Words Have Wings

Proofreading or Final Edits

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The next step in getting our book ready for publication are the final edits or proofreading. In prior blog posts I have discussed Professional editing and Editing and Revising Picture Books. This last edit takes place once your book has been designed and is almost ready to go to the printer. A proofreader compares your … Read more

Cover Reveal

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A cover reveal is a great way of piquing your readers’ or followers’ interest in your book before it is published. It can help to create some “buzz” and get people talking about the book. Cover reveals can give readers a first impression of the book and build anticipation for the book’s publication. It is … Read more

Lessons from Gertie Saves the Day

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Lessons from Gertie Saves the Day could fill a notebook or two. Hard as it is to believe, it has been a year since Gertie Saves the Day was published. This has been an exciting year launching and marketing my first picture book. It has been a both a journey and an adventure. Gertie helped me to … Read more

Freelance and Ghostwriting

One of the most asked and frequently confused questions is the difference between freelance and ghostwriting. I am a freelance writer that is different than being a ghostwriter. Most people do not understand the difference. Want to know more about freelance and ghostwriting? Freelance Writing A freelance author is hired to write a story. A publisher finds … Read more

Summer Break

Do you want to know a writing secret? Writing is hard work and writers need to and should take a break. I will be taking some time off from writing this blog this month. I may even take a break from writing stories. Every writer needs time to rest, relax and regroup. I am calling … Read more

Advice for Working with an Illustrator

Working with an illustrator is not as difficult as you might think. As a self-published author I have learned a few things about working with an illustrator. I would like to offer you some advice for working with an illustrator. Partnership Think of your book as a collaboration. You have written the words and the illustrator … Read more

Purple Dragonfly Book Award

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Gertie Saves the Day is now a Purple Dragonfly Children’s Picture Book Award Winner. The Purple Dragonfly Book Award is a worldwide competition to celebrate the best in children’s books. The contest is open to children’s stories in 56 different categories. It is awarded to books that are original, innovative, and creative in content and … Read more

Bringing Your Picture Book to Life

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Bringing your picture book to life with beautiful illustrations is the next step for a self-published picture book. If you are publishing through a traditional press, their editorial team will pick and assign you an illustrator.   New Book Our new book, Two Wins for Wiley, will be launched this fall.  Typically, agented illustrators need a few months … Read more

How to Write a Picture Book Review

How to write a picture book review is not as difficult as you might imagine. Everyone has an opinion about the items they buy. Reviewers are candid and honest, but when it comes to leaving a review about a book they enjoyed … they almost always stop. Reviews are critical to authors on Amazon, especially … Read more

Grab Your Readers Attention

You have written your picture book, but does your beginning grab your readers attention? Editors and agents to whom you are pitching your book specifically look for how you hook your reader. You want your reader to want to turn the page and keep reading. Here are a few suggestions. Start quickly Picture books are … Read more