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Kloria’s Two New Reformation Books

I got a press release from Kloria Publishing about Kloria’s two new Reformation books:  A Mighty Fortress is Our God and Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your WordI’ve written about Kloria and their previous release, God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say Itand I’m thrilled to say the excerpts of these illustrated hymn texts look just as good!

 

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Ball keeps dribbling

I thought I was heading into a good time and place. I practiced and prepped. Got myself looking good on paper and sent in a proposal to an agent. I was going to post about how good it feels to have the ball in someone else’s court for a while! Sigh. Nope. The ball keeps dribbling.

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Who Chooses Illustrator?

When working toward a children’s picture book, who chooses the illustrator? Many traditional publishing houses prefer to pick one from previous projects. That way they can pair a better known name with a lesser known name and try to maximize visibility and lend experience to both. On the other hand, you may know people the publishing houses do not.  If you do, then “who chooses the illustrator” can become a factor in where or how to publish.

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Wanting My Magnus Opus

I’ve been craving more writer community lately. I daresay I’m not alone in that! Do any of you hang onto an idea for years and years, hoping a certain project or two could become your magnus opus? But, um, not put any work into it? I’m just wanting my magnus opus and prayerfully stewing a while. Sigh.

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Pictures and Analogies

Let’s talk about pictures and analogies a little today. If I haven’t said it before, I’ll say it now. Analogies only go so far. To me, analogies seem to work best for adults who don’t press limits. Analogies are a loose way of finding examples. Pictures are funny though, because they have a close relationship to analogies, depending on what you’re writing about. Hence, I’m a little stuck in my current writing project. I want my piece to be biblical rather than analogous, but, well, Jesus used parables for very good reasons.

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The Love Bridge

Here’s a review of CPH’s most recent children’s book, The Love Bridgeby Jonathan Schkade. I’m glad to see Jonathan writing for an even younger audience than some of his other works, which I continue to recommend.

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My Little ABC Liturgy Book

I know I announced the release of My Little ABC Liturgy Book by Rev. Gaven Mize back in the spring, but now I’ll give you my review. 🙂 (I’m on a role for writing reviews! Yay! It’s been a while in coming—I meant to review this back in April!)

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Editing down theology

Editing down words and editing down theology are two totally different things. Both can stink. In fact, both can be excruciating.

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The Child Conundrum

I have another two drafts I’m working on. I don’t want to talk too much about it publicly, but let me know if you’d like to give me any behind-the-scene advice on it. It’s another children’s book, theological in nature, but right now I’m facing what I call the Child Conundrum.

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The Child Exercise

Let me tell you about one of my favorite writing exercises: the child exercise. Maybe it could be compared to outlining—I wouldn’t know, I’m still learning that method—but I find it a powerful tool to focus on content while disciplining my words. Continue reading

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