Let’s start this weekend with this inspiring thought about writing:
“Writing is a journey of discovery because until you start, you never
know what will happen, and you can be surprised by what you do—expect the
So says Mini Grey, the award-winning British illustrator and writer of
children’s books. Her book The
Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon was named the best
illustrated children’s book in the UK. And she’s right—writing a book is
a true adventure, with all the ups and downs, surprises and plot twists
of a thriller!
For some would-be authors, the journey sounds too daunting, too
challenging. It’s sad to think how many potentially wonderful books never
made it to the printed page because the task seemed so overwhelming. But
it doesn’t have to be that way.
Our friend Micah Solomon recently penned a BookBaby blog post about
overcoming those feelings of self-doubt about starting—and finishing—that
first book. Have a look here.
I’ll leave you with more inspiration from another legendary children’s
book author. Our friends at Bookish collected some of Judy Blume’s words
of wisdom about the craft of writing. Read it here.
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One of my favorite summertime activities is firing up the BBQ grill. So
today when I search my local market for Copper River Alaska Sockeye
Salmon steaks, I’m not going to be wandering up the housewares or
You might already be asking one paragraph in: What does satisfying my
wild-caught fish urges have to do with self-publishing?
The answer: Everything.
Far too many self-published authors are listing their books on Amazon in
the wrong category. Lets say you wrote a book about helping your child go
to sleep with relaxation techniques. You wouldn’t call that a “children’s
book.” It actually belongs in a category like "parenting.”
In fact, that’s exactly what happened to one of BookBaby’s most famous
authors, Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin, and his New York Times bestseller, “The
Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep.” He asked our publishing experts for
their opinion on book categories and we steered him towards a better
choice. The rest, as they say, is history.
In a huge book marketplace like Amazon, authors need to help their
readers find their books. Frequent BookBaby blog writer Shelley Hitz
penned a popular post about picking the perfect place for your book. Have a look here.
I’ll end this message today with a story about a pig–and no, not one
destined for my BBQ! Daisy the pig is touring libraries across the
country helping to spread the joy of reading. Bon appétit–errr–the article is right here!
Happy Half Year! Today marks the halfway point of 2017, and many of you
are still pursuing the goal of publishing by year’s end.
To help you keep your eyes on the prize, I invite you to look through
three great articles about the craft and process of writing.
BookBaby blog contributor Hope Clark starts us off with advice about how
to infuse style, personality, and color into your characters to make them
memorable. Read all about it here.
“Method writing” is a technique described by Deena Nataf, freelance
author and author mentor. She says it provides everything you need to be
a writer: a way to get deep into your characters’ hearts and your
readers’ pain points, a framework for writing every day, and an end to
writer’s block. See what you think.
All writers—and readers too—know that the heart of a great book is a
strong plot. As Dawn Field explains, the core of a good plot is the cause
and effect chain. Her recent BookBaby blog post illustrates how to check
and tighten the chain. You can read it here.
If reading is on your ’to-do’ list over the upcoming 4th of July holiday,
I leave you with a short list of books to bring out your patriotic
spirit. Check out the list.
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