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Authors at Women’s Expos in Lansing and Grand Rapids

Expo showtime in 2022

After a rocky start-up of shows in 2021, this year looks promising for in-person author shows in Michigan. Last year, some shows were canceled again due to Covid, but some were a go or a hybrid, depending on the organizers and their boards. It was like playing the roulette or opening a box of chocolates because you never knew what you were going to get.

One of the first shows of the season is the upcoming Mid Michigan Women’s Expo in Lansing set for February 18 through February 20 at the Lansing Center.

The 22nd annual Mid-Michigan Women’s Expo features hundreds of exhibits, seminars, shopping, and fun that aim to provide a weekend of entertainment, education, and enjoyment tailored to women and their families.

Michigan Authors Area – signing and selling books

Meet and Greet Authors! Various local Michigan Authors at the expo! Find your next book to read and relax with, both fiction and non-fiction books to purchase. Speak to the Author onsite and discover their inspiration for writing their book.

Pictured below are a few participating authors at the Mid Michigan Women’s Expo in Lansing.

Eleven Michigan authors will be signing and selling their books at this premier Expo with hundreds of exhibits, seminars, shopping, and fun.

The participating authors for the Mid Michigan Expo are Jean Davis, Judith Wade, G.S. Scott, Norma Lewis, Melinda Clark, Mikel Classen, Sylvia Hubbard, Kristine Brickey, Jules Nelson, Rod Sadler, and Sara Shanning.

Their genres range from fantasy to historical fiction. You can listen to some of them on my podcast show “For the Love of Books Podcast.”

Click on the link below to listen to your favorite episode.

West Michigan Women’s Expo is set for March 18 through March 20 at DeVos Place. Indie authors will have their own Great Lakes Authors booth with close to 20 participating authors.

Stay tuned for the upcoming podcast episodes with authors Sylvia Hubbard, Jean Davis, Judith Wade, and Melinda Clark on podbean and major podcasting apps

https://emmapalova123.podbean.com/

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NaNoWriMo 2021 complete

What am I grateful for this holiday season

First of all, I haven’t had a chance to express my gratitude for this holiday season that I am alive and well.

My deepest gratitude goes to my family, friends, and fans for their support of my work. Without them, I wouldn’t have been able to finish the daunting 50k NaNoWriMo word challenge.

This was my third year participating in the National Novel Writing Month challenge. I entered with word count zero on Monday, Nov. 1 after some prep work in October. That same day, our grandson Henrik was born at 2:30 p.m., and I drove to Hastings to babysit his siblings and came back to Lowell the next day.

For days leading up to the challenge, I stared into the historic map of Saugatuck, hoping that awesome inspiration will strike a chord in my heart and mind. The opposite was quite the truth. Every morning of the challenge, I stood up against the same goal: logging in at least 1,667 words a day to reach the coveted 50,000-word summit by Nov. 30th.

Since I picked for my NaNo project the historical fiction genre, I had to do research as well. Weeks of previous research didn’t help much. On the third day of the challenge, I figured out that breaking the writing marathon into two daily sessions will make it more doable. From then on, I worked in two parts: morning and afternoon.

What I found out was that even between the two sessions, I sometimes didn’t know what was going to come next. Just like watching a movie, I worked from scene to scene, not knowing what’s going to come next.

I was in for a few big surprises; I call them forks in major decision-making in the plot. I took advice from veteran Wrimos like author Jean Davis: do something or kill somebody, she advised in a special podcast panel.

Then, came times, when I thought I couldn’t go on physically; my entire being was hurting. I remember in a podcast, the host asked me: “Does writing hurt physically? Can you feel it?”

Yes, I could feel it, but I also felt accomplishment and movement forward, because I had no time to stagnate in murky waters. At one point, I realized I would have to log in more than the required 1,667-word quota, because of the upcoming holiday, and author’s events like Christmas Through Lowell which ran for three full days.

From my previous NaNos, I knew I would have to be fit also physically. I started walking on Oct. 11. I first walked on the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail, then to the Franciscan Life Process Center, and finally, as the weather got worse, I switched to the treadmill upstairs.

To this day, I believe if I hadn’t been physically fit, I wouldn’t have finished the challenge. I reached the 50k summit on Nov. 19th in the morning. I continued to write inspired by my NaNo buddies authors Andrew Allen Smith, Diana Plopa, and Marianne Wieland.

On the final day of the challenge, which is today, I logged in a total of 62,288 words, which puts me at 80 percent completion of my new book “Shifting Sands: A Lost Town.”

I would like to thank everyone who has helped me along this journey including my author buddies, my family, and my fans. I celebrated NaNo today with a haircut, chocolates, music “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” and a ride to Murray Lake.

It’s the simple things that count on a writing journey to publishing a new book. To me, it boils down to logging in daily word count, enjoying the journey, sharing insights, and offering support to others.

I was delighted to host podcast episodes of “For the Love of Books Podcast” during NaNoWriMo; it lifted my spirit, and hopefully, it helped others as well.

So take a listen to the following NaNo expert authors wherever you get your podcasts: Jean Davis, Sara DeBord, Kate Meyer, Melanie Hooyenga, Amy Klco.

http://emmapalova123.podbean.com

Holiday special podcast 2021

https://anchor.fm/s/4e3c0a84/podcast/rss

Tune in for the December holiday special with guests: Lisa Plank of the Lowell Area Historical Museum, Nicole Lintemuth of Bettie’s Pages, authors Melinda Falgoust, Andrew Allen Smith, Theresa Halvorsen and Jules Nelson, wherever you get your podcasts. Click below to listen and to subscribe.

https://emmapalova123.podbean.com

Check out the holiday trailer and the previous episodes with indie authors.

A big thank you goes to sponsors Doc Chavent, co-producers authors Colleen Nye and Andrew Allen Smith.

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Happy Thanksgiving to all our listeners

Halfway through NaNoWriMo 2022 with Wrimo Experts For the Love of Books Podcast

NaNoWriMo authors Jean Davis, Vera West, and host of For the Love of Books Podcast Emma Palova take you through the first half of the 50K writing challenge in this special episode. Their combined total log-in was just under 80,000 words. Find out what they did to reach their writing goals on their journeys to publishing new books in 2023. Keep on writing past the challenge, and make it a daily habit, these experts say. Watch for their books in 2023. So listen in and jump on the NaNoWriMo roller coaster, because you can't edit a blank page. Copyright (c) 2022 Emma Palova
  1. Halfway through NaNoWriMo 2022 with Wrimo Experts
  2. Nikki Mitchell’s Nightshade Forest
  3. Horror authors take you where you’ve never been before
  4. Author Kathryn Den Houter pens psychological thriller ’Prison Shadows’
  5. J. Walitalo ’Woodburnings’ Highlights from the First Five Years

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The future of Indie Publishing

The authors and their books.

By Emma Palova

Listen in to the podcast “For the love of books,” download and share the episodes. The insights from the Indie authors are incredible, beyond trade journals.

Each author represents a unique individuality in what some call “a mass book production market.” There may be one million ISBNs issued annually, but each book and author are distinctively different in how they approach the writing business and writing itself.

It’s like there is a piece of the author in each one of his or her books; it may be in the character, in the setting, in the plot or in the point of view. POV.

One of my favorite questions is: “Where do you see the future of Indie publishing?”

The overall response is that it will continue to grow.

“We have physical books, ebooks, audiobooks, virtual book events. Maybe virtual reality books are next?”

Ingar Rudholm

“And how will the Indie authors be remembered?”

“We’re the trailblazers.”

Joan H. Young

Podcast interviews this week

Coming up in this week’s podcasts are authors Marianne Wieland, A. Kidd and Colleen Nye. They are pictured in the gallery above.

Nye is an author with multiple pen names and an overactive imagination.

A. Kidd calls herself a kid at heart with a youthful exuberance, A. Kidd writes books for children full of magic and wonder in the hopes that they will have the courage to live their own stories and possibly even be inspired to write stories of their own.  

Wieland is the author of 10 books.

Nothing is ever as it seems on the surface. Expect the unexpected. Is it real, fiction or a combination? You decide. Go ahead. I dare you!

I just had my 10th book released a few days ago.

Marianne Wieland

Follow the podcast on:

https://emmapalova123.podbean.com/

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Happy Mother’s Day

It’s my birthday and Mother’s Day at the same time.

This coincidence with another holiday has been a part of my life, no matter where I lived.

Back in the old country of Czechoslovakia, my birthday coincided with the Czech Independence Day. We’ve always had it off as a national holiday.

Later, the new Czech regime changed the holiday to May 8, when the American troops freed the town of Pilsner from the Nazi occupation. But the capital Prague was freed by the Soviet troops on May 9 which ended World War II. You can’t change history.

I love the dichotomy that the country kept the old socialist holidays like the International Women’s Day and added Western holidays like Mother’s Day.

My mom always says that the entire country breaks into blossoms to celebrate.

I love May because of the awakening of nature after the long winter.

I always get orchids for my birthday as they are my favorite flowers. I have a pretty decent collection of phalaenopsis orchids known as moth orchids.

This year I am so grateful for the vaccine and for the good news from our son. We’ve had one dose of Moderna vaccine already, and we’re gearing up for the second one.

Happy Mother’s Day

I am feeling blessed to be a mother and privileged to be doing what I love the most: writing.

I am looking forward to this selling season as the country opens up. I am excited about my new podcast show “For the love of books” featuring Indie authors. Become a guest or a sponsor.

Thank you for all the birthday wishes and blessings.

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Check the Indie author line up “For the love of books” podcast

Listen in on Wednesdays on you favorite podcasting app.

Following are the Indie and small press authors coming up: Darla Jean Davis, Andrew Smith, Randy Pearson, Joan Young, Ingar Rudholm, Marianne Wieland, Colleen Nye, Gene Wilburn, Angela Verges, Donald Levin, Juli Sisung, Valeriu dg Barbu, Scott Rutherford, Deborah D.A. Reed and many more.

Two authors coming up on March 31 and April 8 are Darla Jean Davis and Andrew Allen Smith.

Sign up below and check the Facebook podcast event page at

Podcast sign up form

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D49A4AF22A1FECE9-forthe

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Women’s History Month

For the love of books- Sacred Texts

March is Women’s History Month, as we welcome spring. Join us to celebrate with these exceptional women making a difference in the world of writing.

Indie author advocate Diana Kathryn-Wolfe Plopa inspires

Diana Kathryn-Wolfe Plopa

“I believe that what you write is Sacred Text. I see it as my calling to ascribe reverence to your written word through the respect of our friendship; and in so doing, support a legacy that will last generations.”

Diana Plopa

Lowell, MI – I started the podcast “For the love of books” inspired by Indie author advocate, Diana Kathryn Wolfe- Plopa. I originally planned a blog post for my series “Inspiring Women” geared toward the International Women’s Day. Well, that has branched out into a venture of its own “March Escapades into Podcasting” and eventually into a full podcast dedicated to Indie, small press authors and beyond.

Plopa, a prolific writer, has penned nine books in nine different genres. She supports Indie authors through her Pages Promotions virtual events and much more started during the COVID-19 pandemic in the summer of 2020.

During her most recent winter virtual festival “Blind Date with a Book,” I met more amazing authors, whom I invited to this podcast.

iHeartRadio podcast with Emma Palova & Diana Plopa

Canadian author Luba Lesychyn takes us behind the scenes of the Royal Ontario Museum

Luba Lesychyn is a mystery writer who has drawn from her more than 20 years experiences working at Canada’s largest museum, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, to write her two humorous international art theft novels featuring capricious museum employee and reluctant sleuth Kalena Boyko.

Her journey to writing Theft By Chocolate and Theft Between the Rains initially stemmed from a love of film and she has published both traditionally and independently. From travelling to Southern Italy to find a publisher to quickly pivoting and launching into engaging virtual readings with libraries during the pandemic, Luba learned early to adapt to the rapidly changing world of publishing and book marketing and to share her fresh stories, quirky characters, and the enigmatic behind-the-scenes world of museums with readers.

No in person events.

Apple Podcast with Emma Palova & Luba Lesychyn

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mystery-author-luba-lesychyn-takes-us-behind-scenes/id1559434959?i=1000514209184

Author Jean Davis

I met Jean Davis in downtown Muskegon as the organizer of the Authors’ Tent at the Lakeshore Art Festival (LAF) in the summer of 2019.

In person events:

This year the festival will be held on June 26 & 27.

Jean Davis writes science fiction and fantasy from the comfort of her magical writing chair in West Michigan. When taking a break from fictional people, she spends time with her musical husband, a small flock of ducks and chickens, and two attention-craving terriers. Occasionally, she ventures outside to play in her flower garden, visit the local breweries, and eat gluttonous amounts of sushi.

She is the author of eight books, including a space opera series, The Narvan, two short story collections, and three standalone novels. While everything was canceled over the past year, she finished several books that had been languishing on her hard drive. Not Another Bard’s Tale, a humorous fantasy novel will be out this spring and the last two books in her space opera series are slated for a fall release.

Listen to Jean Davis speak about her writing craft next Wednesday, March 31 on your favorite podcasting platform.

Event invite link on Facebook

https://fb.me/e/1AO0hPbGe

If you would like to be a featured guest on the podcast or a sponsor of “For the love of books” contact Emma in the comment section below or email Emma at emmapalova@yahoo.com

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For the love of books

Happy St. Pat’s Day

By Emma Palova

Lowell, MI – Check out the first episode of “For the love of books” podcast with Indie author and advocate Diana Plopa. Plopa is a prolific author who has penned nine books in nine different genres; currently she’s working on four more genres. And she doesn’t get them mixed up.

She is a staunch supporter of other Indie authors, and her main goal as the founder of Pages Promotions, LLC is to connect readers with authors in a changed world following COVID-19.

Our next featured guest will be Canadian author Luba Lesychyn. Submit your questions for Luba via the comment section or the Facebook messenger.

If you would like to be on the podcast show as a featured guest contact me in the comment section or on the Facebook messenger. If you would like to be a sponsor of the podcast show, email Emma at emmapalova@yahoo.com.

You will support a brave group of pioneer authors who are navigating the sometimes treacherous waters of self-publishing with small marketing budgets for their books. They share a special camaraderie through their common venture of getting their word out.

Your business/organization will get exposure on all the podcasting platforms and on YouTube.

Here are the links to both the video and the podcast:

For the love of books podcast video.
The podcast.

About the featured photo: A masked moose in an Irish community in Cannonsburg, Michigan. BTW, the Honey Creek Inn served up an excellent Irish stew made from lamb on Tuesday.

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For the Love of Books Podcast

I decided to venture into podcasting after being intervied by podcast hosts in the fall when my new book “Greenwich Meridian Memoir” came out. Podcasts are fun and the insights gained from authors are enriching much like their books.

I’ve met so many cool authors on my book gigs and the camaraderie is truly amazing. Forget about competition between Indie authors. We help promote each other as much as we can. Some authors feature other authors on their blogs and in the pre-covid era they helped organize authors’ events. We bond well together and buy each others books.

We’ve just finished the Winter Virtual Book Festival which was a blast hosted by author Diana Plopa and a Summer Virtual Book Festival will happen in June.

The goal is to promote each other’s work, as well as our own. As any author can tell you, the hardest part of the publishing process is marketing of the books due to the enourmous quantity of everything on the market.

Self-publishing has become somewhat easier even though I can’t say it’s easy. On my author’s gigs, people ask me all sorts of questions; from how long does it take to write a book to editing.

A fun question is about the book covers. The best answer is to hire a graphic artist whose work you know. I did the covers to my first two books by myself. The second cover to “Secrets”stirred some commotion as it is an optical illussion and people saw different things in it. The title of the photo is “The Face of Gossip.” So you can imagine the reaction.

The purpose of this podcast it to introduce the authors and their work with a little twist about their life. People do ask questions about our lives. None of us has struck a pot of gold, at least not yet. Many authors hold full-time jobs, and write at night.

I am a morning writer, so I must write in the morning. How did I fit in writing when I was a full-time reporter? Not so great, but I still wrote before work.

The other thing the public wants to is how often do I write? Everyday except for weekends and sometimes on Saturdays.

What do I enjoy the most about writing is the escape from reality. So come and join us.

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