A Chapter Book?

Which would be easier: to edit the 1500 word first draft down to 1000 words to make a picture book OR expand the 6500 word first draft up to become a chapter book? I’ve decided to expand. Yes, I’ll still keep the picture book idea but I wanted to create a “middle grade” book anyways

First Draft Complete

The first draft of my picture book is now complete! Signing up for Anastasia Suen’s “Picture Book Internsive” online course was the best idea so far. It forced me to meet weekly deadlines and really work through my story beats. Oh, and I also changed the name of the book. Originally the book was going

A New Plan

I’ve been reading lots of children’s books lately. I’ve noticed something interesting about Disney books. They often have multiple versions of the same story all targeted at different age groups. Thus they’ll have a picture book version of the story as well as a “junior novel” version of the story. What a great idea! I

Build an Audience with a Book

Well, I finished my consultation with Dreamworks producer, Bonnie Solomon. She advised that I should definitely pursue a book project in order to build an audience for this story. I think that’s a good strategy so now it’s time to get writing for real!

Help?!

I made good progress in creating my story beats or plot in Jessica Brody’s Save the Cat workshop but writing a picture book is a lot harder than it at first seems. So I’ve decided to sign up for a Picture Book Intensive online course given by prolific children’s book editor, Anastasia Suen, to help

The Plot Thickens

Years ago I discovered a screenwriting method called “Save the Cat.” Basically it’s a story theory which many, if not most, Hollywood stories follow. I realized that this method could also be applied to books. So I’m currently using the Save the Cat books and associated software to “beat out” or plot out my story.

Screenplay or Book?

Coming from a film school background, I’m most comfortable writing for that medium. So I’ve decided to consult with a Hollywood producer to see what input and insights they might have regarding my story. This service is called the Insider Strategy Session offered by Voyage Media. They give you a few producers to choose from

The Journey Begins

In the year 2000 I first started researching the ancient Native American civilizations of the Southeastern United States. I was amazed at these ancient earthen pyramid sites that were so similar to Toltec and Mayan sites of Mexico. I was also amazed at the exquisite artwork from pottery to engraved seashells that these ancient civilizations