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Writer's resources

Part of the writing journey is taking the time to make connections.  In this section, you will find links to some great writing resources. Some are resources I've used in the craft and business of writing.  Others are writer friends I've made along the way.  All have been a blessing in my journey. 


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Institute of children's literature

Institute of children's literature

Institute of children's literature

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The Institute of Children's Literature provides correspondence courses for people who want to learn to write for children. I was fortunate to take courses through them with wonderful instructors.  The original Snowmallows manuscript was written during one of these courses. 

Children's Book Insider

Institute of children's literature

Institute of children's literature

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Children's Book Insider is a family owned company that provides a host of resources for writers both experienced and new.  They very graciously shared the news of the publication of Snowmallows on their first Kidlit Distancing Social on April 3, 2020.

Writing Blueprints

Institute of children's literature

Highlights Self-Publishing

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Children's Book Insider also provides a product called Writing Blueprints.  I used information on their Self-Publishing Blueprint to help me produce Snowmallows.  This Blueprint consists of short video sessions packed with great info.

Highlights Self-Publishing

Highlights Self-Publishing

Highlights Self-Publishing

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Highlights Foundation has many great workshops and resources for writers, including many for self-publishing.  Their Indie Author Workshop taught by Darcy Pattison was the course that gave me the confidence to self-publish.  And their Sharing Our Hope Workshop was where I met several great writing friends.

Book Design Templates

Highlights Self-Publishing

Book Design Templates

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These pre-set templates layout the interior book design for your self-published book.  If you are proficient in Microsoft Word, these templates are easy to use.  I used the Affection Style for Snowmallows.

Calibre

Highlights Self-Publishing

Book Design Templates

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Calibre is a free download that can be used to convert your written manuscript into an E-Book.  I used it for Snowmallows and it worked great for upload to Amazon.  There was some technical tweeking needed for IngramSpark, but in the end, it worked well.


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Vijaya Bodach

Darcy Pattison

Vijaya Bodach

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 Vijaya is a prolific writer who I am happy to call my friend.  She has a beautiful blog.  It covers writing, faith, science, and many other things of interest to her.  I'm grateful that she's featured me on it twice.  Below is a link to our Snowmallows interview. 

Kristi Holl

Darcy Pattison

Vijaya Bodach

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Kristi has written a range of books for children and adults.  She's written many christian themed books, including mysteries, for children and several writing instruction books for adults. She was my instructor at the Sharing Our Hope Workshop at Highlights Foundation.

Darcy Pattison

Darcy Pattison

Barbara Mariconda

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Darcy Pattison is a writer and independent publisher.  Her website provides fantastic information on the industry of indie publishing.  Darcy was my teacher at the Indie or Self-Publishing Workshop at Highlights Foundation - the course that led me here.

Barbara Mariconda

Patricia Reilly Giff

Barbara Mariconda

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Barbara Mariconda has written multiple books for children including the Lucy P. Simmons series. She's also an educator.  I'm happy to be included as one of her students from her very early teaching days.

Patricia Reilly Giff

Patricia Reilly Giff

Patricia Reilly Giff

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Patricia Reilly Giff is also an educator and writer with scores of books and multiple awards to her credit.  I was fortunate to be able to take a few writing workshops under her direction where she helped with critiques of Snowmallows.  

Pegi Deitz Shea

Patricia Reilly Giff

Patricia Reilly Giff

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Pegi is an author of multiple books for children. She also teaches writing.  Pegi was my instructor with the Institute of Children's Literature when I wrote the original version of Snowmallows.