New Glarus School Author Visit

img_20170228_095226192I recently visited three 5th grader classes at the New Glarus Middle School after they read my book: Intrigue in Istanbul: An Agnes Kelly Mystery Adventure.

I showed them some pictures of the places in Istanbul where the story takes place, explained a bit about my writing process (and how those pictures help me in that process), then answered some of their questions.

It was a very attentive and polite group and they came up with some really good questions. They even wrote up some ideas they had where the story might go next, so I’ll be interested to read those ideas! Book II of the Agnes Kelly Series is currently in the hands of my competent beta readers and I’m working on the chapter illustrations, so I hope to have it out in a couple months. I have yet to come up with a title, though. I know it will come to me, but it’s getting down to the wire. I need to get the cover done soon!

Ah, the joys of being a self-published author!

Indie Pride Day – July 1st

Indie Pride day

Indie Pride Day: On July 1st , Indie Authors from around the world, intend to raid social media with pic’s of us holding up our books with the hashtag #IndieBooksBeSeen..Last year thousands participated, and our indie pride day almost trended .And this year i believe we can! We are about to make history as the biggest online showcase of indie authors and titles ever! I hope that you’ll support us in our day to shine! Tell every indie author that you know to mark their calendars for July 1 st!

So are you going to participate?

MWB awards 2015

Here is me in St. Paul at the Midwest Book Awards. I was a finalist for the historical fiction book I am holding, but I didn’t win the whole enchilada. Maybe next year!

IndieReCon Starts Tomorrow

downloadWhat’s IndieReCon you ask?

“IndieReCon is still an online conference offering the best advice and education for independent-minded authors across the world — but now offering expanded programming and global reach, though ALLi’s networks. And exciting live events, from Utah to London. Including this year, hooking up with The London Book Fair, to provide an exciting day of live-streamed events, live from London.” (ALLi = Alliance of Independent Authors)

And it’s FREE!

If you self-publish or are interested in self-publishing, it is a must place to stop and check out what’s going on. Here is the events schedule, and all the heavy hitter in the indie-publishing world will be showing up. There are even some live chat events. I’ve taken part in their offerings in past years and it is worth your time to check it out.

And if you already have a book out there and you want to do a little philanthropy and give it away to a library or school, IndieReCon will make it available.

And it’s all FREE!

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The Basics of a Book Cover

20140503_135805I gave a presentation recently at the Wisconsin Writers Association Author’s Showcase in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. It was on “The Basics of Book Covers.” I told the participants that I’d share the powerpoint with them so I am sharing it with them and with you, because I like you all so much. Really, I do!

So if you want to learn the basics of what makes a good or not-so-good book cover, click this The Basics of a Book Cover and take a look.

If you are a Wisconsin author, I’d encourage you to join the WWA at their fall conference Oct 3-5. This is the first conference I went to and I met many wonderful authors who were all willing to share and support each other in the work we all love.

(Full disclosure here, and to give those who know more than I do about cover art their due, I gleaned some of my information from my brother, Earl Keleny, who is a professional illustrator and from Dave Bricker of the website: Earl has worked on 4 of my 5 book covers and always does a wonderful job.)

Wisconsin Writers Association Author Showcase


If you’re a Wisconsin resident and live in or around LaCrosse, I want to invite you to the Wisconsin Writers Association Author Showcase. It runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will have over 20 authors there speaking and selling their books – me being one of them. I will be speaking on book cover designs. So come by and support your fellow writers!

Wisconsin Writers Association Author Showcase:
Saturday, May 3rd, 1914
8 am to 2 pm
Days Inn, French Island
LaCrosse, WI