Sunday, August 30, 2015

Special Thank You to Adult Coloring Worldwide

I would like to express my sincere gratitude and deepest appreciation to Shelly Durham at Adult Coloring Worldwide for the terrific video review of my latest adult coloring book; Colorings Collection Adult Coloring Book. I have posted a link to it on the right side of this blog under "Adult Coloring Worldwide Video Review". Shelly and her co-founders have a great website and Facebook group dedicated to promoting the work of talented adult coloring book artists and offering news and information, printable coloring pages, and so much more for all of us to enjoy. You can visit their website here:

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Kindle Direct Publishing Offers New Platform for Authors - Kindle Scout

I was sent the following in an email from Kindle Direct Publishing. It sounds like a wonderful opportunity if you don't mind them having an exclusive on your eBook. Read and leave me your thoughts in the comments.

We believe authors thrive with options. In addition to Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), Amazon is pleased to offer Kindle Scout, a reader-powered publishing program for new, never-before-published books. Jump-start your book and potentially earn a publishing contract from Kindle Press--in 45 days or less.
Kindle Scout helps you connect with readers prior to publication. If your book is selected for publication by Kindle Press through the Kindle Scout platform, readers who nominated the book will receive an early, free copy and be invited to leave reviews. If your book is not selected, readers will have the option to be notified when you independently publish through KDP.
Kindle Scout welcomes submissions for English-language books in the following genres: Romance, Mystery & Thriller, Science Fiction & Fantasy, and Literature & Fiction. Action & Adventure, Contemporary Fiction, and Historical Fiction will be accepted within the Literature & Fiction category. Any adult age 18 or older with a valid U.S. bank account and a U.S. Social Security number or tax identification number is eligible. Check out the Kindle Scout Eligibility & Content Guidelines for more information.
If chosen for publication, you receive:
  • Guaranteed advance & competitive royalties: A $1,500 advance and 50% eBook royalty rate.
  • Focused formats: Kindle Press acquires worldwide publication rights for eBook and audio formats in all languages. You retain all other rights, including print.
  • 5-year renewable terms: If your book doesn't earn $25,000 in royalties during the initial 5-year contract term, and any 5-year renewal term after that, you can choose to stop publishing with us.
  • Easy reversions: After two years, rights in any format or language that remain unpublished, or all rights for any book that earns less than $500 in total royalties in the preceding 12-month period, can be reverted upon request--no questions asked.
  • Early downloads & reviews: One week prior to release date, everyone who nominated your book will receive a free, early copy to help build momentum and customer reviews.
  • Amazon marketing: Your book will be enrolled into Kindle Unlimited, the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, and will be eligible for targeted email campaigns and promotions.
Learn more about this new opportunity.
Kind regards,
The Kindle Direct Publishing Team

Friday, August 21, 2015

Christmas Ladybug for Grown-ups Who Love to Color

Someone called this design a Christmas Ladybug. I love that. While coloring, it reminded me of the year my best friend and I spent Christmas in two little Mexican border towns. The weather was warm and Feliz Navidad was playing in every shop for days. Bic markers, Crayola colored pencils, and a white pastel pencil for highlights were used. It's from my latest book: Colorings Collection Adult Coloring Book.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Amazon Changes Rules Regarding Coloring Pages eBooks

Apparently, Amazon has changed their rules and no longer allow the publication of eBooks that are intended for coloring via a link to downloadable pages or the taking of a screen shot. They have removed six of my "Ready To Color" eBooks with the following explanation.

"During a quality assurance review of your KDP catalog we found that the following book(s) you have published are intended to be interactive but require additional resources aside from a Kindle device or Kindle application (phone/Mac/PC). The game or app experience must work entirely inside the Kindle reader, without the use of the browser or manual work such as a copy machine or screen capture program. As a result, the following books have been removed from sale in the Kindle store.

Title name:Ready To Color Animals Coloring eBook (Ready To Color Coloring eBook 1) (ASIN:B007P4XAU6)
Title name:Ready To Color People Coloring eBook (Ready To Color Coloring eBook 2) (ASIN:B007P5KLES)
Title name:Ready To Color Doodles Coloring eBook (Ready To Color Coloring eBook 3) (ASIN:B007RFRVMG)
Title name:Ready To Color Landscapes Coloring eBook (Ready To Color Coloring eBook 4) (ASIN:B007SNW1F4)
Title name:Ready To Color Flowers Coloring eBook (Ready To Color Coloring eBook 5) (ASIN:B00872OHO8)
Title name:Ready To Color Birds and Flowers Coloring eBook (Ready To Color Coloring eBook 6) (ASIN:B00C0FOVBM)

If you are interested in providing games or other interactive content, please consider applying for our Kindle Active Content program:*Version*=1&*entries*=0"

I make no judgement on their decision. From what I gather, people have to go to too much trouble to print from an eBook and some others don't work at all or are not compatible with all devices. I will rework my eBooks and publish them as printed books.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Markers and Colored Pencils Storage Tip

My studio is always in a constant state of change. The coloring area got a face lift today thanks to the Tupperware snack tray I found at a thrift store. Turned it into a color wheel of markers. A pill bottle fit perfectly in the center for the grays and black. Colored pencils along the side in cups sorted by color, of course. Love thrift store finds.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Colorings Collection Adult Coloring Book

This is the palm tree mandala from my Colorings Collection Adult Coloring Book, colored with Bic Markers and Crayola Colored Pencils.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

New Colorings Collection Adult Coloring Book for Grown-ups Who Love to Color

I'm so happy to announce the publication of my newest book, Colorings Collection Adult Coloring Book. It has themed mandalas, a hippie puppy, a mermaid and lots more. It includes a special dedication to all the members and administrators of the adult coloring books Facebook groups who have given me so much encouragement. There are 24 drawings with each printed twice to allow for experimentation with color schemes and the back of each is blank to cut down on bleed through. I hope everyone enjoys coloring it as much as I enjoyed designing it.

You will find a link to it on the left sidebar of this blog or click HERE.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Wacom Cintiq Affordable Alternative - Yiynova msp 19u Review

For years I have wanted a Wacom Cintiq but could not justify the expense. I used a Wacom tablet for many years and while it was adequate for doing digital illustrations, I longed for the day when I would be able to draw directly on the screen. Well, I started doing some research to see if there was a more affordable alternative to the Cintiq. Some of the brands I looked at had very poor reviews.

The reviews for the Yinova line of digitizer monitors had better reviews so I invested in the Yinova msp 19u. At about one fourth the price of a Cintiq I had to give it a try. Well, I have a Dell Optiplex 990 computer which happens to be one of the only computers on the planet that ships from the factory without the ability to use dual monitors. My little HP laptop took the addition of the new monitor with ease so I put the Dell in the shop to be upgraded.

Now, I have a regular monitor on the Dell as well as the Yinova hooked up as a second monitor and I absolutely love it. It did take a bit of time to install the two drivers it requires but once that was done I was off and drawing. The ability to draw directly on the screen and have variable pen pressure in Photoshop, and other programs, is nothing short of awesome. I feel like I've been drawing in the dark ages all this time.

If you are looking for a more affordable alternative to the Wacom Cintiq, I highly recommend the Yinova. You will find a link to it on the left sidebar of this blog. Below is an illustration I did with it for Sammy the Silent Songbird, a children's book. I have been using the Yinova for more than a year now without any problems. As I recall, when I was first hooking it up, I did have one problem and called customer support. The tech guy was quite nice when he told me I didn't have the monitor turned on. Must have fell on my head that morning.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Admiring and Promoting the Work of Other Artists

Just because I am an artist and author doesn't mean I can't admire and promote the work of others. In fact, when I was a little girl, my mother would take me to Northpark Mall in Joplin, MO. At that time, there was a little old man who wore a french beret and would set up his easel and do pastel portraits. He seemed to be off in his own little world amid the hustle and bustle of the busy mall.

I would watch him for as long as my mother would let me. I admired his talent and his intense concentration. Watching him is one of the things that inspired me to become an artist. So, not only will you see examples of my own work on the sides of my blog, you will see the work of artists and authors that I find to be exceptional and outstanding. If you see links to your work on my blog, know that I am a fan.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Discover Tips and Tricks for Shading With Colored Pencils

This post is for all of you grown-ups who love to color. Be sure to check out my coloring books for adults that are available on Amazon. You can see links to them on the left sidebar. Enjoy!