Cover Art

Creating cover art is a specialization in the book world. It is NOT my specialty. There are trends to track, colors to express emotion and fonts that convey meaning. In the traditional publishing world, the author may or may not have input into the cover process. As a hybrid publisher, I’m able to guide my [...]

Writing for Young Adults

[siteorigin_widget class="SiteOrigin_Widget_Slider_Widget"][/siteorigin_widget]Writing for Young Adults I recently took a workshop led by Jessica Grace Kelley and Hannah Capin about writing for young adults. Both Jessica and Hannah have published young adult fiction and had a lot to offer to the class. First thing to realize is that Young Adult is not a genre, it’s a [...]

Commas, Commas, and more Commas

Chicago Manual Style - Time So how do you do with commas? I think I’m pretty good most of the time. It took me a while to adjust between the military writing style using American Psychological Association and the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) used in novels.You may have heard that it’s optional to put [...]

Prepare for NaNoWriMo

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The stated goal is to write 50,000 words—an entire novel—in one month. But the real goal is to motivate you to write. I find getting started is the hardest part. I have an idea. I even have a whole book outlined in my head, and I could tell [...]

Book Festivals

Just finished the Williamsburg Book Festival. It's a great chance to connect with readers and writers-in-the-making. I love sharing a story. Your story can be about anything--totally fiction, autobiographical about how you were raised, a children's book teaching a lesson. Stories are fascinating! And I love helping them reach the world. I was encouraged today [...]

Self-Publishing vs Traditional Publishing: Which Is Better?

I just read a great article by Gary Smailes that does a fantastic job of outlining the differences between Traditional Publishing, Indie Publishing, and Self-Publishing. I highly recommend it to anyone that is considering publishing. The first thing I always ask my clients is, "What is your reason for publishing?" Keep that in mind as [...]