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What to Do When Your Best Book Isn’t Your Bestelling

As Jonathan Swift’s life drew to a close and dementia set in, he would crawl into bed, read his favorite book and say, “My God, I was brilliant once.”

Which book was that?

If you said Gulliver’s Travels, that’s understandable.

If you said A Modest Proposal, I wouldn’t blame you.

But nope, it was his first book…

March 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

One Way to Land an Interview

My interview on The Historians Every once in awhile something falls into your lap, but if you don’t act on it, it will slip through your legs like a bad-hop … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

What to Do with That One-Star Review

I’ve seen one-star reviews on Amazon and elsewhere that make no sense. One reviewer complained that she didn’t know it was a children’s book when she bought it, even though … Continue reading

September 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

What Five Years as a Children’s Writer Means

I realized upon logging in to my Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators account the other day that I have been with SCBWI for five years. That raises the … Continue reading

August 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Are You Invested in Your Book?

When you finish writing your book, few people will doubt you’re committed to your writing. You’ve spent months or years putting it on paper, and hopefully poured your heart into … Continue reading

August 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Overt and the Covert in Book Marketing

Both are effective, but one is annoying. There are dozens of ways to promote your book—including plenty that didn’t exist ten years ago. Heck, two years ago. You can tweet, … Continue reading

June 20, 2014 · Leave a comment