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Continuing Education Transitioning from Writer to Author

September 8, 2021– Class is back in session and we’re no exception! This month, we’re focusing on continuing education for writers, as you know, and today we’ll be chatting about a specialized course that we offer called Transitioning from Writer to Author and what that entails; you can check out the course description here: Transitioning from Writer to Author (An Introductory Course) – Pandamonium Publishing House

I’m a huge believer in continuing education, and I put in around 400 hours a year on average studying writing, storytelling, publishing, and marketing, as well as learning about best business practices. I take classes, courses, workshops, seminars, and anything that I can get my hands on! It’s important to always learn, grow, and improve in whatever industry you’re in because things are always changing. I want to stay on the cutting edge of what’s going on in publishing, and the book business with some really cool stuff sprinkled in like Consumer Neuroscience and Crafting Viral and Contagious Content.

So, what does transitioning from writer to author mean, and what does it include? Let’s dive in:

Writer: Someone who puts words on paper in an organized (or unorganized manner) that they write for themself or to send in for publication consideration (without being published).

Author: Someone who puts words on paper in an organized (or unorganized manner) that they write for paid publication.

That may seem like a tiny difference, but a big one when it comes to money! Everyone who loves to write dreams of earning a living and seeing their name in print while being compensated financially.

In our course Transitioning from Writer to Author, we examine the following subject matter:

  1. What publishers are looking for. We break it down into specifics and talk about major roadblocks that will stop your work from even being seen, let alone published. We talk about writing for all kinds of publications, including magazines, blogs, books, and e-books.
  2. How to get your work noticed. What makes your manuscript stand out, how to write a query letter and synopis that can’t be ignored, and how to ace the interview online or in-person.
  3. Where to submit your work based on what you’re writing about. We have the connections and in this course you’ll have access to them! We know where to submit and where the best place is for your writing.
  4. The 5 most common mistakes that new writers make and how to fix them. Yep! We see the same mistakes over and over as publishers and we want you to avoid them at all costs. Each genre has their own unique set of problems, so let us help you write like an experienced author.
  5. Why your work isn’t getting published and what you can do about it. There are so many things that can stop your work from getting published and publishers have seen it all! Don’t waste your time worrying about rejection, but move forward with the knowledge that no matter the reason, you can always fix the problem.
  6. How to get paid for your writing. This is what everyone wants to know! We’ve got the inside scoop on how to get paid for your writing and even where to submit your work to win contests, sweepstakes, and prizes.
  7. The process of writing for publication. There’s a very specific formula when writing for publication and each one of those processes is dependent on the subject matter. We have the formula for each and we’ll share our secrets in this course.

This course is a great way to continue your education and find out everything you need to know about transitioning from writer to author. Plus, you get me as your private mentor to help walk you through each step on your journey. Sign up today! Space is limited: Transitioning from Writer to Author (An Introductory Course) – Pandamonium Publishing House

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How (Easter) Egg-Citing!

May 18, 2021-Today we’re talking about a subject that I absolutely love adding to my children’s books when I write them and when I make notes/suggestions for the illustrator. I’m talking about Easter Eggs, not the chocolate kind (I love that kind too)! Let’s take a closer look.

Easter eggs are metaphorical; they can be symbols or messages hidden within your book that can connect your author works, be used as a branding tool, or foreshadow something in upcoming books. Easter eggs are meant to be fun! We use pandas throughout ninety percent of our kids’ book collection because it’s our brand. Young readers will find a stuffed panda on a character’s bed, or a shelf, or on a piece of clothing, or even as a Christmas tree ornament! This also serves as weaving our books together through many titles and authors.

Another way we use Easter eggs in our books is to announce upcoming titles; we did this in Panda the Very Bad Cat; if you look at the bookshelf scene, you’ll see a piece of paper floating to the floor that says Panda 2 Coming Soon! It’s subtle, and most people miss it until they do a couple of read-throughs.

Here are some fun ways that you can add Easter eggs to your children’s picture book:

  1. Cross over a character. Let’s say that you’ve written a brand new book that features a dog and you had a previous series of books that feature cats, be sure to include one of the cats from your other books either hidden away or in plain sight for the reader to find. When they pick up your collection,, they’ll make the connection!
  2. Hide an object. In our book Miranda the Very LOUD Mouse, illustrated by Erin Cutler, we hid pieces of cheese on every page for the kids to find. We get so many comments from our readers about how much they love looking for it! It adds an element of interaction.
  3. Make an announcement. Announce your next book, a new character, or a new series! This is an entertaining way to let readers in on your secret of releasing a new book.

Think of how much fun it would be for readers to stumble across Easter eggs in your books. It’s a fun feature that keeps them wanting more and excited to own the books in your whole series!

For more information on how to write for kids, check out our master class here: Children’s Book Writing Master Class – Pandamonium Publishing House