New service offered

It’s been over a week since I posted the last of Nate’s story.  Mark and I moved to a new space in the same location this week and we’ve been occupied with making the change.  However, I have some exciting editing news!  I have formed a team with two other people for editing manuscripts.  I have always done three read-throughs of a Continue reading

My laptop wish list

I think it’s been about a year since I had a laptop.  When mine died I couldn’t afford to get a new one.  (I don’t use credit cards!)  I have been saving for one, and I have enough saved up now to buy one.  I’ll need one to take with me when Mark and I take our act on the road.  I’ve been giving some thought to what features I’d like my new laptop to have, and here is Continue reading

It pays to keep your ears open!

This morning after church, I was making myself a cup of hot chocolate, and somewhere nearby, I heard a conversation going.  At first I thought it was someone describing a movie they’d seen or a book they’d read, and I wasn’t paying a lot of attention.  But then I heard Continue reading

Steps for putting together a book

Every Friday, I volunteer at my son’s business – Comic Rocket.  I’ll write more about that later, but first I want to talk about something that will be more pertinent to book authors and creators of graphic novels.

What I do when I volunteer at Comic Rocket is look at web comics and try to rate them for appropriateness using the movie rating system of PG, R, and NC-17.  As was mentioned in the letter of recommendation I posted in yesterday’s blog, my background equips me to help figure out age ranges for books and at my volunteer job I am learning to do that for web comics.

In order to figure out ratings, I have to read a fair way into a comic to be sure something that starts out relatively innocently doesn’t suddenly change, so I am getting to know the comics out there.  I am excited to talk, today, about the web site of one web comic/graphic novel that can help writers of graphic novels in particular, and books in general.

reMIND by Jason Brubaker is a web comic/graphic novel that he wanted to turn into a coffee table book.  According to his web site, he works at Dreamworks Animation in Visual Development by day, and at night he puts on his cape and doubles as an independent graphic novelist and Continue reading