The Secret to Successful New Year’s Resolutions

by Deborah Taylor-Hough

The biggest thing that seems to keep me from pursuing healthy eating habits or exercise routines for any significant length of time is personal time constraints. Busy, busy, busy. Like many people today between work, school, and home demands, I don’t always have time to get home-cooked meals on the table regularly — much less take the time to actually prepare something nutritious and healthy. Continue reading


Several of our titles are now carried by Barnes & Noble

Several titles from Simple Pleasures Press have now become available for sale on the Barnes & Noble website (and also in stores, but you’ll probably need to make a special order request).

The following paperbacks can be ordered thru B&N now:

Click on the book’s title to view the sales page at Barnes & Noble.

Book Excerpt: Using Up Leftovers

This post is excerpted and adapted with permission from The Original Simple Mom’s Idea Book by Deborah Taylor-Hough (Simple Pleasures Press, 2015).

61ghrkhptflLeftovers. We all have them, don’t we? But what do we do with them? I don’t really like keeping them in my refrigerator until a science project on mold develops, but sometimes it’s hard to know what to use leftovers for without driving the family crazy. I don’t care to hear another chorus of that all-too-familiar song, “What?! Meatloaf… AGAIN?!” Continue reading

Excerpt: Homeschooling with a Rock Bottom Budget

51BlGAcUHnLby Deborah Taylor-Hough

The following is excerpted and adapted with permission  from A Twaddle-Free Education: An Introduction to Charlotte Mason’s Timeless Educational Ideas (Simple Pleasures Press, 2015).

Over the years, I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve had newbie homeschooling moms cry on my shoulder about all the myriads of choices available for home education curriculum and supplies.

“We’re just a struggling single income family! We can’t afford all this awesome sounding stuff! But I want to give my children  a rich and wonderful educational experience!  What do I do?” Continue reading

Note from Debi

debs freezerMost people don’t realize that book authors who are traditionally published only make a tiny amount of money off each book sold. For example, my average “take home” from a book sale through traditional means is less than 50 cents per book sold (and about 50% of that is held out from my royalty payments as “Reserves against returns”). The majority of money from each book goes to the publisher, the bookseller, and any others in the manufacturing and supply chain.

That’s part of the reason why I’ve decided to venture into publishing my own books for a while. As a displaced homemaker (and now full-time Graduate student), I found I needed to try to increase the amount of return I received from book writing. To give you an idea of how much I make from royalties on my traditionally published books, my most recent royalty check (which covered six months of sales) was less than $300 (or $50 per month). And believe it or not, that included several book titles, not just one.

It’s true that there’s less prestige in a “self” published book than a traditionally published one, but I’ve come to understand why authors sometimes choose the self-publishing route, even authors who have traditional publishing connections like I do.

One of my traditional publishers told me they’ll gladly publish anything I write — which is awesome — but it’s a lot of work to write books and then only receive $300 every six months. Consequently, I opted out of having my latest book, A Twaddle-Free Education, go through the traditional publishing avenue sort of as an experiment. I won’t have the backing of a big PR department so I suspect my sales will be a lot less, but I’ll receive a bit more than 50 cents per book sold.

My main purpose in writing and publishing books is still what it’s always been — to get helpful information into the hands of people who can use it. One of my goals for Simple Pleasures Press is to keep the prices as low as possible. For example, similar paperback non-fiction books are selling for about $14 to $17, but so far I’ve been able to keep mine around $10 (and usually less). The most expensive book we offer right now is only $11.99, and all Kindle versions are just 99 cents (or if someone buys the paperback version from Amazon, they can get a Kindle copy of the title for free!).

Honestly, I’m not sure why I felt the desire to share this today. I guess I was growing a little weary of people assuming I was rolling in $$$ and then wondering why I was having difficulty making ends meet after I became a displaced homemaker and single mother of three after my husband’s health-related difficulties which threw our lives upside down 10+ years ago.

So — after all that full-disclosure business about what I’m up to these days — if you’re curious, here’s a link to the About Page of this new little (very little!) publishing venture, Simple Pleasures Press. 🙂

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