I have just finished a new book and think it might be my best yet. Then again, I’m probably a bit biased. This new one took a while to do. The story came along pretty easy, but the pictures were the problem. The problem with them is I just had a hard time satisfying myself.
It’s weird how the more you do something the harder you get on yourself. My first book I was so proud to have actually finished, I didn’t think about a lot of the things I do now. Some of that is learning from the mistakes too. I’ve made them. I still make them. But I do think it’s a few less now.
Anyway, I finally redid the pictures for the fifth or sixth time (I lost count). My wife finally stopped laughing at me for redoing the pictures. She asked me at least three times “Are you doing the same picture again?”.
So if you want to see if my work was worth it, please download my new book. Yes it’s a children’s book, but I promise adults will enjoy it too. If nothing else all the pictures and the different characters are pretty entertaining. It’s about three mice who love to play pranks (something kids today are doing a little too much), but these pranks eventually catch up to them in an unexpected way. Think about the story of the boy who cried wolf.
It’s also free to download the digital copy today and tomorrow. So no reason not to. If you do, I would really appreciate a review. With books, reviews are especially important. The more descriptive the review, the better.
I read this book with my 6-year-old grandson. Or, I should say, we read it together, alternating pages. Each page had just the perfect amount of text for an early reader. Short and sweet, but not dumbed down into nothing but “sight” words.
The story was cute and conveyed a lesson without being absolutist which is a flaw of too many children’s books. I really liked the horse’s ending comments, “Don’t say ever. There is fun that can be had from a good joke or even a friendly prank…. But Today little one, was a result of taking things too far…”
The illustrations were engaging – brilliant color and crisp characters but with an unexpected depth and texture to some of the elements, like the grass and the mice’s fur.
Most important to this review – My grandson asked if we could read it again. Highly recommend!
So it’s been a while. I keep promising myself I’ll get back into writing regularly on this blog. I just don’t keep my promises. It’s not like I haven’t been busy. Since I got into doing my books I’ve just spent more time on them and other projects,not even thinking about my poor, nearly abandoned blog that started me in the direction of writing in the first place.
Even this weekend I set up a Facebook event with free books and prizes. I invited all my Facebook friends, posted in groups, shared on twitter. Then this morning it hit me. What about your blog? All those followers who supported you starting out and your ramblings for a couple years. You just went and forgot about them?
All I can say is – I’m sorry!
The event is still live and my books will be available (3 free to download and the rest on sale) until the end of today). You can visit the event here or go to my Amazon page for the freebies here.
I miss all my friends I made here in the blogging world and I really want to get back to sharing. No promises this time though. Maybe if I don’t set any plans out I’ll do better.
Let me know what you’ve been up to in the comments. I want to hear from you.
As a child who grew up in the 80’s I was introduced to comic books which then, were available at almost every convenience store. I read them, pretended to be the superheroes they were about (Pretending to be Wonder Women around your friends when you are a boy doesn’t bode well for your social status. Not my proudest childhood memory!) and I even attempted to become a comic book creator myself.
I remember using a notebook, adding empty boxes for panels to the pages and then drawing my form of characters in them (I’ve never been apt at drawing). Sometimes I would make my own Spider-Man or Superman stories and sometimes I’d create my own character. Either way it was a lot of fun.
With that in mind I decided to try something that I would have loved to have had when I was little. A sort of, create it yourself comic book template. All I do is come up with a cover, add some tips to the inside, then set up pages of blank, varying panels and ta-da……
At the moment I’ve created 12 different covers with popular subjects like dragons, dinosaurs, zombies and of course, superheroes. Anyone can then take the pre-formatted pages and add their own story and artwork.
I’m still coming up with ideas for versions of the books. I have set them up with 21 pages of 75 empty comic book panels for the story. I think that’s a good number to tell a story without being too much. I can add up to 100 pages without changing the price, but that to me, seems like too many.
Anyone have any ideas for new versions or comments on what I’ve done so far? If you don’t mind would you click over to the Facebook page and give me a like or share? Much appreciated.