Author Interviews - Looking Good on Skype or Google Hangout

I was talking to one our authors last week, Deb Chase, who runs the No Nonsense Beauty Blog. She mentioned that most authors look awful during Skype or Google Hangout video sessions. “We all look like trolls online!” she exclaimed. So we decided to do a best practices for online video tutorial. Here’s what we covered if you’re doing video on a laptop.1) Find a position that has a blank wall or backdrop that doesn’t have too many items in it and sit with your back facing that wall....more
I do not use Skype for a lot of video conferencing, however plan to in the future.. Thank you ...more

Creative Careerists: Interview with Author Sarah A. Hoyt

Creative Careerists is an ongoing series on Creative Juicer that features short interviews with successful creatives to learn about their creative process and how they reached their success, whether in art or career.Do you know an inspiring creative? Nominate someone for an interview by emailing emily [dot] wenstrom [at] gmail [dot] com....more

Calling all published authors!

I understand, based on both prior knowledge as well as comments on various of my blog posts, that some of my readers are published authors. If you happen to fall into that category - well, this post is for you! Rather than put any one individual on the spot by approaching them personally, and because there are actually several of you out there, I thought I'd post a public request to which anyone can choose (or not) to respond if they're interested in my proposition. Here's my idea. ...more

Happy 150th, Edith Wharton!

Edith Wharton, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for literature, was born on January 24, 1862, 150 years ago today. ...more
@WandaShapiro That TOTALLY counts! ;-)more

Shana Gammon Author Highlight

Lynchburg, VA – Marie's Nine Lives by Shana Gammon provides readers with a fun story that follows a curious cat from one adventure to another. ...more

A debut novel that explores family and fate

Earlier this month, I was delighted to see my mailbox at work contained an advance reading copy of a book due to be published in March 2012. I perked up right away, seeing the author was Aimee Phan, whom I'd recruited to The Oregonian in 2000 as a summer intern. ...more

The Christmas Village by Melissa Goodwin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  First time author shares a heartfelt story about a troubled boy and how a Christmas Village changed his life....more

Author Anne McCaffrey Dead at 85

Prolific and famed sci-fi/fantasy author Anne McCaffrey, best known for the Dragonriders of Pern series, died Monday. She was 85. ...more
Oh, I so loved her work when I discovered it in my 20s, a very long time ago. Air and Fire, the ...more

The best of Daniel Woodrell, Part 3

In Part 3 of Daniel Woodrell's best, we return to "Muscle From The Wing," one of three novels that make up The Bayou Trilogy, all published between 1986 and 1992 and set in the fictitious town of St. Bruno, Louisiana. The scene: Rene Shade is a police detective, hanging out at the bar where his girlfriend Nicole is "carrying pitchers of beer and margaritas to the needy" when a young woman named Wanda steps up and slaps her hands down on the bar....more