Pat's Ramblings
My Experiences with Researching and Self-Publishing a Local History
Entry for May 24, 2007
Oh dear! I'm not a very good blog manager. It is past time for me to post something again, but I can't figure out what to write about, so I'll just start out and we'll see where it goes... I guess that I should address the comment at the end of my first posting. The reader wanted to know which person in the booksigning photo was me. Well, I'm the one on the left with the well-earned and much deserved gray hair. And, that's Nancy O'Hearn in the middle and Marna Hing on the right.

Now that spring has arrived, book sales are beginning to pick up again after a rather slow winter. My biggest sales outlets to date are the Lorane Family Store and the Lorane General Store (or Linda's Deli, as it's being called now). Chateau Lorane has been moving quite a few for me, too. I wish to thank all of you!

I am currently researching a little of the Crow, Oregon history... namely that of the original Crow family for whom the community was named. I'm writing an article to be published in Groundwaters, a quarterly literary journal that is distributed free of charge throughout the West Lane county area. It will appear in the July issue. I have become an active volunteer with Groundwaters, thanks to the encouragement of its publisher and editor, Judy Hays-Eberts who has been publishing it for almost 3 years. The journal is a grassroots quarterly with the purpose of introducing new authors, artists and photographers and their works to the community. We also publish works from those who are more experienced, but the main focus is to encourage people who are not yet established to share their talent with others.

Groundwaters also provides a medium to publish local histories and interviews with local residents of West Lane County. It can be distributed free to the community because of the wonderful assistance of volunteers and cash donations from businesses and private sponsors. Check it out if you get the chance! If you can't find it in your community's library, general store or other business, email me at and I'll make sure you get a copy.


2007-05-24 21:19:23 GMT
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