After working through several edits, TYRONE THE TERRIBLE, The Chameleon Who Decided He Was an Alligator, is off to the publisher for final approval. My cover illustration is done, and waiting approval. Once this is done, the book will be out shortly.

It has been an exciting process. I have learned many new things along the way. I’ve given my first interview, done a Zoom meeting, where I had to get out of my PJ’s, and learned to navigate my way around Dropbox (kind-of).

Don’t tell my editor, but there were times when she would ask for something, and I would have to google the word to find out what I was supposed to do. But I managed to get done what was needed, and added some new words to my vocabulary.

The release date is set for next month. I’ll give you a heads-up when the book is ready. Thanks for being with me along this publishing journey.

Jan Lis


I had a wonderful weekend in Miami at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Conference. Learned so much, and made so many good contacts. There were panel discussions – a First Books panel, Publishers panel, and Agents panel. And some great workshops. The whole weekend was about children’s books, from Picture Books to Young Adult.

My Chapter Book, TYRONE THE TERRIBLE, The Chameleon Who Decided He Was an Alligator, is in the first edit stage. Which makes me wonder how many edits there are. Of course I will find out. What a shock when you think you are fairly literate and the first mark-up comes back to you with all kinds of re-dos. It is an interesting process, and I am actually enjoying the learning experience.

My favorite web place, Book Funnel, is having a free book offer if you sign up for my newsletter. The freebee is available now until February 15th. My Children’s short story for you to download is: WHERE IS MY SHIRT? Check it out by clicking on:

Will let you know how my book editing process proceeds.
Stay warm if you are in the north. Living is South Florida has its perks.
Jan Lis

A Few More Thoughts…

Well, I have been slugging away at marketing. And I feel like I am making a little headway. It has been 3 weeks of dogged determination to understand Facebook, Mailchimp etc., (Not that I really understand any more than when I first started), but I have found the most wonderful invention – YOUTUBE. What a great help. I have my laptop set up next to my desktop. I watch the Mailchimp how-to then pause and repeat what I have just seen on my desktop computer. It Works! I was able to create a list, and send it. I finally linked, (after a frustrating afternoon) Mailchimp to my website – A miracle.

Thanks and bless you all who are sending me words of encouragement.
Jan Lis

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