Diverse Books Contest

For all the diverse Middle Grade writers out there – here’s one you don’t want to miss! #ADL310

Writing and Illustrating

diversecroppedIf you write MG and have a diverse background, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities, you may be interested in submitting a short story to We Need Diverse Books. They are putting together an anthology of children’s literature to be published in January 2107.

Phoebe Yeh, VP/Publisher of Crown Books for Young Readers/Random House, has acquired publication rights to this Middle Grade WNDB Anthology, working title “Stories For All Of Us.”

The anthology will be in memory of Walter Dean Myers and it will be inspired by his quote: “Once I began to read, I began to exist.” Every new story contribution to this anthology will be by a diverse author.

WNDB is proud to announce that the anthology will have one story reserved for a previously unpublished diverse author. WNDB will fill that slot via…

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Google + Versus Facebook

I’ve had a Google+ account for a long time it seems, and for a while kept waiting for everyone to join up over there and leave Facebook in the dust. That has yet to happen, and most people I know don’t really post regularly to Google+.


This week during the Social Media course I’ve been using it a bit more and watching a lot of the videos which tell us how to use it effectively and I’m learning that Google+ has some advantages over Facebook that I hadn’t considered, however, it’s probably never going to be the monster that Facebook is simply because it doesn’t allow us to showcase things the way in which we’ve grown so accustomed. Also, who wants to go through all that trouble of moving all their information/pictures/memories over? I know I don’t.

There are some very functional tools that Google+ has that I’ve been using for a few years and these are probably the reason Google+ will hang in there. Hangouts is the biggest one and it can be used in so many ways. I use it for staff meetings with my agents. It’s nice to connect face to face and seem like everyone’s in the same room even though we work all over the country.


You can also use hangouts to stream a live show or seminar. This is something I haven’t yet done, but have considered often when I find myself talking to an author about contract points or payment schedules. It would be a great way to run a seminar and have people tune in.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned about it this week is that more people are using Google+ than I thought, and that I really should spend some more time there are really get a handle on everything it can do for me.

How about you? Are you on Google+? If you are, you can find me here.

How Much Has Book Promotion Changed since 2012?

I found a blog post today through the copyediting and proofreading course that made me realize just how much has changed in the world of book marketing in a few short years. This post was dated from 2012.

Some of the advice was timeless: do what works for you, it can be impossible to know what is effective, a website makes a great landing page.

But some of the advice… well, let’s just say we had to brush off the cave-dust from the archaic idea that Twitter and Facebook might be considered “useless.”

Right now I represent several authors who built their own monumental success using those two tools alone. A. Meredith Walters hit the New York Times Bestselling list via her fans and readers who flock to her through these two tools. Of course, she did write a phenomenal book, too, but that’s not the point.

Another book, which is one I represent, that was release 22 days ago is sitting in the top ten right now on Amazon for all books. Again, it is a wonderful book, but without Twitter and Facebook the word of mouth that has spread like wildfire about these books might not have rocketed to success.

I’m a bit surprised, too, that the author of the post failed to mention Goodreads, which is one of the best tools to reach actual readers. I know it was out before 2012, but perhaps it wasn’t as highly utilized.

Opportunities for children’s book writers, screenwriters, mystery and romance short stories and more.

I love Cindi Myers Market News because she posts helpful calls for submissions which I can then share to my clients and also I can stay in the loop regarding her books.


Effective sharing of news in the industry with a light dose of self promotion that feels a lot more like an update than an in-your-face sales tactic. Perfect mix.

Cindi Myers Market News's Blog

The flesh of prose gets its shape and strength from the bones of grammar.”  Constance Hale


MeeGenius, the number one ap for children’s books, is looking for original manuscripts for young readers ages 2-8. The MeeGenius ap for iPad, Android and other mobile devices delivers illustrated stories to children to read alone or with their parents. The editors at MeeGenius are looking for stories 15 to 20 pages in length, with 20 to 70 words per page. The stories may or may not be illustrated, but the finished book will be illustrated. Stories that include rhyming poems or stories are very popular with MeeGenius readers. They offer a “standard publishing contract” and promise to respond to your submissions within two to four weeks. To learn more about the company, their formatting and submission requirements and more, go here.


Books To Go Now is a digital…

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Social Media Posts

I just wanted to quickly let everyone know that I am taking a social media class and will be posting seemingly random articles possibly with hashtags that don’t make any sense to you.
It is part of the Creative Writing Certificate program that I am taking through the University of Calgary. Probably my posts will still revolve around writing and publishing, though, since, as you know, I simply can’t help myself.