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Everything posted by Celebrianne

  1. I see, so women can only write about women and vice versa now. There goes the romance genre!
  2. Those are great topics! Not sure I can carve out time, but I'll check them out. Thanks!
  3. Sounds like I would enjoy your writing, Blue Minnow. I had actually meant 'scary' as well as the gross underbelly of our broken current world. I had the opposite feeling when I first read Anne of Green Gables and she got way older than me by then end even though we started out at the same age. But if I had a way to guarantee a genre of books wouldn't be too gritty/dangerous/immoral, I would enjoy reading a book with no child characters. But I love to write for kids myself, it keeps me young!
  4. At the same time one of the universal principles for designing any product is to have an ideal person in mind. So, while anything well written will connect far beyond that person, we feel the intimacy of the author-single audience member. I write for children, but am aware of the parents and pastors who read as well. Mostly what I do is talk to the 11 year old nerdy boy I picture and make sure anything I say will resonate well with the adults he interacts with. And I love reading 'children's' stories for their more limited depiction of evil while allowing for platonic relationships of all kinds. Most of the things that make a story 'adult' I don't want to let in my downtime. What do I care if the protagonist is younger than my kids?
  5. This should be great! I let my boss and his whole team know about it because we need copyright free science images every day.
  6. I've been moving in podcasting circles since 2014 and although I can't promise a lot of sales, I believe the way you're thinking is a wise move. Lots of podcasts rely as much as possible on guests to interview, so if you present yourself well they will see you as a blessing. Unfortunately, one of the hardest things is to find a show in the first place. I would just start with a search and see what comes up. There are even services who offer to help connect you, just be careful they aren't charging.
  7. I've heard we're going to see a backlog of public domain come 2024 until Disney figures out how to protect Mickey Mouse, but for now, we're moving along nicely!
  8. Love a list like this to help us think out of the ordinary! I remember reading the Mitford novels and running into "chartreuse." I had no idea what color that was, but didn't care since it was describing clothes or something. Then she used "chartreuse" again. I think by the time I finished the 5th book she'd used it at least 4 times and I'd looked it up so I'd know what she meant. So, fancy color names can be good or bad--too fancy and your reader won't be tracking with you, and they'll notice your favorite. Of course, if I ever wanted to send Jan Karon a gift, I'd knit her a chartreuse washcloth and am pretty sure she'd love the color!
  9. OK, Moses, we hear you. 😉 And starting a stream is what unknown people do because they don't plan to stay that way, it's a horrible excuse.
  10. Now if I could just get my 6 year old to understand it, "story" time would be more interesting to listen to. You've got the basic point, and if you want more, this kids' book is probably at your library and spells the ingredients for a good story straight out while being a delightful read: https://www.amazon.com/Aunt-Isabel-Tells-Picture-Puffins/dp/0140505342/
  11. Offer them what they want to share with their audience. Podcasters do this all the time looking to interview people who have a fresh take on the kinds of things their people want and need. If you study what an established platform creator focuses on and find a way to add your unique take, they are far more likely to be thrilled and grateful than annoyed. Of course, Tim works mostly with nonfiction making this kind of cross pollination much easier, but I could see it working with some creativity even in the realm of story.
  12. Just read the article. Yup. It's hard. And sticking with something--anything--that takes work is hard. One of the reasons I haven't done much with fiction is that the fun is in the fluid imagination. I bet if you asked even the greatest writers if their finished story was as good as the one they first envisioned they would all agree that the published version wasn't anything like as great as the thoughts in their head of what it 'could' be. Plus, once you do pin it down and cement it, the experience changes, dramatically. At this point in my life, I've learned to love editing and Story Grid thinking and actually prefer it most of the time now, but that didn't come easy at first. But even I would rather be a stay-at-home editor than the in-your-face marketer who has to hawk my wares. Finishing requires a dramatically different skill set that is anathema to my creative side. To be someone with a great idea/story and who can sell it well and gracefully is a rare thing indeed. Of course, today I can be a published author just by learning a touch of Word formatting and throwing something up on Amazon. I just don't make any money without the marketing. BTW, you can check out my eBook if you like... 😉 https://www.amazon.com/Mysteries-Time-Creation-Short-Intro-ebook/dp/B011T13IL6/
  13. Oh, yes! StoryGrid is awesome and even though the kinds of writing I work with is far simpler than a novel, the arcs and necessary pieces he draws out are invaluable. Have fun. 🙂
  14. So, so true! Because my day job is the analytical side I have an extra hard time getting her to keep quiet when it's time to create a mess, but it's hopeless if I don't! Your approach to a major writing session sounds like the way I would do it--if I ever get the nerve (and time) to try my hand at fiction again.
  15. Sure. I was just throwing out my first thoughts ala "count the cost." The other thing I was thinking with a specific version is it limits the potential publishers interested. But if the notes aren't tied to the version this could well work. I would also love to see this pull in more kids than just PKs. It could be marketed to them, but there are far more 'serious' Christian families with kids who need depth than there are families in full time ministry. Why not widen the net that far? It wouldn't be "every kid everywhere" generic, but still broaden the potential market pool.
  16. My first thought is, how are you going to market this? Sure, there are 1,000s of preachers' families, but how are you going to reach them? And any version you pick is going to repel a large swath of potential audience and that's already limited (e.g. my pastor isn't going to want an NIV version for his girls and I wouldn't want to give it even if he did). But assuming you have a way to reach your target audience: My biggest issue being a PK and MK's kid with PK/MK kids myself is: the stuff being written for children is crazy easy. I knew more than many adults when I was in single digits. But, I was still a kid with a kid's issues. So, whatever you do, don't retell the same Bible stories we've been struggling not to yawn at 2/3 of our lives when we aren't even 10 years old yet! If I had the chance to send myself a care package when I was a girl, I would get books on archaeology, culture, manuscript preservation and transmission, and such to walk me through why the Bible is structured the way it is. These have been the major ways I've had ah-ha moments that reframe how I view a book as familiar to me as my name.
  17. I've been struggling to break into children's editing since it is my favorite genre to read and a day almost never goes by without me interacting with it. Back in the summer I was approached by a couple on one of those freelancing platforms asking for my help with their picture book and I was thrilled to say yes! Did it ever need help. I got to vent all my frustration at poorly written plots and characterizations in a healthy way where I could prevent one more weak book from being published. The author and his wife were so thrilled with my suggestions they not only acted on them, but are now in the process of publishing the next book in the series. You can check out the first book at amazon already. (The giraffe's name is pronounced just like "laugh"): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07W7B1MZ7/ And the reviews tell the whole story. I'm so excited.
  18. Ever noticed how regularly food containers change their look? Even store brands update and tweak their colors and design all the time. Buying a food that has a "fresh" or "quality" looking package feels good. We unconsciously assume if they take this kind of care for the box, surely they are watching out for the taste inside just as much. Our covers do the same thing to people. If someone can't be bothered to understand some basic principles of graphic design and genre, or hire someone who does, have they taken the time to understand the basic principles of their writing, or hired an editor? It's actually not an unjust assumption.
  19. I so resonate with this. Back in 2011, when I was taking a course in children's writing and had paid a year's worth of my expendable income for the privilege, I still had to screw up my courage and be in a healthy place before I could face the letters I got back from my instructor. Now when I edit for others, I warn them to be well rested, get something warm to drink, and get a hug from someone who loves them before opening my notes. And I'm always amazed when my authors are grateful for the way I flay their babies (even though I know how badly they need the help). I don't know that it's ever possible to completely separate ourselves from our words because they *must* come from our heart to be worth writing. And it *is* a critique of our skill and awareness. Of course, when I read over my own first drafts I always have a lot of the same kind of work to do, the difference is I can then switch into my editor's brain and polish it before anyone finds out how messy my creative side is. BTW I can't imagine having to go through the agony of watching a performance tape like athletes have to. But I bet they could take the kind of feedback an editor gives well after they get used to the process of growth.
  20. Hey, SR, did I miss you at the editor's conference today? I thought Robert Hudson, chief editor at Zondervan, was you! :oops:

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