Book Whisperers: Creating a Social Media Plan ~ Practical Steps

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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…

Book Whisperers: Basics of Creating a Social Media Plan

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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…

Artist Showcase: Kellie Nicely ~ Children’s Illustrator and Artist

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Artist Kellie Nicely visits Inkspokes today, bringing with her an illustration for Chinese New Year, pieces from her Travel illustration series and other artwork from her children’s illustration portfolio. Kellie Nicely creates these beautifully brilliant illustration series that she has been showcasing on social media. The series have a common theme, like her travel series or 100 days…

Book Review: The Dinglebeast Needs to Sleep by Catherine Dawgert

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“The longest journey,” Swedish diplomat Dag Hammarskjöld once remarked, “is the journey inward.” In The Dinglebeast Needs to Sleep, brought to us by children’s author and illustrator Catherine Dawgert and independent publisher Woodland Way, we are invited to begin such a journey, accompanied, as sometimes such journeys require, by a furry and furious beast. The…

Book Whisperers: Never Sell Again ~ The Power of Platform

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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…

Artist Showcase: Charlene Chua ~ Illustrator of Akilak’s Adventure

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Illustrator Charlene Chua visits Inkspokes today, bringing with her illustrations that capture moments of adventure and wonder: a red balloon in Chinatown, a bird’s eye view of a walk in autumn, a little girl embarking on a journey in the far north. Award winning illustrator Charlene Chua recently illustrated the children’s book, Akilak’s Adventure, a…

Writers Roundtable: Don Corris, Author of Marvin the Muddy Hippo

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Don Corris is an independent children’s book author based in Cardiff, Wales in the U.K. He first started writing stories, he tells us, for his daughters. From stories about Marvin the Hippopotamus to others about Curly the Octopus, Don Corris’ stories come from a place that seeks to amuse, delight and perhaps instill a bit…

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…