BOSMedalWinner2018 - CopyThe results just came in. Anders Roseberg won “Best of State 2018” in Arts and Entertainment for Children’s Books.

About Best of State:

The Best of State Awards were created to recognize outstanding individuals, organizations and businesses in Utah. By recognizing excellence in our community and sharing examples of success and triumph in so many worthy endeavors, we hope all will be inspired to reach a little higher, to try a little harder, and to work a little smarter for our dreams and goals.

https://www.bestofstate.org/about.html

Just wanted to toss out a sneak peak of my latest picture book, Tweedledee and Tweedledum.  If you are an Alice in Wonderland fan, you will not want to miss the chance of owning this beautifully illustrated book by Alex Preyzner and written by me, Anders Roseberg.

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It’s nice to get a 5-star review after winning silver place in Literary Classics Awards for The Wondrous Wandering Acrobats Show.  Here is what Readers’ Favorite said:

The Wondrous Wandering Acrobats Show: A Collection of Vintage Circus Posters by Anders Roseberg is a short book about circus acts from around the world, not just here in the United States. It’s filled with poems that cleverly describe individual and unique performances, and at the end is a note from the author providing some history of the circus. I grew up knowing about the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus, which began 147 years ago. I even attended a circus performance around 2009, and it was splendid. Unfortunately that circus is now defunct, bringing a chapter of our country’s history to a close. However, the good news is that books like these can help reignite the imagination of children, allowing them to visualize what the circus used to be like, what acts were actually performed, and by whom.

The book’s pictures are taken from actual posters of the past, helping to connect the young reader with history. They are colorful, nicely detailed, and the poetic format of the text helps keep the reader turning the pages, wondering which act will come next. What interests me is all the acts I never did see—most of them in this book, in fact. My experience was with a packed audience and a seat I sat in for the entire show. This book goes back many years to describe the acts that most would never get to see, even if this circus was still in business today. The Wondrous Wandering Acrobats Show: A Collection of Vintage Circus Posters by Anders Roseberg takes the young reader through a wonder-filled adventure of the past and is sure to please many young readers. Highly recommended.

To see the review in its entirety, click HERE.

It’s really hard for self-published authors to get out there. Hopefully by winning an award, you are able to get your name out, show you are dedicated, and call yourself an award-winning author. We have to toot our horns where we can and when we can, right?  That means any award won. Yes, I’m going to toot my horn.

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Anders Roseberg won “Best of State 2017 – Children’s Book.”

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The Best of State Awards were created to recognize outstanding individuals, organizations and businesses in Utah. By recognizing excellence in our community and sharing examples of success and triumph in so many worthy endeavors, we hope all will be inspired to reach a little higher, to try a little harder, and to work a little smarter for our dreams and goals.

http://www.bestofstate.org/

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So you’re like me, huh? Been sending out manuscripts of picture books for some time and you aren’t getting anywhere?  It’s okay. It was only last week when I realized I’ve been doing it wrong this entire time! Say whaaaaat?  No need to fear! Here are some tips that can help you send out a better-looking manuscript.

Keep in mind that poetry and rhyming manuscripts will be formatted slightly different. I’ll break it down into three sections; settings, first page, and continuous pages.

Settings for the document

1″ Margins All Around

Most documents will have this already selected by default, but make sure it’s ticked.

Left-aligned text

What this means is that every time you hit the return on your keyboard, it will start typing on the left side, not the center and definitely not the right.

Jagged lines on the right

This just means you don’t need to have the text fill the entire line.  It will automatically move to the next line when it needs to. The lines of text will appear jagged. You shouldn’t need to do anything, but if you see that your document is spacing out your letters to fill each line, you’ll need to make sure you do left-aligned text.

.5 cm paragraph indents

When you start a paragraph and hit the tab key, it will indent .5cm. Again, it should be selected by default.

Double-space

This gives room for any notes and makes it an easier read.

12 pt. Times New Roman font

Use this font as it is said to be easier on the eyes for someone who reads manuscripts all day. There is no need to use any special font for a manuscript submission. Make it simple, keep it 12pt.

First Page

So the document settings are all set. Let’s dive in.

Create a header. On the left side leave your name, number, email, and website.  Make sure it’s single-spaced, left-aligned. On the other side of the header, leave the word count.  Round up the word count to the nearest 10. Make sure that this header is only for this page.

Go back to the body of the text, and come down from the header a few inches and type and center the title. Don’t make it too large, but feel free to go with 14 or 16 at the most.

Hit enter and put the subtitle here if there is one. Hit enter again and add the author’s name. Select this and make it single-spaced.

Now come down another inch or two and start the story on the same page.

Sequential Pages

Create another header on this page. All pages following the first page will need this same header. The header will contain the author’s “lastname/thebooktitle” on the left side and on the right side of the line, start the page numbers beginning with page ‘2’.  It may do this automatically.

Click out of the header and go to the meat of the page. Continue your story from page one.  When you finish the story, hit return twice and type THE END.

Good luck!

-Anders

 

If you want to download the free .doc template, feel free. I will attach one shortly.

If you found this information useful, consider supporting me by sharing the articles, liking pages, leaving comments, or even getting a copy of Priscilla and the Sandman or The Wondrous Wandering Acrobats Show.

 

 

 

 

 

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Local Author receives national recognition from the 11th Annual National Indie Excellence® Awards!

Los Angeles: — The 11th Annual National Indie Excellence® Awards recognized (Title of Book by Author’s Name) in the category of (Category) as a (winner/finalist) in this year’s competition.

This prestigious National award is open to all English language books in print from small, medium, university, self and independent publishers.

The National Indie Excellence® Awards exists to help establish independent publishing as a strong and proud facet of the publishing industry. Recognizing authors that put their heart and soul into their work, the NIEA is a champion of self-publishers and the small, independent presses that go the extra mile to produce books of excellence in every aspect. Established in 2007, the NIEA competition is judged by experts from all aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters.

Winners and finalists are determined based on ‘overall excellence of presentation- a synergy of form and content.  Priscilla and the Sandman is a Children’s Picture Book Age 4-8. Priscilla, a child is doing everything to stay up. That is until mom tells her about the Sandman. The Sandman visits her and takes her on a journey of delicious rhyming and eye candy. It’s visually stunning and a fun read for children.

 “We are proud to announce the winners & finalists whose books truly embody the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and we salute you all for your fine work.” –Ellen Reid, Founder NIEA

For more information please visit: www.indieexcellence.com

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CONGRATULATIONS!
It is our great pleasure to inform you that you are a Finalist in the 11th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards. Your book truly embodies the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and we salute you and your fine work.

The lists of winners and finalists are proudly displayed on our brand new website, please log on to www.indieexcellence.com to see your name and book cover highlighted for all to see.

The entire team at the National Indie Excellence Awards sincerely hope your participation in our contest will serve you well in the your ongoing success. You have our deepest congratulations.
Warmly,
Everyone at the National Indie Excellence Awards

 A NEW BED TIME FAVORITE!five-stars
I have 3 small kids, 4, 7 & 9. This book had all 3 of their attention spans from beginning to end. My 7 year old especially loved it. She sat there with her mouth open in pure amazement the whole time. It was even enjoyable for me to read, my attention span with a book is far worse than a child’s! The illustrations were so fun and the story itself made us all want to dream about the Sandman! My 7 year old was so infatuated with it, she wanted to take it to school and read it to her 2nd grade class. Luckily, she has an amazing teacher that let her stand up in front of the class and read it to them all on her own. Her classmates loved it and her teacher thought it was adorable! She stashes it under her pillow at night, and carries it in her backpack during the day. It is definitely the new top pick at story time in my house now!
-Misty Burke ( A Mother)
Great Dreamsfive-stars
What a fun book! The illustrations are rich and imaginative.  Very lyrical and super FUN for kids of all ages!
– A Mother
Beautiful!five-stars
This book is a sweet story with amazing illustrations. I can see this book quickly becoming a favorite read before bed.
– Phillip Brown
A fun children’s book with pretty illustrationsfive-stars

This is a great bedtime book for young children, and is filled with imaginative illustrations. It’s upbeat, positive, and will leave your children wishing they too could visit the “Land of Sweets.”

– Bemis
.My daughter and I read this book together and loved it. She wants to read it everydayfive-stars
My 4 year old daughter and I read this book together and loved it. She wants to read it everyday and is hoping the sandman will visit us soon! We loved the gummy bears and pancakes! Very cute
-Amazon Customer
“Sweet” bedtime story!five-stars
Very well written. Simple words with pleasant rhymes makes it easy for children to follow along, while keeping their minds engaged while relaxing. Beautiful images!!
-Amy Pack
Five Starsfive-stars
My kids loved this book!! They really loved the illustration in the candy land! Thanks so much!
-Bre

I liked Priscilla and the Sandman because of the illustrations. They look so real and give you a good picture of what the Land of Sweets looks like. I like that Priscilla’s stuffed bunny is in every picture, and I had fun looking for him. I read this book while eating animal crackers, just like the ones that are performing for the Gumdrop Queen. I think that Priscilla is drawn to look like the author’s daughter, and the Sandman cat probably looks like her pet cat.

-Jewel, Age 9, KidsBookBuzz

To read the full review, please click here.

Mihaela Pop, From Words to Worlds says,

“Parents tell stories to children to open their minds and their hearts, so the story before bedtime is not an insignificant routine but a tradition that brings bonding, positive energy and a powerful impulse to imagination.

The land of sweets is not an invitation to an unhealthy food consuming behaviour but a presentation of how children’s imagination works, a representation of their creative and prolific mind.”

CLICK HERE to read the full review!