Category Archives: Publishing

Word Counts and Newbery Medal Winners

I couldn’t resist one more post on word counts. Out of the five most recent Newbery Medal* winners, only one falls into the 30-40,000 word middle grade guidelines. If you take a look at these new classics, only Rebecca Stead’s … Continue reading

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Book Publishing the Easy Way

I picked up a slew of books over the weekend. I’m always reading to become a better writer. If is read a passage or paragraph that I really enjoy, I’ll bookmark the page. Whenever I’m struggling to make my own … Continue reading

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The First Ten Pages

Its common knowledge your first words on a page, maybe the first 3,000, are the most important ones you write. They are what catch the attention of an agent or publishing company. If you want to succeed, you’d better learn … Continue reading

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Book Publishing in 2033

The past 20 years have brought many changes in how books are marketed and sold, much of it caused by technology changes and the economy.  In 1993 there was no Amazon (they didn’t start selling books until a year later). … Continue reading

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The Best Bloggers About the Writing Process

I am always on the lookout for easy to use and up to date blogs about writing.  I have found some excellent sites that are good for authors at all levels. My criteria are easy to find links, specific immediate … Continue reading

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On Becoming an Author: Stuck in a Construction Zone

What keeps authors going? Is it their love of the craft of writing? Is it a desire to tell a great story?  The solitary hours of thinking and writing can eventually overwhelm a potential author. Not to mention, but I … Continue reading

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10 Things I like about Mary Kole’s guide to WRITING IRRESISTIBLE KIDLIT

After reading Mary’s Blog and seeing the content I wondered whether this would be beneficial to my manuscript. I have had dozens (hundreds?) of re-writes, numerous critiques, three editing looks, and I put The End on the story of AWESOME … Continue reading

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