I like lists. I like making lists, and categorizing. As an independent author in retirement, I’ve done many book signings, at many different kinds of venues : large chain bookstores (the Indigo family here in Canada), independent bookstores (like those in my own town of Aylmer, Quebec), fairs and showcases where I may have to … More Book Buyers of Camp Follower
I’ve always wanted to write what I myself would like to read. I like fiction. But my first book, Camp Follower One Army Brat’s Story turned into a non-fiction memoir about my life as an army kid, air Force wife, hockey mom, and now retiree to my kids’ hometown of Aylmer, Quebec. It was fun … More Writer Dilemma
Who reads cookbooks? Why? I’ve never owned a cookbook, at least one that I’ve kept. Sometimes I’ve been given one as a gift but I can’t remember ever reading one. I have my old recipe binder that my mother created, but again, I don’t read it or use it for the recipes, I just look … More Who Reads Cookbooks?
So just returned from my first ever “Writer’s Retreat”, organized by the ottawaindependentwriters.com. What is a writer’s retreat? I didn’t know, but assumed it was a quiet place away from home where a writer could write. Well, yes, it was. First, it was away from home. In quaint little Westport, Ontario, nestled on a lake … More Writer’s Retreat : Westport
I’m in my 6th decade of reading, but my first as an author. I never heard the word “genre” discussed so much as I have these past few years. In my lifetime, I read what I wanted, when I wanted. I didn’t know about “genres” for books to be classified into. Books were described by … More What Genre of Fiction do You Read?
April is the month of the military child. How times have changed (for the better) since I grew up on army bases in the 1960s and 70s, throughout Canada and Germany! And then I became an Air Force wife and mother, with their own unique military spouse challenges! So now in retirement, as an “immigrant” … More April, Month of the Military Child
So, it was relatively easy to be inspired to write my first book, Camp Follower One Army Brat’s Story by Michele Sabad. It was, after all, the story of my own life. As followers of this blog know, it was written as a memoir in short stories that were both fun to write and easy … More Book 2 Update. Writing. The Hard Part.
My memoir Camp Follower One Army Brat’s Story by Michele Sabad, continues to be a success. But what does that mean? I defined my first book a success by these criteria: I recouped my self-publishing costs, and continue to generate enough sales to pay for ongoing costs. Plus about a bottle of wine a month. … More Writing Success. Fear.
As usual I did NOT read as many books this year as I planned. How does that happen? I spent a busy year marketing and promoting my book Camp Follower One Army Brat’s Story, which turned into more fun than anticipated. Many signings, travels, family events; it was a high-school renunion year; it was my … More Reading List 2018
I entered Camp Follower One Army Brat’s Story in the prestigious Writer’s Digest Book awards. Boldly. Contests can be intimidating, but this one promised a review for the entry fee, so taking a deep breath, I submitted. Below, in its entirety, is the judge’s commentary. I admit I disagreed with 2 points. Read on and … More Camp Follower : Writer’s Digest Review