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How To Avoid the Self-Published Look, Part 1

by Dick Lutz Appearance Is Everything There’s a lot less stigma of self-publishing than there used to be, but it still exists. Regardless of the stigma, there’s no reason why your book can’t look just as good as one published by, say, Random House. The steps to avoid the self-published look are simple but they…

Author Road Interview: Lawson Inada

Oregon Poet Laureate 2006 – 2010 Poet Lawson Inada, Oregon’s 5th poet laureate, proceeded Oregon’s current poet laureate, Paulann Peterson. Lawson is a Sensei, born in Fresno, California in 1938, and 4 years later he and his family were confined to concentration camps until the end of World War II. After the war and following…

Authors Road Interview: John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck was arguably one of America’s greatest writers and author who won almost every literary award available, including the Nobel Prize for Literature. As fellow authors, we can tell you that Steinbeck’s writing drives us nuts because it’s so damn good. In a basement office crowded with Steinbeck photos and memorabilia, Herb Behrens shares…

Authors Road Interview: Jack London

Let us re-introduce you to a dynamic writer, listed by Writers Digest as one of the 20th Century’s 100 Most Influential Writers. Oyster pirate, boy socialist, self-educated, adventurer, gold prospector, seal hunter, novelist, and the world’s first millionaire artist, Jack London’s brief but brilliant and tumultuous life is legendary, and he’s been an inspiration to…

Authors Road Interview: Mark Twain

Oh, how we wish it actually was an interview with the man himself. But that’s okay. Authors Road obviously couldn’t interview Mark Twain—his schedule simply won’t permit it nowadays—but they were able to talk instead with Robert H. Hirst, General Editor of the Mark Twain Papers & Project. Watch this Authors Road interview: Robert H. Hirst…

Tom Robbins interview

“My goal has been to twine ideas and images into big subversive pretzels of life, death and goofiness on the chance they might help keep the world lively and give it the flexibility to endure.” Tom Robbins. The best-selling Washington author has been called both one of the “Top 100 Writers of the 20th Century”…

Meet your new Mid-Valley Chapter co-chairs

Thank you JoJo After 5 years of strong, vibrant leadership, our own JoJo Jensen is stepping down from her role as chair of the Mid-Valley Chapter of Willamette Writers. We want to thank JoJo for her wit, devotion and energy. JoJo is currently launching her new business, Chapter and Voice. You can find JoJo at…