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Thank you for visiting JohnBriggsBooks.net, where I’ll keep you updated on my publishing news, events, book releases, and the like. I’ll also offer my thoughts on the publishing industry (particularly … Continue reading

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Announcing the release of Leaping Lemmings! September 6, 2016!   Just because it looks very cool: Leaping Lemmings! in Mandarin.   Announcing the release of Pete Seeger, The People’s Singer … Continue reading

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Book Birthday: Just for Kicks! Just Released

Just for Kicks!: 600 Knock-Out Jokes, Puns and Riddles About Sports hits the shelves today! Kids love jokes. Kids love sports. Just for Kicks offers completely original sports jokes for … Continue reading

September 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Creating the Perfect Book Dedication

Should your book’s dedication be personal, professional, or commercial?
New authors often think dedicating a book is easy, and for that first book it usually is. You dedicate it to “My loving wife” or “My devoted husband.” After all, you want to keep peace in the house. No reason to start a fight over a few poorly chosen words, right?
Of course, you might also dedicate your book to your children, particularly if it’s a children’s book, or a dear parent or grandparent. Perhaps a mentor, teacher, professor. Perhaps a fellow author, or your editor. Maybe your inspiration for the book. Maybe even a celebrity.
Suddenly, your list of possibilities gets very long, particularly if you’re working on a series, or this is your tenth book and you’ve run out of spouses, children, and close family members who should get that big thank you.
So, how you decide who gets your cherished book dedication?

September 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Official Cover Reveal for My Next Children’s Book

Want to know what goes into making a good cover? Then check out the final cover for my new kids’ book because I think the marketing and artistic teams at Sterling Children’s Books nailed it. To find out why, keep reading.

June 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

A RECOMMENDATION FOR FREELANCERS

Need help freelancing? It’s rare that I recommend a book that I edit, even when I know it’s good. The last thing I want is to foist a copy on … Continue reading

January 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Finding Your Book in a Foreign Language

It’s always fun to find your book translated into a language you don’t speak, even a little bit. Leaping Lemmings has been translated into German (my great-grandparents were fluent) and … Continue reading

January 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

How to Keep Your Story Moving

Would you like to keep your story from getting bogged down?

Famed linguist and literary critic Kenneth Burke once wrote that “Action equals motivation plus momentum.”

It’s as simple and accurate quote about plotting a story as you’ll ever see. And the good news is that it doesn’t just apply to action stories and thrillers, but all fiction writing, no matter what the genre.

January 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Hilarious Picture Book Lands on Several Best of the Year and Holiday Lists

ALBANY, N.Y. – Dec. 19, 2016 – PRLog — Several notable media outlets have awarded Leaping Lemmings!, written by John Briggs and illustrated by Nicola Slater, spots on their “Best … Continue reading

December 20, 2016 · Leave a comment