Book Review: Barney the Lopsided Mule

I was recently out on the internet reaching out to other children’s book authors when I came across The Cowgirl Poet, Liz Hughley. Her back story intrigued me, having grown up listening to my father’s stories of packing supplies into fire lookout towers in the Idaho and Montana wilderness. Liz spent a good portion of […]
By : raerankin | Dec 13, 2017

I’ve Written A Children’s Book, Now What? Part V

If you have been following my current blog series, I’ve been talking about the process once you’ve completed writing your children’s book. So far we’ve discussed critique and editing, number of pages and trim size, character mapping, and storyboarding. We are getting closer to that all important aspect of finding an illustrator. Illustrations are as […]
By : raerankin | Nov 25, 2017

I’ve Written a Children’s Book, Now What? Part IV?

Story Boarding  At this point in your journey to publish your children’s book, you are probably wondering what to do next.  This is a good point to start focusing your attention on what you want your illustrations to look like.   Storyboarding was originally created by the Walt Disney company as a way of visually displaying, […]
By : raerankin | Nov 20, 2017

I’ve Written A Children’s Book Now What? Part III

Character Mapping Depending on where you are in the process of writing your book, character mapping will prove to be an invaluable step.  I actually recommend you start character mapping even before you start writing. This is where you really get to know your characters, who they are, what motivates them, etc. Although sometimes your […]
By : raerankin | Nov 11, 2017

I’ve Written a Children’s Book, Now What? Part II

Number of Pages and Trim Size I’ve been seeing a lot of questions from people on the groups I follow on Facebook who have just finished writing their story and want to know how to find an illustrator. My first reaction is SLOW DOWN! There are still plenty of things you need to consider before […]
By : raerankin | Nov 4, 2017

I’ve Written a Children’s Book, Now What? Part I

I’ve Written a Children’s Book, Now What? Part 1: Critique and Editing I’m taking this from the viewpoint that you have made the decision to self-publish your children’s book. Maybe you have sent it to publishers and have already received rejection notices OR you have decided to go the self-publishing route from the get go. […]
By : raerankin | Oct 21, 2017

Becoming an Author

Becoming an author has been a life long dream of mine. I started becoming interested in writing when I was in 7th grade. I remember my 7th grade English teacher (because back then it was still called English) encouraged me to write. Both she and my mom both said one day I would write the […]
By : raerankin | Oct 18, 2017