Silver Frogs

I’m doing something I’ve never done before, but this week is super busy. One of my daughters needs some help as she gets ready to move her Pilates studio. So, I’m using my post that went up on the Sisterhood of Suspense blog on Tuesday where I talk about my experiences teaching the Silver Frogs course on Indie Publishing. While I try to put links on social media whenever I post at Sisterhood of Suspense, I know everyone doesn’t see that or have time to look. Hope you enjoy this look into my TCU teaching experience.

Yesterday, I finished teaching a once a week, 1 ½ hour, four-week course called Indie Publishing: Who Me? for Texas Christian University’s Silver Frogs Program. This is part of their Extended Ed program. And yes, all the students are over 50. (Well, as is this teacher, too. LOL) I taught the course two years ago. In the interim I’d learned a few things and had to make a few additions to the power point.

basket Basket for presentation at Haltom Public Library

There are two main points I make with the presentation:

  • This is a learn by doing activity (and if I can learn to self-pub, anyone can.)
  • Write the Next Book.

Bright, bright, interesting folks. The students had lots of potential. Each shared some of their writing samples. A couple were writing children’s books. Several were interested in writing memoirs. (Fortunately, I have a good friend who’d just published a book to help with that very thing.) Your Words Your Life Story, A Guide for Sharing Memories by J. Q. Rose. Several were into writing short stories, and I referenced fellow Sisterhood of Suspense, Vicki Batman’s short story collections. One man was already published with some technical books no longer in print. He was especially interested in marketing. I shared several examples of author’s newsletters, one of Kathryn Jane’s banner, and showed samples of SWAG. I shared samples of my Bitty Booklets, the best marketing tool, I’ve found. Thanks Laron Glover from


We talked about doing book presentations and all the places you can do that. Doing something like this takes away from my writing time, but I love to do presentations. Lots of folks have helped me along the way, so it’s only right to pay it forward.

Have you been able to share your writing experiences with other? Are you terrified of speaking to groups? Just like writing, that’s a learn by doing activity. You only get better by doing it. Now, I’ve got to get back to my WIP, which I’ve neglected this month.

The first book in the 4-part Second Chances Series is SECOND ACT. Four women friends from elementary school days, struggle with loss, tragedy, danger, and love. Read them all to see if they get their happily ever after.

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4 responses to “Silver Frogs

  1. Thanks so much for mentioning my book. That was my first nonfiction self-published book. I bet the participants learned a LOT in your class. I wish I could’ve taken it. So proud of you for diving into self-publishing your books. Love that series. Looking forward to your next novel, so get busy on that WIP!

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    • Hey, J. Q. You’re welcome. Hey, I was just so glad I knew something to tell my students when so many of them talked about writing a memoir. Thank you for getting that book out there. Glad you enjoyed the series. Saturday, I’m digging back into the WIP. Will probably be hard to get my steps that day. Always a balancing act. Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂


  2. It sounds like you taught a wonderful writing course, Marsha! Cool to have mentioned J.Q.’s memoir book.

    Did you write a blog about the Valentine event? I know you have been so busy!

    I thought I would get more writing done this winter than I have. But I’m going to have a more regular writing schedule next month. I just about made my word goal for February.

    Wonderful post as usual. Good luck with moving your daughter’s Pilate studio.

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    • Hey, Susan. I had to think to remember, but I wrote about the Valentines event at the Haltom City Library, A Night of Romance, in my newsletter that went out the 3rd week of February. If you missed it, let me know, and I can send it to you. I had to stop trying to write a blog and send a newsletter out in the same week. Yes, I get you about the writing. So many things reach out to get between me and working on the book. Plan to spend all of Saturday on the WIP except for heading to Laura’s old studio when Salvation Army is coming to pick up some stuff. They will be at Sarah’s dance competition. Thought I’d get to it today, but I helped with cleaning. Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂


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