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Novel and Picture Book Plotting with the Eight C's template
July 29, 2017
Novel and Picture Book Plotting with the Eight C's template

I love studying structure and plot! Check out the template below by Lara Willard. It's meant for novels, but it can be applied to picture books, too. This approach is called: PLOTTING WITH THE EIGHT C'S. Enjoy! (Click or tap to enlarge pic.) Here's a list of the 8 C's included in the chart above: Captivation, Change, Complication, Confrontation, Collapse, Comprehension, Curveball, Culmination 

BANNED BOOKS Gender Identity Children's Books List by Amer. Library Assoc. (ALA)
January 20, 2017
Novel and Picture Book Plotting with the Eight C's template

I'm thrilled that my picture book, ANNIE'S PLAID SHIRT, is a suggested title from the American Library Association (ALA)! The "banned books" list below was created as a bookmark (to be printed, cut, and shared).  All the books have a gender identity-related theme. The bookmark says: STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHT TO READ...If you like I AM JAZZ, you might try...ANNIE'S PLAID SHIRT Is my book banned from anywhere?  Not to my knowledge.  The point of the list is to give some love and attention to quality books that address important, and sometimes, controversial topics. Hope y'all check out these wonderful books!  It's ...

ANNIE'S PLAID SHIRT is a Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Winner!
July 21, 2016
Novel and Picture Book Plotting with the Eight C's template

July 21, 2016FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Upswing Press; info@upswingpress.comANNIE’S PLAID SHIRT named a Foreword Reviews’ 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards Winner! North Miami Beach, FL—Today, Upswing Press is pleased to announce ANNIE’S PLAID SHIRT has been recognized as a Silver winner in the 18th annual Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards.Narrowed down from nearly 2,000 entries by a panel of librarians and booksellers, along with Foreword Reviews’ editorial staff, the winners are considered the year’s best books published by independent publishers, university presses, and self-published authors. Foreword Reviews ...

Author Stacy B. Davids Honored in Indie Book Awards
June 02, 2016
Novel and Picture Book Plotting with the Eight C's template

Children's Book Author, Stacy B. Davids, Honored in 2016 Indie Book Awards!The picture book, ANNIE'S PLAID SHIRT, by author and psychologist, Stacy B. Davids, has been named by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group as one of the best indie books of 2016. Stacy B. Davids’ book is a finalist of the picture book category in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the world’s largest not-for-profit book awards program for independent publishers and self-published authors. The awards are judged by leaders of the indie book publishing industry, including many coming from long-standing careers with major publishing houses, to identify books that deserve to ...

Author Stacy B. Davids presents at Miami Int'l Festival of the Arts
March 25, 2016
Novel and Picture Book Plotting with the Eight C's template

I enjoyed speaking to Miami Dade College students about writing and publishing! The topic of the presentation was called, "The Power of Words." Specific areas I spoke about included: Learning the craft, the importance of children's books, the various genres, typical story structure seen in nearly all fiction books and movies, an overview of the publishing process, and more! Of course, I also discussed my award-winning picture book, ANNIE'S PLAID SHIRT!  The attendees asked great questions, including about the decision to feature biracial characters in my book; and they appreciated that my book encourages confidence in kids.ANNIE'S PLAID SHIRT is a Mom's Choice ...