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Author Interview with Joan Reid aka Gianna B. Reid (Writing Tips and a Poem)


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“Author Interview with Joan Reid aka Gianna B. Reid (Writing Tips and a Poem)” by Joan Y. Edwards

Hi, Joan Reid.  I’m very happy to have you as a guest on my blog today.
It’s a pleasure to be here with you. 

My readers are anxious to learn about you, so let’s get started.

a. Where were you born?
I was born in New York City.  My family moved to New Jersey when I was 2 years old. I have lived in New York State for the past 20 years.

b. Did you have a favorite place to read a book as a child? Where and why?
I read often on the couch in the living room or at the kitchen table after supper.

c. Who or what inspires you to keep on writing?
My parents and a grammar school teacher, then people whom I have met along the way, and now my husband, daughter and my friendsand you, Joan Edwards! (See Joan Edwards smiling)

d. What do you do for the pure fun of it?
I love riding my bicycle! It helps clear my mind for more writing.

e. What are your hobbies? Do you draw? Paint? Work with clay? Sew? Do woodworking?

Photography, creating collages, and reading are three activities I most enjoy.

f. What are your favorite books that you enjoy reading more than one time? Why?

  • A Year By the Sea by Joan Anderson; and

  • Tao of Writing by Ralph L. Wahlstrom

These books are vastly different, but each brings a fresh focus every time I read a passage.

g. Do you have a funny story to share?

I have a sense of humor for sure, but I cannot recall a specific funny story.

Incidents are funnier when I tell them.

h. Why do you write? 

My reasons for writing:  I have to write what I observe and feel; Writing is enjoyable and fun;  Writing is my connection to myself and others.

i. What are three tips for writers?

  1. When you write, don’t edit until all your ideas are down.

  2. Leave the piece for a day or more to look at it with fresh eyes. When you revisit the work you will be able to edit for content.

  3. READ!

j. What is the most essential ingredient of a poem?

For me, the most essential ingredient of a poem is emotion which is an intangible.

k. Do you have a poem you’d like to share with us that’s not in And the Woman Smiled and is shared first and exclusively in this guest post?

 

I am a Word – © Gianna B. Reid 2017

 

Poetry is—

words scribbled across people’s faces,

on objects, landscapes, in empty rooms,

the splendid and the ugly.

I see and feel words in open spaces, hallways,

in a blade of grass

looking upward to its sun-god.

Soaking in the 24-carat butter of

its rays smeared on blue-toast.

Can we separate ourselves from words?

I am a word.

Today, I am joy.

Aww! Thank you, Joan (Gianna B. Reid). That is a great poem.

l. Would you share three of your favorite poems? (Title and Author)

  1. “August” by Helen Maria Winslow
    https://lettersfromahillfarm.blogspot.com/2013/08/todays-poem-by-helen-maria-winslow.html

  2. “The Sun Poem” by Mary Oliver http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/mary_oliver/poems/15800

  3. Numerous poems by Billy Collins
    https://www.poemhunter.com/billy-collins/poems/

  4. Numerous poems by William. S. Merwin
    https://www.poemhunter.com/william-stanley-merwin/

m. And the Woman Smiled is your latest book. What company did you choose to publish this poetry book?

I self-published it on CreateSpace.com/

n. Where can readers buy And the Woman Smiled?

Readers can purchase it on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Woman-Smiled-Gianna-B-Reid/dp/1545143323/ref

o. Did you pay for editing services before you submitted to CreateSpace?

CreateSpace does offer editing services. However, I did not pay them for editing services for And the Woman Smiled.” I did all the formatting and editing myself.

p. Did CreateSpace design your cover? Did you have any choices?

CreateSpace has many choices of book covers, fonts, and trim-sizes on their website. I chose a design provided by CreateSpace.  

q. How are you marketing your book?

I sent review copies to publications that consider self-published poetry, and two local magazines in the Hudson Valley area.  And, I am thankful for this interview!

r. Did you get to choose the retail price for your book?

CreateSpace determined the retail price. There is a minimum charge which
I made every attempt to stay close to.

s. Were you ever traditionally published?

I was a contributor to a traditionally published book, The Bicycle Book – Wit, Wisdom & Wanderings, Published by Satya House.

t. What are the titles and links to your other books? Are they available on Amazon, too?

I have 16 titles on Amazon as Gianna B. Reid.

I self-published Life is a Bike;  and Yes We Can!

I contributed to the following book with Anisa Claire West:
Crime Flies! (Mystery Collection)
https://www.amazon.com/Crime-Flies-Mystery-Collection-Claire-ebook/dp/B00WIYC76Q/ref

Here are links to some of my other books:

Like Gary Cooper (Super Duper)
https://www.amazon.com/Like-Gary-Cooper-Super-Duper-ebook/dp/B00D8GXAVE/ref

Gold Trotter Mystery Series (First 3 from the 9-book series)

Dogs Never Lie
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C51ASDQ/ref

Blue Hill Heist
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DuGTU3E/ref

Until We Kiss
https://www.amazon.com/Until-We-Kiss-Revised-Expanded-ebook/dp/B00I2DOIJQ/ref

m. Do you have a blog?

My blog is: http://joansview-jbreid.blogspot.com

u. How can others connect with you on social media? 

Readers may connect with me on Face Book and Linked In.  Send an email request to me at joan.reid@yahoo.com

Short Bio

Joan Bellofatto Reid (Gianna B.Reid) began writing plays and short stories in elementary school. She has since written and produced several plays: The Jobless Chronicle (winner of Monologue Mania, performed at The Producer’s Club, NYC); and His Last Word, about Holocaust survivor, Primo Levi.  Life is a Bike was a newspaper column that appeared in the US and UK, the essays are available on Amazon.  She contributed essays to The Bicycle Book: Wit, Wisdom and Wanderings.  Other published works: “The Marriage Game”  “Path to Promise” (Student Aid Transcript Magazine); “Not a Fake Pollock” (Art Times); “Not Guilty” (Modern Collage).  Joan hosted a radio show, “Cool on the Groove” (Rockland World Radio) from 2003-2006, featuring authors, poets and journalists.  She currently freelances on education and healthcare; and writes poetry.

Wow! Joan Reid. I’ve really enjoyed learning about you. I had no idea you’d written so many books! I am very proud of you. Thanks again for being a guest on my blog.

Thanks for reading this guest interview. Joan Reid will be glad to answer any questions and respond to any comments you leave for her in the comment area.

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Plant Success Seeds for Your Next Conference Now


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“Plant Success Seeds for Your Next Conference Now" by Joan Y. Edwards

You have the magical seeds needed for your success. Your inner mojo or magical power is there for you to use 24 hours a day.  Look for it. Plant it. Nourish it. To help you grow in confidence, you need to grow in skills and abilities. Plant these seeds for your success at your next conference.

 

Before the Conference

  1. Believe in you. Activate this belief. BELIEVE IN YOU AND YOUR ABILITIES. That's the first seed for success. Believe in you. You can do all things necessary for your success.
  2. Set your goals. What skill do you most want to improve? Attend the workshops that will help you improve that skill. I hope that by attending a conference, you’ll learn a new skill or marketing technique that inspires you to reach your goals. You have what it takes for success. You may have to look through different eyes, through a different window to see it.
  3. Visit the web pages of three presenters that interest you. If they have a website, read the about me section. Check out their books at your local library or on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
  4. If you have specific questions for presenters, write them down on 3×5 cards and ask them at the conference during the workshops. If you don’t get a chance to ask them in person, most handouts or websites give contact information so you can write and ask them later.
  5. Get business cards with your name, address, phone number, email address, website, and blog. Many people put an image and link to their publishedbooks on the back. Usewww.VistaPrint.comwww.Gotprint.com, or local print shop. You can also create business cards on your computer.
  6. Writers: Prepare a postcard, business card, bookmark. Use your book titles and pitch blurbs. Get these giveaways printed at www.VistaPrint.com,www.Gotprint.com, or other print shop. You can also create them by hand or with your computer.Illustrators: Prepare a portfolio of 10-20 of your illustrations. Make sure these are the kind of illustrations that you enjoy creating. Prepare a postcard with a sample illustration on it. If you have illustrated a published book, put it on one side and put a different story's illustration on the back of the postcard. Share with people you meet at the conference. Also send one of your postcards to the art directors for publishing companies represented at the conference.r illustrators. Get bookmarks and or postcards printed atwww.VistaPrint.comwww.Gotprint.com, or other print shop. You can also create them by hand or on your computer.
  7. Buy a new spiral notebook with a bright colorful design, a composition book with a black and white cover, or a sketch book.This way all of your notes are in one place. You can put it in front of your computer when you get home, and transfer your handwritten notes to your computer. You can add information from handouts by scanning them into your computer, or by typing what you want to remember from the handouts.
  8. Writers: Buy two pens that are dependable and write just the way you like a pen to write. Put them in your pocketbook to take with you. Illustrators: Take a pencil, a ruler, and a white eraser.
  9. Write a pitch for three of your manuscripts. Print out your pitches on 3×5 cards, 4×6 inch cards, or plain 8.5 x 11 printing paper. Carry two copies of each pitch with you to the conference. Put one copy in a folder and the other in your pocketbook. Practice giving your pitch in front of a mirror. Use eye contact. Memorize it. If your pitch is longer than on 3×5 index card, it is too long.
  10. Take comfortable clothing to wear in your favorite colors to keep your spirits high. Take a sweater or blazer, in case the air conditioning is too cool for your inner thermostat.If you’re hot, you can take off the blazer. A good work attire for writers/illustrators is a pair of jeans, a shirt, and a blazer. Linda Rohrbough says that you want the editors to think you just left your computer to meet with them. Be comfortable. If you feel better being all dressed up, dress up. It’s important for you to be comfortable and feel distinguished. Wear comfortable shoes.
  11. Check your laptop, iPad, or iPhone. Charge its battery. Bring your charger to the conference.
  12. Copy the  full manuscripts of your Works in Progress and other pertinent information you may need for the conference to a portable drive or flash drive for your laptop or use a cloud data holder. If you use Dropbox, you can put your manuscripts in it and access it from your iPad or iPhone or other electronic devices. It allows you to see your manuscript from all devices. Check it out before you leave home to make sure it works.
  13. Check out the directions to the conference. Find the restaurants that are located close to the conference that serve the kind of food you can eat.

At the Conference

1.Take notes.

Take notes using your new spiral notebook or composition book or take notes on your laptop or other device.

2.Hand out business cards.

Hand out business cards to everyone with whom you talk. Ask for their businesscards, too. This will give you resources to check after the conference. The more you do this, the more comfortable and natural it will be for you. Make a goal of handing out at least 10-30 cards and getting an equal number in exchange.

3.Talk to people sitting beside you in a workshop.

Do you feel lonely and out of touch with people? Talk to the people who sit beside you in the workshops. Exchange names, email addresses, and business cards with them. Here are possible questions to start your conversation:

“What are you writing?”

“Are you in writing group? Is it online or face-to-face?”

“How do you find time to write (illustrate)?”

“Do you (draw) write best in the morning or at night?”

4.  If you meet a publisher or agent, ask them questions about themselves and their projects.

If you happen to meet an agent or editor in the elevator or at lunch, remember he/she is human, like you. Ask one of these questions or one of your own:

“What is your favorite project right now?”
“How do you know when a book is right for you?”
“What’s your advice for writers(illustrators)?”

5. Writers: Be ready to answer questions about your writing with a pitch.

After your question for an editor or agent, there is a great possibility he/she will ask you, “What kind of writing do you do?” This is a perfect lead in for your pitch. Hold your head high. Look the editor/agent in the eye. Pretend he’s your best friend and tell him your pitch.

Illustrators: Be ready to answer questions about your illustrating. Tell people three things you like to draw and if your like to portray humor, the dark side, nature, etc.

6. Take a short walk for exercise in between sessions.

7. Get plenty of sleep.

8. Eat healthy fruits, vegetables, and proteins. Drink plenty of water. This will keep you alert and focused.

9. Enjoy yourself and learn as much as you can.

10. List twenty things for which you are thankful each morning before you get out of bed.

11. Thank the presenters and the organizers.

12. If you are inspired by a book you hear about or see in the bookstore at the conference, buy it or borrow it from your public library.

After the Conference

1. Sleep, if you’re tired.

Accept yourself and others as you are. Focus on what you want. Be thankful for what you have. Be grateful for where you are. Put the fun back into your writing.

2. After you’ve rested, read and organize your notes from each workshop.

Edit your notes and add information from your handouts. You can scan pertinent information from the handouts into your computer.  Write at least three major things you learned from each workshop. You can write down more details if you want.

3. Make a top ten list of things that you learned at the overall conference.

4. Write/Revise Your Writing/Illustrating Goals

After this information soaks into your mind, body, and spirit, write/revise three writing/illustrating goals using the skills and information you learned. (Be patient with yourself.)

5. Writing Skill/Genre Goals

a) Read ten books in your chosen genre and three books on the craft of writing and/or illustrating.

b) Revise your favorite manuscript and submit it to an editor or agent.

c)  Revise 3 of your favorite illustrations. Choose one to create a new postcard and send to a prospective publishing company.

6. Marketing Goals

a) Learn a new technology.

b) Submit manuscripts/sample illustrations to different agents and/or editors often.

c) Join or create a critique group.

c) Join my Pub Subbers Yahoo Group, a group to encourage you to submit your manuscript/portfolio often (monthly if possible). To join, write me and tell me why you would like to join at joanyedwards1@gmail.com. Members postsuccesses, ask other members for help. etc. Members receive automated reminders for the weekly steps to get your work ready for submission.

Pub Subbers
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

d) Prepare a book presentation for schools/organization.

e) Prepare a proposal to present a workshop for a writing conference.

f) Prepare a pitch for a manuscript. Go from a page summary and then focus on the words to hook readers. Keep shortening your pitch: 200-100-50-25 words. The ultimate goal is a pitch that is 140 characters long (approximately 25 words) that fits in Twitter. If you have all these different lengths, you will have a pitch to use in your cover letter, proposal, and for the rave blurbs for the back cover of yourbook. Your pitch is the magnetic tool that will entice people to buy your book.

7. Networking Goals

a) Create a website and/or blog.

b) Join a critique group.that focuses on genres you write or illustrate.

c) Give book presentations/workshops for schools and organizations

d) Create an author/illustrator page on Facebook and post news of your publishing journey.

e) Create a Twitter Account.Tweet your blog posts and your publishing news.

f) Visit the websites of three people who shared a business card with you.  Email them. Here are possible points to include in your email. Remind them of how you enjoyed talking with them. Thank them for sharing a resource. Congratulate them on their manuscript, portfolio, or book. Compliment them for being brave if they read their story at open mike. Thank them for giving you a new way to look at a problem.

g) Make a list of your followers on Facebook and Twitter. When you get your book published, they will be helpful in spreading the word about your book.  Interact with at least 25 of them on a regular basis.

Resources

  1. Amy Bishop. http://www.projecteve. "Do I Still Need Business Cards for Networking?" http://www.projecteve.com/do-i-still-need-business-cards-for-networking/
  2. Deborah Shane. "What to Do Before Attending a Conference?" https://smallbiztrends.com/2014/04/what-to-do-before-attending-a-conference.html
  3. Kristen Lamb, “Getting the Most Out of Writing Conferences:” http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/getting-the-most-out-of-writing-conferences/.
  4. Margo L. Dill, “Writers Conferences: Five Reasons Why You Should Go NOW, and How to Get the Most for Your Money:” http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/13-FE-MargoDill.html/.
  5. Marita Littauer, “Four Keys for Writers ConferenceSuccess:” http://www.right-writing.com/conference-keys.html/.
  6. Travelle. "How to Prepare for a Conference:"http://www.huffingtonpost.com/travelle/how-to-prepare-for-a-conf_b_8413424.html
  7. Yvonne Russell, “Getting the Most out of a Writers’ Conference:” http://www.growyourwritingbusiness.com/?p=47/.

Thank you for reading my blog. Each time you read one of my articles, you honor me.  I hope your success is better than you ever imagined.

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Joan’s Elder Care Guide – Reviewer’s Choice: Midwest Book Review, May 2017


“Joan’s Elder Care Guide – Reviewer’s Choice: Midwest Book Review, May 2017″ by Joan Y. Edwards

Thank you to Shawn Simon for reviewing Joan’s Elder Care Guide and to Midwest Book Review for putting her five-star out of 5 stars rating review in the May, 2017 Issue of Reviewer’s Bookwatch in the Reviewer’s Choice area.

Midwest Book Review, Reviewer’s Bookwatch, May 2017.

Reviewer’s Choice

Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive
Joan Y. Edwards
4RV Publishing
2912 Rankin Terrace, Edmond, Oklahoma 73013
http://4rvpublishing.com
9781940310398, PB, $15.99, Page Count 176 pages, www.amazon.com
9781940310404, HC, $19.99, Page Count 176 pages, www.amazon.com

Shawn Simon, Reviewer
http://stepmomshawn.com

Copyright 2016 Aidana Willow-Raven and 4RV Publishing

Five Stars on a scale of 1-5

Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive, by Joan Y Edwards, is a comprehensive handbook for those who are taking care of or may need to take care of an elderly person. So often when one becomes a caregiver to a parent or other relative, they are not at all prepared for the job at hand. Being unprepared can cause stress to the caregiver and to the person being cared for.

With Joan’s handbook, this stress, frustration, and exhaustion can be relieved. There is advice for how to handle emotions that are sure to arise and for making sure to provide social outlets for your elder, and so much more. From first deciding the best location for your loved one to the end of life discussions, this book has it all. The book even provides checklists to use and a whole host of resources!

Of essential importance, is making sure your own needs are met. We often forget to care for ourselves when we are caring for a loved one. However we are no good to them, if we are not good to ourselves. What is sometimes difficult to think about are the financial issues to consider after your loved one has passed. Joan’s book discusses how to best handle wills, trusts, estates, and more. There is even a section on grieving our loved one.

I especially love the anecdotal stories she shares about her time caring for her feisty, witty elderly mother. Her experiences are what prompted her to write this book. She realized how much she needed to consider before deciding to provide full-time care for her mother. There did not seem to be a comprehensive guide to help her, so she decided to write her own. This is a book everyone should have if they may ever need to care for an elderly person. Joan Y Edwards has thought of everything!”

Read complete review at Midwest Book Review website: http://www.midwestbookreview.com/rbw/may_17.htm#rc
(If you go to the link, my book is about the 12th one. They are not numbered.)

*****

Shawn Simon is author of soon to be releasedStepping into a New Role, Stories from Stepmoms with 4RV Publishing: websitehttp://stepmomshawn.comStepmom Shawn/Facebook Page

Thanks again to Shawn Simon for reviewing my book for me. Thank you, dear readers, for reading my blog and leaving comments now and then. I appreciate you very much.

Here are the three people who left a comment between May 13, 2017 and May 22, 2017:
1. Linda Martin Andersen
2. Sarah Swan
3. Melanie Robertson-King

Random.org chose number 2. Therefore, Sarah Swan won a free copy of Joan’s Elder Care Guide. Please send me your snail mail address, Sarah and I’ll send it to you.

Melanie Robertson-King offered to review it so I sent her a copy in the mail on May 24, 2017.

Reviews help others know that my book is a good buy and a worthy use of  time to read it. If you’re also willing to review it for me, please let me know: joanyedwards1@gmail.com.

 

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Which to Choose: Big Name Traditional Publishing or Self-Publishing?


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“Which to Choose: Big Name Traditional Publishing or Self-Publishing?” by Joan Y. Edwards

Know your options. Study the resources. Ask questions of others in your field. Read the copyright pages of your favorite books to find out who published them.

I can’t tell you which choice is best for you. I wrote, illustrated and self-published Flip Flap Floodle. Instead of a big named publisher, I was lucky enough to have a small reputable publishing company – 4RV Publishing – publish  Joan’s Elder Care Guide. You may find one, too.

Most of the big named publishers stipulate that you must have an agent to submit your work. Some of the big publishers and other not as big, but still dependable and reputable publishers are out there, too. Again, you have to do your research. Choose one that’s right for you and you’re right for them. In the resources, I put a list of publishers and agents who accept unsolicited manuscripts.

Though I can’t tell you which is best for you, I did research to see what other professionals advise. No matter which method you choose, go through the steps outlined in Pub Sub for Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3. However,  if you’re self-publishing you’d be choosing a company to self-publish rather than selecting a big name publisher. Study three different self-publishing companies to decide which one is the best for this particular book.

Pub Subbers
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

Everyone is welcome to an opinon, right? Since that’s true, here are my opinions.

Joan’s Top Reasons for Getting a Big Named Traditional Publisher:

  1. They have many customers who are familiar with them and large marketing budgets.
  2. They can afford to pay the book returns for bookstores.
  3. They have access (money) to great cover and inside illustrators.
  4. They have access (money) to pay for good editors.
  5. It may be easier for them to get a book reviewed.

Reasons for Self-Publishing

  1. You’ve tried for at least 5-10 years to get something published without success or you don’t want to wait 3-5 years to get your book launched.
  2. You’ve had your complete book, pitch, query letter, and trailer critiqued and edited by a professional.
  3. You’ve investigated cost, what you get for your money, marketing with different venues for self-publishing. (Read Resource Number #2 and #16)
  4. You have a book launch team – group of at least 25-100 people online and in person who will review your book and help you launch and market it –  to help you spread the word.

But don’t just take my word for it, read at least five of the following articles and five others on your own search.

  1. Brenda Rollins. “The POD Quandary: How to Decide if Print-on-Demand Publishing is Right for You:” http://www.writing-world.com/publish/POD.shtml
  2. First Time Publishers. “Top 10 Self-Publishing Companies.” http://www.firsttimepublishers.com/
  3. Helen Sedwick “Seven Questions to Ask before Choosing a Self-Publishing Company https://www.thebookdesigner.com/2014/06/7-questions-to-ask-before-choosing-a-self-publishing-company/
  4. Joan Y. Edwards. “22 Literary Agents Who Are Looking for You: https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/22-literary-agents-who-are-looking-for-you/
  5. Joan Y. Edwards. “40 Publishers Who Accepted Unsolicited Manuscripts:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/40-publishers-who-accept-unsolicited-manuscripts/
  6. Moira Allen. “Subsidy Publishing vs. Self-Publishing: What’s the Difference?” http://www.writing-world.com/publish/subsidy.shtml
  7. Moira Allen. “To POD or Not to POD: Some Pros and Cons:” http://www.writing-world.com/publish/PODstats.shtml
  8. Moira Allen. “The Price of Vanity:” http://www.writing-world.com/publish/vanity.shtml
  9. NY Book Editors.”Traditional or Self-Publish: What’s Best for You?” https://nybookeditors.com/2015/11/traditional-or-self-publish-whats-best-for-you/
  10. Page Two Strategies. “Twelve Questions to Ask Before Working with a Publishing Services Company:” http://www.pagetwostrategies.com/twelve-questions-to-ask-before-working-with-a-publishing-services-company/
  11. POD Publioshing. “Ten Questions You Should Ask Your Publisher:” http://www.podpublishing.org/TenQuestions.pdf
  12. Ray Robinson. “Choosing a Self-Publishing Company:” http://www.writing-world.com/publish/dogear.shtml
  13. Sarra Cannon. “Frequently Asked Questions about Self-Publishing: ” http://sarracannon.com/indie-writer-resources/self-pub-guides/frequently-asked-questions-about-self-publishing/
  14. Stephanie Chandleer. “Eight Questions to Ask When Choosing a Custom Publishing Service to Help You Self-Publish Your Books:” http://authoritypublishing.com/book-publishing/8-questions-to-ask-when-choosing-a-custom-publishing-service-to-help-you-self-publish-your-book/
  15. Sue Fagalde Lick. “Ten Questions to Ask Before You Sign that Print-on-Demand Contract:” http://www.writing-world.com/publish/lick.shtml
  16. Top Ten Reviews. “Best Online Book Publishing Companies:” http://www.toptenreviews.com/services/home/best-online-book-publishing-companies/

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Barbara Lunow: Author of Whistle for a Possum and Two Other Books


Barbara Lunow, Author

Lunow Family Barbara & Wolfgang (Dan) Lunow, back left to right David, Lorraine, Marie, Matthew, and Jonathan

“Barbara Lunow: Author of Whistle for a Possum and Two Other Books” Interview by Joan Y. Edwards

Thank you for allowing me to interview you, Barbara. It’s exciting you started out self-publishing but have recently been published by two traditional publishers. I am very happy for you and proud of you.

You are welcome, Joan. I’m glad to be a guest on your blog.

My readers are looking forward to hearing more about you. Let’s get going!

1. Where were you born? 

Fort Dodge, Iowa

2. Did you have a favorite place to read a book as a child? 

Besides a cozy chair in our living room, I liked to climb up in the plum tree and read. When allowed, I liked to read in bed.

3. What’s your favorite book that you’ve ever read? Why?

I can’t name just one. As a child, a favorite was Caddie Woodlawn, by Carol Ryrie Brink.

In my adult life one that impressed me very much was a biography of two missionary ladies, “The Gobi Desert” by Mildred Cable with Francesca French

4. Why did you decide to write?

I’ve always liked to write, more than talk. I’ve kept journals and written letters.

5. Why do you write?

  • I write for myself. It’s releasing and relaxing. It helps me focus and remember.
  • I write when I have a story to tell and want to share mission experiences.
  • I write to challenge children and young people to learn about our world, the people of the world. It is a way to honor the people that we worked with for so long

6. What are three tips for writers?

  • Write it all down to start with, then revise, edit and revise again, as many times as you have to. There will come a time when you feel it is enough, then quit and have someone else look at it for you.
  • Join a writer’s group for encouragement and balance. They are wonderful sounding boards to listen to your work and make suggestions. It’s good to hear what others are writing as well.
  • Receive good criticism, blow away the bad. Don’t be discouraged by criticism.

7. How do you entice readers to read to the very last page of your book?

  • Keep up the pace of the book.
  • Don’t drag it out.
  • Have good resolution to your story, even if there is more to come or a sequel

8. You have three books out. Tell us about them please.

I have ONE self-published book with Thomas Max Publishing, “Are We There Yet?” an auto-bio of our first years in Papua, Indonesia as missionary translators.

Book number TWO was an author’s choice chapbook of free-verse poetry, “Star Drops and Spider Hairs”, published by MainStreet Rag. I went to a SC Writers Conference and had some of my poetry critiqued by author, Anne Kaylor. She recommended my poetry as a chapbook to Main Street Rag. I did not have to go through process of query letters, etc.

Book THREE, “Whistle for a Possum (and other Papuan tales),” a children’s book of cultural stories, exercises about the Sougb people of Papua, Indonesia was published by Dancing With Bear Publishing.

9. Lee Clevenger with Thomas Max Publishing, the man who self-published your first book, was instrumental in finding a publisher for “Whistle for a Possum,” the culture one. Tell us that story please.

When I was ready with “Whistle for a Possum,” I asked my editor Lee Clevenger of Thomas Max self-publishing for ideas on who might be interested in publishing it. I thought it would be a good book for elementary school market. He said he would ask around. Shortly after that, Lee was at a writer’s conference and in talking with an editor from Dancing with Bear mentioned my book. They are a Christian Publisher, and Marie McGaha contacted me, asked for the manuscript and consequently published it.

10. Please tell us the top three reasons you chose Thomas Max Publishing to publish your book for you.

  • A friend of mine had published with Thomas Max and had a good experience working with them
  • There are no initial fees to publish, they ask that you commit to buying at least 250 books, they help edit and do layout work for you
  • I felt welcomed and they were more than helpful in the process of getting to publishing, even when I didn’t know what I was doing. I never felt intimidated.

11. Did you pay for editing services before you submitted to Thomas Max Publishing?

No, my commitment was to buy at least 250 books from them

12. How long did it take from the time you signed your contract until you received the final copies of your book?

I think it was about 2 months. I had my book professionally edited before I submitted. They worked with me on a few editing problems, but I understand they will help with more details if necessary.

13. Did Thomas Max design your cover? 

I had my own picture and general idea of what I wanted, background color too. Lee worked with me on the font-type size, etc. I set up the back cover, reviews, etc., also my author’s picture.

14. Did Thomas Max Publishing format your book for paperback, hardback, and eBook sales?

It was formatted for all three –hardcover, paperback and eBook. They most often publish paperback and ebook, due to the expense of hardcover.

15. Did you pay separate for ISBNs or were these included in a special package?

Thomas Max Publishing did the ISBN registration, etc. at no cost to me.

16. How does Thomas Max Publishing market your book?

Thomas Max listed my book with Ingram and put it online; the rest is up to me.

17. How are you marketing your book?

I printed business cards, single and foldable, for my books with contact info on them. I put one in each book, send them in letters, and give them as a handout.

  • People can order signed copies of all books from me personally via my email address: blunow@comporium.net.
  • Notified an extensive list of missionary friends and supporters via email and letter in the pre-order stages and also after they were available.
  • Word-of-mouth orders still come through my email
  • Speaking and reading in churches, women’s groups and conferences
  • Facebook – most recently I put the information on Facebook

18. Here are links to purchase Barbara’s books:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon Are We There Yet?
Barnes & Noble Are We There Yet?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Main Street Rag Star Drops and Spider Hairs (PayPal)


Amazon Whistle for a Possum
Barnes & Noble Whistle for a Possum

Contact Barbara:

Contact her for Speaking/Reading or to buy autographed copies of any of her books: blunow@comporium.net or phone (803) 396-0986 
Facebook: Barbara K Lunow

Barbara Lunow, Author

Bio 

Barbara Lunow was born and raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and comes from a family of six children. Her love of books and words started early with her mother reading all the children’s classics at bedtime. As a child she enjoyed any writing assignment given to her, and she served on her high school paper as a feature writer. One of her school themes was later published in her churches national magazine.

Beyond high school, Barbara received a three-year degree in nursing, took a summer course in linguistics, and she attended Bible College in preparation for her life’s work as a missionary. She married Wolfgang (Dan) Lunow in 1960 and they have 5 children.

In 1968, Barbara and Dan began their ministry in Papua, Indonesia, serving as linguist-translators in a primitive tribe of 13,000. They ministered together there for over 35 years. Barbara practiced nursing in village bush clinics, with the only means to contact a doctor via 2-way radio. She translated and set up a three-year Sunday School program. She was the official word-processor, computer-person for the Sougb New and Old Testaments, plus the other translated booklets in the Sougb language.

Barbara’s greatest joy was the Widow’s Bible Class which she started and taught for over 20 years. The widows were at the bottom of the ladder in the Sougb culture. Through the class they were recognized as having value, especially in prayer for their people. She feels she learned more from them, than they learned from her. They encouraged her and dearly loved her kids.

She kept a journal of all their missionary years, and wrote monthly reports and stories to family and supporters at home. When her children went to boarding schools and later to college in the USA, she faithfully wrote to them every week. Barbara served as field editor for her mission and had numerous articles published in their mission magazine.

Since completing translation work, Barbara has finally had time to do her own writing. Her first book, about their beginning years in Papua, titled “Are We There Yet?” was published in 2014. A chapbook of poetry, “Star Drops and Spider Hairs” came out in January 2016. And her children’s book, “Whistle for a Possum (and Other Papuan Tales)” was published in October 2016.

She continues to write and is currently working on a fictionalized story of a young Papuan girl who wants to break away from cultural norms and go to school, instead of getting married.

Thank you, Barbara for sharing your writing journey with us.

Please feel free to ask Barbara questions or share an experience in the comment area. Click comment below and scroll down to the bottom.

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Joy Smith, Author – Tell Me a Story, I’ll Bake You a Cake


Joy Smith

“Joy Smith, Author – Tell Me a Story, I’ll Bake You a Cake” Interview by Joan Y. Edwards

Thank you for allowing me to interview you, Joy. It’s exciting that in October, 2016 you published “Tell Me a Story, I’ll Bake You a Cake.”

Joan, you are welcome.

My readers are looking forward to learning more about you and the self-publishing path you chose, so let’s get started.

1. Where were you born?
Richmond, Virginia

2. Did you have a favorite place to read a book as a child? Where and why?
Under the covers at night reading with a flashlight.  It was after my bedtime and my parents wouldn’t know I was still awake.

3. What’s your favorite book that you’ve ever read? Why?

Horton Hatches The Egg, by Dr. Seuss.  It was my first book.  I kept renewing it at the library so many times that my parents finally bought it for me.  I met Dr. Seuss at a book signing in New York in 1986.  I took my beat up, crayon marked Horton book with me and when he signed it he smiled and said,  “Do you know this is a first edition?”  Now I have a SIGNED first edition.  It’s one of my most prized possessions.

4. Why did you decide to write your cook book? How did you decide to tell a story with each recipe?

I wrote a cooking column, “Cooking With Joy,” for the Fort Mill Times for ten years.  My readers urged me to put these columns in a book, which I did.

5. Why do you write? 

I started writing as a kid and I’ve never outgrown it.  I just enjoy it.

6. What is your advice for writers?

Write about what you know.

Tell Me a Story, I’ll Bake You a Cake by Joy Smith

7. Why did you choose AuthorHouse to publish your book?

After speaking to several publishers I chose AuthorHouse because they were better suited to meet my needs.  I wanted a hardback book with glossy pages and color pictures in it.  Some didn’t give me this option.

8. Did you pay for editing services before you submitted your book to AuthorHouse? 

I hired Beth Crosby to edit it for me before I submitted it to them.

9. Who designed your cover?

Kim Hajas, a friend and well-known graphic designer designed the cover of my book.  Her company Hajas Design is in Fort Mill, SC.

10. In which formats is your book available?

It is available in paperback, hardback, and eBook.

11. Did you pay separately for ISBNs or were these included in a your package?

The ISBNs were included in the package by AuthorHouse.

12. Does AuthorHouse offer a book return agreement with book stores? Or do book stores take your books on consignment?

AuthorHouse has a book return agreement with book sellers.

13. How does AuthorHouse market your book?

They created a website for me, provided a variety of marketing tools such as business cards, postcards, bookmarks, and sent a detailed step-by-step guide to help me join social media.

14. How are you marketing your book?

I am marketing my book by:

  • Press releases, book signings, media coverage in newspapers and magazines
  • Facebook
  • Group emails to high school class, college class, clubs I belong to, and a long list of friends.
  • Contacting book stores, gourmet kitchen stores, and gift stores.
  • Being a guest speaker at several venues in the Charlotte area
  • Word of mouth

15. Did you get to choose the retail price for your book?

No.

16. Is the cost of the book to you as the author low enough that you can make a profit from your sales?

Yes.

Joy Smith lives in Fort Mill, South Carolina, with her husband and a quirky cat. She loves cooking, entertaining, traveling, playing tennis and bridge, riding horses, gardening when it’s not too hot (which is almost never in South Carolina), and enjoying good wine. Her sense of adventure has taken her to Antarctica on a National Geographic expedition, skydiving, climbing mountains, and searching for the perfect roller coaster.

Joy participated as a sous-chef on the Food Network show “Ready . . . Set . . . Cook”; was a guest chef on the NBC show Charlotte Today; taught a class, “From the Garden to the Table”; and wrote a popular cooking column, “Cooking With Joy,” for ten years. Readers have enjoyed her stories and recipes featured in several magazines and newspapers. Her stories will entertain you as you read Tell Me a Story, I’ll Bake You a Cake.

Buy a copy of her book:

AuthorHouse
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

Visit Joy Smith’s website: http://www.cookingwithjoysmith.com

Meet Joy at Book Signing: Park Road Books, Charlotte, NC on Saturday, April 29th, from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Joy, I know my readers enjoyed learning about you. Thank you again for sharing your publishing path with us.

Thank you for reading. Feel free to ask Joy a question or let her know your favorite recipe in the comment area.

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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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