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http://www.   Wednesday   – KidLit.TV

Hi everyone.

Most of you know one of my passions is writing.

*bet you couldn’t guess that. LAUGHING* 

I’m honored to be a part of the KidLit TV team.  For those of you who haven’t checked out their website, it is full of videos that are kid-friendly.

STORYMAKERS: Features authors (and kidlit champions) who share something about a book of theirs. It could be an interview, or a yummy recipe, or a craft, or sharing other titles, and on and on. It’s a great way for children to see the people who are behind-the-book.

READ OUT LOUD: Who doesn’t like story time????? So gather around and listen in as someone (author/illustrator/literacy champion) reads a story and shares the artwork inside the covers.

READ, SET, DRAW!: Time to drag out your pencils, pens, markers, or water colors! Budding artists can learn first-hand to draw from illustrators!!!! How cool is that?!?

Podcasts: Many of the episodes are available as podcasts! You can always listen to an episode!

There’s a tab for crafts and thinking outside-the-box! There’s also Phil’s Fast 5 episodes, Two-In-A-Teepee, and so much more.

Check out: KidLit.TV, but be prepared to stay for a while!

Until next time…
Happy writing!
~t


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#PubDay for Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum in a Dish

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#PubDay for
Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum
in a Dish!

It’s here! It’s here!

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Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum in a Dish is now available on my publisher’s website!

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A dish of bubble gum and learning to count has never been so much fun! Match colors and watch the bubble get bigger and bigger as you count higher and higher. Chomp, chomp, chew, chew. Look at the bubble you blew! Suggested age range for readers: 1-6

I’m just a little excited. *you couldn’t tell could you?* I am hitting TWO milestones with this book:
1) This is my debut as an illustrator. Some of you didn’t even know that I drew. But I do.  😀  Over the last few years, I’ve been honing my craft and studying others work. I’ve been learning my own voice for my illustrations too. I post tidbits and sneak peaks over on instagram.
2) This is my 10th picture book! *wow-oh-wow* I’m humbled. Truly, I am. I’ve been published by two small houses. (I will be adding a third soon!) They are so supportive and believe in my work and in me. Small publishing houses have some mighty big ❤ s!

I tried something new with this book. I put a call out for people who were interested in being on my LAUNCH TEAM. I had an amazing response… about 20 people.  *wow, again!* I sent them an ARC (Advance Reader’s Copy) pdf and my cover art. What they will do in return is give an honest review *I don’t expect 5 stars and bon-bons 😉 *, and a shout out on social media. Will this help? I dunno! So we shall see together, okay? I plan on writing a follow-up blog post on the results I see.

Thank you everyone for following me on my journey here. Here’s to more posts and books!

CHEERS!

:::LEAVE ME A COMMENT:::
What do you think about my book?
What about a launch team? Do you think they are a good idea?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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#CoverReveal: Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum in a Dish by: Tracey M. Cox

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Cover Reveal:
Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum in a Dish

Hello everyone.

I’m sorry for my absence lately. I have started a “normal” job.  😀  Time seems to slip quickly these days. I will try to update more. I’m thinking of reblogging interesting articles that I come across to help those of you who might now have seen it.

BUT…. back to today.

Today I’m super-dee-duper excited to be sharing this with you all. I have a new picture book coming out. *YAY!  :D* This one is different though. This one I’m not only the author, but the illustrator too!!!

So without further ado, I present to you…

If you would like to find out more about Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum in a Dish, visit my website. There you’ll find the cover art, a blurb about the book, my book trailer, and a FREE activity page download. Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum in a Dish will be available from Guardian Angel Publishing on June 30, 2016. Look for the post Friday!!! I will post reviews as they come in.

:::LEAVE ME A COMMENT:::
What do you think about my cover reveal?
Are YOU planning to use the activity page?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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Dear @TheEllenShow, We Need #KidLitOnEllenShow

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(artwork by Katya Szewczuk)

Dear @TheEllenShow,
We need #KidLitonEllenShow

Long ago… Fine! FINE! It wasn’t long ago. *It HAS been six years though.*

 in a galaxy far, far away… All right! ALL RIGHT! It wasn’t in a galaxy far, far away. *It was in the good ol’ Milky Way. Right here on the third rock from the sun, in fact.*

KidLit was celebrated on national television. *<—It really was!!!!!!*

As writers, illustrators, and readers, we know the ALA awards are something to be proud of. Back then, the winners were treated like the celebrities they really are. People got up early and poured an extra cup o’ joe to see the authors and illustrators on the telly. Those who had given so much of themselves to help bridge the gap of those readers. To let them know they weren’t alone.

We matter.

Books matter.

ALA YMA (American Library Association Youth Media Awards) was held last Monday. AND GUESS WHAT?!? Barriers were broken! People are still talking about it!

  • More books dealing with DIVERSITY won and were honorable mentions.       BAM!
  • A woman illustrator won the Caldecott Medal with a non-fiction!       BAM!
  • A picture book won the Newbery Medal!       BAM!

Did you hear those walls tumble down? I sure did.  😀

Literary Hero Extraordinaire (John Schu)  started a movement last year. To get KidLit back on television and back into the minds of the general public. He had the brilliant idea to approach The Ellen Degeneres Show on Twitter using the hashtag #KidLitonEllenShow. With the awards announced last week, his campaign has gained new momentum. I, like a lot of others in the KidLit community, want to see the winners being back on television happen. Authors and illustrators need to know that we think their work matters. That it DOES make a difference.

So I did some research…

Did you know there is a form on The Ellen Show’s website where you can make a suggestion for a show??? There is!

I want to know something followers… Can I challenge you?

Huh? Can I?

Well, I am challenging all of you! I want each of you to send in a suggestion for KidLit to be on The Ellen Show. I’m even going to make it easy for you. Here is my letter to the show:

Dear Ellen,
Children’s literature (KidLit) is part of the foundation that helps define children and how they perceive themselves and the world around them. The American Library Association has an awards ceremony every year, the Youth Media Awards, which took place on 1/10/2016. Several years ago, the Today Show showcased the winners, but decided six years ago to stop promoting children’s literacy. The work you do as a humanitarian is wonderful. I feel you extending a hand to the KidLit community would be a great asset for you and your show. Mr. Schu (@MrSchuReads) is leading the #KidLitonEllenShow campaign on Twitter. You only need to look him or the campaign up to see it is gaining momentum.
Please consider inviting this year’s winners to your show. Barriers were broken: a picture book won the Newbery, a woman won the Caldecott with a non-fiction book, and diversity was recognized over and over again.
Thank you for your time. I hope this grabs your attention and gives you thought.
Sincerely,
[INSERT YOUR NAME]
author/illustrator/reader <—SAY WHAT YOU ARE

All you have to do is copy and paste into the FORM HERE and sign your name with what you are. *Make changes to the last two lines!* Then look for my blog post on Twitter and RT it at 7 pm est tomorrow (Wednesday 1/20/16).

By doing this we should accomplish two things:

  1. Sending in the suggestion will show The Ellen Show how much KidLit means, that we are a force, and hopefully catch their eye.
  2. RTing at the same time we will hopefully get the #KidLitonEllenShow campaign trending. Again showing them we are a force and catch their eye.

Who’s with me? I’m encouraging EVERYONE to do this… writers, illustrators, teachers, media specialist, agents, editors, parents, grandparents, EVERYONE!!!

*Special THANK YOU to Katya Szewczuk for use of her artwork. Visit her website and follow her on Twitter.
*Special THANK YOU to John Schu for being a great kidlit advocate. Visit his blog and follow him on Twitter.

:::LEAVE ME A COMMENT:::

Let me know what you think about the #KidLitonEllenShow campaign?
What was your favorite award this year? *if you can decide!!!*
Are you going to send in a letter? RT?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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#CoverReveal – Clare’s Christmas Wish

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#CoverReveal of…
Clare’s Christmas Wish

This is for those of you who are not connect to me on Facebook or Twitter. Those of you who are got to see the cover reveal, because I was given the go-ahead on my anniversary.  😀  And let’s face it, I couldn’t wait. *sorry. heehee*

Clare’s Christmas Wish was a labor of love and I will go through a few posts later on and tell you my inspiration for this story. I hope it inspires readers to look past themselves and to give. Clare’s Christmas Wish is a book on volunteering and being thankful for what you have.

Without further ado, I give you the cover art of…

CLARE’S CHRISTMAS WISH

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Eugene Ruble did a fantastic job on the cover.  I haven’t gotten to see the gallery yet, but a I cannot wait.

Guardian Angel Publishing is the publisher for this book and it is my 7th book with them. *I think they like me*

:::LEAVE ME A COMMENT:::
Let me know what you think of the cover!
Would you be interested in doing a review of it?
Stay tune for the BOOK TRAILER, links, and the ‘What Inspired Me’ post!

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

 

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Thinking Thursday – Book Reviews (#PBReview)

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Thinking Thursday – Book Reviews

Book Reviews…. How do authors, illustrators, agents, and editors love you? Let us count the ways.

Yes, WE BOOK REVIEWS! <– Yes, I just shouted that.  😀   Because we do!!!

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Or a warm, fuzzy hug!

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Now seriously, tell me WHO doesn’t like that???!!!???

As you know, The Children at the Playground has been released into the wild. I’m excited, because a few reviews have begun to come in. Click on the links and see what people are saying about my book:

Reviews help get books noticed. Here is a graphic I found to show you about how book reviews can influence Amazon:

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Have you read any good books?
Do you post reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, on a blog?
Do you post your reviews on other social media like Twitter and Facebook?
Do you let the author, illustrator, or publisher know about your review?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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Marketing Monday w/ a #giveaway

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Marketing w/ a Giveaway

Hello everyone.  Sorry about my unexpected absence. I’ve been busy running around. I have had some behind the scenes things going on, some in the public things going on, and family time as Summer was winding down.

I am going to be posting more frequently this week to catch you all up.  😀

Today I’m excited to share a book give away! As you all know, I did a cover reveal of my latest release:

The Children at the Playground

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I have a giveaway going on right now over on Goodreads for your chance to win a copy of The Children at the Playground too.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Children at the Playground by Tracey M. Cox

The Children at the Playground

by Tracey M. Cox

Giveaway ends September 05, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/widget/150487

Why do a giveaway?

Giveaways are a great way to get people talking about your book. People get excited when they can get something for free. By using Goodreads, people can add your book to their “to read” list. Hopefully this will turn the talk into sales. This is my first giveaway over on Goodreads. Am I pleased with the results? YES. Why? People are seeing my cover. Reviews and ratings are also viewable on the page, which shows those interested what others think.

Plain and simple, I am getting my book in front of the eyes of potential customers. WIN!

The giveaway ends in 5 days on September 5, 2015. So go over, enter to win, and don’t forget to add it to your “to read” bookshelf.  😀

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Let me know what you think of giveaways?
Do you use Goodreads?
Did you enter the giveaway for The Children at the Playground?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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