Words Have Wings

Marketing Your Picture Book

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Marketing your picture book continues well after your book is published. The goal is to continue to market your book if you want to sell copies of your book. In my last post I discussed creating a media kit or a press kit for newspapers or podcasters. Now I would like to share how the … Read more

You May Contribute A Verse Podcast

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I am very happy to announce that I was recently a guest on You May Contribute A Verse Podcast. Brenna and Josh are the hosts of this podcast and are both children’s authors. Thus, the focus of their episodes revolves around children’s literature. The name of the episode is The Gertie Journey with Karen Nespoli. If … Read more

Develop Your Main Character

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When you develop your main character you will find it can either be the most daunting task or the most fun. Gertie and Jeff were easy and fun for me to write. I could hear their conversations in my head which made writing the dialogue easy. I could close my eyes and visualize some of … Read more

Writing the Story

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Writing the story is where writers often get stuck. It is not as simple as writing words on a page. There are many things to consider before you put your pencil to the paper. As I mentioned in the prior post I have been writing the acupuncture story for 3 years. It started as one … Read more

New Picture Book Buzz

I wanted to start this writing journey with some new picture book buzz. It is spring, the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing and the bees are buzzing. I am writing a new picture book and I am buzzing with excitement. Writing is my passion, especially writing for children and with children. Many of … Read more

Octavia Can Do It!

Author Interviews are a fun way to learn about authors and their books. Interviews can give us insight into the author’s writing process. Author interviews help readers to better understand how and why their stories were written. This week I would like you to meet Liliana Tommasini author of Octavia Can Do It.  Octavia Can Do … Read more

Gumbo Joy

A Picture Book Author Interview is one way to learn about the author and their book. They can be fun and informative. Interviews with authors help readers to better understand how and why stories were written. This week I would like you to meet Robert Dixon Jr. author of Gumbo Joy.  Not only is the pot … Read more

Akua is Great

A Picture Book Author Interview is one way to learn about an author and their book. They can be fun and informative. Interviews with authors help readers to better understand how and why stories were written. This week I would like you to meet Dr. Artika Tyner, author of Akua is Great.  I enjoyed reading this … Read more

Award Winning Children’s Picture Books

Literary Titan Book Award Gertie Saves the Day is now listed among Award Winning Children’s Picture Books. The Literary Titan Gold Award is awarded to books that were found to be perfect in their delivery of the original content, meticulous development of unique characters in an organic an striking setting, an innovative plot that supports … Read more

A Student’s Guide to Interviewing Authors

Why am I writing a Student’s Guide to Interviewing Authors? One of my all-time favorite children’s book authors was Tomie dePaola. I loved reading his books to my third graders. Strega Nona and Big Anthony and the Pasta Pot were two of our favorites. The more I read his books to my students, the more questions the children had that … Read more