books Archives - Joanna Campbell Slan

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

I’ve been re-reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things for the authors’ book club I belong to. The book was my choice. It’s almost guaranteed to spark a lively debate for many reasons. I find myself intrigued by the way that Alma, the main character, can find beauty and wonder in the world around her. […]

Where Are the Paper Versions of the Kiki Books?

Last April, my longstanding publisher Midnight Ink decided to discontinue the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series. So I am now self-publishing the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series. I had self-published other books years ago, so this is will be fine…eventually…although there have been many changes since I founded “Spot On Publishing.” I had already mastered the mechanism […]

Are My Books In Your Local Bookstore?

They might be. Or they might not be. And I can’t tell you exactly why. Book distribution…well…it’s tricky, and confusing, and a big mystery. Trust me, even Sherlock Holmes could be baffled by the ins and outs of book distribution. My friend Emilie Richards does a wizard job of discussing this on her blog. So, […]

The Future of rhe Publishing Industry

Last night I did a signing at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Reston. I spoke to a lovely and enthusiastic crowd. We were seated near the children’s book section. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed a young lady, at most maybe eleven years old, watching me and listening in. Eventually she […]

I'd Rather Be Eating Kibble…Or Why Some Books Are Hard to Take

Every day the Universe conspires to teach me lessons I don’t wanna learn. As they say in the movies, “Resistance is FUTILE.” And yet, I still struggle. Today, my dog was the teaching assistant. Rafferty decided he didn’t want to eat his food. Being a good dog mom, I coaxed. “Ah, come on, Raffie.” Then […]

Tweet, Tweet, Tweet–and You Could Win a Big Box of Books!

Argh. Every day I open my email and think: I don’t have time for all this. I especially don’t have time to update my website, to check all the posts on all the list-serves I belong to, visit every online community I need to, and comment on everyone’s blog as I should. But I do […]

Paper, Scissors, Death Delivered to My Door Today

The first copies of my new book came today by Fed Ex. Do you remember the scene in Back to the Future? The dad opens a box and pulls out copies of the book he’s written. Well, it’s exactly like that. The box (in this case a padded bag) arrives at your door, and you […]