Saturday, November 18, 2017

Christmas Gift Ideas

Books are a great way to say Merry Christmas. If you're looking for something for the readers on your list, check out this new book by an ex-bed and breakfast owner who spent twenty years opening her home to travelers. It's funny and courageous and has pages of delicious recipes.

Sunday, November 5, 2017


Honestly, when writing a long book (60k or more), especially a memoir, I do not see how it can be done in six months, as my publisher suggests.

The amount of time I am trying to cover in my new book brings with it so many  different factors, that  putting it all together in just six months would be next to impossible, For example: the text, the setting, the story, the structure, the style, the research, the crafting to name a few all vary among time periods and various characters.

I am tackling quite a long period of time and I may find that I have to narrow it down. The book is divided into three parts, the first part is set in the early 1900s, the second takes place between 1952-1992, and the third covers evens occurring  from 1992-the present. This is an expanse of ninety-two years.

Although there is a common thread that holds it all together, each part requires separate historic research for that period of time. And this is not fiction; I cannot just make stuff up whenever I come to a roadblock. The story must retain a basic truth, even though I am allowed a little leeway in character development, dialogue, and evolution of events.

One last thing, I cannot use a formula to get me through quickly when it comes to writing about myself and my family and the various events surrounding us. Some of the events occurred so long ago that my memory needs to be constantly jostled. There are few records, no notes, and only my sister and two daughters, who weren't even born until Part Two of the book, to help me recall. It's moving along slowly, but no matter how difficult dredging up old stuff may is, this is what I do.....   I write memoir.

Thursday, October 12, 2017


Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen: An Innkeeper's Tale - by Nancy R. Hinchliff

"For anyone who has ever thought about running a Bed & Breakfast, Operatic Divas and Naked Irishman offers a hilarious birds-eye view behind the Victorian curtains... with mouth-watering recipes woven through-out, the author shows us just how much you can do with a little daring tenacity in the face of a lonely retirement." (Katharine Hollister, editor, Beatdom Books).

Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00-4:00 PM

Event Description
Join us as author Nancy Hinchliff is welcomed to the store and will be available to sign copies of her book.
102 Dorset Street

S. Burlington, VT 05403
Store Hours:
Sun 10-9
Mon-Thu 9-9
Fri&Sat 9-10

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Self-Promotion and the Urge to Keep Writing

If you can’t afford a publicity agent to do or help with the promotion of your new book, you will haveto do it yourself.

Let’s say you have a traditional publisher who does some of the promotion for you, or an indie or hybrid publisher who supports you by holding webinars on marketing, or by sending you promotional ideas. That is all well and good, but any more than that is usually reserved for the few authors who can afford to pay for awards and reviews, so crucial to book sales, or who can tour the country and attend library and book fairs that continually pop up where book-lovers are found.

To be sure, all of this generates book sales not only for the author,  but for the publisher as well. The more an author can participate in promotional venues, the more revenue the publisher is likely to receive. Having been in business myself, I understand from the publisher’s perspective that those are the authors to concentrate on. Publishers will often visit the events of these authors or invite them to visit theirs, they will travel with them on tour, and arrange getaways and workshops where they can gather together and with other authors. They will also promote them online. But where does that leave the rest of us? The ones who have the audacity to publish without a ton of money to back it up.

 I am a very positive person. I guess you would have to be in order to believe you could write your first book at age seventy-seven, find a publisher for it at age eighty-two and learn how to promote it between ages eighty-four and eighty-seven. What a lot of Chutzpah huh?  But, stupid me, I didn’t think about what happens after all the hoopla over my wonderful accomplishment dies down and I have to fend for myself? I was just so excited about getting my little book published, I missed that one.

And now, you have to face the fact that you cannot afford to apply to those books-sites that could award or review your book because their costs range from fifty to seventy-five dollars, to two hundred and fifty, and even four hundred or more for Kirkus. And what about all those tours and yearly book conventions? Wait a minute, there will be airfare, hotels, and restaurants?. And those book and library fairs where there are usually entry fees and table fees, not to mention the money you have to fork out if the event is in a city or town other than your own. Even online sites, where most everything used to be free, are charging more and more each year.

 I know it’s worth it. You can actually sell a lot of books this way and get folks interested in you and what you are writing, and I know there are ways to work with other authors in groups to bring down costs, which is a good thing.  But what if you are unable to do this for one reason or another? Or just do not have money available for these kinds of events or can’t leave town? Does that mean you shouldn’t write a book, much less try to get it published? And God forbid you should self-publish. The costs for that pile up before you realize it, and you could end up with nothing left over for distribution and promotion.

As I said, I am basically a positive thinking person and a problem solver so I will never give up trying. And I am lucky to have an extremely helpful hybrid publisher. But, now that four months have passed since my pub date, I’m for all intents and purposes on my own. So, each day I plug away a little at a time: a book-signing here, a library reading or book club presentation there, and a lot of hopping around on social media and book sites. I read all the tips and suggestions on marketing and promotion I can find, and try to come up with some creative ones of my own. It’s a full-time job and sometimes exhausting, but one I can’t seem to shake as evidenced by the fact that I have started a second book. I guess I’m just a glutton for punishment.

Monday, September 25, 2017


Readers and Authors, if you haven't done so already, be sure to join Bookworms Anonymous and plan to attend their Book Giveaway on Saturday, September 29th

This is a wonderful opportunity for readers and authors to pick up a handful of books for perusal, relaxing in a comfy chair, or as gifts for Christmas. I will be donating ten copies of Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen: And Innkeeper's Tale, my latest release, so if you're interested, hop on up and have some fun. See you Saturday......xxox, Nancy 


Saturday, August 26, 2017

End of giveaway at GoodReads

“The book giveaway was a real glad I did it. 1588 people entered the contest. Ten winners were announced the day before yesterday. I will definitely do this again, so keep an eye out, possibly on Amazon, for an E-book or again on Good Reads for a paperback. Either way, please do enter and maybe snap up a new book for free”.……Nancy

Discover the many delicious recipes hidden inside Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen: An Innkeeper's Tale and enjoy the 20-year adventure of an 86-yr-old ex-teacher who completely changed her life at sixty-four.

Friday, July 14, 2017


Book Giveaway For Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen: An Innkeeper's Tale:   JULY 21- AUGUST 21

Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen by Nancy R Hinchliff
Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen: An Innkeeper's Tale
by Nancy Hinchliff

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen by Nancy R. Hinchliff

Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen

by Nancy R. Hinchliff

Giveaway ends August 21, 2017.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway

Release date: Jun 06, 2017
Enter to win one of ten signed copies of Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen: An Innkeeper's Tale.

At the age of 64 with no business experience and very little start-up money, the author buys a turn-of-the-century mansion in Louisville, Kentucky on a whim and turns it into a charming Victorian Inn. Through sheer tenacity, she learns the business while coping with one mishap after another.
The reader is drawn into this humorous and engaging tale as the author wields her way around cantankerous contractors, harrowing housekeepers, and no shortage of strange and interesting guests and events. A personal, in-depth, and honest look at what it’s like to be an inn keeper."

Opens for entries on July 21, 2017
Format: Print book (Paperback)
Availability: 10 copies available,
Giveaway dates: Jul 21 - August 21, 2017
Countries available: US, CANADA, and GREAT BRITAIN