Studying Children’s Books

Studying Children’s Books

Studying Children’s Books

Fiiinnnaaalllyyy published a picture book, Over The Creek, on Amazon!

We have all heard the phrase: if you want to be a better writer, read. Well, read, a LOT! Dan Gutman is an author I have been reading and studying, respectively, a LOT lately. In fact, we’re only halfway through January and I have done more reading these last two weeks than I have the entirety of 2019.

Dan Gutman is more well known for his “My Weirder-est School” book series. So far, I have read books 1 (Miss Child Has Gone Wild) and 2 (Miss Porter is Out of Order).

Dan Gutman My Weird Classroom Club - Jacob Writes On

Dan Gutman’s Biography:

Dan Gutman may be weird, but he is also beloved by kids, parents, and teachers across the country. His books include the My Weird School series (more than 10 million copies sold), the Baseball Card Adventures (more than 1.5 million copies sold) and the New York Times bestselling The Genius Files. We also publish his spoofy picture book, CASEY BACK AT BAT, and one of Dan’s favorites, JOHNNY HANGTIME. Dan lives in New York City (a very weird place), with his weird wife, Nina, and their two weird children, Sam and Emma.

My Weirder-est School Series

This comical book series, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers and illustrated by Jim Paillot, starts with Miss Child Has Gone Wild (My Weird School).

Book #1 alone has more than four million copies sold!

Synopsis of Miss Child Has Gone Wild:

The third grade has won a weird contest, so they get to go on a field trip to the zoo. That’s how they meet Miss Child, the weirdest zookeeper in the history of the world. She thinks animals are smarter than people! She thinks elephants can paint pictures! She keeps snakes in her pockets for fun! Guess who’s going to wind up in a cage with a lion?

Book #2, part of the “My Weirder-est School” series, Miss Porter is Out of Order, has sold more than 23 million copies!

Synopsis of Miss Porter is Out of Order:

A.J. and the gang are getting a substitute, but Miss Porter isn’t a normal teacher. She’s a computer! A personal digital assistance, to be precise. Miss Porter knows weird jokes and can get pizza delivered by drone. But what happens when Miss Porter turns out to be the opposite of fun? Will anyone be able to shut her down before she takes over Ella Mentry?

Mr. Gutmans’ books have given me plenty of inspiration for future children’s book projectsAnd as I continue to read his book series, the more I’ll be inspired for my own projects.

His writing style is something of a masterpiece in itself; relatable characters, fun use of rhyming devices, and so much more.

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PUBLISHED on Amazon!

PUBLISHED on Amazon!

Finally Published on Amazon

Fiiinnnaaalllyyy published a picture book, Over The Creek, on Amazon!

This book has been about a year in the making. Needless to say, I’m super relieved the publishing journey is finally over. For some time, I considered the traditional publishing route: find an agent, get published through a publishing house, etc. And for a short time I pursued said route, but the lack of patience I held became too much.

When I heard about Kindle Direct Publishing on Amazon, formerly CreateSpace, I quickly jumped at the opportunity. Formatting the book, I felt, took more time figuring out than writing and marketing the book.

 

Self Publishing on Amazon

Over The Creek is written by Jacob Thomas and illustrated by Sarah Arrowsmith. This book is about three siblings challenging each other to a simple game where they later learn there is always more than one way in overcoming an obstacle and to never underestimate one’s abilities.

Over The Creek by Jacob Thomas - Amazon

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Weekly Roundup #1

Weekly Roundup #1

Weekly Roundup #1

Weekly Roundup – January 13th, 2020

Welcome to the first edition of “weekly roundup”; a new weekly blog post discussing the latest updates from my own writing adventures, the world of literature, Twitter, and more.

As the weekly roundup segment grows, so too will the type of discussions had here.

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Social Media

Social media is a powerful tool for building a personal brand i.e. marketing your self as an author. Twitter is one such powerful marketing tool at your fingertips. These last few weeks I’ve been posting and engaging with others regularly, which helps grow your list of followers. While having a large following is wonderful, it means nothing if you have low engagement. Engagement is key because it says “I’m real, authentic.” Communicating with your followers and with what they care about builds authenticity and authority, both.

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Self Publishing on Amazon

Last night, January 12th, 2020, with the help of a fellow author, I submitted for review a children’s book I wrote called Over The Creek. Over The Creek was written by yours truly and illustrated by Sarah Arrowsmith (@LadyArrowsmith).

Honestly? It took me a WEEK to figure out how to put everything together for submission. It was such a headache I was beginning to contemplate quitting writing all together. Nonetheless, I persisted and now the book is in the “IN REVIEW” stage on Amazon. Of course, I’ll be updating the entire process on Twitter (don’t forget to follow me there).

Conclusion

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