Recent Posts by Darcy Pattison

4 Years of Indie Publishing – And a Sabbatical


It's been four years since I started along the exciting path of indie publishing my books. And lots has changed. Here's the post I did 18 months in. The first 18 months were spent in learning the technology to actually produce print or ebooks, getting distribution, and starting the marketing journey. Since then, I've produced more ...

Do You Use Swear Words in Your Fiction?


Do you use swear words, cuss words, or bad words when you write fiction? If you're writing picture books, no. But as your audience gets older and older, they start to creep into fiction. Guidelines for Using Swear Words in Fiction There are a couple schools of thought about using swear words in your fiction. Faithful to ...

Series Tips: Characters, Timeline & Plot


Are you interested in writing a series of novels, picture books or stories? Here are some series tips. My first general tip is to use Scrivener. It's the software designed for authors and writers. It allows you to arrange (and rearrange) chunks of story, much like an outline. There's a visual aspect when you use the ...

Picture Books That Soar – With Leslie Helakoski


For the past few summers, I've co-taught a picture book workshop with author/illustrator, Leslie Helakoski at the Highlights Foundation. HOOT AND HONK, Leslie’s newest picture book, follows an owlet and a gosling, who have trouble adjusting to sleep patterns when they end up in each other’s nest. The spare text in this beautifully illustrated bedtime ...

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