Busy week coming up. I haven’t written a word in days but things look better now that I’m home. Couple of book projects need tweaking, one with Sandy Asher and one with Jane Yolen. I’m pleased with both and we’re getting close. A third project, with Mary Jo Fresch, is already out there so we wait.
I do an evening program on Tuesday and a radio spot on Thursday. On the weekend I’ll head for Kirksville to do a school visit.
As time permits I hope to get back to chapter three of a new middle grade novel.
With two books out at once I’m spending more time than usual with my marketing cap on. 7 KEYS TO RESEARCH FOR SUCCESSFUL WRITING is being well received by those who’ve read it. Today or soon Mary Jo Fresch and I will have an article on the subject on Scholastic’s blog. More when I have it. Some of you saw (and participated in) Kathy Temean’s interview of us/book giveaway on her blog January 28. I don’t think she’s awarded the free copy yet so there might still be time to check on it. Mary Jo and I presented on the subject at NCTE and are on the ILA agenda later this year with a two hour workshop. Last week I was interviewed about the book on radio. I’m open to other suggestions for promoting 7 KEYS. Sometimes SKYPE sessions are effective, either with students or teachers.
Now that A PLACE TO START A FAMILY is out, I’m getting busy promoting that one too. This Saturday I’ll sign copies at Barnes & Noble in Springfield (1-3 p.m.). I’m arranging a store signing in Florida in February, be in a magazine in March, and in April will speak/sign at Texas Library Association, do an evening program at our main library, make a school visit in Kirksville, Missouri about four hours from here, and appear on radio to celebrate National Poetry Month. I also have my own giveaway opportunity in progress for those who leave a comment on Amazon about the book. One person has already done so although I’m not sure I know her. Bibi, I’ll be happy to put your name in the hat for this great review. Many thanks for your kind words!
“Hurray, this book finally arrived today! (I ordered it months ago.) It definitely lives up to its promise. The artwork is intricate, fascinating, and gorgeous. The poetry is fresh, fun and informative. I bought this for my toddler grandson, and had to be very careful. He was so excited by it and wanted to ripe the pages! My 10-year-old grandson is quite the naturalist, and he loves the illustrations, the poems, and especially the Learn More! boxes which lead him to more information about the builders he is curious about. Altogether, a book that offers so much: a look into the hidden world of builders and tunnelers, beautiful explanations of how they feed and hunt, mate and build. The poems are alive with rhythmic fun. This is a must for the child’s library!”
Again, I’m open to possibilities for promoting 7 KEYS so keep that in mind if you hear of anything interesting.
Yesterday I followed the advice Mary Jo Fresch and I present in 7 KEYS TO RESEARCH FOR WRITING SUCCESS. In this case, step one was my trip to NYC in October. I set up dates with several editors, thoroughly enjoyed our visits, and came home with lists of ideas and categories I might tackle in 2018.
Yesterday I took the second step in applying presearch to my preparation. I went over the lists and settled on one that has been calling my name. I printed a working title (yes, pen on paper) and started a list of potential subjects, dividing them into seven groups. There are twenty-four of them.
At this point I’m thinking poetry but that might change. With a list of twenty-four subjects, I’ll start reading and making notes. I’ll keep track of key words to guide further efforts and stay awake for unexpected information that will inject surprise and entertainment value when I start writing. This isn’t going to be nonfiction. Still I need to bone up on each subject to see if it holds up well enough to stay on the list.
Today after my radio interview I’ll start the research effort and see where this idea takes me. Hopefully, it will eventually lead me back to the editor who expressed in such an idea in October.
Tomorrow morning at 10:00 CST I’ll be the guest on Larry Freund’s radio show, “The W-Factor.” The advance announcement reads, “Upcoming guest for January 11, 2018: David L. Harrison, award winning children’s author (and educator) 7 KEYS TO RESEARCH FOR WRITING SUCCESS, co-authored with Mary Jo Fresch. If you are a writer, teacher or educator you will want to tune in to this informative show. THE W-FACTOR.”
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The program is essentially about the new book and how it applies to getting prepared before starting a project, be it writing or anything else. If you have an interest in tuning in, I hope you will. Please share this information with others who might like to listen in. You can use the streaming link to hear us live. By using the phone number, you can call in with a question or comment. I’ll be given a CD of the interview after the show but it would not be available to anyone else.