You are in for a treat today. Not only am I providing you with an update but at the end, I will be introducing you to another Christian Children Author. Today I am participating in a “blog hop.” Encase you are wondering what is a “blog hop.” A “blog hop” is where one person post a blog and "tag" or mention another blog in the post. The person that is mentioned then post a blog and tag/mention someone else. The idea is that if you want to, you can follow the blog trail across many different author websites or blogs and find out what authors are doing all over the place! Most “blog hops” have themes. Last year, I participate in a blog hop on the theme of Children's Authors. This blog hop is cover the theme “Writing Process.”
So I caught the proverbial baton from Penny Reeve. Penny is the author of more than 15 children's books including the popular 'Find the Animal' and 'Tania Abbey' series. As the child of missionaries, she grew up in a variety of cross-cultural settings and loves to write about how faith changes the way we respond to the world around us. Penny now lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband, three children and two dogs.
If you’d like to read more about Penny and what she’s currently working on follow this link back to her website.
Here’s a bit about me for those of you who are new to me: My name is Corine and I write books, picture books to be exact. So far I have four books published and I am working on my 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th … maybe my 9th and 10th depending on the day of the week, lol.
What am I working on? As you can tell from the above answer, I have a lot that I am working on. Currently, I am waiting on the publisher to send me a completed draft of Godly Feelings. I am really excited about this book because it combines my training as a child psychologist with my Christian faith. Godly Feelings is scheduled to be released November 4, 2014. You can preorder Godly Feelings for $6 plus shipping here.
I am also working on my first non-Christian book Jaden Goes to Foster Care. It scheduled to be released October 7, 2014. While this is a non-Christian book I am praying that it will minister to the millions of children in foster care and their parent’s (both biological and foster parents). You can preorder Jaden Goes to Foster Care for $6 plus shipping here.
You can purchase any of my books through my website here or Amazon here.
How does my work differ from others of its genre? With regards to my Christian picture books, I think the major difference between my books and others that are in its genre is the fact there are Bible verses on several pages. My desire with my picture books is to teach children (and adults) that the Bible has answers to all life’s questions.
Why do I write what I do? I think I already answered this question above, lol. I guess the other reason why I write what I do is because I have always turned to the Bible for answers (even before I became a Christian). I believe that God placed the desire to search His Word for answers at an early age.
How does my writing process work? I have no idea, lol. Literally, my first book took years to write, while the second one I wrote early one morning. Since then I have struggled to develop a process. One thing that is consistent with all my books, even Jaden Goes to Foster Care, is that the process starts and ends with prayer. I pray before I write, while I am writing and even once I done. My prayer is that the Lord will use me (write though me) and that each book will minister to those who read it.
Now it is time to pass the baton to my colleague Mary Ellen Green. Mary Ellen is a fellow Christian author who published one book so far: A Starry Night and is working on her second book Splash. You can learn more about her by visiting http://maryellengreenauthor.blogspot.com/
Well that is all for now, please pray for me and know I am praying for you.
Looking for a way to teach your child about Biblical forgiveness? Then VeggieTales: Celery Night Fever is for you.
About the movie: Laura Carrot, the main character, determined to save the city park from being turned into a parking lot by getting her grandfather (Larry the Cucumber) to stage a reunion concert with the disco band he headlined forty years ago. The problem? None of those guys are talking to each other, all of them are holding unforgiveness in their heart for how the band fell apart all those years ago. In addition, Laura’s efforts to save the park may also ruin her friendship with Junior Asparagus.
My Review: I love movie night. I particularly love movies that teach a lesson and help the viewers build their faith in the Lord. The Veggietales: Celery Night Fever does just that. This movie is designed to reinforce the Biblical principle of forgiveness found in Ephesians 4:32. In order to accomplish this goal, it shows how unforgiveness can threaten a child’s friendship and how unforgiveness affects adult relationships years down the line.
While the 70s theme may go over most children’s heads, parents who remember rocking out in the 70s will have a chance to share a part of their past with their children. In addition, this movie has two parallel stories of forgiveness that can lead additional sharing and discussing between parent and child.
My only complaint is the link for downloads included in the DVD does not work. I was eventually able to find coloring pages to go along with the DVD on the VeggieTales website.
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Just wanted to take a few minutes to talk about support. Below are some top ways to support me on any Christian author on their journey. Before I published my first book, I did not realize how much authors appreciated readers taking the time to publicly support them. Sure, I occasionally would mention a book I loved to a friend, but that was the extent of my support. But now being on the other side of the fence, I realize just how much it means when readers take a little extra time to offer their public support.
First and foremost, please pray for me. As a Christian, I firmly believe in the power of prayer. I am what I am because someone prayed for me. So please pray for me.
Write a book review and post it on Amazon. If you have ever ordered on Amazon then you are eligible to post a review. It’s very simple to do and incredibly helpful (if it’s a good review!). Here are the links to each of my book
Copy and paste your review onto other online bookstores. There’s nothing wrong with copying your Amazon review and using it on other sites, like GoodReads, Shelfari, Barnes&Noble.com or CBD.com
Please 'like' my Amazon author page. The 'like' button is on the right, above the 'stay up to date' section.http://www.amazon.com/Corine-Hyman/e/B00AWZ5FL2/
Promote the books on social media. A number of my friends have taken pictures of my book when it arrives in the mail or reading the book to their children and then posted them on Facebook or instagram. If you're on Twitter, you can also write a short recommendation with a link so others can purchase it.
Pass along the book to a friend or to family. And ask them to pass it along when they are done
Buy the book as a gift for friends and family. Publishing houses keep track of every book sale. And each purchase is important to me.
Ask your local library and bookstore to carry my books. First check if they have the book (you can usually look it up online) and if they do not, next time you are at your library, personally request the book.
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Feature me on your blog, podcast, or newsletter. If you (or a company you run) has a blog, podcast, newsletter, YouTube channel, or other content stream, make a point of interviewing me or your other author friend for it.
Donate the book to your local nonprofit organization (i.e., school, boys and girls club or children shelter).
Well that is all for now, please pray for me and know I am praying for you.
It has been a while since I have talked about the process I use to create a picture book. Today I would like to talk about formatting. Again this is just the process I use, there are other methods available. Hopefully, by now all of your illustrations are done. When I first started creating picture books, I had my illustrator also include the text in the picture. Since then, I have started embedding the text after the illustrations are done. I prefer adding the text myself because it allows me more control and I can edit the text at anytime. Below is my attempt to describe how to format a book:
Well that is all for now supporters,
Please continue to pray for me and know that I am praying for you.
P.S. I had hope to include some really great screenshots of the process but they did not turn out the way I wanted them.
I am super excited. I just completed my first subscriber freebie: Names of God Pamphlet. This pamphlet contains over 200 names of God and where to find each in the Bible. In addition, it covers the three primary names of God covered in the Old Testament.
1. GOD (Elohim) - Genesis 1:1 The strong creator
2. LORD (Jehovah, or Yahweh) - The self-existing One – (Genesis 2:4)
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Well that is all for now, continue to pray for me as I pray for you,
Do you know that the southern hemisphere of the world celebrates Christmas in July (it is winter there now)? As you may know, I love celebrating the birth of the Lord Jesus. So I decided to celebrate Christmas in July as well. Until July 31, 2014, Why We Give Gifts at Christmas Time is BOGO (buy one get one free). All you have to do, is purchase a copy of Why We Give Gifts through my website and I will automatically include a free book.
By the way, there is no limit on this deal. Buy one book, get two; by two books get four, etc. Just think, not only can you score a great gift for the little ones in your life but you can also spread the message of why we give gifts at Christmas time if it is Jesus’ Birthday.
Well that is all for not.
Continue to pray for me as I pray for you,
P.S. Though I post last week as a part of Blogging Through The Alphabet with Marcy @ BenandMe.com, I missed linking up. Therefore, I am out. However, I had a lot of fun and I cannot believe I made it nine weeks.
P.S.S. Don’t forget to visit http://christianchildrensauthors.com/ this Saturday for another book review by me. If you have a child that has a problem with lying, I have the perfect book for you.
Happy Friday Supporters,
Welcome to week nine of Blogging Through The Alphabet with Marcy @ BenandMe.com. The letter “I” will be used to honor the book of the month, but before I reveal the book of the month I just want to give you a quick update on my Amazon Reviewer Ranking.
My current Amazon Reviewer Ranking is #58,649 (up slightly from last month). In addition, I have reviewed seven books in June for a total of42 books. If you have a book or a product that you are interested in me reviewing please check my reviewer guidelines.
As you may recall, I decided to spotlight one book a month. The best book I have reviewed in the last month. So drum roll please.... The honor for the June 2014 Book of the Month Pick by Corine is......
The Innkeeper’s Dog By Deborah Bence Boerema.
About the Book: Author Deborah Bence Boerema was was led to write The Innkeeper's Dog early one Christmas season to fill the drawers of a large wooden Advent calendar for her son, Nathan. Rather than filling the drawers with candy or trinkets that would quickly be eaten, lost, or forgotten, she was given the idea to fill them with pages from a Christmas story. She felt this needed to be a story that would be new to Nathan, and she wanted a story related to the first Christmas in Bethlehem. When she couldn't find a story to suit her needs, she was inspired to write one.
She knew Nathan enjoyed stories about animals. The old Christmas carol "The Friendly Beasts" came to mind. In this song, each animal in the stable tells of the gifts he or she gave the infant Jesus. Thinking that Nathan would relate more to a dog than to a cow or a donkey, she was prompted to create the character of Thaniel the Spaniel. Then she set about answering the question of what Thaniel would have given the Christ child if he'd had a verse in the song.
The result is a story that became a special part of Nathan's Advent calendar that year. She hope The Innkeeper's Dog will become a special part of your Christmas celebration, too!
My Review: How would you feel if you were the only animal in the stable to miss seeing Baby Jesus being born? How about if you listen to all your friends repeatedly talk about how great the night was and all the wonderful gifts they gave Baby Jesus? What if you realized you did not have a gift or talent to give Baby Jesus? These are all things Thaniel the Spaniel faces in The Innkeeper’s Dog by Deborah Bence Boerema.
In the story, Thaniel is able to recognize all the reasons he should be grateful (i.e., shelter, food, friends). However, he still struggles with feelings of jealousy, anger, and sadness about missing the birth of Baby Jesus and having to listen to the stories told by his friends about their awesome talents. Even after Thaniel starts working as a sheep dog, he is unable to recognize his purpose. Then, one day, his owner is able to clarify Thaniel’s purpose and help him understand why he does not remember the birth of Baby Jesus.
This book is a touching story which relates that God created each of us for a purpose and with gifts and talents. It is packed with discussion points from beginning to end and you may find yourself reading it over and over again to the little ones in your life. Specifically, I think this book can be used in the following ways:
For more about The Innkeeper’s Dog visit: http://innkeepersdog.tateauthor.com/ There are several wonderful lessons there to go along with the book.
What is the best book you have read during the month of June? Please feel free to tell me about it in the comment section below.
That is all for now. Continue to pray for me as I pray for you,
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