A Title Change: Tahosa Treasure

The editing phase is almost complete and we are very pleased with the final manuscript!

One big change that came out of the process is a new title. Tate’s editing team did some brainstorming and we did some brainstorming. I have to say that picking a title for a book is somewhat like naming a child. It seems like it should be easy…but it’s not.

In the end, we decided on Tahosa TresaureWe feel this represents our story well. 

So, that’s the title you’ll be seeing from now on when we refer to the book. It will also be the title to look for on Amazon, Kindle and Barnes & Noble once the book is released.

Next up: we can’t wait to see the cover design and layout for the manuscript take shape!

3 Ways to Finish a Writing Project Strong

Our book is smack-dab in the middle of the editing process now. And it’s exciting.

It’s exciting to see something you’ve worked on for so long becoming the “final product.” We want it to be the best it can be, so we are keeping the pace up. Continuing to work hard, press towards that finish line.


Three simple ways:

1. Do a little every day.

When you’re working with deadlines, the best thing you can do for yourself is budget your time wisely. Don’t leave it all for the end (like I’m always tempted to do…I work better under pressure, right???). Plan to work a little each day until the project is due and then – it’s done!

2. Be methodical.

You don’t want to race through a project – especially not one like this. Strong editing is everything. You want to take your time, be methodical and pay attention to details. This goes along with not saving it all until the last minute. Rushing is not good; slow & steady is the best way to do quality work.

3. Keep your eye on the finish line.

Don’t forget why you’re doing what you’re doing. Don’t forget the end goal you are striving for. It’s all worth it. Every bit of it. Even in the mundane, the difficult, the nitty-gritty. Keep going. Keep your eye on the finish line.

So, that’s what I’m focusing on this week.

How about you?

Questions: Do you have any tips on finishing a writing project well? Share them in the comments!

Little Britches: A Book Review

Title: Little Britches  (Father and I were ranchers)

Author: Ralph Moody

Number of pages: 260

What is this book about?

In 1906, Ralph Moody moved with his family from East Rochester, New Hampshire to a farm outside Denver, Colorado. Ralph was eight years old.

From his first day in school to helping his father make a go at farming on the high plains of Colorado, Ralph’s memory for details coupled with his down home style of telling a good story will make you wonder where the time went.

Why should you read this book?

Ralph Moody’s stories will take you back to another time when character mattered and a man’s word was his bond. He reminds me a lot of my Grandpa Roth. This book is great for youth and adults. Go for it!

Note: Little Britches is the first book in a series of books on his childhood and young adult years. All the books are a great read.

Have you read this book before? If so, what did you think of it?

Phase #2: Developmental Editing

Our book, River of Despair, is now officially in Phase #2 of production. This phase is called Developmental Editing and lasts 2-3 months.

During the Developmental Editing Phase, the team at Tate Publishing meticulously combs our manuscript and sends us a detailed edit by the end of June. These edits will include ways to change, improve or strengthen River of Despair.

It’s our choice whether or not to apply the suggestions in the edit document. Tate does not make any changes; we make any changes and then send it back. Once Tate receives our changes, they apply them and send us the final draft for approval.

This first month, before we receive the edits, it will be fairly quiet. Earlier this week, we complete the Promotional Copy (also called the “Pro-Co”) for the back of our book. It’s basically like an ad for our book, drawing the reader [that’s you!] in and getting them excited about what’s inside.

At the end of the Developmental Phase, River of Despair will move on to the layout/design phase. We can’t wait to see how our book will actually look in print!

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Jedediah Smith: A Book Review

Title: Jedediah Smith and the Opening of the West

Author: Dale L. Morgan

Number of Pages: 330

What is this book about?

Jedediah Smith was one of those restless Americans that eagerly went West. In 1822, at the age of twenty-three, he signed up as a member of a fur-trading venture. Ten years later he died alone at the hands of a Comanche war party.  During that time span, Smith discovered the South pass. He was the first to travel across the American frontier to California, over the Sierra Nevada. He was also the first to cross the vast breadth of the Great Basin and travel up the California coast to Oregon.

Why should you read this book?

Smith was a leader of men and a bold adventurer who is brought to life through the magnificent writing and thorough research of Morgan. If you spend time reading this amazing story, you won’t be disappointed.

Question: Have your read this book? If you have, what did you think?

4 Blog Posts to Inspire You [Take 2]

It’s time to gather some more inspiration from around the blogosphere. It’s been a few weeks since the last time.

Because some days are just hard writing days. Or dry. Or…nothing.

When the cursor just blinks at you. And there is nothing. And you need something.


So, here are a few articles I’ve come across lately that I hope will inspire you as you write:

1. Because You Can on creating via Jasmine Star.

2. Five Things You Can Do – This Week – to Become a Better Writer via Writer’s Relief.

3. A Simple Plan for Writing One Powerful Piece of Online Content per Week via Copyblogger.

4. Fear Prohibits Ideas from Happening via Jeff Goins.

I hope these help. I hope they give you something.


And I hope they inspire you to keep on writing!

Question: what’s been inspiring you lately? Link to it in the comments!

A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains: A Book Review

Title: A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains

Author:  Isabella L. Bird

Number of Pages: 249

What is this book about?

The year is 1873 and Isabella Bird has arrived in America from the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) on her way back to her home in England.

A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains recounts Bird’s travels alone, spanning over eight hundred miles on horseback. The story begins in the autumn near Lake Tahoe and ends in the early winter near Greeley, Colorado. Compiled from letters written to her sister in England, Bird’s astute observations paint an unbiased picture of everyday life in the west. For me, the best part of Bird’s story comes when she spends time in the Estes Park area of Colorado – the town where I grew up.

Why should you read this book?

A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains portrays an amazing woman who traveled the world over, founded several hospitals and became the first women ever elected as a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

How did a woman travel the west alone in the 1870’s? Read A Lady’s Life in theRocky Mountains and find out!

Question: Have you read this book? If you have, what are your thoughts?

My Favorite Professor’s #1 Tip for Getting Published

Don’t wait to feel “good enough” to get published. Put yourself out there. Starting now.

That was the message my favorite professor communicated over and over again.

Actually, he never said a word about “being good enough” or “not being good enough.” He believed his students were writers. That was a writer. And that fact meant I should pursue publishing. Right away. No excuses.

He even made it a requirement in a couple of classes. I had to get at least one piece published during the semester as part of my grade.

I was terrified. Because I didn’t believe in myself or my writing as much as my professor did. He acted like it was a given.

“Don’t worry. Send your piece in. It will happen.”

Amidst my doubts, my fears and my insecurities,  I wrote. I sent in a piece. And – low and behold – my professor was right. I got published.

Not once. Not Twice. But multiple times. I was thrilled!

While I don’t think those doubts, fears or insecurities ever fully go away (I had them with our book), I will always remember my professor’s belief in me as a writer.

And his #1 tip for getting published: Put yourself out there. Starting now.

Question: Do you have doubts when it comes to getting published? If so, how have you pushed through them?

Winning of America: A Series Review

Title: Winning of America

Author: Allan W. Eckert

Number of Pages: Six volume set

What is this book about?

Forget what you learned about American history in school. Especially pre-Civil War American history. Why? Liberal teaching and political correctness (especially in our public schools and colleges) have distorted it. Think: mean, corrupt white men who stole the land from noble, peaceful Indians. Does that ring a bell? The truth lies somewhere in the middle. Whether white, black or red, man in his sin nature is capable of anything.

Mr. Eckert researched for years to write his The Winning of America series, successfully producing a detailed historical account in story form. Eckert explains, “Everything written is taken from personal letters, notes, memoranda, diaries, journals, depositions, tribal records, logbooks, military reports governmental records and legal papers.”

Why should you read this book?

All the books in the series are captivating and brilliantly written. I thought Teddy Roosevelt’s series on American history – The Winning of the West – was great, but Eckert’s series takes the cake.

Get the first volume in the series – The Frontiersmen – and get reading. Is our country great or what?

Question: Have your read any books in this series? If you have, what did you think?