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Why Sports-Mysteries Are Perfect Gifts For Kids

When you are searching for perfect gifts for kids on your holiday gift list, you can’t go wrong buying sports-mysteries for them. Whether the child is a sports enthusiast or not, sports-mysteries are fun to read, encourage problem-solving skills, effortlessly promote reading, and teach important life lessons. As well, books are inexpensive, can be bought without even leaving home, and are a snap to wrap. They are win-win gifts and nothing else even comes close.   {Read More}

Murder On A Monday—The Cover Reveal!

My new murder mystery, Murder On A Monday, A Rachel Mathews Murder Mystery published by High Tide Publication Incorporated, is at press, and the cover has now been revealed! I hope it gives readers a good idea of what’s in store, and I’ll let you know when and where it can be purchased soon. {Read More}

Has Your Child’s Reading Improved Enough This Year?

The school year is drawing to a close and there is only a short time left—have you done everything you can to help your child’s reading improve? Will he be able to read at the level required when he comes back to school in September? There is still time for you to have an impact on your child’s performance in the next grade, and, even more importantly, time to help improve his attitude to reading, which may need an infusion of enthusiasm. {Read More}

Times Are A-Changin’ And Writers Must Be A-Changin’ Too

Times are a-changin’ which means all writers must keep a-changin’ too, if we want to be published and read. Long-gone is the myth of the writer in the cold-water flat banging away on a typewriter and sending the results to a big name publisher who “discovers” a brilliant story within the coffee-stained pages. It’s not happening in this day and age.

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Finding A Traditional Publisher Takes Time—Lots Of It

When you set out to find a traditional publisher for your manuscript (MS), you know it will take a lot of time. You probably know that an agent can help you, or you may have already tried to find one, or you may have decided at the outset to submit to publishers without an agent.

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How To Prepare An MS for A Traditional Publisher

If you want to find a traditional publisher for your manuscrupt (MS), you must prepare it with the utmost care, and enlist all the people you need to help you eliminate any errors. You must also write an excellent query letter, a synopsis or a summary, and a suitable biography. {Read More}

Do You Need An Agent to Find a Traditional Publisher?

Must you have an agent to find a traditional publisher? No, you don’t. However, an agent can introduce you and your manuscript (MS) to well-known, big publishing houses willing to invest money in a new author but are unwilling—and no longer need—to search them out themselves. They trust agents to do that for them. As a result, they generally refuse to read unagented submissions.
Having an agent, therefore, means there will be many more traditional publishers willing to look at your work.

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Books & More Books—They’re The Season’s Must-Have Gifts!

Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, or the Winter Solstice, include books for everyone on your gift list, and you will make shopping easier, less expensive, and more enjoyable for yourself. I love receiving books, giving books, and shopping for books and, if you like to read, you probably enjoy all these activities, too. {Read More}

Buy Your Copy Of Murder On A Monday In Early 2018

High Tide Publications, a traditional US book publisher, will offer my mystery story, Murder On A Monday, to readers in early 2018. Is this a big deal? Am I thrilled? Yes, yes, it’s a very big deal and I’m really thrilled!

Many people, including other writers, urged me to self-publish, but I resisted the coaxing. I knew what was best for me and I’m glad I struggled through the process of finding a traditional publisher. {Read More}

Why Halloween Stories Motivate Children to Read

The big motivators that inspire children to read and keep on reading are the fascinating page-turners that tell of great adventures, exciting mysteries, heroic children, and tales that deal with monsters, ghosts, the weird, and the scary.

Yes, this is the time of year to offer children the chance to read spooky Halloween stories geared to their age and their willingness to experience fear through fictional accounts within the safe harbor of home and family. {Read More}

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