Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Twitter Pitch Party for Children's Picture Books!

Do you have a children's picture book just waiting for the right agent or publisher to pick you up?  Announce it today at the Twitter Pitch Party for exclusively for children's picture books!

To find out more, click here.

To follow the tweets or add your own tweet, go to and add #PBPitch to your tweets and good luck!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Book Review: Divorce & Children by Arthur Nazaretin

Title: Divorce & Children
Author: Arthur Nazaretin
Genre: Parenting
Publisher: Self
Pages: 26

In these times, you can't have too many advice guides on how to handle divorce where children are concerned.  I don't usually review anything other than children's picture books keeping to the children's picture book theme, but as I am a product of divorce not only as an adult but also as a child of divorced parents, and the fact that the ebook was free in the Kindle store today, I thought I'd give it a shot.  I've read and reviewed many of the shorter books in the Kindle store and some feel like they are advertisements for the author's other books (and they are; it's part of a new marketing ploy), but I didn't feel that way with Divorce & Children by Arthur Nazaretin.

When my parents' marriage broke up, I was almost ten.  From a child's standpoint, it's an isolating type of thing.  You feel as if you're the only one going through such a traumatic event.  If you were an adult, you could use reasoning; but for a child, it's as if their world has been ripped from under them.  Even though this book is really short (26 pages), it's jam packed full of some really good ideas on how to handle the situation if you have children who are very much involved.  One tip I really liked was to try to keep the tears and the worries away from your child so that he/she feels as if you are in control.  Break down and the child breaks down with you.  When my own marriage was crumbling, I didn't hold anything back from the kids and looking back I wish I had.  I also like the parts that mentioned spending quality time with your children during this crisis.  Overall, the book's theme is leaning more on how to teach you - the adult - how to handle divorce without killing the kid's emotional resources.  Even though this book was short, it was to the point with no filler and is quite a good little reference book.  

My Rating: 
4 Rainbows

Monday, June 15, 2015

In the Mailbox: Angels, Angels Everywhere by Michelle Beber

I can't wait to get started reading this one.  I am a firm believer in angels!

Here's what the book is about:

Angels, Angels, Everywhere is a non-denominational, multiracial book written in delightful rhythm and rhyme and accompanied by charming illustrations.  The themes of constant support and unconditional love are designed to help children deal with everyday experiences in life.

By developing children’s faith in knowing that they are not alone and building their trust that they are consistently watched over, cared for, and loved, children will become empowered to deal with life’s challenges.  The book also lets children know that angels are there in good times as well, sharing in their joy.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Video: How to Write & Publish Your Children's Book in the Kindle Store in 7 Days or Less

If you only knew how many children's books I have in files just waiting to be published, you would scream at me for not doing anything with them.  These children's books were written years ago - before the Kindle store - and I think I was just waiting for a traditional publisher anyway. After all, what child reads ebooks?  Well, fast forward to 2015 and there's a lot of children out there reading books on their handheld readers.  So if you had a children's book in your files and wanted to self-publish them to the Kindle store, where would you start?  Aren't images expensive?  Here's a video I found that gives us procrastinators some hope.