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Losing and Gaining Heart

Andrea Cagan - Thursday, July 16, 2015
Losing and Gaining Heart

I woke up this morning and I felt paralyzed. Why? I wondered. I finished my memoir, I self-published it and now I’m marketing it: submitting it for reviews, sending emails, posting on social media. All the things one is supposed to do to market a book these days. But I am surprised to find that I don't like it very much. Wearing a publisher’s hat doesn’t really suit me. But I have to do it anyway. 

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Clash of the Techies

Andrea Cagan - Saturday, July 04, 2015
Clash of the Techies

I employ a couple of really smart guys, both younger than me, who help me maneuver the ever changing Internet, regarding email servers, web site hosts, domain names, operating systems, and other things too technical and confusing for my baby boomer brain. I count on these guys to explain trends that measure “hipness vs. dinosaur thinking,” and to translate techno terms into English. When it comes to techie language and making decisions about things I only half understand, at least I have my guys. 

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Self-Publishing

Andrea Cagan - Thursday, June 25, 2015
Self-Publishing

When I began writing for a living several decades ago, publishing your own book was considered a last resort. Something you did after exhausting all other dignified possibilities. There were a spattering of companies to choose from that all carried the pejorative term “Vanity Press.” As if publishing your own book was self-serving, a disrespectful act of vanity. Clearly, this was before “selfies” became a household word. 

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Choosing Pictures For Self-Publishing

Andrea Cagan - Saturday, June 13, 2015
Choosing Pictures For Self-Publishing

When I read memoirs or biographies, I love seeing photos of the people and events I’m reading about. But when these photos appear, one after the other, crowded into the middle section of a book, or in two sections halfway through the first and second half, I find it confusing and frankly annoying. I just might skip over the photo if I forget what it’s about, especially when it was described so many pages back or if I have no idea who the person is that I’m looking at. I prefer seeing a photo that matches what I’m reading on the page where it appears. 

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The Fine Art of the Interview

Andrea Cagan - Sunday, May 27, 2012
The Fine Art of the Interview

Last night I was watching a TV show called “The Conversation,” on Lifetime, a new hour long weekly series of interviews with interesting women celebrities, conducted by Amanda de Cadenet, a British presenter and photographer. This series started about a month ago and I find myself riveted to the TV. I wonder if anyone else feels like I do about this show. 

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What is Dialogue?

Andrea Cagan - Wednesday, May 09, 2012
What is Dialogue?

When I decided to create blog capabilities on my web site, I didn’t know what I wanted to say. I just wanted to be able to say something, as the spirit moved me, to more than one or two people at a time, and create a dialogue – which is tricky for some of us.  

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