2014 Newbery and Caldecott Award Winners

Here is the list of the 2014 Newbery Medal and Honor Award Winners. I’m providing links to the books both on Amazon and on Audible, so you can pick your preferred method of “reading”.
If you are like me, I know you’ll want to snatch these up, partly for enjoyment, but also to learn from [...]

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Self-Publishing for Profit

Even though I officially became a self-publisher in 2007 when Poster Girl rolled off the printing presses and arrived at my home, I think it’s only been in the last month that I actually became a publisher.
What do I mean by that?

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Dogs, dogs, Dogs — Funny and Free

Dogs, dogs, Dogs is funny AND free, today (Jan 31st) and tomorrow (Feb 1).
Don’t despair if you missed it, it’s pretty cheap the rest of the time too.
Don’t despair if you don’t have a Kindle, you can read Kindle books on your computer, by downloading the free application Kindle for PC

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My Kindle Sales Pick Up

Well good news and more good news has been the theme of my children’s books on Kindle in January. I was pleasantly surprised at how well Mattie Monster is NOT Tired has done both with its cheapy 99 cent price and initially as a free download, where it climbed to #1 for Free Books [...]

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Self-Publishing Children’s Books on Kindle - Ebooks in 2013

So a year ago I did not have any children’s books on Kindle. Today, I have four shown here (hopefully):
Amazon.com Widgets
My most recent title Mattie Monster is NOT Tired is a slightly different approach for me.
You see normally I write the story I want to tell, then get feedback from others and [...]

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Dr Seuss or Harry Potter - a new opinion

Sorry, I was away for a few days and therefore delayed posting the latest opinion on Harry Potter books or Dr. Seuss books - which have had the most impact on kids’ reading?
Harry Potter Builds Lifelong Readers & Thinkers
There is no denying the powerful influence of Dr. Suess. Back in the 1950s, kids learned [...]

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Try! - Advice from Beverly Cleary

So I’ve been rereading Beverly Cleary’s autobiography, A Girl from Yamhill and I latched on to one short passage from the time I had for reading this morning.
Cleary wrote that the local shoe store announced a contest sponsored by Keds shoes for the best essay about an animal and that many in her class [...]

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Question and Answers with Alex Scarrow, author of YA series, TimeRiders

So we’re very lucky to have here today (virtually of course) Alex Scarrow, author of the TimeRiders series (TimeRiders (Book 1), TimeRiders: Day of the Predator (Book 2) and TimeRiders: The Doomsday Code (Book 3)). First I must thank him for taking the time to stop by my blog and answer my questions.  So now, [...]

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Publish or Perish. No, no, no…Market or Perish - Part Two

In the previous post, Edward Trayer (a.k.a Billy Bob Buttons) wrote that the best time to consider how you will market the book is before you have written the first word. Today he continues with some specifics to consider and more of his reasoning on why a marketing plan can’t be an after-thought.
I sold thousands [...]

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Publish or Perish. No, no, no…Market or Perish

Guest blog entry by Edward H Trayer
When you plan your ‘Bestseller’ you can do it in one of two ways: write the story you want to read in the bathtub or write the story everybody else wants to read in the bathtub. Occasionally, for example, the wonderful J K Rowling and her Harry Potter books, [...]

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Unique and Wonderful Self-Published Children’s Book

Watch this video to hear another self-published children’s book success story:

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The Lightning Thief - Percy Jackson — I haven’t been this….

I’m reading the story of Percy Jackson, in The Lightning Thief and I haven’t been this excited about a book series since Harry Potter. . I do vaguely remember hearing this book mentionned at a children’s writing conference, but it certainly hasn’t had the buzz that Harry Potter did and yet… I like [...]

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