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  • I really enjoy visiting places that are in my own backyard. One of those spots is Apple Hill located about an hour east of Sacramento on Highway 50. For over 50 years, 50 local families have invited the public into the hills to their farms to enjoy days full of fun, from apple picking, touring

  • April has crept up on me as we are dealing with a world that doesn’t quite make sense. Along with April comes the A to Z Blogging Challenge and this year, with all that is going on, I feel a virtual travel tour is in order. For the next month, I will share with you

  • After doing my initial research on where to find an illustrator, I decided to give Fiverr a shot. I searched book illustrators on the Fiverr website and found several that interested me. With any route you decide, I recommend doing test images with the illustrator prospect prior to a full commitment to confirm you are

  • When I set out to turn Cowgirl Lessons into a children’s book, the biggest hurdle I had to overcome was finding an illustrator. I knew it wasn’t going to be cheap and I also knew my pocketbook was not filled with endless funds. My other concern was quality. I wanted a final product that I

  • I started writing blog posts to help give aspiring authors a glimpse into what I’ve learned about the process. I figured it was time to compile the existing posts on one page and share with you more posts are forthcoming. Making Your Author Website Accessible Tables at Book Events ISBNs Budget and Business Planning Illustrations:

  • December 11, 2019 For Immediate Release El Dorado Hills, CA – Local children’s book author, Rae Rankin, won awards at the 7th Annual Equus Film and Arts Festival held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY December 5-8, 2019. The culmination of the event, the WINNIE awards, celebrates storytellers who show the rich history

  • In my day job, I work for the state of California. For nearly a year, my focus has been on learning everything I can about document accessibility and remediating existing documents to be accessible. You are probably thinking to yourself right now, what on earth is she talking about? Trust me, you aren’t alone. I

  • I wanted to share this information while it’s fresh in my mind. I’ve now done a number of book events and yesterday while I was at the Great Valley Bookfest, I started really paying attention to the people walking through the aisle. Maybe it’s the marketing geek in my blood. But I was noticing how

  • .You’ve made a lot of decisions up to this point, and they are far from over. One of the most important one you will need to make soon is to ISBN or not. ISBN, or International Standard Book Number, is a unique identifier used to identify comercially available books. ISBN number are 13 digit numbers

  • Recently I came across a review of my first book Cowgirl Lessons that I had not seen before. While favorable, it questioned my use of Cowgirl in the title. The reviewer questioned it as the story had noting to do with western riding (in the reviewers opinion – said it was English) or the cowgirl