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IIBPA Publishing University

What We’ll Be Doing Next Week

On Wednesday next week the Independent Book Publishers Association Publishing University 2021 begins and runs until Saturday, April 10th. It’s one of the business and educational highlights of the year for indie publishers like Hallard Press.
Like many industries made up of small companies, indie publishers individually don’t have the resources to learn and grow successfully. That’s why organizations like IBPA are so valuable.

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Whinny

Lordy, my sister Whinny loved horses. Momma said they’d be the death of her.
When she was little, Whinny’s bedroom was all porcelain horses, paint-by-number mustangs, and magazines about thoroughbreds and cow ponies. She had maps for a trip to Assateague and Chincoteague, where she’d to meet Misty and the wild ponies from the newsreel. She loved the movies Gallant Bess, National Velvet, and a Disney flick called Tonka, which led her to Native American spirituality.
Her name was Winifred, but at nine she started signing her name Whinny with an H. She devoted her life to learning about them and living with them.

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Diary of LST 351

During World War II, military men were not allowed to keep diaries for fear that if they were captured, the enemy might learn valuable information. Somehow Albert had the blessing of the ship’s captain and was able to keep a day-to-day diary.

The diary needed to be transcribed. Albert’s handwriting was a challenge. So, in 2004, Al’s wife, Thelma, started translating it. Thelma would call her daughter, Donna, and read the diary excerpts over the phone.  Donna would type them on the computer. It was a 15 year project that ended in 2019.

As a result, we have a view of the war through the “lens of a machinist mate”.

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New Author Series in the Villages-News.com

Well, I’m pleased to announce that I’m back again—this is the third or fourth “coming out of retirement,” thanks to an invitation from the indefatigable Meta.
Same idea—profiles on people—but this time with more attention on authors and books that deserve to be supported. Supported because they’re good reads; promoted because they’re by local and regional authors; profiled because the authors themselves have an exceptional story that the readers of Villages-News.com will enjoy.

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Dared to Fly

My Adventure into Short Reads

Are you a “Coffee Break” reader?

Amazon realized the potential of this new reader in 2015 and developed a corresponding category called a “short read.”

To qualify as a short read, a document can be read within a range of fifteen minutes to two hours. The page count ranges from one to one hundred pages. The document can be in almost any form: a short story, short novel, essay, article, blog, or even a list.

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