Challenges, Picture Book Journey

StoryStorm 2023!

Writers, it’s not too late to participate in Tara Lazar’s annual idea-generating challenge, StoryStorm. It started off as a challenge specifically for picture book writers, but now it’s broadened and is open to all writers who want to generate new ideas. Learn more about it here. You can register to win prizes now through January 7.

This year, I’m starting off with a couple of ideas that go back to my picture-book writing roots. But I hope to generate some new novel ideas for the upcoming writing year, as well!

Whether you participate in StoryStorm or not, I wish you happy writing in 2023.

Book Announcements, Picture Book Journey

Coming soon: SPRINKLES TO THE RESCUE

Small presses can be great, providing opportunities for emerging authors to publish their work. Some small picture book presses, for instance, concentrate on the “quiet” stories that might be overlooked by the Big Five publishers.

But one of the dangers of new small presses is that they don’t necessarily last. Twice now, I’ve had a picture book picked up by a brand-new press, only to have the press fold before my book could be published. Worse, I’ve known other writers whose books were published just days before their press folded, leaving them with a book they could not reasonably sell (because it had been published) but which was no longer available. OUCH! Writer Beware could tell you many stories like this.

All of which is to say, I was disappointed when Hurn Publications shut down last year before my book, Sprinkles to the Rescue, could be published. But I didn’t want to give up, so, I kept working on the project, and I’m pleased to announce that I’m going to be self-publishing it very soon. Keep an eye out for more information!

Book Announcements, Picture Book Journey

Unboxing: A IS FOR ANTHONY

I’ve been watching the mail anxiously, knowing that a box from my publisher should arrive soon. And yesterday, there it was! Inside were my author copies of A is For Anthony.

A is for Anthony, written by Teresa Traver and illustrated by Miguel Lopez.

The book is illlustrated by Miguel Lopez, who drew adorable, child-friendly versions of the saints.

Entry for St. Nicholas.

Right now, the only vendor I know of selling the booklet sells it in packs of twelve, suitable for distribution in Religious Education programs. I’ll update later as other vendors pick up the book.

As you can imagine, we were all very excited about this arrival at the Traver house. (My daughter was happy that I had written a book I could actually read to her, unlike my romances.) This is my first traditionally published picture book, and I’m grateful for the many critique partners who helped me get here.

Book Announcements, Picture Book Journey

Coming soon: A IS FOR ANTHONY

I can finally announce that one of my picture book manuscripts found a home with Aquinas Press, and is scheduled for publication this fall.

A is for Anthony: An Alphabet of Saints and Animals will be published as a booklet, similar in format to other books from the Lives of the Saints series. It’s an alpabethical collection of mini-stories about saints and their interactions with animals. Some of the saints are ones everyone has heard of (St. Francis, of course), while others are more obscure.