Midnight Ink Archives - Joanna Campbell Slan

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 […]

Back from GASC and ALA

Wow, what a fun-filled, exciting weekend I had! It started with a class on journaling at ScrapbooksPlus! in Chantilly on Wednesday night. (Yeah, I know that’s not the weekend, but my weekends start early.) We had so much fun that Debbie Chabot has invited me back to teach journaling again. We’ve also scheduled a second […]

Book Excerpt from PHOTO, SNAP, SHOT

Book Excerpt from Photo, Snap, Shot:A Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Mystery By Joanna Campbell SlanPhoto, Snap, Shot is now available for pre-ordering at Amazon.com Release date is May 2010, so why not order it now and surprise yourself? It’s the 3rd book in the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series. Paper, Scissors, Death is the 1st and Cut, […]

Do You Judge a Book by Its Cover?

I sure do. When my acquiring editor Barbara Moore asked me for cover input, I said, “Please tell the artist to go look around in Archivers. I know there’s one close to your office. He’ll get a strong sense of what’s au courant in scrapbooking. I’d really like my book to be a true reflection […]

Building a Platform

“I’ve been frantically researching what it means to build an author’s platform, what appears to be the key factor in breaking into the market these days…I’m starting to think publicly about my writing instead of privately.” That’s from an email I recently received. What is a platform? It’s the audience an author can bring to […]

Marketing Lessons from Girl Scouting

Remember Girl Scouts? Thinking back on it, I believe that Juliette Gordon Lowe was actually creating a marketing organization, designed to promote the idea of good self-esteem to young women. She was a remarkable woman, and obviously a smart (Girl Scout) cookie. Let’s rethink some of the precepts: 1. Make new friends but keep the […]