April 19, 2018

Publishing and Marketing Class Series

Publishing and Marketing Class Series The Crossing Arts presents Publishing and Marketing Class Series, Tuesday evenings in February from 6-8 p.m. in room #127 at the Franklin Art Center, 1001 Kingwood Street Brainerd. Register by calling 833-0416 or on-line at www.crossingarts.org.  Fee is $25 per class. Attendees may sign up for one or more of the classes. Download Registration Here:  February Publishing and Marketing Classes The four classes offered include: February 3: … [Read more...]

“Creation, Blessings, and the World of Books” presented by Krista Rolfzen Soukup

"Creation, Blessings, and the World of Books,"  will be presented by Krista Rolfzen Soukup as part of the Lifelong Learning Forums January 11, 2015 - 9:30 a.m. in Chapel Hall at Nisswa Church of the Cross, Nisswa, Minnesota.    Do you have a passion for books?  Love to Write?  Feel lessened each day spent without pen or book/tablet - or both - in hand?   Krista Rolfzen Soukup, Literary Publicist and Agent, Blue Cottage Agency, represents and promotes the literary arts, writers, literary  … [Read more...]

Poetry on the Wall 2015 Call for Submissions

The Crossing Arts Alliance (TCAA) invites those interested to submit up to three poems for Poetry on the Wall 2015.  Poets, consider this opportunity to exhibit your work and read during the reception. Submission deadline 12:00 p.m. on January 9, 2015.  Poets of any age must have resided for at least four months of the past year in the following counties of Minnesota: Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena. Poetry must be submitted using black text on white background only (no graphics), … [Read more...]

JD March

JD March is the author of the 'Devil's Own' western series. Adventurer and journalist JD March has tracked leopards in the Masai Mara, skied competitively, ridden to hounds, paddled dug-out canoes on the Indian Ocean, and is an accomplished sailor. JD has lived in a series of unusual homes including a haunted 12th century house in Cornwall in Britain and a chalet in the French Alps. But a lifelong passion for the old west means JD is happiest in the saddle, rounding up cattle on the Big Horn … [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...]

Beyond the Bricks Project

BEHIND THE BRICKS, a collaboration between the Crossing Arts Alliance and the Crow Wing County Jail, was designed to bring access to the arts as a vehicle for communication to a traditionally underserved audience. Instruction to develop artistic skills in inmates of Crow Wing County Jail began in the fall of 2013, where inmates began creating both visual and literary artwork. Blue Cottage Agency is proud to serve as Project Manager for this important collaboration. A book of selected inmate … [Read more...]

How To Do A Successful Booksigning by Author L.J. Martin

To some authors, they’re about as much fun as a root canal. Booksignings, after the initial ego gratification of a first book, are a unique form of torture where one sits astride a cold metal chair in a corner of a musty book store while passersby presume you’re registering voters or offering petitions to “save the whales.” But they can be a career builder, sometimes even ego gratifying, and a way to sell books.  To some of you, that concept, selling books, may be repugnant.  In fact, … [Read more...]

Western Writers of America 2014 National Convention

Krista Rolfzen Soukup, owner of Blue Cottage Agency, presented ‘Steps to Successful Book Marketing’ along with New York Times best-selling author H. Alan Day, co-author with his sister Sandra Day O’Connor of Lazy B, and Lynn Wiese Sneyd, founder of LWS Literary Services, at the Western Writers of America National convention in Sacramento, California on June 28. Day and Weiss recently published The Horse Lover: A Cowboy's Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs (University of Nebraska Press) … [Read more...]

Blue Cottage Agency welcomes Student Intern Tori Davis

  Blue Cottage Agency welcomes University of Arizona student intern Tori Davis. Tori is a junior at the University of Arizona studying business and psychology where she is an Eller College of Management Ambassador. She is an honor graduate of Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix, Arizona. She previously interned with Urban Affairs Tucson based out of downtown Tucson where she helped coordinate and set up company events. She has a passion for making people's visions come to life and … [Read more...]

Jodi Schwen book launch and book signing event, Northern Comfort: The Musings of Jacqueline Pine Savage

Please join us in celebrating Jodi Schwen's new book Northern Comfort: The Musings of Jacqueline Pine Savage, on Thursday, June 12 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Q Gallery in Brainerd. The Q Gallery is located in the Franklin Art Center, 1001 Kingwood Street Room #222. THE BOOK: Using the pen name of “Jacqueline Pine Savage” has allowed Jodi Schwen to protect the innocent while writing about life up north. Some call it “outstate” or the “boondocks”—Jacqueline Pine Savage calls it home. Either way, … [Read more...]

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