My thanks to Linda Baie for posting me on Poetry Friday. If you missed her review of A PLACE TO START A FAMILY, here’s the link. http://www.teacherdance.org/2018/02/poetry-friday-all-for-family.html
Linda, I’m grateful for your delightful review and support in sharing news about the book. Thank you!
Tomorrow (Saturday the 27th) at 1:00 I’ll sign A PLACE TO START A FAMILY at Barnes & Noble in Springfield. I hope some of you who live in the area can stop by to say hello.
Yesterday I confirmed March 10 for a signing at Sun Dog Books in Seaside, Florida. I’m looking at other dates including stores in Destin, Panama City, and Kansas City. Gotta push dem books!
So far no one has left a comment on Amazon.com to get their name in the drawing for a free copy of A PLACE TO START A FAMILY. Someone I don’t know left a lovely review but so far that’s it. You have until February 16 to meet the deadline. So far it looks like I’ll get to save the copy I’ve been planning to give away.
Scholastic has posted about 7 KEYS TO RESEARCH FOR SUCCESSFUL WRITING. Here’s the link if you’re interested or know someone who might be. http://edublog.scholastic.com/post/7-keys-research-writing-success-conversation-mary-jo-fresch-and-david-l-harrison
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.
Today is officially the publication date for A PLACE TO START A FAMILY. I’m excited! It has been up on Amazon for weeks but of course with no books available the rating is waaaaaay back in the pack. My hope is that there are enough back orders to give us a respectable rating once books can be shipped.
Here’s the link to purchase and/or leave your review. https://www.amazon.com/Place-Start-Family-Poems-Creatures/dp/1580897487/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1516058561&sr=8-1&keywords=a+place+to+start+a+family
As I’ve mentioned, one month from today on February 16 I will draw a name from among those who have left reviews and send the winner an autographed copy.
I hope you like it. Wish us luck!