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New Book Announcement! Food for the Future, a picture book about sustainable farms!

Food for the Future: Sustainable Farms Around the World by Mia Wenjen illustrated by Robert Sae-Heng

I’m thrilled to announce that I have a new picture book coming out through Barefoot Books spring of 2023!

Robert Sae-Heng is the illustrator. Lisa Rosinsky is the editor. Lary Rosenblatt at 22MediaWorks represented me. Jess Lomas at Inkling Illustration represented the illustrator. Continue reading New Book Announcement! Food for the Future, a picture book about sustainable farms!

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What You Need to Know about ISBN Numbers

This is from Becky Flansburg, author of Sissy Goes Tiny:

Sissy Goes Tiny by Rebecca Flansburg

“You can buy one (or 10) ISBNs from Bowkers (www.myidentifiers.org) and they are 100% yours. Buying 10 enables you to have 10 in a sequential series (helpful if you intend to be a publisher or write more books). BUT, there is another option too: when you upload your book to Amazon, you can choose to get a free ISBN through them. The downside is that Amazon owns your ISBN number, not you. If you use Amazon KDP’s free ISBN, they will be listed as your “publisher.” So, if you have a business set up and want your business to be noted as your “publisher,” then buy an ISBN from Bowker.

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Kindle Direct Printing vs IngramSpark?

KDP vs IngramSpark

I printed Changing the Game with Kindle Direct Printing (KDP) because I didn’t research my options. That was a mistake!

I will write a separate post on ISBN numbers and how that affects selling your book on Amazon, but I made the mistake of thinking that printing through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Printing would at least allow me to run ads on Amazon to sell my book. Nothing could be further from the truth! Continue reading Kindle Direct Printing vs IngramSpark?

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Another Printer for Children’s Books including Pop Up Books

Win Choi printing company pop up books

I met William Xue through my LinkedIn network. He says that his company, Win Choi, specializes in high-quality printing jobs since 2008, especially in children’s books and pop-up books. His company offers competitive pricing and a high-quality product. Continue reading Another Printer for Children’s Books including Pop Up Books

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Hand Knit Hat Reward Level for My Kickstarter Book

Hand Knit Hat Reward Level for My Kickstarter Project

My highest reward level for my Kickstarter Book was $200 for a hand-knit hat and a copy of Changing the Game. Here are the hats that I knit for my donors. I made a few extra so they could have choices.

The label was a gift from my oldest daughter for Mother’s Day. It’s my Japanese family crest that she made into a woven label. I hand-stitched them on and I am happy with how they turned out. Continue reading Hand Knit Hat Reward Level for My Kickstarter Book

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Changing the Game: 3 Weeks to Go!

Changing the Game Julie Chu Asian Pacific American Female Athletes Mia Wenjen

Thank you all for your patience! I’m discovering that creating a book is similar to a home renovation project; it takes twice as long and is 50% more expensive than the original estimate!! Continue reading Changing the Game: 3 Weeks to Go!

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Another printer for book projects: PrintNinja

PrintNina printer for Kickstarter book projects

Ninja Tip: If you’ve successfully funded your campaign there may be a tax advantage to spending your campaign funds within the calendar year. See what Kickstarter has to say about it here. You can spend your campaign dollars with PrintNinja even if your artwork won’t be ready until the following year!

Hi Mia,

My name’s Justin — I work for a custom book/game printer called PrintNinja. We’ve printed lots of Kickstarter-funded projects like Brightmare Art Book, Wanderlust, The Cremation of Sam McGee, PokeNatomy, Dream On, High Fidelity, and No Small Plans. Continue reading Another printer for book projects: PrintNinja