Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

The Series Series, Part 2: Starting a Series

It took us thirteen drafts to figure out the best way to start the Very Fairy Princess series: with a “day in the life of…” establishing story.  Once we had introduced the character and  her world, other story ideas seemed to flow more easily.  The first book in the Dumpy the Dump Truck tells the story of […]

The Series Series, Part 1: Planning a Series

I’ve been on a series of deadlines and taking a bit of a break from blogging, but as I promised last week, I’m picking it up again with a series of posts about… writing a series. My mother and I have developed three series to date: The Dumpy the Dump Truck picture book series; the […]

Trolling for Ideas (or, “Darn! Why Didn’t I Write That?!”)

The ideas for our children’s books are often inspired by my kids. Dumpy the Dump Truck was directly inspired by my son Sam’s love of trucks, and The Very Fairy Princess was inspired by my very fairy princess daughter, Hope.  But we have often pulled ideas from other sources as well. Here are a few […]


Question: How can you turn one book into multiple sources of income, and continue to promote the original book at the same time? Answer: Re-purpose it! Re-purposing means converting the content from your book(s) into as many other formats as you can. Could your book make an audio book? An E-book? A web game?  Is […]

Products and Promotional Materials

Last week we talked about identifying and reaching out to your niche, or your target audience, and not relying on your publisher to do so for you. Another thing you should not rely on your publisher to do is create promotional materials. Over the years, we have designed and/or made our own bookmarks, postcards, posters, […]

Dumpy At School

Dumpy at School (Hardcover) by Julie Andrews Edwards (Author), Emma Walton Hamilton (Author), Tony Watson (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8 Charlie, who is nervous about his first day of school, and Dumpy the Dumptruck, who is nervous about his first construction job, gradually adjust to their new settings after making new friends.

Dumpy Saves Christmas

Dumpy Saves Christmas (Hardcover) by Julie Andrews Edwards (Author), Emma Walton Hamilton (Author) Reading level: Ages 4-8 It’s Christmas Eve on Merryhill Farm, and Charlie can’t fall asleep. There’s a loud crash on the roof – and who should appear but Santa and a broken-down sleigh. Now how will all of the children in the […]

Dumpy’s Extra Busy Day

Dumpy’s Extra-busy Day (Library Binding) by Julie Edwards (Author), Tony Walton (Illustrator), Katie Boyd (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8 It’s a very busy morning on the farm. Farmer Barnes is away, so Charlie and Pop-Up have lots more chores to do than usual before the school bus arrives. With a little help from Dumpy and […]

Dumpy to the Rescue

Dumpy to the Rescue (I Can Read Pre Level 1) (Library Binding) by Julie Edwards (Author) Many things are missing at Merryhill Farm — the cat’s milk, the baby roses, Pop-Up’s hat, and nuts and apples. Even Baby Goat is missing until Dumpy finds him. Readers will enjoy finding out how Dumpy solves the mystery […]

Dumpy’s Valentine

Dumpy’s Valentine (My First I Can Read) (Paperback) by Julie Andrews Edwards (Author), Emma Walton Hamilton (Author), Tony Walton (Illustrator), Ruby Randig (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8 It’s Valentine’s Day, and poor Trusty the Mail Truck has broken down. Dumpy offers to lend a hand, and with Charlie and Pop-Up’s help he delivers surprises all […]

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