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EDITING PROCESS

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Blog, Writing | 0 comments

Write a book? You’re not done yet. You’ll need to edit it. But don’t go about it haphazardly. If you have a process, it will ensure the best possible editing and keep you moving to the finish line. Here’s my process. Step 1: Write the first draft. This is the fun part, so enjoy! Step 2: Give it breathing room. I ignore a book at...

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BETTER THAN I DESERVE

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Blog, Writing | 0 comments

At church, an older fellow named Jim has a pat answer to the question of how he’s doing. “Better than I deserve,” he says with a smile. When I think about my writing career, the same is true. It got started when I was in college, trying to figure out how I could use words to say something that needed to be said. Something I felt inside...

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CHARACTERS TO FIT THE AUDIENCE

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Blog, Writing | 0 comments

Long ago, I took a big step with my first middle grade book, I’m 12 Years Old And I Saved The World. So I cleaned up the first few chapters and—after making sure she was game—shot it over to a writer friend who has at least a dozen books in the last bookstore you visited. She gave it a read, chopped off the first six chapters (Ouch!), and told me...

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NEW BOOK PRESS

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in Blog, News | 0 comments

It’s been very exciting and humbling to see I’m 13 Years Old And I Changed The World getting some good press. For this, I am very thankful, as the more press it gets, the more money we’re able to send to the Duncan family. Here is a story that ran in the Cleveland Daily Banner earlier this week. And yes, I always look...

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GOING INTERNATIONAL

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Blog, News | 0 comments

A year or two ago, my friend Lurlene McDaniel had a suggestion: join the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, “The international professional organization for writers and illustrators of children’s literature.” Well, it took more time than necessary, but I finally did it. And I’m thrilled! What am I thrilled...

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HANDLING HARD TOPICS IN KIDS’ BOOKS

Posted by on Aug 15, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

When I first had the idea to write I’m 12 Years Old And I Saved The World, I knew the basic premise of the story and the reason I wanted to write the book. Premise: The main character’s world is collapsing around him, and he feels responsible for fixing it. That world collapsing involves his dad losing his job and his parents’ marriage...

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