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Six Essential Elements of Children’s Picture Books

Picture books offer a great opportunity to create timeless and fun stories for children. Here are six elements that are sometimes overlooked, but are important for successful picture book publishing. Story and Language Is the story simple enough to be told in 500 – 1000 … Read more »

Ten Questions for Better Reader Feedback

During your writing process, you’ll probably get to a point where you’ll ask a friend or relative to read your work, hoping for helpful feedback. I’ve been there, and it’s rough. When I was new to writing, I would ask a friend to read some … Read more »

How Do I Publish on Amazon?

I see or hear some version of this regularly. Authors call and specifically ask: How do I get published on Amazon? The answer is: You don’t. But the question (and the confusion around it) is understandable. Amazon has made its name in books, and even … Read more »

Createspace Drops Author Services

Createspace announced recently that it has stopped providing author services. The platform offered editing, formatting and cover design, but they have discontinued these services, and while they still offer plenty of free resources, you can no longer submit your manuscript and use their editing and … Read more »

Publish an Ebook

If you are making a print book, it’s relatively easy to make an ebook. Ebooks offer an additional sales avenue to readers, and allow a great deal of flexibility in terms of pricing and distribution. They are a great tool to use in marketing, and … Read more »

Letters to Home

I spent a week in July with my family, cleaning out the house I grew up in before it went on the market. To say my parents were hoarders is not exactly correct, but my father, a professor by trade and a tinkerer extraordinaire, never … Read more »

Write attention-grabbing back cover text

Back cover text should be written in a way that advertises the book to a potential reader, so in that sense, it’s more like marketing writing than prose writing. While the details of your characters origin story might be compelling and imperative for the reader … Read more »

Tips for Selling More Books

Last weekend, I went to the Historical Novel Conference in Portland. I enjoyed hearing writers talk about breathing life into the past through lively characters, accurate historic details and inventive plots, but those who were successfully self-publishing intrigued me. It seems that, as with most … Read more »

Can’t afford an editor? Some tips to polish your prose.

So you’ve written a novel, and hiring an editor is absolutely out of the question. If you cannot trade for services or bribe one, here are a few tips for editing, in no particular order, that you might find useful when self-editing. Grammar, punctuation and … Read more »

100 Book Club Challenge

I’m always interested in new and unusual ways to promote books, and so I was excited to attend a meeting at Willamette Writers to hear Luminare author Danuta Pfeiffer and Luminare friend Kathleen Cremonesi discuss their 100 Book Club Challenge. Danuta and Kathleen have been … Read more »

Why Self-Publish?

While riding my bike to the office this morning, I thought about a friend who had just achieved ultra-randonneur status (I had to look it up too). I felt a little ashamed – here I was toodle-ing along on my fat tire commuter bike, complete … Read more »