Sunday, June 28, 2020

Taking You Back...My 1st Children's Book

When did I begin writing? Well…as soon as I learned how! I was always writing short stories as a kid, but my writing “career” began in 2015 when my first book, Hammy’s New Home, was published.

My husband and I have friends who live – literally – in the woods and they have a homestead. They raise chickens, roosters, goats, ducks and pigs. They also have gardens. One day, we were visiting and met a young pig named Sir Hamalot (aka “Hammy”). Hammy was adorable; he ran around his pen snorting and I just fell in love with him! I’ve always been partial to pigs. 

The four of us were sitting on the enclosed porch drinking coffee and chatting, and Hammy kept making a lot of noise in his pen. I began to feel sorry for him being alone out there, so I made a joke and said, “Aww, he wants to come up on the porch with us!” And by “us” I meant my husband, myself, Hope and Donny, and their two dogs, Mona and Maggie. We laughed and I said that would make a good book. I chuckled some more but didn’t think much of it.

Until later.

The idea of Hammy wanting to join us on the porch kept niggling on my mind, and one day I sat down and began to write about it. I wrote about a young pig who lived on a farm and had goat friends and two dog friends named Molly and Melly (not the names of Hope and Donny’s dogs, but close). When I was finished, my husband told me I should publish it. Hmmm, ok, I had no clue how to go about that. So, what did I do? I googled how to publish a book. I chose self-publishing because it seemed easier (HA) and more royalties for myself (true), so I looked up the steps. I hired a good friend, Chris Strange, to do the illustrations, and I taught myself how to build the book.

It was a long process. I didn’t use a self-publishing company at first, so I ended up paying a lot for printing costs and shipping (thankfully in the end, I earned my money back through book sales) and down the road I ended up publishing Hammy’s New Home on IngramSpark so distribution was wider.

I put a lot of work into my first book (heck, a lot of work goes into ALL of my books) but after publishing a few more books, the process became easier and now I can offer not only editing services, but book formatting and self-publishing consulting services as well (visit my website Get It Write for more information).

In 2017, Chris and I were the “stars” at a local elementary school where Chris worked (the kids LOVED the book and would ask Chris to draw pictures for them). I read Hammy’s New Home to several hundred kids, and then Chris talked to them about his illustration process. We were a hit!
My friend, Tina, hosted my first book signing at her store, and I read to preschool-age kids at our local library as well. 

Hammy has always been a big hit with kids – and even adults! Will Hammy make a comeback? I think he will…stay tuned for updates! You can visit my author page at Melanie ~ Author/Editor and like and follow me on Facebook at

If you haven’t read Hammy’s New Home yet, please do, and leave a kind review on Amazon!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Do You Love Books?

If you’re a writer, you love to read…right? I mean, what writer doesn’t love to read? 

Sometimes we don’t know what to read. Maybe we have some favorite authors but want to try a new author and/or genre. Sure, you can go on Goodreads and look at reviews and find books that way, or even Pinterest, but I love reading reviews from people I know who love books. 

So, I’m sharing two of my favorite blogs for you to check out.

Tina’s blog, Read N' Reviews, is all about book reviews. Tina is an avid reader and takes time to write out an honest review after each book she reads. She also has a Facebook page called Read N’ Reviews Book Page where people can post books they love and there are certain days when authors/bloggers can post their links.

Faith has a blog called Gold in the Clouds. In this blog, Faith shares about her faith in Christ, her family and friendships, and also posts book reviews. You’ll definitely want to check out and follow her blog.

Do you have a blog about writing or book reviews? Post in the comments; I’d love to follow you!

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Welcome to Get It Write!!

Thanks for checking out my new blog! Follow me on this blog and I will take you with me on my writing journey, lend out self-publishing and writing tips and tricks, feature once-a-month author interviews, and more!!

Let me introduce myself. I am a published author, an editor, and the owner of a freelance company called Get It Write. I offer a variety of services such as editing, proofreading, book formatting, self-publishing consulting, and [soon] building websites for authors. My rates differ based on project size, length, genre, etc., so feel free to visit my website or email me at for questions and pricing.

To date, I have the following books published (all can be found on Amazon and some on Barnes and Noble, Target, and Walmart online):

Border Buddies (an early reader’s chapter book, first in the Border Buddies series)

Border Buddies Get a Brother (second in the Border Buddies series) *currently in eBook format only; print release date is July 20, 2020

Chrissy’s Candy Shop (published by Two Girls and a Reading Corner)

The Way Home (a contemporary fiction novel)

I am currently working on my second novel, as well as a few other children’s picture books. I would love if you would kindly purchase my books and leave a review on Amazon for each (books are available for print or eBook). Positive reviews help authors a great deal!

Thanks again for checking in. I hope you’ll follow this blog.