Talking Story is a quarterly newsletter that Mindy Baker and I co-publish. Our goal is to promote quality literature and to connect writers, educators, and librarians.

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I met Mindy through Write2Ignite. She lives in Indiana where she teaches high school Spanish. You can find out more about her on her website

Most of our readers are teachers, media specialists, or homeschool parents. We stuff each issue with links, recommended books, learning activities, and author experts. And oh, yes - GIVEAWAYS!

Themes for 2022/2023 include:


Fall- Voting Rights

Winter- Libraries Without Walls


Spring- Change

Summer- Word Play

If you have a theme you would like us to consider, please drop me an email at

The ABCs of Self-Publishing Jobs by SCARY-O-TYPED author, Susan Pless

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