now in print: Never See the Night

Never_See_the_Night_Cover_for_KindleAn interplanetary biologist locks himself in a fortified research lab with an alien octopus, stranding his teammates outside in the path of a ferocious hurricane on a water-covered world. The animal already killed one of them, and the scientist-commandos must get inside to confront it, or die in the storm.

But the octopus has plans of its own, because it just discovered a new species, too: humans.

This short story is accompanied by five recent poems from the Poetry of the Planets project.

Now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. On Barnes & Noble in paperback and Nook Book. On Apple iBooks.

July 1 Book Release Party: Beanstalk and Beyond

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Beanstalk and Beyond Release Party

July 1st        7:00 pm

Tempe Mission Palms Hotel

Room 3063

60 E. 5th St.

Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 894-1400

Author Tony Padegimas will read a selection from his new novel, Beanstalk and Beyond from New Link Publishers. He will sell and sign copies at the event. You can also buy the paperback edition of Beanstalk online directly from the publisher or on Amazon.


A handful of magic beans is only the beginning! In a last-ditch attempt to save his family from poverty, Jack, a chicken thief who goes to great lengths to avoid his chores, sets out to sell a cow. What he receives sets him down a path that takes him far beyond giants and golden eggs. In this refreshing take on the classic beanstalk tale, Jack outwits wizards, mingles with kings, and stares down the very forces of nature on his journey to find his destiny. Padegimas lends Jack a charming voice, peppered with plenty of humor, adventure, and a dash of magic. Beanstalk and Beyond will delight fantasy readers and readers of all ages.

Use Markup Tags to Format Your Amazon Book Descriptions

Why do some book descriptions on Amazon look pretty, while others are featureless walls of text? The answer is markup tags, and you can learn to master them in minutes even without any experience in coding. Give your masterpiece the care and attention it deserves by creating a visually appealing book description.

Click here for a two-page PDF that shows you how it works!

More Awards for Nancy Addison’s Books

diabetes-and-your-diet-small-for-webI worked as a developmental editor and layout designer on Nancy Addison’s Diabetes and Your Diet, and I was thrilled to hear it  won the General Health category in the 2017 International Book Awards. The first book Nancy and I worked on together, Raising Healthy Children, was a winner in the Parenting & Family category in the 2017 International Book Awards. It also won the Mom’s Choice Award for Excellence.

Healthy-Veg-Cover-Best-Seller-R-FINAL-BSS for KindleNancy worked with me to edit, revise, and expand How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian, and the second edition we created was a finalist in the International Book Awards in 2016. It was also a winner in the North Texas Book Awards and a finalist in the Indie Book Awards. Plus, Nancy’s small weight-loss book I edited and laid out for print, Lose Weight, Get Healthy, and Never Have to Be on a Diet Again, was a finalist in the International Book Awards, Diet and Exercise category.

raising healthy children bestseller front cover for webThe biggest challenge in helping Nancy create these award-winning books is how hungry I get when I work on them! I learn a lot from her manuscripts and recipes, and she would be happy to know I’ve made many dietary changes as a result. I tell people my passion is helping authors make books that make a positive difference in people’s lives and in our world, and the first example I give them is the best-selling body of work Nancy has created during our four years together.

We’re working on the next book right now!

Two Years with Net Neutrality: A Policy Analysis Follow-Up

In December 2015, I covered the history and meaning of the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order. February 2017 was the nation’s two-year anniversary with this policy, and it arrived at time where a shift in federal power heralds a new era and a potentially new policy direction. Two Years of Net Neutrality covers policy developments related to the Open Internet Order from late 2015 to the recent changes in FCC leadership under the new presidential administration. It is now available in a beautifully formatted PDF, free of charge. Just click here.

Prepare Your Manuscript for Feedback and Editing: Keep It Simple!

A well-prepared manuscript will improve the feedback and editing stages that come next. A clean, simple format makes it easier for friends, colleagues, workshop participants, editors, and agents to read it, understand it, and offer feedback that helps you improve the content in meaningful ways. You may be working on a book, but…

Read the Full Article: Prepare Your Manuscript for Feedback and Editing: Keep It Simple!

A Passion for Planning: Nine Things I Wish I Knew Before Making My First Book


This quick-start guide to the world of self-publishing will get you up and running on your first book! It helps you answer the most important questions and make decisions that lead to a successful self-publishing project. In just nine short chapters, this easy read will demystify ideas about writing, marketing, budgeting, and choosing a platform to distribute your book.

By focusing on what you need to plan from the beginning, you will keep your costs down, avoid common mistakes, and nurture the passion that got you thinking about a book in the first place! A Passion for Planning is an indispensable guide to all the things you don’t yet know—but need to!

Now Available on Kindle for $9.95

Available in Paperback for $9.95.