It was a great honor to be featured at The Reading Extravaganza in Laurens, SC. This free event organized by Michelle Caroll, an area teacher, offered free books, school supplies, food, and entertainment to area children. What a great way to get children excited about reading and the upcoming school year! To read an article with details about this event, click here.
That’s the title of the article written by Cheryl Allen in today’s Greenville News. To read the rest of the article, which also discusses trends in youth literature and the indie-publishing boom, here’s the link: http://www.greenvilleonline.com/article/20120714/NEWS/307140015/Fairy-tale-comes-true-Simpsonville-writer?odyssey=nav|head&nclick_check=1
The very wonderful Cheryl Allen from The Greenville News stopped by earlier this week to interview me about The Fairytale Keeper. In the following clip, I discuss how I came up with the idea for series. http://www.greenvilleonline.com/videonetwork/1722683468001?odyssey=mod
A huge thanks goes out to Judith Brown and The Laurens Advertiser for their lovely front-page article about The Fairytale Keeper. I’ll be signing at The Bookstore (also in Laurens) tomorrow from 3-5pm. I can’t wait! To see the full article, click here.
So today I had my first signing. I was pretty nervous, but the people at Mr. K’s (Greenville, SC) were so gracious. I had no idea what to expect because this was my first signing. I (somewhat naively) ordered 100 books. Unless you’re JK Rowling or have some sort of cult following, it’s unlikely that the turnout for an event is going to be huge so needless to say I haven plenty of books left over for the other two signings that I have this week. That’s okay. It would be a real problem if I had to cancel a signing because I couldn’t get enough books shipped to me.
All in all, I met some amazing people and did rather well in sales. The staff even told me that people had come in earlier that week to request the book before it had even been released! I owe a huge thanks to Ken M., Nancy C., Greg C., Becky K., Alyssa K., Katie C., Lydia C., Dana W., and the wonderful staff at Mr. K’s for making my first signing such a positive experience.
If you’d been keeping up with my posts, then you’ve heard that I have been having a horrible time formatting the final copy of The Fairytale Keeper: Avenging the Queen. Yesterday, I bit the bullet and sent it off to a formatting company and what a weight was lifted of my shoulders! I should have the final copy in a week. No more ARC’s though. (Sorry bloggers!)
When I sent the final copy off, I thought I’d start picking up some of the books I’ve been dying to read, but nope. The characters started having conversations in my head and the writing bug has bitten again. Now I’m off to rewrite the beginning of the second book in The Fairytale Keeper series. Wish me luck!
I had a great time yesterday visiting my art teacher from high school Ms. Eva Esrum. She really inspired a love of art and history for me. It was so nice to see her again and talk to her students about the writing process and careers in publishing. They were a great audience. I think there might be a few future authors and illustrators in that classroom!