Available Here is Ways to Say Zero

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When someone else publishes your book then it is their marketing machine that gets it in front of the public. I do a Facebook page which for a time is effective but what I learned is your life moves on. You have to pay bills and buy food. It takes a marketing machine to help maintain a presence.  In a week after a publisher has released your book on your own if you have maintained a credible presence on the web you can get it on the first page of Google Search Results. Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter are all legitimate ways to get your book in front of people. What you are hoping for is someone tags your book with your name and title and it makes it easier on the query box search to find you. It starts with your book title and your name. You may have to put author (your name) to make it appear. That is how it starts unless you hire a digital agency.

Let us take a look.

Query box put Ways to Say Zero  Mary Page

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You can see I have Amazon, Barnes & Noble, my accounts such as Google+, my publisher for this book Guardian Angel Publishing, a group I joined Books of Excellence for “The Grand New Delhi Escapade” and my LinkedIn account.  Being in the first 5 on Google means I am credible and trustworthy and those sites are good links. Eventually the Facebook account I created for my character Zero will come to the first page but you have to get people to click there as in LIKE it. I have never discovered the secret for getting Twitter to the front page.

Now let us use the same query and look at Google Images. I want my Zero character recognized. As of yesterday enough people and enough bots viewed my book so the image shows in the number one spot if I am giving the exact query “Ways to Say Zero Mary Page.”

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Let’s change-up a bit and see what happens. Guardian Angel Publishing is added to the query. Now we have Ways to Say Zero Mary Page Guardian Angel Publishing

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Guardian Angel Publishing marketing machine appears and my book is available at KMarts. Number one spot on Google. So I called my Mom and my son. No close KMarts exist near me in Houston. The page says temporarily unavailable…

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My BOOOOOK is at KMART!!!!!!   At least online, so I asked my Mom in a couple of weeks to wander over to KMARTS in Crystal City, Missouri and see if it is on the shelf. The book is print by demand which is common but if someone demands it they will print 5 to 10 copies and put on the shelf. I want a picture of that. I tell my son I will send the picture, and I want that at my funeral. My book is on KMART. I could be a blue light special. It amuses me.

This query  for images Ways to Say Zero Mary Page Guardian Angel Publishing pulls up thisgap images.png

Not the number one spot, but it is in the first line and my LinkedIn pic and my Books of Excellence pic pull up as well as my The Grand New Delhi Escapade book on Books of Excellence. On the 4th line  Guardian Angel Publishing images of my book site shows where my eBook is for sale so  I will watch that over the next few weeks. If it rises then I have e-book sales happening.

What I have not figured out is the synonyms. If someone types in the query box a math concept book about zero, zero, math literature book about zero, educational book about zero my book does not pull up but others do that have been on the market much longer. I suspect that is where sales come in. If people buy the book then the book can be found by synonyms otherwise it will be top-selling books in that category. This is why I say the digital marketing machine becomes important. AS powerful as Amazon and Barnes and Noble are the book does not appear in searches when I use synonyms or broader categories. In the search engines it is not enough.  It starts counting links and clicks at that level I suspect. So if you want to check how well a digital marketing firm is working for your product query the synonyms and see what pops up.

Here is a list of where my book is available presently.

https://www.amazon.com/Ways-Say-Zero-Mary-Page/dp/1616338423  that is globally in most places where Amazon is

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ways-to-say-zero-mary-page/1126261306  Where a nice professional review that I did not pay for exists https://readersfavorite.com/

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/ways-to-say-zero/9781616338428-item.html

http://www.kmart.com/guardian-angel-publishing-ways-to-say-zero-author/p-SPM14576604815

http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/zero.htm

http://www.booksofexcellence.com/page.html where one of my other books is but it is such a lovely place and Bonnie gives new authors the royal carpet treatment

http://store.payloadz.com/details/2520941-ebooks-children’s-ebooks-ways-to-say-zero.html

https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/ways-to-say-zero  this is the book reviewer site. They review books for free, showcase your book, and do a radio button to a link for sales.

Ways to Say Zero by Mary Page

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Publishing By Mainstream

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Most of my writing involves digital venues. You research a subject, find a slant, and write it within the parameters the group or client has given if possible. I published a children’s book and novel on a digital media venue. It lists as a delightful experience that costed a fee. I view it as apprentice school that teaches you paths and opportunities in writing and getting paid for it. More business like the experience played out like a college course. You had mentors who guided you, gave you choices on how to proceed, explained how they sold books, and made assignments. You have to do the marketing outside of book fairs. Indie and digital platforms use international and nation book fairs to sell books and make deals. They use the Internet platforms such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and country platforms such as Flipkart India and even a few city digital platforms. The email exchanges makes you meet lots of people who love books and love publishing. No one guarantees you a profit. You build a portfolio of work, you get experience, and you meet people on social media and talk about your book. That leads to lots of conversations about other things such as politics, religion, and current events.

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Mainstream Publishing

I took the course by the Institute of Writers. It polished my writing and gave information on the ways and means of more traditional publishing. You learn about the lists that tell you how to submit a manuscript. You buy a large box of manila envelopes and you mail your story. Sometimes they have a website drop box to do that, and some take your manuscript by email. It works like a leap of faith. You send your creation to a place unknown for a person unknown to possibly look at. You are waiting for feedback.

Sending it Forth

Some places do not answer you back and they state that, “If you do not hear from us in x number of months you are not getting published.”  The infamous “Do not send to any other publisher till the time has passed or you hear from us” or “Please write if we are the  only publisher or you have sent to others.”  Each publishing house does things differently so you have to prep the manuscript for each of them.

What You Get Back

Many send a letter acknowledging that they received your creation. Some send a letter telling you that your creation is lovely but it does not fit their theme or style. They do take the time write some things on your manuscript to let you know what you did you write and what they believe needs to be improved. You get many letters that tell you the publisher is out right rejecting your creation. The fun letters are the ones where one publisher loves your creation but cannot use it, and the other publisher wonders what you were thinking when you created it. It is subjective in the sense that editors and publishers have opinions on what meets the standard of their publication. It is their publication.  It is never personal, and it is about the work. You learn that you have to decide if it is a good piece, and what needs to be improved or not. You develop your own standards. You agree to disagree when they reject it. You send it somewhere else or put it away for a while. When you get to that point their opinion does not matter as much and your opinion matters more. You decide what you can live with as a writer. Did it really need polishing? Can I improve it? Do I need another source for it?

What happens is you will get another opportunity to write on that subject. You will take some portion of it and expand it or paraphrase it. You will get your slant out into the world on it. Pieces of that rejected work will cross your mind and you place it in other pieces. That has a satisfaction in it especially when you get paid for it.

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Contract

At some point you get a contract. It rarely happens on the piece you think it will. Someone validates your work. Joy. As you read the contract you realize you are giving that creation away partially. It is like adoption. The publisher has a different agenda than you and a different process. You no longer have control of your creation. They have control of formatting it and presenting it to the public. They use their marketing venue. It is more personal in the sense you will exchange letters or emails as to the progress of the creation. It is not just about marketing. You will have periods of time where you will work together. With this venue it becomes about the book not you. The book takes on a life of its own. As an author you only come back in it if it reaches a certain level of success where you give interviews or book talks.

Smiles

If you did digital process book publishing first you go and start checking Google where you put your book to see its ranking. You personally helped with that . With mainstream publishing you have to word play with the title and publisher and your author name to have it appear on Google or another search engine. You get little surprises. So you query and there is your author page, your blog, your twitter, and suddenly pops up your book is at KMart.  A real live physical building location. It is online but you wonder if I walk into the store will I see my book. It is like when you send a teenager off to college. You know about where they are but not exactly. It gives you the same feeling. Like should I do something… should I go make sure the book is okay…should I ask… do I really want to know what they do???  You do not know how all that works or how all that is going to play out.

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Reviews

Books sell with reviews and without reviews. Sometimes it makes a difference and sometimes it does not. What you have to understand is if the person does not buy your book from a store then they cannot put a review there. You can give it to the publisher to put on your author site. You can sign up for free reviews but you never know if that will happen. Places exist that you pay a fee to get a review but you are not supposed to do that. It is suppose to be unfettered.  Freely done by a person who just likes your book.

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Do Both Ways

Getting published and getting paid for it takes a creative approach in that you have to use  many paths to get some chances. What is successful in one venue may not be in another and visa versa.  It is not vanity that you publish. It is sharing a part of yourself. You create basically alone. It is an extension and an expression of you. Instead of talking about your hair, or how many salads you eat it is an open invitation to a conversation about color, ideas, choice of words, pieces of you as an artist and author you are willing to discuss with others. A writer would rather hear what you think, where did you learn that, what does my creation mean to you, how would you end it, would you have used a different color???

Conclusion

At the end of my life I will be able to say I did not talk about being a writer. I did it. I had the experience. I did not talk about being an artist I learned how. I did it. I did not talk about singing on stage but went to Carnegie Hall and had the experience. Then I ventured out on my own and combined the essence of my music abilities and created a guitar greeting for a beautiful foyer. I did it. I had the experiences.

Until Next Time,

 

Mary

 

Status Report

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I have continued my excursions into writing. Creative writing by freelancing though personally satisfying is fraught with con artists. They love your work but they do not like to pay. Some of my best experiences have been without contracts. Freelance editors willing to read your book and improve it rank near the top. They give honest opinions about the writing. Joining up with a group of writers to do a larger project creatively has been the top ranked experience. Their dedication to the craft and personal ethics astound me. Working together we have been able to pay our bills, buy a different car, go to a restaurant, share faith, and survive an awful unfair client. I have never met any of those writers personally, but because of the shared experience it creates a bond between writers.  Because of their faithfulness to their craft and personal values it often restores my faith in humankind. They were not American. I did work with American writers but  it was difficult. I  can say it because I am American. Several American writers went on to fabulous jobs after leaving our writer group hanging on some project. Fortunately one of the other writers took up the assignment and the clients were kind that it was a day late. Others American writers fawned to steal assignments from other writers or to curry favor. The American need for endless competition brings out the worse in us especially where money is concerned.

The Way of It

I have a disability that demanded a lifestyle change. Writing came as a recommendation from doctors or more precisely do the arts. Stay away from the perfectionists. Your personality type needs that to create less stress and not aggravate your condition. I had $5000 from the disability insurance company who shafted me. I paid for a contract for years that stated they would pay 2/3 of my salary for 5 years if I became disabled.Unfortunately for me the condition doctors diagnosed me with listed as physical and nervous. The insurance company chose nervous and paid the school instead for the days I missed. Except I had only missed three days in my entire career so the district and state compensation days covered nearly all my days. I only got the $5000 and was sentenced to a life of poverty. So I paid off my house and car to survive. Took courses at the Institute of Writers for children and adult writing to prepare for a new career. Did the resume and the Great Recession demanded I think outside the box.  Digital platforms arose during that time and I signed up. They pay.  They may not pay much but they always pay. Most of the contracts have simple clauses. You get experience with many people, many types of writing, and many clients. A few places have mechanisms to deal with unreasonable clients. Mostly they just ask the writer to leave. You can have many clients that find your writing style useful for their business or needs and just one client being extremely unreasonable changes it. Despite the contracts no protections exist. That is wrong. The client can demand only as much as they are willing to pay FAIRLY for that is what the labor laws says. You have clients who are paying a half a penny a word demanding magazine or academic level work. Digital platform writing is an extremely competitive business. I watched a brilliant company go down in 2 months shafted during an acquisition. You almost never blame the company since you understand what the client is doing to them. Of course they are going to choose their survival over yours. The gift becomes it’s the Internet and somewhere globally hundreds of new companies are starting and the possibility exists for an interesting job. All they care about is the quality of your work. Like Jesus a fresh start everyday.

Alternatives

A project manager/editor who I worked under decided to try a writing service. He was from India and had two teenagers. College was in the not too distant future. He sets up the business and we use the Internet tools. He hires the writers. It worked for nearly 3 years. We had a small list of clients. I learned how to Elance, Guru, and search for freelance jobs. We had a few American jobs who dishearteningly made prejudicial comments which infuriated me to no end. We worked Canadian, South African, Australian, and Indian companies and they went by the quality of the work. Ethical, paid on time and all good experiences. So Trump and his group come along and in the year he is campaigning the amount of verbal diarrhea increases on the job boards as well as the amount of LIES. The UNFAIRNESS factor increases and it no longer becomes about the quality of the work but your pedigree. Are you white? Are you a native English speaker? How about good fuck from you of course stated in the professional terms and you can work for me? All signs of a deeper level of corruption coming to the surface that our nation likes to hide. In good work relationships you do not want the people you work with abused. So what do you do when you have administration that verbally assaults and abuses people as a public display of a warped sense of power? That poison spreads into the areas that are not as protected by law. I for one am not having the people who stood by me in my darkest hours abused by such verbal trash.

Contracts

Contracts are all about protecting the company not the worker. In it will be provisions for the worker only because the government labor laws insist they be there.  Traditional publishing is corrupt. They do not keep their promises but string you along. If I did things their way I would have had to file bankruptcy. That is their point. It is a by product of outrageous competition. I make a children’s book with the art of brown people and all of a sudden it is not good enough. Not worth the publisher’s attention and I am not worth sending an email that family obligations happened. I ghostwrite mostly because the system is set up that way. I have the emails to prove some high level professional people hired me to present their information in publications and online. Confidentiality agreements prevent me from sharing some of my work.  The journalist who shafted my writer’s group was good enough to get in that next level. The companies I have worked for including some high level corporations which I cannot name due to the agreements outsource work to writers and go to grand lengths to be fair despite the abysmal ethics of this administration and congress. The small businesses I worked for globally were fair. Who has been the most unfair to me has been the United States of America businesses particularly in some areas of writing and in insurance. Small business owners in American bend over backwards to be fair if you are a small business owner too. Those are delightful to work for. Everyone has pulled back due the unfairness of the political environment now.

Freedom

Creating your own small business is suppose to be about freedom and values. The billionaires are not self made people. They stepped on many businesses and individuals intentionally to get what they got or parents died and left it to them. They are traitors to this country. Some want to be royalty and make slaves and peasants. It is why the laws force them to do social responsibility, charity, and foundations. This economy consists of 97% small businesses which this administration and this congress are trashing.  Freedom takes vigilance as any small business owner knows. Freedom happens when you are fair and you pay a fair wage for the work done.

Survival

I still can do business without a contract and get paid if I do it alone. Most small business owners will pay you no matter what and insist on it. It is a common value among the group. You can do writing service by email. People will answer you honestly. Have discussion with you what their business needs are or are not. They even collaborate. It is much harder to team now which is how you make bigger money. The risk because of the government rhetoric and ways is too great. Your team will get hurt now unless you have a lot of protection. You do get harassed now about your heritage and your writer’s heritage. You no longer can trust the government to help you in a situation because in a writing service much goes by your value and integrity. Mostly common sense guides you. Before you could maintain your integrity and your writer group integrity. You can no longer guarantee that. Clients will ask you to do things they would not before. As a writer you do not want to put other writers in that situation. Surprisingly people were fairly honest even to the point confessing that they had done things less than ethical in the past. Now most everyone tells a set of what I call “urban professional lies”. Lying is not all bad it is something we do for protection.  It is not safe so they lie. Who the threat is are the institutions that were protecting us. Writers do not have much protection to begin with but they have even less now.

Is it Worth It

On a personal level writing is worth it especially when you can tell a truth, create something intriguing or give an honest opinion. You can still do that but it does cost you. The freedom of social media because of all the verbal assaults on it at people who expressed an opinion or pointed illegal activity or unethical ways to this government has been wounded. Other countries who admired us for that are reluctant to word play or have opinions with us because our country is no longer trustworthy. Even if you as a person are trustworthy and able to discuss on social media the government rhetoric sits right by your posts name calling, violating civil liberties relentlessly, lying outright, flip flops just to disrupt, and all because a set of constituents felt they were not being heard. Well they were not being listened to but instead of taking it out on the government and dealing with their local representative they attacked other Americans. Writers express opinions based on research. You have differing perspectives on topics.  America is having an uncivil war playing out across social media and media. We have cease fires, truces, and hot spots. Writers like anyone else have to pay bills, feed kids, and have a life. Because of the nature of the business of writing you know at some point your words will get attacked or your creation no matter how much research you have done and it will be unfair. Not a legitimate discussion or a preference but outright unfair.  It is still worth it to stand by your words. It is still worth it to make the attempt to maintain your integrity. Even if you fall everyday is a new day and a renewal of that promise to yourself and your craft. We write alone most of the time. We depend on others research to make sure our words are true, and that the content reflects the reality or the premises of our own creation. It is my own inner writer voice that I have to deal with.

 

Round and Round It Goes

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So what now? You have books, short stories, and articles published. You have filled your portfolio with good stuff. You have gotten good letters, we like it but we cannot use it letters, and then the what were you thinking letters. All part of being a writer.

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It Comes Down to You

I have worked from both ends now. As a writer learning their craft, as one who publishes in several venues, and as someone who brokers clients and articles. As diverse a lot writers are we have one thing in common. We love to write. We write whether we get paid or not. We write on scraps of paper. We write on social media. We write to our friends who say ‘can you make it a little shorter?”. I bet we sky write in our sleep.

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We are curious.

We ask questions. Talk to diverse people just to see what they have to say. Our minds engage in endless debates and conversations. Sometimes with our characters. Sometimes with ourself (so glad for the head phones now that makes us normal)Sometimes with family. ( we need to do that more often)

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We dream.

Despite our cynicism with every application we fill out we hope this employer will pay a fair wage. We hope they value content more than grammar. When we mess up we hope they have a system that lets us know but does not keep us out too long. Most of us do not wish for riches we just want enough to raise the kids, pay our bills, and take our sweetie on some excursion once in a while.

I always hesitate to answer someone when they say they like my writing or the other way they do not. I am never sure how to respond to that. It is not that I am not pleased either way. (I got a REACTION to my thoughts on paper yes besides the editor!)

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Just when you think what you do not matter at all.

Someone calls or tells you. My mother in the nursing home does not smile much anymore but she read your book. When is Sajiv and Sharlene going to kiss? Her time is limited and she demands to know before she dies.

That alternative therapy you wrote about on cancer. Thanks it improved my wife’s quality of life.

I cannot afford the normal clothes. Thanks for the idea about vintage fashion.

That list on that product how you did it. I walked in and knew the specifications were exactly what I needed to solve my problem.

If we ever get paid what we truly are worth or at least pay forward we would be some of the richest people on the planet. Maybe we are Solomon’s kids. Dispensing bits of wisdom that others use to make their lives better often as ghost writers or for other companies. I wonder what God is going to do with us when we get to heaven since He knows everything who will we do research for then? What will we write then? Hmmm

I have an Indian friend who sent me the saying “You are living. You occupy space.You have a mass. YOU MATTER. I think on a bad day all writers need to hear that.

Until Next Time have a grand escapade,

Mary

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Writing comes as an ever changing craft. Getting the balance of it takes intentional thinking.You have to put food on the table and gas in the car. So you find assignments that give a steady income. At the same time you have to do larger projects that may catch the eye of a literary agent or the public’s in self publishing realms. The third piece comes as continuing to develop as a writer.

Assignments

The Internet in one sense has made finding writing assignments easier. Traditional methods involved writing query letters and sending your resume and manuscript which was placed in a slush pile. Like waiting for Christmas present expectantly you wait for some to say you picked me. Frankly not enough jobs existed and competition was fierce. The best person does not always win but the one who fits the mood and theme of the day does.

Internet writing offers a variety of platforms to choose from. The short articles someone reads daily comes from a writer hired by a venue. Internet formats developed differently for many reasons suchs the size of the web page, media has trained many brains to read a large volume in short paragraphs. Most Internet articles range from 150 words to 800 words. Many articles have short subheadings and graphics. Most of it has informative value. Then you have your large venues of ebook publishing. Hybrid publishers who do some traditional and some modern.

Pay

Traditional methods if one is chosen you may get an advance or 6 to 8 percent of the money made. They have a large marketing machine so a decent income for a time and a promise to publish your next novel or book. So few are chosen. Most are quite gracious when they do make it since they understand from their many friends that some of it is luck that there book was recognized at all. The others use them as mentors, teachers and people to follow.

Internet methods you get paid but not necessarily regularly. You have to be careful about exploitation. The markets pay by word and by hour. Both have their hazards. Most writers make 1 to 6 cents a word in the Western civilizations. So speed becomes the answer to earning a living. Snagging a column helps a bit but those jobs are few and far between. Getting paid by clicks can happen but not for most. Have other income to fall on since it varies.

Self Publishing

Amazon has a portion called Kindle Direct Publishing. It allows an author to self publish for no fee. My shorter stories I developed at the Longridge Writer’s Group with Tom Hyman as my mentor I have published some of those there. ( Grace the Music Man Way The Constitution and Judge Robert McAlpin Williamson) I set a goal of sending out my stories and when I get the third magazine letter saying we like your story but we cannot use it I publish it on Amazon. My thinking is it is Tom Hyman approved (New York Times best seller author, editor of the Washington Post for years), been rejected 3 times by high quality magazines and I received the good letter that is it ready for public viewing. Also a trend in the younger generation among corporate players is to read short stories on their lunch hours or breaks. They tell you on that platform one needs to publish many things to make money. It is a 30 percent for Amazon and 70 percent for you deal.

Excursion

Once you get proficient enough in the Internet writing you can start your own website and offer writing services. The need for high quality writing comes huge and the Internet now is getting old enough things have to become updated in new formats. Managing writers comes as another way to make money. I do that for http://inkedlinks.com/ with an Indian partner Dhurghae who manages the web end. That has proved to be a wonderful business adventure with clients, writers and a partner.

Encouragement

My oldest son has writer friends. They sent word to me that in the early years develop the craft. As you get to your third year develop the business. As you approach your 5th year expect your reward. Not a single writer has claimed you will get rich. They all talk about the craft and the life. Most are gracious. The few that are not fall by the wayside eventually or go into other areas. On a personal level it works for me in this stage of my life. I get art, I get to do my music, I have added theater and writing which is always fun. Mary took her pain that she could not get rid of and it spilled out to transform into this. I still have the pain but I have found with the help of other artists a way to comfort myself. The rest I have not figured out and may never.

Whatever you choose to do, diversify. Explore the other paths and decide for yourself what to keep.

Until next time have grand escapades,

Mary

The Grand New Delhi Escapade Now Paired With White Shark Cafe

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Writing a novel the first time is a daunting task. So much unknown and so much to learn quickly. Sharks exist everywhere. Sending manuscripts to traditional publishers one gets nice rejection letters. Like the topic, love your style but does not fit our theme at the moment or worse the market trends may not be conducive to our needs.

Repeating the Process

Intellectually if you ask me to weigh the pros and cons about writing and publishing books, I say I would not recommend to students to go into writing as their sole income. Fraught with danger, delay, and dilemma the first time you think you will not do such a thing to yourself again. But one morning you get up and you get an idea and start writing. The second time is even more intriguing because not only do you have to do what you did before, you also have to market the other book you wrote. It tis a compulsion. It gives me much pleasure. I sit and giggle when I find the best picture or write an interesting phrase and in that moment I am content. I crave those moments when I sing, when I do my art and when I write. I live for those. Then I look at my bank account and wonder why do I do this.

Children’s Books

Writing children’s books lets you experience childhood again. You find an interesting fact or story. Then you massage words into communication elementary children can understand and you struggle with how to illustrate it. Tell other writers about having a children’s book accepted or published and they go solemn. From those who have treaded the writing water before you they say that getting a manuscript accepted is the hardest of all. I still do not know fully what that means. One manuscript “Ways to Say Zero” I am patiently waiting for publication but it has been accepted for 2 years and “White Shark Cafe” is published as of today.

For What it is Worth White Shark Cafe

The new book highlights a discovery found in the Pacific Ocean by an engaging team of scientists who love Pacific Predators. They hunt them down, catch them and put a tag in them. That team has gone on to other projects but a new team at http://www.gtopp.org  carries on research on these animals.

The research is part of a larger project exploring the ocean ecosystem. A wonderful pic exists on their blog of them.

  1. http://gtopp.blogspot.com/2014/03/success-in-chagos.html

If you want to learn more about these magnificent animals I have a Facebook page that highlights the sharks, their blogs, and the Marine Mammal Center.

  1. https://www.facebook.com/whitesharkcafebymarypage

I did two illustrations for the book. I would like to thank Nancy Winans of the Baytown Art League, Dr. Paul Lucke, and Dr. Jennifer Herzberg at Lee College for all the art lessons. It gave the confidence to begin illustrating and for making decisions about photos and backgrounds.

  1. http://www.lee.edu/
  2. http://art-league-of-baytown.org/

I would like the thank the Institute of Children’s Literature and Kristin Nitz, my teacher,  since the book started out as an assignment.

  1. http://www.institutechildrenslit.com/

Gloria Stamper helped me proof the pictures for the final manuscript. Her lovely suggestion to frame the photos made a huge difference in the appearance of the photos. If you are in Houston, Texas and need a grand photographer call Gloria. Here is her website.

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As you can see the children’s book was a collaborative effort of artists teaching someone like me. 🙂  The children’s book took 2 and 1/2 years to complete the journey to publication.

 

Swimming with the Sharks and having Grand Escapades and hoping you all will too,

 

Mary

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