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Change-About Cookies

Ingredients1 cup shortening½ cup sugar½ cup brown sugar2 eggs2¾ cups flour½ tsp. baking soda½ tsp. salt1 tsp. vanillaFood colouring DirectionsPreheat oven to 400°F. Combine shortening, sugar, brown sugar, and eggs in mixing bowl and beat until fluffy. Sift flour, baking soda, and salt together into creamed mixture and blend well.Blend in vanilla and work dough well in […]

Add dialog to give characters a voice

Adding dialog lets readers “hear” how a character sounds. Does he sound like a southerner, an immigrant or does he speak formally annunciating each word? Of course, we’re generalizing. Go through the story and introduce dialog—direct and indirect.•    She said she can’t make it to the Christmas partyis indirect dialog.•    “I can’t come to the Christmas party,” […]

Book Launch and Workshop

Mon. Sept. 23 Get Your Book Published from 6 to 7:30 p.m. You can publish 1 book, 100 books, or 5,000 books. Everyone has a story …  memoir, humourous anecdotes, recipes, or family tree. Smithville Library, 177 West St. Smithville. Please register so we have enough handouts: 905-957-3756 or

Books available online

Robin Sees a Monster, Shirl the Squirrel Rises to New Heights, Tragedy on the Twenty, and Preserving Smithville books are available at Natural Abilities, 197 Griffin Street in Smithville. Robin Sees a Monster is available in hardcover, softcover, or Kindle from Ingram or Amazon. Shirl the Squirrel Rises to New Heights is available in hardcover, softcover, […]

Important dates for authors and bookstores

Here is Barbara Fanson’s list of special dates in 2016 to include in your promotions. Please note that three of them have not posted new dates for 2016, so get the news as we do. Follow our blog: SterlingEd Jan. 27                    Family Literacy Day Feb. 24                   World Read Aloud Day Mar. 2                     Read Across America Day, […]