Signed Contract for LARRY, THE TERRIFYING TURKEY with Ravenswood Publishing


I signed a Book Contract Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

I signed a Book Contract           Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

“Signed Contract for LARRY, THE TERRIFYING TURKEY with Ravenswood Publishing” by Joan Y. Edwards

Today I signed a contract with Kitty Bullard, Owner and Editor of Ravenswood Publishing, LLC to publish a three-book series of Chapter Books, the first one is “Larry, the Terrifying Turkey.” The second one is “Larry, the Terrifying Turkey Tames Billy the Bull.” I haven’t written the third one yet.

Selling Pitch/Blurb for Book Cover:  Larry, the Terrifying Turkey, Chapter Book, Ages 6-8, Grades 1-3

Scarred by her mother’s pet turkey and taunted by her third grade classmates, Sara Brown searches for a way to get back at him. Will she face the turkey square in the gobbler or will her parents ground her until she is twenty-one after she wrecks her mother’s new car?

I will illustrate the cover and create one black and white drawing for each chapter.

When I was five years old, Mother had a pet turkey that flogged me badly. My sister, Judith, helped us escape from him. In March 2010, my younger sister, Janet and I went to a writing workshop near Charleston and I wrote this story. It’s kind of ironical that it was a short story workshop. I told the instructor I didn’t know if I could write a story for adults. I wanted it for children. The main character in the story has no sister, so she has to trouble learning to fend for herself.

My granddaughters, Kylie and Kirstyn Hackett loved to hear me tell about my adventures with the turkey. My grandsons, Luke and Wyatt Chewning love the story, too. Wyatt wants a copy of the book to share with his classmates when Ravenswood releases it! Isn’t that sweet? I’m dedicating the book to them because they listen and laugh at my stories.

The release date is for 2015.

Ravenswood Publishing is currently closed for submissions.

A special thank you to my husband, Carl Lansdale Edwards for always believing in me, even when I haven’t been able to believe in myself.

Thank you to Pub Subbers group and all of you who read my blog and encourage me to submit my work.
Thank you to my sisters, Janet Meyer and Judith Carolyn Thomson.
Thank you to the Savvy Wordsmiths and Illustrators critique group in Fort Mill, SC

This FREE GIVEAWAY contest for this blog post is over. Kathleen Burkinshaw and Michelle Karene Won a Free Critique. Congratulations to them. I will have another contest in March.

Celebrate you.
Never Give Up

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Cover for “Joan’s Elder Care Guide” by Aidana WillowRaven, 4RV Publishing


Joan's Elder Care Guide cover by Aidana WillowRaven, 4RV Publishing

Joan’s Elder Care Guide
cover by Aidana WillowRaven, 4RV Publishing 2015

“Cover for Joan’s Elder Care Guide, by Aidana WillowRaven, 4RV Publishing” by Joan Y. Edwards

Color me excited, over the moon (Thanks Donna Earnhardt, bright, smiling, happy! See me dance, sing, and shout! Celebrate with me!

I’m one step closer to reaching my goal of being published by a great traditional publisher, 4RV Publishing.
I’m in the final stages of editing the manuscript, the 7th Edit. It’s not the last, but it’s getting closer.
I’m in the process of revising the blurb for the cover.
I am thankful for Aidana WillowRaven, Vice-President of Operations, 4RV Publishingfor doing an outstanding job of combining two photographs of my mother, Ethel D. Meyer, for the cover.

I am amazed.
I am thankful to God.
I am thankful to my family, friends, and caregivers who encouraged me and helped me care for Mother for 14 years and then encouraged me to write this book and share it with other caregivers.

I am thankful to Vivian Zabel, President of 4RV Publishing, for believing in me and my elder care guide.
I am thankful to Carla Ralston, editor for 4RV Publishing, for encouraging me to expand my book from ten to twenty-two chapters and giving me ways to improve it.
I am thankful to you, the people who read my blog. You give me life. You help me believe in myself.

I’ll do another post when I know the exact release date.

Believe in you.
Believe in your manuscript.
There is a publisher out there for you.
Write your story.
Revise it three times.
Get your work critiqued.
Submit to a publisher, agent, or contest.
Be a Pub Subber.

Believe in you.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

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Writing Goals Chart – Step into Success! Reward Yourself for Reaching Daily Goals


Step into Success! Reward Yourslef for Reaching Your Goals Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

Step into Success! Reward Yourself for Reaching Your Goals Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

“Writing Goals Chart – Step into Success! Reward Yourself for Reaching Daily Goals” by Joan Y. Edwards

Perhaps January was busy, busy, busy. You didn’t get as much writing done as you planned. That’s okay. Life enters in. Enjoy living. But set aside time to write. Draw. Exercise. Whatever your goal is. I created a chart for writers, but if you are an illustrator or you want to chart your daily exercise, or some other goal, you can use this chart to help you. A friend of mine told me he’s revising a manuscript and has to take out words. I told him he could change his goal to the number of words he cut and still use the chart.  If you start late in the month, that’s okay. Keep track for the days that you’ve participated.

Back to writing. You say. I want to do more writing. Oh yes. Writing. I challenge you to keep track of the number of words you write during February. What kind of prize would get you to write a little more? Decide.
Promise to give that prize to yourself if you reach your goal.

If you think of a quote that starts you going or keeps you going, let me know. I’ll make a post once in a while during the month to keep us all going on our goals.

If you don’t write one day, see if you can double up the next day to make up for it so that you still meet your goal.

In the middle of February is a special holiday, Valentine’s Day.  So you have two days of grace to celebrate it with your family, friends, and loved ones. So decide how many words you promise you’ll write each day multiply it by 26 days and you’ll see how many you’ll have at the end of the month.

I have it in a word document. It didn’t show up really well here. If you’d like a copy of it, send me an email to joanyedwards1@gmail.com.

Good luck. This will help you step into success!

 

February 2015 Writing Goals
“Never give up. You can do it.”
Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards
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Next month I plan to

Thanks for reading my blog. Please leave a comment and let me know if you think this chart will help you and how you plan to reward yourself for reaching your goals. Please share your favorite quote for getting things done.

Celebrate you now.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
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The Winner of a Free 1000 Word and Summary Pitch Is Sharon Hope!


Sharon Hope Is the Winner

“The Winner of a Free 1000 Word and Summary Pitch Is Sharon Hope!”

Thank you to the following people who commented on my Happy New Year post!

  1. Karen Cioffi
  2. Sharon Hope
  3. Linda Martin Andersen
  4. Sandra Warren
  5. Dr. Bob Rich
  6. June Phyllis Baker
  7. Becky Shillington
  8. Susan Hornbach
  9. Sharon Full
  10. Kathleen Burkinshaw
  11. Jennifer Larson

I asked Random.org. to choose a number between 1 and 11. It chose number 2. Therefore, Hip Hip Hooray! Sharon Hope won a free critique of 1000 words of a manuscript and its summary pitch. Sharon, please send it to me at joanyedwards1@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

I have asked God to bless you and the other commenters in a special way today so that you know that He loves you and that you are important to our world.

I hope you will come back and read my blog again! Good luck with all of your writing endeavors.

Celebrate you.
Never Give Up
Joan

Which Pet Would Your Main Character Love, Fear, Hate, Abuse, or Kill?


Which Pet Would Your Main Character Love, Fear, Hate, Abuse, or Kill?

What would your main character do if he found one of the following in his bedroom at night? What would your main character do if he found himself in a forest with an animal he’d never seen before? What would your main character do if he was at the beach and found a dolphin on the sand? What would your main character do if he found evidence that someone was setting up dog fights for money?

Would it be a lazy, playful cat?

Would he be so afraid of dogs that he would hide from any dog he encountered?

Would he study, love, and protect a dolphin?

Would he kill a hamster?

Would he abuse horses by having too many, not caring for them, or worse?

Would he be so afraid of a mouse that he’d climb on the couch to get away from him? Would he chase it all over the house? Would he set a trap for it? Would the trap work or will the mouse keep pestering him?

Would he raise parakeets to sell for pets? Would he have a detective to check to make sure the new owners will care for them? Would he offer classes in how to care for a parakeet?

 

Would your main character find a lost sheep near the highway and load it into his truck and care for it until he could find the owner? Or would he kill it for food for his family who is starving?

Would your main character have a pet snake that gets out and creates a hilarious situation? Or would it lead to death of a person or the snake?

Thanks for reading my blog. Please leave a comment and let me know what your favorite pet is and which animal scares you the most. Tell me what your main characters would choose for a pet. Thanks.

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Joan Y. Edwards
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Happy New Year!


 

 

May 2015 be filled with wondrous things for you including great health, wealth, and a wonderful sense of well-being.

I’d like to tell you a little about me today. Giveaway: Free critique for one lucky commenter. Details below this article.

 

 

 

I love Tweety Bird! He makes me laugh.

I love Woody from Toy Story. He makes me laugh. I have a Woody doll and a guitar for him to play, too.

I love cartoons that make me laugh…Dennis the Menace, Zits, Charlie Brown & Snoopy. You can sign up free to receive comics on a daily basis: http://www.arcamax.com, and Web Donut cartoons by Gruhn: http://www.webdonuts.com/

I like it when I can laugh at my mistakes.

I’ve discovered that I need a lot of prayers for healing and general well-being. 2014 taught me that I am indeed human. That even with a positive attitude, people get sick and have to have things fixed in their bodies. At the same time, it is extremely important to keep positive thoughts permeating your whole being. I need extra Vitamin B complex (for my nerves), Vitamin D3(for sunshine), Fish Oil with Omega Fatty Acids(to keep out bad cholesterol and oil my body on the inside).  I am blessed with wonderful doctors, dentists, and surgeons. I appreciate your prayers and good wishes for me. I pray for all readers of my blog and for those who leave me comments. I truly want to help each of you to reach your goals and fulfill your dreams as I reach mine, too. So that we all get to the finish line of one of our dreams at the same time, and plan new places to go and new dreams to achieve.  Just remember to live, truly live and celebrate God, you, your family, your friends, your community, and those you meet during your lifetime.

After "Get Your Blog Going" workshop at 2014  SCWW  Conference

After “Get Your Blog Going” workshop at 2014 SCWW Conference

In October 2014, I presented three workshops, two on blogging and one on ways to revise your manuscript for the South Carolina Writers Workshop Conference in Myrtle Beach. Doing this fulfilled a dream of mine which was to be a paid presenter for a writers conference. Now, my new dream is to be the Keynote Speaker for a conference. According to Mike Hourigan, a keynote speaker may use humor, audience participation, show funny clips, or even sing. A keynote speaker’s job is to weave your main conference message into their program in a memorable and fun way. That’s what I’d like to do. It would be an honor and a privilege to do that for an organization.

7 Questions to Make Sure Your Plot Has Believable Consequences Copyright © 2014 Joan Y. Edwards

7 Questions to Make Sure Your Plot Has Believable Consequences
Copyright © 2014 Joan Y. Edwards

The busiest day of the year on my blog was September 30th with 960 views. The most popular post that day was 7 Questions to Make Sure Your Plot Has Believable Consequences. Wow! Thank you.

 

Joan Y. Edwards and Her Mother, Ethel Darnell Meyer

Joan Y. Edwards and Her Mother, Ethel Darnell Meyer

I am still working on editing Joan’s Elder Care Guide. The editor from 4RV Publishing wanted me to have more than the ten chapters I wrote at the beginning. So I now have 22 chapters. I’m working on finalizing them and the more than 60 handouts in the Appendix area (fill-in charts and information) and more than 450 references. It has taken me more than a year to make these changes and revisions. I believe it will be even more help for those who read it and make it more useful in making the lives of caregivers and elders across the world. It will be released in 2015. Please pray that I am able to complete this.

Pushed by my own Pub Subbers idea that it is extremely important to keep sending your work out, I submitted a manuscript at the end of September 2014. If I didn’t submit, I was going to have to give two critiques, instead of one, to my Pub Subbers group members who submitted manuscripts in September. Two weeks later, I received a contract from GMTA Publishing, Ravenswood Publishing Imprint to publish my chapter book  “Larry, the Terrifying Turkey.” If everything goes as planned, it will be released in 2015.

It’s based on a true experience I had when I was five-years old with my Mother’s pet turkey who flogged me. We’re still negotiating the contract, making changes good for both sides. But it’s great to have a contract in the works. There will be 3 books in this series. Here’s the pitch: Scarred by her mother’s pet turkey and taunted by her third grade classmates, Sara Brown searches for a way to get back at him. Will she face the turkey square in the gobbler or will her parents ground her until she is twenty-one when she wrecks her mother’s new car?

Flip Flap Floodle cover 300 res 300x420 pixelsThank you to everyone who bought a copy of Flip Flap Floodle since April 2004. When I self-published Flip Flap Floodle the color picture books were very expensive $16.95. Times were difficult. Many people couldn’t afford to pay that much. I wasn’t able to get out and market it as much because I was caring for my Mother. I never regretted that. Substitute caregivers enabled me to give presentations for schools and organizations. I was virtually unknown.

Amazon bought BookSurge. In 2010, they decided to use CreateSpace to do the printing of their books, not BookSurge. When they did that, they placed the price at $10.00 for the paperback copies of Flip Flap Floodle. I also created an eBook for Kindle and Nook. I’ve sold more than 400 copies. I’ve given away 300 copies as Dan Poynter, self-publishing guru  advised self-publishers to do to help spread the word about you and your book. Since I did the blog post, 7 Reasons Why Flip Flap Floodle Is a Good Picture Book to Read to Your Child, I’ve sold 5 copies. A special thank you to those 5 people. So there are more than 700 copies of Flip Flap Floodle roaming the world cheering children and adults to Never Give Up and reminding them to keep a song in their hearts. It’s only $9.00 now on Amazon…a one dollar savings. Flip Flap Floodle, a little duck whose song saves him from the belly of mean ole Mr. Fox Paperback, Kindle and Nook I hope to reach 1,000 books sold in 2015. If any of you have seen the American Pickers, they do what they call a bundle. So I’m dreaming up a bundle to combine buying Flip Flap Floodle and getting something else with it…an ebook on blogging or an ebook on characterization helps.

A friend of mine says that when she reads Flip Flap Floodle to children, they sit on the edges of their chairs listening and singing the song with her, waiting for the ending and hoping it’s going to turn out okay. Which it does! It has a very satisfying ending!

GIVEAWAY FREE CRITIQUE TO ONE LUCKY COMMENTER:

To thank God for being alive and well in 2015, I am offering a free critique of the first 1,000 words of a manuscript and story’s pitch summary to one lucky person who leaves a comment between now and Friday, January 9, 2015 at midnight. Random.org will choose the winner. I’ll announce the winner in a new post on Saturday, January 10, 2015.

 

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
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