• Class visits,  Competitions,  Manuscripts

    Reading to an audience

    It s the last day of the school term and I had the opportunity this morning to read my book The Jersey 12 Days Of Christmas to my daughter’s class of year 2 children. What great fun!   I had intended to read the words but being in rhyme I found myself singing the whole book. Apparently, I didn’t sound too bad but in my mind I could hear my voice getting more and more high pitched. Behind me is my daughter Ruby, who doubles up as my assistant and editor. As I read the paperback version, she demonstrated how to use the ebook version on an ipad which included…

  • ebooks,  Self-published

    Adding sound effects to ebook

    While I am waiting for the proof of my self-published paperback version of ‘The Jersey 12 Days Of Christmas,‘ I am using the time to add sound effects to my ebook. I have mentioned before in a previous post “A Puffin In A Pear Tree‘ that I have been using Book Creator on ipad to make the book. To add the sounds a friend recommended Soundrangers as a good place to purchase sound effects from. It is another huge learning curve for me but I am enjoying it. Book Creator also gives you the option to record sounds straight into your ebook. This is great if you want to add…

  • ebooks,  Picture Books,  Self-published

    Self published Christmas book!

      In the very near future I will (fingers crossed) be announcing the end of some very hard work and the beginning of my first self-published children’s picture book. Although I am aware that this is not the end of the hard work, as marketing your book can be tough. The book is aimed at anyone with connections to Jersey, Channel Islands, the book contains illustrations to go with a very classic Christmas rhyme. It can also be used as an early reader and counting book. How good is that, reading, counting and singing all in one book! The self-published route is a huge learning curve. Here are just a…

  • ebooks

    Passing on your love of books to the next generation

      One of the biggest drives behind authors wanting to write books is to keep the love of reading going. As a parent I want to do this regardless of the medium. In the Telegraph this week one of the headlines says: Gerald Durrell stories reissued for ebook generation I loved Gerald Durrells My Family and Other Animals¬†book. It was on the curriculum at secondary school. The teacher had no difficulty in getting us to read it because it was such a great book. His humour and observation were brilliant (and I wish I could write like that). I will definately be encouraging my children to read it when they…