Behind the Scenes-November 2017

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The Wylie Art Gallery workroom filled to capacity on a hot October day in Texas for our “Ask the Authors” panel and discussion during OktoberFest. The bratwurst smelled delicious, as it cooked outdoors on the other side of the street.  Several of the artists who show their work in the gallery attended our discussion and Open House which followed.

The crowd asked great questions and participated well. Comments from the audience proclaimed they found value from the four of us. One lady said, “I’m leaving very encouraged. I can do it. It’s taken me 40 years to decide how much I really want to write a book.”

Ask the Authors

Fred speaks frankly!

Ruth Wharton, author of The Valentine Symphony (romance) began the panel discussion with a short version of “Getting Started.” Roger Geiger, author of Face the Bear (adventure) talked about “Time Management,” a huge issue for all authors. My book had 62 possible titles before Gift of the Suitcase (travel memoir) was suggested; therefore, I talked about whether to name the book before or along the way. Fred Holmes, author of Return to Sender (time travel) gave his insight on finding a publisher or self-publishing. He emphasized writers must have a good story to tell and an excellent knowledge of basic punctuation and grammar.

Thanks go to Cheryl Mabry, Director of the Wylie Art Gallery for co-sponsoring the “Ask the Authors” panel on October 14. Thanks to Mike Felix, Mayor of Sachse for taking time to facilitate the presentation. Thanks to Jackie Cestarte and Caron Hughes for helping with communication and social media. The Sachse-Wylie Authors Group will meet early in November to discuss our format for the participants who registered interest.

We’ve been invited to return 12/2/2017 for a repeat performance. That’s the day the  Wylie Baptist Church holds a fabulous annual Holiday Craft Show across the street from the Wylie Art Gallery on Ballard Street.

The Sachse-Wylie Authors Group will meet early in November to discuss our format for the participants who registered interest.

By the way, if you cannot think what to get your aunt or grandma, your friend or someone going through change, think about ordering my book, Gift of the Suitcase. It’s a quick read with an inspiring message.

Do you know?

If you haven’t investigated the Books tab on my website, please do. The drop-down box allows you to find books you may want to order and read.  The first drop-down box offers more insight about Gift of the Suitcase. The second drop-down mentions MORE than a Paycheck, an excellent gift for anyone going through career and job change. I talked to a police officer recently who will retire soon. He already has a construction company he started ten years ago and will increase his hours. That’s the way to do it!

The third drop-down box provides suggested reading: World War II and the Holocaust, others about writing,  I often add and delete books.

Upcoming Event(s)

The Sachse-Wylie Authors Group meets at Sachse First United Methodist Church in Sachse November 1  to discuss a re-organization.

Private book club-discussion of Gift of the Suitcase-November 27, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GIFT OF THE SUITCASE

 When I graduated from college I received a large, gray suitcase and a round trip ticket to work in France the summer before I started teaching. Within a few days I lose my suitcase, followed closely with the loss of my summer job. The trip changed my life forever. Travel to France taught me more than how to speak French.

You meet a co-worker, Christine. I introduce you to the baggage handler in Calais and the railroad clerk in Nice. You hear from the doctor who attended medical school in Switzerland in 1947 to help us understand how quickly we forget atrocities. My family makes a brief appearance. The return trip to Central France takes you through scenic beauty and inspirational situations.

Unexpected events, such as divorce, illness, and deaths change our lives. Flexibility, faith, and friends help us through hard times. As we travel through life we find new, meaningful ways to cope.

The book allows you to:

  1. Forget your chores for a few hours
  2. Travel to faraway places
  3. Recognize yourself in similar predicaments
  4. Laugh at mistakes
  5. Cheer when good news arrives
  6. Discover the joy in acceptance
  7. Spend less than a plane ticket
  8. Ponder your progress
  9. Consider letting go of your baggage
  10. Update your plans for your next trip

Let me know how the book impacts you. You can buy the paperback directly from me or from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IBooks. Click “Buy Now” for immediate attention.

You can purchase it through my website or Amazon and several other sources. The e-book is available for your Nook or Kindle and other distribution sources.

After you finish Gift of the Suitcase you may want to write a quick review on Amazon. You do not have to purchase the book from Amazon to write a review. May you enjoy the journey.

 

 

 

Gift of the Suitcase

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When I graduated from college I received a large, gray suitcase and a round-trip ticket to work in France the summer before I started teaching. The trip changed my life forever. Travel to France taught me more than how to speak French.

You meet a co-worker, Christine. I introduce you to the baggage handler in Calais and the railroad clerk in Nice. You hear from the doctor who attended medical school in Switzerland in 1947 to help us understand how quickly we forget atrocities. My family makes a brief appearance. The return trip to Central France takes you through scenic beauty and inspirational situations.

Unexpected events, such as divorce, illness, and deaths change our lives. Flexibility, faith, and friends help us through hard times. As we travel through life we find new, meaningful ways to cope.

You can purchase the book through my website or Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. The e-book is available for your Nook or Kindle and other distribution sources. Read the reviews. It’s a great gift for those in transitions.

Let me know how the book impacts you. Better yet, write an Amazon review to encourage others to read the story. Word of mouth is the best way for people to discover my book. You do not have to purchase the book from Amazon to write a review. Share the good news. Losing baggage is not always a loss. Bon voyage!

 

Upcoming Events

front cover

UPCOMING EVENTS

Place:            Legacy Senior Communities-private

Location:      Plano, Texas

Date:             February 27, 2017

Time:            3:30 p.m.

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Photos from the Career Management Partners event.

MORE photos by clicking on Writer/Speaker tab.

friends at CMP event

Taunee, Rick, Vicki, Ruth Sarah, with Bill & Roy in back

Ted & Ruth

Ted Glover-the husband and photographer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruth and Locke

Ruth’s long time recruiter friend and volunteer.

My former boss at CMP and good friend-Keith Nave

My former boss at CMP and good friend-Keith Nave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What:   Book Club – private

Date:     October 19, 2016

Time:    7:00 p.m.

Where: Dallas, Texas

Comments from readers:

I read & enjoyed your book. I thought my sister, Janet, might like it also as she lived & traveled in Europe for a number of years and would identify with some of the locales. She called this a.m. to say she received it yesterday, picked up to read a little and read in its entirety.

There were several cities or areas she was not that familiar with and then researched for more information because she has another trip planned for the Fall. Needless to say, she thoroughly enjoyed it.

Dixie Shaw

 

Friends and Conversations

A few of my friends at the “Meet and Greet” in Wylie.

“Did you know a book club would be meeting at Conversations tonight?” Me

“No, we are really crowded tonight.”  Chris, the co-owner of the Conversations Coffee Bar.

“It was fun to meet your friends.” my neighbor

 

Sachse Seniors Book Club event

ruth and beret

Wearing my beret!

Thank you so much for speaking at our meeting yesterday. You were a big hit and we are all excited to find out more of your story while reading your book. If you should pursue writing a book about  the love story you had to delete, we would love to have you back.

Blessings,

Eva McKannan

Other comments:

“Enchanting, inspiring and poignant.”

 “Glover is an author who is able to guide the reader so that we can easily fill in our personal experiences that parallel her journey. I found this book to be insightful and entertaining. I hope that Glover has a new suitcase and it is packed for a new adventure.”
“I couldn’t put the book down.”
“I bought the book to read on my vacation.”
“The book is certainly timely.”
Check Amazon for more remarks.
You can purchase books through www.ruthglover.com, Amazon, Nook, Kindle and other distribution sources.

What Does Your Book Cover Show?

 

wordleOur mothers told us, “You can tell a book by its cover,” which we translated to mean we need to show the world our personality by being neat, tidy, and saying the right things. As we become adults we realize our inside is more important.

I’m forced to think how my upcoming book cover will help my readers understand what’s inside. I know the story is engaging, but how can I express it on the book cover?

The publishing team is working hard to assure the book cover is exceptional. The name of the book is “Gift of the Suitcase,” a travel memoir with the clear message that losing baggage is not always a loss. The cover is critical.

Design

What font should we use? That one is easy for me. I don’t like fancy. I know I want the title bigger than my name. I know the size of the font and inside design are fine. I agree with the dimensions of the book.

Color

The first iteration of the book cover displayed big red letters. I don’t think I’m a “red” person. I use my favorite colors in my logo, but if we use those colors, will it capture the person who is a Francophile walking past it in Barnes and Nobles? Will it capture the person who has visited Paris recently? It’s not a story about Paris, but needs to demonstrates international travel. Will the old gray suitcase be enough on the cover? I think not. If I use orange on the cover will that attract or repel? A little color test I took says I’m orange, which shows optimism. Maybe orange.

The Head Shot or Casual

My photograph album contains a few of my head shots but they seem too serious. My book contains humor, sadness, and happiness. The tiny online picture needs to exhibit my love to laugh but also my serious side. The photo on the back cover may be one inch by one inch. I sent the publisher a couple of candid shots. Did I do the right thing?

All these decisions make my head swim. I’m not a perfectionist but I do want to share my story with as many people as possible.

Will my unruly hair keep people from doubting my ability to write a book? I doubt it. Donald Trump’s hair is surely worse than mine, yet he’s running for President. I worry too much.

We make decisions daily on how the world views us. What would a book cover look like about you? Think about it. It’s a fascinating question to ponder. Feel free to comment.