We at Wisdom House Books have a lot to be thankful for this year. We’ve had the privileges of publishing interesting books and working with talented writers. We’ve attended and hosted fun bookish events, with plenty more planned. The Wisdom House pets are as cuddly as ever, and the cat even let me photograph her for Halloween. Yes, it’s been a good year for good books—but publishers aren’t the only ones grateful for good stories. Barnes and Noble recently conducted a survey o
What Does 'Bestseller' Mean?
I’m no conspiracy theorist, but I noticed something suspicious recently. A surprising number of my books are “bestsellers.” While I know some people who buy almost exclusively from the bestseller list, I’ve never been one of them. Yet many of my thrift store finds and discarded library books have “bestseller” emblazoned on their covers. Maybe that’s not too weird, but then the plot thickens: no one has ever heard of these books. I’m notorious among my family and friends for m
National Young Readers Week
All Indie authors have their own obstacles to overcome, but many deal with similar problems. In honor of National Young Readers Week, I want to talk about the unique troubles indie authors of children’s picture books face. Think about the children you know. They might like to read—many kids do—but they probably prefer physical books. While more children read on devices these days, the majority still read old-fashioned paper and ink books. Most toddlers don’t have their own ta
November is a Terrible Month for Writer's Block
Some days, there isn’t much to write about. You might be distracted, or you might have fallen into a rut. Maybe it’s what a reporter would call a “slow news day.” Whatever the reason, the words just aren’t coming. Writer’s block is one of the most common problems writers deal with. Even the best of us have days when penning even a single sentence is a struggle. With enough time and dedication, we can get past it, but what if we don’t have time? What if dedication isn’t the is