Of Ink & Pearls

Of Ink & Pearls I help independent authors edit, package and market their novels. I specialize in historical romance but accept works from many different genres.
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Robin's book is going to appear in a major motion picture this fall!!!There's a big story behind this shot, but I can't ...
06/17/2020

Robin's book is going to appear in a major motion picture this fall!!!
There's a big story behind this shot, but I can't tell you until August.
#indieauthor #robingoldblum #firstbook #publisher #ofinkandpearls

Children's books should reflect our colorful world.Diverse authors and illustrators can now apply for the $2,000 Walter ...
06/16/2020

Children's books should reflect our colorful world.
Diverse authors and illustrators can now apply for the $2,000 Walter Grant. Share with someone working on their first book.
#diversevoices #blackauthors #childrensillustartor #firstbook #diversebooks
https://zcu.io/hEYo

I'm going to teach my best friend how to crochet, over video chat. Yeah, I have no illusions it will actually work. But ...
06/15/2020

I'm going to teach my best friend how to crochet, over video chat. Yeah, I have no illusions it will actually work. But we will have an excuse to chat every week.
What do you do to keep your hands busy during these strange times?
#hobbies #covidcoping #crochet #writerlife

"Wine is sunlight, held together by water." Galileo GalileiDo you prefer red or white wine? I'm a white wine girl. Also,...
06/12/2020

"Wine is sunlight, held together by water." Galileo Galilei
Do you prefer red or white wine? I'm a white wine girl.
Also, we are halfway through the month, which is halfway through the year, which is the last year of the decade.
#whitewine #moscato #motivationmonday #2020sucks

A romp through Europe, providing that love is love, even if there are revengeful dukes, helpful gypsies and alchemical c...
06/12/2020

A romp through Europe, providing that love is love, even if there are revengeful dukes, helpful gypsies and alchemical curses involved. I adored all these characters, warts and all.
#loveislove #pridemonth #lgbtqreads #yaromance #mackenzilee

β€œIt is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.” Oscar WildeWhat's ...
06/10/2020

β€œIt is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.”
Oscar Wilde

What's on your TBR pile? I just got a nice shipment of romances to top my pile of unread business books. Because romances just go better with a mojito.
#summerreading #tbr #independentauthor #publisher

Ain't no mail like book mail.With my library closed for 2 more weeks I've been leaning heavily on Thriftbooks to provide...
06/08/2020

Ain't no mail like book mail.
With my library closed for 2 more weeks I've been leaning heavily on Thriftbooks to provide my paperback fix.
Do you buy used books?
#thriftbooks #bookmail #paperbackbooks #romancenovel #donnagrant #jadelee #sylviaday

I'm really bad at keeping a diary.  When I use a real notebook I tend to write down practical stuff: business goals, pac...
06/05/2020

I'm really bad at keeping a diary. When I use a real notebook I tend to write down practical stuff: business goals, packing lists, lesson plans.

The nasty events of the past week have made me feel pretty hopeless. George Floyd could have been my cousin or my nephew. Next time it might be. The fact that the white supremacist who was arrest for attacking police at the demonstrations in Lancaster was knowingly Covid-positive makes me incredibly angry.

But anger at least has more energy in it. Enough for me to pick up the pen and write until I see a path. A path towards light and truth and justice and trust. Let's find that path together.

#blacklivesmatter #blm #lancasterpa #justiceforgeorgefloyd #pen*smightier #writerlife

Straight up sugar is bland. Add lemon juice and it becomes delicious.Your characters need different flavors in them too....
06/05/2020

Straight up sugar is bland. Add lemon juice and it becomes delicious.
Your characters need different flavors in them too. It's their flaws that make them human and relatable. I love a hero with salty language or a sour taste for love after a breakup.
#writingtips #characters

Summer means pool time. This year it mostly means the blow-up baby pool.Does the time of year play a big role in your st...
06/03/2020

Summer means pool time. This year it mostly means the blow-up baby pool.
Does the time of year play a big role in your story? Are there seasonal events or holidays that matter to your characters?
#writingtips #setting #summerfun

Where is your favorite place to write? I get ideas late at night, and always keep a pad of paper next to my bed.#writerp...
06/02/2020

Where is your favorite place to write?
I get ideas late at night, and always keep a pad of paper next to my bed.
#writerproblems #inspiration #writerlife #ofinkandpearls

What's on my desk right now?I'm editing a YA fantasy novel, transcribing a hand-written memoir, and formatting a sci-fi ...
06/02/2020

What's on my desk right now?
I'm editing a YA fantasy novel, transcribing a hand-written memoir, and formatting a sci-fi dystopia. Oh, I'm mentoring one of my authors as she relaunches her historical romance spy books with new covers.
My closest active author is just over the river in Pennsylvania, and the farthest is in South Africa.
What are you working on?
#mydesk #womanownedbusiness #indiepublisher #authorservices #authorshelpingauthors #ofinkandpearls

Not gonna lie, guys. This pandemic has impacted pretty much every area of my life. But I have faith in the power of frie...
06/02/2020

Not gonna lie, guys. This pandemic has impacted pretty much every area of my life.
But I have faith in the power of friends, chocolate, and positive thinking.
What is going to make you happy today?
I'm looking forward to ordering more books πŸ˜€
#choosehappy #covidcoping #books

Even as a teenager I was obsessed with history.I thought it would be cool to send my crush a letter sealed with wax (mel...
05/31/2020

Even as a teenager I was obsessed with history.
I thought it would be cool to send my crush a letter sealed with wax (melted crayon) through the school mail system.
He didn't say yes. LOL.
Have you done something silly for a crush?
#loveletter #waxseal #romancewriter

Ever thought of turning your book into an audiobook? Free online classes from AXC university.https://zcu.io/iwLm
05/30/2020

Ever thought of turning your book into an audiobook? Free online classes from AXC university.
https://zcu.io/iwLm

Attend this free author conference in your PJs! Great for adult, children and middle grade authors. https://zcu.io/ppYE
05/29/2020

Attend this free author conference in your PJs! Great for adult, children and middle grade authors. https://zcu.io/ppYE

The only thing more embarrassing than popping out when you curtsey? Spending $200 of your book publishing budget on ISBN...
05/26/2020

The only thing more embarrassing than popping out when you curtsey? Spending $200 of your book publishing budget on ISBNs you don't need.
So get thee a fichu and read this blog: https://zcu.io/uB1t
#ISBN #publishing #firstbook #ofinkandpearls

Is anyone else ready for a vacation from reality?If you could turn into a mythical creature at will, what would you be? ...
05/26/2020

Is anyone else ready for a vacation from reality?
If you could turn into a mythical creature at will, what would you be? I'm a water baby so I'd have to be a mermaid.
#mermaid #mythicalcreature #fantasywriter

Taking recycling a little too far...
05/26/2020
Recycling plant is evacuated after a live cannonball found

Taking recycling a little too far...

Grand Rapids police were summoned to the Kent County recycling center at midday on Tuesday when workers discovered what was described as a six-inch, six-pound shot-put ball on the processing line.

There is always something special about your first.It's hard to imagine, but my business is now over 2 years old. I help...
05/25/2020

There is always something special about your first.
It's hard to imagine, but my business is now over 2 years old. I helped a 10-year-old girl publish her short stories back in 2018.
Hosting her book signing was quite a rush. Let's start planning yours.
#newauthor #youngauthor #girlvoices #womanownedbusiness #publishing

There are as many different types of romance as there are types of sweets. Do you read the same romance genres over and ...
05/24/2020

There are as many different types of romance as there are types of sweets. Do you read the same romance genres over and over, or do you like to try new things?

Vengeance Road by Christina Feehan was a dark Motorcycle Club romance I tried recently. It was crazy steamy and so compelling. I ached for the main characters, laugh and cried and panted with them. But after I closed the cover I reached for something with a little sweeter. I can only handle bitter chocolate in small doses.

#Romancenovel #christinafeeham #MCromance #darkromance

Getting Robin's book stocked at the Doylestown Book Shop was awesome. And you can do it too! Just follow these steps to ...
05/23/2020

Getting Robin's book stocked at the Doylestown Book Shop was awesome. And you can do it too! Just follow these steps to find the right indie bookstore for you: https://zcu.io/Qony
#indieauthor #writingdreams #ofinkandpearls #robingoldblum

RWA canceled its conference this year. Much as I love getting together with my author peeps, I agree it just wasn't safe...
05/22/2020

RWA canceled its conference this year. Much as I love getting together with my author peeps, I agree it just wasn't safe. Thank goodness we can still escape into books where the only issues are the fate of Middle Earth.
#booksaremyhappyplace #romancewritersofamerica

Hey! I see you are on social media. Guess what? So are your future readers.Engage them with these simple tips: https://z...
05/21/2020

Hey! I see you are on social media. Guess what? So are your future readers.
Engage them with these simple tips: https://zcu.io/QTGz
#bookmarketing #independentauthor #socialmediamarketing #ofinkandpearls

Bright, beautiful birthday flowers from my family.Thank you for making me feel loved.
05/21/2020

Bright, beautiful birthday flowers from my family.

Thank you for making me feel loved.

Spring is busting out all over!What is your favorite thing to do on lovely days like this? I'm going to enjoy some lemon...
05/20/2020

Spring is busting out all over!
What is your favorite thing to do on lovely days like this? I'm going to enjoy some lemonade on my deck.

#ofinkandpearls #writerlife #historicalromance #williamsburg #dreamlightphotography

Ready to write that novel?One more day to grab these free resources on writing your novel, by RWA authors.https://zcu.io...
05/14/2020

Ready to write that novel?
One more day to grab these free resources on writing your novel, by RWA authors.
https://zcu.io/g2Vg
#bookcon #rwa #romancenovel #writeabook #ofinkandpearls

The key to my social media marketing success is always learning, and using Zoho. Are you marketing your book online?
05/12/2020
Social Media Management Software - Zoho Social

The key to my social media marketing success is always learning, and using Zoho. Are you marketing your book online?

Zoho Social is a social media management tool that helps businesses and agencies grow their presence on social media. Signup for free. No credit card required.

Do you have a pen name or even more than one? How did you choose it?When I finally publish my historical romance novel I...
05/11/2020

Do you have a pen name or even more than one? How did you choose it?

When I finally publish my historical romance novel I'm going to use a pen name. (Hint: editors edit for YEARS. Occupational hazard.) Enjoy this new blog post on choosing the right pen name for your books.
https://zcu.io/0n1h

#penname #newauthor #writingadvice #publishingtips #selfpublishing

A big thank you to everyone who mothers. It's the hardest, most important job in the world. Hugs! Here's a memory from m...
05/09/2020

A big thank you to everyone who mothers. It's the hardest, most important job in the world. Hugs! Here's a memory from my first Mothers' Day as a mommy.
#mothersdays #firstmothersday #momsrule #thankyoumom

Stay-at-home orders have been extended where I live. Have you had a book event canceled? Social media parties are a grea...
05/09/2020

Stay-at-home orders have been extended where I live. Have you had a book event canceled?
Social media parties are a great way to engage with readers and spread the word about your book. Check out this new training.
#bookmarketing #booklaunch #bookcon
https://zcu.io/XRLF

When her boyfriend is kidnapped by the Devil's Own, Angela is willing to break all the rules to get him back. Born with ...
05/07/2020

When her boyfriend is kidnapped by the Devil's Own, Angela is willing to break all the rules to get him back.
Born with two Blessings instead of one, Angela has always been viewed as a prodigy or a freak. Especially since controlling her fire power is far from easy. But she is going to need everything she has in the days ahead.
Coming this summer! This has been such a fun book to work on.
Have you ever been tempted to break the rules? Do tell.
#guardiansoflight #stormy #yafantasy #debutnovel

Stephenie Meyers is coming out with a new book in the Twilight saga, the Midnight Sun. Time to reignite the debate: Were...
05/07/2020

Stephenie Meyers is coming out with a new book in the Twilight saga, the Midnight Sun. Time to reignite the debate: Werewolf or Vampire?
Both are strong, sexy and passionate, but they are very different in some key ways.
Werewolves value family, community and nature. They work hard and play hard, but don't set much store in material possessions. Vampires often live in cities, have material wealth and political power. They are urban, sophisticated and feared.
Whom would you choose to love?

#twilight #vampires #werewolves #vampiresvswerewolves #midnightsun

Are you bummed that your book signing or novel debut party has been canceled? Learn how to throw an awesome virtual one!...
05/05/2020

Are you bummed that your book signing or novel debut party has been canceled? Learn how to throw an awesome virtual one!
Social media party training today at 1 pm EST on Zoom.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zcu.io/cJw1
Meeting ID: 781 3105 8661
Password: 6PRMHp

#authorservices #readerevents #booklaunch #booksigning #ofinkandpearls #indieauthor #bookmarketing

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Danielle Fritz, meet my niece, Lindsey Teske. She may be able to help you.
Hello Lindsey, who is the picture of on this page?