Thursday, January 29, 2015

Meet our New Accountant

Tawanna Yates

I grew up in Covington, Georgia, a small town about 30 minutes southeast of Atlanta. I have always had a love for literature. I graduated from the University of Georgia in December 2003 with a BA in English. I used my passion for literature to educate youth by teaching Reading and Writing skills to at risk first and second graders. My favorite reads are romance and suspense novels. 
Unfortunately our state Reading grant came to an end. After many years of working with children, I have decided to change paths to Accounting because I have always had an interest to see how a business works. Also, I feel that Accounting is a good background to have if you want to start your own business. Some of my other hobbies besides writing are watching and playing sports, traveling, and cooking.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Write Right!

Remember that these RULES are simply suggestions or pointers, if you will. However every editor I've ever met is looking for these mistakes.

1. Joe and Edna Beercan.... you know these people. Picture them sitting in their tiny trailer with their 5.3 kids and their 2.5 dogs. They didn't graduate. They had to quit school in order to help their families. These are people buying your book. In a school system a LOT of teachers review the reading material quickly like this....word count. If more than 5 words per chapter are above the reading level it will quickly get your book dismissed. I am not saying to be condescending when you are writing. I am saying that the higher number of people who understand what you are writing, the more likely it is to sell to a wider audience, so keep it simple. If you don't naturally speak using those words, chances are neither does your reader.

2. It is NOT a publisher's or editor's job to fix your bad grammar! They have hundreds of submissions a day, every day. If you don't even have your spelling right, your novel is going in the trash can. So get a thesaurus, dictionary and grammar book and comb every word. Try not to rely on your spell-checker. Remember that it can't really read! LOL

3. Adverbs! I read an article once that was written by an editor and she was very adamant about the use of adverbs. Don't use them often. They are monotonous and rhetorical. Why say, “whispered quietly” when there isn't any other way to whisper?

4. Hooks! If you can't get me hooked right away I am putting the book down. So it is best to start with your action scene. However, do not resolve the issue right away. Let that scene be resolved at the end of the next chapter. Simply, get them interested and switch scenes. This can be the last scene on the first page and not resolved until the last page or most times it is done with flashbacks to another time. The point of the book is to keep them reading.

5. Never assume. When you assume you make an ass out of you and me. Look at the word... In other words, don't Google a fact from a website and put it down as truth. Fact check! Fact check! Fact check! When you're done with that would you mind very much fact checking please?

6. If you've only written your story down once... it isn't done. Before you submit you had better make certain it's polished. So rewrite, rewrite, rewrite.

7. Make certain your lose ends are tied up. That character that you left stranded in the beginning of the book is still there! I, as a reader want to know what happened to him. Don't leave a lead character abandoned after he was finished getting the main character out of trouble. Cameos are fine. I still require a resolution or at least an explanation!

8. Show don't tell. Don't tell me he's a villain, show him swindling an orphan or kicking a puppy.

9. I as a reader want to relate to your character. If he has no human frailties, aspirations, a sense of justice... I'm putting the book down. Remember that you as a writer are writing for an audience, not yourself.

There are a multitude of these. Writing is about self-expression and while that is true, if I don't understand what you are saying then you are pretty much talking to yourself. Aren't you? Lol

Sunday, January 18, 2015

So much

So much to settle when someone dies. I am in utter disbelief of how much more there is for mourners to deal with when someone dies.

It isn't like I've never lost anyone close to me. But everything was all pre-paid or settled before. Don't leave a mess behind you! I assure you that simply your absence will be more than enough to deal with.

I really don't have anything to be inherited so to speak. But at the least I have written letters for my daughter should anything ever happen. One last... you are the best. I think it will be a soothing thing to hear after I've gone. I hope so.

That's my side of it,

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Coming up soon....

Shows for kids to come:
Science show
Art (fine)
Art (hopefully music, dance)
Renaissance and Feudal Period facts
ALSO working on a new opening to give our theme a bit of help! lol

Saturday, January 10, 2015


As you all know we have a new intern and a new editor! Hooray! Also a lot of contributors to our show! Hooray. BUT I came to talk about my first love... books! It's all about the books!

So this year we have another textbook for homeschool scheduled ... it will be for teens and teach poetry, literature element and prose. It's creative writing mostly but I think there will be a real need for it as textbooks some parents are paying upwards of $120. I thought wouldn't it be nice if for just once there were text/activity books that parents could afford and still eat? That's why we're focusing on education this year. That and Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize and I have always found her inspiring... so good on her!

Also we have a storybook coming out, it isn't a Whatzits book. And that will be unlike anything you've ever seen so be there when "Dog Without a Shadow" is released.

In addition, we will be releasing quite a bit of Young Adult / Fantasy this year. I've been putting it off for no good reason. But as I've said things will be slow-going for a bit as we tread the waters of mourning, so thanks for being there guys. It truly means alot.

That's my side of it,

Friday, January 9, 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


Editor is ill at the moment but we have 5-7 books in the cue waiting for her. Many need illustrations so ... it'll be awhile.

In so far as the kids show, the next episode will be featuring our good friend Hamilton Troll, whom  we hope will visit often.

Got a couple problems in teaching myself. I have a broken credits button and also i was unable to figure out how to adjust the volume. I am learning best as I can and have some nEW puppets debuting as well.

We are working on a surprise for next Christmas (yes already, these things take time) and have a very full every second schedule this year. However that being said, there have been so many deaths in the family that I will be taking a lot of breaks as estates are sorted and mourning continues. Again we deeply thank you all for your loving prayers. It seems death never ends for the survivor.

That's my side of it,

Friday, January 2, 2015

The New Show & Many Thanks!

As you know I have sadly had to leave my station as a radio commentator, the topics are too dark to think about to the extent of creating shows. I am thankful that I was able to help for a while at least.

At any rate, the new You-tube show is going well. It's educational and is based on a textbook I created. Sarah will put the book buy button up today. I must say about a zillion thanks to all of my many contributors!

Kathleen Shields is even going to have Hamilton Troll, from her award-winning books come to visit us! I'm very excited to have such talent included in my little show!

There are so many others I'd like to thank. Even Sarah's love Roland has pitched in to become our own version of "the nutty professor." That is however not the only help I'm getting.

Talented people like Mark Stidham, does our Buddy the Dog clips. In addition Scottie I plays our friend, "Sir Tincan of Mathdom." There are in addition, many people working their genius behind the scenes, such as Ashley Scott, who does our subtitles and our prize intern Charli Fountain, who helps me brainstorm and helps with concepts! Two people we couldn't live without is Diane N. and Katherine "This Needs To Be Said," Waddell... they help me learn all of the tech stuff... WHICH shows much patience on their part. (lol)

I am also thankful for the kids watching so a special thanks to Tyler, Shayne and Fallon ... because I make these for them! They inspire me!

This show being put together is very difficult and frustrating. That being said, I LOVE doing it! It's soooooo relaxing! I'll keep 'em coming, if you keep watching! And hey don't forget to buy the book as it funds the show!

That's my side of it,

Thursday, January 1, 2015


I am changing the URL of the blog, so that people can find the kid's show. I'll let you know when that's done.

Here's where you can download the second show:

Okay so once it's changed, I'll get back to you!