Looking back at the best of 2019

Well, here we go off into the wild blue yonder of 2020.

Like many of you, I’ve been thinking about the coming new decade. But one can’t move forward without some retrospect. So, I looked back at the most popular posts of 2019 on my blog, and share.

So, without further ado, here is the countdown to Jean’s Writing top 10 posts of 2019.

10- How to tell if your female character is strong

9- What you can do with old stories? 

8- Be smart, and avoid my mistake

7- Want an excellent way to sell your books?

6-  Boost your writing with these awesome free tip sheets

5- Have you lost that new writer feeling?

4- How to write a good one-sentence pitch

3- Write like a professional, get the chapters right 

2- Do you want to know how long to make a story? Size Matters.

And the number one read blog post of 2019 was…

1- Encourage a child’s imagination with a book

I hope you enjoyed my walk down memory lane and wish you a wonderful 2020. I can’t wait to see what is written during the next 12 months.

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Are you looking for a special gift?

Want to give a gift that lasts long after the tinsel is gone?

Then make sure you add a book for everyone on your Christmas list.

I’m thrilled to announce my fourth children’s book is now available on Amazon.com. And thanks to Readers Favorite Review, I can add their 5-star seal of approvalYou can check out all of my 5-star children’s books. Click on the image for a quick link.

 

Do you have a book for sale?

List your book and where my readers can buy it, in the comments section. Let’s all give gifts that keeps on giving.

So, remember to add a little magic under the Christmas Tree with books for everyone.

Sparkling Christmas Tree

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Yes you can complete a children’s book

My fourth children’s picture book to the editor so thought I’d share with you a bit about my process.  kid reading a picture book

Writing a children’s picture book isn’t easy, but it doesn’t need to be daunting.

As with all stories, it begins with an idea.

ideas scribbled on paper

Here is how my new idea began. A friend’s grandson gave me the spark of an idea when she shared his reaction to A Reluctant Little Prince. Apparently, he was fascinated with the firefighter page.

flame in handA nugget of an idea began to form in the back of my mind. As the days and weeks passed, I played with several versions of what to do with my flickering flame.

Eventually, the story came together.

Now I must decide whether to attempt the illustrations myself or find an affordable illustrator.

Hope to have the new book released in the fall. Wish me luck.

If you have an idea swirling around in your mind, go for it. Here are some tips that might help.

Josh Funk’s Guide to Writing Picture Books

Check out the other posts I’ve written in the past about writing picture books.

Do you think writing a picture book is easy?

What you need to know about writing a children’s book?

I love reading your comments, so tell me… 

Have you written a children’s book? Leave a link in the comments section. I’d love to pass on the info.

Are you thinking about writing a children’s picture book?

Are you an illustrator? I hope you’ll reach out to me. I’d like to see your work. 

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Do you want to encourage passion in a reluctant reader?

Do you have a young reluctant reader at home?

The lazy hazy days of summer are here and many of you are trying to encourage your kids to read. Maybe their teacher gave them a reading list, but it’s a struggle to comply. Ready to try something new?

Reading is fundamental. We’ve heard that time and time again, but why? What makes it so important for our kids to find a passion for reading?

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines fundamental “as serving as a basis supporting existence or determining essential structure or function.”

Reading is paramount to understanding everything from math, politics to recipes. If we can read well, we can understand the world around us.

Without a passion for reading, a person does not read.

However, I bet you know a kid who hates to read. Why? Because they haven’t found a book that captures their imagination.

All kids have big imaginations. All that is necessary is to find a book that taps into their creativity. So don’t give up and keep putting book after book in front of them until one clicks unlocking their potential.

My daughter is a third-grade teacher and she sees this reluctance in kids every day. Recently she told me about a book that has NEVER failed to hook a reluctant reader. Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans. This is book one of seven. But once a kid starts book one, they want to read the second, third and then keep going until they finish the series. For a kid that hates to read, this book flips a switch changing what they think about reading. On a personal note, my five grandchildren agree with her.

Books by Richard Paul Evans appeals to all ages, from kid to adult, boys and girls alike. Click the image below to check out number one in the series.

Writing a review would be easy but over 1400 readers beat me to it. Check out what these readers had to say. Customer Reviews.  And don’t forget the Editorial Reviews!

Do you have a book recommendation for reluctant readers?

How have you encouraged reading in kids?

Add your book recommendations for young readers in the comments section.

 

 

Want to read more about reading for kids? Here are more websites.

Nurture a Love of Reading and Learning

Learning How to Read: 10 Ways to Help a Reluctant Reader

How can I encourage a reluctant reader?

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