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Award-Winning educational Children's Books and exciting chapter books for ages 8+

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GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Kathleen's Graphics, websites and graphic design services for companies and authors.

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PUBLISHER

Erin Go Bragh Publishing a small publisher of educational books for children and adults.

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CHRISTIAN

God has blessed me with these talents and I want to share His gifts with others.

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Hamilton Troll Gifts!!!

Okay world – you asked for it – now you can get it… Hamilton Troll Products Toothbrush Holder Night Light Pillow T-shirts Lunch Box Soap Dispenser Table Lamp Blankets Hats Magnets Bath Mats Posters Puzzles Drink Mugs Greeting Cards  If you see something you want, ask me. If you have a favorite Hamilton Troll book picture, […]

A Thank you letter from the kids

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I just wanted to share this. I received it about a month ago and thought it was adorable. The Sunshine Cottage is a school for deaf children and the entire day was amazing! The technology, the children, the facility. I was quite impressed and very favorably received. It was a wonderful day – one I […]

Barney Bee loves those sweets!

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Everyone likes sweets, right? Ice cream, cake, cookies, candy… but bees like something else, do you know what that is? That’s right! Pollen and nectar. Why? Why don’t they eat chocolate cake and ice cream? Because that’s not what they eat. Just like dog’s and cat’s can’t eat chocolate or you wouldn’t want to eat […]

Self Publishing – Lose the Stigma

I learned something interesting this weekend that I already knew deep down in my heart but still allowed the stigma to characterize my responses. What was that? Self publishing means you aren’t good enough for the traditional publishers. I tried to get into the traditional publishing houses. I tried to land an agent. I failed. […]

What is God’s Plan?

God doesn’t tell us his plan for us. He does that for a reason. So that way we can never fail him. They say that everything happens for a reason, and it’s all part of God’s plan. The point is, we do not know what God’s plan is for us. We have dreams. We have goals in life. We may or may not see them come true.

It takes hard work, for this dance!

I love watching dance movies. Whether it is ballet, or hip hop, I simply love them. Why? Because the hero must endure. They must work hard, practice, face the challenges, keep struggling and then in the end – they succeed! They give the best performance of their life and win! It’s a feel-good moment that […]

The Story Continues: The Painting 2

The Painting 2, second book of the inspirational Painting Trilogy by author Kathleen J. Shields

The Painting 2 – inspirational Christian fiction Trilogy by author Kathleen J. Shields continues now!

Inspiring Future Authors

Keep your eyes peeled for Deana, future author of a series of horse rescue stories, because this young author is letting her imagination Run Wild! I met Deana at the Utopia Fall Festival three years ago. She loved to read, wanted to write,  and was a joy to talk with. This was the year I […]

Halloween Inspiration

Happy Halloween Everyone! I wasn’t sure I’d be able to write a post this Halloween – you see, this was my father’s favorite day of the year. I grew up with a dad who’d terrorize me with his many masks throughout the year in order to prepare me for the chaos that would ensue on […]

Using Amazon and Buy Now links

In this post I’m actually going to combine questions 8 and 10 together because they truly go hand in hand. Q. Do I need links to Amazon for my books on my author web site? A. I would! I would link to absolutely every bookstore and online shop I can. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell […]

The importance of keywords

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Keywords are the words and phrases that Internet users type into search box of a search engine, such as Google, to find what websites that match what are looking for. Keywords are the same in books when you publish them. The keywords you choose for your book(s) is just as important as the keywords you […]

How to market your author website

While I am not an expert on marketing, I do know enough to get by. I know that a website that doesn’t change grows stagnant. I know that Google is going to drop you down if you don’t add new content every once in a while. And I know that a website takes work, a […]

The Star that Disappeared – True Story

disappearing star short story by author Kathleen J. Shields

Last night when I was getting ready for bed, I looked out our bedroom windows as I usually do every night. We have an outstanding view of a large valley surrounded by a luscious green hill care of the Texas Hill Country. We live out in the middle of nowhere. There are no city lights […]

Testimonials and Reviews, are they importa...

In the world of web, the difference between testimonials and reviews isn’t much. Defined though, a testimonial is a statement and a review is a critique. While the terms tend to reflect generation, the Google generation vs the hand written letters generation, the point is that they are important. In the world of books, a […]

Do author websites need a blog?

Today’s question is a popular one, primarily because blogging can be time consuming. If you are spending your writing time writing something other than books, are you utilizing your time effectively? Q. Do I need a blog on my author web site? How do I gain blog followers? A. I go back and forth on […]

Author websites, yes or no?

In the coming weeks I’m going to be discussing author websites. There are many questions regarding whether you need one, what you should have on them and how to market them. This first question is about their necessity. Q. Is it necessary for an author or writer to have a web site? Why? A. If […]

Free ebooks to get the word out

Free ebooks to get the word out

Today I’ll be focusing on a very important question in regards to marketing, Free E-Books. You’ve spent a LOT of time writing your book – to give it away for free – is it worth it? Well that depends… Q. Have you found it effective to offer free ebooks to “get the word out?” A. […]

How to market on a shoestring budget

A few weeks ago I was interviewed for a column and wanted to share some of my insight to help future authors. This industry, the book publishing industry is a challenging one. It is chock full of pitted roads and sharp turns and navigating those streets are not easy. But as a fellow author, one […]

How to successfully market your book

Last week I wrote about how I was interviewed for a column titled, Author Questions FOR Successful Authors. That was not only an awesome feeling of joy, but humbling as well because someone considered little ‘ol me a success! Insert big grin here. Well after typing up my responses I realized this was incredibly helpful […]

What is the best advice you can give to as...

Howdy y’all! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted any updates but I’ve been busier than I ever thought I could be! .and I’ve survived! I must tell you that after building a house, it feels quite excellent sitting behind a computer at my brand new desk. I’ve spent most of this year […]

New Year, New Opportunities

Looking back on 2017, I can see the opportunities God has presented…

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