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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,…

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,…

Telling a Story: A Chat with Voice Actor Jill Cofsky

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Those of us lucky enough may remember back to a time when we were small and someone read or told us a story that left us in a state of wonder. We may remember the rise and fall of the storyteller’s voice, the gleam in the eyes and the larger-than-life grin or grimace on the storyteller’s face. For…

Storypanda Partners with Indie Author-Illustrators on Ebooks: An Interview with Veronica Howes

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A children’s media and entertainment company, Storypanda publishes interactive ebooks designed to make storytelling more collaborative. Ebooks published using the Storypanda platform not only sport interactive animations (as other ebook apps do) but allow children (or children with their parents or teachers) to change the text of the stories (retell them) and, to some extent,…

Artist Showcase: Lucy Fleming ~ Blumfeld the Elderly Bachelor

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Artist and illustrator Lucy Fleming sends us a beautiful illustration titled “Blumfeld the Elderly Bachelor.” Our readers of literary classics might remember an unfinished story with this title written by Franz Kafka in which an elderly bachelor is beset by bouncing balls (and observes that “even the unusual must have limits”). This illustration in a…

On Being an Independent Publisher: A Chat with David Kudler of Stillpoint Digitial Press

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What is an independent publisher? David Kudler, or more properly his company Stillpoint Digital Press, is one. David Kudler is a writer, audiobook narrator and an editor. He is the publisher and editor-in-chief at Stillpoint Digital Press and the recently-elected president of the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association. Since 1999, he has also overseen the…