Mary A. Shafer
Most Recent Book Title
Metal Detecting for Beginners: 101 Things I Wish I'd Known When I Started
Book Description
Start metal detecting without a long learning curve! This Quickstart Guide will have you out in the field in just a few hours. Written by M.A. Shafer, a detectorist who’s been swinging a machine long enough to be successful, but not to forget what it feels like to be just beginning. If you have a detector and a few accessories, you can start reading this handy little Quickstart Guide at breakfast and be digging your first target before lunch! If you don't already have a detector, this guide will help you know what to look for a buy smart. Everything you need to get out there for a productive hunt is between these two covers — 101 proven tips from the author’s personal experience with the equipment:

• Finding hunting spots
• Staying safe, comfortable and legal
• The metal detecting culture and its people
• A glossary, so you can speak the language of passionate diggers.
• Plus Bonus Material! A list of the same resources the author uses to stay current in the hobby!
Additional Book Titles
- DEVASTATION ON THE DELAWARE: Stories and Images of the Deadly Flood of 1955 (2005)
- ALMOST PERFECT: Disabled Pets and the People Who Love Them (2008)
- RURAL AMERICA: A Pictorial Folk Memory
- WISCONSIN: The Way We Were, 1845-1945
Website #1
Location (city/state/country)
Bucks County, PA • USA
Author bio
Award-winning author Mary A. Shafer is a freelance writer in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She makes her living as a marketing consultant, writing commercial copy and journalistic articles. She also teaches and entertains through public speaking. She writes mainly historical nonfiction, with her first book published in 1993, selling 15,000 hardcover copies. Since then, she has written three other nonfiction books and contributed to two nonfiction anthologies. Her work has garnered numerous writing and publishing awards. Mary is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Nonfiction Authors Association, Pennwriters, the Twin Rivers Writers Group and the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group.
Professional Speaker Topics
My Book Subjects:
- The 1955 Delaware River Flood
- Metal Detecting
- Adopting and Living With Disabled Pets
- Agrarian America before the industrial revolution
- Wisconsin state history

Book Authorship
- Author Promotion
- Effective Websites for Authors
- Your Book’s Website
- Exploring the Amazon – Optimizing Your Author Central Presence
- Getting Published – A Beginner’s Guide
- Gotta Have It! – Creating Sell-Worthy Queries
- I Finished My Book – Now What?

Indie Publishing
- Identity Crisis – What Is A Publisher, And Should I Be One?
- Takin’ It To The Tweeps – Twitter for Indie Publishers
- Coming Up Close – Skype for Publishers & Authors
- Digility – Optimizing Your Digital Workflow
- Lifting The Veil – Marketing 101 for Indie Publishers

Marketing & Promotion
- Takin’ It To The Tweeps – Twitter for Small Businesses (Also for Politicians, Retailers and Real Estate Brokers)
- Lifting The Veil – Marketing 101 for Small Businesses
- Social Media for Small Businesses
- A Whole New World – Marketing To Boomers
- Online Newsrooms – Why You Need One, How To Build It Right
- Websites for Writers
- Marketing 101 for Fine Artists
- Email Marketing – Staying Visible In A Crowded Inbox

Writing Craft
- Student Writing – One-session units for elementary & middle school grades
- Fiction Planning
- Successful Interviewing
- Historical Research
- Query Letters

“Brown Bag Lunch” 45-minute talks: Women of Herstory
- New World Warriors: Native American women warriors (1540 to the American Revolution)
- Privateers & Patriots – We Were Women, Too. (about 1650 to just before the American Civil War)
- Uncivil Servants – Women Soldiers, Spies and Sailors in the American Civil War (1861-1865)
- Women Warriors of the Wild West – American Indians, Soldiers and Hellraisers on the Frontier (roughly 1860 to 1900)
- Over There – Women Warriors in the Two World Wars (1915-1950)
- Railroad Gals – Women On The Rails (1825-1945)
Favorite Quote or Personal Motto

Well-behaved women rarely make history.

  • Mary A. Shafer

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