September 27, 2020

Never Underestimate the Power of a Good Book

In 2009, Abercrombie Trail by Candace Simar changed the course of my career.  I loved this book. I devoured every page. It became the catalyst to Blue Cottage Agency. Abercombie Trail, a debut novel by a local writer, was already getting the word-of- mouth buzz around town when our book club made it our November pick. With the fire roaring in the living room at Lynda’s house, Candace visited our discussion group. Excitement filled the room to have a real author present to discuss her work. She … [Read more...]

Finish Your Book in Three Drafts presented by Stuart Horwitz

You may have asked yourself while writing: how many drafts is this going to take? Stuart Horwitz, is a nationally-known expert on structure and revision, thinks the answer is three--provided you know what draft you're in and what action steps to take between drafts. Stuart will teach his secrets on revision, followed by a Q&A session.  No registration necessary. Free. Open to the public.   WHERE: Brainerd Public Library, 416 S 5th St, Brainerd, MN 56401 Phone:(218) … [Read more...]

How to Make Self-Publishing Work for You

Do you know how to publish and still keep your rights and all of the royalties? My friend and fellow-faculty member Nancy Barnes just released her new course this week! Independent Publishing with Profitable Authors Institute. Whether you’re a FICTION OR NONFICTION AUTHOR, her four-part course on independent book publishing answers will show you how to be in full control of your book’s content, cover and profits.   CLICK HERE to watch her FREE INTRODUCTORY VIDEO! Instructor: … [Read more...]

12 SUCCESSFUL PUBLISHING PROFESSIONALS ready to help you make an impact and an income!

Spring is here and so is our 30% DISCOUNT! It’s time for you to become a profitable author. I am excited about being part of an incredible resource designed specifically for aspiring authors like you.   Here is an amazing program with 48 video classes all designed to help you become a PROFITABLE AUTHOR. Check out the 2 minute video here  and learn how you can get a 30% Spring Discount! Are You Struggling with These Challenges? CAN’T SEEM TO FINISH the book you’ve … [Read more...]

Play off the Page review of Poet Robert Hass

This Post written by Mary Aalgaard and originally published on her Play off the Page Blog Quote of the Day:  Figure out what is in you and how to make it sing. Robert Hass as he spoke to an audience at the Central Lakes College in Brainerd, MN. We were a mixed group, some college students, instructors and employees, and sprinkled throughout the audience a few local poets and fans of poetry. I love listening to a poet read his, or her, own work. It’s like listening to a musician’s original … [Read more...]

Western Writers of America guest post by author Bill Markley

 Western Writers of America 2014 Convention, June 24-28 Sacramento, California Western Writers of America  is the friendliest organization I have ever belonged to in my life. It’s one of those organizations that when asked to do something, I don’t mind doing it. In 1953, a small group of traditional western fiction writers founded WWA to promote the literature of the American West. Today, WWA has more than 650 members who include historians and other nonfiction authors, young adult and … [Read more...]

Candace Simar featured Literary Artist at Tuesday Sampler

  —Brainerd, MN- Author Candace Simar will be the featured literary artist at the Crossing Arts Alliance ‘Tuesday Sampler’ event Tuesday, September 18 from 10 am to 1 pm in The Crossing Arts Sales and Gift Gallery.  The “Tuesday Sampler” event highlights both literary and visual artists on farmer market Tuesday’s held in the Franklin Art Center parking lot.  Simar will sign copies of Blooming Prairie, her fourth novel in the Abercrombie Trail Series.  Woodworker Tom Anderson will be the … [Read more...]

Charmaine Donovan wins Northeastern Minnesota Book Award

On May 17, Poet Charmaine Donovan won the Northeastern Book Award for her debut collection, Tumbled Dry. Statement and comment from the Northeastern Book Award committee of judges: "In her first collection, Tumbled Dry (Lost Hills Books), Charmaine Donovan takes everyday experiences and transforms them into words that capture the moment perfectly. Clean, clear and lively poems portray the sense of being young yet are filled with profound wisdom. Each poem paints a picture of an age and time … [Read more...]

Pipi Longstocking, Children’s Theatre Company review by Mary Aalgaard

"Pippi Longstocking" is a high-energy, rollicking good show. Katie Adducci, who plays Pippi, is so athletic. I chatted with a woman at intermission who has seen several productions of "Pippi". She thought Kate was one of the oldest girls to play Pippi. (She seemed youthful to me.) I said she looked like she's a good gymnast. The woman replied, "That's probably why they chose her." She's everywhere on stage. Big movements. Animated dancing. My heart rate went up from watching it! The entire … [Read more...]

Charmaine Donovan Finalist in Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards

April 22, 2012—Brainerd, MN-“Tumbled Dry,” a first collection of poetry published by author, Charmaine Donovan, Brainerd, is a finalist in the Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards. Eligible books must substantially represent the northeastern Minnesota with regards to its heritage, history, culture or lifestyle. Prizes are in six categories. All books nominated must be published in English and bound paper format. The 24th Annual Awards will be presented on May 17 at University of Minnesota … [Read more...]

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