I am absolutely floored by this review of The Denim Jungle I just received from the 24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Books Awards.
And it couldn’t come at a better time. Last week was the one-year anniversary of finally having my book (MY book!) in my hands, and tomorrow is the sixth anniversary of losing Sue, who inspired me to make it. To say it’s a bittersweet time of year would be a profound understatement.
I miss you, Sue. Thank you for being you. Thank you for motivating me (and so many others) to imagine and commit and create. Thank you for giving me this connection to you. But most of all, thank you for helping me be the kind of mom who can show her kids that dreams can be made reality with hard work and heart.
24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
Entry Title: The Denim Jungle
Category: Children’s Picture books
Books are evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning “needs improvement” and 5 meaning “outstanding.”
- Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5
- Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5
- Production Quality and Cover Design: 5
- Plot and Story Appeal: 5
- Character Appeal and Development: 5
- Voice and Writing Style: 5
Visually stunning and engaging, designed for multiple reads that will reveal new details each time. Author has put a lot of excellent thought and work into designing this book with multimedia elements, creating visually pleasing pages to delight the young reader and older reader alike. Author scores with a terrific premise Continue reading
Many of you have been coming to me with book dreams in hand, wanting to know my tips for how to get published.
I’ve posted quite a few resources here, but if you truly want to create a physical book that you can hold in your hands, here’s the one question you need to answer first:
Do you want to traditionally publish or self publish?
I spent years weighing the pros and cons of both, finally choosing self publishing. Does that mean I recommend self publishing to everyone? Hardly.
Here are my crib notes from years of research and my own experience. If you’ve published your own book and want to weigh in, by all means, add your nuggets of knowledge in the comments below.
Here are my top 8 reasons to self publish (and 3 reasons not to).
Please note that these tips are specific to publishing a children’s picture book. If you’re looking to self publish something else (say a paperback book without pictures, for instance) the financial considerations are considerably less, but some of the other points will still apply.
One of the great joys of parenting (for me) is reading books aloud to my kids. It’s fun for us all and good for them, too.
I remember long drives to Grandma’s house when I was a kid, my mom reading chapter books from the front passenger seat. Little House, Charlotte’s Web, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe…
My kids (five and two) are still a bit young for chapter books, but I read picture books to them nightly. Increasingly, my eldest reads books to us, too, which adds its own joy.
I wonder when our read-aloud days will end? I’d like to say hopefully never, but I don’t want to be the creepy mom in the Love You Forever book.
Here are a few of our current favorites. I’ve started a Pinterest board of Great Read-Aloud Picture Books, too, where I’ll continue to add favorites.
Happy reading together! Continue reading
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.
For those of you who weren’t able to make it to The Denim Jungle book launch party in Seattle, I wanted to bring the party to you.
So… welcome, friends, to my virtual book party! Come on in. I have all kinds of fun in store for you today.
- Enjoy your own personal author reading.
- Exercise your imaginations with a Denim Jungle-themed activity.
- Learn some secrets behind the making of the book.
- Buy a copy (if you haven’t already).
- Get your book custom-signed by me, the author.
Are you ready? Here we go…