Self-publishing mega success story

From today’s New York Times comes an amazing story about indy author Meredith Wild, who not only struck gold, she’s helping other struggling writers achieve success.


Attention amateur writers in southwest Washington state

Local writers group launches its first conference SEPTEMBER 13 

Southwest Washington Writers Conference, Sat. Sept. 13, Centralia College, Centralia, WA. 9 AM to 4:30 PM. Keynote speaker New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni. Workshop genres include mystery, romance, young readers, thrillers, and poetry; business and marketing tips. $75. Register before August 25 and it’s only $60 or $45 for students.

Contact Sandy Crowell at, the local literacy council or call (360) 985-0748.

“Magical” writer, Nobel-Prize winner “Gabo” García Márquez dead at 87

Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian novelist whose One Hundred Years of Solitude established him as a giant of 20th-century literature, died on Thursday at his home in Mexico City, at the age of 87.Gabriel Garcia Marquez 1

Wonderful excerpt from “Gabo’s” obit in the New York Times:

Mr. García Márquez attributed his rigorous, disciplined schedule in part to his sons. As a young father he took them to school in the morning and picked them up in the afternoon. During the interval—from 8 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon—he would write.

“When I finished one book, I wouldn’t write for a while,” he said in 1966. “Then I had to learn how to do it all over again. The arm goes cold; there’s a learning process you have to go through again before you rediscover the warmth that comes over you when you are writing.”

Incidentally: “One Hundred Years of Solitude” is Bill Clinton‘s favorite book. If you haven’t read it yet, you should, and investigate Gabo’s other books, too. Gabriel Garcia Marquez 5Adios Gabo!



Inspector Brunetti author’s superb new book

Donna Leon’sMy Venice and Other Essays” is sublime–so enthralling I crept out of bed at 3 AM to savor more. A resident of Venice for almost forty years, Leon’s got the Italians nailed and pulls no punches about politics, immigration, racism, the lack of civic consciousness, the difficulties in getting the simplest project done, la bella figura, and many other magnificent quirks of the city she adores.

One Goodreads contributor who expressed “shock” at Leon’s “mean-spiritedness,” obviously didn’t get or appreciate her honesty, biting wit and general all ‘round splendidness. But, as someone who lived briefly in Italy I loved Ms. Leon’s viewpoints and am buying “My Venice and Other Essays” today–it’ll be a splendid addition to my Italy collection.


Madcap book signing Dec. 6–great gifts!

I’ll be appearing, along with other local writers, at the Lewis County Historical Museum’s annual fundraiser Evening with the AuthorsFriday December 6 from 4 to 7 PM in Chehalis, Washington.

GibsongirlwritingletterThe book signing/sale will feature all the books in the “Madcap” Mary humor series in addition to Publishing Syndicate’s “new” anthology Not Your Mother’s Book on Home Improvement.”

“Madcap” Mary books range in price from $5 to $7. NYMB on Home Improvement is $10 (that’s $7 off the retail price!)

Enjoy complimentary Chehalis Mints candies and enter to win a “Madcap” Mary book!

Call toll free 877-775-0093 or email me at for details.