Get Published Challenge

Page 1 from Al Book

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Get Published Challenge, Illustration Project | Comments Off

Posting a page a day from my new book “Al of the Piney Woods”

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Sell 179,000 Copies of Your Self Published Book? No, Problem!

Posted by on Mar 10, 2013 in Author Success Stories, Creativity and Productivity, Get Published Challenge | 1 comment

Sell 179,000 Copies of Your Self Published Book? No, Problem!

The move to LA is over! My wife and I have moved cross country from Austin, Texas to the Los Angeles, California area. We’re finally settled in a nice place and we are beginning to take advantage of new opportunities. One of the new things for me this year is a renewed vigor for writing. “I thought you were an illustrator?” You might ask. Well, yes that’s true but I’d describe myself more as a writer who illustrates.  Both are rewarding in different ways. This year I’m finally biting the bullet and completing my first children’s book as both writer...

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Almost time for SCBW Los Angeles 41st Summer Conference!

Posted by on Aug 2, 2012 in Creativity and Productivity, Get Published Challenge | Comments Off

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Get Published Challenge & Author Nickie Hansen Update

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Author Success Stories, Get Published Challenge | Comments Off

Get Published Challenge & Author Nickie Hansen Update

Get Published Challenge Update: Two months ago I started the “get published challenge” mostly to challenge myself to finally finish a children’s manuscript I’ve been working on. I also invited others to join this challenge with me and I know a few readers have taken on this pursuit with me. Two months of writing doesn’t seem like much but when you push yourself you can get surprising results. I’ve been alternating my efforts between four different manuscripts with completely different audiences in mind. I like writing this way because it helps me to stay fresh and free from the...

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Writing a Children’s Book is HARD

Posted by on Jun 7, 2012 in Creativity and Productivity, Get Published Challenge | Comments Off

Writing a Children’s Book is HARD

Get Published Challenge: Three weeks ago I announced the MurphyToons Get Published Challenge. I challenged my current, past, and future clients to finally make that attempt at writing a children’s book or maybe your 2nd or even your 3rd children’s book. I made a lot of progress in my first three weeks, only not in the direction I intended. The ideas seemed to come from every direction. The only problem was that each idea belonged to a different story. I couldn’t focus on one singular idea until one day while I was on a jog a BIG IDEA HIT ME. For those of you who don’t...

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Join the MurphyToons Get Published Challenge

Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Creativity and Productivity, Get Published Challenge | Comments Off

Join the MurphyToons Get Published Challenge

As an illustrator I’ve had the opportunity to partner with quite a few talented authors. Creating illustrations for amazing stories is what I do best. Many of the authors I work with are not yet published but they still want to have a complete body of work, illustrations and all, to present to agents and publishers alike. Sometimes telling an agent about your idea isn’t enough. To really get their attention you have to SHOW an agent your idea through a polished manuscript accompanied by completed professional illustrations. One of my personal goals as an illustrator for 2012 has...

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