The Handwritten Book is now available for sale in the Fantasy Catalog

The first book in the Three on a Broomstick series, The Handwritten Book

The first book in the Three on a Broomstick series, The Handwritten Book

I’m pleased to announce that The Handwritten Book, the first book in the Three on a Broomstick series, is now part of the Fantasy Catalog here at Mt. Sneffels Press.

My original intent had been to put it on Kindle only, but then I tried CreateSpace, the Amazon arm that helps people like me turn their manuscripts into softcover books. I was delighted not only with the process, which was rigorous but straightforward, but also with the quality of the printed copies. You can buy The Handwritten Book on Amazon too! In fact, if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can get free shipping, something I can’t offer to those who order from the Fantasy Catalog. Plus, since it’s a “print on demand” book, they never run out, even if millions of copies are ordered. And the wholesale printing costs are great too, even with shipping from them to me. So, you can have it three ways: buy softcover from me, buy softcover from Amazon, or buy the Kindle version from Amazon.

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The Handwritten Book now available in hardcopy from Amazon

I’m very pleased to report that The Handwritten Book, a Three on a Broomstick Adventure, is now available in hardcopy on Amazon by clicking here.

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Postage Increase for 2014

Shipping costs have gone up for 2014. I’ve changed shipping and handling charges for books under 1 lb to $3.50 and $4.00 for those items above 1 lb. Note that if you use the shopping cart feature, you may be able to save quite a bit on postage. For example, if you purchase both the Galloping Goose book and the Railroad book at the same time, your aggregate shipping and handling is only $4.00.

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Galloping Goose Restoration Book Receives Review from the Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette

History and Restoration of RGS Galloping Goose No. 4, by Ridgway Railroad Museum Staff

The following review of the Ridgway Railroad Museum’s History and Restoration of RGS Galloping Goose No. 4 appeared in the November/December issue of Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette. You can order the book by clicking on this link.
 

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Galloping Goose Restoration Book Receives Review from Railfan & Railroad

History and Restoration of RGS Galloping Goose No. 4, by Ridgway Railroad Museum Staff

The following review of the Ridgway Railroad Museum’s History and Restoration of RGS Galloping Goose No. 4 appeared in the November issue of Railfan & Railroad Magazine. You can order the book by clicking on this link.

NOTE NOTE NOTE: Shipping rates have gone up because of the Post Office rate increase. If purchasing by check, the shipping and handling is $3.50, not $3.00 as stated in the article.
     

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Upcoming Workshop at Montrose Library: Writing Compelling Dialog

Here’s something to put on your calendar for Wednesday, February 20, 2013:

Workshop on dialog in narrative fiction. Local author Dave Casler leads another writer’s workshop, this time on developing compelling dialog in narrative fiction. Learn how to make dialog realistic, compelling, and a key part of your storytelling. Dialog makes fiction come alive and provides a portal into our characters. It also pushes the story forward, informs the reader, and draws us into the book or short story. There are two sessions, both in workshop format. Bring with you samples of dialog you’ve written or particularly admire (or don’t admire!) and we’ll look at it together. Several exercises are provided in class to hone various aspects of dialog writing. All critiques are positive and gentle! The workshop is for the young and old—those under 14 should be accompanied by a parent who participates in the workshop. Between the two sessions, participants complete exercises at home designed to heighten you awareness of dialog, which we’ll share at the second session. Participation is free and open to the public. Please plan on attending both sessions.

And, here’s the Feb 2013 Dialog Workshop Class Handout, which you can print and bring with you. I’ll also have copies at the workshop.

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Mt. Sneffels Press Author Beth Paulson’s Poetry Set to Music

Beth’s new poetry book, Canyon Notes, is available from Mt. Sneffels Press here. Recently, the director of the Ouray County Chorus, David Vickers, set one of Beth’s poems to music. Watch her read her poem and hear the chorus’s beautiful rendition.

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Exercises for Settings Workshop on October 16th and 23rd

I hope to see you at the upcoming workshop! It’s all about settings – creating a fictional world in which your characters live. It will be held at the Montrose (Colorado) Public Library meeting room right off the main lobby at 7:00 p.m. It will be entirely in workshop format. You can find the exercise worksheets by clicking here, which takes you to Google Docs. See a longer description of the workshop here. And you can see the announcement on the Library’s website here.

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My Amazon Author Page is Up and Running

Amazon provides a web page for all of its authors (who want it) and mine is at www.amazon.com/author/davidcasler. Check it out! It has a list of all the books I have on Kindle.

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October Workshop on Creating Fictional Settings

I’ll be teaching a free workshop on creating fictional settings, coming up on October 16th and 23rd, 2012, both Tuesdays, at 7:00 p.m. at the Montrose (Colorado) Library. The sessions are free and open to the public.

Here’s the advertising blurb:

Two-session Workshop on Creating Your Fictional Setting
How’s your novel coming along? A sense of place is critical to drawing in the reader. Join fantasy writer Dave Casler in a two-session, hands-on workshop in which participants explore how to create just the right setting for your story. In the first session, Dave will guide workshop participants through a series of fun exercises to explore all the continuity issues that apply to your fictional world, fantasy or otherwise. Does your world have horses? Then it needs stables, hay, tack, pasture, and so on, not to mention characters who know how to ride! We’ll discuss how to develop a sense of authenticity as a backdrop for your novel. Knowing your setting well helps you put your characters in context. In the week between first and second session, participants will create their own fictional worlds and explore how their own characters interact with it. The second session will be entirely workshop in which we will share our worlds with each other in a low-key, positive way. Dave Casler, a Ridgway resident, is the author of The Story of the Great American Flying Broomstick series and has just released a new fantasy novel, The Unexpected Traveler, on Amazon Kindle.

I plan on having fun. Why not attend and have fun too?

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