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Adventure Writing Prompt Journal Proof Has Arrived

The Adventure Writing Prompt Journal proof has arrived!

I ended up changing quite a bit of the interior design since providing a sneak peek of the adventure writing prompt journal, and I am really excited how the interior turned out (even though there are some things I will update before publishing).

I’m not completely satisfied with the front cover because of the shadow from one of the suitcases. (Of course the actual cover won’t say “Not for Resale” on it.)

Adventure Writing Prompt Journal Sneak Peek

I like the back cover, though. I may try to figure out a way to switch the front and back cover suitcases before publishing it. Definitely something I’ll have to experiment with.

Adventure Writing Prompt Journal Sneak Peek

The page for the journal owner’s name remained the same. There is a Table of Contents to easily find each of the 52 adventures.

Adventure Writing Prompt Journal Sneak Peek

There is a letter to the adventure writer that includes a total of 11 writing tips. I did find a few things on these pages that I am going to change before officially publishing.

Each of the 52 pictures for the writing prompts is on a full page.

Adventure Writing Prompt Journal Sneak Peek

Each of the 52 writing prompts has two pages for the writing prompt and lines to write.

A map watermark is on all of the pages that don’t include a picture. I was concerned the watermark was going to be too distracting, but it is subtle enough that I don’t think it is. I’m really glad I was able to figure out how to include it on the pages.

Adventure Writing Prompt Journal Sneak Peek

The back has a section called “Riveting Words to Use” for vocabulary words.

Adventure Writing Prompt Journal Sneak Peek

There’s also a section for the journal writer to write a little bit about his or herself.

Adventure Writing Prompt Journal Sneak Peek

I need to make some changes and reupload the files before The Adventure Writing Prompt Journal can be published. I hope to have it published in the near future.

What is your favorite adventure?

 

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Reading Journals Now Available for Purchase

(This post contains affiliate links, which means I may make a small commission at no extra charge to you if you click on a link and make a purchase. Thank you!)

I have been providing some behind-the-scenes information about the Reading Journals I have created, and I’m happy to announce they are now available for purchase!

It’s really fun to see a blank page like this

Blank Sheet Print Screen

turn into something like this

Reading Journals

with some creativity and work.

If you would like to see the interiors of the Reading Journals, please visit this post. As I’ve mentioned before, there are two line width options and multiple cover design choices available.

Thin Ruled Line Cover Options

Here are the reading journal cover options with thin ruled lines.

(You can click on the cover images to take you to Amazon where they are available for purchase.)

         

Wide Ruled Lines Cover Options

Here are the reading journals cover options with wide ruled lines.

(Again, you can click on the cover images to take you to Amazon where they are available for purchase.)

       

I am still working on the Adventure Writing Prompt Journal. I finished the writing prompt text, which I sent to a couple of different people to critique. I also formatted the journal, inserted a Table of Contents, wrote an introduction letter, and tried to upload it.

This Journal Belongs to...

Unfortunately, it won’t let me upload the file for some reason, so I am trying to get that issue resolved. I’m really hoping I’ll be able to figure it out soon. My goal is to have a proof of the Adventure Writing Prompt Journal in my hands by the end of July (National Pickle Month). We’ll see what happens.

Are there any journals you like to use or would like to see created?

 

 

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Updated Reading Journal Proofs Have Arrived

I mentioned in a previous post that I had received a couple of Reading Journal proofs to preview before publishing them.

Reading Journal Proofs

I was very happy with the quality of them, but I noticed a few things that I wanted to change before actually hitting “publish”. I updated them right away and ordered two new proofs.

Well, those updated proofs have now arrived!

Obviously the covers are completely different from the first proofs. As I had mentioned in my previous post, there are a total of 12 different journal options.

There are seven cover options to choose from with thin ruled lines.

Reading Journals Available There are five cover options to choose from with thick ruled lines. The rectangle on the covers can be used to write the journal owner’s name if desired. It’s also a nice way to easily tell the journals apart between wide ruled and thin ruled lines. All of the journals that include a name box on the front have wide ruled lines.

Reading Journals Available

Since I liked how the cover pictures of the first two proofs turned out, I decided to order different covers with updated interiors for my second set of proofs.

Again, I chose to order one with wide ruled lines and one with thin ruled lines to preview the insides of each.

Reading Journal Interiors

These large 8.5″ x 11″ soft cover reading journals have space to record a total of 100 books. Other than the spacing options, the insides are practically the same.

The interior contents include:

  • Total of 124 pages

  • A page to write the name of the journal owner

  • Personalized Table of Contents – journal owner writes the title of each book on the line next to its number to easily refer back to specific books

  • Letter to reader that explains each section, what the different numbers of stars mean for rating books, the difference between fiction and nonfiction books with examples, and some ideas to include in the section to write additional thoughts and comments

  • 100 pages to record 100 different books with space to:
    • write the book title, author, and number of pages
    • color in stars for a personalized book rating
    • fill in a circle next to the word fiction or nonfiction
    • write the date started and date ended
    • write any additional thoughts or comments about the book
    • Comes in two choices: thin ruled lines or wide ruled lines (as seen in picture)

Interior Wide Ruled Journal

  • Pages to record new words and definitions
  • Pages to write the titles of books to read in the future

  • An everything else section that includes information about me, image acknowledgments*, copyright information, and additional cover design options

My daughters were really excited to get the proofs, and they have already begun using them as their own reading journals.

My cat was excited to get the box. Infact, he sat next to the box waiting for me to set it on the ground for him.

As soon as it was on the ground, he was in the box.

After previewing the journals, I uploaded all of the interior files and clicked the button to publish them.

It may take up to 72 hours for the journals to be approved by Amazon. If they aren’t approved, I’ll have to figure out why and go from there to finish them. If they are approved, they will be available on Amazon for $6.95 each.

I’ll let you know when they are officially available for purchase!

Do you record books you read? If so, how?

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*Image Acknowledgments:

Cat Under Book Cover – Image by Алексей Боярских from Pixabay

Frog Cover – Image by Couleur from Pixabay

Castle Cover – Image by Cari R. from Pixabay

Teddy Bear with Book Cover – Image by Oldiefan from Pixabay

Colored Pencils Cover – Image by Bayu Zulkarnain from Pixabay

Antique Keys Cover – Image by LoggaWiggler from Pixabay

Paint Cover – Image by Hannibal Height from Pixabay

Spiral Bound Notebook – Image by Pixel_perfect from Pixabay

Pile of Books Recording Cloud – Image by Kidaha from Pixabay

Pencil Recording Box – Image by Kidaha from Pixabay

Check out Kidaha.com for more clipart options.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journals · Ramblings

Reading Journal Proofs Have Arrived

I briefly mentioned in a previous post that I had created reading journals recently and was waiting for proofs to arrive.

Well, they arrived! My daughters were really excited when we received the box and couldn’t wait to open it. I thought the reading journals looked really nice on the computer when I had created them, but I was a little nervous to see how they would look in person.

It didn’t take long for us to tear open the box and see.

Reading Journal Proofs

I think they turned out beautifully. Obviously, it would be nice if there wasn’t a large strip across the middle of each of them that says “Not for Resale”, but that will not appear on the actual copies once they are published.

My cat was also eager for the box, which he fell asleep inside of shortly after we set it on the ground for him.

For those of you who don’t know, proofs are physical copies to view before publication. It isn’t necessary for me to order proofs before publishing them, but I prefer to order them so that I can see them in person to make sure there aren’t any errors that I may have missed seeing when they were displayed on the computer.

I’m glad I did! As we were looking through the journals, one of my daughters noticed that the lines were different on one page.

Oops! I had intentionally created the journals with two different line spacing options: wide ruled lines for little readers/writers

and thin ruled lines for older kids, and I accidentally missed changing the lines on one of the pages.

Inside of Reading Journal

I carefully previewed all of the rest of the pages making sure everything else was accurate. Although it wasn’t necessary, I did decide to change a few words I had included within a letter to the reader at the beginning of the journal.

I also decided to add an extra page at the end to show all of the options I have created for the reading journals. It took me a little bit to format that page the way I wanted it, but I finally got it.

The page on the left was my first attempt, which I didn’t like very much. The page on the right is the page that will be added to the updated reading journals.

As shown in the picture, there will be seven different cover options to choose from for the thin ruled journals and five different cover options to choose from for the thick ruled journals for a total of twelve reading journal options.

They both include covers with a castle, frogs, teddy bear holding a book, kitten under a book, and paint. The thick ruled journals have a rectangle on the cover for kids to write their names. The thin ruled journals have additional cover options that include keys (as shown on one of the proofs) and colored pencils.

These large 8.5″ x 11″ soft cover reading journals have space to record a total of 100 books. Other than the spacing options, the insides are practically the same.

The interior contents include:

  • Total of 124 pages
  • A page to write the name of the journal owner
  • Personalized Table of Contents – journal owner writes the title of each book on the line next to its number to easily refer back to specific books
  • Letter to reader that explains each section, what the different numbers of stars mean for rating books, the difference between fiction and nonfiction books with examples, and some ideas to include in the section to write additional thoughts and comments
  • 100 pages to record 100 different books with space to:
    • write the book title, author, and number of pages
    • color in stars for a personalized book rating
    • fill in a circle next to the word fiction or nonfiction
    • write the date started and date ended
    • write any additional thoughts or comments about the book
  • Pages to record new words and definitions
  • Pages to write the titles of books to read in the future

I have already updated the files, which my cats “assisted” with. See how helpful they are?

Now I am waiting for the two updated proofs I just ordered. One will have wide ruled lines with the kitten cover and the other will have thin ruled lines with the colored pencils cover.

I look forward to sharing pictures of those when they arrive. I’m one step closer to getting them published.

Do you record books you read? If so, how?