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“A Day to Remember” has been added
to the library of wonderful titles at StoryChimes. You
can download them from Itunes as apps for your IPhone, IPad or ITouch. Give it a
Just in time for Christmas, The “Day to Remember” page has new Shopping Cart button
courtesy of Ebay.
I will not be chairing the PNWA
Children’s stories for the Literary Contest next year so that I can feel good
about entering a story. It was fun
chairing and reading and there were some awesome stories. Thanks to all the wonderful readers who
signed up and made the process painless!
The 3 sisters and all the photos are
safely back home. Some will be hung in the house.
The show was fun and we even sold a
couple of books! Time to plan for what comes next!
Just came back from hanging 7 pieces
of art up in Caffe Ladro in
downtown Kirkland. Thanks to Lynda it went smoothly and
We are the featured artist for the
month of November and "A Day to Remember" is still on sale there in
addition to three paintings interpreting the mused from ancient Greek
There are are
also 5 photos chosen solely on the basis of how they make me feel.
It has been way too long since an
update. None of the publishers decided to pursue “Gus” so we are
considering other options.
Since Sam and Coco went to our
distributor several copies were picked up by other distributors and almost as
many were returned.
The world of book publishing is
Sam and Coco did have a brief
gallery experience at Café Ladro in Kirkland.
It was short but very well received
and the nice people there allowed the book to stay on as a “for sale:” item.
The open house / anniversary
party went off fabulously which means that house projects are officially done
for the year
and it is time to explore activities
besides rearranging mounds of rock, dirt and sand.
As of today, “Gus” has been sent
out to 11 publishers for consideration.
Their “published” response times
vary from 3-6 months (plus).
“A Day to Remember:”
is going down to the PNBA show it Portland with Sheryn
Sam and Coco will be in the booth
with many others, but they will have their own poster and big bookmarks.
I am thinking about a letter
campaign and other ways of clearing out the last of the second printing.
Sam and Coco are in the system
and available to major resellers.
Of course, the marketing part is
still up to me. Sheryn has agreed to take them
to the PNBA conference in Portland.
I have some cover and query
letter templates and ready and made a first pass list of publishers who accept
unsolicited material and welcome first time authors and multiple
I found the info in the SCBWI
materials, so now I need to verify with each
website and send out the letters.
Sheryn thought Gus had potential and
worked up a proposal for him into print.
Unfortunately, our house remodel
and other financial factors take precedence for this year.
She hooked me up with a
distributor, Laura Danforth, and we are talking about
putting “A Day to Remember:” into the system.
Albert Whitman & Company
provided another addition to the “thanks for playing” file, giving another push
to continue the search.
Just spoke with Sheryn Hara about Gus and the Sam and Coco books.
She is going to send both to her
review team and make some recommendations about what she can offer.
Some of her clients have produced
truly beautiful work. One book especially, titled “The Rainbow Tiger”, is exquisite.
Hey there! I just sent “Gus and the Hundred Eyes” off to Albert Whitman
Wish him luck! I am putting
together a query letter for the Bliss Agency on the “Red”, “Puff” and “Teeth”
graphic novel trilogy.
With the job and the house
remodel I am finding it really challenging to time manage it all.
It felt good sending Gus off
I am back to work in the real
world on a 6month contract.
With Christmas and the house
remodel it is difficult to find time for working on the book.
I have an initial storyboard, but
that naturally brought up some weaknesses in the story.
It’s a good thing I enjoy this
part of the process. Merry Christmas!
I have started working on “A
Christmas Adventure”, the next Sam and Coco book!
There is a rough draft of the
story and about half the illustrations are broken down.
The goal is to have them ready
for next Christmas (duh).
I will try to put some in
progress material up on the “A Christmas Adventure” link off the publishing
Hi all! Thanks for
I have made some changes to
priorities and plans lately, which have affected the direction of my publishing
The Sam and Coco stories will
continue to be self-published, with a new one coming out every other year.
I don’t know if I will be able to
put one out this year.
Other stories will follow the more
traditional route of magazine and book publishers.
I will update individual entries
as news comes up
Business was just not brisk
enough to account for the costs of credit card validation, so the shopping cart
has been suspended.
f you want to order and checks are
an issue, please let me know and we’ll work something out.
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