Monthly Archives: January 2014

Artist Showcase: Emily Clapham ~ Monkeys

Emily Clapham is a freelance illustrator who graduated from Falmouth University last year. Her aim is to write and illustrate picture books for children. These monkeys are part of a story I am currently developing about a girl who reads about a mysterious fearsome beast who inhabits an island. She goes with her dog to…

Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Contest Deadline is May 1

Indie authors often debate the value of entering writing contests, but, for those who are exploring contests for indie works, a reader reminds us that Writer’s Digest is again hosting its annual self-published competition – the Self-Published Book Awards – and the deadline for submissions is May 1 (early-bird deadline sporting lower entry fees is…

Artist Showcase: Jo Byatt ~ Undercover

Jo Byatt is an Artist/ Illustrator for the children’s publishing market with over 20 years in the industry, working for the BBC and Egmont amongst others. ‘Undercover’ is one of my sketches from the ‘sketch a day throughout January’ challenge, which I have been posting on my website and social media. It has really motivated…

ALA Literary Awards: Newbery and Caldecott Medals

The American Library Association today announced its 2014 literary awards for children’s and young adult books, including the distinguished Caldecott and Newbery medals. The Caldecott medal “given to the artist who had created the most distinguished picture book of the year” was awarded to Locomotive, written and illustrated by Brian Floca. Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated…

Book News: Maisie Goes Walking

Alison Molyneux sends us news of her recently-published children’s book, Maisie Goes Walking, reminding us of the wonders and joys of a springtime walk (which for those of us in the northern hemisphere caught in the bitter Arctic cold is a much welcomed reminder indeed): ‘Maisie Goes Walking’: a picture book about a springtime walk:…

Authors Using SoundCloud to Share Book Excerpts

SoundCloud is commonly known as a music sharing site (much as Flickr is to pictures or Vimeo or Youtube is to video, SoundCloud is to audio), but more and more, authors and publishers, both traditional and indie, have taken an interest in the platform. Founded by Swedish entrepreneurs in 2007 and currently based in Berlin,…

Lindsay Pyfer Considers Self-Publishing as a Village

Have you considered self-publishing a book with a group of fellow writers? Lindsay Pyfer has an interesting take on self-publishing over at The Huffington Post Book Blog. In her post “Self-Publishing: It Takes a Village”, Pyfer tells of how the Salish Sea Writers (the Seattle writing community to which she belong) self-published an anthology of…

Henri Goldsmann’s Bluntpencil is Live

Artist “with an eagle eye and a very blunt pencil” Henri Goldsmann reports that his new website bluntpencil.com is now live! Visit him. If you recall, we had previously interviewed Henri’s friend, Max Nibblington on his e-book app and mouse-related escapades. Long live Max and his camembert cheese!

Joanna Penn’s Interview with Children’s Book Author Karen Inglis


For authors interested in publishing their own children’s books (especially children’s picture books), Joanna Penn has an interview with children’s author Karen Inglis on her website, The Creative Penn. It’s a fantastic interview that sheds light on some of common and not-as-well-known challenges involved in self-publishing a children’s book. Among the issues that Karen Inglis (author of The Secret Lake: A children’s mystery adventure and Ferdinand Fox’s Big Sleep, among other books) discusses is the relatively low volume of sales of the average children’s picture book – whether traditionally published or indie published. For a mid-level author, Inglis says, sales of 500 copies may be considered good. There is much about it that is a labor of love, but Inglis also reveals a strategy for enhancing sales: selling direct to schools.

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JJ and David Heller’s The Golden Feather

Musicians JJ Heller and David Heller are publishing a new children’s bedtime book titled “The Golden Feather.” Illustrations in the book look wonderful and are by Luke Flowers. Check out their crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter!

Net Neutrality and Indie Authors

Tim Wu writes on The New Yorker website about the “net neutrality” ruling issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday. The ruling had struck down the FCC’s rules restricting internet service providers from discriminating between different types of web traffic.  Titled Closing Time for the Open Internet, Wu’s article considers some of…

Crowdfunding Your Novel

Have you ever thought of crowdfunding your book? Out on TechCrunch, John Biggs, tech writer and East Coast Editor of TechCrunch, is blogging about crowdfunding his novel named Mytro. He provides some interesting insights on how he came to self-publishing (comparing this with his experience with traditional publishing) and what trying to crowdfund his book has…