Book Update

The illustrations are coming along nicely. We’re aiming to have them all complete by the end of the month.

In the meantime we’re thinking about our marketing strategies. Creating a business plan can be a lot of work, but it’s definitely worth it. It’s better to know what you’re going to spend, and how much you plan on making on your return. Everything needs to be taken into consideration. I was lucky enough to come across someone who could provide me with a template to work off of. I’m also lucky as my Dad has a copy of the business plan he made up years ago. It made it a lot easier when trying to format everything and work out the numbers.

I know that it may seem like a pain in the butt to do, but it’s something that you should be doing. Writing is a business, where one can be their own boss. The reason why some people fail when they’re self-employed is because they skipped the planning process and decided to jump into something without calculating the risks.

Anyway, enough business talk. I’m going to try to prepare some breakfast…although I’m a little unsure as to what I want to eat today.

Till next time,

R.

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Writing Related Update

I’ve finally gotten myself back into the swing of things. I haven’t really done any writing since I submitted my entry to the competition last week.

You could say that writing competitions are stressful.

I really hope I win.That would be absolutely fantastic. I mean, sure I still get to go to the workshop and learn about publishing novels, but who doesn’t want a could hundred bucks in their pocket before they go off to university?

Anyway, I’m pretty excited about the book I’ve been working on. To be quite honest, I think that I’m falling in love with it. Everything about it is perfect….I refuse to give up on this book like I did with the last. I know what I’m doing now, and I’ve got a ton of experience after editing and rewriting the same novel for…*sighs* almost seven years–I can’t believe I spent that much time of my life on a book that had no actual plot or structure or–.

Well I’m pretty excited and I’m looking forward to having this book published so that people can read it. I hope that they’ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I think this is the first book that I’ve ever written completely in third person, as I used to only write in first person. Third person however works much better for these types of novels….I don’t want to give away any spoilers.

I’ll be heading off to school in a little while so I’d better stop here.

Hope you’ve all been having a wonderful month.

I’m so happy the snow is finally melting! I’m having a great week. Life is pretty great…especially since I had chocolate milk and a muffin for breakfast today. Now nothing can go wrong!

 

May the force be with you,

Orion

Even though veg…

Even though veggies are good for me, I’d rather eat that brownie….

If I drink this green veggie juice can I please have brownies for breakfast? I hate eating dessert from for breakfast…unless its crepes or something.

Mom…Mom…Mom…

I’m tired. D’:

 

Tips for Writing Books for Kids

  1. Find your inner child: to write for kids, you need to become a kid.
  2. Take risks: If you want to write the word fart, WRITE IT!
  3. Talk to kids: Seriously, you can have some pretty great conversations with a 4 year old about why they don’t like hotdogs.
  4. Read kids books: Find that old Curious George and read Monkey, READ!
  5. Ask people about their kids: Sometimes people’s kids do some pretty whacky stuff.
  6. Think about what you did as a kid: Did you cut off your sisters doll heads? Did you think if you poured milk in the garden the tomatoes would turn white?
  7. Be CREATIVE! Do I really need to explain this? PURPLE!
  8. Be real: seriously write from your heart okay? You and the pencil…or keyboard or whatever…ARE ONE!

I’ll be giving tips often. If there’s anything specific you want to ask me about, feel free to comment. There are no bad/dumb questions. There are only bad/dumb answers.