Books, Publishing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing Tips

What Do I NEED If I Want To Independently Publish a Book?

There's no shortage of online writing advice. On the contrary, when I first decided to independently publish, I was swamped with such a flood of information that it was hard to find sure footing. The terminology was tricky enough, let alone the specific strategies other independent authors discussed as I listened in and scrambled to… Continue reading What Do I NEED If I Want To Independently Publish a Book?

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Interview at Jennifer Hallmark’s “Inspired Prompt”

Welcome to the weekend, Readers and Writers! Author Jennifer Hallmark was kind enough to ask me to stop by her site, "Inspired Prompt,"  for an interview today. The link is below if you'd like to pop over, too (and maybe win an e-book?) Today we’d like to welcome blogger and author, Anne Clare, to the… Continue reading Interview at Jennifer Hallmark’s “Inspired Prompt”

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Author Jean Lee Interviews…Me!

It's almost a week out from the release of my first novel into the wild, and friends, I won't lie- my brain still feels about as mushy as the strawberry jam my kids and I have been making. Maybe it's a good thing that today's blog post was ready-made and waiting for me. Fantasy author… Continue reading Author Jean Lee Interviews…Me!

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Anne’s “Do” and “Do NOT” List For That Story You’re Thinking About Publishing

Writing a story is one thing. Writing it for other people to read- well, that's a whole different ballgame, isn't it? Writing, editing, editing some more, rewriting, editing, choosing a publishing venue, editing, formatting and cover design, and a few more rounds of editing- getting a book to a point where it can be called… Continue reading Anne’s “Do” and “Do NOT” List For That Story You’re Thinking About Publishing

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Pre-Publishing Panics

  I'm avoiding my inbox. You see, waiting in my inbox is the first half of my book, back from my editor. After more than two years, my debut novel is just about ready to be launched out into the real world. And I...I am too scared to open that document. I know what needs to… Continue reading Pre-Publishing Panics

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Publishing Short Fiction: An Interview with Author Jonathon Mast

While I've enjoyed sharing tales of publishing journeys from novelists I've gotten to know, (thanks to Lydia, Jean, Dan, Vanessa and Anita for these,) there are many other formats aside from novels for writers to share their stories and dreams.  Today I'd like to welcome Jonathon Mast back to The Naptime Author to share his… Continue reading Publishing Short Fiction: An Interview with Author Jonathon Mast

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Publishing Paths: An Interview With Author A.M. Heath

The road to publication looks different depending on who's walking it. I've been pleased to interview a number of authors who have been kind enough to visit this site and share their unique publishing experiences: Vanessa Rasanen, Dan Alatorre, Jean Lee and Lydia Eberhardt. All of them shared different perspectives and different lessons they learned… Continue reading Publishing Paths: An Interview With Author A.M. Heath

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Publishing Paths: An Interview with Fantasy Author Jean Lee

Greetings Readers and Writers! It's been a pleasure to have other authors visit my blog, and to hear talented folks like Lydia Eberhardt, Dan Alatorre and Vanessa Rasanen share their personal journeys from idea, to manuscript, to published book. Today's exploration of the many winding paths to publication leads us to the door of the… Continue reading Publishing Paths: An Interview with Fantasy Author Jean Lee

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Guest Post by Dan Alatorre: Compiling an Anthology, Part 1

Sometimes I have crazy ideas...but I've admitted that before. When I started teaching a bit of 7th and 8th grade Creative Writing, I had this grand vision of compiling and polishing student stories, and maybe- why not?!- publishing our own little classroom anthology. Then the school year started, and reality hit. I would have to duplicate… Continue reading Guest Post by Dan Alatorre: Compiling an Anthology, Part 1

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Publishing Paths: An Interview with Vanessa Rasanen

I'm a sucker for a good story, be it fiction, non-fiction, or something in between. Getting to read a great book before everyone else- that's just a bonus! My new friend, Vanessa Rasanen, was kind enough to let me be one of her early readers for her debut novel Soldier On, which she just released this… Continue reading Publishing Paths: An Interview with Vanessa Rasanen