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Local Author Showcase

Last week I participated in a Local Author Showcase. The event was sponsored by a local public library. The library reached out to authors on Long Island in October to see if we would be interested in attending the event. I knew this would be a great opportunity for me to share both of my … Read more

Author School Visits

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Author school visits build relationships between children and the written word. Meeting authors can inspire children to write and make connections with lessons they are learning in their classrooms. School visits encourage reading and writing for fun and often motivate reluctant or struggling readers and writers. After an author visit, children often see themselves as … Read more

Book Signing Events

Last week we hosted a Meet the Authors/Book Signing for Two Wins for Wiley. This was our first book signing and it was exciting, overwhelming and a bit nerve wracking. A book signing is a chance to meet parents, children and book lovers. It is also a big deal and requires a great deal of … Read more

Goodreads Picture Book Giveaway

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Giveaways are a popular strategy for authors to build buzz for their books. We launched Two Wins for Wiley, and have hosted two giveaways on social media. We heard some great things about the Goodreads Picture Book Giveaway and decided to give it a try. Goodreads makes it really easy for authors. Let’s start with … Read more

I’m Fishing with Pop-Pop Today

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Author Interviews are a fun way to learn about authors and their books. Interviews can give us insight into the author’s writing process. Author interviews help readers to better understand how and why their stories were written. This week I would like you to meet Leslie Eva Taylor author of I’m Fishing with Pop-Pop Today. Rosie … Read more

Picture Book Month

If you love picture books as much as I do then you are going to love the month of November. Picture Book Month is an International Literacy Initiative that celebrates picture books during the month of November.  In prior posts I have shared how picture books help develop early literacy skills    and several reasons to … Read more

Paid or Free Book Reviews

Launching our book, Two Wins for Wiley, this week was an awesome experience. It is also a little scary when you put your book out in the world. We naturally want everyone to love our book, but realistically we know that not everyone will. Reviews are essential, but when you receive 8 requests to review … Read more

Book Launch Party

Now that you have finished writing and publishing your amazing new book, you need to celebrate this accomplishment. How should you celebrate? You should celebrate with a book launch party. At first, I wasn’t sure if I should have a party, but my mentor encouraged me and I am glad she did. Gertie Saves the … Read more

Organizing a Book Launch Team

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At our recent mastermind meeting, some of the authors asked about organizing a book launch team for their picture books.  A launch team is a group of people who are going to support you and help spread the word. They could be social media followers, readers of your blog, friends or the members in your mastermind group. … Read more

Parts of a Book

The three main parts of a book are the front matter, body and back matter. These are often referred to as the book block. The block for our paperback contains all of the pages that fall between the front and back cover. It is important for authors to understand each of the three main parts. … Read more