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8 Reasons to Self Publish (and 3 Reasons NOT to)

29 Sep

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Many of you have been coming to me with book dreams in hand, wanting to know my tips for how to get published.

I’ve posted quite a few resources here, but if you truly want to create a physical book that you can hold in your hands, here’s the one question you need to answer first:

Do you want to traditionally publish or self publish?

I spent years weighing the pros and cons of both, finally choosing self publishing. Does that mean I recommend self publishing to everyone? Hardly.

Here are my crib notes from years of research and my own experience. If you’ve published your own book and want to weigh in, by all means, add your nuggets of knowledge in the comments below.

Here are my top 8 reasons to self publish (and 3 reasons not to).

Please note that these tips are specific to publishing a children’s picture book. If you’re looking to self publish something else (say a paperback book without pictures, for instance) the financial considerations are considerably less, but some of the other points will still apply.

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Making Unicorns

28 Oct

P9210338Once upon a time, there was a little girl who was obsessed with unicorns. She wanted to wear unicorn clothes. She wanted to color unicorn pictures. She wanted to make up unicorn stories. She want to play unicorn games.

She wanted to BE a unicorn.

And through the magic of some leftover craft supplies and a parent’s obliging heart, she became one.

With this:

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Tinted Mason Jars (in Bulk)

9 Sep

Tinted Mason JarsHere’s an idea if you need to decorate on a budget or are thinking ahead to DIY holiday gifts.

I recently made a bunch of tinted mason jars in bulk for a friend’s wedding, and I was pleasantly surprised by how they turned out. We filled them with candles and used them in the table centerpieces, on walkways, on buffet tables, etc.

You can crank out a bunch in an afternoon, and they’re pretty darn charming. Continue reading

DIY Pedicure

12 Aug

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYep, it’s not what you usually see on here, but I think you need a break. And how often do you have an hour or two to make a appointment, drive to the spa, wait, be pampered, wait some more, and drive back home? Did I hear a “NEVER”?

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It All Adds Up to Home

29 Jul

SandingSix years ago, we were sanding floors. It was a morning like this, warm with a cool breeze and a clinging dew. Outside, you could feel the quiet beat of a neighborhood, a tune laden with memories of childhood.

We made god-only-knows-how-many trips to Home Depot to get supplies for sanding and the unexpected little projects we uncovered along the way. We wore our layers of sawdust and sweat like a badge of honor. I wouldn’t want to do it again, mind you, but it was oddly satisfying. Continue reading

Why Pinterest?

18 Jul
Photo by Roxanne Ready, Flickr Creative Commons

Photo by Roxanne Ready, Flickr Creative Commons

Why Pinterest?

If I pinned this as a Halloween costume idea on Pinterest, would it create a black hole? (Photo by Klara Kim)

If I pinned this as a Halloween costume idea on Pinterest, would it create a worm hole…? (Photo by Klara Kim)

Granted, Pinterest has its dark side, too. I’ve heard many a mom complain that Pinterest’s entire existence aims to disprove their worth with its mocking treasure trove of unrealistic expectations.

Sure, it can be that, too, but only if you let it. Here are some practical uses for this often misunderstood tool.

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DIY Dollhouse

8 Jul

DIY DollhouseParents with young kids know: There will be stir-crazy days. And on those days, your child’s least favorite thing to play with will be all of their toys.

That’s exactly what led to this DIY dollhouse.

So, if your kid is clamoring for a dollhouse, but you don’t want to spend a lot of dough on something they’ll destroy or lose interest in next week, this idea is for you!

Already have a dollhouse? Perhaps you could use it for your dolls’ in-laws or extra rental income from your LEGO people…

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