Hobnob Market Newbie

Hobnob Market Danville IL

Hobnob Market Danville IL

Huge 2-Day Market!!

My partner in crime & I had a great time at the Hobnob Market in Danville this weekend.  Driving up to the location, we were both in awe of what a huge event it was.  Neither of us had been there before & the tents & vendors went on forever!

Luckily, we got set up in time to check out a few of the awesome vendors (and there were some good ones).  When the gates opened Friday night, the people just kept coming.  The beautiful weather didn’t hurt.

The weather wasn’t so cooperative on Saturday as wind & rain made things challenging for the outdoor vendors.  I felt bad for them but I was lucky enough to have a great spot inside the big tent.

I made some new friends in my vendor neighbors and met so many people.  I loved telling them all about my books, how I started writing, what inspired me, and how I make each one personal & special.

My next book is partially written and I have a few weeks off before my next event, my hometown festival.  That one’s always special.  As the retired postmaster, seeing old friends and familiar faces is always a treat.

Barnes & Noble was a huge success!

Barnes & Noble Book Signing with the support of my family.

Barnes & Noble Book Signing with the support of my family.

My Support System!

I had such a great time at the local author event at Barnes & Noble and there to cheer me on, as usual, was my awesome family.  They have been so supportive in this dream of mine and this big moment was no exception.

People braved the rainy weather to come out and get their hands on my latest book, Sniffy Meets the Tooth Fairy.  The biggest percentage of sales went to my hometown friends who are also very supportive.

It was a great day!

French Market was a success!

CU Flea Market With My Besties!

CU Flea Market With My Besties!

CU Flea Market…Friends Always Make it Better

We had a great time at the Hospice Hearts French Market.  Spending the day with my great friends made it so much better 🙂  I met a lot of new people and introduced them to my books.  That’s what it’s all about, not the sales at the end of the day.  I’ve had several new likes on my facebook page and I know that’s from the business cards being handed out.

Informing New Friends of My Unique Gift Opportunities

Now I hope some new friends will get in touch with me when they get baby shower invitations.  I’m telling you, my personalized books make a truly unique gift to last a lifetime.  If I would’ve had something like this when my kids were growing up, I’d have gone nuts :/

Now off to my next big thing…stay tuned for more on that!

Hospice Hearts French Market

 

This Sunday April 17th, I will be selling my books at the Hospice Hearts French Market.  This event will take place at the Fluid Event Center in Champaign IL and part of the proceeds of my sales will go to helping misplaced dogs and cats.

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Hospice Hearts is an awesome organization that finds homes for dogs and cats whose owners have either gone to a nursing home, passed away, or are in such bad health that they can no longer care for their furbabies.  They do such wonderful things and I am happy to be participating in their fundraiser.

Over 70 vendors will be there selling their wares and most will be donating.  I hope you can come out and support this cause.

Sniffy Meets the Tooth Fairy is now LIVE!

The 5th Title in the Series

 

Sniffy Meets the Tooth Fairy

Sniffy Meets the Tooth Fairy

It’s official!  Sniffy Meets the Tooth Fairy went live on Amazon April 8th.  This one is thuper thpecial 😉  My granddaughter cracks me up and her voice is so cute right now.  She’s 3 and has trouble saying certain things.  Last summer we went through what we like to call, “the great frinkle cheese debate”.  She said “f”s for “s”s so sprinkle cheese (grated parmesan) always came out “frinkle” cheese (refer to a previous post).

 

Making Story Lines Easy

 

Audrey goofball

Audrey being Audrey

Here’s the goofball now ^

I had to figure out how to get this funny memory into a story line so the “mithing” tooth was the answer.  I must say, I am really proud of this one.  Even though I add something personal to each one of my books, this one is extra meaningful.  I am truly blessed to be able to put these special family moments into a book.  No one else knows the inside jokes but my family does!

Making a Difference!

There’s been so much going on lately!

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On February 18th, I spoke to Mrs. Taylor’s 6th grade class at my alma mater.  When I was in grade school, this was a 3rd grade classroom.  I spoke to the students about writing and publishing and they could not have been a better audience.  They listened well and asked intelligent questions.

After I left, they researched websites for kids’ publishing.  Mrs. Taylor took advantage of their excitement and made a decision to throw her lesson plans out the window and go with it.  They found exactly what they needed and got busy.  Their project was to write and publish their own book and that’s what they did!

Hearing that made me feel so good…it was like I really made a difference by sharing my passion.  My niece and nephew happened to be in the class and when their books came in the mail, they ran to my house (literally, they only live two blocks from me) to show me their books.  My nephew even dedicated his to me.  Talk about exciting!!

Being an author is so much more than coming up with a story, it’s about sharing my love for books, reading, and writing…oh, and doxies!  Don’t forget, I LOVE doxies (and German Shepherds, and Schnauzers, and mutts, and so on, and so on).

Peanut the intellect.

The Author Life

Things are really kicking into high gear.  Almost everyday I’m getting events lined up, emails requesting I attend an event or speak to a class, and today I received an email from Barnes & Noble inviting me to be involved in an author event/book signing at their store!

Long Term Memory

I was asked to read/speak to students at the school I attended in kindergarten and first grade.  That will be a treat. One memory I have from that school (and you aren’t going to believe this) was having mats and nap time.  We all had name stickers with animals on them.  Mine was a dachshund!  True story.  I’ve also read at libraries and classrooms and have met some great kids!

I am truly living out my dream and look forward to what the future holds.  See my events page for my upcoming schedule.

Mrs. Taylor’s 6th Grade Class

Speaking at My Grade School

Speaking at My Grade School

Sharing My Passion

I was recently asked to speak to the 6th grade class where I went to school.  I talked to the kids about books, reading, writing, & publishing.  I got so into how & why I started writing that I forgot to tell them that I went to that same school!

I didn’t mention that I loathed grade school.  I had my reasons.  I went kicking and screaming (literally) every morning until I reached junior high when I finally realized that school was pretty much mandatory and I may as well suck it up.  My siblings like to remind me of the fence clinging, car door knob clinging, and kitchen cabinet clinging (my poor dad).  This was my morning ritual.  I’ll bet my parents loved the summer months.  I wanted to appear as cool as possible in front of my “crowd” so I failed to bring up those memories.

Making a Difference

On a good note, they seemed really excited to learn that anyone can get a book published if they know the steps to take.  They came up with great questions and did research on kid’s publishing after I left.

It’s nice to pay it forward and see a spark of passion in these great kids.  I hope the thrill of writing continues for these students and maybe someday at least one of them can be in the position I am in…living my dream of seeing my books on Amazon!

 

 

Book #5…Making It Personal.

The Flip n Flide

The Flip n Flide

Sniffy Meets the Tooth Fairy

Just like with my other books, Sniffy Meets the Tooth Fairy was born from a personal experience.

Let’s just say that some letters are more challenging for toddlers to say than others.  For my granddaughter, her “s”s were replaced with “f”s for a period of time.

 

The Great Frinkle Cheese Debate

Over and over we would have, what we liked to call, “the great frinkle cheese debate”.  Both grandkids called grated parmesan cheese “sprinkle cheese”, so for awhile when Audrey said it, it became “frinkle” cheese.

She would ask for the “frinkle” cheese, I would say, “here’s your frinkle cheese”.  She would say, “it NOT frinkle cheese grandma”.  I would say, “then what is it”?  She would say, “it FRINkle cheese”.

Never argue with a three year old.  It never turns out well.  Because this predicament took place in the summer, outdoor activities also became an entertaining experience.  Well, to everyone but Audrey it seems.  The slip n’ slide became a flip n’ flide.

There was no way this situation would not become an adventure for Whiskers, Wags, & Sniffy so Sniffy Meets the Tooth Fairy was born from many sleepless nights putting together the ingredients for book number 6.

The illustrator and I are in the process of perfecting the images for the next book, then on to editing the text, formatting, and finally publishing!

What’s Next for Whiskers, Wags, & Sniffy?

Book # 6 is already in the planning stages.  This one was a suggestion from some southern friends of ours.  For now, the theme of this book shall remain a secret to be revealed in the future…………..

Big Changes Are Coming Soon!

Sniffy Meets the Tooth Fairy Hardcover

Sniffy Meets the Tooth Fairy Hardcover

Hardcovers are Here

For the first time ever, the Doxie Tale Adventure books will be available in hard copy (with the exception of A Super Fun Day).  I am so stoked about this, what an awesome sight to see when this baby came in the mail!  Next week, I will have my author copy of Undercover Doxies & Santa’s Super Sleepover in the hard cover version as well.  Look out libraries and book stores, I hope you’ll be clammering to get your hands on these bad boys!!

 

Howloween Fun, Santa's Super Sleepover, Undercover Doxies

Howloween Fun, Santa’s Super Sleepover, Undercover Doxies