In this engaging book of short essays for writers, Keiko O’Leary explores what it means to live life as a writer, offers encouragement and inspiration, and suggests practical techniques to cultivate your writing life. Whether you have years of experience or are just starting out, these essays will support you on your writing journey.
What readers are saying:
This is a book of welcome—which means that it’s a book of openings, the kind of openings that every writer needs to be inspired and connected—to the world, to themselves, to their fellow writers, to their stories … and to all of the mysteries that touch us as creators.
‘You deserve to create what’s in you to create,’ writes Keiko O’Leary. Yes. This book radiates yes. It radiates awakening.
—Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month
A beautifully written meditation on the writer’s life. The minute I started reading this, I thought, ‘Oh, I’m home!’ This book speaks to the writer in me, not the published person in me. I can’t speak highly enough about this book.
—Julie A. Fast, bestselling author of Getting it Done When You’re Depressed
If you want to write but feel intimidated, or you start writing but get discouraged, or even if you already write a lot but would like some encouragement and celebration—this book is for you.
—C. Borst, author of Soldiers in Grey
Keiko’s book inspired me to start working on a novel that I had been wanting to write.
Note: The Pride StoryBundle event is over. Thank you to everyone who bought a bundle or helped spread the word!
Happy Pride, friends! 🏳️🌈🏳️🌈
We’re so excited that this year’s Pride StoryBundle includes the funny sci-fi novel The Hereafter Bytes by Vincent Scott, along with 14 other excellent queer SF/F books! You can also choose to donate part of your payment to Rainbow Railroad, which helps LGBTQ+ people escape persecution and violence.
Whether or not you’ve already read & enjoyed The Hereafter Bytes, now’s your chance to check out even more SF/F books with queer characters & themes, carefully curated by Catherine Lundoff and Melissa Scott.
We are pleased to announce we’re publishing the book Your Writing Matters: 34 Quick Essays to Get Unstuck and Stay Inspired by creativity expert Keiko O’Leary.
What you write can change someone’s life.
In this engaging collection of short essays for writers, Keiko O’Leary explores what it means to live life as a writer, offers encouragement and inspiration, and suggests practical techniques to cultivate your writing life. Drawing on her experience as a writer, writing group leader, and workshop instructor, Keiko writes about topics such as:
MOTIVATION:“You deserve to create what’s in you to create.” CREATIVITY:“Your personal geography is a wellspring of memoir and poetry, and a source of authentic detail for fiction.” LEGACY:“Through your writing, you help people experience meaning, not only in what you write, but also in their own lives.”
Whether you have years of experience or are just starting out, these essays will support you on your writing journey.
Keiko O’Learyhelps writers see the big picture while taking meaningful action today. She is a writer, editor, artist, and speaker. A leader in San José, California’s literary community, Keiko teaches workshops and organizes the long-standing writing group Write to the End. She writes short pieces, including poetry, flash fiction, and essays.
Your Writing Matters will be available in paperback and ebook editions on August 9, 2022.
We’re happy to announce two new clubfoot resources!
Beyond Boots ‘n’ Bars: A Journal for Clubfoot Parents is a guided journal to help parents understand the basics of clubfoot treatment and sort out their thoughts and emotions during the first year of their baby’s clubfoot treatment. Available May 2, 2022.
Bunny Fun Coloring Book For Kids: Let’s Play features bunny characters from the picture book Hip, Hop, Hooray for Brooklyn! plus some new animal friends and lots of new active play scenes. Available May 10, 2022.
Perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners, Let’s Play includes:
Active play scenes such as skating, climbing, and running
Coloring pages for serial casting and brace wear from the Brooklynn story book
Simple activity pages with dot to dot, matching, and mazes
These fun coloring pages celebrate the joy of movement and active play!
Here is the gorgeous cover of our forthcoming guided journal Beyond Boots ’n’ Bars: A Journal for Clubfoot Parents by Betsy Miller. Our cover designer Caroline Sanney came up with a number of concepts and this is the one that received the most positive response from clubfoot parents. We love how it turned out!
Since this book was funded through a Kickstarter campaign, we’re also ordering the extra rewards that some backers chose. Copies of the picture book Hip, Hop, Hooray for Brooklynn and our Beyond Boots ’n’ Bars mugs arrived in December and the tote bags came in this week. Don’t they look nice?
Now we’re finalizing the book design for the Beyond Boots ’n’ Bars interior pages and working on a coloring book with Brooklynn and her friends and family.
If you’re interested in clubfoot resources, fill in the form below. You’ll get news and free coloring pages by email.
Since the Kickstarter will continue through Fri, Oct 15, we’re unlocking the Bunny Fun Coloring Book for Kids, featuring characters from the picture book Hip, Hop, Hooray for Brooklynn! This means you can preorder the coloring book during the Kickstarter campaign.
If you already chose a reward tier with one or more paperback books, you can get the coloring book as an add-on. Click the Add-on button for your reward tier.
We opened a new reward tier that lets you get the Beyond Boots ‘n’ Bars journal & the Bunny Fun Coloring Book for Kids! If you haven’t backed yet, you can choose this tier to get both books.
You can support the campaign and preorder the journal and coloring book until Friday, Oct 15 at 5 pm Pacific time, when the Kickstarter ends. Click here to go to the Kickstarter!
Beyond Boots ‘n’ Bars is a guided journal to help parents understand the basics of clubfoot treatment and sort out their thoughts and emotions during the first year of their baby’s clubfoot treatment. We love to publish specialty books like these that are difficult to place with a large publishing house and hope you’ll help us make it happen!
Kickstarter campaigns are all or nothing, so backers won’t get charged anything unless we reach our funding goal to cover the costs of publishing Beyond Boots ‘n’ Bars and donating some books to nonprofits or clubfoot treatment facilities.
Please share to spread the word or back our campaign. Click HERE to go to the Kickstarter campaign.