So, on our vacation in January I spent time researching companies that help with self-publishing, and ran across a publishing company that accepts manuscripts directly, without an agent. They are a marketing firm but decided to publish books. I couldn't believe what I read, acknowledging that writing and marketing are two different skill sets; they … Continue reading Publishing can be complicated
Wow, I didn't realize it's been so long since I posted here. I've been focused on writing Treasure Hunt 1904, Book Two of the Cally and Charlie series. It's quite a different book from Horse Thief 1898. Treasure Hunt 1904 takes place from April to August of 1904, mostly in southern Idaho, and involves (of … Continue reading Merry Christmas/Happy New Year!
I'm asking because people have reacted two opposite ways, but I can only publish one version. Literary agents have universally told me to take them out. They say people don't like anything that slows down their reading. So I've removed about 200 Irish words and expressions, but I feel a little bit sad. I think … Continue reading What do you think about the Irish words and expressions in Horse Thief 1898?
Scott has been on my mind virtually every day, through a family wedding, a sibling retreat, and a series of other events. I've been determined to publish this review of Scott Joplin's life before I travel again next week, and finally, today, it has happened! Yay!
So, the issue with Scott Joplin that's had me stumped is whether or not he performed at the Chicago World's Fair (the "Columbian Exposition") in 1893 and if so, in what capacity. Everyone agrees he was in Chicago at the time of the Fair, and that it was life-changing for him, in part because he … Continue reading Not even the experts agree
I thought I was ready to write about Scott Joplin, but I'm not. I learned something new which made me question other things. I just brought home seven books from the library, and hope to figure this out by next week! Until then, Debra
Shutterstock: spatuletail In Horse Thief 1898, 25-year-old Scott Joplin befriends 14-year-old Charlie at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, where they are both performing. Charlie is intrigued by ragtime, which he has never heard before. Even more, he is delighted by the brief friendship they share, which helps him understand how lonely he has been and … Continue reading Scott Joplin 1868-1917
Well, no one responded to my question about Susan B. Anthony's middle name. There are two stories out there, and I would have accepted either answer. The first is that the B stands for Brownell. But the second and more intriguing story is that Susan didn't have a middle name and just for fun, added … Continue reading Mary Stafford Anthony, 1827-1907
Last year we celebrated 100 years of women's suffrage in the United States. For me, after learning in depth about Susan B. Anthony for Horse Thief 1898, the centennial was poignant. I hadn't known much about her remarkable story. "Not for us alone" was her byword, and the title of a biography I recommend. Her … Continue reading Susan B. Anthony
Just posted under Historical Links! Enjoy this fascinating musician!