Today I want to talk about children’s illustrated books. The frustrations. The excitement. The ups and downs. Children’s illustrated books have a format all their own. You have 24, 32, or 40 pages to create a book that catches the eye and the imagination. Even though they are shorter than your average size novel, you put a lot of work into them. Writing the story usually comes first, then the illustrations, and finally formatting. And it’s the formatting through CreateSpace that has been driving me crazy.
It started with, “Kiley Visits the House of Mirrors.”
A 32-page book (Which included the inside and outside of both covers in the page count) that they added 4 blank pages at the end making it a 36-page book. I didn’t understand the reasoning so I contacted them and this is their reply,
“I’m sorry for trouble caused regarding the page count of your title ‘Kiley Visits The House of Mirrors’.
Due to CreateSpace‘s unique print-on-demand model, your book may have blank pages placed at the end. Blank pages result as part of the printing process and cannot be eliminated by adding additional pages to your book’s print file.
You may consider adding a final page at the end of your book with a statement similar to “The remaining pages have been left intentionally blank for coloring/notes.”
However, the member price or manufacturing price is same for page count of 28 and page count of 36.”
(When you add pages to take your book from 28 pages to 32, they add 4 blank pages to make 36.) Which both, “Kiley’s Best Friend” and Kiley’s Learn and Play Activities” Vol. 1 have the 4 blank pages at the end.
CreateSpace has a minimum 24-page rule for the interior. That means that your interior has to have at least 24 pages when you upload. Then when you add in front and back covers (which is considered 4 pages) you get 28 pages so then you know that you should add 4 more pages to the interior to get a 32-page book, right? So why do they keep adding 4 more blank pages?
Below are a couple of links to good articles about writing and formatting children’s picture books.
And the Amazon links for,
I am so confused. I didn’t have this problem with, “Kiley Wished for a Puppy.” But it came up to 40 pages including the front and back covers. Any ideas? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Till then, HUGS!
But this one…This one right down here…
Does not like these two…
You know, I have learned a lot since I started this post. Like, how to juggle dogs! 🙂
Chauncy still does not like the other two, but then Chauncy doesn’t like a lot of dogs. I took her in off the street a few years ago. She was covered in ticks, dirty, hungry, and scared. Took me a little over a week to gain her confidence. I tried to get a rescue group to take her, but couldn’t find one. So, I had her fixed and got her, her shots. She’s actually a good dog but a dog that should be the only dog or the only female dog.
Moral of the story; When you take in a pet, it’s part of the family. They’re there for life. Treat them well. And learn how to deal with any issues that come up.
They will love you till the end.
Till next time, HUGS!
Good Morning! Not another draft post, but Me! Alive and well in sunny and HOT southern California. I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday and Monday if you are in Oz. I’ve been out doing yard work this morning and that’s usually when my thoughts kick into overdrive and I got to thinking about how safe we are on the internet.
Back around April-May of 2017 I was back and forth out to my dad’s trying to get things ready for the estate sale so we could give the house back to the mortgage company. (They had a reverse mortgage.) And on one of those days, not sure which, I came home and my son tells me, “We’ve got to change our IP address.”
“Why?’ I asked.
“Because someone is using our IP address.”
“How do you know?”
“Because an error popped up saying, “Windows has detected an IP address conflict. Another computer on this network has the same IP address as this computer.”
We contacted TWC/Spectrum and was told that you can’t change your IP address, but you can change your username and password.
There could be different reasons that this message would come up. Another computer in the same house as you is one reason. Or somebody could have hacked you. Or the government has got its eye on you! Oh, my. Haha.
It’s a scary thought if someone has hacked your IP address. They can get your information. They could be using it for illegal things, such as buying and selling drugs or weapons. And how do you prove it wasn’t you?
According to PC World,
Okay, that’s it for now. Time to get back out to that yard work!
Till next time, HUGS!
Draft Post from May 15th, 2015
Writers, editors, and readers. What do they have in common? Obviously, you’re going to say books, but what else?
Okay, well that’s all I had on this one and I’m not sure where I was going, but…
I believe that one other thing we have in common is, “We all see things differently.”
Think about it. As a writer, we throw everything in but the kitchen sink and then there are times we throw that in too. We believe we need it all and then along comes the editor and throws everything out but the kitchen sink. And then the reader comes along and all they want is the dishwater! We all put importance on different aspects of a story. Some want dialogue, others want the description, and then there are the ones that want both.
And I am guessing that’s why I have that link up there. It’s a good article, so check it out.
And till next time,
This is a draft post from November 18th, 2014 at 10:06 a.m.
Actually, nobody asked. 🙂 But I’ve got lots to share, so here goes!
We have been battered by the Santa Ana winds for the past three days. Oh, how I hate the wind!
This was taken on the way to my Dads on Sunday.
And by the way, my dad fell again. His big feet and curbs just can’t seem to agree with each other. That’s why I was out in the wind heading to his place. He’s okay! Big hugs and thank you’s to the wonderful people who jumped into action and helped him up. He has a very small bruise on his forehead and his left arm is slightly swollen and bruised, but it doesn’t hurt when he moves it. He’s a tough old egg and stubborn as a mule. (Which means he refused to go to the hospital. 🙂 )
Which brings me to this;
I went out this morning to see what kinds of damage the wind might have done, none thankfully. 🙂 And had to take a picture of the puddle. (We had a day of rain before the wind. ) So use your imagination and tell me, what do you see?
Okay, last, well, maybe not last, last, but…
The holidays are fast approaching! Thanksgiving is but…What? A week and a half away?
I am tossing tradition out the window this year. Bye, bye, turkey! Can’t you just imagine the turkey flying away with a big grin on his face? So what’s on the menu? Mini chicken tacos, homemade chili, and all the fixin’s for nachos! Sour cream, olives, cheddar cheese, chopped lettuce and tomatoes, salsa, corn chips, and jalapenos! My boys have never been big fans of turkey. Besides, who says you have to have turkey on Thanksgiving anyway? Haven’t decided on dessert yet, but I do have a pumpkin sitting here, begging to be turned into a pie!
So what’s on your menu? Any big plans?
And even though I hate to rush it…Did you know there are only 37 days left until Christmas? 36 if you are in Australia. Are you ready? Have you been shopping? Will you do Black Friday? Eek! So many questions and so many things to do! I made fudge last week, but it’s all gone…And I have been putting together some decorations. I’m a crafter at heart. I need to put the directions on my crafter’s blog
Life got hectic when Thanksgiving day came that year and this blog post didn’t get posted. I was in the kitchen cooking when my stepmom’s caregiver called. She took my dad to the hospital because he wasn’t feeling well. They admitted him with congestive heart failure. Dad fell a lot, but getting sick? Nope, not him. I had my middle son come in and fry the tortillas while I got on the phone with the hospital and back and forth with the caregiver to coordinate Jinny’s care. They put him on meds and kept him for two days. Dad was 90 that year. He lived to be 92 and passed away November 22nd. 2016. I miss him. And when I read blog posts that I have written about him, it makes me strive to work on my memoir,
“Dad Called Today”
Well, that’s it. Till Next Time, HUGS!
Another draft post from July 18th, 2014. 8:31 am.
How do you come up with a title for your novel? How about a collection of short stories? Or a children’s book?
I have been grappling with trying to find the perfect title for my short story collection and it’s not easy. Originally it was going to be “Through the Year”
But now I’m not so sure….
I want something that isn’t out there and yet it needs to sum up the entire collection.
“My Brainless Wonders” Maybe?
My brother passed away in 2001. My brother used to call me a “Brainless Wonder” And he meant it in a good way. He was always my biggest supporter, no matter what I did, and he was my best and worst critic. He even gave me makeup tips like, “That isn’t going to help, you know.” As he stood watching me put on my makeup, waiting to get in the bathroom. He didn’t mean it in a bad way and over the years I’ve come to the conclusion that no matter how much makeup you wear, or how hard you try to change your looks, you are still you. 🙂
Okay, well that was it. Where was I going with it? Once again I haven’t a clue. 🙂 Maybe, you can’t always judge a book by it’s cover?
And even though that short story book is still waiting to be finished I now know what the title is, “Prompted by a Photo.”
Till next time, HUGS!
Well, here’s another draft post! This one is from June 12th, 2014 at 8:33 pm.
Eden has been a guest on my blog a few times sharing her book, Spring into Summer and has endured the hot seat on my “Wednesday Wonders” and we surprised her with a celebration HERE!
And I just found out that she has written her first novel and it is a psychological mystery.
Okay, that’s where the draft post ends. Now here are my thoughts.
First, her novel is “Stranger At Sunset” In fact, I have my signed copy sitting right here next to me. Loved it!
Eden has always been a big support to me. She’s a wonderful person and a great writer.
And evidently, this post was supposed to be an interview with her. Sorry, Eden.
But I was thinking that if Eden’s not too busy, she might like to do a guest post here on my blog and update us on all the fascinating things she has been up to.
So what do you think, Eden? Are you up for a guest post? Email me at kkrafts58 at gmail.com.
Okay, that’s it for today and I will keep you posted!
And till next time, HUGS!
Another draft post. This one was started June 11, 2014 at 2 pm.
I was going to say catching up, but…
How was everyone’s Mother’s Day weekend? Mine was pretty good. I did do some house cleaning. Gave the dog a bath and a trim. Got some yard work done, but what I really enjoyed was…
My youngest son, making me dinner…
And with that, I took some time to sit down, relax, write a short story, and do some drawing. I even got an idea for a children’s book from one of my sketches. (Not to be revealed yet though. Sorry 🙂 )
(I have since been working on a few different children’s books and now I don’t remember which one I was referring too. 🙂 )
WOW! This one I need to remember. Mother’s day is coming up soon. I think he needs to make me dinner again. And if you’re curious as to what cooked, he made me spaghetti.
Till next week, HUGS!
This one was started November 7th. 2013 at 10:00 am
Well, it’s that time of year again. Time to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. Are you up to it? How’s your word count coming along so far? Me? Horrible!
A few weeks ago I did a post on part one of writing a story- Content– which consists of character, plot, description, and dialogue.
Find it HERE
Today let us look at part two of writing a story. Context, which consists of, Theme and Mood.
Theme- The theme of your story could be holidays, childhood, life or death…To me the theme could also be considered a genre. Maybe your story is a mystery or a romance. How about a romance at Christmas time, or a murder on the high seas? What do you think theme means in your writing?
Mood- Let’s start with mood. There are plenty of moods to choose from. Happy, Sad, scared, angry, etc. and as you write your story you want your reader to feel all of them. To me, the mood of your story will most likely change throughout the entire book, unless of course, it is a very short story, but even then the mood can go from excited and scared to disappointment or relief, as in my short story below. So let’s set the mood and go from there!
Hide and Seek
The air is heavy and humid as I crouch next to the tree. Looking up through the branches I can see the dark thunderous clouds moving in and blocking out the late afternoon sun. Darkness will be upon us soon. The wind whips up and blows the last few orange and brown leaves of the massive oak tree swirling down to my feet. The rumble of thunder startles me and I tick off the mere seconds waiting for the bolt of lightning to flash across the sky. An owl spotting its prey swoops down to my left.
Not sure if the links work still but you can always check them out. And “Hide and Seek is still sitting in my “Prompted by a Photo” folder.
I still have 11 more draft posts sitting in my draft folder here on my blog. So another one next week.
Till then; HUGS!