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October Author Spotlight – Patrici...

Patricia Arnold, Author & Artist Patricia Arnold is a versatile author who writes and illustrates books. Patricia is inspired by mythical beings, stories and legends. She has a collection of encyclopedias on legends and mythology she’s enjoyed since childhood. She has written over a dozen books including fantasy fiction. Patricia has degrees in graphic design and an MSIA in information assurance from Davenport University. Patricia’s first book became an important milestone for her. Strictly G.I. commemorates her grandmother’s service in the Womens...
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New October Book Releases

NEW! Building a Handmade Business: Growing a Creative CompanyThe eBook available for order, purchase the print version and receive the ebook for free! Starting a creative company shouldn’t require going into debt. If you agree, you’ll find wit and wisdom in this book for creative entrepreneurs. Author, artist and graphic designer Patricia Arnold presents her best tips for starting a handmade business with this initial volume in her Creative Entrepreneur series. After starting a business in 1999 on a shoestring budget and then founding a second one ten years...
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Launching a Novel

My novel, The Illuminiers has its first Amazon promotion today. If you haven’t had a chance to download it, get it here.  To be sure, launching a novel involves a number of steps. To begin with, the story was written during NaNoWriMo, so I was really crunching words by the end of November 2012. From there, I spent months editing my work. Next, I added my illustrations; but something was missing. I decided to give one of my five free print copies (a reward from Createspace for meeting and exceeding my 50K word goal – awesome deal by the way) to my daughter, who...
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DIY Publishing

As much as self-published authors would love a publishing contract, many of us are too busy to pursue this venue, especially when it takes time to draft letters to agents. The act of putting a presentation together sometimes overshadows the time it takes to write the book itself. Even after scrutinizing every word of my pitch, I would get annoyed because it still wasn’t good enough. The best thing putting together a query letter ever did was give me focus, and that is something I recommend. Always being one to suffer from impatience not laziness, I sent two query...
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Art + Writing + Design = My Story

I’m working on the cover for my newest novel “The Illuminiers.” This is my illustration of my main character, Morgan Fey Achron. Drawing is a great diversion from endless editing, and it allows me to add art into my written works. I’m not sure if I would ever be able to release the creative reigns of my project to a team of designers. Since I’ve been a graphic and web designer for over a decade, and an artist/writer since about the age of ten, adding my own visual interpretations to a story I’ve written comes natural to me. It’s...