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How to Lay Out a Picture Book with InDesign

2 Jun

laptop computer loading printing coffee

I’ve lost count of how many people have told me they want to make their picture book someday. That’s why I created a whole Writing & Publishing tips section on this site (under The Archive, upper right). Let’s make that someday now.

One of the sticky points I ran into was digitally laying out my book. Once I had the final copy incorporated into the final art, there was definitely a “What now?” moment. Assuming you’re not a graphic artist, it’s intimidating! But it doesn’t have to be. In this post, I’m going to walk you through how to lay out a picture book with InDesign, step by step.

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Now Available: The Denim Jungle!

16 Nov

Alright, people. Today marks the day that The Denim Jungle is officially available to 39,000 retailers and libraries over 87% of the world! You can order yours right now on Amazon. CRAZY.

To celebrate, here are some illustration sneak peeks. Enjoy, and happy holidays to you and your little explorers!

Title Page Art Blue

 

Amazon Pinecones Puddle Cover

Eye Candy

29 Sep

It’s Tuesday morning. You’re knee deep into a busy week, and the weekend lies far in the distance…

You need a break. You need some eye candy.

Profile Snake LeavesThe Denim Jungle on Instagram

Are you on Instagram? I’ve started an account for @thedenimjungle with pictures about seeing the world from a kids’ perspective. Come on, aren’t you curious what I could possibly be posting over there? Take or look… or better yet post your own kids’ fun (and funny) insights. Don’t forget to use #denimjungle. Continue reading

Finding an Illustrator—and Introducing Mine!

21 Apr

Self Publishing Artist Childrens ArtHow do you find an illustrator for your children’s book?

Or perhaps more adequately…

How do you find, choose, and trust a person to take what’s been in your head and turn it into the tangible something special you know it can be?

There are many ways to go about finding an illustrator:

  • You can already know of an artist you respect and enjoy working with. In which case, lucky you!
  • You can do a basic Google search for local illustrators.
  • You can attend mixer events for local writers and illustrators. (I recommend checking out your local Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators branch.)
  • You can reach out on social media for recommendations.

I tried all of these routes, but the method that worked for me was social media.

As detailed in a post last fall, a college friend, Jason, saw my query for illustrator recommendations and forwarded me someone who could be a good fit.

Once you’ve found a potential candidate, what do you do next?  Continue reading

Origins of “Ole!”

23 Aug

RondaBullRingOleWhat does the word “Ole!” make you think of?

Rejoicing, dancing, bullfights, Spain?

But before it was Spanish, it was a religious chant from another country altogether.

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Interesting Person Fund

27 Feb
Source: Janel Piersma

Source: Janel Piersma

I recently came across an idea-packed article on creativity rituals, which included everything from naps to bar brainstorming to frequent vacations (yes yes and yes!).

They also mentioned something called an “interesting people fund,” the idea of which was taken from an interview with entrepreneur and author Ben Casnocha:

By pre-committing time and money to meeting interesting people, you increase the likelihood that you’ll actually do it… Take an hour out of your day or spend $40 buying someone lunch…. Relationships—be they romantic, friendship, or professional–take time to develop.

Okay, Ben. I’m going to one-up you on that. Continue reading