Evolution of a Book Cover

Evolution of a Book Cover

We’ve all heard the adage: Don’t judge a book by its cover. But most (all?) of us have been attracted to a book solely because of its cover. A book’s cover is its strongest advertisement, ideally conveying all the pertinent information in one handy little graphic: Title, Author, and Genre (plus, sometimes other details, like reviews, cost, awards won, etc.) Books in series raise even greater challenges to cover designers....

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He Says… She Says…

He Says… She Says…

Girl’s Guide to Witchcraft is one of my most popular books. It tells the story of a librarian who finds out she’s a witch. Along the way, we meet Jane Madison (the librarian), her familiar, her best friend, her doting grandmother, her crazy mother, and her Imaginary Boyfriend (the library patron she has a mad crush on.) We also meet her warder, David Montrose. David is Jane’s astral protector, assigned to keep an eye on her...

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Magical Washington: Four in Hand

Magical Washington: Four in Hand

One of the most common questions I get is, “Which of your books should I read first?” The answer is, “Whichever one sounds most interesting to you! And you can read the first chapter of every one of them, for free, on my website!” But a lot of folks still wonder what order to read the Magical Washington books.  I have a fun little chart that tells people the way the books relate to each other. But some people don’t...

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Nice Witches Don’t Swear Returns!

Nice Witches Don’t Swear Returns!

When New York Times Bestselling Author Robyn Peterman invited me to write a story in her Magic and Mayhem Universe, I couldn’t believe my good fortune.  Robyn’s an amazing writer — she’s funny and smart, and she knows how to give every one of her readers an over-the-top good time. Wait.  Let me back up.  Do you know what the Magic and Mayhem Universe is? The brilliant Robyn Peterman created Magic and Mayhem, a world full of crazy-fun...

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Have I Got a Deal For You!

Have I Got a Deal For You!

For the past five years, I’ve published most of my books with Book View Cafe, an author-run publishing cooperative. BVC is a fantastic community; the 50+ members are all experienced authors with astonishing insights into writing, producing email and print books, marketing those books to the reading public, and generally going about the hard work of being a published author. BVC has its own bookstore, where readers can buy .mobi (Kindle...

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