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Leaping Lemmings – Cover Reveal

    Here it is at long last — the final cover for my first picture book, Leaping Lemmings! I won’t go into all the details that took this book … Continue reading

April 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Importance of the Book Pre-Order to Authors

Why early success means continued success in publishing. Does it really matter if you order a book online before its official release date? Before its “book birthday” as they say … Continue reading

March 16, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Long Road to Publication: Patience & Persistence

I have long said that authors are not paid for their words, they are paid for their perseverance. When it’s easy to give up, good writers stick with it, improve … Continue reading

August 29, 2015 · 4 Comments

Creating Your Book’s Title

Have you ever read The Last Man in Europe? How about Fiesta or Trimalchio? Or First Impressions? How about Something That Happened? I bet you have. Those are the original … Continue reading

August 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Why I Wrote Pete Seeger, The People’s Singer

The importance of making your own hero relevant to a new audience. When you write biographies, you get used to the question, “So, why did you write about so-and-so?” For … Continue reading

July 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Making a Book Safe for Children When the Subject Matter Isn’t

Making a sordid adult tale safe for young readers. You should have seen the looks on my friends’ faces when I told them I’d been hired to write a children’s … Continue reading

October 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Cover of Judy Garland: Little Woman, Big Talent

Here is the final cover for Judy Garland: Little Woman, Big Talent, a middle-grade biography about the legendary actress and singer. This is a colorized version of a black-and-white publicity … Continue reading

October 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

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