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Why Satire Is the Best Way to Understand This Election

Inundated with news stories? Can’t always tell who’s telling the truth? Let satire help you figure it out. How? Okay, let’s start with a quick question. Is the statement President … Continue reading

September 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

How to Create a Great Title and Eye-Catching Cover

A few decades ago, most book covers were a solid color with a standard font and a title that almost always told you nothing about what was inside if you didn’t already know. Those days are long gone. Today, we judge book by their covers in a nanosecond, so your cover not only has to stand-out as a thumbnail image, it has to hold a potential reader’s attention for five seconds or more, and have a title that is alluring and able to be listed on page one in Amazon’s search engine.

That’s a lot to cram into one image and three to ten words

So, how do you do it?

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May 4, 2020 · 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

What to Read Wednesday: God Made Us Monsters

Looking for good books for yourself or others? Join me every Wednesday for solid recommendations. God Made Us Monsters by Bill Neary is a seamless blend of historical and religious … Continue reading

October 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

How Putting Together a Picture Book Is Like Managing a Baseball Team

When I was a kid, I was passionate about two things: baseball and reading. There were summers where I barely missed a Phillies game on the radio. I either watched … Continue reading

August 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Can You Learn More From Fiction Than Nonfiction?

Learning a little something from everything you read. I’ve said it a hundred times if I’ve said it once: “Write what you know, read what you don’t.” Writing what you … Continue reading

April 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

Learning to Write from the Ides of March

In honor of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, here’s a blog post from a few years (and one month) back.   It’s March 15, the famous Ides of … Continue reading

April 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hidden Meanings in a Story Every Author Finds

Finding messages and meanings in your story you didn’t know were there. Remember that high school or college English class where a student pointed out some hidden meaning in a … Continue reading

April 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

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