Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Author Rhonda Fisher on Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network show: The Writing Mama –June 30, 2011

Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network Show: The Writing Mama with hosts VS Grenier and Marsha Cook will be chatting with author Rhonda Fischer about “Team Randy” and its efforts to cure blindness.

Rhonda Fischer currently writes for the American Chronicles, Associated Content, World News and World Sentential. She reviews books for Sacramento/San Francisco, HarperCollins and Random House. She is CEO/Founder of Whim Publishing and Author of Randy Kazandy, Where Are Your Glasses? released March 1, 2009, second printing March, 2010. She also has a Randy Kazandy Designer lead-free eye glasses for children named after characters in the book developed by Ooh la-la de Paris in Hollywood, CA. debuted February 2011. Optometrists world wide are starting to caring the new fun, funky, hip Randy Kazandy line. Rhonda is also a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators).

Rhonda will be running the San Francisco Marathon this year in an effort to raise money for the Himalayan Cataract Project.

Many don’t know that 4 out of every 5 cases of blindness in the world could have been prevented with access to proper eye care. Care that is not expensive.  A $20 donation will cover the costs of an operation to restore the sight of one individual. Imagine if a loved one was blind; a parent, a child, a grandparent. Now imagine for the price of one large pizza and wings, you have given - the gift of sight...

The Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) has partnered with The San Francisco Marathon to raise awareness and funds for blindness in Ethiopia because the need for eye care is great. In the northern region of Tigray with a population of 5 million, the prevalence of blindness is 1.6%. The current surgical rate, approximately 6,000-7,000 cases per year, is merely keeping pace with the number of new cases. It is not sufficient to address the backlog of approximately 40,000. This is sobering given that Tigray has one of the highest surgical rates in the country.

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The show will air live, June 30, 2011 at 12 noon EST. Tune in at the BTR World of Ink Network site at You can listen/call in at (714) 242-5259. (Note: if you can’t make the show, you can listen on demand at the same link.)

For more information about Rhonda Fischer and his book, “Randy Kazandy” visit

Monday, June 27, 2011

Friday, June 24, 2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011

How to Reel in a Children's Book Editor with Margot Finke, author of books with a "WOW" Factor

If you want to reel in an editor, think fishing strategy.
  • Know where the editor fish swim.
  • Prepare the appropriate bait.
  • Assemble a variety of hooks.
  • Practice spreading ‘chum.'
  • Make sure your line is strong.
  • Hook the editor fish early.
  • Play the line out -- craftiness counts.
  • Land your editor fish -- (don't let him/her get away at the last moment)

Your First Paragraph: This is your chance to hook the ‘editor fish' early.
If a few sentences of instant appeal do not come to mind, leave your first paragraph until later. Rummage for the distinctive words you need when your story is finished, and your plot and characters are as familiar as the taste of your favorite food. Think dramatic moment, wild humor, or even angst ridden inner turmoil. Consider making your first paragraph a splendid link into the heart of your main character, or perhaps, a powerful hint about future actions.

Your First Page: Fling in some morsels of chum, and bait a small hook.
What is chum? For big game fishermen, chum is bloody fish entrails, red meat, and other offal. This is thrown into the water to bring sharks and large fish closer to their boat. Get it? For writers, chum becomes the clues, hints, innuendo, characters, gossip, and whatever else we use to draw in readers. Make your first page a reading frenzy. Include the time, the place, and the names of your main characters. Now, plan something dramatic, significant or funny, for your second page. Then, in the last paragraph on your first page, leave a clue to whatever is about to happen. This is your hook, baited, and ready to lure the editor into turning the page.

Trawl Chum on Every Page: This is where you play out your line, use different hooks, and try assorted bait.
The chum you scatter throughout your chapters depends on the type of story you are writing. The basic idea, is what you write on one page should lure readers into reading what you've written on the following page. Not only that, you must have characters kids will root for, and a plot that keeps reader interest to the last page. Flabby writing will get you eaten by an editor shark!

The Mystery/Adventure:
The style of your hook depends on the type of book you are writing. A mystery or an adventure demands a strong and dramatic hook at the end of each chapter -- your main character faces disaster, is about to make a vital choice, or is on the brink of peril. Devising hooks for the end of your chapters has a lot to do with pacing. You must plan ahead. An end-of-chapter hook is always the moment before something physically or emotionally earth shattering happens. If your readers want to know the outcome, they must read on.

Keep the tension at a heart-pounding level, by regularly offering snippets of pertinent information, hints and clues. These are the small hooks you must keep baited throughout your chapters. Your readers don't want to be told about what happens. They want to be a part of the story: to see, feel, and hear the action as it happens. Splash around the dialogue: it is a wonderful tool for defining characters and setting a pace that crackles.

Emotional or Fun Stories:
Poignant stories also need end-of-chapter hooks. A tale about school and bullies, the story of a dying parent or friend, a funny romp at a holiday camp: these books all need lots of the right bait, on the right sized hooks, to reel in an editor. Ending your chapters with a question, a fear, a dread, or moment of panic, works extremely well. Readers identify with these emotions, and they hate for them to go unanswered. If the chapter that follows your hook provides satisfactory answers, your reader will keep reading. As the author, you make a tacit agreement with your reader to provide a satisfying.

Your Last Chapter -- You Must Deliver! -- you get to land the editor-fish.
You've made it thus far -- DON'T BLOW IT. Tie up those loose ends ASAP - unresolved loose ends will allow the editor fish to escape. Check that your solution or ending is logical, and based on the main areas of the plot. Is that last minute confession too bizarre to be reasonable? Would your heroine really decide to settle a dispute that way?

Final Note:
If your grammar or punctuation is not what it should be, now is the time to enlist help. Have your trusted critique members check out your manuscript for G and P errors.

Invest in the CWIM (Children’s Writers and Illustrator’s Market.). This will make sure you only apply to legitimate publishers.  Research well, so that the publishers you choose are right for your book.  Check out their current list of books.  Is your book a good fit?  Look at the Submission Guidelines on their website.  This will tell you if they are accepting MS at the moment and exactly what they want from you. Polish your Query writing skills.  Have your critique group look it over – no shame in that

Oh, and for goodness sake spell the editor’s name correctly. They shred manuscripts for this infraction.


Margot Finke is an Aussie transplant who writes midgrade adventure fiction and rhyming picture books. Margot didn't begin serious writing until the day their youngest left for college. This late start drives her writing, and pushes her to work at it every day. Margot said, "I really envy those who began young, and managed to slip into writing mode between kid fights, diaper changes, household disasters, and outside jobs. You are my heroes!"

Her first books, a 7x book rhyming series, "Wild and Wonderful," offers fun facts about animals from the US and Australia. Educational and fun, eBooks can be read on a computer, laptop, or various color e-Readers. They are great for classroom or home schooling moms.

Remember, kids today are computer savvy, and ALL 11 of Margot’s books (both hard copy and eBooks) can be viewed on Margot’ Magic Carpet.  The latest three are: Taconi and Claude – Double Trouble (midgrade), Horatio Humble Beats the Big D + Ruthie and the Hippo’s Fat Behind.

Visit her DOWN-UNDER FUN or WILD US CRITTERS:  to discover extra fun facts about the animals in her books. 

Stories for Children Publishing will be touring author Margot Finke’s children’s books, Taconi and Claude – Double Trouble” a historical middle-grade adventure, “Horatio Humble Beats the Big D” a rhyming picture book about dyslexia, and “Ruthie and the Hippo’s Fat Behind” a rhyming picture book about change; all month long in June 2011.

You can find out more about Margot Finke’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour schedule at . There will be giveaways, reviews, interviews, guest posts and more. Make sure to stop by and interact with Margot Finke and the hosts at the different stops by leaving comments and/or questions. Margot Finke will be checking in throughout the tour and is offering an additional giveaway for those who leave comments throughout the tour.

In addition, come listen to Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network show: Stories for Children at Hosts VS Grenier, Kris Quinn Chirstopherson and Irene Roth chatted with Margot Finke about her books, writing, the publishing industry and experiences with virtual tours. Margot will also be sharing writing tips and trials, and tribulations of the writer’s life.

Write a comment on any participating blog during Margot Finke's June Book Tour,  
and win a 
of this fun time-travel story
Margot Finke wrote it specially for kids.
One copy per person.  Please leave your e-mail. 

( Safe sample:   mfinke<@> )

You can find out more about Margot Finke’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour schedule at

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

It's All About Choice: Getting Back in the Game: childhood obesity and bullying

Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network Show: The Writing Mama withhosts VS Grenier and Marsha Cook will be chatting with Herb D. Trainer.

Herb D. Trainer inspires children to make smarter food and activity choices through unique, lively characters in "It's All About Choice: Getting Back in the Game!"

The story centers on the history of Danny Dixon, an excellent student-athlete, whose strong love for basketball is side-tracked by a family tragedy. Sad and misguided, he abandons his favorite sport and begins binging on 'junk food', which leads to excessive weight gain. When he's finally motivated to get back in the game, a bully teases Danny and intimidates him into avoiding the neighborhood park.

About the book:
It's All About Choice: Getting Back in the Game! by Herb Trainer
ISBN: 9780615440798
Publisher: IAAC Media
Date of publish: May 5, 2011
Pages: 69
S.R.P.: $12.99

About the author:
Master personal trainer, Herb D. Trainer brings a wealth of experience in health, fitness and food service to "It's All About Choice: Getting Back In The Game!" A graduate of the National Personal Training Institute, he was a four-year All-American basketball player at Marymount College, where he majored in pre-med. Trainer's health resume is matched by his leadership expertise. He served five years as a U.S. Navy commissioned officer and spent seven operating a family-style restaurant/book store.

The call in number is (714) 242-5259
The Writing Mama show starts at 3pm PST – 4pm MST – 5pm CST – 6pm EST

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Special show on Saturday June 18, 10 AM CST - 11AM- EST 9AM- MT - 8AM-PST


A GOOD STORY IS A GOOD STORY with Host Marsha Casper Cook

Special show on Saturday June 18, 10 AM CST - 11AM- EST 9AM- MT - 8AM-PST. This show will be fun. Debbie Sue Goodman – Author and Comedian will be on the show talking about dating and does PRINCE CHARMING really exist? Debbie Sue is an expert on “life” and “relationships.” She has written three books, Still Single, Still Dating, and My Husband the Stranger which was just published last November. In her TribLocal column, “Ask Debbie Sue,” she offers advice on love, dating, and life in general. Debbie Sue Goodman also performs a one-woman comedy show based on her books. Also it's a special month for e- books .99 cent day for Marsha books,  THE BUSY BUS, LOVE CHANGES and SNACK ATTACK. Also joining the fun will be Bennet Pomerantz, Denise Spooner and Mary Rita.The show is live, but it's early so don't worry it will be on demand whenever you get up. The call in number is 714-242-5259.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Author Tal Yanai on Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network show: The Writing Mama –June 17, 2011

Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network Show: The Writing Mama with hosts VS Grenier and Marsha Cook will be chatting with author Tal Yanai about his recent book “Life Is Not a Candy Store…It’s the Way to the Candy Store”, along with how to inspire and help teens plan their futures.

Tal Yanai is a teacher of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at Temple Beth Hillel in Valley Village, California. He was born and raised in Kibbutz Einat, Israel and moved to the United States in 1991.

Tal is driven to help teens deal with their every day challenges from a more spiritual perspective. His book, “Life Is Not a Candy Store…It’s the Way to the Candy Store” is an enlightening guide that engages and invites teens to both the critical process of self-reflection and the experience of connecting with the larger world.

The show will air live, June 17, 2011 at 6pm EST. Tune in at the BTR World of Ink Network site at You can listen/call in at (714) 242-5259. (Note: if you can’t make the show, you can listen on demand at the same link.)

For more information about Tal Yanai and his book, “Life Is Not a Candy Store…It’s the Way to the Candy Store” visit

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

New Show on Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network

Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network has a new show: Families Matter with hosts VS Grenier and Kecia Burcham. The Families Matter show will air live once a month on the 3rd Wednesday at 6pm EST.

The idea of this new show on Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network is to have guests (adults or kids) share information to help empower children and their families. The first show on June 15, 2011 will be about bullying and how children and their families can deal with this ever growing problem.

Host Kecia Burcham works as a middle school counselor and holds a masters degree in education/school counseling as well as being a certified trainer in the "7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" curriculum. She is also a certified NLP life coach, business coach, master weight loss coach and social/emotional intelligence coach. Kecia is a published poet, author and songwriter. She has worked in the field of education/psychology for 20 years and has one grown daughter.

Host VS Grenier is a mom of three beautiful children ranging in age from Teenager to a toddler. She writes in the children's genre and has been doing so for over 6 years. Grenier is also the Founder and Owner of Stories for Children Publishing, LLC, which puts out Stories for Children Magazine and SFC Newsletter for Writers; along with running a successful blog SFC: Families Matter, the World of Ink Virtual Tours and other writing services. Along with raising her children, writing, and running SFC, she is also the Chief Editor at Halo Publishing and does freelance work as an editor. She has two books published and over 30 short stories, articles, and crafts.

You can tune in to Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network at to find out more. (Note: if you can’t make the show, you can listen on demand at the same link.)

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