Friday, April 10, 2020

Children's Book Trailers - Hockey Agony Early Reader Picture Book


Welcome to today's edition of 
Where My Writing Muse Takes Me 
at Write What Inspires You!

Following up on my recent blog post on the importance of utilizing book trailers in your book efforts, I'm pleased to share the Hockey Agony book trailer created by Kim McDougall of Castelane for the Prose.

I'd enjoy receiving your feedback if the book trailer sparks your interest in sharing Hockey Agony with your young muses.

Please stay safe and well.

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#booktrailers
#hockeyagony
#kimmcdougall
#castelane

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author
Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!


Angel's Forever Home ~ March 2019 ~ Mascot Books ~ 2019 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Six and Older

Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved

A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Special Announcement: Join Award-winning Children's Author, Donna McDine for Story Time Facebook Live - Saturday Mornings at 9 am EST



Special Announcement...


Wanting to engage your child with live story time? 
Look no further! 

Kicking-off Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 9 am EST 

The first six Saturday's I will read one of my children's picture books and moving forward on Saturday, May 23rd I will read aloud from a fellow author's children's book.

I will also take requests from parents and their children with a one week lead time.


"Be prepared for the adrenaline rush of escaping via the Underground Railroad, the slip of the ice beneath your skates, the harsh reality of the Royal Navy Press Gangs, the discovery of whale poachers at the beach, experience the first day of kindergarten nervousness or follow the journey of a rescued dog in finding his forever home. The roller coaster action in each escapade will transport the reader into a specific time period. One never knows where they will end up, past or present. So come on in for a front row seat into my writing world."

Tune in on Saturday, April 11th at 9 am EST to discover which book is selected for the first ever story time with me.

I look forward to connecting with one and all via Donna's Story Time Facebook Live weekly event.



Write What Inspires You! Newsletter ~ Opt-in today and join parents, teachers, and colleagues who receive Donna’s newsletter and receive two FREE e-Books: “The Story Behind the Books” and “Marketing Tips” 

Please remain safe and well!

Thank you for your time and interest.

#storytime
#facebooklive
#donnamcdine
#childrensbook
#picturebooks
#readaloud

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author
Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!

Angel's Forever Home ~ March 2019 ~ Mascot Books ~ 2019 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Six and Older

Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved

A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Write What Inspires You! Feature of the Week, Poet, Joe Sottile


Welcome to today's edition of Feature of the Week 
at Write What Inspires You!

Joe Sottile and I met about ten years ago at a SCBWI event and we have remained connected via cyberspace ever since. 
   

Today, I'm pleased to share with you Joe Sottile's poem...

Poets Are

 By Joe Sottile  


Poets are observers of what is on the surface and what is buried below. Poets are eavesdroppers who hear bits and pieces of talk that become silver and gold. Poets are truth-sayers. They can’t put words on paper without changing the world. Poets are enchanted maids dusting away cobwebs of the mind. Poets are pilgrims discovering new lands and cultures. Poets are explorers traveling in uncharted chambers of the heart. Poets are magicians juggling rhythm and rhyme, sense and sound. Poets are kings and queens of the written word
in all its sparkling formats



About Joe Sottile: Joe Sottile is a former teacher, children’s author, poet, performer and essayist. His essays have been published regionally and nationally, including two stories in the Chicken Soup series. He was a poetry enrichment instructor for B. O. C E. S., and he doesn’t truly feel alive unless he is engaged in writing workshops or performing poetry for kids. Does poetry matter? Waiting to See the Principal and Can Poetry Save the Planet? Answer that question in a convincing manner. Does sunshine matter?

You can contact Joe at sottilejoe24@gmail.com in sunny North Carolina

Connect with Joe on Facebook 

Thank you for your time and interest.

Interested in staying connected beyond the Internet? Please feel free to opt-in to my Write What Inspires You Newsletter! I promise not to fill your email inbox, for I send out my emails no more than 1-2 times per month.



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#joesottile
#poetry
#poetsare

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author
Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!


Angel's Forever Home ~ March 2019 ~ Mascot Books ~ 2019 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Six and Older

Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved


A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review


Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review


Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review


The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist


Monday, April 6, 2020

Children’s Book Award Contests: The Importance of Entering by Donna McDine



Children’s Book Award Contests: The Importance of Entering
By Donna McDine
The importance of entering children’s book award contests goes well beyond a win. There are two sides you can capitalize on. The obvious, if your book achieves book award recognition you and your publisher can reap the benefits of promoting you as an award-winning author. Second, even if you don’t place in the contest your book does gain additional exposure through the judging process. For example, when I participated in the 2011 NYS Reading Association Conference and Author Fair, two different teachers who are judges for the 2014 NYS Reading Association Charlotte Award mentioned they read my book for the contest. This provided a great opportunity to talk about my school visit workshops and The Golden Pathway’s Educators Guide, which then led to two different school visits. What better way to get the conversation going about your book then by people in the educational trenches.

Not sure where to being your search for contests? Of course the Internet is your most viable option. Google “children’s book award contests” and you will receive over a million hits. I can feel your shoulders sag; please don’t be dismayed as to where to begin. To help you get started I recommend the following websites for comprehensive contest listings:
Society of Children’s Book Writers & IllustratorsThe Golden Kite Award, Sid Fleischman Humor Award, and Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award.


The Purple Crayon 
 
The Reading Tub – Directory of Children’s Literature and Book Awards 
 
U.S. National and Canadian Awards for Children's and YA Literature

Children’s Literacy Classic International Book Awards     
Writer’s Digest -Even though The Golden Pathway and Hockey Agony were originally submitted as short stories to the annual contest they both placed as Honorable Mentions hence providing interest by Guardian Angel Publishing in offering my first two children book contracts.

An additional effective way to help keep you up to date on children’s book awards is by setting up a Google Alert with “children’s book awards”

Don’t stop researching with just the above mentioned. Conduct a search by state, topic, etc. (i.e., historical fiction, bullying, music, etc., all depending on the topic of your book). Cynthia Leitich Smith’s website noted above is a great resource for state-by-state.
Since the majority of contests are copyright deadline based, even before your book is published you need to educate yourself as to what contest is the most reputable and the best fit for your particular book. Do your homework and double check the submission guidelines (they do change from time to time just as publisher submission guidelines). Don’t come across as an amateur, research and confirm submission guidelines before submitting. What to look for: topic, copyright year, state of residency, country, etc.
Create an Excel spreadsheet for tracking purposes:
·      Contest Name
·      Contact Info
·      Deadline Date
·      Date Submitted
·      Winners Announced By
·      Accepted
·      Rejected
·      Comments
Of course, adjust the form to your personal needs. I set deadline reminders 30 days prior to the actual deadline on my Outlook Task Reminder. Don’t feel as if you need to “reinvent the wheel” in creating your Excel spreadsheet, if you are interested I’d be delighted to email you my blank tracking form. Please feel free to email me at donna@donnamcdine.com. Please mention where you read my article and put “Children’s Book Contests Tracking Form” in the subject line.
Good luck in your quest in becoming an award-winning children’s author!
If you are an award-winning children's author, I'd enjoy hearing about your journey.
I look forward to hearing from you. 
Be safe and well! 

Write What Inspires You! Newsletter ~ Opt-in today and join parents, teachers, and colleagues who receive Donna’s newsletter and receive two FREE e-Books: “The Story Behind the Books” and “Marketing Tips” 
#childrensbookawardcontests
#SCBWI
#storymonsterink
#thepurplecrayon
#thereadingtub 
#clcinternationalbookawards
#writersidgest 
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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author
Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!


Angel's Forever Home ~ March 2019 ~ Mascot Books ~ 2019 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Six and Older

Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved

A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist





Friday, April 3, 2020

Where My Writing Muse Takes Me... Angel's Forever Home


Welcome to today's edition of Where My Writing Muse Takes Me at Write What Inspires You! 

Today, I'm chatting about how the dog rescue picture book, Angel's Forever Home came to life.

Long before Angel leapt off the pages of Angel’s Forever Home, Angel’s true story began in the aftermath of the Chilean earthquake when a dog rescuer saved him. Transported to the United States his dog rescuer began making contact with potential adoptive families. Unfortunately, many could not take on the expense of a badly injured dog. Until the day Rita Gigante was introduced to Angel. Immediately falling in love with Angel, Rita brought her wife Bobbie Sterchele-Gigante back the next day to meet Angel. Bobbie too, felt her heart fill with overwhelming love for Angel and they adopted him.

For years, Rita and Bobbie chatted about creating a children’s book telling of Angel’s story for children to enjoy and to learn that each of our differences is what brings us together. While the book idea was put on the backburner for many years, new friendships developed and Rita intuitively knew this was now the time to invite Renie De Mase and myself in for a collaboration project.

I had the privilege of meeting Rita and Bobbie about ten years ago at a local psychic fair event they were hosting and we have remained connected ever since. So when Rita presented this opportunity for me to co-write and Renie to illustrate Angel’s story we both jumped at the chance immediately.

You may be thinking by now, wow four people collaborating on one book project, it must have been difficult with everyone’s opinions. It was quite the contrary. Our give and take during our brainstorming and writing sessions went swimmingly. Of course, the three of us left Renie to her expertise in illustrating once we discussed our visions.

We are beyond pleased of the finished book product and we all hope you enjoy Angel’s story as well.

For autographed copies contact Rita at spaceofgracehealing@gmail.com or order at Amazon.

Thank you for your time and interest.

#angelsforeverhome
#ritagigante
#bobbiesterchelegigante
#dogrescue
#donnamcdine
#mascotbooks
#picturebook
#reniedemase

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author
Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!


Angel's Forever Home ~ March 2019 ~ Mascot Books ~ 2019 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Six and Older

Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved

A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Feature of the Week at Write What Inspires You: Walking Through Walls by Karen Cioffi



Author: Karen Cioffi
Illustrator: Aidana Willow Raven
Genre: MG/Tween/YA
ISBN: 978-0-9826594-7-2
Publication Date: July 2011
Pages: 61
Price: $14.99 paperback
Publisher: 4RV Publishing

With each turn of the page pass through time to 16th Century ancient China where the legend of the Eternals mesmerizes twelve-year-old Wang. Determined not to live a poor farmer’s life like his father, Wang dreams of becoming rich and powerful and adamantly believes the Eternals are his answer. Unable to accept his poor man’s destiny, Wang declares he is leaving his family to journey to the Eternals home in the Loa Mountains.

Upon his arrival, Wang begins his apprenticeship with the Master Eternal, who believes that Wang’s personality will not allow him to succeed in his quest. Ignoring the Master Eternal’s insight into Wang’s often lazy personality Wang begins his apprenticeship. From the onset Wang is frustrated and annoyed by the slow apprenticeship process and threatens to quit several times. After the conclusion of the first year Wang does indeed quit, but has one last request of the Master Eternal; “teach me how to walk through walls.” The Master Eternal reluctantly teaches Wang this technique with a stern warning not to use this ability for evil.

Yet again, ignoring the Master Eternal’s advice, Wang eagerly beings his long journey home with visions how he can steal from the rich without them knowing, subsequently making himself rich with other’s fortunes. Exactly what the Master Eternal directed him not to do.

Unbeknownst to Wang the most difficult apprenticeship training continues during his travels home and upon his arrival. Will Wang discover the road to true happiness or will he succumb to the dark side? Learn all about Wang’s true destiny in Karen Cioffi’s fantasy Chinese tale and become immersed in 16th Century China.

About the author: Karen Cioffi is a published author, ghostwriter, and freelance writer. She is the founder and manager of Writers on the Move (a marketing group of authors utilizing cross-promotion and a number of promotional strategies); moderator of a children’s critique group; on the team at DKV Writing 4 U (offers professional and affordable writing services); and an acquisitions editor intern. Cioffi is a member of The International Association of Professional Ghostwriters, Professional Writers Alliance, and The National Association of Independent Writers and Editors. 


#karencioffi
#walkingthroughwalls
#middlegrade
#4RVpublishing

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author
Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!


Angel's Forever Home ~ March 2019 ~ Mascot Books ~ 2019 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Six and Older

Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved

A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist





Monday, March 30, 2020

The Importance of Book Trailers



First and foremost, I hope you and your families are safe and well during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

To take your mind off these turbulent times, I welcome you to Marketing Tips Monday at Write What Inspires You! Today, I'm chatting about book trailers and how it's an important tool for your book marketing efforts.


Book Trailers for Your Book Marketing Toolbox

With the ever-evolving advancements of technology and the amount of information thrown our way at any given moment it is more important than ever to grab the attention of potential book buyers from the get go.

How is one to do that, when our dream as authors is to make the hearts of our readers soar through our written word, but other avenues of entertainment are vying for their attention? Why not, add a book trailer to your book marketing efforts.

Not only is a book trailer a terrific marketing tool to bring your book to the attention of readers, it’s a terrific introduction piece for when you conduct author visits.

I have also incorporated my book trailers into my school visit presentations as a way of breaking up the workshop segments. It engages our young technology savvy muses in the way they are most accustomed, lending itself to a lively question and answer session.

There are many different types of video creation software out there, but in my personal experience I have found it better for me to outsource this type of work.

I have had the pleasure of hiring Kim McDougall of Castelane for the Prose for all six of my children’s books. Kim created unique book trailer through her expertise in bringing forth the true essence of each book beautifully.

I invite you to view my book trailers at my YouTube Channel or click each book title to go to the book trailer video.







If you visit, please feel free to like and comment on the video. By the way, when a visitor likes or comments on your YouTube videos it helps with SEO (Search Engine Optimization) as Google is continually ranking the searches across the Internet.

I’d enjoying hearing about your experience with book trailers and if this is a tool you use in your book marketing efforts.

Thank you for your time and interest. 

#booktrailers
#bookmarketing
#youtube
#donnamcdine
#castelane
#kimmcdougall

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author
Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!


Angel's Forever Home ~ March 2019 ~ Mascot Books ~ 2019 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Six and Older

Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved

A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist