Thinking Thursday: Storyboarding

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When I write a picture book the one thing I make sure of is page breaks. Are there enough? Page breaks can be scene changes or a climatic pause in the story. Think page turners. What will make the reader excited about turning to the next spread?

One way to make sure I’m covering the basics is I will map out a story. Or STORYBOARD it. This is where I will take chunks of text and begin to pace the story over pages.  Here are several ways I storyboard.

  1. I usually start on a piece of paper.
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    Picture A


    I will create small thumbnails of my story as I go along. Each time I come to a break I’ll go to the next block. It doesn’t matter if you can’t draw a lick, this technique will help you visualize your story.
    I usually use this piece of paper once. When I have another story ready, I will follow the same format as Picture A.

  2. I also work a presentation board.
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    Picture B

    Think of this as thumbnails on steroids. I create a bigger version of my thumbnail and I will also cut up my manuscript and put the words with the pictures they belong to. This will help me see if my pictures match the pacing of my story.
    I mark up the board with the same format as Picture A. Then I use post-it notes for my pictures and words. By doing this, I can reuse this board over and over again.

  3. I have made a small book too.
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    Picture C

    Once I have my story where I like it I do the ultimate storyboarding. I create a book! What better way to experience your story??? This is the best test to page turns, story climaxes, and scenery changes. You will see the flow and pacing as a read will.

Now it’s your turn.

Pick up your current ms that is ready to go. Begin to storyboard. See where your breaks fall.

I know for me, I usually have a revision of two to do to make sure the pacing matches the page turns.

Happy Writing!

Until next time,
~t

 

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Do you storyboard?
Do you use these techniques? Have any different ones you would like to share?
Post your storyboard on Twitter or Facebook and tag me in it! I would love to see what you are doing.

 

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Tuesday Tips: Are You Looking for a Publisher

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This is the goal line:

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To have an editor in a publishing house say, “YES! This is what we’ve been wanting!

So how do we as writers and illustrators find a publishing house? I use several steps:

  1. Do they publish my genre?
    Make sure they publish the genre you are wanting to submit. If Publisher X produces Young Adult books, don’t send them a Picture Book manuscript.
  2. Do they publish my sub-genre / category?
    Make sure your category is listed. You have a Rhyming Picture Book ms. You look on Publisher Y’s website and see TONS of picture books. (yes) Check out their guidelines. Do they list or specify they take on ‘rhyming’ picture books?
  3. Are they open to unsolicited ms?
    Even when a publishing house publishes your genre AND category, they may be closed to submissions. If they are not open, do not send your ms. It’s like breaking into a house. Just don’t.
  4. Are they traditional publishers, self-publishing publishers, hybrid publishers?
    Traditional publishers take on all expenses. They pay the illustrator, copy editor, formatting, printing… etc.
    Self-Publishing publishers take on nothing. You are responsible for all costs.
    Hybrid publishers are a mixture of both. Both you and the company take on costs.
  5. Are they well known?
    This can be major. Less known or new publishers may go out of business. While the more known a publishing house is, the more submissions you will be competing with.
  6. Do they offer a marketing plan?
    Some small houses offer this! Large publishing houses are cutting back on what they offer too. Honestly, be prepare to either be your own pr person or hire someone to do it for you. You have to know how -and be willing- to toot your own horn.
  7. How active are they on social media?
    You would be surprise how little or how much publishing companies are on different outlets. See how they promote other books and their authors/illustrators.

By doing the above steps, I’ve narrowed down who I have sent my submissions too. You can use the same principles with agents too. You have to do your homework and know who and what each house represents.

Good luck on your submissions and may the odds be forever in your favor!

Until next time,
~t

 

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#NeverForget911

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Today I have been watching the news and reminiscing about what happened 14 years ago.  Then I got to thinking of our country today. I’m sadden by the loss all around.

Sad…

For the loss of life that Tuesday morning.

Sad…

For the loss of unity our country is enduring now.

What do I plan on doing?

Living life to the fullest. Loving my neighbors… who ever they are. Letting first responders know how much I appreciate them. Thanking military members for their service. Smiling at strangers and giving compliments. This world has terrible things and terrible people and terrible feelings. I refuse to give into hate. I refuse to forget.

I challenge each of you…

To smile more.

To see the good in someone, something.

To love and spread love.

To never forget.

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(This is a collage of two pictures from my trips to NYC and the buildings rising from the ashes)

I wanted, once again, to share my thoughts I wrote within a few weeks of that long ago day.9-11Ribbon

I wear this ribbon upon my chest
Close to my heart to show the rest
That I won’t forget the ones who were lost
They paid with their lives, the ultimate cost
It’s for the cries of thousands without a sound
And for the cries of a country when the buildings came down
To show that when the dust settled and cleared
A faint song is what you could hear

As the days pass the song does grow
You can see it, hear it where ever you go
The bells around the world for freedom ring
Voices can be heard for freedom they sing
For once America is a country united we stand
The song rings out from a freedom land
So for the people from the tragedy of a Tuesday morn
You didn’t die in vain, our country was reborn.

by Tracey M. Cox (2001)
9-11 #NeverForget911

 

~t

#CoverReveal – Clare’s Christmas Wish

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#CoverReveal of…
Clare’s Christmas Wish

This is for those of you who are not connect to me on Facebook or Twitter. Those of you who are got to see the cover reveal, because I was given the go-ahead on my anniversary.  😀  And let’s face it, I couldn’t wait. *sorry. heehee*

Clare’s Christmas Wish was a labor of love and I will go through a few posts later on and tell you my inspiration for this story. I hope it inspires readers to look past themselves and to give. Clare’s Christmas Wish is a book on volunteering and being thankful for what you have.

Without further ado, I give you the cover art of…

CLARE’S CHRISTMAS WISH

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Eugene Ruble did a fantastic job on the cover.  I haven’t gotten to see the gallery yet, but a I cannot wait.

Guardian Angel Publishing is the publisher for this book and it is my 7th book with them. *I think they like me*

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Let me know what you think of the cover!
Would you be interested in doing a review of it?
Stay tune for the BOOK TRAILER, links, and the ‘What Inspired Me’ post!

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

 

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Thinking Thursday – Book Reviews (#PBReview)

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Thinking Thursday – Book Reviews

Book Reviews…. How do authors, illustrators, agents, and editors love you? Let us count the ways.

Yes, WE BOOK REVIEWS! <– Yes, I just shouted that.  😀   Because we do!!!

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Or a warm, fuzzy hug!

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Now seriously, tell me WHO doesn’t like that???!!!???

As you know, The Children at the Playground has been released into the wild. I’m excited, because a few reviews have begun to come in. Click on the links and see what people are saying about my book:

Reviews help get books noticed. Here is a graphic I found to show you about how book reviews can influence Amazon:

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Have you read any good books?
Do you post reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, on a blog?
Do you post your reviews on other social media like Twitter and Facebook?
Do you let the author, illustrator, or publisher know about your review?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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www (dot) Wednesday – LINKY <3!

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Today I’m posting a few places you can find my book, THE CHILDREN AT THE PLAYGROUND!

ONLINE

STORES

I cannot tell you how much it means to be able to find a book not only online, but at a store.

I am a small business. Yes, I am! I am an entrepreneur who markets my ideas and sketchings to agents and editors, and then to stores and the pubic with my books. Needless to say, if you carry my books, I WILL promote your business too. So by all means, if you are close to one of the stores, go there and purchase the book(s), let them know that I sent you. I #SupportSmallBusiness whenever possible.  😀

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How do you promote businesses?
Do you shop local?
Do you tell others about them?
Do you let people know how to find a business (online and walking in)?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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Tuesday Tips: Use a Book Trailer

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I love using book trailers as a teaser to my books. My first six books I used inside artwork to build interest. For The Children at the Playground, I did something new. I put a call out on social media for people who were willing to share picture of their children at the playground.

I loved the pictures I received!!!! I only wish I could have used them all.  😀

So here are somethings to consider when creating a book trailer:

  1. What story or message do you want to convey?
    A great trailer will tell a story and leave the viewer wanting more. In other words, they will want to purchase your book or look for it in their library.
  2. What medium do you want to use?
    Cover art, inside art, pictures, videos, tie-ins. Different uses will get different peoples attention.
  3. Time frame!
    Book trailers (like movie trailers) are great when kept short. You are trying to grab their attention, not put them to sleep. *hahaha*
  4. Acknowledgements
    If you use someone’s picture or music, give them credit.
  5. Links
    Don’t forget to include YOUR links. Your website, your publishers website, and mention indie booksellers, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million.

So here it is!!!!!! The book trailer for The Children at the Playground!!!!!!

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Let me know what you think of the book trailer!
Would you be interested in reading the book now?
What else could I have done to be more interesting?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

 

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