Category Archives: Self-Publishing

Murphy Strikes My Paperbacks :(

The colors are supposed to go all the way off the edge.
The colors are supposed to go all the way off the edge. They worked just fine in the pre-publication proof…
Murphy’s Law struck today, and the paperback books that looked so good in the proof copies turned out to have a cover glitch, at least in the ones I ordered from Amazon. I’m working with CreateSpace to make sure it gets straightened out—but that means the books may show up as “unavailable” for awhile.

As with any print-on-demand glitch, if you got a badly printed book you can ask Customer Support to replace it.

It could be worse. The interior of the book is fine, at least in my copy. And of course, the ebook versions are totally unaffected.

If you are trying to use the discount code for newsletter subscribers, remember that it’s good through the end of the month. I may even extend the expiration date, if this cover problem persists, but I sure hope to have it fixed in a couple of days.


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30% Discount for Email Newsletter Subscribers

Counting-GamesAddition-Games600x800[Feature photo (above) by Glen Wright via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).]

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if math was something your children WANTED to do?

With the Math You Can Play series, your kids can practice their math skills by playing games with basic items you already have around the house, such as playing cards and dice.

Paperback editions of the first two Math You Can Play books will be out any day now. If you’re subscribed to my Tabletop Academy Press Updates email newsletter, I’ll be sending you a 30% discount code by Thursday, or as soon as both books pass through the last few publishing hoops…

If you haven’t subscribed yet, check it out!

Update: If you ARE subscribed to my newsletter, but you don’t receive a discount code by this weekend, please email and let me know. We had a bit of trouble with a few of the automated subscription entries, so I may need to fix up your account by hand.
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Playful Math Snacks: Proofs Without Words

The July “Let’s Play Math” newsletter went out earlier this week to everyone who signed up for Tabletop Academy Press math updates. Inspired by my recent Infinite Cake post, this month’s issue focuses on math proofs without words. What fun!

If you’re not on the mailing list, you can still join in the play:

And remember: Newsletter subscribers are always the first to hear about new books, revisions, and sales or other promotions.

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Math Snack: Proofs Without Words
Playful, no-preparation math activities for all ages

Our first proof is a diagram from Paper Sloyd. Fold a square in half diagonally, both ways. Unfold. What do you see? Can you say anything about the shapes, lines, or angles? How do you know? Now, fold in the four corners of the paper square so they meet at the center. What new relationships can you find?

When using proofs without words, don’t try to force your kids in a particular direction. What I see here is that the tilted square (formed by connecting the midpoints of each side) has exactly half the area of the larger square—‌but your students may find something else. The point is to have a good discussion. Begin with Annie Fetter’s key questions: “What do you notice? What do you wonder?” or similar idea-generators: “What is going on? Have you seen something like this before? Are there other ways of looking at it?”

Here’s another picture with squares…


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A Review for my Daughter’s Novel

Hunted600“… a captivating fantasy story with a well-thought-out plot … people who like medieval-style fantasies with wraiths, spirits, and even an attacking swamp tree will enjoy the story. I certainly did, and the excitement, adventure, and suspense will easily keep the reader’s attention …”

— Wayne S. Walker
Home School Book Review


New Fantasy Novel by Homeschooled Teen Author

Hunted600After months of editing, formatting, proofreading, sweat, and tears:

Teresa Gaskins’s new ebook Hunted: The Riddled Stone ~ Book Two is available now at Amazon. The paperback should follow within the next couple days, and the other online retailers will come along whenever their automated systems get caught up.

You can download the first five chapters here:

To celebrate the release of Hunted, the ebook version of Banished‌—‌the first book in the Riddled Stone series‌—‌will be on sale for 99 cents for the next few weeks.


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Playful Math Snacks for May 2015

Tabletop Academy Press UpdatesThe May “Let’s Play Math” newsletter went out Monday morning to everyone who signed up for Tabletop Academy Press math updates. This month’s issue focuses on math games, from Rosie’s Princess in the Dungeon to Jim Pai’s Trig & Logarithm War. What fun!

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And remember: Newsletter subscribers are always the first to hear about new books, revisions, and sales or other promotions.

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Math Snack: Two Math Games
Playful, no-preparation math activities for all ages

Math games pump up mental muscle, reduce the fear of failure, and develop a positive attitude toward mathematics. Through playful interaction, games strengthen a child’s intuitive understanding of numbers and build problem-solving strategies. Mastering a math game can be hard work, but kids do it willingly because it is fun.

The easiest no-prep strategy game for all ages is the finger game Chopsticks. You don’t need any equipment, so it’s a great game to keep in mind for when you and your kids are stuck in a line or waiting room. Math concepts: counting up to five, thinking ahead.

And one of my all-time favorite games is…


Feature photo at top of post by marcello (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr.


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They’re Here! Math You Can Play Weekend Sale

Finally, the first two books of my math games series are finished and loaded up on Amazon.com (and the other Amazons worldwide). To celebrate, I’m offering an introductory sale price this weekend: US$2.99 per book, now through Monday.

Math Your Kids WANT To Do

Are you tired of flashcards and repetitive worksheets? Now your children can practice their math skills by playing games.

Math games pump up mental muscle, reduce the fear of failure, and develop a positive attitude toward mathematics. Through playful interaction, games strengthen a child’s intuitive understanding of numbers and build problem-solving strategies. Mastering a math game can be hard work, but kids do it willingly because it is fun.

Counting & Number Bonds: Math Games for Early Learners, Preschool to 2nd Grade

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Counting & Number Bonds features 21 kid-tested games, offering a variety of challenges for preschool and early-elementary learners. Young children can play with counting and number recognition while they learn the basic principle of good sportsmanship, to respond gracefully whether they win or lose. Older students will explore place value, build number sense, and begin practicing the math facts.

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Addition & Subtraction: Number Games for Elementary Students, Kindergarten to 4th Grade

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Addition & Subtraction features 22 kid-tested games, offering a variety of challenges for elementary-age students. Children will strengthen their understanding of numbers and develop mental flexibility by playing with addition and subtraction, from the basic number facts to numbers in the hundreds and beyond. Logic games build strategic thinking skills, and dice games give students hands-on experience with probability.

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Don’t Have a Kindle?

You don’t need a Kindle device to read Amazon ebooks. Click here to download the Kindle program for your computer, phone, or tablet.

For those of you who prefer to buy ebooks from iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, etc.‌—‌those versions are coming soon! The epub book format takes a bit more work, but I’m hoping for time to finish it up within a week or so.

Paperback editions are also in the works.


Featured photo above by Richard Riley via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).


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