Hello, friends. How is everyone doing… really? A new year brings new challenges (and boy, this one’s a doozy), but it also brings new hope. I’ve been amazed to see the beautiful ways everyone is pulling together for the greater good. So here’s me adding a little something more to that pot of good. When … More The Denim Jungle Storytime – From Us to You!
I recently had a reader reach out with a few questions regarding their own book idea. I thought I’d share our conversation, in the event it could help any of you would-be authors get your dreams out into the world. … More Reader Q&A: Self Publishing
School is back in session, and it’s that time again for everyone’s favorite fall report: What I Did on My Summer Vacation. It’s been a wild summer for The Denim Jungle. We’ve traveled. We’ve partied. We’ve made friends. And, oh, how we’ve imagined—and crafted! Here are a few highlights… with more in the works for the … More What I Did on My Summer Vacation
Ever since I published my children’s book, would-be writers have been coming out of the woodwork asking for advice. And I couldn’t be happier to help. I want to see more dreams take flight! That’s why I’ve created a new Writing & Publishing page under “The Archive” section (to the right, up top), to share resources for aspiring authors. … More Resources for Aspiring Authors
My birthday (the big 4-0!) has added an extra patina of sentimentality and reflection to this holiday. In honor of this milestone—punctuated by finally unlocking the “author” achievement—I’ve assembled my own 12 days of Christmas* Thankfulness. Day 1: Cathy Taylor Day 2: Sue LaGow Day 3: Ryan Hylland Day 4: Jackie Phillips Day 5: Szaba and … More 12 Days of Christmas Thankfulness: Day 9
What a week, you guys! I seriously can’t even believe everything that’s happened in the past five days. Sunday: Received all final art assets for The Denim Jungle. Monday: Learned InDesign to layout the book for printing. Tuesday: Finalized the layout files with an old design friend. Wednesday: Received proofreader approval. Thursday: Uploaded the files … More WHAT A WEEK!!
It’s been almost five years since The Denim Jungle germinated inside me. It began as a promise and grew to be guide, challenger, and teacher. At times, it was downright maddening and frustrating. I would’ve given anything to just be done with it. But throwing in the towel was never an option. It was a mysterious inevitability inside me, … More Book Writing Postpartum
Okay. Now that we’ve covered the very first step, Logistics, it’s time to talk branding. And these days, you can’t talk branding without talking social media. As I detailed in Step 1, it’s best to register yourself as a self-publishing company that’s publishing your book. The same reasoning goes for social media. Make profiles for your … More Self Publishing and Branding
Please note that the following info is particular to print books. I’ll get to ebooks in a future post, I promise. So, you’ve weighed the pros and cons of traditional publishing versus doing it yourself, and you’ve decided to self publish. Now what? Decide which kind of self publishing you want to do. That’s right. There’s … More Self Publishing Logistics
Do you ever wonder if maybe life isn’t about trying so hard or racing to the finish or filling up every minute with something productive? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it’s good to be lazy all the time either, but what’s the point of life if you can’t enjoy it? That’s why it … More Inspiring Minds: Kurt Vonnegut