CVTech Authors learn about blogs & blogging!

CVTech Authors learn about blogs & blogging!

Our CVTech writing and publishing class is learning about blogging tonight! What do you blog about? I like to blog about current events, but some folks I know add their poetry or daily activities. Is your blog like your Facebook page or not?


2016 CVTech Writers Class graduates & shows off new book! 2017 workshop begins!

The CVTech writers from the Write Publish & Market Your Book II Workshop class have finished up this semester with many accomplishments.  Debbie Fogle has uploaded a new book to Createspace.  Hart Tillett, Carol Nichols, and Rosemarie Durgin are working at uploading their book and formatting their books right now.  Judy Bishop has created a blog and is formatting her new poetry book for uploading.  Clay Fees is writing and revising his book on muscle cars!  Tanner Milgrim is still writing and revising his sci-fi novel.  Chuck Baker has compiled all his short stories, created a cover, and is preparing to upload his book.  shane Smith has written synopses, sent query letters, and is editing and revising his book for sending out to traditional publishers.  Julie Marquardt is also preparing her book for submission to traditional pubs, but she also may create an on-demand book for the new semester.  Many of our writers are ready to upload their books and get hard copy!  Yeah!  This semester, we also have Connie Sweeney working on her children’s book and deciding how to proceed with illustrators and the like.  Many different wonderful projects.  See the picture below with our writers and their new book of Western short stories, Tales & Trails: A Western Odyssey. Off we go!  Yeah!


New Writers & Publishers Class at the NEW CVTech!!!

Our new semester of writers is beginning the Write Publish & Market Your Book class at the BRAND NEW CVTech facility!  We’re so excited to begin again!  We have Kay Dorn and PJ Acker who write fiction.  We also have Randel Conner who has written a fictional memoir of his childhood in El Reno, OK.  Then, Melina Johnson is writing a book to dovetail with a documentary film she is currently making.  We still have a couple other students joining us, and I look forward to working with everyone on query letters, marketing, bios, and more! img_08191img_08201

Want to make $5/$10 per book instead of $1.86? Here’s how!

Tonight, we’re working on marketing ideas and improving writing.  We’re talking about joining clubs and going to conferences and how to improve your resume by participating in writer’s clubs at an officer’s level.

We’ve also been discussing authors who self-published before getting discovered.  How about John Grisham who self-published A Time to Kill?  How about James Redfield of The Celestine Prophecy?  How about Joe Vitale of The Secret?   Remembrance of Things Past, by Marcel Proust. Ulysses, by James Joyce. The Adventures of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter.

While you are waiting for your book to be discovered, why not self-publish in an on-demand version tat will cost you as little as $2/copy with full glossy cover and as much as $5-7 for a larger book or a full color.  How to do this?  You can self-publish using an on-demand company like  Here’s a tip–use the guided self-publishing templates: don’t pay Createspace do it for you.  Cheaper is better, but if you follow their guided instructions, it’s FREE, except for the ISBN and bar code.  Make sure you buy your ISBN and bar code there, because it’s cheaper than buying from Bowker.  You can get the ISBN and bar code for $99 on Createspace.  You can create a cover, use a template of any size to create your book, and there are many helps, if you need help.  When I had problems, I called them, and they helped me at no charge.  if you choose the “expert help” option, you will pay through the nose, and that is unnecessary.

After your book and cover are uploaded, you can then put your book onto Kindle, so your book will sell as both a print book on Amazon and Createspace–and as a Kindle ebook reader or your phone.  (You must transfer it to Kindle, but there are easy instructions about how to do that, too.) By the way, when you promote your book, send as many people as you can to the Createspace store to purchase, because your royalty will be greater!  Yay, right?

Be sure to edit edit edit your book before uploading, because that is the biggest complaint about self-published books, and that is why self-published books are not so well respected.  So, edit edit edit, and prove the world wrong by publishing a perfect manuscript.  Then order a proof to review.  You can do this as a hard copy–or you can use their virtual reviewer online.  The first time, I suggest you order the book to look at it in person first.

Also, make sure you somewhat copy what a typical frontispiece page and copyright page for the front of your book.  Find a book that you like, and make your font pages similar.  Do NOT cut and paste from other people’s books: that’s considered plagiarism and is a no no!

Once you have your own book, then you can order books at cost, and give examples away to important people–or, of course, sell sell sell!

Meantime, you can be sending out your manuscript to traditional publishers, but be forewarned, often traditional publishers do not like to hear you are self-published, unless you have sold many thousands and have a following.  However, that doesn’t mean you can become a local and online author personality with your book and making money with it.  Go for it, guys, and have fun!  We’re doing it in our group!

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Need to contact the media in Oklahoma or elsewhere? Here’s how!

How to Contact Media for Oklahoma

  1. Oklahoma Press Association     This contains list of newspapers, contests, jobs available, and more.
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Sending a shout out and thanks to our”patrons”!

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I just want to send a thank you to all the folks who have supported our Creative Quills Writing Group, including former library director Amy Brandley, friend & musician Colin Forsey, current library director Penny Beals, and all the library staff at El Reno Carnegie Library!  We are on a roll and intend to help many more scribes reach their publishing goals!  …while having a ball, of course!  Book can be purchased on Createspace at or on Amazon Kindle.  I also want to thank CVTech for allowing me to share my knowledge with the many great folks who have come through the publishing classes there!  Many converted over to Creative Quills, and so the publishing group was born!  Many many thanks to all!


New Crew at CVTech Write Publish Market Class starts tonight!

We have 11 new writers and publishers at the CVTech class!  Can’t wait to hear their genres and what they have to share!  More to come!  By the way, we are currently editing the ALTERNATE PERSPECTIVES book!  Hope to have it perfected and on Amazon by September 1!!!

Tonight’s class has Tanner, who writes Sci-Fi, Blaze has a fantasy book completed,Jo wants to write a murder mystery after writing science stuff, Chloe writes about ghost towns!  She has other projects too!  Bea has a gift book, plus is in our short story book!CVTechAug2016

Johnna has a romance/fantasy/sci fi that is already printed, called TOKEN, the Casdan Chronicles on Amazon. Carol has finished a mystery/romance that she finished since May!!! Judy is new here to OK from Hawaii and is starting her writing journey with us!  Chuck is about to publish a book of humorous short stories all his own!  We also have Carol Gimbel (absent tonight) who has written Raven’s Song, a novel of forgiveness and redemption that revolves around a young girl trying to escape the sex trafficking trade.  Her husband Woody says he’s not a writer, but I have heard his funny short stories in our creative writing class, so I know he is! 😉

Stay tuned for more of our adventures and exploits as we grow and learn in the writing, publishing, & marketing biz!