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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: I have an active imagination that I am grateful for. I keep a writing journal in which I write down ideas as they pop into my head. After recording my thoughts, I then reflect on what I've written to see if I can build any of the ideas into a story. Being an educator and mom helps too. When my girls were young, I often made up stories during our long drives or at bedtime. As a teacher, I loved sitting with my students and listening to some of their imaginative tales. Their love of stories inspired me to fulfill my writing dream.
Q: What is your favorite childhood book?
A: There are so many! I don't think that I can choose just one. I do love the classics, like the Velveteen Rabbit and Little Red Hen. Then there are the fairy tales! I also have a special place in my heart for the picture books that my daughters loved. My daughters' smiles and giggles melted my heart, and I did not mind reading the same book over and over and over again!
Q: What advice do you have for people pursuing their own writing dream?
A: Read, read, and read some more! Find the genre that resonates with you. Keep a journal to jot down ideas. I encourage you to sign up for courses; they will help build various writing skills (e.g., character building, story arc, editing). Join a writing group for support. You can share ideas and work through writer's block together. Some members may even critique your work. Visit the websites of publishers and self-published authors to build your understanding of each. Also, conferences and workshops are great for learning about the business side of being an author.
Q: I have a manuscript and I want to self-publish, now what do I do?
Find Beta Readers to provide feedback on your story.
Find an editor who has experience in your genre. Comprehensive edits are best.
Find an illustrator whose work you love (if you are not illustrating your own book).
Collect work samples from at least three illustrators.
Prepare an Illustrator Brief to help your illustrator have an idea of your book baby vision.
Set up a contract with your illustrator (e.g., dates for sketches, ownership of work, date completed files are due).
Set a Book Launch date.
Begin to market your book.
Decide how you will distribute your book.
Set up an author website/social media accounts.
Find a printing company that meets your needs.
Marketing, marketing, marketing!
Launch your book.
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