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Book Whisperers: Creating a Social Media Plan ~ Practical Steps

Ask the Book Whisperers | March 2017Rona 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…

Kindness Stories: Discover Grammy Pags’ Kindness Kids Book Project

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…

Book Whisperers: Basics of Creating a Social Media Plan

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…

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

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…

Artist Showcase: Kellie Nicely ~ Children’s Illustrator and Artist

Artist Kellie Nicely visits Inkspokes today, bringing with her an illustration for Chinese New Year, pieces from her Travel illustration series and other artwork from her children’s illustration portfolio. Kellie Nicely creates these beautifully brilliant illustration series that she has been showcasing on social media. The series have a common theme, like her travel series or 100 days…

Book Review: The Dinglebeast Needs to Sleep by Catherine Dawgert

“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

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

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

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

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…