I’m truly not into bragging… And so I don’t talk about the awards or different things where I win accolades. I do post exciting author news once and then I move on. For me, the biggest award is when I get a good review of one of my books– that, says it all for me. It says to me, that somehow I touched someone’s life in some way. For a writer-illustrator, it can’t get any better than that. Back around Christmas, I received an email with a copy of a page that was colored of me from one of my coloring books. Wow! It was colored just beautifully and the little girl gave me her ginger-colored hair. Wow! Wow! Wow! I loved it. That is quite an award in my book. The fact that the little girl chose to color my B&W author photo and that her parent took the time to message me about it, was pretty special.
Recently, I had a conversation with a couple of other authors about contests and awards. I also read post after post from other author’s with their opinions on entering contests. While winning some awards help bring attention to our books or art designs, some don’t. Some contests ask for money and some don’t. Contests come in all shapes and size, some are legit and others aren’t. What I gathered from all that I read is to research the contests. If they ask for money, make sure that the award seal you might win is from a contest that is reputable.
I put a link here on my blog where I have author news that includes updates on what is going on with me in the author-design world if you would like to check it out click here.
If you read one of my books or another author’s book– write a review. Reviews help authors– and a good review is the best award of all. If you don’t particularly like the book, instead of writing a bad review, message the author and let them know why you didn’t write the review. That will help the author in the future.
Lastly, all writers if you love writing- just keep writing, contest or not. Illustrator-designers–keep designing!
This is my latest release, a Christmas Coloring Book, the 7th coloring book in the Practice Your Way to Perfect Collection. I hope you enjoy it. For all of you that don’t know, I not only write books, but I also illustrate. Tomorrow (11/16/2017), if you go to my Facebook page I will be launching the official release of this coloring book with a giveaway.
You might wonder what age this book is for…
Child, teen or adult this book is for everyone! With five designs and five pages of each, you can color page one of the design, and if you go outside of the lines, or decide on a different color; you have four more additional pages of the same design to color. Keep coloring until you practice your way to perfect! Includes blank Draw Your Own Art pages to practice drawing your art, this book will bring relaxing moments and joy to all those who turn the pages of this book. Practice Your Way to Perfect: Christmas Coloring Book is a great way for adults to relax and de-stress while having fun!
* Coloring – is an excellent way for children and adults to develop their hand-eye coordination
* 8 x10 single-sided non-perforated coloring pages suitable for framing
* Draw your own art pages* Coloring encourages fine motor skills development
* Christmas (church, cardinals, wreath, ornaments, and gift) designs are an excellent way to have fun while honing coloring skills
Virginia Wright’s “Practice Your Way to Perfect: Christmas” coloring book is extraordinary. Children will love the detailed illustrations that make the book so engaging. You’ll see beautifully created pictures of a church, gifts, Christmas trees, gift tags and lots more. You’ll find the pictures enchanting and a perfect way to celebrate the Christmas season. You’ll even see some pages with lovely decorative borders. Once you’ve practiced coloring the pictures you can create your own art on the pages at the back of the book.
Be sure to buy all the “Practice Your Way to Perfect” coloring books by Virginia Wright. I highly recommend them.
Reviewed by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Practice Your Way to Perfect Christmas by Virginia Wright she has done it again.
I just saw the pictures that I will able to color and also share with others, I can’t wait until I have the book in my hands so that I can really see them up close and be able to color I might be old but I love to color also an I plan on coloring an making cards out of them to send out at Christmas.
I advise everyone to check it out and then buy it for yourself and for your family or your friend’s kids so that they can enjoy also the pleasure and fun of this book.
Please make sure you send a message to the author an let her know what a great job she has done an how much fun you are going to have with that book
Now that you have let her know come an make your own review letting others know your feelings also about this book. And what a beautiful front cover that is on it.
I was given an advanced copy of this coloring book for an honest review. I love Virginia Wright’s unique concept of “Practice Your Way to Perfect”. I adore Virginia’s illustrations. I collaborated with her in the past with the Steampunk Alice novella and coloring book. The illustrations were wonderful and this is no exception. Practice Your Way to Perfect Christmas Coloring Book is wonderful. Buy it, sit back and relax as you Practice Your Way to Perfect by yourself or with your kids.
I received this coloring book for an honest review. I love Virginia Wright’s unique concept of “Practice Your Way to Perfect”. I love Virginia’s illustrations. I collaborated with her in the past with the Steampunk Alice novella and coloring book. The illustrations were wonderful and this is no exception. Birds of Maine Coloring Book is marvelous. Just look at that gorgeous cover. Buy it, sit back and relax as you Practice Your Way to Perfect.
Practice your way to Perfect: Birds of Maine coloring book is wonderful! It can be enjoyed by beginners or people that color all the time. The illustrator, Virginia Wright, puts her own unique spin on every single drawing. I love the illustrations in this book. And I also really enjoy the fact that there are multiple pages of the same drawing so if you want to color a page in one way & then totally different on another you have that option. And if you feel you messed up on one then you have another one to color all over again. I love everything about this creative coloring book.
Kim from Little Free Library (Charter #35502) located in Soledad, CA contacted me asking if I would donate a book to Soledad’s Little Free Library. She told me that they have recently started spotlighting authors through “Author Of The Week” where they feature info about the author and they display the info on their bulletin board next to their library. They also feature the author and book on their Facebook page.
I wondered how the program worked and asked if she could give me a little history about the free library? How long it has existed. How many people check books in and out. Do they have a sign-out sheet, etc., Kim told me that their Little Free Library has been up and running since January 2016. The first year they successfully put 556 books into the hands of happy readers, from kids to adults! They are the only Little Free Library in their town, located near three schools (two elementary schools & a middle school), so they get quite a few kids and their parents walking by. They also get visitors who drive from different areas of the town just to get a book. The motto for Little Free Library is “TAKE A BOOK – LEAVE A BOOK!”
Some pass the book on to a brother, sister, friend, etc. They don’t use a sign-out sheet; they just encourage people to read!
I have a package with six books all ready to send out to Soledad’s Little Free Library. If other author’s want to donate books, please contact Kim Binsacca on her Facebook page Facebook.com/kimslittlefreelibrary
Thanks, Kim for contacting me. I’m elated to donate to such an excellent reading program…can’t wait to get my books in the hands of “happy readers!”
Watercolour by Charu Jain of Virginia Wright’s Monarch Butterfly on Joe-Pye Weed Photograph.
A week or so ago, I posted a Monarch butterfly photograph that I took in my bee and butterfly garden. Many of you know that one of my favorite things to do besides writing is photographing nature and foodstuff. Well, on Facebook, I posted this beautiful Monarch butterfly feasting on Joe-Pye Weed (below), and Charu Jain of Watercolour by Charu, from Bangalore, India, messaged me that she would like to paint my photograph. I told her I didn’t mind, but if she used it anywhere, that I would like to be given credit for my photograph. :-) Charu agreed, and quickly got to work and created a beautiful watercolor of my butterfly. We both captured a moment in time from that one photograph. As my photograph inspired Charu to do her watercolor, my photographs inspire me in my illustrations, too. As a matter of fact, I illustrated two butterfly coloring books (go figure). Practice Your Way to Perfect: Butterflies Coloring Book and Practice Your Way to Perfect: Butterflies Coloring Book 2. I’ve always loved watching butterflies flitting here and there with their beautiful colors, it seemed fitting for me to illustrate a coloring book with butterflies. :-) You can find more of my nature photography on Instagram. Charu is the illustrator of Ten Zany Birds by Sherry Ellis. You can learn more about Charu here. It touched my heart to have such a talented artist want to paint “my” photography. Beautiful job Charu! Thank you for wanting to paint my butterfly. Xo
Monarch Butterfly on Joe-Pye Weed, Copyright 2017 Virginia Wright