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…
Come Check Out My Awesome Blog
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!
Line after line of pointless explaining… boring myself to death with all the “I know you lack an imagination so let me spell it out for you” crap.
Have you ever done that? Have you picked up an old story idea, decided it wasn’t half bad, and started hashing out the details?