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Fast Forward 3 Years

So, in anticipation of my next big publishing adventure, I thought I would update this blog. I apologize for its stark appearance, I lost a bunch of images with a website-Wordpress-meltdown a while ago and decided they weren’t worth recovering.
In my last blog post I shared my one great heartache and how it relates [...]

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My Departure from Children’s Books

From My Email to a Friend - October 2014
I thought of you this morning because it suddenly clicked in my head why my interest in writing for children had dropped off so much. Basically once I was no longer even occasionally sharing children’s books with my own kids, the wonder of it all faded.
In [...]

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Being Flexible But Resolute

So in my last post I talked about following the advice in The 30-Day Productivity Plan and setting 3 goals to achieve from November 7th to December 7th. December 7th now being over a week ago. So how did I do? I had chosen 3 goals, one easy, one moderate, one a [...]

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A November to be Thankful For - ALMOST

So, it’s been quite a while since I posted last. What have I been up to? Good question, that’s something I’ve been asking myself.
Let’s see, I…

created a company to build websites, Facebook pages and help people market online
drove a U-Haul from Lewisburg, PA to Madison, Wisconsin - packing with one son, [...]

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Holy Cow — How Did We Miss THAT?

An Amazon reviewer commented that the word ‘Seuss” was misspelled on the cover of The Day I Met Dr. Seuss
My knee-jerk reaction was that the reviewer was wrong. They COULDN’T be right!!! or could they?
I looked.
I shrieked with horror!!!
They were right.
I dashed off an email to my cover creator who sent [...]

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Interview with Author Jonathan Clark

Today’s blog post is a question and answer session with author Jonathan Clark, a writer from the UK who describes himself as, “a tutor and writer.” and “a Beatles and Shakespeare obsessive”. Clark says, “I believe in the potential of children to become whatever they want and the power of a good educator to help [...]

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To Print or Not to Print that Children’s Book

So I recently blogged about my focus shifting to making my self-publishing profitable. Being profitable is a lot easier to do when publishing for Amazon Kindle. For the titles I’ve published, my upfront costs were probably lowest on Dogs, dogs, Dogs. In fact, I’m trying to remember if I had ANY upfront [...]

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How Can Amazon Stop (or Greatly Reduce) Paid Book Reviews?

While a few people, primarily Joe Konrath, think authors buying fake book reviews on Amazon is not a big deal, most of us would rather it stop.
I was going to outline the evils of paid Amazon reviews, how they reward people who lie, but let’s cut to the chase:
How [...]

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Dr. Seuss versus Harry Potter?

Here’s another response to my question of:
Harry Potter books or Dr. Seuss books - which have had the most impact on kids’ reading?
I like the methodology of this response, weighing characters, plots and setting for each. Well, without further ado, here it is:
How can I begin to compare the works of Dr. Seuss and [...]

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How I Became a Bestselling Author

First, what I didn’t do.
I did not become a bestselling author by:
- paid reviews
- carefully researching niches in Amazon until I found one that looked soft to break into the ‘bestseller’ rankings
- being rich, famous or having a big list who I could convince to buy my book
- offering fabulous bonuses if you [...]

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The Crowded World of Kindle Publishing

So today as I have two titles on the verge of publishing on Kindle, I was reading some articles about general trends in Kindle publishing. They were talking about HOW many books are being published and that folks success offering free days via Kindle Direct Publishing means that now there is a glut of [...]

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