Bumblemeyer Publications is a creative, independent publisher of children's books and faith-based materials—in print and digital format—for a worldwide audience.
"Behold, nothing surpasses books. Would that I could make you love them more than your mother. Would that I might make their beauty enter before your face. For it is greater than any office. You are to set your heart on books."
Anonymous ca. 2,150 BC
SOME THOUGHTS ON CRAFT
Editing, often considered the bane of a writer's life, should be welcomed with open arms.
Often, the problem is knowing when to stop editing! Tightening scenes, crafting snippets to breathe more depth into characters—these can exhilarate us, underscore the joy of craft, even as they interfere with sleep or challenge us to wash away grammar and spelling errors and improve our use of language.
Similarly, rewriting offers another opportunity to hone our craft. But unlike editing, rewrites require you to know your characters and your story.
With a first draft, you get to know the players and the situation that brings them together. In the rewrite, you work within the framework of the first draft to expand, remove, even reinvent what’s there; you become more involved with the who, what, where, when, why, and how. In some instances, you might need to interview your characters, even argue with them, to discover underlying issues, unresolved conflicts, hidden motivations.
Don’t fear editing or rewriting; they are necessary parts of the process, and if you’re not confident about editing your own work, don't hesitate to seek the assistance of teachers and other writers. You might also consider attending workshops to help fill any gaps in your understanding of grammar and/or story structure.
Time and the desire to retain control of one's work are two of the main motivations behind a decision to pursue indie publishing as opposed to a more traditional route. Bumblemeyer Publications is blessed to reside in an area alive with artistic energy, with outlets for illustrators to actors to musicians to sculptors to engineers and other writers. Another plus is the opportunity to collaborate with local professionals to produce original works to engage, entertain, and inform a new generation of readers and dreamers.
That said, publishing and marketing decisions are best made when you have all the information in front of you. Therefore, writers and illustrators should consider joining professional writing and illustration organizations along with independent publishing associations. SCBWI, CBI, IBPA, CPSA, ALLi, IFW, and ICL are some of the best resources available for writing and publishing books.