Sunday, January 19, 2020

Author Visits with Award-winning Children's Author, Donna McDine


I invite you to take a glimpse into my author visits... 


Thank you for your time and interest!

#authorvisits
#schoolvisits
#donnamcdine
#awardwinningchildrensauthor

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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, January 17, 2020

Book Review - Gabe's Guardian Angel by Beverly Stowe McClure


Title: Gabe's Guardian Angel
Author: Beverly Stowe McClure
Release date: March 17, 2020
Publisher: Freedom Fox Press - Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
Fiction – Young Adult: Boys and Men/Loners and Outcasts/Bullying

Print ISBN 9781939844668 $15.95
eBook ISBN 9781939844675 $4.99

My review... "Beverly Stowe McClure’s latest young adult novel, Gabe’s Guardian Angel, brings the reader into the world of Gabe Montana from the onset with incredible imagery and believable teenage angst. Adolescence is difficult in different ways for many people and in Gabe’s case he feels he has many negatives that stand in his way of achieving a “normal” life. Two bullies in school intent in harassing Gabe every day, his dyslexia, his non-existent father and his long passed mother, Gabe sees no way out and wants to die. Until the day Gabe’s guardian angel, Charley, makes his presence known. Shocked, Gabe feels he may be truly going crazy. With the patience of a true guardian angel, Charley, attempts to teach Gabe that everyone has their own battles and all may not be what it seems. Will Gabe heed his new found guardian angel’s help and pull himself out of his spiraling path or will he allow the negative events around him to determine his future? Find out the outcome in Gabe’s Guardian Angel! An important read for young adults and their families. For McClure’s expert writing will surely bring important issues to the surface for discussion."

About the author: Most of the time, you’ll find Beverly Stowe McClure at her computer, typing stories young voices whisper in her ears. When she’s not writing, she’s snapping pictures of wildlife, flowers and clouds. She’s sometimes known as the “Bug Lady.” She’s not telling why.
EBook:
iTunes - https://books.apple.com/ca/book/gabes-guardian-angel/id1481904460 
Barnes & Noble - 
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/gabes-guardian-angel-beverly-stowe-mcclure/1133866191 
Kobo - 
https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/gabe-s-guardian-angel


Thank you for your interest!

P.S. Be sure to stop back on January 22nd when my interview with Beverly will appear.

#youngadult
#beverlystowemclure
#guardianangel
#bullying
#gabesguardianangel

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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





Sunday, January 12, 2020

SCBWI Westchester - Agents Panel


Entering the Manhattanville College Campus and passing through the security gate my heart skipped a beat with my exhilarated anticipation of the SCBWI Westchester Agents Panel. 

Some may ask, why such excitement and why now? Well you see, I'm finally coming into my own and feeling the most comfortable in my own skin for what seems like forever and I'm no longer putting my writing on the back burner. With my new direction for 2020 I am finally dusting off long ago shelved works-in-progress with a determination to secure an agent as well as publishing contracts.  

The SCBWI Westchester Agents Panel delivered from the onset and throughout. 

We were welcomed by Lori Soderlind, Director of MFA in Writing at Manhattanville College as well as the SCBWI Westchester Chapter regional advisors and coordinators, Gina Macari, Kimberly Marcus and Adrienne May. 

The agents panel consisted of:
  • Leslie Zampetti of Dunham Literary
  • Christa Heschke of McIntosh and Otis, Inc.
  • Monica Odom of her own agency, Odom Media Management

Each agent brought their own unique perspective as to what they are seeking,... 
  • submission process
  • what a query should include
  • the importance of peer critique groups 
  • the importance of polishing your work
  • the importance of having more than one manuscript available for submission so an agent can cultivate a writer's career

The 90-minute session flew by and excitement buzzed throughout the room with the opportunity to listen to the agents.

Thank you with deep gratitude to the organizers, agents and Manhattanville College for hosting such a worthwhile event.

#SCBWIWestchester
#SCBWI
@agentspanel

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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, January 6, 2020

Slaying Your Inner Naysayer - Starting 2020 Off on Positive Note


In my continued journey of slaying my inner naysayer, I'm starting off 2020 on a positive note in several ways...

Continuing a healthy self-care lifestyle through journaling, meditation, massage and Reiki therapy, eating healthy and staying hydrated.

Dusting off several shelved works-in-progress and will be attending several Society of Children's Book Writer's and Illustrators (SCBWI) area events and workshops...


SCBWI Agents Panel at Manhattanville College - hosted by the Westchester NY SCBWI Chapter on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Thank you to Gina and Kimberly for coordinating!  

SCBWI Shoptalk, Q&A & Critique session - hosted by the Eastern Upstate SCBWI Chapter on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 6:30-89:30 pm at the New City Library, New City, NY. Thank you Kerry for coordinating! 

I'd enjoyed hearing about how you are setting the tone for a fabulous 2020!

Looking forward to a year of manifestations through healthy living and positive efforts filled with gratitude!

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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, December 30, 2019

Happy New Year from the Writing World of Award-winning Children's Author, Donna McDine

   

Wishing one and all a 
joyous, prosperous, 
healthy and authentic 2020!

Best wishes from,
Donna McDine and the adventures of

A Sandy Grave
Angel's Forever Home
Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters
The Golden Pathway
Powder Monkey
Hockey Agony

Thank you for being part of our journey!

#happynewyear
#2020
#childrenspicturebooks
#asandygrave
#whalepoachers
#angelsforeverhome
#dogrescue
#deeandebofftheygo
#kindergarten
#thegoldenpathway
#theundergroundrailroad
#powdermonkey
#royalnavypressgangs
#hockeyagony
#hockey
#presspressure
#donnamcdine

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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





Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas



May all my family members and friends who need miracles be blessed.
May whoever is feeling unwell and weak be given strength.
May all of those who have heavy burdens have their load lightened.
May your Christmas be one filled with happiness and joy.

Amen.

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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, December 18, 2019

Guest Post: It Isn't About Book Sales: It's About Career Building by Carolyn Howard-Johnson


I am elated to host multi award-wining author, Carolyn Howard-Johnson with her guest post... It Isn't About Book Sales: It's About Career Building.

I first met Carolyn early on in my writing career ten plus years ago and we remain connected. I look forward to the day when our schedules coincide and we can meet in person!

Be sure to check out the special offer by Carolyn and her publisher. Details at the end of the article.

Without further ado, I present Carolyn's article....

 It Isn't About Book Sales: It's About Career Building

By Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Adapted from the multi award-winning flagship book in the HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers, The Frugal Book Promoter, Third Edition

In a writer's world sharing is sometimes as important as the creative aspect of building a book. The trouble is sharing—for many—translates into selling books. Of course, we all want to do that, but we tend to lose sight of the fact that we will eventually sell a whole lot more books and, in doing so, share with a whole lot more people, if we concentrate on building our careers. Indeed, for some authors with nonfiction books based on their businesses and professions, the whole purpose of the book is to increase credibility and exposure for themselves and careers.  

What many authors think of when they think of book sales is the kind of hardsell that most would rather eschew. When they decide to do it anyway because they know they should, they may skip learning something about marketing first and their efforts backfire on them. I have a motto: “Never say, buy my book.” Keep reading for better ways to market your book and yourself.

Here's the surprise. Marketing—marketing anything—isn't about selling. Marketing a book is about finding the people who will benefit and appreciate what the author has to share and then letting those people know how they will benefit (or avoid problems) by reading it. There is a lot of writing that goes along with that process and that's what we like to do. And there is real pleasure in seeing our marketing efforts succeed and seeing our careers build as we do more of it and learn more about it. Here are some ideas for giving-sharing kinds of marketing from my Frugal Book Promoter now in its third edition thanks to Modern History Press. Each idea may be used as a part of a launch campaign or to nudge exposure for books that have been around a while.

§  Meet new readers by running a contest on your website, on Twitter, or in your newsletter. Use your books for prizes or get cross-promotion benefits by asking other authors to share their books; many will donate one to you in trade for the exposure. Watch the 99 Cent Stores for suitable favors to go with them.

Hint: Any promotion you do including a contest is more powerful when you call on your friends to tell their blog visitors or Facebook pals about it.
  • Barter your books or your services for exposure on other authors’ websites. Other authors tend to understand your need to build your career and to sell your books. You'll make long lasting friends doing it. 
  • Offer classes in writing to your local high school, college, or library system. Students can become valued friends and fellow writers. Publicizing the classes is easy and free and helps build your author-name recognition. When appropriate, use your own book as suggested reading. Use your teaching experience in your media kit to show you have presentation skills. You can even write a textbook for the classes you teach. My The Frugal Book Promoter was inspired and written for my first class a UCLA.
  • Send notes to your friends and readers asking them to recommend your book to others. Or offer them a perk like free shipping, gift wrap, or small gift if they purchase your book for a friend. That’s an ideal way to use those contact lists—the ones I show you how to build in The Frugal Book Promoter—and to let personal friends share in your exciting publishing adventure. 
  • Some of your reviews (both others’ reviews of your book and reviews you’ve written about others’ books) can be networking experiences. Read that word "networking" as "making friends who want to work with you." Check the guidelines for the free review service blog I started to help fellow authors extend the life of their favorite reviews. It's at TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com.      
  • Connect and reconnect. Subscribe to new blogs and newsletters to get new ideas, new opinions. Start reading the ones you once subscribed to again. Join a writers’ group or organization related to the subject of your book. Offer to help them with guest articles and blogs. Enter their contests. Communicate on their forums.
  • When you ship signed copies of your book, include a coupon for the purchase of another copy for a friend—signed and dedicated—or for one of your other books. Some distributors insert fliers or coupons into your books when they ship them for a small fee.
  • Adjust the idea above to a cross-promotional effort with a friend who writes in the same genre as you. She puts a coupon for your book in her shipments; you do the same for her in yours.
  • Be sure your Amazon buy pages amplify the effects of their logarithms and utilized the benefits they offer through AuthorCentral. 
  • Explore the opportunities for speaking on cruise ships. Many have cut back on the number of speakers they use, but your area of expertise may be perfect for one of them. I tried it, but found ship politics a drawback. Still many authors like Allyn Evans who holds top honors in Toastmasters and Erica Miner have used these venues successfully. Do know, however, that you need a knockout platform including speaking credits.
  • I call reviews forever-reviews because they hang around forever. And because they are forever useful even when a book that is aging. In fact, I think they are so important to your career that I wrote an entire book on how to get them, how to manage them on places like Amazon, and how to utilize them…well, forever. It is, How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically: The ins and outs of using free reviews to build and sustain a writing career.

Special Offer: Carolyn and her new publisher, Modern History Press, are offering me, my subscribers and visitors a holiday special. Check it out at https://ModernHistoryPress.Com/frugal.  Use the code GOFRUGAL to see the offer in all its spectacular glory! And Have a great holiday!




About the author: Carolyn Howard-Johnson has been promoting her own books and helping clients promote theirs for more than a decade. Her marketing plan for the second book in the HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers, The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success won the Next Generation Millennium Award for Marketing. The just-released third edition of The Frugal Book Promoter, published by Modern History Press, is New! Expanded! Updated! Her poetry, fiction and nonfiction books have been honored by the likes of Writer’s Digest, USA Book News Award, the Irwin Award, Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Awards and more. Learn more about Carolyn and her books of fiction and poetry. Each of them helped her learn more about maximizing marketing efforts for different writers, different titles. 


Have questions for Carolyn? Please feel free to engage with Carolyn and ask your away. Carolyn is delighted to engage with visitors!

Thank you for your time interest. 

Wishing one and all a joyous holiday season and blessed New Year! 

#howtodoitfrugally
#carolynhowardjohnson
#bookmarketing
#modernhistorypress
#HowtoGetGreatBookReviewsFrugallyandEthically
#bookreviews

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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