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.

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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*

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Stay tune for the BOOK TRAILER, links, and the ‘What Inspired Me’ post!

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

The Children At the Playground

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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Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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COVER REVEAL! The Children at the Playground #TCATPG

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~COVER REVEAL~
of The Children at the Playground
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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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Happy Writing!
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Monday Marketing: Librarians

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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.

 

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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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Thinking Thursday – Where I Got My Idea for The Children At the Playground

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Where I Got My Idea for
THE CHILDREN AT THE PLAYGROUND

I wish there was a magic thing to do to make writing happen… to get ideas to flow… to have the perfect words written. But there isn’t.

I have told you all before that ideas happen EVERYWHERE. You have to be open to see, to hear, to explore the nudges that we all get. Writers are a little more receptive in that area. Where people see a tree, a writer can see the squirrel gathering nuts for the Winter and how it is struggling with a mama Mockingbird for property rights. Oh, there’s a story.

So HOW did THE CHILDREN AT THE PLAYGROUND get its nudge?

An earwig. YEP, something that we all hate to get. Hahaha. It’s true though. Here’s the story…

I had tied my walking shoes and went through the living room to the back door. There was a commercial (or something) on TV with The Wheels On the Bus song playing. I really didn’t pay too much attention to it, and kept on my merry little way out the door and down my dirt road walking. I went a little further than normal and before I knew it, I was humming… You guessed it, The Wheels On the Bus to myself. Then my mind started thinking about running for the bus. Then it started thinking about silly stuff, like wiggling on the bus. Yes, I was doing the movements while walking down the road. Thank goodness I live on a private dirt road and don’t have to worry about motorist. *heehee* I then began thinking about children and what they could do and somehow my mind turned toward a playground. *Don’t question a writers mind.  😉  * I started mentally listing and then (using my voice recorder on my phone) recording the different things children can do at the playground. By the time I got back home (walking my 5k, thank you very much!), I had the jest of the story and decided to pair it up with the The Wheels On the Bus song.

So now I have a cute sing-song-y story that not only promotes reading, but exercise and family time as well.

Keep your eyes and ears open. You never know when inspiration may strike!

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Summer SparksSUMMER SPARKS will be starting this month on June 21st! READ THIS POST and let me know if you will be taking the challenge. Let’s get those ideas sparking!

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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www . Wednesday – nerdychicksrule.com

NerdyChicks

www. Wednesday – nerdychicksrule.com

I discovered this site last year and have become a follower. Why? it’s about a few nerdy chics who are empowering other nerdy chics in the writing field.  🙂   Honestly, what’s not to love there???

Kami and Sudipta (and now Mary) share their collected coolness and pass on some great information. They also offer classes to help others further in their career!

Here’s a little peck about them:

“Nerdy Chicks Rule is a blog celebrating the accomplishments of females who aren’t afraid to use brain power. We feature interviews with cool nerdy chicks, and quotes from cool nerdy chicks.  (Cool nerdy  is not an oxymoron. Nerdy IS cool here at Nerdy Chicks Rule.)  Every now and then in between you’ll get a few words from we bloggers.”

Go check out their website and get to scratching around. You’ll find all kinds of feed and juicy tidbits!

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Do you know of any other blogs or websites you would like seen featured on my blog?

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Summer SparksSUMMER SPARKS will be starting this month on June 21st! READ THIS POST and let me know if you will be taking the challenge. Let’s get those ideas sparking!

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Happy Writing!
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