once my manuscript had undergone numerous revisions and edits by a professional editor, I felt it was ready to publish. I submitted it without having to be accepted by an agent or a publisher. CreateSpace offers several options to fit the publishing needs of different authors. You can either set up the pages, including margins, page numbers, headings, etc. yourself, or use CreateSpace publishing services at an additional cost to help you create a professional look and layout. The site does offer templates for those with the patience and skill to do it themselves. .I chose to have them format the book interior design and connect me with Amazon.com and Print on Demand. They also formatted my book for Kindle. Once I made the decision to pay them a nominal fee for formatting, they provided me with a team and a phone number to use whenever I need assistance. Everyone on my team is extremely courteous, professional, and helpful.

Because my book was based on specific artwork by Angelo Divino, he worked with Laura Moyer at The Book Cover Machine and me to create an awesome cover. CreateSpace would have worked with me on a cover, but I chose to go with my own design. Opting for a professionally designed cover is highly recommended in order to create the best possible first impression of your book. Many people are attracted to the cover of my book, Theep and Thorpe: Adventures in Space, due to the colorful and unusual images of the space beings, Theep and Thorpe.

I was able to choose my own prices and in about six weeks, my book was available for purchase online. A few weeks later, the Kindle version was ready and is now sold alongside the paperback version on Amazon.com. The percentage for royalties is also higher than it would be with a traditional publisher. If I had chosen to seek a traditional publisher or agent, it might have taken months or years before my book was available to the public.

Nowadays, whether you are an independently published author or not, you are required to have an author platform and followers who might buy your book. While writing my book, I became active on social media via Facebook, Goodreads, LinkedIn, Author Central on CreateSpace, and numerous online groups for writers. I even started my own Facebook group called Writers. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/528070550569025/) These groups provide links to author blogs and informative articles about writing, publishing, and marketing.

I am also a member of author organizations such as Publishers and Writers of San Diego and Orange County, Southern California Writers Association, and Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). The first two are local groups that provide monthly meetings with speakers of excellent quality for the latest tips on being a successful author, indie or traditional. At one of these meetings, I met a rep from IBPA and decided to join in order to have my book presented to 5,000 school libraries. This was done on September 29, and I am awaiting the results to see which school libraries are interested in placing my book.

Indie Author Day

Speaking of libraries, I received a pleasant surprise when I learned about Indie Author Day, held on October 8 of this year. Libraries nationwide hosted unique events featuring indie writing and publishing. I applied and was accepted to participate locally at the Anaheim Central Public Library in Orange County, California. Twenty-five authors were invited to participate in a book fair to sell and sign their books. To be eligible, authors were required to live in Orange County with titles that were self or small press published within the past five years (2011-2016). We donated one copy of each book to be promoted at the Indie Author Day Fair and added to the library’s collection. What a thrill to have Theep and Thorpe: Adventures in Space available for check-out at a local library! In addition, it is on display with twenty-four other local indie authors.

At this event, I was given a packet of goodies, which included information about Self-e.com with an opportunity to pursue placing my e-book in public libraries in my state of residence. I am in process of submitting to them. More about this to be revealed as it happen. Meanwhile, I look for more opportunities to offer my book to young readers and adults who are young at heart. As the exciting adventures of an indie author continue, I will keep you posted.