Catholic Authors

  • William J. Rockwell posted an update in the group Group logo of Catholic AuthorsCatholic Authors 4 weeks ago

    I found out I really can draw. Those artists who were interested in my picture book wanted to be paid upfront…to the tune for $8,000,00. No chance. So, I tried a few drawings, and I liked them. So, I’m finishing up the drawings, and then will try to get it traditionally published, maybe through a Literary Agent. My Mid-Grade novel is finished, and I’ve sent it to Literary Agents. Once these two are projects are on their way, or self-published, I’ll turn to my mystery story of last year, and try to finish it in the next 12 months, unless life, or my grandchildren, get in the way. How are the rest of you doing with your writing?

  • William J. Rockwell posted an update in the group Group logo of Catholic AuthorsCatholic Authors 5 months ago

    I have recently written the text to 5 Children’s Picture Books (artwork needs to be done by someone who can draw…I can’t).  Anyway, upon hearing this, my 12 year old grandson asked me to write a story with him as the central character.  I immediately went home and wrote, “Fetch,” a short story wherein my grandson is a wizard, but is unaware of it, but discovers it as the story unfolds.  I like the story so much that I intend to turn it into a Mid-Grade book.  Thanks, Darren for the inspiration!
    Where does your inspiration come from? Hopefully, you take cues from your friends and family, your environment, and your life. Turn them into stories, and see what happens. God works through all these things. Take advantage of that gift, and use it in your stories. God Bless!

  • I’ve just completed a children’s picture book for children up to age 5. It has to do with the training of a new puppy. I can’t do the needed drawings. I am considering sending this to a traditional publisher who will use their in-house artists, if they accept it for publication. Does anyone have any experience in this area? This is my second picture book. I wrote one 2 years ago, and an artist agreed to do it (on a after sale commission; no money up front, as many artists require). The artist has not completed the work, and I’m not sure he even began any drawings. When I offered him the job, I promised him I would not press him for completion. I recently asked if he still wanted to do the work, and he insisted he did. I don’t know what to do now, except, if my new one is accepted, “pressure” him by telling him of my success, and asking him to finish the project. Problems with this approach, as told to me by other authors, is that he may do a few great drawings to satisfy my rushing him, and then the quality of his work may deteriorate, something I simply could not stand. I’ve met a few professional artists, but they require over $4,000 up from for the 23 drawings in my book. I can’t afford this. Any ideas, or directions I can go in, other than above.

    • Who do you like for illustrative style? I’ve sent a friendship request. I am an artist, I do many different media but have not done a children’s book. Do you have specific passages or places in the text you want illustrated? I would be quite reasonable for price, it just remains what style you’re looking for. I’ve done many cat pictures and a few dogs. I do pastel, pen and ink, oil, and watercolor. Perhaps you can message me some info about your book. Peace in Christ !

      • Hi, Denise, First, I was thinking of a pen/pencil drawings without color. The book is designed for young children, age 1 to 5, to be read by parents to them. Color may be the best, but I’m not sure. What do you think? I have planned to send the manuscript to a children’s book publisher who accepts text with no artwork, and would use their own artists. They will also accept a full manuscript with copies of the art work. They take 6 months to review either. If you think you would like to try a few drawings for me to see, send me your email to and I’ll send you the full manuscript of 23 pages, including the cover. As to payment, I’m retired, and, although I’d love to see this book in stores etc., I really can’t afford much. Would you consider waiting until published, either traditional (best for income, distribution etc, or self-pub: poor distribution, little money in my experience), and splitting the profits 50/50? There’s no assurance, of course, that the traditional publishers would want to publish the book anyway, so I may have to go self-publishing, as I’ve done with all my novels. I would like to go traditional to get a broader distribution for this book. Send me your email address, and I’ll send the full manuscript, so you can…[Read more]

        • It is a nice story, nicely done. But I cannot make this project work for me, having given it a lot of thought. Sorry about that, and God bless you in your efforts!!

  • William J. Rockwell posted an update in the group Group logo of Catholic AuthorsCatholic Authors 8 months ago

    Welcome new members. Let us know what your reading, and, more importantly, what you’re writing about. Are you published, or hoping to be published. Are you trying traditional publishing, or self-publishing, or some combination of the two. I finished my novel, Need to Know, and am writing another mystery, The Mystery of the Gilded Eagle. I’m also planning to write the text for a Graphic Novel based on my Vampire novel, Generation Z, Birth of the Zompire. I’m retired, so I can spend much time. How about you? Any reviews of your books?

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    • Hello all. I am currently reading “Resisting Happiness” by Mathew Kelly. I am not writing anything but in times when I’ve experienced the most satisying apiritual growth, I was journaling as a form of prayer. I have never felt closer to the Lord than during those times. I have prayerfully wondered whether this would lead to any type of writing for others.

      • Depending on what is in your journal, you may be able to help others by publishing the contents. Only you can determine if this is true, but if you really feel this way, you can self-publish it as a flyer, small book, or whatever form works. If the journal entries are too confidential, then you can’t help through their content, but may still be able to help, if in no other way than to encourage to do the same thing you did to make them feel closer to the Lord. Worked for you. Maybe it’ll work for them.

        • Thanks. You have given me some good info to think about.

          I would like to read your mystery novels.

          • Go to my website: to read the first chapters and summaries of all my novels. If interested in mysteries, I suggest starting with Not Privileged to Know. (Need to Know is the second in this series; Death of the Innocents is a stand alone mystery). All my novels show Catholic people, whether practicing Catholics, or not, who are thrown into stressful and exciting situations. Hope you enjoy. Let me know, and, if you read any, please review on Amazon, GoodReads, etc.

  • I received my first review of my new book, Need to Know. Hopefully more to follow. If you get a review of your book, remember the author of the review owns it, and you’re not supposed to copy any of it for use on your website, or anywhere else without his/her permission. If it’s a negative review (I’ve gotten one negative review), don’t respond to it. It only aggravates the reviewer, and may sensitize others into fearing your wrath if they write a less than stellar review. And, in my opinion, don’t ever pay for a review. They are seen as just that: you paid for a good review. In my case, I contacted the author of my review, since he left his email address,, and received permission. He gave me 5 stars on Amazon: “…Story-line is fast paced and evolving. Rockwell did an excellent job of making us feel what the characters felt. I’m looking forward to next book in the series.”

  • Catch this. My editor informed me, AFTER I published the book, that he had never finished reading the book, apologized for being so late in contacting me, and asked me to “bug him” with the next book. Luckily, he does not charge me, and has been great in the past. I guess life caught up to him too…still a good excuse? Anyway, he sent 10 errors he found. Nine were “minor” misspellings (IE your in place of you’re, think in place of thing etc), but one was major (I had a man killed in the last novel talking…wrong name, obviously). I fixed these errors, and republished the novel, and contacted all who had purchased the “error” first edition, offering the changes, and a new novel, if they so desire (no one has taken me up on this last offer). The lesson for me: anyone who offers to edit the book, even if they are “professional” editors, must be heard from before publishing…my error. FYI, I published because I am attending a convention where my books sell well very soon, and I need copies to see there. Guess I should have emailed the editor, telling him this, and asking for his edit…my second lesson/error.

  • Life has kept me very busy…like everyone else. Anyway, I finished my latest novel, Need to Know, and it is available on Amazon (search: need to know bill rockwell) for those of you who would read the first novel, Not Privileged to Know. If you read it, please review it. Bob, still interested in reviewing this follow up novel, the second in the trilogy?

  • Bob Kurland posted an update in the group Group logo of Catholic AuthorsCatholic Authors 1 year, 7 months ago

    Hello all. I’ve been searching for a publisher for *.pdf books (not *.epub) and have found one– The royalties are great, 90%, and the uploading and publishing process is easy. Here’a link for my book on that site
    Science verus the Church–“Truth Cannot Contradict Truth”

  • Last night I was interviewed on Public Access TV, a local Connecticut Public TV station about my new novel, my other novels, and the reason I placed my characters in the abortion industry as a back story. I think it went well, although I wished I had said some other things, and I think I could have been clearer on others. Oh, well, I\’m new at this TV thing. Anyone else had such an interview. I\’m hoping to \”snowball\” this interview by getting other TV stations to air it. Hope spring eternal. Please pray for my efforts to educate people about the abortion issue/industry. Video will be posted next week; I\’ll post the link as soon as it\’s available for those interested. Hope it helps others in any interviews they have.

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