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About Me

Linda Bartosik...
First steps of a beginning writer/artist/illustrator. Follow me on my journey. Read More...

My newest book now available on Amazon!

My newest book now available on Amazon!

Many treasures lie under the sea, but will Alistar find the one that will make ‘The Perfect Birthday Present’ for his mom? Join this adventurous little sea star and his best buddy Barnaby (a blob fish) as they travel through the beautiful deep blue sea, meeting many other creatures of the deep. When the two friends finally stumble upon the perfect present, Alistar needs to make a difficult decision, which only he can make. When he does, the little sea star learns that there are times when it is not the present that is important, but the thought behind it.

My First Cover! Now available on Amazon – Kindle & Hardcover

My First Cover! Now available on Amazon – Kindle & Hardcover

For Linda Crowley, the first day of the year had always been set aside to work on new, positive beginnings and 1970 was no different. Her husband and children were by all accounts healthy and no one even considered the terrible thought that tragedy would strike before the day was over, and life as she had known it was gone.

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My first illustrating project available on Amazon

My first illustrating project available on Amazon

Haley doesn't have a normal pet she has a goat, Ralph. He thinks he's having fun but he's causing untold trouble for Haley. Trouble seems to follow Ralph everywhere he goes only he doesn't know it. Haley's father says Ralph has to be sold!

Alistar & Octavia Finally Come to Life!

In the summer of 2013 I was sitting in a picture book writing class at the Cape Cod Writers Center annual conference. The assignment that day was to write a complete picture book in which someone loses something and someone finds it and they have to make a decision whether or not to give it . . . → Read More: Alistar & Octavia Finally Come to Life!

The Birth Of A Picture Book

First the story is created. This story I’m working on was created as a classroom exercise by a woman I didn’t even know, at last year’s Cape Cod Writers Center Conference. When it was her turn to read her story, I picked up my pen and quickly sketched my version of her characters. At the . . . → Read More: The Birth Of A Picture Book

I’m Just Not Good Enough

This morning I was cleaning the toilet. Ok, it’s what I was thinking when I was cleaning the toilet that prompted this post. I had just shown my husband my first illustration for my rocker friend, VK Lynne (meet her here and maybe kick in five bucks to help fund her upcoming tour) and I . . . → Read More: I’m Just Not Good Enough

Creative Shopping

My husband and kids would say that I’m just about the best value shopper they know. 90% of what I buy I never pay full price for. Yet, there are times when the thing you need will not be on sale, and you have to have a really good one to do the job. This . . . → Read More: Creative Shopping

Need I Say More?

Of course I will. Never did I meet a quote that I could let stand alone. When this one flashed across my newsfeed this morning I thought Hmm…what a novel idea…duh. Of course you’re going to find yourself in a new place if you do something you’ve never done. What a great motivator to . . . → Read More: Need I Say More?

Summer Camp 2014

Once again it was time for the Cape Cod Writers Annual conference. Instead of a week long camp this year it was reduced to a long weekend to give working people a chance to take more courses.

This was my first year not taking a course. This year I chose to spend my money . . . → Read More: Summer Camp 2014

Get Down To It!

Well the wedding is over, so now it’s time to shift focus and “get down to it”. It is time to drag out my own picture book that I wrote in the summer of 2011 and do something with it. I remember the day I wrote that book. It started with the words and pictures . . . → Read More: Get Down To It!

Tiny Musings # 4 – Not – Do One Little Thing

Today my tiny musing won’t fit into 140 characters no matter how hard I try. And that is a good thing because it means writing is becoming easier again. Today is about having a big goal and doing one little thing, the very first step, towards it.

I’ve mentioned in a past post that . . . → Read More: Tiny Musings # 4 – Not – Do One Little Thing

Tiny Musings #2 – The Vessel

Surrendering to being God’s vessel is like going white water rafting without a paddle – you don’t get to steer – you just hang on!

And so, as another day goes by, more on this tomorrow, stay tuned, and…I have written.

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Marketing! Marketing! Marketing!

This post first appeared in The Cape Cod Children’s Writers Blog on January 23 2014.

I have never moved my work very far simply because marketing has always been, for a self-published author, much too daunting for me. Just panacea of online information on how to go about it makes my head hurt and venture . . . → Read More: Marketing! Marketing! Marketing!