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As dedicated as I am to the craft of writing, I also feel very ambivalent about all the accoutrements that go around being a writer and being published. People forget that this is all a very recent invention, that authors have to do this dog and pony show. -Eugene Thacker: Author, Editor, Poet, Professor

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Smashwords: New Book Discovery Interface

Smashwords: Smashwords Unveils New Book Discovery Interface; : I'm excited to share two big pieces of news with you today.  When I founded Smashwords ten years ago, the mission was simple:  I wanted to democratize publishing.  I wanted to make it fast, free and easy for writers to self-publish ebooks like a pro.

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SMASHWORDS is one way to get your book into the world fast!  GO TRY! HERE

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

11-11 anniversary | new Mental Midgets | Musqonocihte

11-11 is the anniversary of the very first book we did for John Christian Hopkin's book Twilight of the Gods!

What is the 5-5-5 rule: 
500 words a day or 5 pages of edits, 
five days a week. 

By Trace Lara Hentz, founder of Blue Hand Books

I saved this 5-5-5 rule on my Boom blog. It sounded like a good idea, at the time, but I really don't follow it. I keep a spiral notebook, a small blank book in my bedroom - it is where I write down my dreams or thoughts when I wake up or right before I sleep. It's crazy how some of my best ideas happen this way - right before or right after. I've even dreamed book cover art this way. I draw diagrams usually.

And I keep a blank book in the living room on the couch where I read, crochet and watch moves and very little TV.  It has notes, ideas, thought bombs, song titles, movie titles, quotes, silly stuff, movie lines, books I want to buy and lots of other things I want to remember.

In the past three years I filled at least five of these blank books. Scribbles become prose. Ideas for stories like High Street, were drafted. Even Goo and Boozer, a sci-fi short story is being written this way... small scribbles and dialog.

My husband doesn't even know how many of my books were born there on the couch, sitting with him. It's a mystery. But it works.

I write something every. single. day.

How my latest twin books:  Mental Midgets | Musqonocihte 
happened was in another older blank book. 
It had to be at least five years ago when it started.

Back when I wrote that phrase mental midgets then I laughed. It sounded crazy.  I kept the book title under wraps.  Mental Midgets, what does it mean? It's absurd. It's maybe funny, kinda. It's not about small people. But it is about how our minds work, how our memory functions, and how it seems to me, at least, our brain capacity is slowly shrinking, and memories get smaller and smaller.

This is a one sentence (short) book description:

This TWIN book is a collection of factoids, philosophy, quips, questions, code, quotes, photos, thought bombs, creative non-fiction, Native American history and prose. And it’s short.

 Musqonichte translates Blue Sky.

What I didn't know in 02018 was I'd create this book NOW. It seemed urgent. It is urgent. Yes, Trump has ignited many of us awake in a new way. 

AND yup. The book is short as in page count but not in content!

Like this quote:

The dark pathologies of the uber-rich, lionized by mass culture and mass media, have become our own.  We have ingested their poison.  We have been taught by the uber-rich to celebrate the bad freedoms and denigrate the good ones.  Look at any Trump rally.  Watch any reality television show.  Examine the state of our planet.  We will repudiate these pathologies and organize to force the uber-rich from power or they will transform us into what they already consider us to be—the help. 
—Chris Hedges


I give to anyone who desires a good read (pdf): email me: laratrace@outlook.com



Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Vine Deloria Jr. on Our Relationship to the Unseen

The Master Vine Deloria

Deloria is one of those intellectuals who is not just intellectual about the world.  He writes to communicate with as large a public that he can, so that real things can happen.

So it is vitally important that the Indian people pick the intellectual arena as the one in which to wage war.  Past events have shown that the Indian people have always been fooled about the intentions of the white man.  Always we have discussed irrelevant issues while he has taken the land.  Never have we taken the time to examine the premises upon which he operates so that we could manipulate him as he has us.  (Custer died for your Sins, pg 257) via

Wednesday, September 26, 2018


Createspace is coming to an end (this month)

If you have published paperback titles using Createspace, it is time to think about moving your books to Amazon KDP. (Kindle Direct Publishing)

There have been many problems with Createspace over the years.



As you may know, Amazon is merging its two print-on-demand publishing services. CreateSpace is becoming part of Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP).
Originally, KDP was for Kindle eBooks, while CreateSpace was for paperbacks (and videos and even audio).
However, in recent months KDP has added print-on-demand publishing for print books. It has slowly evolved, and now matches CreateSpace in terms of quality, service, and prices (with a few subtle exceptions). Overall, in a few ways, KDP’s print-on-demand is a little above and beyond CreateSpace (it wasn’t originally, but now that it has finished evolving, it is now).

Our authors should have received an email about this. Go sign in to your KDP account asap.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Has this happened to your book?

Indie authors are being targeted by thieves who impersonate them online, then collect royalties on their books. Learn how to detect and stop book counterfeiting.

Long story made short, Amazon may confiscate royalties from infringing copies of your book and pay them to you, but you’ll need to follow their procedures to the letter:
  1. You must fill out Amazon’s online copyright infringement complaint form, or send a written claim to Amazon’s legal department.
  2. You must file a separate complaint for each Amazon territory (Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.in, etc.)
  3. You must explicitly request reassignment of the infringing copy’s royalties.
Amazon rarely volunteers this information, so it pays to be aware of your rights.

MUST READ: Piracy, Plagiarism, and Impersonation - Part 3 of 3 | Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Finally in 2018? Diversifying book publishing

9 Publishing Organizations that Promote Diversity Within the Industry

This blog post is part of Chronicle Books blog's ongoing Diversity in Publishing series, focusing on the need for inclusion, equity, and diverse voices within the book industry. Read more posts here.

In the same way that diverse talent databases have started emerging in recent years, so too have a number of organizations dedicated to helping do the much-needed work of diversifying book publishing. It’s encouraging to see these groups of passionate individuals who are organizing and working for change in our industry, and the exciting array of resources, programs, networks, platforms, and events they’re creating.


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Dear Indigenous Writer

Writing in all its forms is a scary act; it makes us vulnerable and exposes our softest parts to a world not known for its gentleness. But there’s magnificent power in that vulnerability, and it’s deserving of acknowledgment. And I’m filled with such deep joy each time another powerful voice joins the Indigenous literary world. I hope you’ll think of these words as an honoring and a hope for the important work you’re about to undertake.

In both Canada and the US the mainstream literary scene tends to hold up one or two Indigenous writers at a time, while leaving the rest to fend for themselves. It’s important to help one another, to uphold one another’s work, to celebrate successes and grieve losses, to engage in this beautiful struggle together.

To be an Indigenous writer is to be part of a long legacy of struggle and survivance, of determination to speak truth into a world that too often insists on Indigenous silence.

READ THE LETTER: Letter to an Emerging Indigenous Writer | Literary Hub

Daniel Heath Justice (Cherokee Nation) is Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and English at the University of British Columbia. Widely published in the field of Indigenous literary studies, his critical and creative work engages issues of Indigenous being, belonging, and other-than-human kinship. His newest book, Why Indigenous Literatures Matter, was recently released by Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Zines in Indian Country

In the age when people publish instantly on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and their own blogs, it might be difficult to see where zines--low-tech, photocopied, self-published magazines--have a place. But they're still around. You might find them laying around at your local coffee shop or alternative bookstore. The zine publisher might print one out and mail it to you. Kayla Shaggy's (Diné and Anishinaabe) zine, "Monstrous," is filled with drawings of monsters. She says the format offers "the freedom to do what you want." Self-publishing something that people can hold in their hands is part of the reason for doing it. We'll talk with Native zine makers about why self-publishing a few copies with limited reach is their favorite way to get their creative work out.
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Monday, January 15, 2018

Robot poets?

For the third consecutive year, through the Turing Tests in Creative Arts, researchers at Dartmouth’s Neukom Institute are soliciting submissions of Shakespearean or Petrarchan sonnets drafted using artificial intelligence.

Maybe the AIs need a better understanding of what we look for in poetry. (ya think?)

sobering read:

The Robots Are Here to Write Poetry

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Smashwords: 2018 Book Industry Predictions

Smashwords: 2018 Book Industry Predictions:

winter is the time to write and consider
Someone figured out how to herd the cats.

A single mousetailer (amazon) has cornered the market for mice.  All the cats run there.

4.  Kobo's sales will falter - Kobo, an internationally-focused mid-sized ebook retailer, has been one of the strongest performers in the ebook space over the last four years.  While other retailers slipped and lost market share, Kobo was the little engine that could.  They were smart to get into the business of powering other retailer's ebook stores, and partnering up with indie brick and mortar stores.  Kobo has also had great success supporting indie authors, whose books now account for a sizable percentage of their store's sales.  Yet I don't see how they'll be able to keep their customers long term when they're competing against a retailer that has over 1 million indie ebooks locked up and inaccessible to Kobo's customers.

15.  Calls will grow in the US for antitrust action against Amazon
- This was one of my long shot predictions from last year, and I'm bringing it back because I think it's becoming a growing inevitability.
The US government so far has shown no inclination to restore faircompetition to publishing.  In fact, their bone-headed decision a couple years ago to charge publishers and Apple with pricing collusion only played into Amazon's hands.  But now that Amazon is aggressively disrupting other industries, from grocery and consumer retail to healthcare and transportation, I've got to imagine that the CEOs of the largest most powerful publicly traded companies in the US are going to start directing their lobbyists in Washington, DC to put some controls on Amazon.   If the European Union can make some progress bringing these powerful platforms to heel, it might give DC the backbone it needs.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : Two Worlds hits Amazon, Kobo

December 2017

For Immediate Release

GREENFIELD, MASS- Tragic, true, heartbreaking, astonishing... those words have been used to describe the anthology Two Worlds, the first book to expose in first-person detail the adoption practices that have been going on for years under the guise of caring for destitute Indigenous children in North America.

What really happened and where are these Native children now? 

The new updated Second Edition of TWO WORLDS (Vol. 1), with narratives from Native American and First Nations adoptees, covers the history of Indian child removals in North America, the adoption projects, their impact on Indian Country, the 60s Scoop in Canada and how it impacts the adoptee and their families.

"This book changed history," say editor Trace Hentz. "There is no doubt in my mind the adoption projects were buried and hidden... we adoptees are the living proof."

The Lost Children Book Series includes: Two Worlds, Called Home: The Roadmap, Stolen Generations, and In The Veins: Poetry. The book series is an important contribution to American Indian history.

Trace Hentz (formerly DeMeyer) located other Native adult survivors of adoption and asked them to write a narrative for the first anthology. The adoptees share their unique experience of living in Two Worlds, surviving assimilation via adoption, opening sealed adoption records, and in most cases, a reunion with their tribal relatives. Indigenous identity and historical trauma takes on a whole new meaning in this adoption book series.

Since 2004, award winning journalist Hentz was writing her historical biography “One Small Sacrifice: A Memoir.” She was contacted by many adoptees after stories were published about her work. More adoptees were found after “One Small Sacrifice” had its own Facebook page and the American Indian Adoptees blog started in 2009. In 2011, Trace was introduced to Patricia Busbee and asked her to co-edit the first edition of Two Worlds.

As Hentz writes in the Preface, "The only way we change history is to write it ourselves." This book is a must read for all that want the truth, since very little is known or published on this history.

"I was asked to update this book by one adoptee contributor and I added a new narrative by Levi Eagle Feather, and more information on the 60s Scoop. Please tell your friends and other adoptees," Trace Hentz says. "One day in America, we Lost Children will have our day in court." 

Patricia Busbee is writing a new chapter on her adoptee reunion in the anthology CALLED HOME in 2018. 

  • Series: Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects
  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Hand Books; Second edition (December 11, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692372105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692372104
  • Click on your country:

ON KINDLE (more e-readers to be added)

KOBO LINK (in Canada and many other countries!)

Two Worlds: Second Edition (Vol. 1)
Trace L Hentz
SECOND EDITION 2017 Tragic, true, heartbreaking, astonishing... those words have been used to describe the anthology Two Worlds, the first book to expose in first-person detail the adoption practices that have been going on for years under the... Read more

For more information, to order copies, media inquiry, bulk orders, etc: (use contact form on this website)  www.bluehandbooks.org 

Email: bluehandcollective@outlook.com

Monday, October 16, 2017

CreateSpace e-store goes poof

How CreateSpace and e-store changes affects our royalties

CreateSpace-Amazon logos | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksI’m sure many of you will have received the email from CreateSpace (CS) that announces how their own eStore will cease to serve customers on October 31st. Instead, customers will be redirected to Amazon. (We removed the estore from the bottom of this blog.)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Stolen Generations: Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects (vol. 3)

A new generation of adoptees now include the children of Lost Bird adoptees... 
Ebook proceeds will benefit the IronEagleFeather Project for adoptees.

Price: $12.96

ISBN-13: 978-0692615560 (BHB)
ISBN-10: 0692615563
BISAC: History / Native American

A highly anticipated follow up to the history-making anthologies TWO WORLDS (Book One) and CALLED HOME (Book Two): Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects series, STOLEN GENERATIONS: Survivors of the Indian Adoption Projects and 60s Scoop offers more narratives on the history of land-taking and child theft/adoption projects in the name of Manifest Destiny in North America. These narratives make clear that Lost Children are not only survivors but resilient.

A collection of adoptees’ firsthand accounts and the historical background of the Indian Adoption Projects and 60s Scoop, along with pertinent news, quotes and bibliography, this stunning new anthology has been edited by award winning journalist, adoptee-author Trace L Hentz (formerly DeMeyer). Ebook proceeds will benefit the IronEagleFeather Project for adoptees.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

NEW RELEASE: The Legacy of Lucy Little Bear (novella) on AMAZON

Life on the reservation is not a dream. These stories tell the harsh realities of life with murderous men and murderous weather. Robidoux’s novella of Lucy Little Bear is as rich and complex as life itself. --- “When I was seven my mother tried to kill me.” So begins the journey of Lucy Little Bear in a place “so cold salt water freezes in the bay.” All the characters in these linked narratives find their way into the warmth of your soul. An old woman, Lily Paul, sings in the old language until the fire sings back. She turns into an ermine to survive a perilous journey to her trailer park, “Hollywood,” on coastal Maine. And there is Shawna and the danger of those Moonlight Tours. Robidoux creates a mystical place with her words …where “fog floats in and out with the tide…creating a feeling the world is just a dream.” But life on the reservation is not a dream. These stories tell the harsh realities of life with murderous men and murderous weather. There is “generational loneliness” in the eerie call of a loon on Pennamaquan Lake. There are wonderful place names that live as the characters in the beauty of these stories that transcend the harshness and recall the “star bridge” over which we walked. 
-Diane Glancy, author of Pushing the Bear, Claiming Breath, The Collection of Bodies: Concern for Syria and the Middle East and others 

In these luminous linked stories, Lucy Little Bear is our entrée into the lives of those who live on the Borderlands, between Canada and the US, on Reservation and off, people who live close to the earth and can channel its energies. Weaving elements of story, mystery and dream, tethering the collection with one transcendent description of landscape after another, Robidoux explicates both the deep sadness of the people whose lives have been devalued by the US mainstream for centuries, and also their indomitable strength. 
- Pam Houston, author, Contents May Have Shifted 

The stories in the Legacy of Lucy Little Bear will transport you to Northpoint, Barbara Robidoux’s fictional Maine reservation. The characters there love and kill each other and they sometimes come back to love and try some more. They fight with humor through sadness, and the landscape returns them to each other and to themselves. They enter frozen rivers and come out changed. They enter the old stories and come out in the present, driving slow down icy roads, following sharp curves. They will enter your world and your dreams: they will follow you to the grocery store and ride around in your cart. You’ll be glad for their company. This is a book and a place crafted with care, not easily put down or left behind. 
-Toni Jensen, author,From the Hilltop

$12.95 (paperback)  BUY LINK

Tuesday, February 28, 2017



Ojibwe-Style Moccasin Game latest release by Blue Hand Books

GREENFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS (2017) --- Blue Hand Books Collective in Western Massachusetts has just released a new book by first-time author Charles Grolla (Ojibwe) of Bemidji, Minnesota.  His Ojibwe name is Ogimaagiizhig Odoodeman Adikwan.

“The purpose of this new book is to make sure this beautiful game is handed down to new generations,” Ojibwe author Charles Grolla said.  “Traditionally played by men only, it’s probably our oldest Ojibwe men’s game, and moccasin game has been and is still a big part of our Ojibwe culture even to this day. 

“The Ojibwe style of moccasin game is my understanding and what I learned growing up playing this beautiful game, mainly on the Red Lake Reservation,” Grolla said.   

Ojibwe style moccasin game is still played on the Red Lake, Mille Lacs, Nett Lake, White Earth, Leech Lake, Roseau River, and Lac La Croix Reservations.  Tournaments are conducted during pow-wows and celebrations on reservations.

“We are honored to help Charles publish his amazing book with instructions, diagrams and photos to assist new learners,” said Trace Hentz, founder and publisher at Blue Hand Books. “Charles is actively teaching this game in his community and feels it’s his duty to pass down the moccasin game, its history and instructions.”

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