After a long career in corporate America, Florence Osmund retired to write novels. “I like to craft stories that challenge readers to survey their own beliefs and values,” Osmund states. Florence’s latest book How to Write, Publish, and Promote a Novel offers substantial advice for new and aspiring writers including how to begin the project, writing techniques, building an author platform, and book promotion.
Florence lives on a tranquil lake in northern Illinois where she continues to write literary fiction.
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/author/florenceosmund
How to Write, Publish, and Promote a Novel
If you are a new or aspiring writer with a story inside of you aching to get out but don’t know where to start, this is the right book for you. Even if you’re an experienced writer, you may find the contents of this book useful.
Read it from beginning to end and you will learn to structure a story; develop memorable characters; write in active versus passive voice; “Show, don’t tell;” create drama, tension, conflict, and crises; keep the story moving forward; set the tone, mood, and atmosphere. In addition, you will learn how to budget your expenses; find and work with an editor; understand the publishing industry; and market and promote your book.
Title: How to Write, Publish, and Promote a Novel
Publication date: 7/21/2020
Paperback pages: 335
Nineteen Hundred Days
Twelve-year-old Ben panics when his parents don’t come home from work one day, while his timid six-year-old sister Lucy clings to him for support.
Having been raised to believe that the police and Child Protective Services are considered the enemy, the children will do anything to avoid ending up in foster homes.
Unfortunately, their incredible journey to evade the authorities brings them into contact with people who may not have their best interests at heart.
Title: Nineteen Hundred Days
Publication date: 4/16/2018
Paperback pages: 211
They Called Me Margaret
Cozy mystery writer Margaret Manning thinks her husband may be mimicking the behavior of some of the shadier characters in her books, even though he claims to have never read any of them. When several pieces of her jewelry go missing, she wonders if he’s responsible for it or if she’s losing her mind.
When her world becomes complicated with health issues and the unsettling actions of friends and family, her dream of opening a bookstore for indie authors begins to crumble…along with the promise for a happier life.
Title: They Called Me Margaret
Publication date: 1/31/2018
Paperback pages: 272
Living with Markus
Thirty-one-year-old Marc Nussbaum has visions of enjoying the finer things in life after building a successful landscaping business—no dependents, no commitments outside of work, no worries. And he's found the perfect woman to enjoy it with him. But when his dysfunctional family members come to him for help, he repeatedly shoves his own life aside to run to their aid and must decide whether to continue saving his relatives from their ill-fated lives, or save himself from entering into a life of self-sacrifice and missed opportunities.
When he finally realizes how to achieve self-fulfillment, it isn't at all what he had envisioned.
Title: Living with Markus
Publication date: 4/7/2016
Paperback pages: 286
After her parents' shocking deaths, Grace discovers a box in their attic that contains enough suspicious items to cause her to believe that the people she had called Mom and Dad her whole life may not have been her real parents.
Grace searches for answers, and certain clues draw her to a boardinghouse once owned by Anna Vargas, who she becomes convinced was her real mother. She questions whether she’ll ever know complete details surrounding her parentage, and when she does, no one is more stupefied by the truth than Grace.
Title: Regarding Anna
Publication date: 2/26/2015
Paperback pages: 272
Lee had felt like an outsider in his own family his entire life. Now twenty-six—after suffering a childhood fraught with criticism and isolation—he leaves his dysfunctional upper-class family to find his true self and discovers a world poles apart from the one he had left behind.
But just when things start falling into place, Lee is made aware of an alarming family secret that causes him to question who he is and where he’s going. What do you do when the people who had been entrusted with nurturing you during your formative years are the same ones responsible for turning your world upside down?
Title: Red Clover
Publication date: 2/22/2014
Paperback pages: 248
Daughters (sequel to The Coach House)
Discovering the identity of your real father can be life-altering. Just ask Marie. At twenty-six, she is about to meet her father for the first time and sit down to Thanksgiving dinner with him and his family. As she packs her suitcase, Marie wonders what she will learn from her newfound family…and their ethnicity.
A lot happens as a result of Marie’s visit, but ironically the most significance consequence grows out of an encounter with a twelve-year-old neighbor girl named Rachael.
Publication date: 2/19/2013
Paperback pages: 357
The Coach House
When Marie discovers the extent of her husband’s involvement in 1940s Chicago underground activities, she gives up what had appeared to be the perfect life—a good job, a loving husband, and the promise of starting a family.
In her pursuit of a new life, fate draws her to Kansas where she finds refuge in a coach house apartment in Atchison—an ideal place to start over, away from big city life and Richard. But Richard isn’t about to let her go easily. Scared, confused, and at the brink of deciding what to do in order to find peace in her life, Marie discovers the identity of her real father and his surprising heritage—changing her life more than Richard ever could.
Title: The Coach House
Publication date: 4/26/2012
Paperback pages: 351