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FAB Club Bullying Help Sheets – Work in Progress

My book, FAB Club, will launch on October 3rd. To coincide with that, I’m preparing some bullying help sheets, which will be available free to all newsletter subscribers (go to alexhallatt.com/FAB to subscribe). Here is some of the line art … Continue reading

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Free Children’s Book Chapters – Friends Against Bullying – Join the Club

The last chapter (12) went out to my crowd editors a couple of weeks ago. I got some enthusiastic feedback from the kids, but a couple of the adults echoed my thoughts about the ending. It all wrapped up, but … Continue reading

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Creating a Children’s Chapter Book 17: Cover Design

As we get into the last few chapters of the crowd edit, it’s time to finalise the cover. This was the draft: I had to neaten up the text and bring the kids to the fore to stand out a … Continue reading

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Creating a Children’s Chapter Book 16: The Crowd Edit

Chapter 10 went out this week. There are 12 chapters in the book, so the crowd edit will be over soon. I’m a little sad, as I’m enjoying the whole process. I’ve learned a lot about how the book works (or didn’t) … Continue reading

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Creating a Children’s Chapter Book 14: I Am Learning a Lot About Punctuation

The last time I learnt any grammar was when I was about 15. I am sure I have forgotten a lot, but I’m also sure that there are things I’ve never known. Like how to punctuate dialogue. This week, I … Continue reading

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Creating a Children’s Chapter Book 13: Editing the Book Via FirstEditing.com and FAB Friends

I’m publishing FAB Club myself and I don’t have a huge budget, but editing is vital. It’s one of the differences between a professional-looking book and an amateur one. It’s also important because the book’s audience is 8-12 year old … Continue reading

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Creating a Children’s Chapter Book 12: Setting up the First Chapter in Adobe InDesign

I’ve been watching lots of videos about how to set up a book in InDesign. The best are from Lynda.com (there are a lot of them on YouTube). I’ve picked 6 x 9 inch size for the paperback, as it … Continue reading

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Creating a Children’s Chapter Book 11: Final Illustrations For the First Chapter

I’m drawing the final illustrations for the Friends Against Bullying book with a fountain pen, using Noodlers ink, on layout paper. The paper is translucent and lets me trace over the rough pencil drawings. This means I can work quickly and … Continue reading

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Creating a Middle Grade Children’s Book 10: Character Tweaks

  I’m planning on publishing the book when I get back to New Zealand and want to make the book more representative of Kiwis. I’ve decided to make Trevor of Polynesian heritage. Trevor is one of my favourite characters, as … Continue reading

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Creating a Middle Grade Children’s Book 9: Roughs Finished

The roughs are finished, YES!!!!! The next stage is to tidy up some loose ends (um, like, consistency of character looks) before I get onto the inking.

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