We have each spent a large part of our lives writing commercially in the culinary arts, short story, educational, and technical fields. We are parents of 2 wonderful adult sons and now are blessed with a grandson and a granddaughter.
Our interests include reading, cooking, photography, wildlife, and antiquing. And, of course, we both love our grandchildren.
Now that we are grandparents, we thought it would be appropriate to write a book which would give other adults and their children a way to enjoy time together. Use of this book will give the kids early literacy training, too. “Let’s Read Together” has several dozen photos of interest to preschoolers. Each photo is accompanied by its own very short story on the preschooler level.
Each story contains level-appropriate site words. (Sight words are those which are so common that it is desirable to have each child recognize them on sight, rather than try to “sound them out” on each encounter.) At first, you read to the child. Soon, after some repetition, your child will read to you.
What inspires you to write?
Teaching children literacy inspires me to write.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am definitely an outliner who uses a ball point pen and a yellow ruled pad. As the writing progresses, each refined subject is written (again, using a ball point pen) on a 3″ by 5″ white index card, where the subject is fleshed out. The subject cards are then placed in their final order, writing commences and photographs are chosen. The project is finalized on my laptop.
My plan involves dedicating 2 to 3 hours each day for 6 days each week to complete the book. More often than not, the 2 to 3 hours becomes double or triple that amount each and occasionally I write 7 days a week. Organizational skills are paramount and being an Author is a full-time endeavor.
What advice would you give other writers?
Put forth only your very best efforts.
Remember that you are the writer – not the reader. Empathize with the reader. Always remember that one thought picture can be “painted” by the writer and a different one can be visualized in the mind of the reader. Try your best to avoid this misinterpretation.
Persevere. Persevere. Persevere.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Self-publishing seems like a more direct method to achieve my goals. I would advise every writer to consider this along with all other options, including traditional publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
My thoughts on this are that eBooks and Print-on-demand books are and will continue to be on a growth course for several years to come. Traditional publishing will continue to consolidate and become less dominant. But, as been said, “No one has a crystal ball.”
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Childrens’ illustrated readers – beginner to elementary.
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print
Your Social Media Links
All information in this post is presented “as is” supplied by the author. We don’t edit, to allow you, the reader, to hear the author in their own voice.