Monday, November 28, 2011

The Stories for Children show 11/28 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network Show: Stories for Children withhosts VS Grenier, Kris Quinn Christopherson and Irene Roth will be chatting with Jan Britland about her Rodger Dodger Dog Series.
Jan Britland is an author and artist. She lives in Punta Gorda, Florida with her husband Bill. They have a bulldog named Madison, a parrot named Lola, three red-eared slider turtles named Sparky, Luigi and hale. And last but not least Goldie a pond fish. All of whom are portrayed in her stories. When she is not writing Children's books, she teaches oil painting to adults. You can reach Jan through her website, http://www.rodgerdodgerdog.com.

The show will air live November 28, 2011 at 2pm EST.

You can find out more about Jan Britland’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour schedule at http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com/RodgerDodger.aspx. There will be giveaways, reviews, interviews, guest posts and more. Make sure to stop by and interact with Britland and the hosts at the different stops by leaving comments and/or questions.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

The Stories for Children show 11/21 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network Show: Stories for Children withhosts VS Grenier, Kris Quinn Christopherson and Irene Roth will be chatting with author Karen Cioffi.

Karen Cioffi is an advocate of education, reading, and the environment. She loves how reading can spark a child’s imagination and bring him or her to new worlds and on amazing adventures.

Along with writing children’s books, Karen is a ghostwriter and freelance writer, and has several nonfiction books on writing and book marketing. She has lived in New York City all her life, and two of her favorite sayings are:
“Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” American proverb
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” M. Ghandi

You can visit Karen’s blog at: http://karencioffiwritingandmarketing.com
For more about Karen’s books and ebooks go to: http://www.karencioffi.com/karen-cioffis-books-and-e-books/

The show will air live November 21, 2011 at 2pm EST.

You can find out more about Karen Cioffi’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour schedule at http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com/KarenCioffi.aspx. There will be giveaways, reviews, interviews, guest posts and more. Make sure to stop by and interact with Karen and the hosts at the different stops by leaving comments and/or questions.

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

USA BOOK NEWS ANNOUNCES WINNERS AND FINALISTS OF THE USA “BEST BOOKS 2011” AWARDS

Simon & Schuster, St. Martin’s Press, Random House, Penguin, Harper Collins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons and hundreds of Independent Houses contribute to this year’s Outstanding Competition!


LOS ANGELES – USABookNews.com, the premiere online magazine and review website for mainstream and independent publishing houses, announced two of Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s books were among those that placed in THE USA “BEST BOOKS 2011” AWARDS on November 1, 2011. Awards were presented for titles published in 2010 and 2011.

Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of USA Book News, said this year’s contest yielded an unprecedented number of entries.  Winners and finalists traversed the publishing landscape: Simon & Schuster, St. Martin’s Press, Random House, Penguin, Harper Collins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons and hundreds of independent houses contributed to this year’s outstanding competition. Keen adds, “Our success begins with the enthusiastic participation of authors and publishers and continues with our distinguished panel of industry judges who bring to the table their extensive editorial, PR, marketing, and design expertise.”


Award highlights include the following: (Full results listing available on USABooknews.com)
  • The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or partnering with your publisher (Second Edition) by Carolyn Howard-Johnson won best business book in the writing category.
  • Blooming Red: Christmas Poetry for the Rational by Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Magdalena Ball was a finalist in the poetry category.
  • Prodigal Father Pagan Son: Growing Up Inside the Dangerous World of the Pagans Motorcycle Club by Anthony Menginie and Kerrie Droban (St. Martin's Press) was honored in the “Autobiography/Memoirs” category
  • Oprah: A Biography by Kitty Kelley (Crown Books/Random House) was awarded “Best Biography"
  • Perfect One-Dish Dinners: All You Need for Easy Get-Togethers by Pam Anderson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) placed number one in “Cookbooks”
  • The Daughter's Walk by Jane Kirkpatrick (Water Brook/Random House) took home the “Best General Fiction” prize
One reviewer said reading Howard-Johnson’s books is like picking the brains of a master marketer. It received plaudits from industry shakers like Marilyn Ross, founder of Small Publishers or North America and Tim Bete, director of Dayton University’s Erma Bombeck Writers’ Conference. The new one carries endorsements from the likes of Dan Poynter and Tony Eldridge.

Howard-Johnson, an instructor for nearly a decade at UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program, chose to have the new edition published in both e-book format and paperback in order to give her struggling students and clients affordable and convenient choices. Whichever format a reader chooses, The Frugal Book Promoter assures an author’s book the best possible start in life. Full of nitty-gritty how-tos for getting nearly free publicity, the author shares her professional experience as well as practical tips gleaned from the successes of her own book campaigns. A former journalist and publicist (she wrote media releases for fashion designers like Christian Dior), she tells authors how to do what their publishers can’t or won’t and why authors can often do their own promotion better than a PR professional. Her poetry is published in dozens of literary and review journals worldwide.

USABookNews.com is an online publication providing coverage for books from mainstream and independent publishers to the world online community. JPX Media Group, in Los Angeles, California, is the parent company of USABookNews.com.

A complete list of the winners and finalists of The USA “Best Books 2011” Awards are available online at
http://www.USABookNews.com.
Learn more about Howard-Johnson at http://www.howtodoitfrugally.com and http://carolynhoward-johnson.com..

Friday, November 18, 2011

Interview with Natash Yim, Author of Cixi "The Dragon Empress"

Natasha Yim is a children's book author and freelance writer. Her first book, Otto's Rainy Day was published by Charlesbridge Publishing in 2000. It was selected as a Kids' Pick of the Lists. She has written for Highlights for Children, Appleseeds and Faces magazines, and her new picture book biography, Cixi, The Dragon Empress was released by Goosebottom Books in October 2011.

Could you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a children’s book author, freelance writer, and playwright. My first picture book, Otto’s Rainy Day, was published in 2000 by Charlesbridge Publishing. It was a Kids’ Pick of the Lists for that year. Cixi, The Dragon Empress, a picture book biography, was just released in October 2011 by Goosebottom Books. I have also written articles for adult magazines such as “Vibrant Life”, “AsiaPacific”, and “Mendocino Arts” as well as the children’s magazines, “Highlights for Children”, “Appleseeds”, and “Faces”. My ten-minute plays have been performed in venues around Northern California; Los Angeles; Sydney, Australia; with an upcoming play to be performed in Singapore this December.

Describe your desk/workspace.
I’m a mobile writer. I do have a desk in my office which actually has a gorgeous view, but it’s on an upper level, so it gets really hot up there in the summertime, so I almost never work in my office during those months. Besides, it’s currently completely cluttered, so I’ll have to clean it up for the winter months. Right now, my writing space is often the dining table if I have to plug in my computer, or in the armchair in my living room. I also work in local coffee shops such as Starbucks. Working outside of my home allows me to focus on my projects without the distraction of dirty dishes, or laundry that needs to be done.

Do you have a favorite quote?
I actually have two, one from Richard Bach: “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit”, and one from E.L. Doctorow: “Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You may only be able to see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”

What are you currently reading?
Charlie Price’s (this year’s Edgar Award winner for Young Adult) Dead Connection.

What is the best advice you've ever received?          
I’ve received so many over the years at writer’s conferences, and I’ve used them at different junctures in my writing to help me that I don’t think there’s one specific one that’s been the best. However, I like to go back to Richard Bach’s quote above to remind me never to give up.

If you could have coffee with anyone (living or dead, real or fictional), who would it be and why?
      David Sedaris. I think he’s tremendously funny, and he views the everyday, ordinary things that happen to  him with such humor and a quirky perspective. I think we share that in common. I’d love to chat with him  about his life in France and his travels around the world.

What are your top three favorite books and why?
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee—I love the Voice of Scout, and Atticus’ bravery and integrity. Harper Lee’s descriptions of the South in the 60’s are so vivid, you’re immediately transported to that time and place. 

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving—it’s such a sad, poignant story, but yet uplifting in ways and very funny, at parts. Owen also has such a distinct, well-developed character.

     Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell—Scarlett O’Hara is one of those unforgettable protagonists who is extremely flawed, yet admirable and strong, a Southern woman who during the Civil War period did not merely get married and fade into obscurity, but took charge of her destiny. Mitchell’s writing is evocative, and she created great characters in Scarlett, Rhett, and Melanie.

What was your favorite book as a child and why?
Lucy Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. I loved Anne’s spunky character, and she was a klutz sort of like me when I was a child, so I could totally relate to her. It also had a lot of humorous moments and I like funny books.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I’m not sure I have one.

Do you write full-time or part-time?
      I write whenever I can squeeze some writing time in and I’m not doing kid-related things or being a mom, so in my mind, I write full time. But if you count the hours a day I actually get to do any writing, maybe 5 hours or less, it’ll  be considered part time in the corporate world.

What are your current marketing strategies for Cixi, The Dragon Empress.?
       Try to get the word about the book out in the real and cyber world as much as possible. I have a website, a blog, Twitter, a personal facebook page, and a Cixi, The Dragon Empress fan page.  I post announcements of upcoming events and other interesting information on my social media pages. I’ve done interviews in local print newspapers, on blogtalk radio (The Rhonda Knight show), and on The Author Show (www.theauthorsshow.com), and created a Facebook ad. which garnered 266 ‘likes’ from 22 different countries for my book. I’ve attended two book launches for the release of Goosebottom Books’ The Dastardly Dames series, in which Cixi, The Dragon Empress, is one of six books, done book signings and events at writing conferences, book fairs, Girltopia, the Girl Scout Expo. In Los Angeles, and am now starting to get requests for school visits.

Could you share about any current writing projects?
I have just completed the biography of Sacajawea for Goosebottom Books that will be added to their first series, The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses. It will be released in fall, 2012. Charlesbridge Publishing (publisher of my first book, Otto’s Rainy Day) has just acquired my picture book manuscript, Goldy Luck and the Three Chans. I have a picture book and a middle-grade project I’m working on. But I’m going to take a short break from books, and work on some play projects through the rest of fall and winter, including a children’s play about the Dastardly Dames for my town’s local children’s performing art center.

What would be the best way for readers to contact you?
My website is: www.natashayim.com, and my blog is: www.natashayim.blogspot.com. You can also find me on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/natashayim, and on the Cixi, The Dragon Empress Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cixithedragonempress
You can follow me on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/natashayim

Where can people find your book, Cixi, The Dragon Empress?

         www.natashayim.com
          www.goosebottombooks.com
          www.ipgbook.com

Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Tune in to The Authors Show, www.theauthorsshow.com to listen to my interview with host Don MacAuley from Nov. 2-3, 2011.

Natasha Yim’s current book, Cixi, The Dragon Empress and Gretchen Maurer’s current book, Mary Tudor, “Bloody Mary” are two of the six books (all written by different authors) in Goosebottom Books’ series, The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Dastardly Dames. The series profiles six women in history who have earned dastardly reputations.

You can find out more about Natasha Yim and Gretchen Maurer’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour schedule at http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com/YimandMaurer.aspx. There will be giveaways, reviews, interviews, guest posts and more. Make sure to stop by and interact with Yim and Maurer, along with the hosts at the different stops by leaving comments and/or questions.

A GOOD STORY IS A GOOD STORY - HOST MARSHA COOK 11/18 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio


Please join Marsha Cook on Friday November 18 at 1PM EASTERN NOON CENTRAL - 11PM MOUNTAIN - 10 AM PACIFIC when she welcomes the children's authors of Dancing with Bear Publishing. JD Holiday will be producing the show and the chat room will be open as well as the phone lines. Celebrate the beginning of a wonderful long run.Who says you can’t have books on the top twenty children’s books on Amazon in a few short months. They didn’t know publisher Rie McGaha and her Editor in Chief R Jeffreys. The books and their authors are Amelia by Debbie Roppolo and What Are You Afraid Of? by Kiki Howell. Also on the show is Rosemary McKinley. She has a new Thanksgiving book called The Wampum Exchange The authors will be discussing how it happened and what’s next for them.http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork/2011/11/18/a-good-tsory-is-a-good-story--host-marsha-cook
link to the show


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Thursday, November 17, 2011

A GOOD STORY IS A GOOD STORY with Host Marsha Casper Cook 11/17 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio


Join Marsha Cook on Thursday November 17 at 9pm est 8pm cst 7 pm mt 6pm pst as she welcomes RED SAGE authors,Em Petrov, Immortal Series--Runes, Trefoil, Runestone, Encompassed coming Dec 1. Forbidden, Wilder, which is book of the week at Whipped Cream. Roz Lee , The Lothario Series: The Lust Boat, Show Me the Ropes, Love Me Twice, Four of Hearts and single title Still Taking Chances, Rue Allyn , The Widow's Revenge and Sharon BuchbinderBooks, Desire and Deception, which is up for erotic book of the year at Romantic Times.The discussion will be lively and informative.So join us.Sandra Elrod will be opening the phone lines and the chat room. CHECK OUT OUR AUTHORS PUBLISHER - .http://www.eredsage.com/

A GOOD STORY IS A GOOD STORY with Host Marsha Casper Cook 11/17 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Stories for Children show 11/14 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio


Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network Show: Stories for Children will be chatting with award-winning authors Natasha Yim and Gretchen Maurer.

Natasha Yim’s current book, Cixi, The Dragon Empress and Gretchen Maurer’s current book, Mary Tudor, “Bloody Mary” are two of the six books (all written by different authors) in Goosebottom Books’ series, The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Dastardly Dames. The series profiles six women in history who have earned dastardly reputations.

The show will air live November 14, 2011 at 2pm EST.
You can find out more about Natasha Yim and Gretchen Maurer’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour schedule at http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com/YimandMaurer.aspx

Click this link to listen in
The Stories for Children show 11/14 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Inspiration Imagination and Invention with Simon Rose 11/09 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio


Guest: Hugh Brewster is the author of four award-winning books about Canadians under fire that have won acclaim with readers of all ages. At Vimy Ridge is the winner of the 2008 Norma Fleck Award for the best Canadian non-fiction book for young readers.At Juno Beach won the 2006 Information Book Award and Dieppe: Canada’s Darkest Day of World War II was hailed by the Globe and Mail in 2009as “simply superb.” The experiences described to him by veterans of the Dieppe Raid inspired the novel Prisoner of Dieppe which was acclaimed as one of the outstanding books of 2010.

As an editor for Scholastic from 1972 to 1984 in both Toronto and New York, he was involved in the creation of Scholastic’s Canadian children’s publishing program. Between 1984 and 2004 he was the publisher of Madison Press Books in Toronto where he helped to create a number of successful books for both adults and young readers including Exploring the Titanic, that has sold over one million copies.

Website: www.hughbrewster.com

Inspiration Imagination and Invention with Simon Rose 11/09 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A GOOD STORY IS A GOOD STORY with Host Marsha Casper Cook 11/08 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio


Please join host Marsha Cook on November 8 at 9PM EST- 8PMCST - 7PM MT -6PMPST for a hot steamy romance writer show!

Author BETHANY HALLE is this weeks special guest. She writes highly erotic romance stories and novels in the contemporary, science fiction and paranormal flavors. Currently she has twelve erotic romance novels published with Rebel Ink Press and forty-five more under contract. She has two blog talk radio shows with RED RIVER RADIO . Bethany has what it takes to wow audiences with her sizzling style by holding her own in several categories at ARe and Bookstrand.

Sandra Elrod will be opening the chat rooms. Join us in the chat room and lets's have some fun!
A GOOD STORY IS A GOOD STORY with Host Marsha Casper Cook 11/08 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Stories for Children show 11/07 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio


Award-winning Author Jewel Kats joins the Stories for Children November 7, 2011.

Jewel Kats is an award-winning writer. She’s also one tough cookie. At the age of nine, Jewel endured a car accident. Her physical abilities altered forever. She spent weeks in the Hospital for Sick Children recovering, has survived eight leg surgeries, and currently walks with a cane. (Note: It’s fashionably handpainted!) Nothing stops Jewel. For six years, she penned a syndicated teen advice column for Scripps-Howard News Service and TorStar Syndication Services. Jewel has earned $20,000 in scholarships from Global Television Network and Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. She’s penned three children’s books, including: Reena’s Bollywood Dream, What Do You Use to Help Your Body? and her latest book Cinderella’s Magical Wheelchair.

 You can find out more about Jewel Kats’ World of Ink Author/Book Tour schedule athttp://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com/JewelKats.aspx.

The Stories for Children show 11/07 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

Friday, November 4, 2011

Author Spotlight: Meet Award-Winning Author Jewel Kats


Jewel Kats is an award-winning writer. She’s also one tough cookie. At the age of nine, Jewel endured a car accident. Her physical abilities altered forever. She spent weeks in the Hospital for Sick Children recovering, has survived eight leg surgeries, and currently walks with a cane. (Note: It’s fashionably handpainted!) Nothing stops Jewel. For six years, she penned a syndicated teen advice column for Scripps-Howard News Service and TorStar Syndication Services. Jewel has earned $20,000 in scholarships from Global Television Network and Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. She’s penned three children’s books, including: Reena’s Bollywood Dream, What Do You Use to Help Your Body? and her latest book Cinderella’s Magical Wheelchair.

Stories for Children Publishing will be touring author Jewel Kats and her two children’s books, Cinderella’s Magical Wheelchair and What Do Use to Help Your Body?

In a Kingdom far, far away lives Cinderella. As expected, she slaves away for her cranky sisters and step-mother. She would dearly love to attend the Royal costume ball and meet the Prince, but her family is totally dead set against it. In fact, they have gone so far as to trash her wheelchair! An unexpected magical endowment to her wheelchair begins a truly enchanted evening and a dance with the Prince. Can true love be far behind?


Publisher: Loving Healing Press
ISBN Number: 978-1-61599-112-9

Maggie and Momma love going for walks. During every outing, Maggie learns about something new. Today’s no different! Momma has arranged for Maggie to meet lots of people in her neighborhood. They all have different jobs. They all come from different cultures. They all use different things to help their bodies. Maggie doesn’t just stop to chit-chat. Rather, she gets to the bottom of things. By asking the right question, she discovers how many people with disabilities use aids to help them out.

Publisher: Loving Healing Press
ISBN Number: 978-1-61599-082-5


You can find out more about Jewel Kats’ World of Ink Author/Book Tour schedule at http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com/JewelKats.aspx. There will be giveaways, reviews, interviews, guest posts and more. Make sure to stop by and interact with Kats and the hosts at the different stops by leaving comments and/or questions.

In addition, come listen to Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network show: Stories for Children at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork. The hosts VS Grenier, Kris Quinn Chirstopherson and Irene Roth will be chatting with Jewel Kats about her books, writing, the publishing industry and experiences with virtual tours. Kats will also be sharing writing tips and trials, and tribulations of the writer’s life. The show will be live November 7, 2011 at 2pm EST.