BookIllustrationDebbieFoxThis book is like a baby that’s almost ready to pop! And it’s going to be beautiful!

Last month I met with the talented Debbie Fox, our illustrator. We sat down at her kitchen table and read through the manuscript, line by line. Stacks of children’s books gave us inspiration as we conjured up illustration ideas for Good Pictures, Bad Pictures: our story of a mom telling her son about the dangers of pornography.

I had finished a complete re-write just days before.

According to our test readers (all moms with young kids ages 7 to 11), the book might be a bit too long. As I reviewed the manuscript, I knew I had to reduce and simplify it.

So I grabbed a package of 3×5 cards and painstakingly wrote down every concept contained in each chapter. I taped them up on my large dining room mirror–long snakes of cards under chapter headings. Then I did a lot of analysis! I rearranged some and ripped away others. Hey, I’m a visual learner!

Index cards help author arrange concepts for anti-porn kids book.

Here’s my dining room mirror covered with index cards. The orange dots mark the absolutely-must-include concepts.

Then I sat at my dining room table with my laptop and re-wrote large sections of the book.

Two full chapters disappeared! (The information in them either got edited out or reassigned to other chapters.)

I’m still working on the final chapter. Our testers said that it ended too abruptly (after the mom lists specific action steps to deal with pornography exposure), so we are thinking about how best to wrap it all up.

Later on this afternoon, I might bake some cookies or run out for a bit of shopping, but this morning I’m thinking about how to keep kids safe from pornography. And somehow that makes me very happy.

Kristen Jenson
Kristen A. Jenson is the founder of Protect Young Minds and author of Good Pictures Bad Pictures: Porn-Proofing Today's Young Kids. Kristen enjoys speaking, writing and anything else that will help empower kids to reject pornography. Kristen earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, and a master’s degree in Organizational Communication. Kristen currently lives with her husband in Washington State, where she enjoys growing a vegetable garden, watching Masterpiece Theater, and taking long walks with friends who tolerate her incessant talking about you know what. Above all else, her husband and three children are her greatest treasures.
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