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

First Draft Completed! What’s Next?

First Draft First draft is completed! What’s next, I ask myself? What should I do now? This week I completed a first draft of another picture book. If you recall, I am participating of the 12×12 picture book challenge. In this challenge we try to write a draft of a picture book each month. This … Read more

Picture Book Author Interview

The 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 Maria Buffolino, author of The Leaning Palm. I enjoyed reading this … Read more

Setting Achievable Writing Goals

Setting achievable writing goals is an effective strategy for most writers. Writing a book, whether a novel, memoir or children’s book is a difficult task. That’s why authors set writing goals. Authors often set daily, monthly and yearly goals that help them stay on track with outlining, drafting editing and revising their writing.  In my … Read more

Editing and Revising Picture Books

Why edit and revise your picture book One of the most difficult things for me to do as an author is to edit and revise my picture books. To delete words, sentences and even paragraphs is very challenging. Word count is very important when you are writing a picture book. Right now many editors are … Read more

The Silence is Deafening: Critiques Fill the Silence

         Frustrated, yet determined, I continued to send my manuscripts out to agents and publishers. I was not about to give up on my dream of having my children’s story published.       While I was waiting, I continued to study and practice my writing craft. I started to attend local writing conferences where I could met other … Read more