Maudie: A Romance with Art

If you think you’ve got it bad, get over yourself and go to Maudie, a quiet yet moving film about Canada’s most famous folk artist. Sally Hawkins is incredible as the irrepressible, smart, yet fragile Maud Lewis. Ethan Hawke admirably … Continue reading

How Yoga and Patanjali Can Help Your Writing

Long ago in a land faraway a humble physician named Patanjali codified his thoughts and knowledge of yoga in The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. This is a guide for living the right life. It is also a guide to right … Continue reading

5 Steps to a Great Book Cover

A book has only seconds to capture your attention, and its attention-getter is the cover. As an author entrepreneur, a professional book designer, and an independent publisher, I’m always looking at covers. Some catch my eye, but many more make … Continue reading

Surviving Book Awards

As chair of the Midwest Book Awards, I have discovered one can survive running a book awards program. It takes an immense amount of time, planning that would put most military strategists to shame, lots of contacts and friends with … Continue reading

Books and Chocolate: A Sweet Combo for Readers

One day while sending out a book to a reviewer, I made a discovery: the box I was using, which was from a great online chocolate retailer named Mantorville Farms, was a perfect fit for my book. The light bulb … Continue reading

Awesome Indies Seal of Approval

Book of Mercy has received the Awesome Indies Seal of Approval. This is like the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval only much better because it’s not about the best board game or a super skillet or an incredible iron. It’s … Continue reading

How to Decorate Your Little Free Library

Imagine a dollhouse, only it’s not a dollhouse. It’s a library. And instead of homey dollhouse wallpaper, the three walls are covered with three photographs of the interior of your neighborhood library. So opening the doors to your Little Free … Continue reading

Why Not Start Your Own Library?

The goal is to build more libraries than Andrew Carnegie. That’s 2,510. They don’t have to be big or built of marble or be guarded by massive stone lions. They just have to have books and people who want to … Continue reading

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