Conference Anyone?

All Write Now! Writer’s Conference


This week has gone to the  . . . well I am not insulting anyone or anything.

About an hour ago I started writing a wonderful post about the writing conference, but I lost it because I didn’t save during that hour. So this is my second, much shorter blog blurb about it.


  • JULY 11, 2015  from 8 A to 5 P

With workshops, networking, and lots of inspiration, but in my last theatrical flourish at the end, it was deleted.  (No, of course I didn’t save it periodically during the hour)


Poetry, fiction, and flash fiction writing contests with a “Seconds” theme.  You interpret the use of the word seconds, for more information check out the rules.  Oh, and those of the nonfiction genre, you have a contest as well, thanks to Carol and John Fisher.

Namedropping section here

  • Angie Fox – New York Times Best Selling Fantasy Author – Keynote Speaker
  • Catherine Rankovic – Editor, Author and Teacher
  • Allison Joseph -Associate Professor, Poetry
  • Eileen Dryer – New York Times Best Selling Romance Author
  • Ellie Searle- Publishista
  • Janet L. Cannon – Technology Instructor, building a writer’s platform

Schedule of the day? Yeah, they have that –

  • 3 morning sessions, 2 afternoon sessions
  • Lunch break with refreshments on site
  • Networking session in the afternoon
  • Bookstore on site for attendees, book-signing during the networking session

Conference providers –

  • Southeast Missouri Writers Guild
  • Heartland Writers Guild

Now click on over to the website (ALL WRITE NOW!) and check it our.  Registration is open. (Lunch options are listed, how convenient is that? ) It is all that and they supply the pickle chips!




Stagnating Progress

Stewing over ideas.  Funny how when you think you aren’t getting anywhere, suddenly all that unproductive time proves to be productive after all.  I was reminded of that while driving last week.

Most of my illustrations are in parts and pieces because something is missing.  Working in the strange new format of visual storytelling, with pencil and paint, I am reverting to some tried and true writer’s block methods. The most successful?  Walking away, not just backing up, but leaving it alone and not doing anything.

Occasionally a day dream session has proved helpful as well.  Eyes closed.  Deep sigh.  What would the book like in my imagination? True, what will eventually make it into reality may not look anything like what is in my head.  It might look better.  That perfect image is without the learning experience that will going to the end product.

These children’s books for my grandchildren are my school of hard knocks.  They are my education in not only writing, but publishing and illustration.  Then there is marketing, advertising, and publicity.

My progress is a leap and a jump, then nothing.  It all has to sink in, confidence rebuilds then ‘POP’ another burst of energy and excitement moves me down the path a little further.



Besides the following locations on the internet to purchase a copy of Snowball, electronic and print copies – Kindle and print copies

Barnes and Noble – Nook edition

Available on iBook

Print Copies also available through Createspace

Print copies are also available at

The Bookworm                                                                                Vienna Town Square Mall Antiques & More

618 East Walnut                                                                               114 North Fourth Street

Eastgate Shopping Center                                                              On the Court House Square

Carbondale, IL                                                                                  Vienna, IL


During the month of February if you purchase a copy of the book at either store location, please take a picture of yourself with the book infront of the store and use the following hashtags with the photo  –



One from each store will be chosen to receive a Snowball Tshirt from our CafePress store



What Did It Take?

Writing Snowball was a labor of love.  There is quite a bit I could say about it, but the bottomline that most people want to know is how long it took.

snowball back proof

I started writing it October 2012 completing the first draft by February 2013. Five months doesn’t sound long, and many might wonder why it took so long to self publish in July 2014.  Edits and rewrites, along with working on ‘artwork’.  (I hesitate to call it artwork, as I am not an artist.)

snowball dummy art


I paid for an edit of the original draft. Then let some friends read it, their constructive comments helped me streamline the story and get to the point.  How to get my purpose for writing the story across ended up taking several drafts.

snowball dummy chapter

Young preteen girls have so many media images competing for their attention, I wanted to create an influence of my own for my granddaughter.  Things I wanted her to take away after reading my story for her:

  • You are intelligent
  • You are curious
  • You use your intelligence to learn more
  • You are compassionate
  • You have the support of family and friends
  • You are loved

Not tell her who she should be, but hold up a mirror and allow her to see who I saw when I looked at her.  All things young ladies need to hear.  All things that build confidence.

To get from the idea to the final draft it took a lot of time. My time as well as those who supported and helped me find the right voice and story to tell. ( I am very grateful for every person who helped.)

stack of snowball

It took what ended up totaling a little over eight pounds of paper standing nearly four inches tall to get the finished published book.  There were more than two rewrites, something like three or four, maybe five.

Snowball weight


A month or so after publication we found a few mistakes that either weren’t caught or the correction didn’t save. (There was some issue with the software conversion.)  Some have asked if we were going to correct them.  If I had the time, sure.  One thing I have learned is that you have to keep moving forward. There is a point you have to say, it is good enough, or you never move forward always trying to correction a mistake or something that slips through.  Maybe if someday we do a second edition we will fix them.  Perfection is a tough goal o meet, and that isn’t the point of my writing – to write perfectly.  

snowball measurement

What it took was hard work, dedication and a lot of really great friends.

Snowball Availability

Snowball can be found at

The Bookworm Carbondale IL

618 East Walnut Street

Eastgate Shopping Center

Carbondale, IL

Purchase a copy by February 20th

Take a picture of yourself and the book in front of the store.

Post it on Facebook or Twitter.  My page JulieKolb  or my Twitter byjuliekolb


I will pick one and there will be a giveaway.

What?  Most likely a T-shirt. We are working on that right now.

Next !

I feel like a broken record.

Still working on the illustrations.

The story is set. The dialogue set.

The story concept of illustrations set.

It is only the cover page, but finally a start.

What is in my way?

Me.  My own fears of imperfection. It won’t be perfect. I am not an artist.  I am just a grandma, drawing a picture book for a grandchild.  The only opinion that matters is my grandchild’s opinion.

Will I publish it?

You bet.


Just like with the chapter book, I learned a lot. I know more than I did before.  So when I get to what I really want to do, the experience will help me produce a much better book.

Most importantly, my grandchildren love it.

That is enough of a reason.