My son came for a visit this weekend and we had a lot of fun spending time together – just hanging out and, among other things, creating blackout poetry! Yeah, we do things like that. He’s a high school English teacher and I work in the author publicity field, so I always have my nose … Continue reading Blackout Poetry and Other Avenues of Creativity
Lately, I’ve been reading everything I can get my hands on about the craft of writing picture books in the hopes of becoming a picture book scholar! There is so much information available to new authors. While I have to thank those that take the time to share their experiences with newbies, like me, it … Continue reading Becoming a Picture Book Scholar
The Writing Journey Begins at the Beginning And so it begins. Up until now my writing journey has consisted of book reviews and the occasional blog article. I am at the beginning of my journey. And, in contrast to my usual impatient, I-know-what-I-want-and-I-want-it-now attitude, I am fine with this. This is where I need to … Continue reading Jumping Off the Deep End – My Writing Journey
How do you focus when the ideas aren't flowing? Am I the only one hampered with distractions? While searching the internet the other day, (conducting research of course), I came across a pitch generator that uses the letters of your name to determine how you should pitch your book idea to publishers. According to this … Continue reading How Do You Focus When the Ideas Aren’t Flowing?
If I had to choose one thing I enjoy most about my day job, it would be reading the book reviews written by the kids reviewing our children’s books at Reader Views Kids. Kids see and absorb everything, noticing details using all of the five senses. Things that, as adults we have learned to tune … Continue reading Next Gen Authors – Encouraging Kids to Write!
What’s Up with Star Ratings? Much like judging a book by its cover, I find star ratings to be highly subjective, and I really don’t like “assigning” a number to a book I’ve just read. I find the coveted 5-Star-Review to be a bit over-rated – in my mind it’s the content of the review … Continue reading Let’s Talk about Star Ratings