Paula Berinstein

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Paula Berinstein (Paula B) is the author of the Amanda Lester, Detective middle-grade/YA series, which features a descendant of the Sherlock Holmes character Inspector Lestrade and is set in the English Lake District.

She is also the author of a new time travel series for adults, Indigo.

From 2005 to 2012, Paula produced and hosted the popular podcast The Writing Show (http://www.writingshow.com). She holds degrees in English literature and librarianship from UCLA.
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Paula Berinstein Thanks so much for your question, Jason. Very interesting!

The simple answer is no. I'm not avoiding taking risks. I've taken so many risks in my life…more
Thanks so much for your question, Jason. Very interesting!

The simple answer is no. I'm not avoiding taking risks. I've taken so many risks in my life that I'm not sure there are many left untaken. What I am doing is avoiding doing things I'm not yet ready to do because I haven't finished laying the groundwork yet.

Let me explain. Self-publishing has turned out to be much more difficult than I thought it would be. If you look around, it seems that it's lost most of its stigma and indie writers can succeed as well as writers who go the traditional route. However, that's not quite the case. It is still very difficult to get past the gatekeepers, which means it's difficult to get reviews and to sell books. Many, or should I say most, reviewers will not look at self-published books, and that includes not just Library Journal, etc. but also bloggers. It is also still nearly impossible to get self-published books into libraries, especially school libraries, which in the case of kids' books, don't want to buy books that aren't on the AR (Accelerated Reading) lists, and of course if you're self-published it's very hard to get onto the lists. Of course it's nearly impossible to get *any* book into physical bookstores. Etc., etc.

All of this means that it's very difficult to establish credibility, and without credibility, it's hard to get speaking gigs, do school visits, raise money, win awards, etc. So before I can "take the risk" of attempting to do those things, I have to establish credibility. And that's where I feel stuck at the moment. I have big plans I want to implement. I've just got to get past a few obstacles first.

Just one more note. If you'd asked me this question a decade or two ago, my answer would have been completely different. Experience makes a lot of difference. After a while you can either just do things or don't worry when you can't. Age has its advantages. :)
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Ivy Halpin and the Irish Bog Witches

Ivy Halpin and the Irish Bog Witches by Paula Berinstein
The newest book in my Amanda Lester, Detective series, featuring a blind detective!


Who is the body in the bog and what does he have to do with a missing child?

When Ivy’s cousin Kevin invites her to investigate a missing persons case in Ireland, she jumps at the chance. But before they can reach their destination, Kevin’s plane is forced down into a bog where the detectives bump up against a pe Read more of this blog post »
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Paula Berinstein Denise wrote: "Thanks for the friend request, Paula."

Thank you for connecting, Denise!


Denise Baer Thanks for the friend request, Paula.


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Paula Berinstein Hi, Gerald,

Same here! I'm using Goodreads more and more. There's something welcoming about it. :)

How's your writing going?


Gerald Paula, somehow I figured you were already a Goodreads friend but now glad to meet up with you again!


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