Summer Reading Challenge: Week 1

Welcome to a new weekly feature here on my author blog!  I’m participating in Rena Traxel’s summer reading challenge and having a ton of fun while reading and discovering new and different picture books.  Here are some photos from this week. Rena has challenged us to find new a different places to read with a differentContinue reading “Summer Reading Challenge: Week 1”

Happy Book Birthday, Katie Shaeffer!

Katie Shaeffer is too young to use the stove. Katie is also an avid collector. She has just one wish. One dream. One desire.  Katie wants to make golden brown, fluffy as a cloud, perfectly round PANCAKES all by herself. Enjoy this charming story and find out how Katie and her friend Baxter find a way toContinue reading “Happy Book Birthday, Katie Shaeffer!”

Creating the Book Cover

This morning, I got up a little sleepy, needing my cup of tea and wondering what the day might have in store for me. I’ve been waiting to hear from the book designer and now I just feel like celebrating because my inbox has the cover edits for Katie Shaeffer, Pancake Maker and the cover isContinue reading “Creating the Book Cover”

Getting Inspiration

For me, inspiration comes from a variety of sources. Katie Shaeffer, Pancake Maker was inspired in part by the book Loose Parts , Inspiring Play in Young Children written by Lisa Daly and Miriam Beloglovsky. The book is full of beautiful photographs of loose parts arranged to inspire play in young children.  Here are a fewContinue reading “Getting Inspiration”

Fifty Tips for New Picture Book Authors Who Wish to Self-Publish

Okay, I’ll admit I’m no expert but I do like to share so here’s my list of 50 tips for brand new writers and self-publishers of the kid-lit variety. Show don’t tell  You will hear this a lot.  In a nutshell, this means your words need to paint a picture by including details, coversation andContinue reading “Fifty Tips for New Picture Book Authors Who Wish to Self-Publish”