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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www (dot) Wednesday – LINKY <3!

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Today I’m posting a few places you can find my book, THE CHILDREN AT THE PLAYGROUND!

ONLINE

STORES

I cannot tell you how much it means to be able to find a book not only online, but at a store.

I am a small business. Yes, I am! I am an entrepreneur who markets my ideas and sketchings to agents and editors, and then to stores and the pubic with my books. Needless to say, if you carry my books, I WILL promote your business too. So by all means, if you are close to one of the stores, go there and purchase the book(s), let them know that I sent you. I #SupportSmallBusiness whenever possible.  😀

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How do you promote businesses?
Do you shop local?
Do you tell others about them?
Do you let people know how to find a business (online and walking in)?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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Tuesday Tips: Use a Book Trailer

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I love using book trailers as a teaser to my books. My first six books I used inside artwork to build interest. For The Children at the Playground, I did something new. I put a call out on social media for people who were willing to share picture of their children at the playground.

I loved the pictures I received!!!! I only wish I could have used them all.  😀

So here are somethings to consider when creating a book trailer:

  1. What story or message do you want to convey?
    A great trailer will tell a story and leave the viewer wanting more. In other words, they will want to purchase your book or look for it in their library.
  2. What medium do you want to use?
    Cover art, inside art, pictures, videos, tie-ins. Different uses will get different peoples attention.
  3. Time frame!
    Book trailers (like movie trailers) are great when kept short. You are trying to grab their attention, not put them to sleep. *hahaha*
  4. Acknowledgements
    If you use someone’s picture or music, give them credit.
  5. Links
    Don’t forget to include YOUR links. Your website, your publishers website, and mention indie booksellers, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million.

So here it is!!!!!! The book trailer for The Children at the Playground!!!!!!

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Let me know what you think of the book trailer!
Would you be interested in reading the book now?
What else could I have done to be more interesting?

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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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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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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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!

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

 

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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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Let me know what you think about my inspirational post.
Do you like to hear about the back story?
Are you excited about my new book? It will be release into the wild this Summer!!!!

DON’T FORGET…

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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