KIDLIT AND MORE!
Hi! I thought that this week I'd share my writing process for 'Where Can We Have The Party?' with you.
All stories start with an idea. 'Where Can We Have The Party?' came to me when I was a child and this idea never let me go.
Well, during that time, publishers weren’t accepting stories with talking animals. This is why ICL asked me to re-write the story with human kids. That taught me something. Always listen to your feelings when it comes to writing. That’s the story talking to you. It told me it didn’t want to have human kids for characters.
'Where Can We Have The Party?' and every other story or article I've written has gone through the same process.
It's really raining out there. It's like the sky's opened up. Really, the weather fits the mood I'm in after receiving the news that I just received.
Last week I told you guys that I was taking part in a book promo today. Well, due to reasons out of my control, there won't be any discounted price for 'Where Can We Have The Party?' today. I won't say ever since I'm going to set up a give-away, but today I have no idea when this is going to happen.
Here's what happened. At the end of September when my book promotion group was preparing for this, I called Amazon to see about lowering the price, just for today. They told me to talk to CreateSpace; they handle that. So, I did.
The customer rep was very friendly and when I told her what I wanted she said, "No problem!" She then proceeded to tell me how to do this. She said to lower the price on October 6th since it takes five days for Amazon's price to change.
Last Friday (the 6th) came and I lowered the price for you. Well, today came, I checked Amazon expecting to see the deeply discounted price, but no ... So, I did what any disappointed-so-bad-they-feel-sick person would do. I called CreateSpace to see why the price didn't change. I told the rep the whole conversation I had with the rep in September. She spent a lot of time checking into my records, on my behalf. Then, she came back on the phone and told me that I couldn't lower it below the list price which is $9.30. She said the other customer rep gave me the wrong information.
I truly apologise for today's mess. In fact, I feel sick about it. I was really looking forward to this today!
Like I said before, I am going to have a give-away on Facebook. Nothing can go wrong with that since it won't involve any other companies. So, stay tuned!
Join me on October 11, 2017 as I participate in a children's book promotion party. "Where Can We Have The Party?" will be $,99 for one day. Remember, it's already FREE on Kindle Unlimited. I'll keep you posted as to where the party will be. Hope to see you all there! http://www.amazon.com/dp/1537077120
TITLE: Ben and the Bullies
AUTHOR: Not So Serious Jack
PUBLISHER: DREAM IN MOTION, LLC.
Ben likes to bake. He likes to teach his sister how to do it. He also likes to read her books. She likes to draw pictures. There's one problem with Ben's life, though. School bullies. They don't understand Ben. Why does he like what he likes? Find out why and what happens when you read "Ben and the Bullies!"
I recommend this book for your child’s library. You can find this at Amazon where you’ll find it in both Kindle and paperback. Ben and The Bullies is also on Barnes and Noble.
TITLE: A World To Live In: An Ecologist’s Vision for a Plundered Planet
AUTHOR: George M. Woodell
NARRATED BY: W.B. Ward
LENGTH: 8 hours, 47 minutes
What’s happening to the planet that we live on? All the toxic gases that we produce from car exhausts, chemical waste, emissions from canned deodorant and hair spray all contribute to the destruction of our well-being and Mother Earth. The toxic chemicals sprayed on crops aren’t helping either. They garbage that we let drop in the oceans, rivers, ponds, and lakes aren’t helping us either. We’re killing the fish. If we don’t kill them we’re causing deformities. So what do we do about it?
A World to Live In: An Ecologist’s Vision for a Plundered Planet explores this subject. George M. Woodell explains to us of all the plundering we’re actually doing to the earth and offers suggestions on how to correct our behavior. He explains to us about climate change causing the melting of the ice-caps in Antartica to how this connects to the disappearance or endangerment of animals, plants, and how this connects with our survival.
This is definitely an audiobook you’ll want to download on your device. This is a very timely and eye-opening book to listen to!
TITLE: Andrew Little: Fifth Grader
Author: Cynthia Gingold
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Formats: Paperback, Kindle
Paperback: 58 pages
Price: Paperback: $5.99, Kindle Unlimited: Free
Is Andrew Little really the class clown and not a good friend? Will he stay that way forever? I enjoyed the humorous, action packed adventures of Andrew in his last days of fifth grade.
I’d recommend the easy-to-read book for your elementary school readers.
If you’d like to order this book in paperback or in Kindle, you can order it here.
My picture book is very nearly complete and soon will be for sale on Amazon. Now, it's on to make bookmarks and a book trailer. Stay tuned!
Where Can We Have The Party? is published!! Get your copy here.
Courtesy of Writer's Circle
Well, this is the time of year I usually talk about New Year's Writing Resolutions. You'll be happy to know that I'm not going to this year. Instead, I'm going to take the 2017 READING CHALLENGE that's shown in the meme above. I found this meme on Facebook, courtesy of the Writer's Circle. I also thought it would be fun to challenge all of you to do it too!
How can we do this? For the biography or auto-biography we could read about the life of Judy Blume, Theodore Giesel, Laura Ingalls Wilder, or anyone else you're a fan of. You could even go out of the world of kidlit and read a biography of say ... Henry VIII. What's that I hear? You don't want to leave the world of kidlit? Easy peezy. Read a how-to book on writing for children.
For reviewers, reading most of this list will be a snap since you have the books you review on your bookshelf or in your e-reader.
Most of these suggestions are self - explanatory. For instance, I notice that there's one up there that says to read a book by someone younger than you. Read one written by a young author or an author that you know is younger than you.
Many of these books are already on my bookshelf or on my e - reader. One just came in today's mail and I can't wait to get to it! It's a self - help book and yes, self - help is on the list.
The only one listed that I would REALLY find challenging is "read a book from my childhood." Hmmmm. The only store I know of that might have 'Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel' is 300 miles away from me. This store has so many books. Even books from way back when. I wonder if I can buy it over the internet somewhere?
So, as I said before, I challenge YOU to do this along with me. Have fun!
A CHRISTMAS TALE...DRESS REHEARSAL
Christmas is coming
Everyone’s getting stressed,
The Infant Christmas Production
Is putting us to the test.
We’re on the way to Bethlehem,
The children are finally dressed,
The costumes have seen betters
It’s a pity they weren’t pressed!
Joseph is teasing the donkey
Who is terribly, terribly slow
And has now stopped altogether
Because he doesn’t want to go.
We’ve got too many angels,
The stars are thick on the ground,
Yet when we ask them all to sing
It’s hard to hear a sound.
The Kings forgot the presents,
The camels haven’t appeared,
Mary is looking tearful
Just as we all had feared.
Instead of ‘Sorry, there is no
The innkeeper opens the door,
He tells them they can go inside
And sit down on the floor.
The villagers are fighting,
The shepherds kick the sheep,
Some of the narrators
Are sounding half asleep.
The doll was in the manger
Now Mary takes it out,
She’s gone from tearful to
And she’s waving it about.
Then comes the Grand Finale,
There’s a puddle on the floor,
It’s time to call a finish
Or there’ll be a whole lot more.
So things are just as always
Becoming extremely fraught –
But the parents will think it’s
That’s such a comforting thought!
The Panto was a success, that
we do now know,
All those girls and boys – they
really did all glow.
Merry Christmas to all the
children, as they all do play,
But don’t forget to go to bed
early – as Santa arrives on his
A drunken Santa has made it
And beat the traffic queue!
He now flies home to Lapland,
With a sherry in his hand!
He shouts; “Merry Christmas,
folks, and gives a cheeky wink”,
He flies away, oh so fast – he
daren’t even blink!
A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER
We’re getting near to Christmas,
There’s lots of things to do.
There’s cards to write and gifts
To friends both old and new.
We’ll think about the good old
When Father Christmas came
And left a shiny penny,
And a tangerine and a game.
We’d have a lovely dinner,
Turkey, Yorkshire, spuds and
And a home-made Christmas
With mince pies, without a
And nuts and dates, oh, what
And paper chains were hung,
Then someone played piano,
And carols would be sung.
Let’s think about the Christ
As he in the manger lay,
And remember that without
There would be no Christmas
Nice and tidy.
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