When Your Child is a Good Artist but…

My youngest son, who is in fourth grade, is an amazing artist for his age. (At least I think so). He has an attention to detail that I wish he had in other parts of his life too.  Being that he is only 9 years old, one of his favorite things to draw are the Five Nights at Freddie’s characters.  If you don’t know what they are, they are animatronics like the characters at Chuck E Cheese.  The ones he likes to draw, has all the wires and insides hanging out.  Or, he draws pictures like the green guy below.  But not all his drawings are scary characters.  He also draws amazing race cars, or a recent picture was a  very detailed picture of the sinking titanic.

I worry that in this day in age, others might look at some of his drawings and judge him for them since they can be scary in nature like our friend above.  Not everything is butterflies and roses.  Me, I encourage his passion.  We have purchased him sketch books, nice color pencils, and he even has use of a Wacom device for drawing on the computer.

I haven’t received any negative feedback from his teachers or anyone yet about his subjects.  I am hoping they see what talent he has as opposed to if it’s a scary image or not.  If the time comes, we will just support him as best we can.

I am hoping one day he can use his passion and talent for art and maybe he will write his own book, or do something as a graphic artist.  He has lots of time to make that decision.  Whatever he chooses, I hope he continues his hobby for art.

Here’s to all our young little artists.  Whether it be drawing, writing, music, whatever the case may be.  Keep encouraging them as long as they are interested.



Book #2 Landen’s Winter Adventure

Hello everyone!  Sorry for my absence the last few months.  I have been working on book #2 in the Landen’s Four Seasons Adventures series.  I am happy to announce that I just sent book #2 Landen’s Winter Adventure off to be printed.  I will update everyone when I have the books for purchase.

Happy reading!

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Landen’s Autumn Adventure on Paperback

I am over the moon excited today and I want to share the news with all of you.  I was able to get Landen’s Autumn Adventure printed!  I recieved my first shippment of paperback books today and I LOVE how they turned out!

So all of you who have been requesting that the book not only be in E-book form but also in paperback your wish has come true. LOL

I have a limited amount available for purchase for just $9.00. Head on over to my Books for Purchase tab to order yours today!

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To Print or Not to Print

Good afternoon friends, family and fellow bloggers!

Let’s talk about the pro’s and con’s of publishing and e-book vs. a paperback or both.  I have had so many friends, family and people I don’t even know who have been so supportive of me publishing my first e-book Landen’s Autumn Adventure  but on the flip side of that, I have had many people ask about getting a paperback book.  For many reasons, but the most common ones I have heard are they don’t have an e-reader, or they want a physical copy so I can sign it, or they want to give it as a gift to someone.

On one hand, I want to see how well the book does as an e-book before I invest all sorts of money having paperbacks made up.  What if not many people purchase the physical version and I am stuck with all these books?

On the other hand I get it.  I think I would reach more of my audience if I had the paperback version to offer them.  I could also donate some to our local schools and library.  I think there are just more options with the paperback version.

I am on the fence with this.  What are your thoughts?  Leave a comment below.

Happy Thursday!

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Marketing and Promoting

For me, having just started out withAre my first e-book, the most confusing part is marketing and promoting it. I think I am headed in the right direction though. I have a Facebook page, an Instagram account, a Twitter page, and my blog.

Just like every other author/illustrator I want my book to be a success. I have family and friends sharing my posts and I am constantly on the web researching other ways to market. I have joined different Facebook groups for writers where we can promote our books, I have also followed other people in the book industry on all my social media platforms.

If you have any other tips/tricks that I should be utilizing please leave me a comment on my Contact page.

Thanks in advance from an up-and-coming author.

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