Tag Archives: Brave on the Page

I Have a Book on Amazon–Now What?

When I published Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life last October, I made the decision to use the Espresso Book Machine at Powell’s, and the Espresso worldwide network as my primary distributor. Up until now, the … Continue reading

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Goodreads Giveaway–and Michael Gettel-Gilmartin’s Blogging Goodbye

Brave on the Page has been on the Powell’s Small Press Bestseller List daily since December, usually at #2, and we finally moved into the #1 spot on Tuesday. Thanks to all the contributors and our enthusiastic readers, we are … Continue reading

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What It’s Like to Read at Powell’s

This essay is a more personal response to our Jan. 7 Brave on the Page event at Powell’s City of Books. I close my eyes. The lighting is that good golden light, the kind of evening glow that’s hard to photograph, … Continue reading

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Powell’s Top Fives for 2012

I’ve always loved Powell’s Books in Portland. In fact, I moved here, sight unseen, in 2001, after reading about Powell’s and figuring a place with a giant independent bookstore surely would be a good place for a writer to live. … Continue reading

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What Makes a Good Rejection? (With Free Books for Prizes!)

One of the unexpected consequences of starting a micro press and opening for submissions is needing to create a form rejection letter. We’re getting really wonderful queries so far, but since we’re only planning to publish two or three books each year, … Continue reading

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Thanks to everyone for your support and suggestions about handling my nerves yesterday! Once I got to Powell’s and saw friends and family, neighbors and fellow writers, I relaxed into the experience and had a marvelous time. I’ll post more … Continue reading

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Quick: How Do You Handle Nerves?

I’m getting surprisingly nervous today, as we approach this evening’s Powell’s reading. I’ve read in public before–not tons of times, but enough to know I can get up on stage, or behind the podium, look out at friends and family … Continue reading

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