Words Have Wings

Have You Been Caught?

Where have you been caught? Caught reading that is! May is national Get Caught Reading Month. This annual celebration promotes the joy of reading. A consistent reading habit has many benefits such as: improving vocabulary, reduces stress, develop empathy, and boost knowledge and brainpower. For children, reading can help improve their language skills, increase their … Read more

Author Newsletters

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Author Newsletters – are they a yay or nay? For this author they are a yay! I was advised by other authors that if I want to grow my audience, connect with readers, and sell more books, the best tool available for me was to write an author newsletter. In the beginning … I will … Read more

Book Signing Tips for New Authors

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There is an abundance of book signing tips for new authors available online. At some point in your author journey you’ll be asked to sign your book. It’s exciting! But, also it can be a bit nerve wracking. You’re about to make a permanent mark in someone’s shiny, new and pristine book. If you are … Read more

Drop Everything and Read Day

Drop Everything And Read Day is a special reading celebration day that was designed to encourage families to make reading together each day a family priority and habit. Families are encouraged to read and enjoy books together for at least 30 minutes. April 12 is also the birthday of the children’s author Beverly Cleary. Beverly Cleary received many letters from students who enjoyed D.E.A.R. time at their … Read more

Encourage a Young Writer Day

April 10th is Encourage a Young Writer Day. This national event gives teachers and parents an opportunity to help young writers use their ideas to create a story. Most children are natural storytellers. Their imagination and creativity allows them to come up with some of the best stories.  Reading cultivates imagination, vocabulary, and basic writing skills – … Read more

Let’s Celebrate International Children’s Book Day

I love celebrations, especially those that involve books. International Children’s Book Day is a day to celebrate children’s books which includes picture books and easy-to-read stories written exclusively for children, and fairy tales, lullabies, fables, folk songs, and more. What is International Children’s Book Day? International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) is a celebrated event dedicated … Read more

Editing Hacks

Editing your picture book is more than using spelling and grammar checks. If you take the time to learn and incorporate better self editing techniques, you can become a stronger writer. I appreciate those who choose to be an editor. The editors I have worked with, truly enjoy their work. A good editor understands what you … Read more

WIP Summit 2024

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The Women in Publishing Summit (WIP Summit 2024) is an online conference. It is held the first week of March and it features women, and those who identify as women, who are authors, editors and publishing professionals. It’s a multi-day virtual event. All sessions are held LIVE on Zoom, and the conference covers topics on … Read more

Self Editing

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When people ask me what I am writing, the truth is most of the time I am editing a story. While every author needs to have their manuscript edited by a professional editor, but authors can begin with a good self edit. I have found that incorporating self editing techniques before sending my manuscript off … Read more