Joshua and Stranger Danger is on the home run with everything falling into place.
I wrote the story for my grandsons, many years ago and here’s a little insight into Joshua and Stranger Danger’s journey.
The first book in The Spiritual Heritage For Children Series had to fulfil a criteria.
It had to be exciting for children; impart the subtle messages in a way that maintained their interest, and create an image for the series.
What creates a story people want to read?
Every story has a cycle. The main character must be in a comfortable setting and happy with the world.
Next, something takes the character out of his/her comfort zone and into another world of fear or conflict, into a new and potentially dangerous situation.
The essence of the story is how the obstacles and challenges are overcome, before they return to their comfort zone.
Support from many people is essential in developing a manuscript.
Authors receive a lot of help from volunteer Beta Readers. Scribophile is an internet site for this specific purpose. Beta Readers are fellow writers or authors who trade their services by doing a critique of a posted story. Points are gained, which are the currency for their own work to be critiqued by the Scribophile community.
Interested friends, with a love of story and skills in grammar and punctuation, are a great help. This process hones the story ensuring it flows easily from one scene to another, and helps eliminate mistakes with grammar and punctuation.
Changes made after the manuscript is passed on to the illustrator and source file developer are very costly, so a professional editor will check it next, to ensure it’s ready for further development.
Bringing Joshua and Stranger Danger to life.
A very crucial decision for my picture book was to decide who would be engaged as the illustrator. Laila Savolainen, a very talented and much published illustrator is a team member of Pickawoowoo Publishing, my source file developer. When contacted, Laila replied she was very excited to bring my stories to life.
Laila decided what illustrations were needed, and where they would be placed, to bring out the essence of the story. Her interpretations are valuable as they add to, and enhance the story in a way that words alone, cannot. The front cover design hints at unknown danger lurking in the shadows.
Text for the back cover was developed by a professional copy writer, Eddie Albrecht. Most people turn a book over to get a sense of what to expect from the story. The back cover is as important as the front cover.
Eddie’s Copy for Joshua and Stranger Danger
Joshua and Stranger Danger is a wonderfully fresh and mature approach to keeping our children safe.In the first of the series, author Joan Derrick imbues Joshua with a ‘soul buddy’, or intuitive voice, which warns Joshua of impending danger.
What is special about Joan’s book is that she brings another dimension to the stranger danger message. By encouraging young people to tap into their feelings, trust their intuition and believe their inner voice, Joan empowers children to think for themselves and identify danger early.
Joshua and Stranger Danger represents the next generation of children’s books and is a special gift to parents, whose busy lives – and fears, hopes and aspirations for their children – make Joan’s offering an essential tool.
Two days ago the high resolution source file was uploaded to the printer, Ingram Spark. I will soon receive two hard copies for approval by myself and Julie-Ann of Pickawoowoo Publishing , before the decision is made to commit the book to publication. It will be published under my publishing name, Spiritual Heritage Publishing, and will be ready for release within the next few weeks.
It has been a long, and often difficult journey, with input from many talented people. Sincere thanks to my friends and supporters, beta readers and professional people who have nurtured my journey, for your patience and encouragement.