December 1, 2020: the winners of the Royal Dragonfly award were announced. I am elated to say that Where All the Little Things Live was a winner in two categories: Honorable Mention, Best Illustrations & Honorable Mention, Chapter books. This competition has been around for nearly a decade, recognizing excellence in literature from around the … Continue reading Where All the Little Things Live is a Royal Dragonfly 2020 Winner!
Queen bee doesn’t waste any time introducing the central conflict and from that moment on compels you through an epic story that weaves together a collection of delightful and memorable characters. Ms. Weigandt crafts scenes of intense action and imagery throughout, from the vast majestic interiors of the bee hives to the regal garb of … Continue reading Queen Bee, Elizabeth Weigandt
From the first few moments there’s empathy for Julia’s situation, but no time is wasted on sympathy. Julia is a determined, tough individual and already has her sights set on what she needs to do. Sprinkled with humor, fascinating places, and a bit of wit and mystery, the Healing Star was a fun read from … Continue reading The Healing Star, A.Kidd
I am so happy to share this first preview of my forthcoming book and audiobook, Where All the Little Things Live! This is a rough cut, but it contains what I consider the main musical theme and sets the mood for the whole story. I still have a lot to record and mix, but this … Continue reading First Preview of Where All the Little Things Live
I bought a copy of “the Art of Business” a long time ago. I never actually read it until now. In the first few pages it mentioned Mike Coughlin, who was responsible for the book’s letterpress cover. About my services I’ve never been quite sure if there are a lot of people who might understand … Continue reading Traditional printing
Interesting… the chatter from Tamaishi exists, via facial recognition! Continue reading The chatter IRL
👏 Today, just before the end of the holiday weekend, I got a big reason to celebrate: my new book, Where All the Little Things Live reached 100% funding on Kickstarter, which means I will be spending the next several months bringing this book to reality. This is why I turned to Kickstarter in the … Continue reading Where All the Little Things Reached 100% funding on Kickstarter!
I recently was gifted a review by another indie author, Elizabeth Weigandt. She wrote Queen Bee, a book I thoroughly enjoyed. We were acquainted at a local SCBWI event, and I was immediately taken with the subject matter — the title Watership Down was invoked more than once. And to me, Queen Bee is a … Continue reading Tamaishi Review, Elizabeth Weigandt, Author of Queen Bee
I found this FAQ at BlackDogPublishing, and I thought it was well thought and written. Sales is not the only metric for your writing. Lack of sales isn’t attack on your writing skills. No one is buying my self-published book, can you help? Marketing is by far the hardest part of the book industry at … Continue reading If no one is buying…
I thought about approaching publishing companies about Zōsan and Tamaishi. I still debate about this internally — the idea that you’re not a “real” writer until you get to that point. Before that, it’s just a hobby. It’s not serious. Even before I read my friend Diana’s take on this subject, I realized why I do … Continue reading Why not an agent or publisher? Or… when do you get to a be a real boy?