Monthly Archives: November 2016

Artist Showcase: Rowena Aitken ~ Children’s Book Illustrator

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

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

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

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

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…