Bolstering youth art and creativity through indie publishing.

Being an independent author gives us the freedom to do as we please. Of course the ultimate goal is to gain readers, reviews, and respect among our peers (and make money).

However it is also allowing me to showcase the artwork of an extremely talented local youth. Had my new book gone to a publisher, this would not be accepted. It also happened by chance.

How did it all come about?

My draft for Unfamiliar Territory, a kids chapter book, was handed off to a co-worker’s niece just for fun. He’s bragged about her drawings in the past. After she received the book he asked if she could make some art for the book. I said yes, that would be great. It’s a good feeling to know that my words inspired her imagination. And then he showed me images of what she was creating and I was blown away. This girl’s talent is stunning.

I don’t want to give away all the pictures in the book, so here is one teaser.

And all this makes holding the paperback even more enjoyable. Check out, Unfamiliar Territory on Amazon today.

About the artist: Victoria is 14, she enjoys art and anything to do with literature. She likes coffee way too much to be healthy and is a night owl who hates mornings. She’s passionate about music, it’s her main source of inspiration and would rather live in a fictional world where she can own a sword.

Be open to looking for youth to support and inspire and be proud to be indie.

USA
CANADA

OR UK
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08WLF7MRQ

Support children’s literacy

Filipino-Canadian Lucy Lombos shares her joy of life and goal for children’s literacy through her many books. Each of which hold the highest values and moral teaching for children. Lucy and her husband Umberto “Jun” Lombos, founded Lombosco Academy (LA) in Katarungan Village, Muntinlupa City, Philippines. She sits as LA’s Directress while Jun serves as its Founding President. You can read her full story below in an article from Philippine Canadian Inquirer. But before you do, don’t forget to pick up a book or two.

A young boy experiences an unexpected adventure and discovers who the real gem is. The journey leads him to reach his goal.
Modern fables
Life is like a boat ride which is not always smooth sailing. This is a compelling story of a young girl who goes through an unforgettable adventure in Puerto Galera, Philippines. Her summer vacation is a realistic comparison of life to the waves of the sea.
This is the story of a child who loves to play at home and outdoors. It values the traditional play other than the new tech gadgets nowadays. It highlights family bonding, learning to do household chores, the love of reading. It introduces the concept of days of the week and remembering names.
This book tells the readers about a delightful tale of a turtle and an eagle who unexpectedly met. They eventually became friends while chasing their dreams.
A mother’s love will always be unquestionable and will prioritize whatever is best for her child.
A story about two sisters who support each other. The curiosity of an eight-year-old girl leads to the fulfillment of her dream. The book also portrays the value of orderliness, readiness and finding meaning in the necessities of life.
Two lovely dogs enjoy caring for their disabled lady master who has great affection and treats them as a family.
A story about the value of patience while waiting for abundant blessings in our lives. Everything has its own perfect timing.
Do you hate a housefly?…not anymore! Fly along and enjoy the adventure with “Noshi”, the housefly as it discovers the sweetness of life and family.
This is a heart-warming story about Bill, the butterfly fish who learned many valuable lessons about life and his watery world. The book will serve to inspire the young as well as the young at heart to become stewards of the marine environment and of the delicate world we live in. This piece of work is overflowing with both imagination and science, and is an exemplary contribution towards empowering the citizens of tomorrow.

Great life lessons for young people with the use of unconventional characters. These are modern fables narrated in a creative and fun way to know one’s purpose in life.

Learn more about Lucy and her achievements here:

http://www.canadianinquirer.net/2018/04/20/a-woman-of-many-hats-lucy-lombos/?fbclid=IwAR0HsatIuCGtjXOSKd8NWPTeapaw7rDAhOAKwHpsUZGrh8LM68MvGWR_VRI

Find more and follow here: http://www.lucylombos.com/

New video format Doodly

Here’s a fun new format for us writers – a video making program called Doodly.

I decided to give it a try to play with idea’s for book promo’s and to entice kids to read more.  I took a book idea I had, which I have not yet found and artist for, and turned it into a little read along video.

Even if kids books aren’t your cup of tea, check it out and see if this program can fit into something you’d like to create.

 

This is my first project, so I’m still learning the ropes. I am hoping to produce some fun book commercials and other kids books in the near future.

Until next time, happy writing!

 

 

 

How does a scientist write books for kids? Find out here.

Introducing Paul Ian Cross

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Hi Paul, tell us about your books, genre, stand-alone or series.

Hi Theresa, thanks for having me! I’m Paul Ian Cross and I’m a children’s author and scientist from London, UK. I work in clinical research (developing new medicines). I very much enjoy my science career but I also have a real passion for writing stories!

How long have you been writing?

I loved creative writing and art at school; but I was also good at the sciences. I ended up doing a biology degree and went into a science career. I always loved writing but I didn’t think I would be good enough. I now understand that most writers feel that way! I have been writing fiction on and off for around five years, but I’ve been doing it part-time for two years now.


Are you traditionally published, or self published?

My first books have been self-published but I’m hoping to move into traditional publishing as well.

If self-published when/why did you take that route.

Breaking into children’s traditional publishing is so difficult that I decided to build a profile first. The best way to do that was to publish my own stories, gain feedback from readers and develop my writing. I hope to submit a manuscript to traditional publishers later this year, but I’ll also continue to self-publish some of my work as well. I feel that a ‘hybrid’ approach will become a much more popular method in future, as you get the best of both worlds.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

I’d say it’s a combination of both. I think plotting and developing a story really energises me, but the writing process through to editing and polishing the manuscript can become exhausting. Yet, I still love it and I can’t imagine doing anything else anymore.

How many hours a day do you write?

I aim to do at least one or two hours a day. I realised that I make a lot more progress by building writing into my day rather than trying to doing everything in large bursts.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I do read reviews as I feel that the readers’ perspective is so important to help you develop as an author. There are always some reviews that don’t add any value but more often than not, reviewers will help show you areas where you need to develop your writing. This can only be a good thing in my opinion.

What was your hardest scene to write?

I found it very hard to finish my first novel, The Lights of Time. As a time travel story I wanted the time travel elements to fit together and this was very challenging to do!

What is your favorite childhood book?

One book that comes to mind is my first picture book, Zeeb and the Martians, by John Webster and Ian McCullough. This was the book that started off my love of science fiction, so I probably wouldn’t be writing today if it wasn’t for this book!

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

I find there are always excuses not to write and you must actively make it part of your day. The creative process needs time and a lot of effort.

Who is your favorite author and have you ever tried to emulate them?

I have so many favourite authors. I love Kelly Barnhill and Abi Elphinstone. I would love to follow them in their footsteps and have an award-winning novel!

What book changed your life?

A eureka moment came for me at the age of twelve, when I saw a photograph in the newspaper of a Tyrannosaurus rex chasing Jeff Goldblum. A movie with real dinosaurs! Well, they looked real enough to me. My interest sparked instantly. As an avid dinosaur fan, I looked forward to it with great delight. After some careful research, I discovered the upcoming movie was actually based on a book. I couldn’t wait for the summer release, so my Mum bought me a copy of the book instead: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. Using a combination of scientific theory and well-crafted storytelling, the book fascinated me. I read it from cover to cover in a matter of days. Me, a reluctant reader, who couldn’t usually get passed the first chapter.

Is there anything you want us to know about you or your books?

I’m really excited to launch my first upper middle grade novel, The Lights of Time in July. I’m currently looking for beta readers so if anyone is interested, please do get in touch on paul@pauliancross.com!

Thank you for having me! 😊

The Lights of Time

http://www.pauliancross.com/books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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