Our “conversation” today is with Henry Holden, author of How to Write Your Children’s Book Using Absolutely Free Resources and Public Domain!
Henry covers the sources of nonfiction and fiction material, guiding you to the sources of free content and free high resolution digital photographs that are also copyright free. Henry explains, “I will walk you through the copyright issues, and where and how to copyright your work, and share links to other valuable resources.
The number one reason for the rejection of a children’s book manuscript is it is written above the age/grade-level the publisher wants, or it is written below the age/grade-level. In this book I will show you how to write to a specific age/grade level using a simple formula, and free computer-generated grade level analyzer.”
Writers-Editor’s Network: Henry, what inspired you to write this book?
Henry Holden: People are always telling me they’d like to write a book, especially a children’s book.
Writers-Editors Network: Did you outline this book first? Or just start writing?
Henry Holden: I always outline first.
Writers-Editors Network: What was the biggest challenge in bringing this book to publication?
Henry Holden: The real world interfering with my writing 🙂
Writers-Editors Network: Do you plan on writing more books similar to this?
Henry Holden: Yes, nonfiction how-to books.
How he writes …
Henry Holden: My favorite place to write is in my home office. I edit and rewrite what I’m working on in the living room, the back yard, a B&N super store, or Starbucks.
Writers-Editors Network: Do you have any writing rituals?
Henry Holden: Not really. I need to edit my work on paper and I like to use my Mont Blanc pencil or pen. They were gifts from my wife since I once said in an offhand remark, “a craftsman should always try and buy and work with the best tools he can afford.”
Writers-Editors Network: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Henry Holden: I was reading John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath for a college assignment. Because my career was blooming it took me 15 years before I put the first word on paper.
Writers-Editors Network: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Henry Holden: It depends on the season. Summer it’s the beach or lake, Spring planting veggies, Fall photographing the changing foliage, and Winter watching a snow storm from my living room window.
Writers-Editors Network: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Henry Holden: Be persistent and keep at it in spite of those rejections. Try and figure out why the work was rejected. Use a grammar checking program, Remember, everybody starts out with a tabula rasa.
Writers-Editors Network: How will How to Write Your Children’s Book Using Absolutely Free Resources and Public Domain! help me become a writer?
Henry Holden: By reading this book you will save untold hours of research, and you will avoid mistakes I made when I first started writing. I discuss some of those mistakes in the book.