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!
Flip Flap Floodle: A New “Classic” Nursery Tale Review by Petre Pan
Reblogged from Petre Pan’s blog “…and then, I shall write a book, about my adventures.”
Hey guys! I just got finished reading Flip Flap Floodle by Joan Y. Edwards, a sweet little children’s story for reading aloud to preschool/nursery age kids. It features a little duck who plays a flute, which is a pretty cute idea for a protagonist. The little duck meets many different kinds of people along his journey to musical greatness: those who are too busy with their own song to pay attention to him, those who recognize his talent and encourage him–and those who eat him.
Oh my goodness. Pat Rullo emailed and asked me if she could interview me for Speak Up Talk Radio! I am very honored that she singled me out to ask for an interview. She’s taking care of her mother, so my book, Joan’s Elder Care Guide, was of special interest to her. I hope you’ll listen. Please listen to it and tell me what you think in the comment area for this post.
I hope you enjoy it. Pat asked me very good questions. She fell in love with my book, Flip Flap Floodle, too. After talking with Pat, I feel like I’ve found a new friend.
In case you’d like to have Pat Rullo interview you, here’s information to help you.
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Sarah Maury Swan, Author of “Terror’s Identity,” honored me and I bow humbly because she did a blog interview of me. She said I was very encouraging. I’m glad because I do like to encourage people to Never Give Up. She even tackled this with a new computer and included pictures, too. Hurray for Sarah and her new computer. I hope you’ll drop by and read it and share your thoughts and similar experiences with us on her blog. Thanks.
Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive by Joan Y. Edwards
Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive gives you, the caregiver, ways to meet your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social needs and those of your elder to promote healing, well-being, and survival. Based on the author’s research and fourteen years of experience caring for her mother, this book provides many resources to find the right place for your elder to live, explains ways to improve communication to help find solutions to problems, and gives organization ideas for medical, financial, insurance, and legal documents. It offers ways for a caregiver to get time away from caregiving responsibilities and contains information substitute caregivers must have to keep their elders safe. Along with all this, the book explains the signs of the end of life, ways to celebrate an elder’s life, and gives duties of an executor of an estate. It also includes ten useful charts to assist in assessing and recording an elder’s needs and capabilities.
“There are several charts in the appendix for the reader to utilize by filling in related information, making it a truly useful, everyday tool for everything from organizational tips to emergency needs that will slide right into a purse or overnight bag. Certainly not one of those books you half-read then sit on a shelf to collect dust.”
“It provides links to online applications and phone numbers, ideas and resources as a starting place to brainstorm easy, meaningful ways to assist you in maintaining your elder’s health and your own…I wish that I had known of it when I was a caregiver. I know that I would have been prepared for everything and possibly paid for it too! If you have a family member who needs your help, don’t hesitate to buy this book. It is a valuable tool for every family, organization, or caregiver.
“This book is a no-frills, very well-researched self-help guide on how to help. The language is simple, saying what Joan wants to say and no more…What is particularly impressive is the logical, step by step way Joan analyzes each problem, so that without talking down to the reader, she presents a guide even a kid could understand and follow…I have worked both as a psychotherapist and as a nurse in nursing homes. My wife cared for her mother for many years, with me on the sidelines. From this personal experience, I can recommend Joan’s Elder Care Guide as accurate, helpful and even inspiring.”
Official Video Trailer for Joan’s Elder Care Guide
Joan’s Elder Care Guide Available in Paperback and Hardback
Joan Y. Edwards is an author, illustrator, and retired teacher in North Carolina. Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive is published by 4RV Publishing. She wrote and illustrated picture book, Flip Flap Floodle, and self-published it with BookSurge in 2004. She is currently working on illustrations for her chapter book, Larry, the Terrifying Turkey.
Joan is a member of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Her article, “Find Your Creative Edge,” appeared in the July-August 2011 SCBWI Bulletin.
Edwards thrives on spending time with her family and friends. She presents interactive writing and motivational talks and workshops for adults and children. She reads humorous and self-help books. For inspiration and self-acceptance, she heeds the wise teachings of Robert Schuller, Joel Osteen, Maxwell Maltz, and Tony Robbins.
Reblog: “Interview with Joan Y. Edwards, Author of Joan’s Elder Care Guide Published by 4RV Publishing” by Megan Vance
I am so happy for my friend, Joan Y. Edwards. Not only did she help me in my own road to publication, but her first traditionally published book has just hit the market. I cannot wait to read it myself, and will be putting a review out just as soon as I can.
But today I want to interview Joan, and share some of her good tips on writing and her path to publication of Joan’s Elder Care Guide. Joan is the kind of person who always makes you feel encouraged, so I hope this interview will inspire you, whether you are a writer, a caregiver, a nurse, or just happened to stumble upon my blog.
Social Media Extraordinaire: Joan Y. Edwards by Sandra Warren
I am very honored that Sandra Warren, author of We Bought A WWII Bomber, asked me many intriguing questions to find out what makes me tick. I hope you’ll read it and leave a comment.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
In an era when a writer’s ability to get published is dependent upon not only having a great manuscript but also their presence on Social Media, one author stands head and shoulders above the rest. Joan Y. Edwards. In a mere seven years time she has managed to rack up over 340,000 reads on her blog and over 1400 followers on Twitter!
How did she do it? She did it by following the Cardinal Rule: HELP OTHERS.
One needs only to click open her blog to find all sorts of helpful tidbits; inspirational thoughts, practical “how to” information for writers, book reviews and author interviews, each blog followed by impressive lists of resources.
To read more of Sandra’s interview and find out what makes me tick, go to
“New Book? Spread the Word with a Blogging Book Blitz” by Joan Y. Edwards
A Book Blitz is a great tool to market your new book or to celebrate the anniversary of a published book.
A Book Blitz is when more than one blogger posts the same information about a book on the same day. (If you don’t have a blog yet, a great resource to help you get started is https://blogging.com/how-to-start-a-blog/)
Imagine ten or more bloggers spreading the word about your book all on the same day. Some authors actually get more than that. It can also be called a Book Blast. What do the bloggers get in return? It depends upon the author. Authors may put a link on their websites or blogs for each blogger who participates in the Book Blitz to recognize their generosity.
A Book Blitz differs from a Book Tour because it’s all done on the same day, usually the release date for the book. Book Tours may be spread over a period of time, one a day, one a week, etc. Book Tours may include interviews with the author.
If you’re willing to do a Book Blitz on your blog for Joan’s Elder Care Guide in May 2016, please let me know.
Below you’ll find a sample Book Blitz and Steps to Create a Successful Book Blitz.
Sample Book Blitz
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Flip Flap Floodle is a happy little duck who wants to go show Grandma how well he can play on his new flute. On the way, Mr. Bear and Mr. Chicken like his song. However, Mr. Fox doesn’t and trouble mounts for the little duck. Will Flip’s mother find him before it’s too late? Will Grandma ever hear Flip’s song? Children of all ages cheer Flip on, sing his song, and delight in the book’s repetition, witty characters and colorful illustrations.
Review: Author appreciates all reviews.
FULL OF FUN***** 5 stars
Flip Flap Floodle, a sweet trusting musical duckling encounters several characters on his way to Grandma’s house. There’s Mr. Chicken, Mr. Bear, and the baddy-wad Mr. Fox. This is a delightful story on several developmental levels: colorful illustrations to entertain toddlers; a funny story that will enrapture kindergarten-age children; a self-reader for first and second graders; a good message for older children; and a musical book to please all children. A great twist at the end!
…Best regards, Joan Reid
Official Video Trailer for FLIP FLAP FLOODLE.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR
Joan Y. Edwards is an author, illustrator, and retired teacher in North Carolina. She wrote Joan’s Elder Care Guide published by 4RV Publishing. She wrote and illustrated picture book, Flip Flap Floodle. Her Never Give Up blog, http://www.joanyedwards.wordpress.com has over 300,000 views and 343 subscribers. She encourages writers, illustrators, and others to never to give up. Her website, http://www.joanyedwards.com has a multitude of Gospel-based devotionals, puzzles, and skits.
Joan is a member of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Her article, “Find Your Creative Edge,” appeared in the July-August 2011 SCBWI Bulletin.
Edwards thrives on spending time with her family and friends. She presents interactive writing and motivational talks and workshops for children and adults in schools, writing groups, and conferences. She reads humorous and self-help books. For inspiration and self-acceptance, she heeds the wise teachings of Robert Schuller, Joel Osteen, Maxwell Maltz, and Tony Robbins.
1. Create a list of bloggers you’d like to invite to participate in your one day Book Blitz. Make a five column chart:
In column 1, number the bloggers. In column 2, put yes or no. In column 3, put the blogger’s name. In column 4, put his email address. In column 5, put the link to his blog.
Below is a link to a pdf file I created for you. You can print it out and use it for ten blogs. You can copy and paste the text into a word document to add more names. (I didn’t realize I could add pdfs and Word documents to my blogs. So I’m excited to learn where it saves the items and where you can copy a link to it so readers can find it.)
on Publisher’s Site (they make more money this way.)
Barnes and Noble
7. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Insert a 3 in by 3 in or 3 in by 4 in jpeg or jpg color image of you.
Insert a 65-100 word biography. At the end put your website, facebook, and twitter info.
8. Format the Book Blitzpost on your blog.
Format it the way you want it to appear on all of the participating Book Blitz blogs.
9. Copy the text with html codes from your blog to send to those who signed up to do a Book Blitz for you.
If you’re using WordPress, you can see two words for a blog post. One is Visual. The other is marked Text or HTML. The Text or HTMl with codes is the one you want to copy. It will have the images from your post with the right html code to show up in someone else’s blog.
In a Blogger Post, it says “Compose” for the visual; and HTML for the code.
10. Direct the person who’s participating in your Book Blitz to copy and paste the Book Blitz into a new blog post.
WordPress – Paste it directly onto the “text” or “html” page.
Blogger – Paste it directly onto the “html” page.
11. On your Book Blitz Day, you’ll have the same post on your blog plus the others who signed up to participate in your Book Blitz. Hip Hip Hooray!
Thank you to C. H. Armstrong for inviting me to participate in her Book Blitz. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to figure it out. Here’s a link to the Book Blitz I did for her:
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.
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 speakermay 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.
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?
Thank 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.
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7 Reasons Why Flap Flap Floodle Is a Good Picture Book to Read to Your Child?
1. Children ages 4-8 love animals. This book is about a happy little duck. It also has a bear who’s in a hurry, a chicken who is the conductor for the town symphony orchestra, and a hungry fox.
2. It has family. Mother, her son, Flip Flap Floodle, and Grandma.
3. It shows how important it is to look for children when they don’t come home on time.
When her son didn’t get home before dark, Mrs. Floodle went to look for him.
4. It shows how what you say to a child can spur them on to learn more to improve their talents.
Mr. Bear says to Flip. “You have talent, real talent. You’re going to be a big star one day.””
5. It has Mr. Fox as an antagonist to show that in life you may encounter bad things, that sometimes seem to swallow you whole.
6. It shows that sometimes in life, you need a little help.
Flip’s mother goes to look for Flip when he doesn’t get home before dark. She’d recognize his song anywhere.
7. It has repetition. When a child sings Flip’s simple song along with him throughout the book, it keeps him engaged and focused. He continues to hear Flip’s song throughout his life to remind him to “Never Give Up.” It gives him a little confidence that he can survive.
“Never Give Up, Ted. You can do it.”
“Never Give up, Laura. You will survive.”
“Never Give Up.You’ve Got What It Takes, Susan.
I’ve told this story since I was 5 years old. No one has every stopped listening to it. Flip’s story captures a child’s heart.
I’ve heard stories like this:
“She sleeps with the book every night.”
“He goes around singing Flip Flap Floodle all day.”
Even many adults who’ve read the story say, “the song bubbles up in my mind when I am faced with trouble. I keep singing and humming it. It helps me remember that I can get through it and remember never give up.”
Don’t just take my word for it. Here is what others say:
I often use literature to illustrate goodcharacter traits and making gooddecisions. I shared Flip FlapFloodle with a 1st grade class. Wehad been talking about asking trustedadults for help when needed. Thisbook fit right in with our study. Afterreading, the students created thankyou cards to give an adult who hadhelped them. One of the children saidthat the author should get one forhelping them with her book. I agree. Linda Andersen Eastover Central School of Arts Fayetteville, North Carolina May 12, 2007
Music Teacher “Flip Flap Floodle is a music teacher’smust! This simple song and delightfultale will enhance student learningthrough several instructional strategies.Teachers and students will Sing it, Playit, Read it, Write it, Correlate it, Move toit, Listen to it, but most of all…ENJOYIT.” Stebie W. Thompson Music Education Teacher Parent and Grandmother March 5, 2004
Parent and Grandparent
“This little duck possesses a beliefin himself that will inspire youngchildren. Adults and children alikewill find themselves singing “flipflap-floodle”in moments of doubt. Judith Aplin M.S. Family and Child Development Parent of Five Sons and Eleven Grandchildren February 11, 2004
Teacher of Gifted Children “Flip Flap Floodle is not only adelightful tale. It poses invaluable lifelessons developing self-esteem,nurturing talents, exploring and learningabout trust. Janis L. Silverman Teacher of Gifted Children Children’s Author of Fairy Tales on Trial, Advanced Fairy Tales on Trial February 10, 2004
Parent “Flip Flap Floodle is a charmingstory of a brave little duck who discovers the magical mix ofconfidence and people who love him.” Anne Leggett Parent Children’s Author February 10, 2004
What kind of reaction do teachers have when I read Flip Flap Floodle to their classes and explain how I wrote Flip Flap Floodle and drew the illustrations?
Natalie Sanchex and Dan Barber explain how Flip Flap Floodle helped their students in this YouTube video:
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