Charline Profiri interview with David Alan Binder

posted May 6, 2016, 8:10 AM by David Alan Binder   [ updated May 16, 2016, 6:17 AM ]

Charline Profiri interview with David Alan Binder

 A short portion of her bio from her website:  Since beginning my new career as a children's author, I've written stories and poems for children of all ages--everything from board books to novels. My stories, articles and poems have appeared in Highlights for Children, High Five, Pockets and My Friend among others.  See much, much more on her website.

 Charline Profiri’s website:

 Charline’s books: COUNTING LITTLE GECKOS (57,000+ copies sold to date)

                            The RGU Group 2005> Bobolink Media 2009


                                    GUESS WHO’S IN THE DESERT

                                    Rio Chico Books for Children, 2013 (5,700+ sold to date)

           Both books are available from independent bookstores, B&N, and Amazon.


1.     How do you pronounce your name? 

                   Shar LEAN Pro FEAR e


2.  Where are you currently living?

          Phoenix, AZ area


3. What is the most important thing that you have learned in your writing experience, so far?

          It’s difficult to pin down one thing. However, the first thing that popped into my mind was PERSISTENCE. It is almost impossible to become a traditionally published author unless you are persistent about learning the craft, writing, and submitting your writing.


4.      What would you say is your most interesting writing, publishing, editing or illustrating quirk?

     I love to write rhyme. The text of both of my books rhyme, I have published rhyming poetry, and my rhyming contest entry won $500.


5.     Tell us your insights on self-publish or use a publisher?

     I have never self-published. It is a rare self-published book that sells 100 or more copies. Publishers enable my work to reach a much larger audience. Also, they do the book-keeping, distributing, etc. jobs that I don’t care to do.


a.     Who is the name of your publishers and in what city are they?

                             Bobolink Media is in Fallbrook, CA

                             Rio Chico/ Rio Nuevo is in Tucson, AZ


6.     Any insights eBooks vs. print books and alternative vs. conventional publishing?

     No. My preference is conventionally published print books.


7.     Do you have any secret tips for writers on getting a book published? 

                   I wish there were secrets! The closest I can come to a secret is the word I discussed in #3—                    PERSISTENCE. To quote Richard Bach:

                   "A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit."                                                                                            

8.     How did you or would you suggest acquire an agent?  Any tips for new writers on getting one?

     I have never had an agent, so I have no tips for getting one.


9.     Do you have any suggestions or helps for new writers (please be specific and informational as possible)?

     The Writing Tips page on my website lists 20 tips primarily for those writing for children. The Quotes page is also loaded with tips from well-known authors.          

10.            What was one of the most surprising things you learned with your books, editing, publishing or illustrating?

                   I was surprised to learn that I had no input on the choice of an illustrator for my                                         books or for my first book, no input on the illustrations.   Happily, I love the illustrators chosen for                 my books and their wonderful illustrations. Not all new picture book authors are as fortunate.

11.            How many books have you written? 

                   Probably + or – 100. Unfortunately publishers don’t pour though my filing cabinet or Word                         program looking for a book to publish. Although I enjoy writing for children, I don’t enjoy                             researching publishers, writing query letters, and submitting.


12.            Do you have any tricks or tips to help others become a better writer (please be as specific and information as you possibly can)? 

                             See #9 and my website

 13.            Do you have any suggestions for providing twists in a good story?

          Children and publishers love twist endings. Brainstorm until you come up with one.

14.            What makes your book stand out from the crowd?

                   I think my books stand out first because of the covers. The illustrations prompt buyers to                         initially pick up the book. My books are short and fun to read, those are important considerations                 for parents who as one told me, “We read it every night. It’s his favorite book.”


15.            What are some ways in which you promote your work?

                   I’m a former Kindergarten-3 teacher, so I love doing school visits. I created Teaching Guides for                 both books that are free to download on my website. I also enjoy presenting at conferences,                         store and event book signings and readings, and talking about my books (Even to strangers                         while in line at the grocery).


16.             What is the one thing you would do differently now (concerning writing or editing or publishing or illustrating) and why?

                   I need to take my own advice and be persistent in submitting my writing.


17.            What saying or mantra do you live by?

        The closest thing I have to a mantra I just made up:   Positive thinking gets positive results. If             you think you can, you can!


          Warm wishes to all for your publishing success.


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