Sunday, April 16, 2017

This and That

I like to edit, but sometimes I don't know when to quit. Recently I have been wondering if I should make my other MG book take place in the then and now or keep it in the 1960s.

I like it in the 1960s. But I have had one person say she thinks it should take place now - in 2017.

I haven't had any luck in getting it published, so I have been toying with the idea of changing it. I have made another word copy of it and have been making the changes it needs to make it take place in the present day.

Decisions, decisions . . .

Do you like having your stories set in the past?


I have been having fun with Duck and Cover that was recently released. I have had two book signings and have another one planned for early June.

My cousin and I volunteer at the local Senior Center. We do a craft workshop once a week. I just love our Crazy Crafters (that is the name we voted on)The Director wants me to read a chapter of my book and do a little presentation. I finally gave in and said I would do it and decided that afterward my cousin and I would do a craft with our craft class that has something to do with the story. I am now looking forward to it. It will be a lot of fun.

Recently, I was excited that Homer Hickam took the time to read my book and send me a following blurb:

"Duck and Cover is a charming novel of young people coming of age during a very frightening time, the early 1960's at the height of the Cold War. Set in West Virginia, Smart's characters are as real as the hills in which they live, and as enduring. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and believe this author is one to watch (and read) now and in the future." –

Homer Hickam, author Rocket Boys/October Sky and Carrying Albert Home


There are soooo many books on Amazon and I have no idea how my sales are doing on there, but if any of you have read it, I would love if you could write an online review.

Any suggestions or ideas on how to get your book noticed among all those listed?

I have an author page on Facebook. You can find it here.  


  1. Glad you have been having so much fun with Duck and Cover!

    I like stories set in the past, but I also like stories set in the present. I am sure it is hard figuring out what to do with your MG ms. Good luck!

    1. Hi, Jess. Thanks. I hope you enjoy Duck and Cover. I'd love for you to put a review on Amazon.

  2. Hello Janet, I love books set in the 60s, probably because I was a teenager back then. I’m sure the Crazy Crafters will enjoy hearing a chapter from your book. I hope it all goes well. Barbara

    1. Hi Barbara. So glad you found my blog. I was a child in the early 60s and I love that decade. I visited your blog and will go back often - I also love all things vintage.

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