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Resources for Aspiring Authors

4 Feb

SCBWI Writer Kindness QuoteEver 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. Here you’ll find a long list of tips and ideas I’ve accumulated over the course of my publishing adventures. As I encounter more, I’ll keep adding to it, too.

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Cover Design

10 Nov

Book PublishingThey say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but in fact we all do.

Take for example the books above, all of which come up when you search Amazon for “cover design.”

One topic. Five very different covers. And five rather different judgements we automatically assign to each.

Self-publishing friends, those judgements transform into sales.

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, folks. Here are three easy tips to make your book’s first impression a lasting one… in a good way.

*To see the grand reveal of The Denim Jungle cover, check out tip #3 below!* Continue reading

Top 3: Multipurpose Travel Items for Moms

12 Sep

Toddler Train TravelAs I approach another solo-parent trip with my toddler, I’m making my list and checking it twice. Efficiency is key when you have to pack and plan for two people, and here are a few go-to’s I’ve picked up over the years.

Bookmark this for the next time you’re making your travel list.

Bonus tip: Save your child’s packing list on your computer. Then you don’t have to start from scratch each time!

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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.

Writers
Show publishers you know your stuff.

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Letter to a New Mom

11 Mar

Szaba Birth DayI recently wrote this to a friend, a new mom having a tough day. If any of you moms (or dads) find yourself in this situation, I’m writing to you now.

Letter to a New Mom

You’re going through an overwhelmingly incredible moment in your life right now. I don’t need to tell you about all the joys a new baby brings. You know all about those. And people love talking to you about those.

What you might not know (and people are less likely to talk about) are the valleys that come with peaks.

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So You Think You Can Freelance? Part 3: Money

25 Feb

Before you read this, did you read Part 1: Mindset and Part 2: Ground Work? Both are critical before you even think about the money. If you have…

Photo courtesy of Anna Magal, Flickr Creative Commons

Photo courtesy of Anna Magal, Flickr Creative Commons

What do you charge?

Be honest. It’s what you want to know, right? If you’re going to take this dive, you need some assurance there will be a little money waiting when you land.

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10 Uses for Postcards and Travel Brochures

21 Feb
Photo courtesy of Robin Stubbs, Flickr Creative Commons

Photo courtesy of Robin Stubbs, Flickr Creative Commons

What do you do with all those postcards and travel brochures amassed on trips?

  • Store them, only to ditch them on a future organizational rampage?
  • Add them to that scrapbooking basket gathering dust on the shelf?
  • Hope they’ll magically transform into something amazing?

Well, it’s time to save them.

Here are 10 easy ways to put those treasures to good use:

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