Making a career goal come true, Sarah has completed her first children's book. The book started out as a short story requirement in an assignment while completing a course at the Institute of Children's Literature. After completing the course, I concentrated on my career in the corporate world. Not feeling fully satisfied with the corporate world and needing the funds to survive, I continued in the corporate world until my retirement in 2012.
Always knowing that I wanted to complete my book, I started down the road to accomplish the goal. The dream has finally surfaced again and I'm on my way.
Thanks to the help of Smashwords, I have found a way to publish my book on the internet which I've always believe was the best way to get your book to as many readers as possible.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes. The story was in book form. It was the "Diary of Anne Frank". I've never had a book move me as much as this book. I was a very young girl (sixth or seventh grade) when I read the book. Anne Frank was very close to my age and I could relate to her. It was totally by accident that I found this book. I was looking for something different to read so I started into a different section of the library at school and found this book. I have read this book many, many times even as an adult.
How do you approach cover design?
With a lot of research. Reading all I can on how to design a cover. Look for examples. Being in the marketing arena in the corporate world, I was allowed to use my creativity. It helps knowing your way around Powerpoint and Word. The cover design needs to draw your audience in. It needs to tell a story without words. I let different people of different ages, review the cover. After reviewing, I question them about what they see, if they would be interested in reading the book, etc.
Looking forward to a fun summer with her friends at her apartment complex, Carol had no idea that her mom had other plans for her. At least for the first weekend of her summer vacation. A bus trip? What? Not on a plane? Where was her mom sending her? Carol's weekend with a stranger starts at the small town bus depot.