Lee Woodruff

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Those We Love Most in Paperback

Spring is busting out all over – and that means the paperback edition of “Those We Love Most” is coming out. Hot off the presses.  It’s a perfect “book club pick” and a discussion guide is included in the back.  Scroll down for a list of public appearances and if I’m in your area I’d love to see  ...

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In Praise of Indies

This is not one of those stories where the supermodel tells you she was home alone with her cat on prom night.  I did go to prom and I kissed a boy. But at the same time, for most of my childhood, I was the kid in the corner of the room curled up with a book, not the one joining organized sports teams or taping up teen idol posters. I can’t  ...

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DO JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER

Writing a book is a major achievement.  Ask anyone who has ever kissed their manuscript as they mailed it to their editor, or fist pumped right before they pressed “send.”   But the writing is just the beginning. With the traditional publishing industry undergoing liposuction in every way, the marketing, the talking it up, the  ...

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BIRTHING A BOOK – THOSE WE LOVE MOST

The book-as-baby analogy, birth as a metaphor for publishing a novel, is just a little too pat.  Some talented folks who write diligently each day can conceive of and pop out a book annually.  And when I grow up, I aspire to do that too, to write for three hours a day, every day.  But that doesn’t seem possible right  ...

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SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED…

….And this fall….it’s yours!  Photo by CATHRINE WHITE  I did it.  Ta-daa!  My first novel, “Those We Love Most” will be out September 11, 2012.  It’s my wedding anniversary, among other important milestones. And as I put the edited manuscript in a big padded envelope and filled out the UPS  ...

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Book Stories Travel

BOOK TOUR BABY – Part 6

(cont) This last flight leg is a small prop plane. We are delayed an hour and by the time almost everyone has boarded, a family straggles on. They are Pakistani from what I can tell. They are exhausted, two kids in tow, one an infant and the other about three. I silently close my eyes and recite the airplane mantra. “Please don’t let them sit near  ...

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Book Travel

BOOK TOUR BABY – Part 5

Flying to San Francisco from LA, the security guard takes a little too much extra time examining the X-ray picture of my bag and asks to see my liquids. As the man prods my bag I can feel my butt cheeks clench together, my muscles tighten and I hold my breath as if that extra oomph might help the bag pass inspection. Please don’t unzip my tightly  ...

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Book Humor Stories Travel

BOOK TOUR BABY – Part 4

I have misread the schedule in Detroit.  There is no down time before events and I have not arrived in my “media outfit.”  I have not even showered as I had thought we were going to the hotel. The girlfriend-like media escort appears excited to see me.  The book business in Detroit has slowed with the economy and the automotive downturn. We stop for  ...

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