Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Jumping into an unknown world of Fiverr illustrators for my next story about MS

I decided after Princess Polliwog & the Swing Thief had been published, that I loved the idea of writing kids books. But I was really unsure of the price point I have to sell Polliwog at. So I decided to do some research on illustrators from Fiverr. I found someone who seemed really energetic about illustrating my story.

Now, my stomach is churning. Did I do the right thing? This story is special for me, but it is for a very select audience. I also wanted to get a book that I can sell at a price point I'm comfortable charging.

My illustrator is from Sri Lanka and I'm very excited. From his profile illustrations, his people are realistic looking and fun. I can only hope my story can be the same!

Stay tuned for progress reports!
Write on!

Reading for 1st graders... a super great experience!

I read Princess Polliwog to the entire 1st grade class at my daughter's school. All the kids were very attentive, even though some had to sit too far away to see the pictures. They oh'ed and ah'ed at the important moments and were engaged the entire time.

Some of the kids even put their hands in the air to ask questions and they were good questions. The teachers were very appreciative.

The only downside... I forgot to take any pictures to prove it happened!

Each child got a coloring book page and a color business card (which will hopefully entice the parents to go online and buy my book).

I can tally this experience up to a success and I look forward to more possible readings!

Write on!

Friday, March 22, 2019

1st time Elementary School reading

I will be doing an elementary school visit today at my daughter’s school to read to the entire 1st grade class. I got a call from a teacher last week about doing this. The class is reading Frog and Toad books this week and she thought my new children’s book would fit right in. I was tickled pink! I told her I would love to read to my daughter’s class. Then she called back and asked if I could read to all the classes. 4 in all. Gulp. Suddenly I’m not worried about 28 kids not liking my work, I’m worried about 120 kids.


But I’m putting on a brave face and setting off to see how the young ones like my story. It kept Morgan entertained, but will boys like it? Is it truly good or is my daughter entertained because it comes from me? I’ll find out in a few. I’m also taking coloring pages (2 different designs) and colored business cards that have a picture of Polliwog – in hopes the card makes it to the parent of the child that MUST HAVE my book. Now they know where to find me!


I will also be donating my book to the school library.


This will be a great teller if my book is really good enough to keep a 7- or 8-year old’s attention. So I need to tamp down the butterflies and enjoy the day.


Wish me luck!