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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.

Q: I am interested in scheduling time with you, how do I contact you?

A: I would love to hear from you! Please select Kreative Consulting on the menu bar. Select which service meets your needs. I look forward to hearing from you.


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