It takes a city to sell a book

Perhaps I should rename the title of my blog. How about It takes an author, an idea, emotional expression, creativity, an editor, a publisher, a marketer, a little money, and the determination of barn swallows that build multiple bird nests on my front porch. Yes it takes that and more to come up with a book that a reader is willing to read, and even pay a few dollars for that privilege.

This is my first attempt to navigate a new website for the promotion of my memoir, Victims Make The Best Birdhouses by Larry L Franklin. The ebook and paperback will be available in a matter of hours. My website can be reached at

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Larry L Franklin holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University. He performed in the U.S. Navy Band located in Washington, D.C. from 1967 to 1971. From 1972 to 1975, he taught music at Southern Illinois University. In 1976, he completed requirements for a certified financial planner designation and maintained a successful investment business until 2007 when he retired to devote his energies to writing. In 2003, he received an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. Franklin is the author of “Mnemosyne: A Love Affair with Memory,” published by Xlibris; “The Rita Nitz Story: A Life without Parole,” published by Southern Illinois University Press; “Cherry Blossoms & Barron Plains: A woman’s journey from mental illness to a prison cell,” published by Chipmunka Publishing Company; and “Supermax Prison: Controlling the most dangerous criminals,” published by History Publishing Company. He currently resides in southern Illinois with his wife, Paula.

One thought on “It takes a city to sell a book

  1. maddyward – My name is Madeleine an up until April 23 I had been incarcerated at Dwight Correctional, a female maximum security prison in central IL. The day I was released, 2 years 2 months and 23 days after being sentenced I was found not guilty and exonerated by the courts. I had never committed a crime, had no history of any criminal behavior, did not know anyone who had ever been to prison, with the exception of a few governors and judges. I Why me? How did I end up in this line? Why me? Three husbands, one divorce; burying another and one to whom we rarely admitted being married, and three children later, life had finally become normal. If not the white picket fence variety at least it had a remarkable semblance. Various business successes and, I admit it, some failures, but on the whole a favored place in the universe.
    maddyward says:

    You have a great sense of humor, maybe try ann rule type of dialogue

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