Laugh Until You Pee

Dahlynn and Ken McKowen of Publishing Syndicate launched their Laugh Until You Pee blog in October. The McKowens post humorous stories from their Not Your Mother's Book anthology series. For lots of laughs, sign up today at You'll see why you should purchase all the books in the series! Available at and from your favorite online bookseller.

WordFest Writers Meet

WordFest meets the first Tuesday of every month from 6-8 p.m. in Longview, Washington. At this time, the group meets at Cassava Restaurant. Writers and anyone who likes to hear a good story fill the restaurant to hear the night's sheduled readers. Book launches are held and portions of works-in-progress are tried out on the audience.

Family Newsletter for Disabled Boy Includes My Column

Each year, the family of A. J. Patnode sends out a newsletter about their teenage boy who has been severely disabled since birth. This year's newsletter featured unique photography by A.J.'s father Mike Patnode and the way A.J. helped create the beautiful artwork. The family also included a copy of my The Valley Bugler column about Mike Patode's art.

Are You Kidding Me? Stacey Gustafson's New Book is on a Blog Tour!

I first became acquainted with Stacey Gustafson online. Then I met her at the 2014 Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshops. She's as funny in person as she is on her blog and even funnier in this book because she doesn't give you a chance to recover before going on to another humorous story. I was honored to be asked to be a part of the blog tour for Stacey's new book Are You Kidding Me.

Jo-Ann Carson Posts Excerpt From Lisa Lange's Story

One of the story contributors from my Not Your Mother's Book . . . On Being a Parent was interviewed by Jo-Ann Carson ( Lisa Lange told Jo-Ann she has been writing for 10 years and  has been published in magazines, Chicken Soup for the Soul and Not Your Mother's Books. Read Lisa's story Parenting Lessons I Learned fro Apollo 13 in NYMB .  . . On Being a Parent. Lisa was great to work with. Thanks, Jo-Ann and Lisa!

House Parties Promote Books

With 11 books in the Not Your Mother's Book anthology series (and yes, I co-created two of them!), I'm always trying to think of ways to promote. Last year, friends asked me to do some readings at their house for a group of people.

That gave me an idea! When I was asked for a donation for a fundraiser auction, I offered one hour of readings and two books from the series for a house party or event. That way, those bidding learned about the books, and so did those attending the book reading. 

Writers' Month at Pacific Northwest Gift Gallery, Workshops and More

March is Writers' Month
Pacific Northwest Gift Gallery
1316A Mount St. Helens Way NE

Writer Bobby Barbara Smith Promotes Books

Here's what writer Bobby Barbara Smith said about her December 22 book signing in Mountain Home, Arkansas:

Internet Ads Sometimes Send Wrong Message . . . And Stimulate Laughter

This is what made me laugh...really laugh...this morning. You know how you search for something online and then that "something" starts popping up as an ad when you are on another site? As I posted an office for lease, I looked up the term "modified gross" because I didn't know what it meant.

Books Make Great Gifts

My husband and I own an office building, and I always give my tenants a Christmas gift. One year, I gave each tenant a copy of my new book, Not Your Mother's Book . . . On Being a Parent." Whether you are a parent, plan to be a parent or have parents (and let's face it, we all fit that category!), parenting provides many humorous moments. This book contains 68 of them. Enjoy the laughs.

Radio Interview to Promote Your Book

Radio interview? Me? I've never given one before. That was my initial response when I was offered a morning drive-time radio interview on the book I co-created, Not Your Mother's Book . . . On Being a Parent."   

As soon as those words flashed through my mind, I thought, Wow! What a great opportunity! I am a lucky girl!

Business Cards Introduce Your Book

A business card can be used in many ways. I wanted a card that I could hand to prospective book purchasers, a card to include in mailings, and a card that would look like a miniature of my book when standing on a table. That's why I chose a folded card.

Selling at a Book Festival? What Not To Do

  You've written a book. Now it's time to head for the book fair to try to sell some copies. Here are 10 mistakes I've seen:
1. Author purchased space but didn't show up (Maybe the author had a good excuse?!!)
2. Author did not bring table covers. The bare table looked ugly.

Writing With Others

As a writer, I like to hang out with other writers. We inspire each other. We learn from each other. But writing groups aren't all the same. I've belonged to groups filled with wonferful people, but groups that were not critique groups; they were for people writing their family histories. Once you've joined a group and you become friends with its members, it's hard to drop out even when it's not filling your writing needs. But at this point in my writing career, I need critique from my fellow writers.

Sample Stories Stand Out

When you are a vendor at a festival, it is sometimes difficult to get passersby to stop at your booth without tripping them! And if you do that, you might not be invited back! Instead, to initiate conversation, I placed  sample stories from all six of the Not Your Mother's Books into brightly colored envelopes.

Acknowledge Blog Posts

Enjoy every bit of good publicity you receive and remember to say "thank you."Don't forget to be grateful. Lisa Lange, who contributed her story Lessons I Learned From Apollo 13 to the book I co-created Not Your Mother's Book . . . On Being a Parent, received kudos from Jo-Ann Carson on her blog

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