Help Support the #BLTBF


Hi everyone.

Have you ever wanted to make a difference? I think most of us who are in the KidLit field hope that our creations in one way or another make a difference in a child’s life. I know I do. 

I happen to live in a very rural part of my state. I live in a town so small you can’t find it on the bigger maps.  🙂

Ocilla has a population of about 4,000 people. Most of us know each other. Yep, it’s one of those towns where everyone knows what you are up to, usually before you do. *hahaha* While living in a small town has some great benefits, it also poses its cons too. State funds trickle down from the bigger Metro cities. Then comes the smaller cities and larger towns. Finally my little city gets their ‘share’. *Personally, I think the sharing that goes on resembles that of a litter of puppies and my town happens to be the runt.* Because of this, I’ve seen the education system, the support for the arts (which includes our little public library), and our reading level drop.

So what to do?

In 2012 I decided to quit worrying about our declining reading levels and DO something about it. I put together the Books Love & Taters Book Festival. I chose to hold this mini book festival during the Georgia Sweet Potato Festival. WHY? Because my little town of 4,000 erupts to over 10,000 for this one weekend. The Georgia Sweet Potato Festival is held every year in Ocilla on the last Saturday of October. That year, I invited authors around the state of Georgia to come and set up a table, meet the public, and hopefully sell some books. I had 5 other authors join me that year. We had a ball. Not only did we all sell copies of our books, we also made friends with our readers, AND with each other.


This year, October 29, 2016, will mark the 5th annual Books Love & Taters Book Festival. There will be up to 10 authors this year. Yep, it’s growing!!! But  with growth I’m needing help. I will be pit-patting my way around Ocilla looking for sponsors. I’m also holding a kickstarter to help. And one other thing… I’m asking for book donations to go to my local library.

How can you help?


:I am looking for local businesses to sponsor the Books Love & Taters Book Festival. Check out the website to print out a form.

Spread the word:Feel free to share this post. Tell people about this awesome event! Please use #BLTBF in your online postings.

Donate a book
: I am hoping to donate books to my local public & school libraries. We live in a very rural area & monies trickle in at best if you would like to donate a book or books please send to: Trace M. Cox, PO Box 43, Ocilla, GA 31774.


Kickstarter: I’ve started a fundraiser to raise at least $500. Kickstarter is all or nothing. This means if you donate, you will not be charged unless I meet my goal. Herr is where the monies will be going:

3 booth spots @ $95.00 each = $285.00

1 12×12 canopy @ $120 (plus tax) = $130.00

That’s  $415.00 for those two items alone. The rest of the money will be spent renting tables & chairs for the authors.

Spread the word:Feel free to share this post. Tell people about this awesome event! Please use #BLTBF in your online postings.

Donate a book
: I am hoping to donate books to my local public & school libraries. We live in a very rural area & monies trickle in at best if you would like to donate a book or books please send to: Trace M. Cox, PO Box 43, Ocilla, GA 31774.

I hope to expand a little more in the coming years. I appreciate each of you taking the time to read my posts. A special Thanks Bunches! to those of you who can help in anyway to see the event continue.

Until next time…

Happy Writing!

REBLOG:Instagram’s Evolution As A Business Platform


Instagram’s Evolution As A Business Platform

via Writers Unboxed

Instagram is a go-to app for sharing lifestyle photos of brunches, sunsets, and pets, and it’s helped breed a new kind of Internet star: an influencer/tastemaker. These people have hundreds of thousands of followers, and use that clout to make money from brands.

But now, other smaller businesses and advertisers, who may not be looking for worldwide virality, are turning to the platform to make bank, and it’s becoming a crowded space. As a result, Instagram has been trying to become as amenable a platform as possible for businesses and advertisers. Here’s how.

READ MORE OVER ON… Fast Company!

REBLOG: There’s No Wrong Way


There’s No Wrong Way

via Writers Unboxed

“Do you remember those old commercials about “There’s no wrong way to eat a Reese’s?” I was going to say that the same can be applied to writing: There’s no wrong way to write a novel. Except that there probably are wrong ways of going about the process, if the novel never actually gets written. I suppose it’s more accurate to say there’s no right way to write a novel– or rather, there’s no single right way.

READ MORE OVER ON… Writers Unboxed!

REBLOG:An Illustrated Guide to the Best Places to Read with Children


An Illustrated Guide to the Best Places to Read with Children

via Brightly

When my daughters were young, we read all over the city. There were so many great places to read. We read in cafés, we read at the library, we read at our local bookstore (behind a stand of books; I could only see the girls’ feet).

We read comic books in the park, and Newbery Honor books on the subway. And, of course, when we got home we read on our couch. Wherever we were, we read.


REBLOG: How to Write a Nonfiction Proposal By Tina M. Cho


How to Write a Nonfiction Proposal   By Tina M. Cho

via Donna L. Martin

Thank you, Donna, for having me on your fabulous blog! I just finished writing a nonfiction book in which I had written the proposal. In fact, the way I pursue and write a proposal might be slightly different from others.

I was taught by a wonderful mentor, Nancy I. Sanders, who showed me how to get a book contract BEFORE you write the book. And so before I even write a proposal, I send a simple query to the editor to see if they are even interested in my topic. Why bother researching for several months if editors aren’t interested? Furthermore, I select book ideas that will fit in with a publisher’s existing line of books. After I hear back from the editor that yes, they’d like to see a proposal on a certain topic, I reply by saying I’ll send them a proposal in a month or list a date. This way of querying before writing the proposal is a good way to get published. This book may or may not be near and dear to your heart, but it’s a way to get published and build your resume. I’ve written three books this way and have one more being seriously considered.

READ MORE OVER ON… Donna L. Martin!

REBLOG: Query Letters Pt. 1 – The Pitch


Query Letters Part 1: The Pitch

via Writer Unboxed

“Last time I did my best to convince you that the query letter is a skill worth mastering. The heart of the query, your pitch, is useful not just for querying agents but also for the back of your book, pitching to editors, plotting, problem-solving, and even brainstorming. Naturally, the next big question is, “Okay, how do I write one?”

READ MORE OVER ON… Writer Unboxed!

REBLOG: Sage Snippets from SCBWI


Sage Snippets from SCBWI

via Tara Lazar

“I awoke this morning and thought, “What a fine day for a new blog post.” Of course, I also thought, “What a fine day to go swimming” and “What a fine day to finish reading that book.” Sensing that I have packed today’s schedule, I decided that said blog post would have to be ultra-short. (I would have said “uber” short, but that word has been bogarted by some taxi service.)

So here I have pieced together quick quotes and sage snippets from the SCBWI events I attended in the spring—New England SCBWI and New Jersey SCBWI.