Maple Valley Days a Success


(Photo courtesy of Sheri J. Kennedy)

What a beautiful booth! The new canopy tent worked out really well, easy set up and tear down. We sold a good number of books even though the weather was quite poor over the weekend and the entire festival had record low numbers of attendance. Jeff was wonderful and manned the booth the entire time! Go Jeff! We met a number of aspiring authors. Overall the event was a success and thanks to all for helping out.

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(Photos courtesy of Sheri J. Kennedy)

Maple Valley Days and FreeValley Publishing

It quite difficult to publish a novel but that’s not where the self-published author can throw in the towel and head to the beach on vacation. Not at all, my word-inspired friends. A self-published author is not just the writer of the novel, but also the producer and manager. The author markets and researches. The author creates websites and promotional materials and goes to events to promote their book. And that takes hard work and quite a bit of determination.

Not all authors walk down the same path when they send a book out to be published, many more authors today are self-publishing and acting as their own agent. Some call them author-publishers. Some call them crazy. Come see for yourself what it is like to self-publish and promote your own book at Maple Valley Days. Two of your very own Maple Valley writers, as well as authors from North Bend and Snoqualmie will be at the FreeValley Publishing booth. Many of these writers are experts at self-publishing and are highly aware of the book-publishing industry. Everyone has a book inside, come read ours and see if you are ready to write yours.


Maple Valley Days 2014, June 13-15. FreeValley Publishing booth located near the Info booth.


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Maple Valley Goat Rescue – a Nonprofit I believe in



The Puget Sound Goat Rescue is a local nonprofit in Maple Valley. It is run by one person, Barbara, who has the biggest heart for goats and I can see why. Goats are the pet you never knew about. They are intelligent and loveable. Some wag their tail when you are close. Some make soft bleating sounds when you are close. Some rub their heads up against you. Some loved to be scratched behind the ears.

Many of the goats that go through the Rescue come from the slaughterhouse. What a dark word: slaughterhouse. I thought it meant a factory for creating pre-packaged meat for the pleasure of those who want more for less. In a world where prices keep dropping for products but the cost of producing can only go up, poor animal practices were created to fulfill this financial demand. Unless you do not eat meat at all, you, dear reader, are part of this inhumane process. But there is something you can do. You can give the goats at the Puget Sound Rescue a better life. A life of space and proper nutrition and care. PSGR gives all its goats (and a few sheep), the life they should have had but there is a catch. It costs approximately $125-$150 to rescue a goat from the slaughterhouse. Goats eat more than just the weeds, they need nutrient rich munchings, in the form of hay or pellets. They require shots and medicine. Some require further veterinary care. The money adds up and Barbara, the owner of the non-profit PSGR has poured her heart and soul into caring for these animals. Last Saturday, they had an open house to raise money and awareness for the animals (as can be seen in the pictures). Currently, I volunteer every week there. If you can donate your time or veterinary expertise or money, the goats (and sheep and Barbara) would greatly appreciate it. Check out their page on or visit their facebook for more information.



(Pictured above: Shearing Olivia the Sheep)