Words Have Wings

My One Word

I am not much of a resolution girl. I was not able to implement or sustain the resolution. After reading  One Word That Will Change Your Life by Jon Gordon. The possibility of one word guiding me through the year was intriguing. I wanted to know more.  I came across a blog post by Christine Kane. Can A … Read more

An Author’s Year in Review


An author’s year in review is an opportunity for authors to look back at their writing life for the past year. Reviews can help you plan next steps for the new year. It is important to focus on what you were able to do rather than the rejections, less than shining critiques or contracts not … Read more

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


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

Two Wins for Wiley

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


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