Friday, December 12, 2014

Wishing Everyone A Merry Christmas


I wish everyone a blessed and wonderful holiday season.

Friday, November 21, 2014

So busy-

 AHH,  I've been so busy working up my Work in Progress for a new Easy Reader Series. Yes, it is coming along so well. And since I've fallen in love with my characters, I've decided to get them out of my head and onto my sketch pad. The dummys are almost done.

So  please be patient with me as I finish up.
Here are a few tips I ran across from  The Editor's Blog to help me with this project. Lots of great tips.             





So be patient with me as I finish up.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

How many times have I used that word?- Word Frequency Counter

You are going strong. Words flying from your head to the tips of your fingers and it's working so-- so good.

After awhile, you think- hmmm, I've used that word a lot-    You may be surprised at just how many times. So finish that draft and then:

Check out this link, Word Counter   

Paste your story and see what your favorite words are!

 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Is it Middle Grade or Chapter Book?

You've finished that first draft of your middle grade novel. But now taking a long look, maybe not. Maybe it is a Chapter book. Or is it? 
How can you tell? Now it's not as clear as you first thought in your rapid fire, getting it all out on paper and spouting out to everyone, "I'm working on a middle grade story."
Going back to read or reread all the books that seem the slightest bit similar sometimes helps. And sometimes doesn't -
I found a blog by Emma Walton Hamilton with a clear way to compare.
She uses clues about: 
Audience
Age of Protagonist
Length
Illustration
Content
Yes, there are always exceptions!
I'm still researching every chapter and middle grade book I can get my hands on, but each morsel of information helps me on my journey.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Resources for Authors and Illustrators

Yes, I have found my one stop place to find resources, links, inspiration and everything else that delights authors and illustrators. Elaine Kiely Kearns and Sylvia Lui, the founders of KIDLIT411 have done an amazing job bringing all these things together.
Wow oh Wow- so much to check out-












My sketch is featured on their Challenges for Illustrators spot and I'm thrilled to be part.
Thank you KIDLIT 411-

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

How to get the Most from LinkedIn

I have a secret to confess-

 I've been a member of the social network Linked In for some time, yet I have never taken much time to check out how this platform could help me and other artists and writers. 

What a thrill to find Joan Beiriger's blog on how to use Linked In. I feel so dumb that I have not used it more effectively, but now I can't believe all the opportunities that are possible.
Joan's work has always impressed me and her knowledge of licensing is excellent, as you will see in this article.

                                                                   Link to me here

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Amazing Children's Book Author Interviews

YES AMAZING- Oh my goodness. Fifty great interviews from Adolescent Literacy featuring Children's and Young Adult Writers telling their secrets, success stories and lots of other things about how they write and why.
Grab a cup of Joe and join me. I'm on my third cup. A little buzzed, but ah, there is such great information.....


Friday, August 1, 2014

Knowing Your Villains

 Kami Kinard is an accomplished author. And Kami knows villains. Author of The Boy Project and The Boy Problem (2014), she comes clean about taking a long look into your bad guys. 

       Her article in Nerdy Chicks Rule Blog dives deep into why the villain is so important. 
Maybe your antagonist is so mean and nasty; but you need some enduring qualities to make him more rounded and deeper for your reader too.
Check out her five ways to give your evil one- more humanity.  

Find out more about  Kami Kinard  on her site.



Saturday, July 19, 2014

Postcards are Out

So you are making promo post cards for your illustration work, great!

Don't forget important points as you prepare your cards. 
Make the art clean and clear and avoid more than one illustration per side. 
Make your design unforgettable from the many arriving daily on the Editor's/Art Director's desk
Don't clutter your contact information. 
Leave room for card's addressee.
Make sure you have proper postage.
Keep a list to whom and where they go.

I try to keep to a quarterly schedule.


 

 Mailed my postcards out this week. 

Did you get yours?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Chapter Book Time

So, in between art sample projects and revision work, I'm trying to read every Chapter Book my library has to offer for 5-8 year olds. I'm doing well.

But there are SOOOOOOOOOOOOO many excellent ones to choose and so little time. I found Sarah Jane's list on her great blog to help me check off my list. How many have you read?

She called it magic moments; where words and pictures merge-

  I do love magical moments and books that make you lose yourself in a wonderful adventure.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Jane Yolen, the Queen of Inspiration

Thank you Julie Hedlund for your amazing post and interview with Jane Yolen. Here, along with video from Jane's Picture Boot Camp, one finds magically gems on writing. And I loved the bullet points on building a body of work, taking writing risks --- and other tidbits not to be missed.

 Yes, I agree with Julie. She is the Queen of Inspiration.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Playing Around

Busy things have been happening. Lots and Lots- But now the dust is settling and I'm starting to get back to working. Playing with an older dummy here. Maybe it will develop or maybe not. We will see.