U is for the Unknown

Unknown adjective not known; not within the range of one’s knowledge, experience, or understanding; strange; unfamiliar. not discovered, explored, identified, or ascertained:the unknown parts of Antarctica. not widely known; not famous; obscure: an unknown writer.   I found it rather ironic when I decided to write this post about the word unknown and how it […]

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R is for Reading

One of the most common pieces of advice most writers receive is to never stop reading. Read in your genre, read books about the craft, read books that interest you. I read a lot. I drive my husband a little crazy because I can read while he watches TV. He will ask me if I […]

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O is for Obstacles

I find we as writers have a tendency to put obstacles in the way of our writing. Whether we admit to it or not, they are there. Sometimes it is a physical obstacle. Over extending ourselves to the point of having no time whatsoever to write. Following the proverbial rabbit down the hole we call […]

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L is for Library

Some of my earliest memories (besides digging in the dirt with my best friend) are of my mother taking me to the library. I would race to the shelves and dig through the stacks to find my favorite books. One in particular, called Molly’s Moe, I must have checked out at least once every other […]

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K is for Kindred Spirits

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables Ok I admit it. I’m an Anne of Green Gables nerd. It is one of my favorite book series and I absolutely love […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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