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Indie Publishing Notes: How to Do a Book Launch Indie Style

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A while ago, our friends at editing concern Invisible Ink Editing posed a question about how an indie author might select a launch date for her book. That got us thinking. Especially since we have been planning to publish another book later this year. When it comes to book launches, we’ve been thinking about a…

Kindness Stories: Discover Grammy Pags’ Kindness Kids Book Project

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Inkspokes Kindness Stories: Indies Heart KindnessInkspokes Kindness Stories: In the children’s literature world we often think of ourselves as boosters for imagination. But we don’t always stop and ask ourselves why imagination is important. One reason imagination is meaningful to me as a children’s author and publisher is that I think it teaches us to…

Monster Hats: An Interview with Children’s Author Catherine Dawgert

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Children’s Book Author and Illustrator Catherine Dawgert Shares the Stories Behind her Picture BooksIf you are willing to look at the world a little off-center, sometimes as children will, and discover the humor and wonder that is in it, you’ll be drawn to Catherine Dawgert’s pictures books and her illustrations. Catherine Dawgert is the author-illustrator…

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…

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…

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…

Increasing Visibility with Book Awards: An Interview with Lauren White from Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards

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One of the critical problems that indie authors and small press publishers continue to face is the issue of visibility for their books. How do we make our books more visible to potential readers and purchasers of books? This is a problem especially in an industry flooded with both traditionally-published and indie-published books and where…

Review: Dani and the Rocking Horse Ranch by K. Lamb

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Adventures in FriendshipSome books introduce you to new friends; some take a step further and teach you about friendship. K. Lamb’s Dani and the Rocking Horse Ranch, the third book in the chapter book series chronicling the adventures of kid detective Dani P. Spinelli (lovingly known by her fans as simply Dani P.), is one…

Interview with Corrina Holyoake, Illustrator and Author of Animania

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Corrina Holyoake is an artist and illustrator based in coastal West Sussex in the U.K. A person perusing her portfolio quickly realizes, however, that her art partakes of a much wider and diverse world. She paints mesmerizing treescapes that have elements of impressionist and colorist works and creates decorative art that at times reminds us…

Review: Sweet T and the North Wind by Cat Michaels

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A Tale of Quiet WondermentNot all journeys require a car or even a walking stick. Readers understand that some of their most memorable journeys might have been taken while lying somewhat stationary on a sofa, reading. Other journeys might be possible, as Cat Michaels tells us in her sweet tale Sweet T and the North…

Review: Animania by Corrina Holyoake

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A is for AntosaurusTo little kids, the alphabet is a bit of magic, a mix of fairy dust and candy canes. We forget the great moment of exhilaration when as a young reader we first recognize a letter. Any letter. It’s that sense of magic and exhilaration, that moment of first discovery, that author and…