Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Prolific Self Publishers

Amazing Attributes of Aging; Silly and Sacred Stories of Blue Garter Friends, the book that Mary and I self published has opened up many contacts by young authors dreaming of being published.  In the past three years the popularity as well as the reality of self publishing has grown like Jack's bean stalk.  Yes, only the sky is the limit today. 
Writers are finding audiences using links from subsidy publishers to online resources to E-Books.  Gathering with a strong writing support group remains an important validation and inspiration to virgin authors. The following Stillwater, Minnesota authors, members of the "Scribblers" writing group announce their recent publications:
Bill Mac Donald - "Schatzheim" and Furrows In the Galaxy published by the Stillwater Gazette, 2009-2013.
Anita Buck, Before the Melons Ripen, manuscript in the author's hands
Michelle Huber -"Friendship, Fieldtrips and a Few Honest Words," an essay published in the Atheist Voices of Minnesota: An Anthology of Personal Stories, 2012
David Fabio - Search and Seizure, 2010
                        Secret of the Apostle Islands, 2011
                        Bayfield's Secret Notebook, 2012, all published by Avid Readers Publishing Group
Sylvia Grubb - Grandparenting a Child with Autism, published by Quill House Publishers, 2012
Stephanie Lambson - The Well, to be released this spring by Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.  Her next title, Siloam, will follow in June 2014.
Ray Sinneck - Coma Toes, in the publication process

Friday, May 18, 2012

Sun City Seniors Discover Amazing Aging

Snow birds returning from their summer homes flocked to renew their friendships at the "Pink Ribbon" golf event during the 2011-2012 South Golf Course League season.   Many senior women overcame their breast cancer diagnoses and surgeries to not only search for a disease cure, but to restore their own physical and mental health by making new friends on the golf course. Over $2000 was collected for the Susan G. Komen endowment at the Pink Ribbon.  Among dozens of  "Silent Auction" items donated that day,  I placed a certificate for a presentation of "The Legacy of Lasting Friendship," the humorous 35 minute program that Mary Huntley and I have developed based on quotations from Amazing Attributes of Aging; silly and Sacred Stories of Blue Garter Friends.

Our program resonated in Sun City.  Beginning with the delightful audience of  "Artistic Weavers and Spinners, we continued to bring friends together to reminisce at the Bell Library forum, and the Bell Recreation Center Fun Day.

Up-coming "Legacy of Lasting Friendships" bookings in Sun City include:
The Faith Presbyterian Luncheon  - November 15, 2012
First Presbyterian Church Women's Luncheon - February 27, 2013

Please contact us to schedule your presentation using our website invitation.

Minnesota dates are available June -October 2012
Arizona dates November 2012 -February 2013

Monday, July 25, 2011

Sun City, Arizona Laughs along with the Amazing Aging Dictionary

Aging women have achieved three categories of identities: first as an individual, second as a friend or a partner, third as a member of the world community. Quoting from the Amazing Attributes of Aging; Silly and Sacred Stories of Blue Garter Friends dictionary, one woman may be allied, another brave, another direct, some are independent, most joyful, loving, mindful, peaceful, tranquil, unique, welcoming and zeitgeistful. Yes, many are "zaftig" as well. That word brought tears of laughter to the women attending our book presentation at the Bell Library.

The diverse audience nodded as vignettes from our book reminded them that "behind every successful woman is herself," "the older you become, the more likely you are to be an exception.," and to quote Coco Chanel "On the feminine psyche: Women can give everything with a smile, and with a tear take it all back."

Our next presentation of "Friendships to Remember" will be in St. Peter, MN on September 25. For more information, contact us through our website:

Monday, March 7, 2011

History Makes Us, We Make History

My Blue Garter girl friends continue to make history by having fun. Now we all are 70! What is next you ask? Well we know that we don't have to prove ourselves any longer. The rest of our life will be what we want to make it. Some of us are following the advise to "try something new every week." Elizabeth (Betita) Martinez reminds us to "Be yourself on all counts, without apologies."

Honoring our daughters, Amazing Attributes of Aging; Silly and Sacred Stories of Blue Garter Friends has become our message to our daughters. We see them as the next agents of leadership in our world. We have learned to listen, not just give advice as an elder. In our wisdom, two steps forward and one step backward is not the end of the world. It leads to new beginnings.

Join me in Sun City, Arizona, the Maricopa Library System's Bell Library located on 99 and Bell Road, for a Power Point documentary based on Amazing Aging. March 23, 1 PM in the North Conference Room.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Praise for Amazing Attributes of Aging

Rose Floral of Stillwater, Minnesota has been one of our best distributers. Quoting Manager, Andy, "The book has been a good seller for us." Entering our second year since publication we are looking to expand our outreach to book clubs members who are interested in a light heart warming read.

Visit Amazon or for purchasing details. Discounts for single order of 10 or more books are available.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Hats Off to Amazing Aging Marketing!

Every self-published author must find her niche in the marketplace. We have found ours in gift shops and in personal contact via our "Joys of Friendships Remembered" presentations.

Advertising and professional marketing groups continuously seek out our business. Somehow it seems that as women coming of age in the 1950's, we must remain "do it yourselfers". Just having fun promoting our book with the friends who sparked its birth is where we are at today.

For a modest sum we pulled the medallion symbol that travels throughout our book and had it embroidered in white on purple twill caps. Our group of friends are now a living billboard!

Our $16 hats are available through our website: They are guaranteed to turn heads!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Belgrade Methodist Event September 9, 2010

Presenting vignettes from Amazing Attributes of Aging; Silly and Sacred Stories of Blue Garter Friends continues to be a high light of our self publishing adventures.

Tomorrow evening the women of Belgrade Methodist Church in North Mankato, Minnesota are hosting their sister congregations from near-by Lake Crystal, St. James and Mankato. This group of Christian friends gather monthly to connect and to insipe one another.

Our program titled "The Joys of Friendships Remembered" will begin at 7 pm following a light supper and their business meeting. Rumor has it that the kitchen ladies have prepared their favorite cakes from our reunion cookbook for dessert. Chuckles candies be available for munching on the ride home as the sun sets. Visitors are welcome. We hope to see you there!