Friday, February 26, 2016

Tidbits from JOURNEY TO PUBLICATION: The General Rule Is, Stay Away from Cliches

   Cliches, those "old saws" that are used to make a point by applying them as similes and metaphors to people and situations in your writing, need to be avoided. Why? First of all, they make you appear less creative than you actually are. Let's face it: if you are a writer you are certainly creative enough to invent your own similes and metaphors and not rely on using the old worn-out ones. 
   Take a look at the examples below: 
        The two lovers did not see or hear one another on opposite sides of the sidewalk. They were 
            like two ships passing in the night. 
        Grace and Emily stuck together like two birds of a feather; neither was ever seen in circles 
            other than the ones they both shared. 
   Each of the above examples contains a cliche highlighted in boldface. Though they may not be familiar to you, they are old and have been worn out by the general public over the years. Beware: when you think you have created an original, it may well be one that has come and gone but is still familiar to enough readers to make you, as an author, appear non-creative. That makes it important to have several people of different ages read your work before you submit it for publication. 
   There are times, however, when using cliches may be permissible. For instance, look at the example below. It is dialogue, and it sounds as if it is coming from a character who is more than likely quite adept at using cliches. 
        "Why, I love eatin' jack rabbit. By damn, I'll gobble up a bowl uh jack rabbit stew, e                              even Welsh rabbit, in a New York minute if'n you'll cook it fer me!"
If cliches are appropriate for a character, you can get by with using them, even to the point of ridiculousness.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Spark Your Creativity!

Every Wednesday we offer you a special photo taken by our CEO Janet Beasley to help spark your creativity. Whether you're an author, a painter, a musician, or clay sculpture artist we think you'll find her photos very inspiring!

Storms Always Pass

Happy creating!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Featured Children's Author Amy Sellers

Children's authors are some of the most creative people on the planet! JLB Creatives Publishing is honored to be a publishing company who specializes in children's books. In steering the company to cater to such authors, we are honored to have had Amy Sellers make a submission for her Miss Amy's Rhyme Time Collection. 

What makes Amy different from other children's authors? She is not only the author, but also the artist. Her imagination was "handed" down to her son, Asa, who took the liberty to put all of her rhymes to music.

Miss Amy's Rhyme Time Collection is a sing-along experience. With 4 titles: "Snorts, Paws, Tails, and Claws," "Cats and Mice Twice as Nice," "Whooo's Coming to Dinner," and "Angels Can Do Loop-Dee-Loops" there is something for kids of all kinds! From peas to pizza, and spiders to celestial beings and beyond, Amy has captured her audience's eye with her brightly colored paintings that boast lyrics that are just as colorful and whimsical.

To discover more about children's author Amy Sellers and her Rhyme Time Collection we invite you to visit and look for Amy Sellers's author page.

If you're a children's author looking to make a submission to a publishing company who specializes in children's books, we invite you to take a look at our submission guidelines on our website  

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JLB Creatives Editor Dar Bagby (L) and JLB Creatives CEO Janet Beasley (R)