AWRW Book Review: Piece By Piece, by Author Cathie Whitmore @CathieWhitmore #WomensFiction #BookReview.

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“Long Legs Daddy” words by Cathie Whitmore, illustrated by Sarajane Hinton, Atom Children’s Books (2012).

Very pleased to receive this great review for Long Legs Daddy. Lovers of children’s  picture books  please take a look.

“Twinkle the Christmas Star”

Available now in hardcover and eBook

iTunes eBook narrated by Author.

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, I love to read Christmas stories to my grandchildren.  My old childhood favourite has always been “The Night Before Christmas.” I will never forget the way that story made me feel as a child.  All the wonder and magic of Christmas portrayed in this story, left me feeling warm and fuzzy and filled with excitement, as I counted down the days to Christmas.

This wonderful story was my inspiration to write my own beautiful Christmas story “Twinkile the Christmas Star,” as I wanted my grandchildren to share the joy I had experienced through beautiful Christmas books. There are many Christmas stories on the market today, but until now, none in my eyes,  have come close to  “The  Night Before Christmas. “Twinkle the Christmas Star,” could be the book to change all that. It has been said, that Twinkle might very well be the modern day “Night Before Christmas,” bringing to children that old fashioned magical feeling and anticipation of Christmas.

Told by Ollie the Owl on Christmas Eve, Twinkle is a beautiful story, with gorgeous illustrations.  Join Ollie and Twinkle in this magical Christmas journey, as Twinkle has Christmas dinner with Santa and Mrs Claus and of course those hard working elves. Everyone does their bit to make this wonderful story come together and children will love to see the nine exhausted reindeer sleeping in the snow. What a great job they have done! This is a Christmas story to be enjoyed by the whole family and to be treasured for many years to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

An overview in song of the children’s picture book Hammie Goes to School. Children will love this cute and catchy sing along song, complete with lyrics from the author and the beautiful illustrations of Cathy McCulloch.

Page upon page of endless hours of imagination and enthusiasm, culminating in the publication of a book, is a most rewarding journey for every writer. From thought to print is often worlds apart and in my case took five years to come to fruition. Unfortunately, mere words on paper will never engage the interest of small children, but as the old cliché says, “every picture tells a story.” In this case, it’s my story of “Hammie Goes to School,” brought to life with the delightful illustrations of Cathy McCulloch. Most works of art, transform piece by piece, right before the artist’s eyes, as they put their heart and soul into their creation and lovingly add the finishing touches. That wonderful feeling of achievement is realised at that moment. However, it’s a very different scenario for a writer. My work left my hands as mere words on a compact disc and returned to me as an artwork for children, I will cherish forever. Holding my book for the first time; my words staring back at me, surrounded by beautiful glossy illustrations, is a most surreal feeling, words cannot describe. Seeing the precious looks on the faces of not only my grandchildren, but school children in the Clarence Valley, as I read Hammie, is a gratifying experience in itself. “Hammie Goes to School,” holds a special place in my heart, being my first story, awakening a passion within me, I never knew existed.

 

Hi self published author,

I would like to start up a discussion group called SPAN – Self Published Author’s Network as I know there are a lot of us out there just waiting to be heard. Have you taken the step yet to publish your own work? Self publishing is becoming more popular today as the chances of being picked up by a mainstream publisher, in my opinion is about the same odds as winning the lottery. I speak to authors all the time, who have been down the road of rejection from publishers and those who have given up before even trying. I guess I fall into the latter category, having self published three beautiful hardcover children’s books with two very talented illustrators, I am reluctant to have my dream slashed by mainstream publishers. I know from public reaction that my work is good and yet I read this morning on the site of a mainstream publisher that if a manuscript for a children’s picture book is longer than two A4 pages of typed text…well guess what…it isn’t a picture book. My answer to this is that there obviously needs to be more than one category for picture books, aimed at different age groups.  What about the older children in the 5-8 years group. Are they intrigued by a picture book that only has one line of text on each page and read from cover to cover in two minutes?  As a grandmother of seven, let me tell you, no they are not. Children of this age are a step away from chapter books, so picture books with more text in line with their reading skills is what they need. I have spoken to some grandparents who proudly announce that their grandchildren are now reading chapter books at six and seven years of age and are too old for picture books.  I have to wonder if this is just an excuse not to buy my books or are there parents out there who have allowed their  children’s childhood to be taken from them so easily. I have had many children up to ten years of age enjoy my books and I believe there is definitely a market out there for picture books for this age group. Maybe they should be called illustrated books instead to differentiate between a picture book for a one year old as opposed to a book with beautiful complex illustrations and interesting text, to engage the older child.

Most self published authors would be well aware of the stigma attached to self published work as a lot of store owners and managers dismiss them without even taking a look at what’s on offer. On Sunday night on the ABC News there was an interview with Sue Hines from Allen and Unwin discussing self published authors and their work. Sue has been on the lookout for another “Fifty Shades of Grey,” but failed in her attempt to find anything. I have to wonder how hard she really looked as there is a lot of wonderful self published work out there just waiting for a mainstream publisher to pick it up. The fact that most publishers won’t take unsolicited manuscripts and agents don’t want to know us until we are already famous, I have to ask when is someone going to stop the world so we can get on? Love to hear from anyone out there who shares my passion for writing. Lets band together and make these publishers sit up and take notice. I am happy to guide anyone down the road of self publishing, but bear in mind that’s the easy part and just the beginning. Visit my website www.atomchildrensbooks.com.au

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