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Countdown to Halloween – Which Themed Books Do You Enjoy..?

October 1, 2014
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Every year I create a Halloween themed coloring competition for my children’s picture book, Rumble’s First Scare. I love handing out the coloring sheets to delighted children as they give Rumble a hug or pat on his head. This year the winner’s will have a choice of a unique T-shirt or hat along with a copy of the book.

WOTS Sept 2014

Rumble

The story centers around a young monster who is taken to his first scare on Halloween… http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/retail/books/rumbles-first-scare

I will either present the winner’s with their prize on 25th October at Words in the Park –   http://words.sclibrary.ab.ca    or mail them. It is always a pleasure receiving the entries and knowing the children will enjoy Rumble’s story, whether just for Halloween or anytime.

What books do you love to read for Halloween?

Have you written a Halloween themed book?

Here is one list of books – why not add yours?

Favorite Books For Halloween!

Image Is All – Choosing An Illustrator…

September 8, 2014
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articlesOnce the writing, editing and revisions are complete, we have another choice to make regarding our novel. Do we want or need illustrations within the book or just the cover? This decision can be determined by the genre, such as children’s books but also the type of visuals we want to share with our readers.

Dependent on the age group of your children’s books, you may have numerous pictures with minimal text for younger readers or chapter header or facing page illustrations for older readers. For example, my young readers book, Rumble’s First Scare (http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/retail/books/rumbles-first-scare) is mainly pictures, while my chapter book for older readers, Ockleberries to the Rescue (preorder here: http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/) has chapter headers illustrating each particular animal or event within that chapter. I took the decision not to have an illustration drawn of the woodland sprites in the narrative as I would like my young readers to envision the characters themselves. However, I did have the sprites woodland home created for the book cover.

Rumble

When working with an artist it is best to describe in as much detail as possible the visuals you require. This can be done, either in rough sketches, composite collages or by detailed written descriptions. No matter where your chosen artist may reside, you can communicate your vision. For Rumble’s First Scare, I chose an artist, who lived in Australia (although he was in Canada at the start of the project). With a mulitude of emails, we were able to create Rumble, his yucky pets and his underground home. Matthew McClatchie‘s style beautifully created how I ‘saw’ Rumble.

Ockleberries Cover

However, for Ockleberries to the Rescue, I knew I wanted realistic pencil drawings of the animals and that is why I chose J. E. McKnight. His sketches resemble those of Bernie Brown’s type of illustration. Joe was also able to create the book’s cover image by utilizing a computer program. This is in full color and more striking than a  pencil sketch. We have to capture our readers eye in the book store after all.

With both artists, I enjoyed the collaboration in creating the ‘look’ I envisaged for these books.

Of course there are numerous options for cover art and interior illustrations with every book. It is up to the author to decide what ‘look’ they require. For my upcoming western romance, Willow Tree Tears (Fall 2015 launch – excerpt here: https://mandyevebarnett.com/current-project-2/) I am thinking of having the image of a barrel on the chapter headers and scene breakers. This will convey the barrel racing theme in the narrative.

What were your illustration requirements for your book(s)?

Did you hire an artist or illustrate yourself?

How did you decide on the image’s and their style?

 

On the Cusp of Fall – A Halloween Coloring Competition for Children…

August 29, 2014
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Rumble is at it again, wanting his followers to color a picture of his pets for some extra special prizes! This year you can choose from a T-shirt or a unique Rumble hat to go with your signed copy of Rumble’s First Scare. Download the attached picture, colour it in and mail to Dream Write Publishing /Mandy Eve-Barnett C/O P.O. Box 57083 RPO Eastgate, Sherwood Park AB T8A 5L7.  The competition is open to everyone so grab your crayons and begin. If you are available to collect your prize and meet Rumble – come along to Words in the Park.

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Book Sale and Fair, Saturday, October 25th at 12.00 – 4.00 pm In the Agora at the Strathcona County Library, 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park, AB

 

Rumble

Rumble hat

Rumble tshirt frontRumble tshirt back

 

RUMBLE LOVES HIS YUCKY PETS 2014 (1)

Find Rumble’s book at  http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/retail/books/rumbles-first-scare

 

Promotional Items for Book Marketing – My Latest Rumble Promo and Ideas for Ockleberries Promo too…

August 5, 2014
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Every year I run a coloring competition for my children’s picture book, Rumble’s First Scare. After choosing the picture for the competition, I have to decide on what the prize will be that accompanies a free copy of the book. In past year’s I have given hand-made Rumble puppets, a Rumble bag filled with squishy toy ‘pets’ just like Rumble’s own and this year I have T-shirts as well as hand-made hats. Both of these last items can be offered for sale at any time of course, but I like to meet the winners of the coloring competition, when possible, so have the prizes available at the annual Words in the Park event in Sherwood Park, Alberta. http://words.sclibrary.ab.ca/

I was excited to find a crafter, who volunteered her services to make these marvelous Rumble hats (see below) and production is under way. If you can’t wait until October, send me a PM and I can reserve you one. They are fantastic unique gifts for Halloween too.

RumbleRumble hat

This year’s T-shirts are unique as well – the front says ‘I love Rumble and his bag of pets’ and the back says ‘Grab your Rumble at http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca

Rumble tshirt frontRumble tshirt back

 

I have ideas for my new children’s chapter book, Ockleberries to the Rescue, as well, which will be launched in October. As the story follows two magical woodland sprites, I want to fashion T-shirt designs but also some sort of toy, for younger children. I already have a couple of animal figurine and glitter filled light-up globes (which you might be able to make

out here – one is a rabbit and the other a squirrel) IMG_0233

What promotional items have you used for your books?

How successful have your promotional items been for you? 

I found this link, which is helpful:

http://writersrelief.com/blog/2014/05/make-promotional-items-stand-out-boost-sales/

Oxymoron Fun…

August 1, 2013
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Oxymoron – a figure of speech with words having incongruous, seemingly self-contradictory effect

As writers we are constantly playing with words, choosing the perfect word to best describe a situation or character. Utilizing our word knowledge and consciously increasing it as we develop our art. Let’s have some fun!

oxymoron

I found a great blog post, which I wanted to re-blog but it doesn’t let me 😦 so please follow the link: http://atkinsbookshelf.wordpress.com/tag/famous-oxymorons/

A few from the bard himself, Shakespeare –  “Fair is foul, and foul is fair”, “Parting is such sweet sorrow”, “O brawling love! O loving hate!”

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  • “I can resist anything, except temptation.” – Oscar Wilde
  • Simplicity is not a simple thing.” – Charles Chaplin
  • Responsible Drinking? Now that’s an Oxymoron.” – Aaron Howard
  • I am a deeply superficial person.”Andy Warhol
  • No one will ever win the battle of the sexes: there’s too much fraternizing with the enemy.
    -Henry Kissinger
  • If you can’t convince them, confuse themHarry S. Truman

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Do you have any favorites you would like to share? Have you created any of your own?

I describe my Rumble character as a cute monster!

Rumble's First Scare

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