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Welcome to Jane Dougherty’s site. You will find posts about writing in general, my writing in particular, and random notes about where I live, and my animals and other family.
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  1. Hello Jane,

    My mom just sent me two books of yours, looking forward to reading them. Been to Donegal recently looking for ghosts.


  2. hey Jane, thanks for dropping by my place. your updated site looks great, how did your last novel go? I’ve been away a while- but my heads buzzing with the Ernest cline books I’ve just completed reading. – as you see i’m trying to carry his 80s journey on.

    1. I sometimes feel I’m still living in the 80s. I don’t much like the world of 2015. I’ll try and read a few more of your posts. WordPress had a hissy fit a few months ago and I had to reset all my notifications again one at a time. It still doesn’t work for some of them. The trilogy is complete and I’m pleased with it. Just waiting for the New York Times to notice me 🙂

  3. This is just a short note to let you know that my entry for Day #1 of the Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge (https://rivrvlogr.wordpress.com/2015/11/23/day-one-of-the-three-day-three-quotes-challenge/) does not include your name as a nominee for the challenge, contrary to the specific rule to nominate three bloggers. 😉
    Instead, I’ve pointed readers in the direction of three of my favorite poets here at WordPress. Needless to say, you are one of them.

  4. Hey there, Jane! You were one of the four Heroes of Awesomeness at the 2015 Two-Sentence Story Challenge!
    There’s a cute button waiting for you ^_^
    Thank you for participating!

  5. Hi Jane, just to let you know..I have named you on my blog as a woman blogger who inspires me as part of a response to a challenge called “GirlLove”. Nothing required from you 🙂

    1. Somebody else told me that. You have to click on the button at the bottom of the warning message that says you’re ignoring the warning. There ought to be a message box pop up that you send to Google to tell them there’s nothing wrong with the site.

  6. Hi Jane! Jane (Lady Nyo) here. I’m late to your blog but it’s very intriguing! I, too, am a novelist…fell into poetry by accident…I’m published in a few months….”Kimono” a time warp novel from 21st century Japan to late 17th century Japan. Tengus, evil kamis, etc. LOL! Would like to talk to you by email about your own novels and your process of writing. I have 4 novels, unpublished but 6 books of published poetry. LOL! Totally backward from what I started out to do. Being a novelist is so different than a poet, but perhaps not. It’s just that many don’t know about the novels and expect poetry. I love the task of listening to my characters. People don’t believe me, but the characters do the heavy lifting…they write the books….I’m just the scribe. LOL! Please write to me and tell me your own process. I am friends with a very few novelists…it seems that our world is quite different in scope.

    Jane (janebartels3@bellsouth.net)

  7. Hi Jane, I don’t usually read much on WP because I keep my site more as a public diary of art, but I started reading Security Alert and I really like it. I’m going to finish it and maybe I’ll be looking for your books online. Hope you are well and keep writing. 🙂 Best, ks

    1. Thanks so much! I’d love for you to be able to get hold of The Green Woman books. They were self-published and the publisher of my other fantasy trilogy asked if I’d let them have the series. I took the whole lot down from Amazon, including all the short stories as requested, even did a first round of edits, then the parent company pulled the plug on issuing new contracts. I lost all the reviews when I took the books down, and haven’t had the heart to start again from scratch. I have a couple of short story collections on Amazon though, unrelated to The Green Woman. One day I’ll do something about republishing.

      1. omg Jane I’m so sorry, that sounds devastating. Did you think it was worthwhile to publish them through your other publisher rather than self-publish? Since I work in publishing (educational) I’m pretty jaundiced regarding publishers. I have a novel that I’m going to finish at some point and I plan just to self-publish. I have friends who published with real publishers and it did them little good monetarily. The only thing I suppose it did for them was to “validate” them that they had been published by a certain publishing house (and then ignored!)

      2. I knew I wasn’t going to spend any money on promotion and without constant paid ads, books just slump to the bottom of the pond and die. My publisher had just paid for a Bookbub feature for the first of my books with them, and it sold really well. It’s the kind of thing I can’t do, but a publisher can and should do. I thought it was worth a chance. Wrong.

      3. sigh. It’s too bad you didn’t have the contracts signed with the publisher before you pulled the books from amazon. Although as you say, if you couldn’t continue to do promotion, maybe they would have slumped. Have you thought of trying to keep a science fiction blog or join science fiction collectives to gain visibility? I guess joining science fiction reader groups on goodreads might help too. Unfortunately, even authors published with the big publishers are tasked with doing a fair amount of their own publicity (especially the smaller authors).

      4. It was part of the deal—I had to take down all the books and related stories before they issued the contract. Goodreads baffles me to be honest. I don’t get how it works. You’re right about authors having to take on some of the promotion. That’s logical. But not the marketing. That’s what the publisher is for, and to set up promotions. The author takes part in what the publisher organises, but if it’s up to the author to pay for the ads, book blog tours and do giveaways, she may as well do the whole thing and keep all the benefits.

    1. Missed that one. I’m sick of Outlook playing fast and loose with my mails. It sorts them into three different boxes for no reason I can fathom, and empties the spam box after ten days. I have to scroll through the lot several times a day.

      1. Hello! I remember when you came to Fieldhead with your mother. He was a lovely man and I’m proud to be his daughter. He had a great deal of affection for you and for Scott who seems to have inherited something from a common ancestor, the poetry and the wood carving. It’s good to hear from you!

  8. Hi Jane I don’t seem to be getting any posts from you. Are you on strike. I miss your beautiful poems. I am going to check my spam to see if you are trapped . I am still following you. Hope you are well. 💜💜

    1. Hello! I’m still here and surviving. I don’t get notifications from you either. Sometimes one pops up in the ‘other’ second class mail box. I’ll check the settings. WordPress mucks about with them.

      1. Did you check the settings? I stopped getting notifications from someone I have been following for years, found notifications were switched off, so I switched them back on. Now I get TWO notifications of each post!

  9. I’ve truly and honest enjoyed,

    reading an stealing your work,

    throughout those years

    in which learned too,

    improve my writing skills

    through following you!



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