Celebrating a New Arrival!

Since we’ve been discussing means of publishing this summer, it’s fitting that you should be among the first to meet my new “baby”! I published my first novel, More Precious Than Gold, on Amazon this week. It is currently available as an ebook for Kindle e-readers. Why did I decide to self-publish? More Precious Than [...]

One Example

Shanaya Fastje is eleven years old. The homeschooled sophomore loves to write and illustrate her own stories. Shanaya and her family decided to use a small publishing company to get her stories into print (three of them so far, and she’s working on a fourth). Read more here. A Brief Disclaimer: Small publishing companies can [...]

Different Strokes for Different Folks

What are some points to consider as you’re trying to decide whether and how to publish your manuscript? Are you ready to compete with the big guys? If you’ve– spent a good deal of time studying the craft of writing written about 10,000 hours (more on this later) taken your manuscript through a critique process [...]

Exciting Possibilities

We’ve talked a bit about traditional and digital publishing and the new possibilities in the publishing industry. Let’s talk today about types of publishers. Major publishing houses produce most of the books you see in stores. These are the books you see reviewed on the New York Times bestsellers list. Lots of preparation, production, and [...]

We Have Winners!

…several, in fact. There were so many creative entries this year. Deciding between them wasn’t easy. In the end the tallies were extremely close, but here are the results. First Place – Cassandra’s Curse by Sonja Hutchinson Second Place – The Remnant by Angela Bell Third Place (Tie) – Like a Jasmine by Jan Cline [...]