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The *Joy* of Summertime

An open letter to my 5 year old: Honey, I love you. I love that you’re so enthusiastic about art. I love that you’re proud of your art, but it’s time to sit down and have an honest conversation. When I’m working, I need to work. Now, my work can be anything from reading to … Continue reading The *Joy* of Summertime

The Work of Selling

Happy Wednesday! My dear friends, there is something I think very few of us writers and none of our readers really understand: writing a book is hard. Publishing is harder. Selling is.... And everything that comes after? Well, even the pros occasionally get run down by it all. It's something I've found too few people … Continue reading The Work of Selling

The Trademark Issue

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So, there seems to be an exciting new trend in publishing (not) where people are trademarking or attempting to trademark perfectly common words already in widespread usage throughout the industry in titles, series, imprints, etc. A friend on Twitter recently asked for my thoughts, and since I have yet to figure out how to do threads and link tweets (yes, I know, I’m waaayyy behind the times) and since Twitter only gives you so many words, I’m going to share thoughts here. First, according to the Trademark Office’s website, “A trademark is a brand name. A trademark or service mark includes any word, name, symbol, device, or any combination, used or intended to be used to identify and distinguish the goods/services of one seller or provider from those of others, and to indicate the source of the goods/services.” Choosing a word that’s already in widespread use already undermines the…

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Characters, Volume 1: The Knight in Shining Armor

This post is volume 1 of my Characters Series where I will attempt to discuss and explore a few of the various archetypes popular in genre fiction today.  ~ ~ ~ The Knight in Shining Armor/White Knight/Ideal Hero...You get the idea. We know this character: Steve Rogers, Chaol Westfall, Prince Charming, Harry Potter There are … Continue reading Characters, Volume 1: The Knight in Shining Armor


Oh, Twitter. For those of you not following the roasting of a certain author on Twitter this past weekend, you missed a fun time. And, also a scary one. #CockyGate: A romance author sought and received a trademark on the individual word "cocky" in all forms using a stylized font, enforceable in the romance genre. … Continue reading #CockyGate

Twitter in the KidLit Community

Anyone who's been on Twitter for five minutes knows it's a beast. Fast paced and ever evolving, Twitter is a social media platform that never stops. I joined Twitter in 2010. Back then it was basic, not everyone was there yet, and most people were just trying to figure out what it was and how … Continue reading Twitter in the KidLit Community