Happy New Year Readers!

Well here we are in a new year 2013! Will it take me a month to get the new date right on my checks?

I am looking forward to this being the year for me to actually get a book published!? My illustrator for one of children’s books has been busy working on each page meticulously to get them just right. The illustrations look great and I am getting excited about getting the book out to a publisher.

I know I can’t rush it because it does take a lot longer to illustrate a book than it does to write a story. Unfortunately my talent is not drawing unless I could get away with stick figure animals since a lot of my children’s stories are about animals.

Children love animals, don’t they? Even though several publishers told me they were not excepting stories about animals. I will not give up until I find one who does like my work. If not, then I will go to Pubit ebook publishing. A larger population now than ever is reading on e-reader devices such as Nook, Kindle, Sony, etc. I love my Nook and find I am reading more books and faster too! My goal is to pick up my Nook and find my books available online. What a wonderful feeling that will be to see them in print!

I met a lovely person on vacation last year who is an illustrator. Her name is Ara Atkinson Skinner and she is an incredible artist! We spoke about joining forces where she would illustrate one of my young adult fantasy books. Please check out her website to see her beautiful work at ara@araillustrated.com. That would be such an exciting venture for me to have her illustrate my cover for this story. It would be like bringing my story to life.

I wrote most of my stories over the past five years and have been editing them all ever since between sending them out to publishers. I continue to write poetry and I am also working on another story about an angel.

I will continue to work diligently until I attain the status of author. Keep checking in and follow my progress and wish me luck. It is not easy but I am having fun on this exciting journey!

About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 13 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 10 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 3 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 18 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION - Davey & Derek Book 1, READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - BRONZE MEDAL - Abby & Holly Book 1 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 Authorsdb Cover Contest Silver Medal - Davey & Derek Book 5 FINALISTS: Authorsdb First Lines Contest, - Hunting Mariah and Mariah's Revenge were Finalists Red City Review Awards - Finalist - Davey & Derek Book 4 and received a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS - 5-STAR REVIEW - Davey & Derek Book 4 All Janice's books are available on Amazon.com, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on Book 5 of Abby & Holly series for girls and Book 2 of Drystan the Dragon series for young children. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2021 and beyond along with more children's books and novels for 18+. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog http://jemsbooks.blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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