Saturday, June 19, 2010

KLUTZY KANTOR Drawing winners

And the Winners Are..............

Winner #1 Cheryl Malandrino
Winner #2 Kathy Stemke
Winner #3 Suzanne Drazic
Winner #4 Suzanne Lieurance

The winners were selected at by numbering them in the order of comment (1-102) four winners were drawn. A total of 52 original comments created the 4 Winners & Prizes.

Winner #1 has first choice.
Winner #2 has second choice
Winner #3 has third choice
Winner #4 has fourth choice

Each blog tour site will be notified. Winners have until June 22, 2010 to contact via email. I need your first-fourth preferences of prizes.
Go to Klutzy Kantor's Event page to see prize choices.

I'll look forward to hearing from each of you. Congratulations!

I'll let you know if the prize drawing for the virtual book tour was worth the money spent and how & if I'd do things differently in the future.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Imagination Marketing

If I Could Be Anything

by Kevin McNamee

Print ISBN: 13: 978-1-61633-011-8
eBook ISBN
13: 978-1-61633-012-5
: $9.95
Print book, ebook, CD
Genre/age group
: Picture Book, suggested age range 3-7

If I Could Be Anything Review
If I Could Be Anything i a poetic prance through a child's imagination. What will he be? Will he live in the ocean, the desert or forest? See the possibilities his mind unleashes and discover what he decides to be in the end.
Kevin's imagination lets loose a storm of possibilities and children will enjoy the captivating rhythm of the poetry and art work.

If I Could Be Anything Book Marketing

In Texas, they have places called Imaginariums. It's a fun place for kids to spark their imagination. Try their gift shops for stocking your book & try to get a book signing.

Since animals are the main focus of what you could be try zoos and wildlife parks.

Have a drawing and give away FREE guest passes to the zoo or animal park.

In Texas there is a store called Noah's Ark that sells stuffed animals of every kind. This would be a great place to get your books stocked or to hold book signings.


Monday, June 14, 2010

Kevin McNamee Writing for Chidren If I Could Be Anything

If I Could Be Anything
by Kevin McNamee

Print ISBN: 13: 978-1-61633-011-8
eBook ISBN
13: 978-1-61633-012-5
: $9.95
Print book, ebook, CD
Genre/age group
: Picture Book, suggested age range 3-7

Brief synopsis: If I could be anything, what would I be? I think that eventually I would be me … a boy pretends to be different animals in this warm, rhyming, picture book. In the end, he chooses to be exactly as he is. Love is the anchor that draws him home.

Kevin McNamee

Bio: Kevin McNamee is an writer and poet living in Yonkers, NY. Kevin is the author of several children’s books including If I Could Be Anything, The Sister Exchange and The Soggy Town of Hilltop. Kevin’s poetry is appearing in a poetry anthology titled, Eyeball in my Garden, and other Spine-tingling Poems due to be released in July 2010. Look for other titles by Kevin including, Lightning Strikes, Papa’s Suns, What Is That Thing? And more…

: Hi Kevin . Welcome to my blog. I hope we can learn about your book “ I Could Be Anything..

Kevin : Thank you Jessica. It was a fun book to write and I’m getting a lot of positive feedback about it

Aday: What do you do when you write to engage your audience?

Kevin : I think the best way to engage your audience is to follow the “show, don’t tell” rule when I am writing the book.. For example, I could write “John was bored.”

Or I could write: “John flopped back down on the couch and stared up at the marks on the ceiling. That one looked like a duck. That one could be a horse. That one could be…no, wait a minute it is. A big green bug floated down from the ceiling and landed a few feet away from him. John swung his legs off the couch and sat up to get a better look. At least something was happening around here.

Which one seems more engaging?

Aday: Describe your writing process from conception to completion.

Kevin : My writing process doesn’t travel a straight line. I have several projects in various stages of completion. If I get bogged down on one story, I’ll usually move on to the next project. There’s always something writing related for me to do whether it’s writing, critiquing, researching, or some other part of the writing process. So even if I’m not writing per se, I’m always doing something writing related.

Aday: What steps do you take to construct a book marketing plan? Can you describe your process?

Kevin : Book marketing for me is a work in progress. I don’t have any strict plans or a reliable process. I think a flexible approach works best for me.

Aday: How did you come up with the idea for “If I Could Be Anything”?

Kevin : I think I wanted to write about the power of imagination and self-esteem. In this book, the main character imagines that he is all sorts of different animals. But in the end, he chooses to be exactly the way he is.

Aday: What city and state do you live?

Kevin : I’m currently living in Yonkers, N.Y. along with my wife and daughter. My daughter is a constant inspiration to me. She keeps me young. After a full day of work at my day job, I get to come home and play hide and seek.

Aday: What is your biggest challenge marketing the book and how will you confront it?

Kevin : The biggest challenge is figuring out what works and what doesn’t. It’s an ongoing process, and one that might change depending on the book. I’ve heard other writers say that half of all their promotional activities are a complete waste of time. But they can’t tell which half.

Aday: What piece of writing advice can you give picture book authors?

Kevin : Just keep writing your stories, polishing your work, researching your markets, and submitting your work. The best thing I ever heard an editor say is that talent always finds a home. I believe that to be true.

Leave a question or comment for Kevin.