troop ibpaBFDA_Awards_Seals_GOLD_highresWhen I found out late last week that A TROOP IS A GROUP OF MONKEYS was an Independent Publisher’s Association Benjamin Franklin Award Gold winner, needless to say I went a little bananas! I wrote all about it in this post, also published today.

Having to wait the whole weekend before sharing was excruciating, but now I am CELEBRATING with a sweepstakes for YOU. That’s right, these fabulous prizes are yours for the taking. Instructions for entering the Rafflecopter and the rules are below.

  1. GRAND PRIZE = $100 gift card to EITHER the Apple iTunes store OR Amazon.com
  2. 8 x 10 print of your choice of TROOP or SHIVER illustration, signed by illustrator Pamela Baron
  3. FREE download codes (one each) for both TROOP and SHIVER – there will be two winners drawn for this prize
  4. An adorable stuffed monkey + a bag of TROOP and SHIVER customized M & Ms

    Stuffed monkey prize similar to this one if not exactly the same.

    Stuffed monkey prize similar to this one if not exactly the same.

Although purchasing (or owning) a print version of TROOP is one of the ways to win, there are MANY others – something for everyone. These are all listed on the Rafflecopter below, but here is a bit more information on each.

UPDATE! The sweepstakes will now be open until Friday, May 9th to give people who purchase the print version of TROOP an opportunity to write reviews and increase their chances of winning.

  1. Purchase a copy of the print version of TROOP (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound – if you live in the Denver/Boulder corridor, TROOP is stocked at the Boulder Pearl Street, Thornton Creek, Westminster, and 16th Street Mall B&N locations). Then email your receipt per the instructions in the R/C. OR, if you already own a copy, snap a shot of yourself with your book and email using the same instructions.
  2. Write an honest review of TROOP on Amazon (It counts if you’ve already left one – just enter the link according to the instructions). Note that is IS acceptable to copy and paste reviews from one site to another. 🙂
  3. Write an honest review of TROOP on Barnes & Noble
  4. Write an honest review of TROOP on Goodreads
  5. Once per day, you may tweet about the giveaway. A TROOP IS A GROUP OF MONKEYS is Benjamin Franklin Digital Award Winner! Celebrate with #giveaway of $100 #giftcard. http://wp.me/p2 (Click to tweet this)
  6. Once per day, you may share the giveaway on Facebook. The kids’ storybook app A TROOP IS A GROUP OF MONKEYS is a Benjamin Franklin Digital Award Winner! Author @JulieFHedlund is celebrating with a great sweepstakes. http://wp.me/p2pGqV-3h8
  7. If you haven’t already, you can like my Author Page on Facebook.

Rules

Must be a resident of the United States (SO sorry to my international friends, but trying to comply with sweepstakes rules/laws in multiple countries proved too much for me!). No purchase necessary. Winners will be announced on Monday, May 12th 2014. Prizes will be shipped no later than May 23rd, 2014. Winners will be required to provide an email and/or mailing address in order to receive prizes. Prizes must be claimed within three business days of the winners being announced or alternate winners will be selected.

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anti-resolutionTwo years ago I wrote a blog post that grabbed the attention and touched the heart of none other than Katie Davis, who is now one of my very best friends. It was titled, 2012 Anti-Resolution Revolution. Katie was so inspired by that post, she created her own special tool to capture her accomplishments throughout the year and evaluate them at the end. She has graciously offered to share this workbook with you – click here for more info.

Here is an excerpt from the original post:

It is so tempting to start listing all the things one wants to accomplish at the start of a New Year, but in my experience, the process (and thus the result) is flawed.

I believe the reason resolutions often don’t work is because they start from a place of lack, of negativity, of failure.  We think about all the things we weren’t happy with in the previous year and set out to “fix” them in the new one…  Lose weight = I weigh too much…  Make more money = I don’t have enough money.  Write more often = I don’t write enough

There is absolutely nothing wrong with setting goals, and achieving them is even better.  However, the goals need to be set on a strong foundation.  So I figured, why not start with what I did accomplish this year and set goals from there.  Let’s first celebrate success and then determine how to carry that forward into the New Year, rather than berating ourselves for what did not get done..

I didn’t write a similar post in 2013, but I should have. It is CRITICAL to reflect on what you DID accomplish in the previous year. How else can you build from the base you already have? If you don’t take the time to tally up and celebrate what you’ve already accomplished, your resolutions will crumble. You’ll be starting from scratch in every category, and starting from scratch feels scary.

Here is what GOALS (vs. resolutions) look like when crafted this way. Lose weight = What did I do last year to improve my health, and what can I do to continue that progress? Make more money = How much money did I make last year, from which sources, and how can I increase output from those sources and add new ones? Write more often = What did I write this year and how am I going to use that writing in the new year while also writing new stories/articles/books, etc.?

Here’s an example from my own year. All year long, in my head, I lamented how little writing I got done. So much so that by the end of the year I was sure I’d done almost nothing. Yesterday, when I tallied it all up, I was pleasantly to find I’d written far more than I thought I had. I had written full drafts that I’d completely forgotten about. Drafts that I can continue revising and working with this year.

I am a firm believer that it takes far more courage to celebrate and compliment yourself than it does to criticize and berate yourself. So let’s get started.

Here is a list of my major professional accomplishments of 2013. 

In addition to this list, I ran the 12 x 12 challenge all year, wrote new drafts and revised existing ones, and continued to contribute to Katie Davis’ Brain Burps About Books podcast. Whew! I’ll be sure to come back to this whenever I feel discouraged about how much I “don’t get done.” 🙂

Now it’s your turn to make YOUR list!

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HOW can I speed this process up??

HOW can I speed this process up??

If you’ve read Part I,  Part II, and Part III of this series, you know I decided to crowdfund my next picture book through Kickstarter with a HYBRID (not self, not traditional) publishing model. I’m running a five-day series on my blog discussing some of the potential benefits of crowdfunding. Today’s topic is timing.

In traditional publishing, it often takes 2-3 years (sometimes more) to publish a picture book after it is acquired. This is because:

  • The contract must be negotiated and signed by the author.
  • The book must be edited, revised by the author, etc.
  • If the book needs an illustrator, the publisher’s art director must not only find an illustrator, but that illustrator has to put the project in line with the other projects he or she might be working on.
  • The illustrations can take up to one year or more, depending on how busy the illustrator is.
  • The book must then be designed, sent to printers, actually printed and then shipped.

P.S. I am not a professional publisher, and I’m sure I’m missing some steps traditional publishers take — this is just the basic timeline.

By contrast, with crowdfunding, once you have your team together for your picture book (see Part II), it is possible to publish the book in less than one year from the time of the campaign.

However, once again I have to stress that you must NOT skip the quality control (editing, designing, etc.) steps that traditional publishers take (such as editing) when crowdfunding. Your book should still be the best it can be!

So let’s take a look at my timeline for MY LOVE FOR YOU IS THE SUN. Keep in mind that by the time this process “officially” began, the manuscript had been through two years of revisions and many critique group rounds. I also had the manuscript critiqued by several well-published authors with expertise in rhyming and poetry (Linda Ashman, Eileen Spinelli and Rebecca Kai Dotlich). Crowdfunding should not reduce the amount of time it takes to WRITE a good book, only the amount of time to publish one.

  • Feb 2013: Stacey Williams-Ng at Little Bahalia Publishing agreed verbally to publish the book. Susan Eaddy agreed verbally to illustrate the book. NYT Bestselling author and freelance editor Emma Walton Hamilton completed a final, professional edit on the manuscript.
  • March 2013: Erzsi Deak of Hen & Ink becomes my agent and agrees to help create and negotiate the contracts.
  • April – June 2013: Absolutely nothing happens because we are all so busy with other projects (so right here would be an opportunity to cut three months off your own crowdfunding timeline).
  • July 2013: Erzsi and I begin discussing contractual issues, looking over boilerplates, etc.
  • August – September 2013: Erzsi, Stacey and I discuss (via email and phone calls) the contractual terms at length. Finally come up with a structure we all agree to. I begin discussions with Susan about the contracts. Contracts all signed at the end of the month and Susan begins work on the book sketches and the detailed sketch for the first illustration to be used in the campaign (See Part II if you want a peek at the sketches).
  • October 2013: Susan is working on completing the first illustration. I am frantically setting up and planning for our Kickstarter campaign (including running this series). Stacey is kicking up her heels with wine and chocolate – KIDDING! She’s actually in the middle of the launch of both A TROOP IS A GROUP OF MONKEYS (yes, that is my book too) and TEENY TINY TRUCKS.
  • November 2013: The Kickstarter fundraising campaign will begin!!
  • December 2013: IF we get funding for the book we will celebrate like mad and then… (following schedule is tentative but we’re confident)
  • April 2014: Artwork completed and approved
  • June 2014: Book designed, finalized and sent to printer.
  • July 2014: Books are on a boat en route to us.
  • August 2014: Books reach the warehouse
  • September 9, 2014: Tentative release date!
Happy Dance we'll be doing if we succeed!

Happy Dance we’ll be doing if we succeed!

So this is 18 months from “acquisition” to publication. And had we kept our momentum in April – June, it could have been a 15-month turnaround time.

Of course, each project will be different – some might take more time and some less. But I think this shows that a serious potential benefit of crowdfunding is time to market. By this time next year, I’ll have another published picture book in my portfolio, and I think that’s pretty amazing!

Don’t forget to follow along with the rest of the posts in this series!

Monday, Why Crowdfunding Part I

Tuesday: Why Crowdfunding Part II: Creative Control

Wednesday, Why Crowdfunding Part III: Experiment with New Publishing Models, Teach and Share with Fellow Writers

Thursday, Why Crowdfunding Part IV: Timing  (This Post!)

Friday, Why Crowdfunding Part V: Demonstrating Demand PRIOR TO Publication

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Yesterday, I announced the exciting but incredibly scary big news that I am crowdfunding my next picture book via Kickstarter.

In this short video, I discuss one of the benefits I discovered to crowdfunding a project, which is retaining more creative control over the outcome. I will let the video speak for itself because I will discuss why I believe this is a groundbreaking experiment in publishing tomorrow on the blog in Part III of this series — Experimenting in with New Publishing Models and Teaching (fellow writers). I hope you enjoy this installment! 🙂

Don’t forget to follow along with the rest of the posts in this series!

Monday, Why Crowdfunding Part I

Tuesday: Why Crowdfunding Part II: Creative Control (This Post!)

Wednesday, Why Crowdfunding Part III: Experiment with New Publishing Models, Teach and Share with Fellow Writers

Thursday, Why Crowdfunding Part IV: Timing

Friday, Why Crowdfunding Part V: Demonstrating Demand PRIOR TO Publication

Have questions? Leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them. Hope you’ll join me for this crazy adventure!

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At last I am able to reveal the BIG NEWS I’ve been alluding to regarding the publication of my next picture book. I will be crowdfunding the illustration, production, design and first run printing through Kickstarter.

Furthermore, I am inviting my fellow writers to come along with me in this journey. I know many of you are interested in crowdfunding but aren’t sure where to start, what the benefits and risks are, or how to set up a campaign for success.

As part of my role as the “Field Guide to 21st Century Publishing” for Children’s Book Insider, I am putting my own rear on the line so you don’t have to. Follow along as I share successes, failures, decisions, and outcomes. And at the end of this journey, whether I succeed or fail, the entire experience, in collaboration with CBI, will be consolidated into some type of “How To” guide to crowdfunding for children’s authors.

Watch this short video for all the details (cliff notes version below), and be sure to come back every day this week as I continue the Why Crowdfund? series. Oh, and WISH ME LUCK!! 🙂

Cliff Notes version for folks who can’t/won’t watch the video

  • I am crowdfunding the initial production and printing of my next picture book.
  • This is NOT a self-publishing project, but rather a HYBRID publishing project. The video explains this in more detail, but essentially, although I put the team together, I had an agent help me with the contracts, and I have a publisher for the book.
  • The personal reason I decided to experiment with crowdfunding for this particular book is because, although I believe it is a beautiful book and will resonate with many readers, it is probably a tough sell in NYC right now. The video explains in more detail.
  • The professional reason I decided to run this crowdfunding experiment was to do something unique, exciting, and beneficial to other writers as part of my role as the “Field Guide to 21st Century Publishing” for CBI.
  • Will I succeed? Will I fail? Come along for the journey and see for yourself!

Be sure to come back each day this week as I take on Why Crowdfunding Parts II – V. Here are the list of topics.

Tuesday, Why Crowdfunding Part II: Creative Control

Wednesday, Why Crowdfunding Part III: Experiment with New Publishing Models, Teach and Share with Fellow Writers

Thursday, Why Crowdfunding Part IV: Timing

Friday, Why Crowdfunding Part V: Demonstrating Demand PRIOR TO Publication

Have questions? Leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them. Hope you’ll join me for this crazy adventure!

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My sweet girl looking so grown up as Hermia!

My sweet girl looking so grown up as Hermia!

Here’s this week’s Gratitude Sunday, capping off a fantastic spring week!

Quotes on Gratitude

“Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah… it makes absolutely no difference what people think of you.” — Rumi

“Let us dream of tomorrow where we can truly love from the soul, and know love as the ultimate truth at the heart of all creation.” — Michael Jackson

“Every heart that has beat strongly and cheerfully has left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world, and bettered the tradition of mankind.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

Gratitude List for the week ending May 19

  1. My lovely daughter knocked the role of Hermia in her class performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream out of the PARK – even with a broken toe!
  2. Speaking of broken toes, the doctor said hers is healing well and she’ll be able to get the pins out in two weeks.
  3. I visited Jay’s class to present A TROOP IS A GROUP OF MONKEYS. It was the first time I’ve shown the app to a large group of children, and it was so rewarding to see them bounce around to the song, jump up with eagerness to touch the animals and race themselves to the front to get their bookmarks!
  4. I finished my welcome video for my website! It’s been a work in progress ever since I agreed to be the poster-girl of vidiots for Katie Davis’ Video Idiot Boot Camp.
  5. Speaking of Katie Davis, Stacey Williams – who is my publisher at Little Bahalia – was on the Brain Burps About Books podcast talking about storybook apps, including TROOP and my upcoming A SHIVER OF SHARKS.
  6. Jay’s first grade teacher is retiring, and I was able to attend her retirement party and thank her for being such a fantastic teacher for both of my kids. I’m happy for her but sorry for all the younger kids who won’t get to have her for a teacher.
  7. Lovely evenings to do celebratory dinners outside with the kids.
  8. Fun happy hour with friends on Friday evening
  9. Waking up to the sound of birds chirping
  10. Giving myself time to write in my journal

What are you grateful for this week?

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Honestly, few things could be better than receiving the first art for your first book, and that is exactly what I got this week. The images I’m sharing in this post will be included in my upcoming app, A TROOP IS A GROUP OF MONKEYS. I know many of you have seen these already, but it’s not often an author gets the first look at his/her “cover” (in my case it’s the opening screen). Thank you Stacey Williams-Ng at Little Bahalia Publishing for taking on the story and to Pamela Baron for the gorgeous illustrations!!

Quotes on Gratitude

“In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away.” — Shing Xiong

“A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.” — Harry Truman

“Every second that you spend on doubting your worth, every moment that you use to criticize yourself; is a second of your life wasted, is a moment of your life thrown away. It’s not like you have forever, so don’t waste any of your seconds, don’t throw even one of your moments away.” — C. Joy C.

Gratitude list for the week ending October 20

  1. Well, the cover for TROOP. That’s the last time I’ll mention it, I promise!
  2. Digital publishing in general, because it has created so many opportunities for authors and illustrators
  3. My father-in-law returned home after receiving a lung transplant a couple of weeks ago. Huge blessing!
  4. Writer’s Renaissance is a GO! I am so excited. The women who’ve signed up so far are already making travel arrangements and “conversing” with me via email. It’s real! It’s happening! A dream come true!
  5. A great conversation with Sarah Towle, of Time Traveler Tours, about some stories I’m working on for her.
  6. GREAT meeting with Katie Davis and Jon Bard of Children’s Book Insider, details of which will be forthcoming soon.
  7. I got a lot of banking done this week. If that seems like a strange thing to be grateful for, know that I dread all things numbers and financial like the plague. So getting a great deal accomplished all at once feels fantastic!
  8. GORGEOUS fall weather. When is someone going to invent a candle with the scent of autumn leaves?
  9. My kids whom every time I think I can never love any more than I already do, I prove myself incorrect.
  10. Fabulous, as always, meeting with my in-person critique group.

What are you grateful for this week?

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Champagne and Chicken Noodle Soup at Book Club - yum!

My cup runneth over with friendship this week, both in support of some of the difficult times I’ve had lately and celebrating my first publishing contract. Visits and calls from family and friends near, far and virtual have made this an amazing week!

Quotes on Gratitude

“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” — Anthony Robbins

“It is impossible to be both grateful and depressed. Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess. And even though life may knock them down, the grateful find reasons, if even small ones, to get up.” — Steve Maraboli

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” — W.T. Purkiser

Gratitude list for the week ending September 15

  1. The announcement of my first publishing contract!
  2. My hippos! (courtesy of amazing artist Kristen Gjerdset)
  3. Took the kids out to dinner after my daughter’s rehearsal on Tuesday and we had a great time together

    A BLOAT of hippopotamuses - one of the illustrations for TROOP by artist Kristen Gjerdset

  4. Celebrating with the Margareaders
  5. Celebrating with my in-person critique group
  6. My friend Julie (yes, another one), who turned book club into a hot tub/slumber party!
  7. The discovery of a new (to me) running trail
  8. My publisher – Stacey Williams-Ng at Little Bahalia. We have so much fun working together!
  9. Reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to the kids
  10. Tracey Cox, who reminded me of the Snoopy dance, which is how I felt after the blog announcement went live! I’ve included a Snoopy dance video for your viewing pleasure, in the hope that it will set the tone for your week. 🙂

What are you grateful for this week?

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ETA 10/23/12: Since I first wrote this post, Little Bahalia brought on a new illustrator for TROOP. I’ve updated my comments and the illustrations I’ve shared as a result. 

How LONG I have waited to write those words!!

And now I can, because my picture book – A TROOP IS A GROUP OF MONKEYS will be released as an interactive app for the iPad in December of this year by Little Bahalia Publishing. I cannot express in words how excited I am and how much this means to me. But since I am a writer, I’ll try. 🙂

TROOP was one of the first books I wrote once I decided to try my hand at children’s picture books.  My husband proposed the idea after he found a website with a list of some  collective nouns for animals. He thought I should write a simple book with just the group names. A group of monkeys is called a TROOP. And so on.

Once I started researching collective nouns, however, I was surprised to see how few of the group names I actually knew. I’d heard of a pack of wolves and a herd of buffalo.  But a float of crocodiles? An ostentation of peacocks? I also found that the group names tended to describe either the animal’s appearance or behavior. So I decided to write the story as a concept book (rather than one with a plot), and use rhyming couplets to teach both the collective nouns and a fact about each of the animals.

A couple of years ago, after putting TROOP through a few rounds of critiques, I submitted it to a few editors. I got a couple of “helpful” rejections, but no offers. I shelved it and continued working on other projects.

I never stopped loving it though, and two years later, the world of publishing turned upside down as a result of e-books, e-readers, and apps. I knew TROOP would be a great candidate for an interactive app. I could envision kids pressing on the owls and hearing them hoot, or tapping the peacocks and seeing them shake their tail feathers. I submitted it in a contest with MeeGenius, and although I was ranked #16 in the popular vote (out of 400 entries) I did not win a publishing contract.

Still I persisted. I attended conferences on digital publishing. I wrote a storybook app proposal for TROOP (which I later used to create my Template for Storybook App Proposals). I got great feedback from a well-respected agent at one of those conferences who told me the story was worth pursuing as an app.

Enter Stacey Williams-Ng, Creative Director at Demibooks and the author/illustrator of one of the first interactive apps for the iPad – Astrojammies (which my kids ADORE). I submitted my TROOP proposal to her and we had a consultation at the New Jersey SCBWI conference. She loved the story and the concept, and her energy was infectious. When the bell rang (literally) announcing it was time for us to finish the consultation, we were mid-sentence. We had such a great discussion and shared so many ideas, my head was buzzing afterward (and not just because of the bell and I hadn’t even had a cocktail yet!).

Turns out she was soon to be launching an e-publishing company called Little Bahalia. She wasn’t sure she had room in her production schedule for TROOP immediately, but wanted to keep in touch. And the rest, as they say, is history. When I contacted her for a testimonial on my Template, she not only gave me one, but said she wanted to publish TROOP.

In addition to the fact that I new working with Stacey and Little Bahalia would be a blast, I was also excited and relieved that she had the art direction and app production expertise to bring TROOP to life – skills I most definitely do not have. Stacey selected an AMAZING illustrator who could hardly be more perfect for this project – Pamela Baron. Pamela is an artist with a strong belief that art and sustainability go hand in hand, and she is a master of painting animals in their habitats.

Imagine my glee when I saw the “cover” (first screen) of TROOP! Add to that the Parliament of Owls I’ve included for your enjoyment and you can see for yourself why I am overjoyed.

So I guess the moral of the story is that it really does pay off to hard work, persevere and always believe in yourself and your story.

 

Stacey Williams-Ng is the founder and Creative Director for Little Bahalia Publishing, a transmedia press based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. An author/illustrator herself, Stacey is the creative force behind “Astrojammies!“, one of the first children’s book apps for the iPad, released in 2010 (later released as a hardcover in 2011). Stacey is a former full-time instructor in multimedia, and began her career in the production of interactive e-learning materials in the mid-1990s. For over 15 years, Stacey has built a career on harnessing digital media to tell stories. She is a part-time Creative Director for Demibooks Inc, and a trusted consultant for McGraw-Hill Education.

Illustrator Kristin Gjerdset is a real nature lover, and an animal expert too. In addition to her work as an Associate Professor of Art at the Wisconsin Lutheran College, she has produced many beautiful artworks for schools, corporations, state parks, and even the U.S. National Park Service. As an artist-in-residence at the U.S. National Parks, Kristin observes animals in their natural habitats alongside park rangers and zoologists to produce murals, paintings and illustrations that help teach kids from all over the world about how animals live. Kristin lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with numerous pets, including her very own pandemonium of parrots.

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