Wednesday, October 20, 2010

It's a party, people! Time to mingle!

I hope you guys have been enjoying the party. It's been full of cruising, schmoozing and industry gossip. It's been fun sharing some of my stories like where I got the idea for The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade, what one of the original titles was, and even sharing a little secret about when I write. But it's a party and the place is jumping! In fact, let's take a spin around the party and see what everyone's talking about...

Hey, look there's Amy Allgeyer Cook, author of The Iron Bodkin: Lux St. Clare ~ Book One and some of the Indie Debut 2010 authors (Yep, that amazing group of debut authors, I'm honored to be a part of!).  Looks like they're talking to an aspiring author. Let's jump in on their conversation...

The Iron Bodkin: Lux St. Clare ~ Book One
Amy Allgeyer Cook, author of The Iron Bodkin: Lux St. Clare ~ Book One:  "Small presses are great.  Have you checked them out in Children's Writers & Illustrators Market or Children's Book Market?  What about on Preditors & Editors or Writer Beware?  Make sure they don't have any bad feedback."

A Wish and a Prayer
Beth Bence Reinke, author of A Wish and a Prayer: "You're right, Amy, small presses can be a great way to publish. When considering a particular small publisher, I suggest talking to authors who have published with them first to get a feel for the company."

The Golden Pathway

Donna M. McDine, author of The Golden Pathway: "Yes, research their authors and reach out to a couple of them personally and ask them about their experience with their publisher. It's a sure fire way of getting accurate feedback."


Tamara Hart Heiner, author of Perilous: "I agree with Donna. You don't really know what it's like to work with the small press until you talk to their authors. And it's good to know how well they stick to schedules, what the editor's like, the communication speed, the financial help with marketing, their ability to get into bookstores. I wish I had done this homework before hand!"

Brigitta of the White Forest

Danika Dinsmore, author of Brigitta of the White Forest:  "There are more options than ever out there when it comes to publishing, and there are pros and cons along every path. As a debut author with any publishing house, you're going to have to do a lot of promotion anyway. But with a small press, you won't get lost. You'll probably get more personal attention, more influence in decisions, and your book's life could last longer."

Lori: "I couldn't agree more, ladies. I always wonder, if I had the chance to do it all over again, would I? And I always say yes. I've learned so much publishing with a small press and it's been a wonderful opportunity to share The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade with readers. And we get to have this really cool party!

Mingle on...


  1. I can't believe how much I've learned. I hope to be able to share my knowledge with almost-published authors!

  2. It really is amazing how much you learn with your first book, Tamara! And that's one of the great things about so many children's authors out there--they're so giving of telling about their experiences, that an aspiring author can really learn a lot!