Category Archives: Self-Publishing

Is Self-Publishing for You?

I’m excited to say that I will join two other professionals in an informal, non-threatening workshop on self-publishing at Blackstone Coffee Company in Fredericksburg on Sunday, November 11, 2012. Bring your questions. Chat with us about our own experiences and learn before you leap. Blackstone’s coffee, baked goods, and sandwiches are delicious and we look forward to meeting you. Please register so we will be sure to prepare enough handouts. Find complete information here.

(Blackstone) Coffee and Collaboration

Eldercare Is Making Me Fat
Book Launch and Signing
Sunday, October 14, 20012
1:00-3:00 pm
Blackstone Coffee
Fredericksburg, VA

Writing can be a very lonely job. It used to be for me, anyway.

When I was a freelance journalist back in the day, I was one of those midnight writers, cranking away in the dark, trying to make the work perfect and still get it in on time.

CharJoJones's cat, Sugar, around 1997

Sugar Circa 1997

If I hadn’t had my gentle aging cat, Sugar, to sit in a box of stationery on the desk and keep me company, I would have gone the way of Edgar Allen Poe and started hearing angry birds. Thank goodness, all Sugar ever quoth was meow–although nevermore would have been more like it. I was always crushed right up against a deadline, always telling myself this was the last time.

I actually quit writing in 1998 and went to graduate school in library science because I couldn’t take the solitude.

Self-publishing saved me. Continue reading

At last, she blogs

And it’s about time.  I have been struggling for more than three years to figure out where a *ahem* well-seasoned writer like me belongs in the bloated publishing landscape of this century.  Here’s how long ago I started out: I finished my first freelance assignment in 1984 on a portable Smith and Corona tucked on a table in the guest bedroom closet. In 2009, when I ended my twelve-year detour as a librarian and started poking around to determine where I could fit in as a writer again, everything had changed. Every. Thing. But now I think I’ve found a niche. Or two. I feel like I’m back. I know I’m excited. I hope you’re happy too. I’ll be blogging about my first book, Eldercare Is Making Me Fat, about writing, about self-publishing, about what a long strange trip it’s been, about my Boomer life (no, really?) and whatever else happens to flow from my rapidly atrophying brain to my fingers on any given day. Thanks for reading!  See you back here soon.