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There & Back Again: Amtrak, Awards, & Ana

It’s been a while since I posted. First, I was super busy with the last two books. Then the hubby and I traveled to Chicago by train for the IBPA Publishing Conference and Awards dinner. You may recall that Treasure was a finalist for cover design. Though it did not win the gold, it did […]

Introducing Seed Savers-Keeper

As most of you know, Flying Books House has been republishing and polishing the Seed Savers series. I’m very pleased to announce that book 4, Keeper, is scheduled for release on April 16, in time for Earth Day! But I’m most pleased to show you the beautiful cover. This may be my favorite of them […]

Seed Savers-Treasure, Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist!

It’s been a while since I posted. Not because nothing is happening, but quite the opposite– I’ve been very busy. But first things first: I am thrilled to announce that Seed Savers-Treasure is a finalist for a coveted Benjamin Franklin Award. Read the press release here. Treasure is a finalist in the Children’s/YA cover design […]

Does a Book Series Have to be Read in Order?

I would argue “no.” Case in point: prequels. Or one better–-is there ever really a beginning? (Or an ending for that matter?) What about those books that are told out of order (I’m thinking of Jodi Picoult’s first book, Songs of the Humpback Whale)? Or a series written out of order such as the Chronicles of Narnia? […]

World Read Aloud Day is Coming!

About a week ago I read the most wonderful Twitter thread on read alouds. I’ve been meaning ever since to add my two cents here on the blog. One of the tweets said something to the effect of “I remember every book ever read aloud to me in school.” In terms of novels, so do […]

Teachers – I want to visit your classroom!

I announced this last week in my newsletter, and I still have openings! In April I’ll be attending a conference in Chicago and afterward I plan to travel back home to Oregon by train. I thought it would be fun to visit a few schools along the route home (transportation costs minimal for the schools!) […]

A Cover is Not the Book, But it Helps

Just got back from seeing Mary Poppins Returns with A Cover is Not the Book still running through my head. A cover may not be the book indeed, but a good cover will certainly help your book get noticed. I’ve been meaning for a while to write a post about the book covers for the […]