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La Charrette Village

Interested in what Lewis & Clark, Daniel Boone, Zebulon Pike, John Colter, President Jefferson and other notables thought about America's newly acquired westernmost village? Enjoy the west...before it became distorted by TV, movies and novels.

Location: Port Aransas, Texas, United States

A retired professor of Food and Animal Science at Texas A&M University, The University of Connecticut and Texas Tech. A cowboy in my previous life...never thought about being a professor or an author.

Friday, February 17, 2006

iUniverse Author Newsletter: January 2006

Introducing Our Newest Star Title, La Charrette by Lowell M. Schake

La Charrette provides the first-ever historical look at America's westernmost frontier settlement, which—over a mere thirty-year existence—managed to leave behind a rich, vibrant legacy that is firmly rooted in local, state, and national history.

A virtual Who's Who of the American frontier, La Charrette documents the life and times of the families who lived in this influential riverbank village in Warren County, Missouri. It also chronicles many legendary heroes who passed through, including Lewis and Clark, Daniel Boone, Captain Zebulon Pike, 'Indian' Phillips, John Colter, Flanders Callaway, Syndic Chartran, and others who helped shape history and forever change the face of our nation.

The author, Lowell M. Schake, was born on Charrette Creek and devoted many years of his life to researching the village where the creek empties into the mighty Missouri River. Before retiring, Schake was a professor at three major universities over the course of thirty years.
Schake said he's had a great iUniverse experience, especially since he became a Star author.
"I derive great pleasure from delving into topics—collect all the available details—to create a seamless, highly readable story to share with others," Schake said. "iUniverse staff have been instrumental in allowing me to achieve this goal. It's just been one favorable experience followed by another in this modern-day mode of publishing. I especially appreciate the 'control' an author maintains within the self-publishing concept."

"The real adventure of self-publishing began when I was asked to apply for the iUniverse Star Program last summer," Schake continued. "La Charrette had had its successes. Yet my selection required input from publishing industry professionals to elevate it to its full potential. Professional reviews and endorsements were needed as was an index, a newly designed cover, a forward plus professional editing."

"None of this would have been possible without a viable working partnership," Schake said. "iUniverse's staff have provided that opportunity to me. From the CEO of iUniverse and beyond, the staff has always worked with me to make correct decisions."

The experience with iUniverse has been exceptional. I recommend this self-publishing house to interested authors. Proceed to the title link to learn more about becoming a STAR author with them. The banner shown above was part of the National Bicentennial Lewis and Clark events at Marthasville, Missouri in 2004. Plan to join us in September 2006 when Corps members "Shout for Joy!" upon returning to La Charrette.


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