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Picture books don’t have to have rhyme and meter. My all-time favorite picture book, the one I like to call “perfection in a picture book,” If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, has neither. The Cat in the Hat has both. Another of my favorites, Jamberry, is a rhyming picture book with a different meter on every two-page spread. Nancy…

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There’s a really cool website called Fiverr.com where people from all over the world post their services. It used to be that everything was $5 (hence the name), but Fiverr has changed some rules and so now rates that are listed might be considerably higher. They’re still very reasonable, though, for the most part. Fiverr sellers are professionals in many fields,…

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As children who have been introduced to reading through board books and pictures books (How Children Learn to Read Part 1: SIT) get older, they reach a point where they want to do it themselves. I call this stage STAND. And as delightful as picture books are, many are too difficult to be read by children who are just learning…

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A couple years ago our family was given the generous gift of a vacation to Southern California. We visited a bunch of amusement parks, toured the USS Midway (a surprise hit!) and spent time on the beach. And at one stop we stayed at a resort hotel which provided us some extra perks, including a coupon from Shutterfly for us…

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Once you understand how the Lexile system works (Writing Early Readers, Part 1: Understanding Lexile Levels), the next step is to use the Lexile system to write at the desired level. This matters most when you are writing books to be read by young readers. Suppose you want to write an early reader for grades K-2. Here’s how I did…

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The genre of early readers can be fun and delightful (Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham) or dull as dry toast (Dick and Jane). Maybe the only element these books have in common is the ease with which they can be read. If you want to write early readers (generally grades K-2), it is necessary to understand concepts that factor…

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As a self-published author, you’re probably always looking for those elusive reviews. We need customer reviews, but it is also nice to have something to put in the “Editorial Reviews” section of your Amazon listing. I sometimes ask my connections who are experts in the field to write something for me, and I also go to Readers’ Favorite. (Full disclosure:…

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You’re an author, ready to publish your first book, and everybody says, “You should have a website!” And you agree, but you don’t have the slightest idea how to do that. To tell the truth, you’re not even sure how to use all the features you wish you could use in Word. Here’s how to get started… First, the easy…

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I have wanted to be an author for almost as long as I can remember. In elementary school I worked on an ongoing series of stories I called Mermaids of the Deep Lagoon, which unfortunately have been lost. But when I was in fifth grade I was very excited to hear that our class was going to write books! After…

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Author and children’s book editor Pam Halter has posted an interview about the self-publishing services offered by Spencer Meadow Press. My interview is posted on Pam’s blog: Fairies, Fantasy, & Faith! Check it out here!

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