Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Twitter lists

I'm a member of SCBWI and there has been talk this morning of using the list function on Twitter.  One of the members of SCBWI-BI posted this URL about Twitter lists so I'm gonna spend the rest of the day working on those.

I'm thinking of four lists atm:

Awesome agents and publishers
Fellow authors
and a private list for my members.

If you want to be on any of the first three lists, let me know your Twitter thingybob (including the @ symbol) and which list you want to be on and I'll get you added!

If my two members are on Twitter, email me with your handle thing and I'll add you to the private list too.  Don't tell me you're a member when you're not cos I know who is a member and who isn't  😉  I'm @books4kidsandya if you want to add me  👌

Steve's been delayed so I won't have any interruptions for the next little while at least, so I can concentrate on what I'm doing  👍

Friday, 30 November 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 public bragging

Did you partake in NaNo this year?

Did you manage to complete it?

Want to brag about it publicly but don't know where or how?

Then you've come to the right place 'cos you just reply to this post with your winners certificate and it'll be here forever (or at least as long as me/blogger.com exist) for everyone to see what you've achieved this year!

NaNoWriMo's last day today!

If you've been taking part in NaNo this month, I hope you finish it by midnight tonight!

Don't forget to validate it so that you can be a winner for 2018 too!  Remember to have your document open 'cos you need to copy and paste the entire thing into your dashboard on the NaNo site.

I finished the 50k words on the 9th and the 75k completed novel on the 14th but I've only just had the email about validating it.

Good luck with getting those last words written and validated!

Thursday, 29 November 2018

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Sunday, 25 November 2018

Another software update in the members area

I've updated the story ideas and the writing prompts bit today and it's ready and raring to go for my members who want to buy the software!

Need to add more surnames next time!  lol

Friday, 23 November 2018

Book review: Sing Gabriel Sing by Jayni Tremainey

⭐⭐ out of 5

This is a good little book, in theory, but it doesn't meet the industry standard of 28 or 32 pages and there are only 6 unique pages of words that aren't either just the chorus or images.

It's a unique idea, just with very few unique pages.  It's more for the adult than the child and doesn't get going for 3 pages at the start then ends with a music score that a small child would get so confused by.

The author also uses words that a small child would no way understand... did you understand words like carpenter, lovely and crib when you were 3 years old?  I know I wouldn't have and that's just on one page!  Beautiful and foretold are also in the chorus that a small child would just give up on.

It's just too mature for a picture book listener is all... sorry.

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Book review: Barefoot by Marnesha Augustine

Barefoot by Marnesha Augustine
⭐⭐ out of 5

This is an OK book, but the author has obviously self published it as it's only 11 pages long instead of the industry standard 28 or 32 pages.

The author also concentrates more on the adults POV rather than the child's which wouldn't interest a child at all... picture books need to be focussed on the child main character, about things children are interested in and talking in a child's language.

It's focussed on an adult main character, trying to educate the child rather than having a child main character wanting to learn about something.  A child wouldn't get past the first page before getting so bored that they don't want to listen to any more.

It's a good idea, just very poorly thought out and in need of being more than double the length.