Artist Showcase: Rowena Aitken ~ Children’s Book Illustrator

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Children’s book illustrator Rowena Aitken visits Inkspokes today, bringing with her some quirky animals: a unicorn, a cat, a red squirrel, some chickens. A graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Rowena Aitken is a children’s book illustrator with a penchant for drawing fun and quirky characters and animals. Are you looking…

Book Whisperers: 5 Business Skill Sets for Successful Book Sales

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Rona Gofstein and Mellisa Sherlin are best-selling authors who write but also understand the business of writing. Founders of the Writers Business School, the two are book whisperers of sorts. They teach authors about the business of books. In this column, Ask the Book Whisperers: Business Tips for Authors, Rona and Mellisa answer questions or address…

KidLit Joy Holiday $500 Giveaway Raffle Starts November 15

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Collaboration is inspiration. As thanks to our readers and boosters, we are joining with a group of KidLit creatives in holding a Holiday $500 Raffle Giveaway that will run from November 15, 2016 to December 15, 2016. One lucky participant will win an Amazon eGift card for US$500. That should help with your holiday gift-giving…

Meet the Book Whisperers: Mellisa Sherlin and Rona Gofstein of Writers Business School

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I bumped into Mellisa Sherlin and Rona Gofstein at a publishers’ conference a few weeks ago. It was early fall, a weekend mixed with wind, rain and sparkling book publishing conversations. The conference was organized by the Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE), and it gathered together bright lights among independently published authors, small presses,…

Book Review: Little Katie Goes to the Moon by Carmela Dutra

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There is a famous quote from Einstein that in science the “formulation of a problem is often more essential than the solution.” He says that “[t]o raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science.” It seems fitting then that Little Katie…

Artist Showcase: Corrina Holyoake ~ Artist and Illustrator

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Artist and illustrator Corrina Holyoake visits Inkspokes today, sharing with us her art, her artistic journey and her inspiring vision of maintaining creativity in what we do. Corrina Holyoake has appeared in the pages of Inkspokes previously, as an Artist in Residence and also when we interviewed her about her fun and quirky alphabet book, Animania. Her work inspires with…

Review: The Santa Switch by Laura Lee Scott

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Think North Pole. Think elves and toys. Think Jessica Claus. Author Laura Lee Scott and illustrator Cheryl Crouthamel introduce us to a refreshingly modern Mrs. C. in a delightful children’s book titled The Santa Switch. In it, we meet Jessica C., not only the ever supportive spouse of Santa but also manager of elves and…

Artist Showcase: Lana Lê of WoolyPear ~ Designer and Illustrator

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Graphic designer and illustrator Lana Lê visits Inkspokes today, giving us a glimpse of a graphic novel memoir that she is working on and an invitation to doodle. Lana Lê is an illustrator and graphic designer. She designs and illustrates books for such publishers as Hearst, Stewart Tabori and Chang, Random House and Quirk Packaging.…

From Our Artist in Residence ~ P.S. Brooks: Snowy Owls

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Out of the dazzling snow, Artist in Residence P.S. Brooks sends us owls of the Owl Postal Service! Happy holidays to all! P.S. Brooks’ contact information is below for those of you who wish to contact him on prospective work. If you’ve missed prior AIR posts, they may be found in our Artist in Residence Archive. P.S. Brooks: White…

Artist Showcase: Deborah Partington ~ Illustrator

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Illustrator Deborah Partington visits us today, bringing along her sense of whimsy, lightness and fun.    There is a lightness and a brightness to Deborah Partington’s illustrations, not just in the colors but in the demeanor and actions of her characters. A dragon who wittingly or unwittingly scorches its tail elicits in us a bit of…

From Our Artist in Residence ~ P.S. Brooks: Skating Seagulls

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Artist in Residence P.S. Brooks sends us skating seagulls in the spirit of the holidays! P.S. Brooks’ contact information is below for those of you who wish to contact him on prospective work. If you’ve missed prior AIR posts, they may be found in our Artist in Residence Archive. P.S. Brooks: Getting more into the festive spirit for this…

From Our Artist in Residence ~ P.S. Brooks: YA Novel Deathcat Sally

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This week, our Artist in Residence, P.S. Brooks introduces us to illustrations he completed for his upcoming young adult fantasy/horror novel titled Deathcat Sally. Enter the world of Sally Rancher and Zachary (the cat) and No Man’s Land. P.S. Brooks’ contact information is below for those of you who wish to contact him on prospective work. If you’ve missed…

Artist Showcase: Gretchen Deahl ~ Professional Illustrator

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Evoking a blend of whimsy and wisdom, illustrator Gretchen Deahl visits us today, bringing with her some of her monsters, big and small, and other illustrations that reveal the range of her artistry.    We first came upon Gretchen Deahl’s art via her monsters. These monsters, big and small, tall and stout, each with its own personality (grumpy,…