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
Hey, Seattle friends. Up for a little adventure?
Bring your imaginations this Saturday, 2/13, 12-2pm, to Ballard Homestead, 6541 Jones Ave NW, for a free community party to officially launch The Denim Jungle!
We’ll have lots of fun book-themed crafts, giveaways, and an author story time at 1pm, followed by a short talk about the making of the book. I’ll even let you in on a few secrets behind the hidden treasurers inside it…
This party (like the book) has been a labor of love, and I can’t wait to share it with you!
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!
They say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but in fact we all do.
Take for example the books above, all of which come up when you search Amazon for “cover design.”
One topic. Five very different covers. And five rather different judgements we automatically assign to each.
Self-publishing friends, those judgements transform into sales.
You never get a second chance to make a first impression, folks. Here are three easy tips to make your book’s first impression a lasting one… in a good way.
*To see the grand reveal of The Denim Jungle cover, check out tip #3 below!* Continue reading