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Book Signing Barnes & Noble Arboretum, Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 1-4 p.m.

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Come to see me on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 1-4 p.m. Book signing Barnes & Noble Arboretum Shopping Center, 3327 Pineville Matthews Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226. Phone 704-341-9365.

Joint bookfair between Barnes and Noble and Charlotte Writers Club. Other authors will be there. Their names are below with the times they will do a reading!

If you can’t come in person, you can order online use Bookfair voucher ID 12077293: http://www.bn.com/bookfairs from 2/25/2017 to 3/2/2017 and include the Bookfair voucher ID 12077293 on the payment page during checkout.

At 3:30 p.m. I’ll be reading from one of my books – 15 minutes. I’m the last author to read! It’s an honor to be there.

Here’s the list of authors and the time they’ll read:

1:15 Ione O’Hara
1:30 M. Logan Ham
1:45 Linda Bost
2:00 Nancy LiPetri
2:15 Norma Dougherty
2:30 Ben Sharpton
2:45 Liz Gilmore Williams
3:00 Nancy Stancill
3:15  James Boatner
3:30 Joan Edwards

I know you’ll be with me in spirit, if you can’t be there in person! Thanks for caring about me!Flip Flap Floodle and I can’t wait to see you! 





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What I Learned about the Adams Literary Agency

I really enjoyed going to the SCBWI Schmooze at the Fort Mill Library on Saturday, March 19, 2011 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Thank you very much Roxanne Hanna, with Savvy Wordsmiths and Brad Davidson with the Charlotte SCBWI group for organizing the great opportunity to meet Tracey Adams, her husband, Josh and Quinlan Lee of the Tracey Adams Literary Agency.

Thanks to the people who brought ice, drinks, cookies, chips, and brownies, too. It was fun hearing how their agency began and how they do things. Having the opportunity to hear what is going through their heads when they read first pages was an awesome experience.

It was fun meeting people I’d met at the SCBWI fall conferences. Having a chance to talk in person with people I’d only had email communication with was an invigorating experience.  Meeting new people was fascinating. I had to leave half-way through. What a bummer!

Four things I learned from the Adams Literary Agency:

1.    A wowser Fact – An editor has to read your manuscript 500 times from the first read to when the book is in print – This fact explains why editors must fall in love with your manuscript  before they sign you on.

2.    It’s important to let them know you are a member of SCBWI because it means you take your writing career seriously.

3.    It’s important for them to know that you’re in a writing group because it means you’re serious about your writing career.

4.    It’s important for children’s illustrators to have a website portfolio of children and animal illustrations that agents/editors can look at after you send a query.

5.   They have signed someone on even after they have rejected a story once.  If you submit a different story or a newly revised story, they’ll read it with sincerity.

6.   All members of Adams Literary Agency seem to have the same basic philosophy: they love good writing.

7.  Their on-the-spot critique of First Pages presented at the schmooze were sincere, honest, thoughtful, and professional. I feel like they will give any writer who queries them this same professional attention. I decided I might query them about one of my manuscripts written for children. It filled me with more confidence to query an agent about my work because I saw how friendly and accessible they were.

If you write for children, you might want to seriously consider Adams Literary Agency http://www.adamsliterary.com/.

1. Submission Guidelines http://www.adamsliterary.com/resources/Submit/adamsLiterary-Submissions.pdf

2. Submit your work now http://www.adamsliterary.com/submitnow/submitnow.php

It’s not too late to submit your work to a publisher or agent this month! Go for it. If you submit your query to them, leave me a comment on the Pub Sub Page for March blog post.

To read Carol Baldwin’s blog to read more about the Charlotte/Rock Hill Schmooze and Adams Literary Agency go to http://carolbaldwinblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/if-you-give-writer-cookie.html.

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Joan Y. Edwards www.joanyedwards.com

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2. For a chance to win a free critique,  submit your work in March, then leave a comment on the Pub Sub Page for March post with title of project, name of contest, publisher, editor, or agent; date you submitted, sent by email or snail mail, your name, and your personal blog/website. I’ll add your name to the Pub Subbers 2011 page, if you like. It’s just a way to reward yourself for submitting. I thought it would be cool to advertise your courage. We can also tell how many people are Pub Subbing.  We can see our group grow. I’ll choose a random winner and announce it at noon EST on April 1, 2011.

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Laugh: It’s Healing

Dr. Hiren Patel, my dentist at Regal Oaks Dental Office, Charlotte, NC, told me about how the elders met to laugh in the park in his village in India. This idea intrigued me. Laughter has healed people from sickness and disease as noted in “The Secret” movie and other places. Laugh along with the recording of my laughter.

I did research about the laughing places in India. This idea was started by a medical doctor, Madan Kataria in 1995. He calls them “Laughing Clubs of India.” He started with only three people in his village. Then the numbers grew. Laughter helps when you do it from 10 minutes to 40 minutes a day. He has done workshops in villages, schools, companies, and prisons. There are “Laughing Clubs” in America and about 60 other countries, too. Here is a video clip where John Cleese Visits “Laughing Club” in India in 2008: http://boingboing.net/2008/04/28/john-cleese-visits-l.html. Dr. Kataria also developed “Laughter Yoga” with his wife, Madhuri, who is a yoga teacher. Here is a CNN Report on “Laughter Yoga: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eB3ISAYE-I/.

Laughter creates endorphins that heal the body. It lessens tension. It lowers blood pressure. It gets rid of depression. It helps you see a new prospective on life. So why not laugh. Children laugh easily and often. Something happens when the pressures and responsibilities of being an adult hit. Many adults are too tense to laugh. I hate it when I can’t laugh at experiences I’ve had. Put a positive spin on things and laugh about it. Accept things as they are. Friendship Quotes.com quoted Bob Newhart: “Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.”

You and I need a place and time to laugh each day. In Song of the South, Br’er Rabbit loves his laughing place. To watch a clip from the movie with this song in it, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjFd3ekLXVI/. Collect your favorite movies that make you laugh. Get together humorous books that make you laugh.

I love the song from Mary Poppins movie by Disney, “I love to laugh.” It makes me laugh. It makes you laugh when you hear other people laugh or when you see other people laugh. Laughter is contagious. Go ahead. Laugh.

Below are resources with more information and help to get you to laugh:
My Hero.com: Dr. Madan Kataria by Wendy Jewell (2006)
Rediff.com/News: For Laughing Out Loud by Aseem Chhabra (2001)
Karma Tube.com: Be the Change: The Laughter Clubs of India (2005)
Hinduonnet.com: Laugh and be well by Kausalya Santhanam
The Eureka Network.com: Laughter Is Good for the Soul by Sue Heldenbrand, CHTP (2009)
Brainy Quotes: Laughter Quotes
Just Laughter.com: Laughter CD $15.00 and free articles about laughter

Webpages with Sounds of Laughter:
Archive.com: Vincent Price laughing
Pacdv.com: Sounds of Laughter
Partners in Rhyme.com: Sounds of Laughter
joanyedwards.com: Joan’s Laughter – mp3

Thank you for reading my blog. Feel free to share the link with your friends. The 50th person to subscribe for an email subscription from the left hand column will receive a free paperback copy of Flip Flap Floodle (a picture book I wrote and illustrated for young children or a 1001 Ways to Market Your Books by John Kremer.

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Laugh Often,
Joan Y. Edwards