Did you know there is a right way and a wrong way? Me either!
Watch this TED Talks video by Terry Moore that shows the wrong way and the right way. It matters which way the rabbit goes around the tree, the little story sometimes told while explaining the shoe tying process.
I have an appointment to meet my characters. An observation made as I thought about the storyline as it currently is, and where I want to take it. (Reading good writing inspires dissecting your own.)
For my first meet and greet serious thought is going into having someone else be the interviewer, letting me answer off the top of my head and make notes. Why off the top of my head? Because too much thought, could contrive the answers to fit what I want and not what is plausible.
This is about learning these character are in my head. Finding what buried deep in my imagination can be used to give character depth and motivation. In the last couple of years I read/heard about this exercise in writing, at the time just seemed beyond me and my little writing. Now, not so much.
Yep, working on the second one. Is it a series? Eh, sort of, maybe? It is the next in line for a grandchild. A boy this time. The concept is pretty firm.
Earlier this week, I found an underlining motivation for the story. Writing down ideas, details, thoughts, even a few scenes came to mind. This is the beginning. Feels familiar because I have been here before.
That is the thing, with anything new to you, the next time parts of the action feel familiar. That beginning of the ‘been there, done that’ familiarity. This is practice in motion.
Again, my initial thoughts have been to ‘hire out’ the illustrations, as well as debating whether or not to even have illustrations. Then, of course! There have to be some illustrations. So perhaps today I will try and do some preliminary sketches of what imagined illustrations. The sad part is in not doing my imagination justice.
How does this work?
I have NO idea, learning as we go.
First off, the only current edition is a Kindle on Amazon’s Kindle store.
Second, we are looking at other ebook formats as well as a print on demand paper and ink book. We should know something to tell you on that version by end of next week.
Please, please, please, share your comments on Snowball, and tell everyone you know about it. You are part of my marketing plan (chuckling here). You are my whole marketing plan.
I do have a Goodread’s author account. Julie Kolb
I have to thank Al Kattermonran who has kept my announcement going round Twitter. Thanks, Al!
Another shout out has to go to Duncan Swallows for his blast on Facebook. Thanks Fluffy.
A review on Amazon showed up, so a thank you to Cynthia Castro. Sweet! Thanks Cynthia. (By the way if you go to the Kindle Store and search for Snowball, the first entry in the search results is a book by Warren Buffet. I take that as a omen. That is unexpected good company.)
On Goodreads, yes, I have a Goodreads author page! Cool! And a library is following me! Livingston County Library, Thank you!
I have so many more supporters that have done so much to encourage me. Everyone is so precious to me, thank you.
Snowball is the title of my first book. Snowball is a children’s easy reader, first chapter book. My best illustrations are included.
It was written for my granddaughter. It is a very late birthday present. (Available as an ebook Kindle edition on Amazon now.) Two years in the making.
My childhood friend Lisa stuck with me through many re-writes. After all the mud-pies we made as children, I shouldn’t be surprised she stuck with me from beginning to end. Thank you, Lisa.
I was inspired by my granddaughter, not just the story idea, but also in what type of book and what it was to become. You see, she is sweet, smart, and a big help. She likes to understand things.
I wanted to not just write her a little story, but also something helpful. That is where the idea for an early reader chapter book came to mind. Reading, well, it can be tough to learn. I wanted something easy to read, as well as interesting.
Now, having more than one grandchild, I have made that same birthday promise to all of them. That has made me think about making some stories harder to read than others. It would be nice if they could be stand alone books, as well as series. Once you start reading one, and pick up another, you would recognize some characters.
So while you are reading Snowball, I am already working on the next birthday book.