April 26, 2020

I write new articles every week. After sticking to that publishing schedule for four months, I find myself judging everything I have created. I have days when I’m convinced that I’m out of decent ideas.

This is nothing new. I have had numerous periods where I felt as if...

April 15, 2020

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It’s the saboteur within and it can torpedo our dreams.

“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”


― Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

The Gifts of Creative People

Creative people see possibilities, valu...

April 13, 2020

Make the reader’s first impression count with a crisp and evocative headline. A strong headline makes the difference between a handful of article or blog reads or your piece going viral. It can mean the difference between engaging a loyal following of readers or sinkin...

September 4, 2019

Hello! I’m Kirsten Marion, the Publisher at Common Deer Press. We are a young press (est. in 2016), run by four women passionately committed to publishing the best books for children and teens. Already we have 15 novels published and 10 more in the pipeline for the rem...

April 1, 2019

Happy Monday, everyone. By the time you read this, I will be in the beautiful city of Bologna (home of the oldest European University, for those of you who keep track) at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair⎯and I’m very excited! This is one of the Big Five Book Fairs arou...

March 25, 2019

What gets a query letter into the hands of the decision maker? Better yet, what makes the acquisitions editor say, "Yes!"?

There are a number of key elements that we look for at Common Deer Press, whether from an agent or an unsolicited submission (yes, Common Deer Pres...

March 18, 2019

Happy Monday, everyone. I was recently asked, “What goes into a publishing agreement and how negotiable up front are they by the author?” 


So, let’s go through the standard sections of the agreement and I’ll note, at the end of each one, just how negotiable it really i...

March 4, 2019

Hello, everyone and happy March!

I recently had the pleasure of speaking to a writer’s group. As usual there were lots of questions, but many centred around a single theme⎯how do we make our children’s literature acquisition decisions?

In brief, these are our key criteri...

December 17, 2018

Welcome back! This post highlights the must-haves in your proposal’s marketing plan, competitive titles, chapter outline, and sample chapters. 

Marketing Plan

In this section you outline what you can do (irrespective of what the publisher is doing) to promote and sell th...

December 10, 2018

Happy Monday, everyone and welcome back to Ask the Publisher! Last week, in Part I of this series, we talked about what a nonfiction book proposal was, why you might need one, and book proposal ‘must-haves’. Today’s post looks at the sections you need to cover in your...

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