Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Planning Your Article Writing Campaign for 2014

Another great article posted by Vanessa, at http://blog.ezinearticles.com.

Have you ever played chess with someone who is really good? If you have, then you know you can’t win by brute force (throwing your pawns on your front line and trying to take out every piece your opponent moves). You win by strategically planning how to effectively and efficiently place your opponent’s king under an inescapable threat of capture: checkmate.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Meditation Can Make Your Writing Better

In this article by Vanessa,  learn how meditation has been cited again and again as an incredible benefit that regulates emotion (including stress) as well as improves verbal reasoning, attention span, and can even improve your writing. 

Click on the link:  Meditation Can Make Your Writing Better


Thursday, January 9, 2014

7 apps that will help you start writing in 2014

7 apps that will help you start writing in 2014


We’ve already laid out our arguments for why everyone should write, but once the inspiration hits, how do you keep it going? Click on the link to learn about the 7 apps to help you put the proverbial pen to paper.



Secrets of Successful Children's Book Authors

Five well-known writers share how they got their start.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Writing Children's Books For Dummies Cheat Sheet - For Dummies

Do You Want to be a Children’s Book Illustrator?

Are you interested in knowing more about how children’s book illustrators work? Here’s a step-by-step process and how to get involved in this exciting field.

 By Carolyn Edlund

Cherish Flieder, a Colorado native and children’s book illustrator, spoke with me recently about her career and how she has developed her full-time business.

What’s the process of illustrating a book? Cherish explained the steps, in general:

  1. Break the manuscript into a storyboard layout, creating a thumbnail sketch of what happens on each page spread. The focus of this step is to make sure the story flows visually.
  2. Get the publisher’s approval of the preliminary work.
  3. Research and acquire photo reference to create final line drawings for each illustration.
  4. Develop character model sheets.
  5. Work on black and white value studies. This adds drama to the illustrations and carries the concepts throughout the story.
  6. Color versions are created for each page. Working with the publisher, they show the finished set and consult on any changes that will be needed.
  7. After any modifications are made, the final illustrations are produced.
  8. Scanning of the illustrations is done by digital image capture. A color press proof is made and final files are delivered to the publisher on disc or FTP.
  9. Cherish and Ben may design covers and packaging for the book as well, taking the project from concept to final product.
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Do you Want to be a Children's Book Illustrator?


7 Side Gigs to Help Pay Off Holiday Credit Card Bills

Did you over spend a little too much this holiday?  Here is an informative article by Jessica Howington.

7 Side Gigs to Help Pay Off Holiday Credit Card Bills