Happy, Happy Holidays!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Casa Schindler–the tree is glowing, the presents are wrapped, and the Christmas movies are in constant rotation. It’s been such a rough year for us all, but I hope the last few days of 2020 have the power to lift your spirits and warm your heart. I have great hope for 2021.

As I look toward blogging content in the next year, I’d really love to hear from you. What would you like to see more of at the blog next year? A few in-depth series like the one that recently ran on outlining? Writing articles? Publishing articles? Any specific questions you have that you’d like turned into posts or series? Feel free to comment or, as always, reach out directly at hollyschindlerbooks (at) gmail (dot) com.

Happy holidays!


Hey, guys! I wanted to take a moment to wish all of you the merriest of holidays–and an absolutely lovely new year!

It was recently brought to my attention that 2019 marks the end of a decade. And what a decade it’s been–my first book was published in 2010. Since then, I’ve published with the Big 5 and my own imprint; short stories and novellas and full-length books. By far the best part of all of it has been connecting with readers. I so enjoy hearing from you, finding out how my work has been a small part of your holidays or classrooms or vacations. I’ve loved sharing the page with all of you.

I’m certainly looking forward to 2020–I can’t wait to find out where the new decade will take us!

In the meantime, may your days taste like gingerbread, the nights sparkle like twinkle lights, and may it all ring with love and laughter.


51dhmvjqm1l-_sy346_First, I have to thank you guys for grabbing copies of MILES LEFT YET. I originally released the book in ’16, and it’s always been one of my faves, but it just never managed to get in the hands of as many readers as I’d hoped. A new cover, a little advertising, and voila! It’s finally starting to get out in the world. In the last month, I moved triple the entire lifetime sales of the book.

But ads alone don’t give a book legs. I know this book is starting to move because of word-of-mouth with my readers. So I have to take a moment to thank anyone who has personally recommended the read.


A New Request

If you enjoyed MILES LEFT YET, I do hope you’ll take a moment to leave a review on Amazon. Just a sentence or two helps tremendously. Right now, the book’s reviews on Amazon remain fairly low. Upping the number of reviews will help me expand into a new round of advertising, getting the book into the hands of new readers, who can work their magic again with word-of-mouth.

I can’t emphasize enough how much authors appreciate reviews…

Like Norma? Keep reading!

Haunted creek

If you liked Norma (who emerges, I think, as the real star of MILES LEFT YET), please do check out FOREVER FINLEY. This one centers on the mystical small town of Finley, the town the Norma drives into at the end of MILES. FOREVER FINLEY is an “episodic novel,” meaning that it’s constructed of loosely connected, stand-alone stories. Each story works together to culminate to the book’s magical conclusion. A new cast of characters is introduced in FOREVER FINLEY, but Norma makes an appearance fairly early on (you’ll find her in the stories titled “Dearest March…” and “A Hundred Julys”).


I’ve also done a little repackaging of FOREVER FINLEY–new cover, etc.–and to celebrate, I’ve reduced the price of the e-book to $1.99 temporarily. It’s available as a wide release at:





I’ve also got a few signed paperback editions of FOREVER FINLEY at my Etsy store!

I hope you’ll decide to spend some time in the town of Finley. It’s become one of my own favorite places to visit.