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Helen Sedwick
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Thank you for the invitation.  This summer I will be releasing Self-Publisher's Legal Handbook.  It covers legal issues from copyrights to sales taxes. It will be a helpful resource for self-publishers and bloggers.
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My novel, COYOTE WINDS, is set on the American western prairie in the years leading up to the Dust Bowl. It explores the American can-do spirit that drew families to the rugged frontier, and it asks whether that spirit has survived the challenges of the Dust Bowl, the Great Depression and the years since.
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Hi fellow self-publishers, I am looking for samples of strong non-fiction author websites.  Something that communicates authority and expertise, yet still approachable and practical.  Any suggestions? Many thanks.
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Rick Stiggins has a good one -- http://rickstiggins.com
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COYOTE WINDS Soon to be an Audio Book
Exciting news. Around May 1, 2014, the audio book of COYOTE WINDS will be available for download on ITunes, Amazon.com and Audible.com.  Gene Blank is narrating -actually, story-telling - the novel.  He's a master at characterization and pacing.  I've hea...
Exciting news. Around May 1, 2014, the audio book of COYOTE WINDS will be available for download on ITunes, Amazon.com and Audible.com.  Gene Blank is narrating --actually, story-telling -- the novel.  He's a master at charac...
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Hi Reading History Community,
My novel, COYOTE WINDS, follows a boy who tames a wild coyote on the prairie in the time leading up to the Dust Bowl. It asks whether that American Dream is a blessing or a curse. 

What do you think about the American Dream?
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I was inspired to write COYOTE WINDS by my father’s memoir of growing up during the Dust Bowl. While there is plenty of blowing grit in his stories, he wrote about a boyhood of freedom and adventure. I wanted to contrast my father’s unfenced boyhood with the over-supervised life of a modern, suburban boy who can’t ride a bike without a helmet or play ball without padding. 
 
As I researched the Dust Bowl, I discovered a classic story about American optimism. I wanted to explore the can-do spirit which drew people to this rugged land, plowing up millions of acres of prairie grass, and bringing on one of the worst man-made ecological disasters in history. These families so strongly believed in what they were doing that they were blind to the consequences of their ambitions even when the land was blowing out from under them. What a great set up for a story.
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Writer and business attorney in Northern California.
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A writer and business lawyer living in Sonoma County
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I grew up in the wilds of New York City. My parents were theater people, and for many summers we operated a summer stock theater in the Poconos. From those theater years and from reading countless books, I fell in love with the power of the story to make us laugh, learn, love and cry. I majored in English at Cornell University and spent several years as an advertising copywriter.

I then attended University of Chicago Law School and moved to San Francisco where I have practiced business law for almost thirty years and raised my twin daughters.

Over the years, I have taken writing classes and participated in workshops through University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University and Squaw Valley Community of Writers. I had a play produced in a small Los Angeles theater. My short stories have won prizes in various contests and appeared in bosque (the magazine) and Redwood Writers’ Vintage Voices Anthologies.
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I am looking forward to launching my second book, SELF-PUBLISHER'S LEGAL HANDBOOK, The Step-by-Step Guide to the Legal Issues of Self-Publishing. Due June 2014
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  • University of Chicago Law School
    J.D., 1984
  • Cornell University
    English
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