Book 1 & Book 2

Book

I have been putting a lot of work and time into my new book which I want to have published by this fall. It didn’t take this much work and time when I published my first book. It took a few months to publish my first book, A PinkBoat Adventure. If I am calculating correctly, it will take me about a year to publish my next book, A PinkBoat Adventure – Part 2: “Kathlean’s Bad Day”.

The new book is coming along just fine in my estimation. I have 21 colored illustrations for inside the book. I also have about 21 pages of text to go along with those illustrations. However, I am going to do some two page spreads for some of the illustrations. That still adds up to at least 42 pages of story/illustrations in the book. My first book, A PinkBoat Adventure, had half as much story/illustrations. There will also be twice as much text/reading in the new book than in the first book. So, this new book will satisfy those children who need “more story to read”. I have also let contractions be used in the story. In the previous book, I avoided using them. So, there are a number of differences in the way the book is being composed and put together.

I am using lulu.com to publish my new book. For my first book, I used Authorhouse.com. There is a big difference between these two companies. I can choose to do all the work with formatting the book using lulu. With Authorhouse, I had them do all the formatting work and a majority of the illustration work. Since I’m doing all the formatting work with lulu, there will be a large difference in the cost it will take to have the book published. With Authorhouse, it was a few thousand without advertising. With lulu, it will be a few hundred without advertising.

I thought you might like a little look behind the scenes of my two books to see how the book world works. Even though it is taking me longer to publish my second book, I really do enjoy doing the work. I like creativity and being a children’s book author is a really good outlet for such.

www.kathleenivanchildrensauthor.com

 

 

 

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Sleep and Progress

Girl Sleeping

It’s a little hard to get things done when u don’t get enough sleep. I should know since I’ve not been getting as much sleep as I would like. Usually, the white noise machine I have works to get me to sleep. However, it doesn’t work as good lately. Sometimes, it is because I have to get up and go to the bathroom every few hours. Other times, it’s because I have too many things on my mind that I’m thinking about. Last night and the night before, it was because I was having problems breathing. I had to prop myself up with an extra pillow to actually breathe better and be able to fall asleep. I attribute all these reasons for not getting enough sleep to the baby that is due mid May this year. Yep, it’s nice to be able to blame someone else for once…..LOL.

So, since I get tired easier, I have been slow on my book illustration process. Yes, all the images but one are colored. However, I noticed some defects in a good number of the colorings. Some spaces, when seen in an 8.5″ x 8.5″ format are not with color. So, since my book is going to be an 8.5″ x 8.5″ format I need to fix these issues. I also noticed the lines for the images are not as clear for this size as well. So, I am doing the lines over so they are bolder and the image is much more enticing. I am on image #9 right now regarding these corrections.

After this book is finished, I am going to do another children’s book that is for either boy or girl. I already know the subject matter I am going to put in the book as well as the images. Yep, I’m always trying to think one step ahead even though I’m not there yet.

 

Goat Cheese Breakfast

Have you ever tried goat cheese? I was surprised when I first tasted it because it’s similar in taste and texture to cream cheese. The taste is of course slightly different, but depending on your palette you may or may not notice. It also has less calories per serving. When I compared it to Philadelphia cream cheese, the goat cheese was 30 calories less per serving.

How did I choose to add it to a meal? I added it to my breakfast. I made an over-hard egg and placed it between two pieces of rye bread. Then I slathered some goat cheese on one of those pieces of rye. I let the warmth of the egg melt it a little before digging in. It tasted delicious. I also had a side of blueberries with the sandwich as well as a glass of green tea.

Goat Cheese Breakfast

1 serving Goat cheese                                                                                                                    70 calories

2 pieces rye bread                                                                                                                           180 calories

1 cooked egg

(your choice of over-easy, over-medium, or over-hard, sunny-side up)                                          60-70 calories

2 oz blueberries                                                                                                                               30 calories

16 oz Green Tea  (Honest brand name)                                                                                          70 calories

Total Calories                                                        410-420 

If you include the butter used to cook the egg, then you get about 500 calories, but it’s still a good idea for a low calorie and nutritious breakfast.

So, are you going to try goat cheese?

Ideas?

I usually don’t post too often because I don’t know what to post about.

I have lots of ideas but haven’t decided upon one.

My home office that holds my "art" supplies.

My home office that holds my “art” supplies.

Would you like to know

* how bad/good my book sales are?

* if I am going to do another book?

* food/recipes I like to eat or make?

* other book merchandise I have for sale?

* short stories written by me?

* poems written by me?

Right now, I am taking a photography class and that takes up the whole of the day on Monday. I get so exhausted from being in class all day, but I’m hoping it is worth it.

Later,

Kathleen Ivan

Getting Book Reviews

I’m looking for reviews for my children’s book, but it’s pretty difficult to get people to go online and take the time to post a review. Why is it so hard for people to post a simple book review? That really mystifies me. I like posting reviews for books and any other products. I think this helps other customers to decide whether or not they want to buy a product. I actually don’t really like buying a product online if it doesn’t have some kind of review. I always tend to look at negative reviews first also just to see what people didn’t like about the product. So, this is why I don’t mind if a review is somewhat negative and not filled with positive comments.

Here is a rather negative review I got for my book:
“Strap on your life vest because there are some severely choppy waters ahead.

THREE PROS
*Author Kathleen Ivan wrote this for her “developmentally slow” niece, and I point this out immediately since no one but Ivan and those closest to her will ever chart the same course in reading it
*I’m not ashamed to say that the pink in here really pops and makes me wonder if it is underutilized in the kidlit color world
*Alan Dugan navigates the boat illustrations perfectly, but he also should have sent out an SOS in a few other spots (namely the look of the main protagonist and the use of space on page 15)

THREE CONS
*Why did somebody named Crustina turn into crumbs and where did the mystery man come from (so far from shore) — seriously, I wish there were answers to these questions
*When the book itself ends by essentially asking those very questions verbatim, it almost felt like Ivan was pouring salt water in my mental wound — and made my wife think I was joking when I stopped reading at that point
*I’m not sure why the vessel is called PinkBoat or why the character Kathlean spells her name differently than the author (and I truly hope there’s a reason for both), but it automatically brings an air of typos and mistakes to the work that I assume most people will be unable to ignore

ONE DAD’S OPINION
I have delayed blogging about A PinkBoat Adventure for about five days now. I did this primarily because I hate sinking independent authors who have spent their hard-earned money shipping me materials. But the other reason was perhaps even more important to me: despite some extremely concrete initial opinions, rushing into the review did not feel like the right thing to do. Rather, I wanted to get my sea legs and have it come about at a time when I was fully engaged, in order to avoid any flippancy in my commentary. [Please note there is a huge difference between being obtusely flippant and using nautical puns in the course of negative feedback.] I hope both Ms. Ivan and the rest of you recognize that I did this, even if you disagree with my assessment (which is that we’re dealing with a near-total loss here). As someone who comes from two generations of marine insurers, I tend to think I’m particularly qualified to make this call…DESTROY”.(This review is from the following website:http://kidbookratings.blogspot.com/2014/06/a-pinkboat-adventure.html

I really think the above reviewer should have understood my book. It mystifies me that he didn’t.

Anyways, I submitted my book to another children’s book website to review and just crossed my fingers. I was really happy and satisfied when they published the review. The reviewer actually understood my book and the intention to get kid’s minds going in the imaginative areas. Because of this, I would call my book “interactive”. However, not all readers get the point of the book. My aunt didn’t get it at first because she forgot to read it with a kid’s perspective. But once she changed the way she read the book, she understood the objective of the book.

I think I need more kids to be reviewing my book. Adults, if you buy my children’s book, read it over to yourself first but make sure you read it out loud to your kids. I’m sure your kids will love the book and talk about it after you have finished reading it. Get the child’s opinion. After all, the book is written for the kids. Not the adults.

Here is a part of the recent “good” review that I got for my children’s book.

“The story has a mysterious and open ending which leaves room for readers to interpret what happened to Crustina in their own way. The story is a sort of a puzzle which will fascinate kids and make them think. The pictures are lovely and vibrant and breathe life into the scenes and characters. The surprise twist in the middle and the unexpected ending make it an enjoyable read for children. It is a good book that can be used in read aloud sessions in classrooms. It will be nice to see the way the kids come up with different interpretations for the ending. I enjoyed the book mainly because the story is original and it breaks away from the norm. The author gives young readers the space and opportunity to think with the ending.”

Full five star reveiw can be found at the following link:https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/37374

What I’ve Been Up To…..

This is something I did in art class recently.

This is something I did in art class recently.

I’ve been busy with a bunch of things lately. I didn’t think that I could be busy out here in the desert. Yet, I am.

I have an art class that I have been going to twice a week. Then, I also go to Art Club meetings once a week. With Art Club comes volunteering opportunities which I will be engaging in soon at the end of this month and in November.

I’ve also been advertising to get actual reviews for my book, “A PinkBoat Adventure” on Amazon. I can’t change the price, so the price is $3.99 for digital format. My family is not internet friendly and others don’t see that it is valuable to leave a review. I often post reviews on Amazon for things I buy regardless of whether it’s a book or not. I feel like it’s valuable and helps others decide what product they will choose to buy.

I also have other daily things to do like grocery shopping, cooking dinner, etc.

I am also working on some art projects. They will be displayed for sale at art galleries in the local area. Hopefully, someone will purchase them as I am just a beginner “artist”.

It’s time for me to get some food….dinner time. 🙂

Later,

Kathleen Ivan

Link to my amazon book:  http://www.amazon.com/PinkBoat-Adventure-Kathleen-Ivan-ebook/dp/B00JC16JAI/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1412986053&sr=1-1&keywords=a+pinkboat+adventure

Link to my author website: http://www.kathleenivanchildrensauthor.com/

Art Class & The Importance of Book Usage

I decided to take an art class to brush up on my painting “skills”. This is my second class so far. I originally thought that this was going to be an all book or mostly all book class. However, it’s not. So, I was rather annoyed when the teacher said that we didn’t “need” the book. What is up with teachers not using books? Books are so valuable.

Also, I want to learn something: the methods and processes involved in painting. I just can’t do something without learning how to do it first. I already tried that in my other class. 😦 So, I was rather annoyed after my first two days of class ended and I felt like I didn’t learn anything. So, I decided that it was up to me to “figure out” the concepts that go with the assignments the teacher was giving us.

So, I picked up the book that was suggested for the class but not “required”. I compared it to the syllabus and ended up figuring out that the syllabus actually goes with the material in the book. So, I started reading the book and things started fitting together. The book was explaining concepts in much better detail than the instructor did in her 30 minute lecture.

Books are so important. Don’t neglect using them. Especially you teachers. Students are students for a reason. Students want to learn. They don’t have the knowledge. They take classes to learn stuff they don’t already know.

My point: I love books….I wish everyone did. Question 300 dpi

Bye Bye North Carolina

Well, I’m on my way to California because of my husband’s job. We’re not going to be anywhere close to the beach either. Instead, we’ll be out in the desert. At least there’s no staircase/upstairs in the new place. 🙂 

I’ve also joined night owl reviews. So, when I get all settled in at our new place, I’ll be starting doing some book reviews. That’ll most likely be some time in early July. 

I also intend on writing more books. “A PinkBoat Adventure” isn’t my one and only book. However, I may just decide to do e-books only. I’ll see how it goes. I’m looking around at various online sites to see what they offer and for what cost. Well, I was looking around until we had to pack up and move. So, I’ve put that to the side also until we get settled into our new place. Again, that will be sometime in July that I’ll resume my “looking around”. 

Basically, everything is on hold until sometime in early July. 

 

Advertizement flyer for my book

Advertizement flyer for my book

I have just gotten my press release and my Google ads running and sent out by my publishing company, Authorhouse.

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