COVER REVEAL! The Children at the Playground #TCATPG

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~COVER REVEAL~
of The Children at the Playground
#TCATPG

It’s here! It’s here. I have had so many amazing things going on in the background that I haven’t been able to share. This is one that I’ve been sitting on!!!! The cover reveal of…

THE CHILDREN AT THE PLAYGROUND!

What can you do at the playground?  The Children at the Playground is a fun picture book set to the rhythm of “The Wheels on the Bus.” Perfect for active story times or to read before, after, or during a playground visit.

Dolores Costello did an amazing job on the illustrations and I cannot wait for you all to be able to see it!!!! Thank you bunches, Dolores!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AND NOW, without further ado…

The Children at the Playground

The Children At the Playground

 

Written by: Tracey M. Cox (that’s me!!!)
Illustrated by: Dolores Costello
Published by: Xist Publishing

Thankyou for celebrating with me on this new reveal!

 

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Would you be interested in doing a review of it?
Stay tune for the BOOK TRAILER!

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

 

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#SummerSparks Win-nahs! Win-nahs!

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Win-nah! Win-nah!

Thank you everyone for participating in Summer Sparks.

Before I get to the announcement of winners, I would like to take a minute to give a wonderful shout out to my guest bloggers this year:

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and

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Thank you ladies for an awesome job! Let’s give them a hand. Thank you for your time and wonderful posts!!!

AND NOW ONTO THE WIN-NAHS…

Critique of a non-rhyming pb is…

Kirsti Call

Platform Buildikng Consult…

Barbara Ann Mojica

I have already emailed you. If you have not rec’d an email, please let me know.

Thank you everyone for participating. I am already thinking about next year’s Summer Sparks and how to improve on this years. Please continue to read, comment, and share my posts throughout the year. I hope to write something of value and to pay-it-forward.

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Did you enjoy Summer Sparks?
Do you have any suggestions for next year’s challenge?
If you are a published picture book author &/or illustrator, are you interested in being a guest blogger for next year?

Let me know.

 

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#SummerSparks ends TODAY!

DON’T FORGET:

Summer Sparks#SummerSparks writing challenge will wrap up TONIGHT,July 11th, 2015, at 11:59 pm et. You still have time to complete the challenge.   🙂   You will need to make sure you have:

  1. Commented on all blog post that list a prize.
  2. Comment on Day 14 post by promising you have at least 14 sparks and leave your name.

Need to see a list of blog post? You can visit the Summer Sparks page. You’ll see all bloggers and their corresponding blog posts.

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What other resources have you found with your librarians?
Do you know of another marketing tip you would like me to go in depth on?

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DON’T FORGET:

Summer Sparks#SummerSparks writing challenge will be wrapping up July 11th, 2015, at 11:59 pm et. You still have time to complete the challenge.   🙂   You will need to make sure you have:

  1. Commented on all blog post that list a prize.
  2. Comment on Day 14 post by promising you have at least 14 sparks and leave your name.

Need to see a list of blog post? You can visit the Summer Sparks page. You’ll see all bloggers and their corresponding blog posts.

 

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www . Wednesday- Janice Hardy’s Fiction University

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Janice Hardy’s
Fiction University

“When Janice was first developing her writing skills, she was often frustrated by books that told her what she should be doing, but didn’t provide a clear picture on how to do it. Later when she began teaching writing, she decided to offer answers to those questions and discovered she had a bit of a knack for it. She gave lots of examples, because she felt seeing writing in action made it easier to understand. The responses from her students told her she was right. She started this site back in 2009 with one goal in mind…”

So are you writing, but not sure how to approach a problem. Would like to study the writing process more in depth? Go check out Janice’s site! I mainly write picture books and have found helpful information here too!

 

DON’T FORGET:

Summer Sparks#SummerSparks writing challenge will be wrapping up July 11th, 2015, at 11:59 pm et. You still have time to complete the challenge.   🙂   You will need to make sure you have:

  1. Commented on all blog post that list a prize.
  2. Comment on Day 14 post by promising you have at least 14 sparks and leave your name.

Need to see a list of blog post? You can visit the Summer Sparks page. You’ll see all bloggers and their corresponding blog posts.

 

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Monday Marketing: Librarians

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by: Tracey M. Cox

Marketing through librarians?

Yes!

Why?

Why not???? They have a finger on the pulse of publishing. Librarians know what is out there and what is needed. Really and truely, they are a valuable resource you should include in your arsenal.

Many of them can open doors for you for school visits or other programs that are offered in your area.

If you live in Georgia, USA, The Georgia Pines system offers #SummerReadingProgram with a theme for you to wrap a performance around. This year (2015) is Super Hero. I decided to offer a program this year and was able to book a few public libraries. I am really happy to report that I am loving it and have one more to do. I also visited my local library when other performers were there. I wanted to see what they did and how they handled their program and any situations that came up.

Here’s my super hero:

#SuperStoryteller

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Also in Georgia, School librarians (media specialist) are your contact person for school visits in most schools. I make a point to email them at least twice a year to introduce myself to new ones and to remind those established that I offer school visits.

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Here’s another thing librarians do… BOOK AWARDS. Yes, some of them are on committees or go to conferences where they nominate books. If they like you and your book enough, it will get talked about.

They will also talk about you and what you have done with them, in your community, and with your writing. Word of Mouth!!! Remember that marketing tip? You can’t pay for this, but it is one of the most crucial boosts to your marketing. Do the right things and give them something positive to talk about.

So make friends with you local librarians (school and public), see what they are interested in and what is needed, volunteer to read, really invest some time with them. They can be your biggest cheerleaders!

DON’T FORGET:

Summer Sparks#SummerSparks writing challenge will be wrapping up July 11th, 2015, at 11:59 pm et. You still have time to complete the challenge.   🙂   You will need to make sure you have:

  1. Commented on all blog post that list a prize.
  2. Comment on Day 14 post by promising you have at least 14 sparks and leave your name.

Need to see a list of blog post? You can visit the Summer Sparks page. You’ll see all bloggers and their corresponding blog posts.

 

:::LEAVE A COMMENT:::
What other resources have you found with your librarians?
Do you know of another marketing tip you would like me to go in depth on?

 

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#SummerSparks Day 14 – Celebrate!

Summer Sparks Day 14

 

Celebrate!
by: Tracey M. Cox

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Yay! You did it!!!! Although I’m a little sad that #SummerSparks is coming to a close.  *sniff, sniff* But let’s not settle on the bad. Today is a day of celebration in America. A day we choose to celebrate our freedom.

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 *Sorry, Army Mom here  😉

I hope #SummerSparks lead to some wonderful ideas. Hopefully, those ideas will spark into amazing stories. Thank you for spending the last two weeks with me. Have a great Summer!

:::PLEDGE:::

Thank you once again for participating. Remember we are on the honor system. What need you to do is:

  1. COMMENT ON THIS POST. Let me know how many sparks you had.
  2. POST YOUR NAME WITHIN YOUR COMMENT. Some of us have different IDs and I want to make sure I have the right person.
  3. SOLEMNLY SWEAR. You need to have at least 14 sparks to be eligible  for prizes. I must stress though. 1 new idea is a winner in my book. You have gone through exercises and research during the past two weeks. That alone is building on your craft.

You will have until Saturday, July 11th, at 11:59 pm est to finish this challenge.
I give an extra week to allow for those who are traveling during our busy holiday schedules.

SPARK:

 

You didn’t think I would leave you without one last SPARK did you???

Write about a celebration? Or what you do on a certain holiday? Who is there? Are there any challenges? An event that takes place on that day?

About Tracey:

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Tracey M. Cox has been writing professionally since 2000. She is traditionally published with six picture books out. This Summer, her 7th picture book, The Children at the Playground, will be published by Xist Publishing.
Tracey is the host of Summer Sparks author, platform building consultant, and offers a critique service. Read more about her at www.traceymcox.com.

LINKS:
Website
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PB Reviews

#GIVEAWAY 2# <—  Yes, #2!

Tracey will be giving away a one hour platform consult at the end of the challenge. COMMENT ON THIS POST to qualify for any give away. *you will need to comment on every give away post*.
TWEET – about this giveaway.
FACEBOOK – post about this giveaway too!!!

Click  —>  a Rafflecopter giveaway   <— to enter giveaway!

 

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Don’t forget to do those THREE STEPS MENTIONED ABOVE!

 

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2015 Summer Sparks post:

  1. Family Celebration by Tracey M. Cox
  2. Back Where I Come From by Tracey M. Cox
  3. The Benefits of Playdough: Molding your PB Idea Into A Story by Donna L. Martin
  4. Go Jump In a Lake by Tracey M. Cox
  5. Take a Vacay! by Tracey M. Cox
  6. How to Rhyme Right in a Picture Book Manuscript by Nancy Raines Day
  7. Don’t You Know that You Are a Shooting Star? by Tracey M. Cox
  8. Sun Burst by Tracey M. Cox
  9. Writing Tips from the Big Bad Writer by Pat Miller
  10. Get Out! by Tracey M. Cox
  11. Pieces by Tracey M. Cox
  12. Make Your Non-Fiction Leap Off the Page! by Jennifer Swanson
  13. Do the Twist by Tracey M. Cox
  14. Celebrate! by Tracey M. Cox