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Cottage Industry*

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

Today’s Internet and social media have allowed individual, one-or-two-person businesses more ‘reach’ and larger markets than ever. Consider authors, for instance (Please, do consider authors… 😉 ). Self-published authors have many options for getting the word out about their books. But they aren’t the only ones. If you’ve ever been to Etsy or other, similar, sites, you know that individuals who design and sell their own products can now reach people as never before. So can those who provide services, whether it’s editing, web design, or tax preparation.

It hasn’t always been that way, of course, and it’s interesting to see how those individual businesses have been represented in crime fiction as time has gone on. After all, not everything has to be purchased from a mass producer. And sometimes, those characters who in those businesses can add interest to a story.

For many centuries, individual businesses were integral to…

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Viv Drewa is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan, her passion has always been writing. She had been awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather's escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the "Polish American Journal" as "From the Pages of Grandfather's Life" and has republished it on Amazon.com as a short story. Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron's 'The Times Herald", and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter "Thumb Prints." She also has a business promoting authors. Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions. Viv, her husband Bob and their cat Princess, live in Fort Gratiot, Michigan.

2 comments on “Cottage Industry*

  1. Thanks very much for the re-post 🙂

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