Welcome to another beautiful week, as we get closer and closer to all the wonderful holiday festivities.
Today, I am so pleased to welcome this lovely lady to my site. She has been such a joy and an inspiration, in just the little time I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know her. Please help me welcome Author, Sarah Linx…
My name is Sarah. First off, I wanted to say thank you to Marlena for bestowing this wonderful honor upon me! It certainly is a pleasure to be featured here today. This is my first time being a guest blogger and I have to admit I am excited and nervous at the same time!
Ever since I could remember, I have always loved working with children and relish any chance I get to make a young kid happy. I can’t go to a supermarket without accidentally passing by a kid in a shopping cart, not having a great time. All I do is walk by them with a smile on my face maybe I will also wave at them, while picking up the items I needed from the aisles. The kid sees me and instantly quiets themselves, and they even smile back! The parents get these strange looks on their faces as if it was a miracle that their child was finally and suddenly quiet. All it took was a smile! Is the thought of doing such a thing so hard or preposterous that their parents don’t try this idea first?
For kids, a simple wave, a smile, a high five, could make their day. One little thing to show that you noticed them. These unhappy kids did not have to know me, but something inside them knew that my gesture was genuine.
This is a big reason why I love working with kids. Turning something that is negative into a positive thing has great potential to be a learning experience, and even life changing for them. I am learning with the kids and they love it when you admit you learned something from them! The concept that adults can learn from kids is completely mind-blowing to them!
Reading is such an important part of a child’s development. Not only does it open doors for social situations, writing, and success in school, but imagination too! Who knows? Maybe your child or student wants to be a writer themselves, someday, and they had no idea until they read that first book!
Reading is more than something you have to do in school. Reading should be fun. Learning to read for the first time is quite a challenge for young children and their families. It is challenging for teachers to teach, too. I believe that children should not only learn to read, but learn to love reading!
Have you ever had that task that has taken you years to accomplish, and suddenly you meet this goal? How does this make you feel? Good, right? I know I feel good after accomplishing something that is hard!
Now imagine you are a little kid, and you suddenly read your first few pages! Keep going and you just feel like you are on the moon. Pretty soon, you will have a whole new set of opportunities right in front of you!
For my debut children’s picture book, “Counting Kitties,” I combined my passion for writing, helping children, and, animals! Learning to read is hard, but learning mathematical concepts for the first time might even be trickier. Do you have pets at home? I sure do! Why not have your pets help you learn how to read and count? Suddenly the idea of learning has become a lot more interesting.
The original concept and inspiration for,”Counting Kitties,” came from a project I did for my eighth grade English class. Each student was asked to write and illustrate a book that we would read to our school’s younger students, such as preschool and kindergarten. The first graders even joined in, too. We were asked to create a story that taught an educational lesson.
As the students counted, rhymed, and, “meowed,” along with me as I read my story, I knew that I had done my job. The students were not only learning, they were enjoying learning! Ever since then, I knew I wanted to share my tales with as many children as I could. If only my future-self could tell my teenager-self that I would eventually accomplish this goal!
Starting with my first book paved the way for my second book that came out earlier this spring, “Kitty’s First Day of School.” School can be a lot of fun: meeting your teachers, making your friends, exploring new ideas… But, going to school for the first time when you may not know anyone or what kinds of things to expect can be really scary. Not just for parents sending their kids out on their own (without you being there all of the time), but for kids!
Kitty the Calico, a curious and intelligent kitten, is tackling her big questions when she goes to school for the first time. Will I like my teachers? Will I make friends? Will I learn something that interests me? These might be questions that young children ask when going off to school for the first time. Through this book, I hope to help children realize that starting school is a change that can be seen as an important part of their lives. Like everything, school takes some getting used to!
Someone recently wrote to me on Twitter, and asked if I had any advice for people going into publishing. I have to admit I was both deeply honored and surprised. A part of me wasn’t sure if my advice was good enough since I am still learning myself. The first piece of advice I would offer, is to know your genre. Is it poetry? Is it fiction? Are you starting with work you have previously written but want to publish? Answering these questions have really helped me when I got started. Start small and work your way up. You will be amazed at your progress. It’s not always obvious what direction a project will take. One day, it hits me, and I can’t stop talking about it. Don’t be afraid to learn, do your research, and ask questions. Sometimes it requires a ton of experimentation. Another piece of advice would be not to forget that last part! Advice from research is good, but you need to find what works for you. What worked for someone else might not work for you! Last but not least, never give up on your aspirations, whether it’s writing or something else. You only lose hope, when you stop trying!
Going independent with my books was the best thing that I could have done for myself, and for my books. I’ve heard that people frowned upon independent authors because these people claimed that this is the only publishing option people have if they are rejected by mainstream publishers. I beg to differ! There are so many amazing authors and books out there. We may have to look online instead of your local bookstore, but these tales are no less valuable than books you can find anywhere. In fact, I’ve seen independent works that are way better in content quality than many mass-produced books. Just because a book, or even musical album or movie is “independent,” doesn’t mean it can’t add value to the world.
When I say value, I am not talking about money, but ideas, concepts, and inspirations that offer encouragement or things to think about. In a world full of darkness, stories are more powerful than ever!
I could never have imagined just how profound the sense of “community” is among independent authors. Independent authors try to support one another in any way they can. Whether it’s encouragement, advice, or anything in between, these authors are there for one another. I’ve met so many amazing people in this community, and I know that this is just the beginning. Words cannot express my gratitude for everyone who has offered me encouragement or support in some way through my writing journey.
Whether a person is an adult or child, I hope that I can inspire others to look for the best in themselves and in others. It is too easy to say what we have done wrong. Try to focus on what you have accomplished during the day.
Give yourself a pat on the back, and follow your dreams!
– Sarah Linx
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Thank you so much for joining us!! I hope you were as inspired as I was reading Sarah’s guest post. Now, let’s show her what our community is really like!! Help me shower her with support through likes, shares, and comments!
Until next time………………………… Stay Creative!!