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Michelle Rene Goodhew


As an author and former illustrator for ACE Books in New York, I have always had a deep love of books and a profound respect for writers.

I found a love for words and writing before I was old enough to go to school. I have two older sisters who loved to play teachers and made out lessons and reading assignments for me regularly. I was reading stories in the Reader’s Digest before I could tie my own shoes – even if some of the bigger words were hard to comprehend. I loved books and I loved to write – I was hooked. That’s where my passion for this industry developed. This is my happy place!


I soon started writing my own stories! I won my first author’s award when I was in grade school, but I had written my first book by the age of four, The Swan. Although the title was lacking, being fully illustrated made up for it. I bound the book in cardboard laced with bright orange yarn and offered – what I saw as a treasure – to my mother. I have it now, tucked away somewhere. Mom brought it out of hiding and gave it back to me as a keepsake when I got my first paid commission as an illustrator over 20 years ago.

I became an freelance graphic designer in 2012, and have worked with indie authors, best-selling authors, and contracted with several publishing agencies. I also continue to illustrate children’s books and some book covers on request.


Over the years, I’ve soaked up everything I can find about self-publishing –  I’ve found it helpful to my clients who have tons of questions most of the time, all having to do with the process they’re facing. Self-publishing is work, and if you don’t have a well-structured plan for your launch, your book may get lost before it’s ever discovered. I try to help as much as I can.

Having an online business and blog, I found I’ve had to create content to grow my business. I love writing about what I’ve learned and I love being able to help others with their talent and passion.


Discover What I Write

I write paranormal fiction, non-fiction guides for independent authors, and I write/illustrate children’s books…


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Who Do You Write For?

Originally posted on Legends of Windemere:
Yahoo Image Search This is a question that I ask a lot and see many people answering without hesitation.  At least it appears that way.  It’s hard to figure out for myself.  There’s always multiple factors that I think about.  The list can include: Publish or Not Career or…

7 Tips On Writing Great Book Reviews

I love books and believe everyone should leave reviews of the books they read. Reviews help readers decide if a book is worth reading, they also help authors to learn what they can improve on. Obviously a book review isn’t just summarizing the content of a book. If you want to get better at writing reviews, like I do, then these tips are the help you’re looking for.

Have You Shared Your 2021 Writing Goals?

I just launched my writers website and blog on New Year’s Day so I have lots of goals for the coming year. Mostly I’m looking forward to meeting new writers, reading some great writing, and learning as much as possible!

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