Work is progressing!

Writing to me is fun but editing is another thing. I have been busy doing a lot of it lately. As you know I am working toward publishing my children’s stories and novels.

At this point in time I have one children’s story being illustrated and nearing completion in a month or so. It is so exciting to actually see my story come to life in pictures. I am passionate about writing and my stories are a part of me. I have to find a publisher for this story and that is the hardest part. Anyone out there interested in publishing my story about an elephant? He is very endearing. My goal is to take my book once it is published to our local schools and library and give them a free copy to keep so the children can get to know my stories. My grandchildren also want a copy. It looks like I will be giving most of my books away.

I just want to make children happy by reading. I always loved to read since the first grade because of a wonderful teacher I had, Mrs. Perry. She encouraged a very shy little girl to get up in front of the class and read. I was frightened at first but then I got into reading the story and the class actually sat up and listened? I come alive when I get into my writing and become part of my stories. There aren’t enough hours in the day to do all the writing and reading that I want to do.

Now about my two novels that I am editing, I am editing and formatting them one at a time through for ebook publishing. It is not a quick fix since everything has to be changed from taking out extra spaces to those pesky returns. I am all done with the formatting part now on with the editing. I am really getting into my story as if it were someone else’s book. I read it with a different set of eyes so to speak so I can be more objective. I also have family reading my books too.

Once I complete this process I will get both books copyrighted and sent on to I have gotten an enormous amount of constructive and helpful information from this site. The founder of the site, Mark Coker, has three free books to read to assist in formatting and preparing your book for ebook publishing. Excellent books with easy to understand illustrations about formatting on your PC or laptop. I feel empowered after reading them that I can now do the next book quicker than the first. Thank you Mark! If you want to publish on ebooks this is the way to go. I am very excited about getting the first book online. It will be downloaded to multi formats so it can be bought through Nook, Sony, google, Amazon, Kobo and others.

I am on Facebook and Twitter if you want to chat about writing. Check out my site too at I will be adding more pages to my site as I get each book published. Also I will enable anyone to purchase my books online from there as I add another book. Keep watching for news about my venture. Keep reading for reading gives you wings to fly.

About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 15 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 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 20 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon 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, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey 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, 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 a novel and Book 4 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, tap dancing, 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 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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