Saturday, August 10, 2019

My Writing, and Yours

Children's picture books started me off in the publishing business, but I also write poetry and non-fiction, especially in my journals. Last week I sketched out a non-fiction book which will be (probably) my fourth publishing effort. It will be a small, hand-held book for teachers which will be easy to read, easy to pick up for reference.  The rough draft is more than half finished.  I have at least four more chapters to write, and then I will expand on every chapter, before I begin the editing.  I believe I will be putting lots of my personal graphics throughout also instead of using an illustrator.

My third book, which I expect will be published in 2020, is a children's Christmas picture book titled Christmas is Coming. The busy, rollicking "North Pole" story is differentiated completely from Merry Tilda, A Winter Fairy Tale, my first holiday story.

Of course, like every writer, I have other books either in the works or in my mind. If you are a writer ready to think about publishing, I suggest you build a repertoire of at least six finished pieces and another six "possibilities." While you are preparing these, you can be looking at your publishing options just to put a little variety and anxiety in your life!

I'm not expert on publishing, nor on marketing, even though I am learning in both areas. I suggest you explore those areas since you will need them. I am an expert on writing and will gladly share that expertise with you. It settles out to this:  You must love to write, you must write often, and you must be happy (or willing) to edit and revise your work even more than you actually write. And, of course, you must read. That's it.  That's my very knowledgeable bottom line. Bet you're already doing those things, aren't you?

Yes, there is more to say ... one of these days. But if you follow my wisest advice above, you are already in the game. Good luck, writer.  Good work ahead.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Who is an Artist?

My business card claims, over my name, that I am an author and artist. An artist? Well, I certainly mess around with art daily in one form or another. I love art. I even love lots of my art. In my view of the world that makes me an artist. But have I ever made a penny with my art? Maybe a dollar or two.  Certainly not real money.

According to the world's view, that would make art a hobby only. So can I in good faith call myself an artist?

What do you think? Help me out, here. Am I an artist? Are you an artist? Does money have to be involved? Oh, this definition is so darn complicated!

Friday, August 2, 2019

Free Gift

Thank you to all the family and friends who responded to my Facebook post introducing Wild, Wild Wind. You are appreciated! I hope those of you who have a chance to read this book and/or the last one, Merry Tilda, enjoy them.
This month I begin marketing Wild, Wild Wind. My Facebook entry started it off.  If some one mentions this blog when buying a book from me, I will include a small, unusual gift: Another book!

Long before I found a publisher who published two of my books, I wrote stories.  Some were small. I made many of those into little stapled books. Some were full fledged stories that were waiting their turn to be published. I recently uncovered what was actually my first wind story. It is a small stapled booklet, but a cute one. I would love to send one to you when I am mailing you a book. Or give it to you when I see you. Just let me know! And, thank you, thank you, again.