All I Want For Christmas Is… Forgiveness For My Shameless Self Promotion

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I very rarely ask folks (because I feel funny about it) to review my book on sites such as Amazon or Goodreads. But it’s come to my attention recently that having 50 or more reviews on Amazon helps a book’s visibility in Amazon’s search engines (who knew!).

It makes sense that reviews help promote the sales of a book, and certainly, the more reviews the better. So this holiday season, I’m asking you, my friends, fans, and blog followers, if you have a free moment or two, to please leave an honest review for my book The Peddler’s Bed on Amazon. I would greatly appreciate the support.

Please only leave a review if you have actually read the book. And you do not have to have purchased the book from Amazon to review it there. Thanks so much in advance! And thank you to everyone who has already left a review! You have my eternal gratitude.

馃檪 Happy Holidays! 馃檪

Wishing you peace, health, and joy in the New Year!

 

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New Year=New Beginnings: November’s Winner (plus December’s prize)

Back in January, I posted about a year-long giveaway calledNew Year=New Beginningsthat I鈥檓 offering here on Frog on a Blog鈥揳 new prize each month for folks who comment on blog posts. With so much negative energy floating around in the world, I wanted to do something positive to show my gratitude to my followers, fans, and friends for their support.

It’s December! Where has this year gone?! It must have been the fastest year on record, at least in my record book. My year-long giveaway is almost over–just one more month to go. I’ve had so much fun doing this giveaway. I really like giving. Giving feels good! 馃檪 I may offer the giveaway again in the future, or at least something similar.

Now let’s recap the year from January to November, announce November’s winner, and highlight December’s聽prize:

January鈥檚 prize聽was a copy of my book聽The Peddler鈥檚 Bed.

February鈥檚 prize聽was an adorable plushie Curious George.

March鈥檚 prize聽was聽a set of Pilot鈥檚 pens, a Night Writer 2-pack with LED lights, perfect for writing in the dark, and a must have for writers or travelers.

April鈥檚 prize聽was winner鈥檚 choice of either a picture book manuscript critique (for writers) or a Personal Library Kit (for book lovers).

May鈥檚 prize聽wasa set of two darling bookmarks: A Hippo and a Crocodile.

June鈥檚 prize聽was a Maurice Sendak聽Nutshell Library box set that includes four tiny classics:聽Alligators All Around,聽Chicken Soup With Rice,聽One Was Johnny, and聽Pierre.

July鈥檚 prize聽was聽a set of two music CDs by the amazing Emily Arrow: Storytime Singalong volumes 1 and 2!

August鈥檚 prize聽was asuper cute, super fun novelty Writer鈥檚 Block Journal filled with 300 blank pages, ready and waiting for inspiration to hit!

September鈥檚 prize聽was聽a Dr. Seuss finger puppet set featuring three lovable characters from The Lorax (my favorite Dr. Seuss book)!

October鈥檚 prize聽was聽a stylish scarf designed to look like a library due date card.

November’s prize was聽a new copy of an old classic: Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, a picture book that pairs Robert Frost’s poetic text with Susan Jeffer’s dreamy illustrations. Love this book!

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And the winner of November’s Prize is…

Vivian Kirkfield

Congratulations, Vivian! I will e-mail you for your mailing address. I hope you like this book as much as I do!


There is still one more chance to win this year (though聽the winner will be announced聽in early January)!聽

For December’s giveaway prize, I am starting where I began, and offering a signed copy of my picture book The Peddler’s Bed. If you already have a copy, or would just prefer, I’m offering an alternative prize: a picture book manuscript critique from me.

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Comment on this post or any post during the month of December for a chance to win. For more information on how to qualify for prizes, clickHERE.

*Due to contest/sweepstakes regulations in other countries, this giveaway is available to U.S. residents only. I鈥檓 very sorry fans and followers from other nations. I still appreciate you! All winners are chosen at random.

And The Winner Is… (plus February’s Prize)

In January, I posted about a year-long giveaway that I’m offering here on Frog on a Blog–a new prize each month for folks who comment on blog posts. With so much negative energy floating around in the world, especially in recent months, I decided I wanted to do something positive, something to show my gratitude to my followers, fans, and friends for their support.聽

The first prize offered, for the month of January, was a signed copy of my picture book The Peddler’s Bed.

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And the winner is…

Heather Stinnett

Congratulations Heather! Please contact me by clicking HERE. I need your address and how you’d like your book signed.

This month’s prize is a Curious George plushie, all decked out for Valentine’s Day.聽

Comment on this post or any post during the month of February for your chance to win. For more information on聽how to qualify for prizes, click HERE.

Due to contest/sweepstakes regulations in other countries, this giveaway is available to U.S. residents only. I鈥檓 very sorry fans and followers from other nations. I still appreciate you! All winners are chosen at random.

New Year=New Beginnings (plus a giveaway and free bookplates)

Happy 2017!聽

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The Peddler is jumping for joy because it’s a brand new year, full of possibilities. It’s also a year full of giveaways! I’ll be giving away a prize each month to folks who comment on a post–any post–during the course of the month. Winners will be chosen at random and announced on the blog. Subscribing to Frog on a Blog is recommended (though not required) to keep track of posts and to see if you’ve won.

Those who share a post, will get an extra chance to win that month’s prize.聽Prizes will consist of picture books, picture book critiques from me, a set of pilot’s pens (Night Writer–for writing in the dark), and other fun picture book or writing related stuff.

To kick things off, for January, I’m giving away a signed copy of my book The Peddler’s Bed. All you have to do is comment on any post this month (including this one). If you share the post, you’ll get an extra chance to win. If you comment on or share more than one post during the month, you’ll get one extra chance to win as well. To make it as fair as possible, if you win for one month, you will not be eligible to win again. But feel free to leave comments anyway.This is my first time offering a year-long giveaway. If all goes well, I may do it again next year.

Important: If you share a post, please remember to tag me or let me know in the comments that you聽shared.

*Due to聽contest/sweepstakes regulations in other countries, this giveaway is available to U.S. residents only. I’m very sorry fans and followers from other nations. I still appreciate you!

For everyone out there who already has a copy of The Peddler’s Bed, I have free autographed bookplates to give away. Just use my Contact form and leave your name, address, and how you’d like the bookplate signed (to whom), and I’ll pop it in the mail to you asap.

A Tub, A Bed, And A Book Review

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Thank you Terry Doherty at The Reading Tub for the lovely review of The Peddler’s Bed!

Click HERE to read the review.聽

To all of my friends, fans, and blog followers, I wish you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a New Year filled with an abundance of joy. May your dreams come true in 2017! 馃檪

Kids Ask The Best Questions!

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I love answering questions asked by kids about my book! Recently, I was interviewed by several enthusiastic second graders from Redwood Elementary School in Fort Bragg, California. The interview has been posted to Jeanette Stickel’s blog SpeakWell, ReadWell. Jeanette is a聽licensed speech-language pathologist who works closely with these students. SpeakWell, ReadWell is a speech therapy and kid-lit blog that explores language, literacy, and literature, and I’m honored to be featured there. Thank you, Jeanette and kids! 馃檪

To read the interview, click HERE.

If you are a teacher, librarian, or parent, and have kids who’d like to ask me questions about my book,聽The Peddler’s Bed, or about being an author, please contact me by clicking HERE. I’m more than happy to answer!

DCL Actor’s Table Reading of The Peddler’s Bed

I’m happy to share a DCL Actor’s Table Reading of The Peddler’s Bed,聽which was organized, recorded, and edited by Mr. Scott Mosher, Paralibrarian at the DeWitt Community Library. Thank you, Scott and the talented script readers!

Have 5 minutes? Have a Listen!

You will also find a link聽to thisrecording of The Peddler鈥檚 Bed on my Teacher鈥檚 Resources page along with a Reader’s Theater children’s recording of the book, and other fun stuff.

Also check out the DeWitt Community Library’s SoundCloud page for more Actor’s Table Readings and Reader’s Theater recordings.

My First Picture Book: A Q&A With Karlin Gray

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Recently, I had the extreme pleasure of answering some questions about my debut book experience for Karlin Gray, author of Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still,聽which was published June 7, 2016 by HMH. Karlin says, “Since I am new to the picture-book world, I wanted to learn from other writers. What inspired their stories? How did they go about crafting their first book? What did they do when they finally received that offer?” Those are just a few of the fun questions Karlin asks on her blog.

Click Here to read my responses to Karlin’s questions.

Look for my review of聽Karlin’s debut book,聽Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still,聽this fall.

Calling All SCBWI Members

Are you a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)? If so, have you voted yet for your favorite children’s book? Round One voting ends tomorrow for the SCBWI Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards, so if you haven’t voted yet, now’s the time. It’s easy!

Head on over to聽www.scbwi.org, log in to your account, scroll down to the bottom of the left-hand sidebar, and click on “Vote in the Crystal Kite Awards”. All the fabulous books from your SCBWI regional division will display, and then you can vote for your favorite.

The Crystal Kite Award is an annual peer-given award that聽recognizes children’s books from 15 SCBWI regional divisions around the world:

US Divisions
路 California,聽Hawaii
路 West (Washington, Northern Idaho,聽Oregon,聽Alaska,聽Montana,聽North Dakota,聽South Dakota)
路 Southwest (Nevada,聽Arizona,聽Utah, Southern Idaho,聽Colorado,聽Wyoming,聽New Mexico)
路 Midwest (Minnesota,聽Iowa,聽Nebraska,聽Wisconsin,聽Illinois,聽Michigan,聽Indiana,聽Ohio)
路 New England (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire. Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island)
路 New York
路 Texas,聽Oklahoma
路 Atlantic (Pennsylvania,聽Delaware,聽New Jersey,聽Washington DC,聽Virginia,聽West Virginia, Maryland)
路 Mid-South (Kansas,聽Arkansas,聽Tennessee,聽Kentucky,聽Missouri,聽Mississippi,聽Louisiana)
路 Southeast (Florida,聽Georgia,聽South Carolina,聽North Carolina,聽Alabama)

International Divisions
路 UK,聽Ireland
路 Middle East,聽India,聽Asia
路 Canada
路 Australia,聽New Zealand
路 Other International

Want more information before you vote? Click Here!

Darlene, Cally, and Jen, You’ve Won!

Peddler Jump_Peddlers BedThe peddler’s jumping for joy because three winners have been chosen to receive copies of my picture book The Peddler’s Bed,聽illustrated by Bong Redila and published by Ripple Grove Press.

If you subscribed to follow my blog between January 1 and March 31 of this year, you were automatically entered into the drawing.*

January’s winner: Darlene F. (Living In His Presence Daily)

February’s winner: Cally F. (Some Special People)

March’s winner: Jen (Jen’s Lexical Creations/The Wordsmith Mom)

And guess what, you each get two copies of The Peddler’s Bed, one to keep and one to share!

Winners,聽get in touch with me through my Contact page. I need your address (U.S. addresses only), and I need to know how you’d like each book signed.

Please contact me within the next three weeks聽or I may choose an alternate winner.

I look forward to sharing my book with you! 馃檪

*This contest was held on my SCBWI Launch Party Page. Winners were chosen at random.

 

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