Sunday, November 19, 2017

Brown Babies, Pink Parents

A practical guide for Caucasian parents who are raising Black children.  Author Amy Ford is the adoptive mother of three African American daughters, with first-hand experience of the challenges of transracial parenting. She addresses a multitude of concerns including basic skin and hair care, racial socialization, accepting white privilege, and ways to celebrate the diversity [...]

Brown Babies, Pink Parents

Today, my delightful client Amy Ford received the proof copy of her self-published book on transracial adoption, Brown Babies, Pink Parents, and it looks fabulous! Amy came by my house this afternoon to show me the sample of the 125-page book that I worked with her to edit during June. Her good friend, graphic designer [...]

Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir

June 28, 2010 by Jane Ross  
Filed under Blog, Writing Practice

Recently I had the great good fortune to hear writer Natalie Goldberg speak when she visited Austin for a book signing. Goldberg was here at the end of a book tour to promote the recently released paperback edition of her latest book, Old Friend from Far Away: the practice of writing memoir.
I [...]

Permissions 101

May 29, 2010 by Jane Ross  
Filed under Blog, Self publishing

We book authors often want to quote from other writers to make a point. How do we know how much we may quote without infringing copyright and breaching what is considered “Fair Use?”
The copyright laws’ definition of Fair Use depends upon what portion of a work you are quoting and the significance of the portion [...]

A Practice for the Days You Eat

May 28, 2010 by Jane Ross  
Filed under Blog, Writing Practice

I’ve always looked on the task of cooking the evening meal for my family as a meditative exercise that separates the outward-directed activity of the workday from the hearth-centered conviviality of the evening. Though the day-to-day family meals I cook are not often works of culinary virtuosity, they are usually balanced, [...]

Finding Consolation

March 13, 2010 by Jane Ross  
Filed under Blog, Writing Practice

The blue-covered booklet of stories, neatly bound with blue ribbon, stood facing us from a handsome carved wood book stand on the dais of St. John Neumann Church in Austin, one bright fall day in November. We were gathered there for the funeral of Mildred Declerck. Just two weeks earlier, Mildred [...]

Controlling the Presses

March 5, 2010 by Jane Ross  
Filed under Blog, Publishing, Self publishing

As a young copyeditor working in London in the 1980s, I belonged to the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). Posted on the notice board by my desk was a postcard I had bought at an NUJ event. It showed a middle-aged woman operating an offset printing press. The caption read:
“Freedom of the press belongs to [...]

A Glossary of Self-Publishing Terms

February 19, 2010 by Jane Ross  
Filed under Blog, Self publishing

Before you dive into self-publishing, it helps to have a few definitions clear.
Traditional publisher: When we talk about a “tradi­tional publisher” or a “publishing company,” we’re referring to a company that issues literary works for sale to the public but, most significantly, we mean that this company assumes the business risk of issuing those works. [...]

Escaping Google’s Clutches

January 19, 2010 by Jane Ross  
Filed under Blog, Publishing, Self publishing

Google is scanning millions of books and plans to post the content on the internet. If you’re a copyright holder especially of a self-published work, there are some good reasons to opt out of Google’s plan and escape Google’s clutches.
In 2005, the Author’s Guild of America sued Google to stop them scanning copyrighted books. Google [...]

A Red Letter Day for Lita

January 14, 2010 by Jane Ross  
Filed under Blog, Books, Self publishing

December 30th, within days of Lita’s birthday, her family held a book-launch party to celebrate the release of her memoir, La Familia de los Santos.
And now, two weeks later the “family edition” of her book is officially published and available to all through print-on-demand company Lulu.com.
Austin author Lita de los Santos has been writing her [...]

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