Posts in category Publishing

Submitting your manuscript to a publisher

You are in! A traditional publisher has accepted your query submission and wants to read your manuscript – excellent. As with every other step though, you must do this right. Read their submission form carefully. If they want an electronic version, don’t mail them a paper version. What are some of the guidelines? If they […]

You’ve written a book and now want t...

Do you know what to do first? Lets skip the basics – write the book – edit the book – reedit the book and jump right into traditional publishing as a first step. Traditional Publishing: No matter what – you want to start here. While the rejection letters can be quite defeating, and can pile […]

10 Most Common Grammatical Mistakes

As an author (or reader) I see grammatical mistakes everywhere and cringe. While I see it primarily with friends, family, collages and fans – I cringe most when I see other authors doing it. Yes we edit our work – but I try incredibly hard NOT to make those mistakes (especially on social media) because the […]

Wiki? Hamilton Troll

Hamilton Troll – Species Classification (A short chap with a cheery smile, whose face can be seen as far as a mile) The word troll brings about fear and disgust in many people. There are plenty of stories and variations of troll species, most of which exhibit unfavorable traits and bad behaviors. Some say trolls […]

Writing Prompt! “Never once thinking this ...

What would you write to the phrase in purple below? Write a sentence or two in the comments field and see where it takes you. “Never once thinking this could happen…” I fell to my knees and sobbed in the middle of the neighbors yard. I didn’t care if anyone was looking. I had no […]

Where are the book sales?

I just received a newsletter entitled “Why won’t my book sell?” and to be honest, after reading it, I felt they were doing the author wrong…   They start out with: You wrote a good book, you are pleased with its looks, you’ve done some social marketing but the sales you’ve gotten are mostly from […]

Writing Prompts! “In the morningR...

Hi there, lets have another fun writing prompt and see what results we get. “In the morning when the clock struck six…” I sat up from bed and stretched, knowing this was going to be the day I had been waiting for, for so long. My heart immediately quickened as I began contemplating how the […]

Call To Write Challenge!

Children!   Parents!   Teachers! Here is a creative writing assignment that children will jump for. The Dream World Defenders Call To Write CHALLENGE ~ Where Children Can: Become Published Authors! All you have to do is : Read this action-packed, imaginative book by Award-Winning Author Kathleen J. Shields Write Your Own Short Story Ending Then […]

Getting Children Writing

Children have the most amazingly creative imaginations!  The stories they can envision thanks to their curiosity and innocence, portray the kind of magic and mystery that gets lost into adulthood. This is why award-winning author Kathleen J. Shields has written Dream World Defenders. Not only is this story an action-packed, mind-blowing, anything-can-happen adventure; it excites […]

Dream World Defenders – Challenge!

Hello Everyone – My new Book is out!! I am so excited about the debut of this book but even more-so for the Writing Challenge. This is an opportunity for every child, who has ever dreamed about becoming a published author, to get their chance! Press Release: Kathleen J. Shields, award-winning author of the Hamilton […]

Writing Prompts! “It’s not wha...

Here’s another writing prompt to get your creative juices flowing. Comment with your continuation of the writing prompt below. “It’s not what she said, it’s what she…”   did that made me so angry. It’s one thing to correct me for a simple mistake, it’s another to do it in front of everyone in the room! I […]

Writing Prompt! “With pen in hand…”

Anyone can be a writer. If you read the below (in purple) and anything at all comes to your mind – write it in the comments field below and see where it takes you! Creative writing can be so much fun and yet sometimes, the hardest thing to do – is start. This is why […]

Writing Prompts! – A Game

One of the goals for my blog is to provide inspiration for writers to follow their dreams, and one of the biggest problems writers face is writers block! That is why I am starting something new here, Writing Prompts!  –  A Game Every once in a while, in order to light the fire for creative […]

School Visit & Reading – Watch ...

Hello All, I know it’s been a week since my last post but that is because I’ve been editing and creating videos to share with you!  I recently did a reading at: Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy in Austin, TX and was privileged enough to have a videographer from the Texas Association of Authors record […]

Website Frustration & the Good ol’ Da...

The other day I received an email from my grandfather, basically venting, regarding the frustration he experienced while attempting to order a couple of bath mats online. I read through his email and started to chuckle, because we all have been there. Links that don’t work Not compatible with Internet Explorer Flash that isn’t operating […]

Monopoly didn’t teach us right

I used to play Monopoly with a young friend of mine. He was actually very good. He would buy a property and immediately put a hotel on it that way he can get the largest amount of rent. I would buy a property and maybe put a house on it, that way I could get […]

San Marcos Daily Record Article About Me

I was so honored today to have seen this amazing article written about me and my children’s books. I just wanted to share it with everyone. This is a link to the PDF so you can read it… Local’s childrens books rally against bullying behavior

Troll Patrol – Stopping Bullies, Before Th...

Award Winning Author Kathleen J Shields educational books hamilton troll

PAWS for Friendship Canyon Lake, TX – Award-winning author, Kathleen J. Shields, releases her latest Hamilton Troll book with the objective of stopping bullies, before they start. In collaboration with local elementary school teachers, Shields’ has created the Troll Patrol with the goal of promoting “PAWS for Friendship”. The mission of “PAWS for Friendship” – […]

Start your own Troll Patrol

Award Winning Author Kathleen J Shields educational books hamilton troll

What is the Troll Patrol? Hamilton Troll realizes in our next book “Hamilton Troll meets Rudy Rat” (available July 4th) that there are some children out there that are ‘mean’ to others…. You see Rudy Rat wasn’t a very nice rat to the other children.  He didn’t know how to make friends so he took their […]

The book publishing snowman theory:

Book publishing is like a snowman – follow me here. To build a snowman you have to have the desire to get out in that freezing cold snow. You have to have the talent and patience to do the job. You have to be willing to learn or research the aspects you don’t know. You […]

Doing business without advertising is like...

I like this one: Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you are doing, but nobody else does. Steuart H. Britt I find that hilariously true… and yet, can not do anything about it.  When you don’t have the economic means to advertise your product(s) to […]

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