Wonderful Surprise at Barnes and Noble Book Signing


 

Signing Berdetta Culver's copy of Joan's Elder Care Guide

Signing Berdetta Culver’s copy of Joan’s Elder Care Guide

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Oh my goodness! What a great book signing event we had on Saturday, February 25, 2017! Thanks to Barnes and Noble and The Charlotte Writers Club for providing the opportunity to take part in this Book Fair at the Arboretum store. It was over the top wonderful in every way! Thank you to the following people for coming by: Dy English, Lorrie York Hackett, Mollie York Chewning, Mark Chewning, Kylie Hackett, Luke Chewning, Wyatt Chewning, Janet Meyer-Jackman, Barbara Lunow, Dan Lunow, Janis Silverman, Richard Silverman, Jeff Dubrielle, and Patricia Duran.

First came, Dy English, an illustrator friend from The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Thank you, Dy.

Dy English and me

Dy English and me

Thank you to my daughters and their families, Lorrie Hackett, Mollie and Mark Chewning, Kylie Hackett, Luke and Wyatt Chewning for coming to my book signing. A few minutes after they came, I got a big surprise that brought tears of gladness to my eyes. My sister, Janet Meyer-Jackman flew down from Michigan to be there! So sweet! Everyone enjoyed keeping the secret!

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My Big Surprise – My sister, Janet Meyer-Jackman and me

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Kylie Hackett, Lorrie Hackett, Mollie Chewning, Janet Meyer-Jackman, and me.

Front left to right: Luke Chewning and Wyatt Chewning Second Row, Joan, Mollie Chewning, Lorrie Hackett, Kylie Hackett Third Row,Barbara Lunow, Patricia Duran Fourth Row: Richard Silverman, Janis Silverman, Dan Lunow, Mark Chewning, Janet Meyer-Jackman Front left to right: Luke Chewning and Wyatt Chewning
Second Row, Joan, Mollie Chewning, Lorrie Hackett, Kylie Hackett
Third Row,Barbara Lunow, Patricia Duran
Fourth Row: Richard Silverman, Janis Silverman, Dan Lunow, Mark Chewning, Janet Meyer-Jackman

Mark and Mollie Chewning, Lorrie Hackett

Mark and Mollie Chewning, Lorrie Hackett

Luke Chewning and Maw Maw Joan

Luke Chewning and Maw Maw Joan

Here’s the way it went. Lorrie, Kylie, Mark, and Wyatt were sitting on the long bench in front of the magazine section. Mollie and Luke were standing in front of the magazines. I asked them what they’d been doing today. Mollie said, “We’ve been shopping.”

“What were you shopping for?” I asked.

Mollie said, “Turn around and see!”

There stood my sister, Janet Meyer-Jackman! Oh my goodness! Tears ran down my cheeks.

Video of my sister, Janet surprising me at the book signing!

Thank you to Jeff Dubreuil for coming. I hadn’t seen him in about 20 years. He and his sister are caring for their Mother. I am praying for them.

Jeff Dubreuil and me

Jeff Dubreuil and me

Thank you, Janis Silverman and Richard Silverman for coming. Janis was the leader of the writing group that helped me get Flip Flap Floodle in shape for publication. She let me know that my frog illustration needed work. She couldn’t tell that the frog was a frog!

Janis and Richard Silverman with me

Janis and Richard Silverman with me

Thank you to Barbara Lunow and Dan Lunow for coming. Barbara was in the Savvy Wordsmiths critique group in Fort Mill that closed down last year. I miss seeing them once a month.

Barbara and Dan Lunow with me

Barbara and Dan Lunow with me

Patricia Duran, thank you for coming and for helping me pack up my books and things and carrying them to my car. Patricia and I are movie friends who make each other laugh.

Patricia Duran and me

Patricia Duran and me

I was wound up, high in the clouds, feeling great!

When it came time for my reading, I was excited.

I am so thankful to God. There was a crowd of about 15-18 people watching and listening. Most sat in a semi-circle. Others stood to my left. I am thankful to Liz G. Williams and Ione O’Hara, two of the other authors at the book fair who listened to my readings. That was so sweet.

I read first from Joan’s Elder Care Guide encouraging caregivers to ask questions and to keep asking them until they get the answer they need. I told that it is very important to leave a plan that includes what the elder can and cannot do because it helps the substitute caregiver do a good job.

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Afterwards, I read from Flip Flap Floodle. I planned to stop after Flip meets Mr. Bear, but I said, “One more page won’t hurt, right?”

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Ione O’Hara said, “Show us the fox. We know he’s in there.”

So I showed them Mr. Fox who didn’t like Flip’s song and swallowed him whole. Flip was inside the Fox’s belly still playing his song. Flip’s Mother bopped Mr. Fox with her pocketbook and sprinkled pepper on his nose. Mr. Fox sneezed. Out flew Flip Flap Floodle still playing his song on his flute. Flip Flap Floodle, Floodle Floodle. Click here to hear me sing Flip’s song.

Thank you very much to Whitney Schuner, the Community Business Development Manager
Barnes & Noble-Arboretum. She did an outstanding job of organizing the Book Fair at the Barnes and Noble – Arboretum. All of us authors appreciate you.

Whitney Schuner, Community Business Development Manager Barnes & Noble-Arboretum

Whitney Schuner, Community Business Development Manager
Barnes & Noble-Arboretum

I sold 6 copies of Flip Flap Floodle and 5 copies of Joan’s Elder Care Guide. Thank you to all of you who came and a special thanks for purchasing my books and those by other authors! The event was such a success that Barnes and Noble and Charlotte Writers Club may agree to have an annual bookfair!

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Merry Christmas to All!


 

Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus, Photo by Clarita at Morguefile.com

Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus, Photo by Clarita at Morguefile.com

“Merry Christmas to All” by Joan Y. Edwards

Merry Christmas to each of you. May God bless you and fill you with joy, peace, good health, and prosperity!

One day when I went to recycle boxes at a friend’s UPS store, he asked me how my Mother was doing. I told him that she wasn’t doing well. He said, “I will ask my God to bless her.”

That made me feel so special. So if you don’t believe in the same God, or believe the same religious beliefs as me, I want you to know that I wish good things for you. If there’s a good wish, you would like to hear, I hope you will interpret that I’m saying it in my words, “I wish all good things for you. Merry Christmas!

Here are songs I believe you will enjoy!

“Our Father” sung to comfort and bring healing to the people of Galacia, Spain after the train wreck in 2012.

The First Noel by Celtic Woman 

“Mary, Did You Know” sung by Clay Aiken

“Child of Peace” sung by Sandy Patty, lyrics by Lyn Hopkins

Thank you for reading my blog and leaving comments. You lift my spirits and give me joy.

If you have writing, illustrating, or never giving up topics that you would like for me to research and write about, please let me know in the comment area or email me at joanyedwards1@gmail.com!

In January, I plan to do a post every other day on “Why Not?” I may change the title but the meaning will be the same –  to encourage each of us to take that first step towards something we want to do or have been afraid to do.

 

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Contest to Win a Mentorship from Author or Agent of Picture Books – Sponsored by Tara Cattie Lubbe


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Contest to Win a Mentorship from Author or Agent of Picture Books – Sponsored by Tara Cattie Luebbe

Tara Cattie Luebbe’s announced a Writing with the Stars Mentor Contest January 13-midnight January 16 EDT, 2017. It is for authors and illustrators of picture books. To find out more about it, visit the following links:

  1. Jonell DeWitt’s Blog: Interview with New Author Tara Cattie Luebbe and Mentor Contest Announced
  2. Becky Shillington’s blog about Tara’s contest: Poetry Friday: Holiday Math Poetry and a New Contest for PB Writers
  3. Check out Tara’s website: Contest Details on Tara’s website 

Good luck to all who enter the contest.

Thanks Tara for paying it forward after Stacy McAnulty gave you a mentorship! Congratulations on landing an agent and a three-book contract!

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Do What You Love. Go Ahead. Do It.


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Do It. Copyright 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

“Do What You Love. Go ahead. Do It” by Joan Y. Edwards

Thank you for reading my blog and sharing it with your family and friends. That is a great compliment.

You know how it is when you get down, but you don’t want to be down in the dumps. But there you are. You’re sitting on the bottom step in this putrid place in your life. You pray for help. 

“God, please help me find a way out of feeling like this, out of being in this place of defeat.”

Unlike in scripture or the movies, the skies don’t open up and a big voice of God says words of encouragement. However, I do know that if he did he would say this to you and me:

“You are my daughter (son) in whom I am well-pleased.”

He sends other people to be his messenger. In the Bible they were angels. Today they are angels disguised as people without their wings showing. The answers to what you seek may be given to you in little snippets of wisdom. Wisdom from books, wisdom from the actions of other people.

Here are the quotes of people whose words nspired me. After their quotes, I responded with a quote of my own or one from the Bible. Perhaps you can do this, too. Change a quote to meet your personal needs and goals. These words spoke to me and helped me in one of my hours on the bottom rung in a dungeon filled with darkness in my life. Perhaps they’ll help you, too.

  1. “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” ― Robert Schuller

  2. “You are a tough person. You will get through this.” ― Joan Y. Edwards
  3. “Ask the right questions. Don’t ask why you can’t do something. Ask how you can do it.”― Tony Robbins

  4. “Ask questions. Don’t give up until you get the answers.”  ― Joan Y. Edwards
  5. “Don’t say to yourself, ‘I have to go to work;’ say, ‘I get to go to work.'” ― Regina Brett

  6. “Changing your words changes your focus. Use words that put you in a positive frame of mind. Choose words that empower your spirit and make you feel worthwhile and capable of accomplishing your dreams.. ― Joan Y. Edwards
  7. “People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.” ― Peter F. Drucker

  8. “Take a chance on you and your dreams. You are more than worth it.” ― Joan Y. Edwards
  9. “Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, “What else could this mean?” ― Shannon L. Alder

  10. Philippians 4:7. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
  11. “You can’t outwit fate by trying to stand on the sidelines and place little side bets about the outcome of life. Either you wade in and risk everything to play the game, or you don’t play at all. And if you don’t play, you can’t win.” ― Judith McNaught 

  12. “Do what you love. Take action toward your dreams. Give it all you’ve got.” ― Joan Y. Edwards
  13. 2 Corinthians 9:8 “Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work.”

  14. “You have an abundance of everything that you need.” ― Joan Y. Edwards
  15. When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future.  ― Bernard Meltzer

  16. “Forgiveness frees us of hatred. Forgiveness is healing in body and spirit for the one forgiving and for the one forgiven.”  ― Joan Y. Edwards
  17. Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means. ―Ronald Reagan

  18. Loving and forgiving myself, even in my weakest, most human moments, helps me to be at peace with others. ― Joan Y. Edwards

I hope that reading these quotes gives you an idea of words to implant into your spirit and helps you blossom with the creation of what only you and God could create together. A story, an illustration, a painting, a garden, a building, an organization. God will help you! He says, “Ask and you shall receive. Believe and it will be given unto you.” so do what you love. Go ahead. Do it.

Resources:

  1. Brainy Quotes: http://www.brainyquote.com/
  2. Goodreads Quotes: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/
  3. Lolly Daskal. “65 Quotes That Will Dare You to Do Great Things:” http://www.inc.com/lolly-daskal/65-quotes-that-will-dare-you-to-do-great-things.html
  4. Peter McWilliams. Do It! https://www.amazon.com/Lets-Get-Off-Our-Buts/dp/093158079X/
  5. Regina Brett. God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours: https://www.amazon.com/God-Never-Blinks-Lessons-Detours/dp/0446556513/
  6. Regina Brett. “Regina Brett’s 45 Life Lessons and 5 to Grow on:” http://www.cleveland.com/brett/blog/index.ssf/2006/05/regina_bretts_45_life_lessons.html
  7. Robert Schuller. Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Dohttps://www.amazon.com/Tough-Times-Never-Last-People/dp/0553273329/
  8. Tony Robbins. Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny! https://www.amazon.com/Awaken-Giant-Within-Immediate-Emotional/dp/0671791540/
  9. Terry Cole-Whitaker. What You Think of Me Is None of My Business: https://www.amazon.com/What-You-Think-None-Business/dp/051509479X/

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Believe in You: Submit Your Manuscript or Illustration


Believe in You Copyright 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

Believe in You Copyright 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

“Believe in You: Submit Your Manuscript or Illustration”

Believe in you.

I know. Sometimes it’s more difficult to believe in yourself than it is at other times. What are some simple things you can do to show you believe in you and your writing or illustrating? Let’s look at a few examples that show either a positive belief or a negative belief.

Actions/Reactions show your beliefs.

  1. Do you hide your work in a drawer?
  2. When someone says that your work’s good, do you reply, “I try, but I’m not very good at it.”
  3. If your work gets rejected, do you throw your manuscript in the trash?
  4. Do you bang your head against the table?
  5. Do you tear up your drawings?
  6. Do you punish yourself for not being good enough?
  7. Do you think other writers/illustrators are keeping you from achieving your goal?

Revamp the way you act and react.

  • Submit your manuscripts/illustrations to editors/agents/contests/critique partners.
  • Study the works of best-selling authors/illustrators.
  • Study the works of authors/illustrators you admire.
  • Study your work again, make possible revisions and try again.
  • Take writing/illustrating workshops in person or online.
  • Act like successful writers/illustrators do.
  • God has a plan for you. No one is keeping you from achieving your goal. Help other writers/illustrators on your path. In helping them, you’ll learn something that helps you.
  • Revise your manuscript after a critique.
  • Study publishers/agents to find one that publishes the kind of story you want published.
  • Study methods of publication (self-publishing and traditional publishing) to see which one you really want deep down in your soul.

Emotions show your beliefs

  1. Do you stay tense until you receive a response?
  2. Do you stay tense until the time has passed the three months or six months that indicates you haven’t passed the publisher’s or agent’s test for being noticed?
  3. Do you go into a fit of depression when you receive a “no” response.
  4. Are you afraid of what others might say about your work?

Can you reprogram your emotions so that the rejection doesn’t have such a negative influence over your goals? If you can’t accept a yes or no answer, figure out why? What myth are you believing as truth. This is a control thing. You think if they say, “NO, that you won’t get published. This isn’t true. It just means “no” for that publisher or agent. Make sure you’re not saying this to yourself if you receive a “no.” You are the only one that can say “NO” that stops you in your tracks.

  • I relax knowing that I have put my best writing/illustrating forward. If they reject me, it’s because it’s not the right place for it. It doesn’t mean it’s not good.
  • I relax knowing that I am a good writer/illustrator even if no one agrees with me. I know that God is helping me find the right publisher and to get the work in the right format.

Words show your beliefs. Do you say any of these negative belief statements?

  1. I can’t write.
  2. I can’t draw.
  3. I’ll never get published. It’s too hard.
  4. I’m not good enough to be a best-selling author.
  5. I don’t have the marketing skills to be a best-selling author.
  6. Not many people will buy my books because they don’t know me.

Rephrase your words to show you do believe in you and your writing/illustration.

  • I can write. I can draw.
  • My work is good. I’ll get published. I’ll find a way.
  • Every day I take a step closer to the publication of my work.
  • I have the writing and marketing skills to be a best-selling author.
  • People who read my work tell everyone they know about my books and that they are good and give more value than its cost.
  • People who see/read my work know that they get wonderful value for their money. They get helpful information. They get a powerful story. They get heart-felt illustrations.
  • People who read my work or see my illustrations see my gift of humor and laugh.

 

Amazing Articles (Please read one. I promise you that you’ll be glad you did.)

  1. Amandah Tayler Blackwell. “10 Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills—Quickly:” http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/10_ways_to_improve_your_writing_skillsquickly_46142.aspx
  2. Dan Shewan. “16 Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills:” http://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2014/08/07/improve-writing-skills
  3. Jerod Morris.  “A Sobering Lesson on the Value of Compromising Your Creative Ideas:” http://www.copyblogger.com/creative-compromise/
  4. Miss Literati. “Author Quotes That Prove You’re a Real Writer:” http://www.missliterati.com/blog/author-quotes-prove-you-are-a-real-writer
  5. Jacquelyn Smith. “16 Business Books That Will Change Your Life Forever According to My Coworkers:” http://www.businessinsider.com/business-books-that-will-change-your-life-forever-2016-4/
  6. Elana Goldberg. “10 Life-Changing Books that Will Stay With You Forever:” http://www.goodnet.org/articles/10-lifechanging-books-that-will-stay-you-forever
  7. Linds Redding. “An Overdue Lesson in Perspective:” http://www.lindsredding.com/2012/03/11/a-overdue-lesson-in-perspective/

    My blog posts to get your work ready to submit:

    Pub Subbers
    Week 1
    Week 2
    Week 3
    Week 4

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“Sharks and Minnows” by Joy Acey


Today I’ve chosen to reblog Joy Acey’s poetry blog. She is the Princess of Poetry. She’s been writing a poem a day since 2011! She is amazing. I hope you’ll jump over to her blog. I know you’ll enjoy your time there. Each post is short and sometimes she draws pictures to illustrate her poems.

Reblogged from Joy Acey’s post on September 15, 2016.

“Have you ever played Sharks and Minnows in a swimming pool?  Have you played Marco Polo?  There are lots of tag games.  Can you name some others?”

And here’s the rest of Joy’s fun post about Sharks and Minnows and her fun illustration:
http://poetryforkidsjoy.blogspot.com/2016/09/sharks-and-minnows.html

Please leave her a comment on her blog and tell her how much fun she is. You can even put your comment in poetry format. That will make her smile really big.

 

Interviews with Joy Acey:

 

 

If You Don’t Do It, It Won’t Get Done!


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If you don’t do it, it won’t get done! Image Copyright © 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

“If You Don’t Do It, It Won’t Get Done!” by Joan Y. Edwards

It’s funny that you might have two or three manuscripts sitting in a file on your computer, packed away in a box under your bed, or hiding in an old manila folder. Yet, you have never ever submitted any of these stories to a publisher. Or perhaps you’ve drawn or painted many pictures, put them in a colorful portfolio, but have never submitted them to a publisher.

How long have you been waiting? How long are you going to procrastinate the submission process? What is stopping you? Why haven’t you submitted them? I know your list of reasons could reach in the hundreds. But why list them. Why not focus on the reasons you should submit your manuscript? Use your energy to get you closer to your goal.

Here are five empowering facts about you that you may not know:

  1. You have the intelligence needed for this job.

  2. You have the talent needed for this job.

  3. You have the experience needed for this job.

  4. You have the money and resources to do this job.

  5. You have the courage to do this job.

You’re looking at me as if I don’t know what I am talking about. But, I do. I know you better than you know yourself. You have all these talents, but you’re afraid of failing.

So what if you fail. You’ve failed before. What did you do? You got up and tried again. Do it again.

Each time you do it, you’ll gain more skills. You’ll learn at least a few things to improve your submission.

You tell me that you did that with other things, but submitting a manuscript or submitting a postcard with an illustration on it…that’s a completely different ball game. That’s too hard.

Someone’s holding up a mirror in front of you that’s not projecting a true picture of your worth. It must be an old timey mirror that distorts the true picture of what the situation really is. It’s time to get a new mirror. It’s time to think different ideas. It’s time to have a different belief system. It’s time to believe in you. God believes in you. I believe in you. Believe in yourself.

But you say to me. My parents don’t believe in me. My husband doesn’t believe in me. My sister doesn’t believe in me. My brother doesn’t believe in me. My boss doesn’t believe in me.

Guess what! To be successful, the only human person who has to believe in you is you!

God believes in you. He put an idea for a creation in your heart…a gut feeling. That’s God telling you that you’ve got what it takes and he’ll be there with you each step of the way. If you don’t have it now, you’ll have it as soon as you start believing in you. You’ll learn it. As soon as you need it, God will hand you the key.

Belief in yourself is essential. Once you believe it, it will happen. Take action. If you don’t do it, it won’t get done. You won’t reach your goal.

How do you gain more confidence in yourself? Practice. Study. Practice. Saying it. Believing it. Doing it. Taking action.

Write down the steps you need to take. Then take them. Do it. Go ahead. One by one. Inch by inch. Story by story. Illustration by illustration. Submission by submission. You’ll get there.

Pub Subbers

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

October was the 7th Birthday of Pub Subbers. I had a contest on this blog post for people to submit their work to a publisher, editor, contest, or agent during October before midnight October 31, 2016 and to leave a comment telling that they submitted and where. No one let me know that they submitted their work. Therefore, I decided to award the prize to one of the seven people who left a comment:

  1. Joan Reid
  2. Linda Andersen
  3. Sheri Levy
  4. Carol Baldwin
  5. Sandra Warren
  6. Cat Michaels
  7. Kathleen Burkinshaw

Random.org chose #7, therefore, Kathleen Burkinshaw won a free critique of 3,000 words, 3 illustrations, or a copy of Darcy Pattison’s Novel Metamorphosis: Uncommon Ways to Revise. Thank you to all of you who left a comment. You help give life to my blog.

How do you reward yourself when you submit? A tangible reward works well for me. Feel free to share this post with your fellow writers and illustrators. To leave a note, click on comment and scroll down to the bottom of the page.

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