A small selection of posts I have enjoyed over the last few days and hope you will head over to read in full.. thanks Sally.
The first post is from Robbie Cheadle about children and one of the skills they learn which is so essential to their development.. and it is not how to swipe an iPad… handwriting is an skill that we still need despite our digital age. This is part of the Growing Bookworms series hosted by Kaye Lynne Booth of Writing to be Read.
Growing Bookworms: Handwriting skills for children, Part 1
Why handwriting is still important
As technology becomes increasingly important in our modern lives, writing by hand with a pen has become less common. Writing on a computer is easy and allows us to move text about, delete and add text, and save sections in a separate place for future use. We are also able to access our writing from a number of devices. I access my email and blogs from all three of my laptops, both of my iphones, and my ipad. This all makes writing so much simpler, so why do our education systems still focus on handwriting? Why not let the children use laptops and ipads to write?
Head over to discover more about how handwriting benefits children: Growing Bookworms: Handwriting skills for children, Part 1
The next post is from Richard Dee and is on the subject of Beta Readers… who provide an important role in the end processes of a book by providing impartial and constructive criticism where needed before your book meets its public.
They read it first, in praise of the Beta Reader
Before my new masterpiece sets out into the big wide world, there’s a group of unsung heroes who help to make it a lot more readable than it might have been.
One of the problems with being the author of anything is, by the time you think that it’s finished, you’ve read and seen it so many times that you become blind to its faults. As far as you’re concerned, it reads perfectly, there are few (if any) mistakes and all it needs is a quick polish from an editor.
What the story really requires is the eye of someone who knows nothing about the content but will honestly tell you what they think of it as a whole. Someone who will offer unbiased advice. In effect, a person who is allowed an advance read and a chance to offer a critique, warts and all.
It’s a nervous time for an author, but it has to be done. It’s better to get the initial reaction privately, for a whole host of reasons. Enough said, I could write a whole post about THAT subject.
Enter the beta reader – find out more about the benefits: Praise the Beta Reader by Richard Dee.
And the final post today is from Craig Boyack who is chatting to D.L.Finn about her new book Tree Fairies and Their Short Stories with an excerpt for you to enjoy.
The lives of fairies
Today, I have a special guest for you. Denise is a wonderful author and a great person to get to know. She’s also one of my partners over at Story Empire. She has a new book to tell us about, and I’m exited to see the wildlife photos. I have these same birds in my back yard, but don’t have access to redwoods. Make her feel welcome, and don’t forget to use those sharing buttons to help her spread the word. Take it away:
Thank you, Craig, for having me here today to share my latest children’s release, “Tree Fairies and Their Short Stories.”
In Tree Fairies, several birds make an appearance, including red-tailed hawks and horned owls. So I thought I’d share some interesting facts about them. The red-tailed hawk weighs between 2-4 pounds, with the females being the bigger bird. They can have a 56-inch wingspan and “kite” or hover in the air over their prey, which is usually rodents.
Head over to read more about the birds in Denise’s new book and read an excerpt:The Tree Fairies with D.L. Finn and Craig Boyack
Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy the posts in full thanks Sally.