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Lauren Kramer-Theuerkauf

Lauren Kramer-Theuerkauf
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I began writing at an early age. While in elementary school, I was the recipient of two Young Author Awards (1994, 1997). In high school, I became the only freshman member of the yearbook staff where I took my own photographs and wrote stories about the happenings at Freeburg High.

I went on to receive my Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications – Journalism from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. While there, I earned the Outstanding Student in Journalism Award in 2006. I am the former Editor of The Fairview Heights Tribune as well as the Clinton County News in Mascoutah, Illinois.

I have written numerous articles and feature stories that have been included in the above-mentioned papers as well as The Freeburg Tribune and the Mass Communicator magazine for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

In 2015, I created my own publishing company called Theuerkauf’s Tails, LLC. I am also an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), 12x12 Picture Book Challenge, Independent Book Publisher’s Association (IBPA), the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA), and the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA).

I also contribute to and edit articles for the Pets for Patriots Wet Nose blog as well as DOGTV’s Everything Dogs Blog. Additionally, I am a member of the Animal Rescue Professionals Association and am a Certified Rescue Animal Transporter.

I currently volunteer at the APA of Missouri with my three-legged dog, Penny. I assist in teaching the humane education class to birthday parties as well as Boy and Girl Scout groups. I greatly enjoy educating youth about the importance of humane treatment of all animals. I also love to interact with the groups to make the learning experience fun and memorable.

In 2016, I published a children’s book about Penny and her adoption journey entitled Priceless Penny. Penny and I visit area schools where we give presentations on the importance of adopting differently-abled animals. I also speak at community events as well as at local club and organizational meetings.

Additionally, I have attended numerous writing conferences and events that include: Picture Book Summit, WriteOnCon, BlogPaws Conference, and the SCBWI-Illinois Chapter Spring Thaw Pitch Perfect 2 event.

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Lauren Kramer-Theuerkauf's Awards and Achievements

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  • Author Academy Awards Top 10 Finalist
    2018

    Priceless Penny

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  • Best Book Awards Finalist
    2016

    Priceless Penny

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  • International Publisher Award
    2016

    Priceless Penny

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  • Literary Classics Seal of Approval
    2016

    Priceless Penny

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  • New Apple Independent Publishing Award for Excellence
    2016

    Priceless Penny

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  • Readers' Favorite Five Stars Award
    2016

    Priceless Penny

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  • Story Monster Approval Award
    2016

    Priceless Penny

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  • The Gittle List Best Indie Children's Picture Book
    2016

    Priceless Penny

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    • When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession?
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      • Yes! I've always envisioned writing as my career/full-time profession. I love writing so much that I've never considered doing anything else with my life. Writing is a part of me that I can never ignore. Stories are constantly flowing through me and I can't wait to share them with the world!
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      • I feel that the most unethical practice in the publishing industry is making authors pay for reviews. This negates the very purpose of a review: getting honest feedback from the readers. Those who are paid to review books will feel compelled to write a glowing review even if the story isn't very good. This creates a dishonest relationship between the reviewer and his/her followers. Reviews should be organic and honest.
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      • A good cover and title are essential to the success of a book. When I shop for books, the cover is the first thing that I notice. If there is an image of a dog or cat on the front, I'm automatically going to pick it up to see what the story is about. I'm also drawn to catchy or unique titles. If a title can grab my attention, I will bypass the cover art completely. However, I think that for children's picture books (which is my genre) both the title and cover are crucial to its success. The cover is the first thing that children will see and it's what will drive their desire to ask their parents to buy the book.
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      • Writing children's picture books is hard work! While the stories are typically within the confines of 32 pages, each page packs an emotional punch. As a picture book author, it is my job to write a complete story with a fully developed character who is able to solve his/her problem by the 32nd page. Additionally, I have to not be too descriptive in my writing as I must leave room for the illustrator to let his/her creativity shine. While the page count is small, the writing process is still the same as with a novel.
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      • Yes, I often experience Writer's Block! My best tip is to walk away. Nothing good ever comes from trying to force a story. Go for a walk. Listen to music. Grab a coloring book and play with colors. Taking your mind off of the story can help to remove the very block that is preventing its flow.
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      • Yes, I always read my book reviews. While reviews are always subjective, I like to know what my readers are thinking. For good reviews, I try to reach out to the reviewer with a personal thank you. I'm truly honored that they have taken the time to not only read my book, but to craft a review about it as well. Bad reviews give me perspective on how I can improve my writing. I never take a bad review personally, but try to read it from a craft point-of-view. If the reviewer is providing constructive criticism, I'm appreciative for the feedback and opportunity to work on any perceived weaknesses in my writing.
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      • To me, literary success would mean creating and selling stories that touch the lives of my readers. I want to write stories that will stand the test of time and be read for years to come. I would love for one of my books to truly touch someone's life and become their favorite book of all time.
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    • Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?
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      • Lauren Kramer-Theuerkauf Lauren Kramer-Theuerkauf 1 year ago
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      • The most important elements of good writing are originality, heart, and authenticity. Originality is key because, as an author, it is our job to create stories that stand out among the crowd. These are the stories that will stick with readers for years to come. Heart is crucial to every piece of writing. More than just emotion, heart speaks to the very essence of the characters and fuels their desires and determination to achieve their goals. Authenticity speaks to the experiences of the author. Pieces of an author's life are woven into every story that he/she tells. As writers, we rely on our life experiences to create stories that are meaningful, impactful, and authentic. In my opinion, these are the most important elements of good writing.
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      • I have always loved writing ever since I was a little girl. I used to write my own fairy tale newspapers that followed the lives of the glamorous princesses after their happily ever afters. In third grade, I won my first Young Authors Award for my original story, "The Dancing Doll." I was completely stunned when I won another Young Authors Award in seventh grade for my historical story, "The Note in the Bottle." I knew that writing was in my blood. In college, I went on to major in Journalism with a minor in English. I have been writing for 30 years.
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