Publishing

Book Whisperers: Basics of Creating a Social Media Plan

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Ask the Book WhisperersRona 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…

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…

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,…

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…

From Our Artist in Residence ~ Jacolyn Wingo: Inktober

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Every October, artists around the world engage in the InkTober challenge: they do an ink drawing a day for each day of the month (if they decide to do the full marathon). 31 drawings in 31 days. This week, our new Artist in Residence (AIR), Jacolyn Wingo, sends us some of her InkTober sketches. Full of character,…

Inkspokes Select Books Award Winners Announced

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We are honored to announce the first group of books being awarded the Inkspokes Select Books Award! The award recognizes well-written books published by indie authors and small presses that express originality, spunk and freshness – the types of books that make us excited about reading again. Some of these books were submitted in our…