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Chasing after a career in publishing was never my plan. Not a clear one, anyway. Thinking back to when I was a little girl, I distinctly remember telling everyone I'd grow up to be a veterinarian. This career choice, I'm assuming, piqued my interest because I wanted to be around animals all day (I still... Continue Reading →
It's not very often that I choose to review a non-fiction book, but Susan Hawthorne's Bibliodiversity: A Manifesto for Independent Publishing was too good to keep to myself. If you're not familiar with the term "bibliodiversity," don't worry. I wasn't either until I came across this book while researching sources for a project I was... Continue Reading →
Yesterday, as I was speaking with two Texas Tech University librarians, the topic of libraries as author and publisher came up. This was a new concept for me as I've never thought of libraries that way. In fact, it's an idea that seems almost foreign as libraries tend to only be seen as community centers,... Continue Reading →
As much as I enjoy visiting the local Barnes & Noble, I find it depressing that it's the only bookshop in my city. It wasn't always that way. We had several once upon a time, most of them being independently owned. Most of them flourished until our Barnes & Noble went from a modest single-story... Continue Reading →
It's no secret that one of the more frustrating aspects about being a writer is the submission process, especially if the outcome of that process brings a brief rejection letter. Sure, one rejection stings, but it's when those rejections start heading toward double-digits that things really get painful. Reaching this point can often bring on... Continue Reading →
I like to think of independent publishers as little minnows swimming bravely into ponds dominated by big fishes. Despite having competition in every corner, independents carry on with their end goal in sight. Now, when I say independent publishers, I don't mean self-published authors. I am speaking of those small companies running the race in... Continue Reading →
If you would have told me a year ago that I’d take on a freelance project to write a non-fiction children’s book, I would have laughed. I’ve never thought of myself as the children’s book writing type. I’ve spent most of my life writing poetry only a handful of people will read and a long... Continue Reading →