So you’ve got an urge to write a story, to spill your thoughts, ideas, emotions, and the essence of your very soul onto the page. If you don’t do this there is something missing from your life that niggles and eats away at you whispering, ‘You will never be truly happy if you ignore your… Continue reading I want it all and I want it right now!
Creative Writing. It’s something I’ve put on the back burner in recent years as self-doubt got the better of me. It’s not productive, I’ll never be good enough, I’ll never be a published writer etc etc… any fellow writers out there, or in fact, anyone who has ever had a dream will know exactly how… Continue reading The Creative Yearning
Just because you’re writing for kids doesn’t mean it’s going to be an easy ride. On the contrary, children are some of the harshest critics. It needs as much thought and consideration as a book for adults, if not more! I’ve put together a collection of tips and thoughts from my experience of self-publishing a… Continue reading Top Tips for Creating a Children’s Picture Book
I want to thank Lex for writing this guest post for me. Read my review of Lex’s book, The Curly-tailed Cat. Many self-published authors, especially newer authors, have noticed that getting reviews for their books is becoming increasingly difficult. Many book bloggers and Youtubers aren’t even accepting new books right now because they’re drowning in… Continue reading Five Ways to Get Book Reviews in 2016 by Lexington Alexander
I’m looking to start reviewing children’s picture books, partly for fun and partly for market research. I’d like to know what kind of things people go for in picture books so I can talk about them in my reviews. For my own books, I wanted to create something that was exciting and lively. Too many… Continue reading What do you look for in a Children’s Book?
The day has finally arrived! My children’s book, The Water Dragons: Too Heavy to Fly, is now out in the world at long last. When Silver sees a soaring buzzard he decides to learn how to fly. Together with his sister, Pearl, they make a pair of wings. But flying isn’t as easy as it… Continue reading The Water Dragons is Available to Buy!
I have to admit, I wasn’t a girly girl. I used to play with my brother’s toys, climb trees, and dreamed about being a warrior princess. But as adults, tradition and society often influence our roles in life, what we should and shouldn’t do based on our gender. Modern life is blurring the gender differences… Continue reading Boy Vs Girl Fictional Gender Roles for Characters.
There’s a famous writing saying that gets banded around the internet: It means that sometimes, no matter how much you love a scene, a character, or some other element, sometimes it has to be brutally cut from the book if it doesn’t have a purpose. I spent a long time (quite a few days) designing… Continue reading My Biggest Compromise with The Water Dragons
People ask me what the moral is in my book. My Aunt works in a library and often does readings for children. She told me she likes it when a kid’s book has a moral, and she can explain it to the children after reading the book. I read a piece of writing advice from… Continue reading Is it Ok to have Morals in Children’s Books?
As a child I remember holding one of my brother’s Warhammer books and studying the image. It was so full of life, so much on the page, and every time I looked I saw something different. Every soldier was unique with his own stance and facial expression. I was inspired by great artwork from a… Continue reading Creating the Artwork for The Water Dragons