The Faerie Fest and Dragon Days in Jackson was a modified success. Financially, we did pretty well, but it was *cold* and of course the merchants were in the shade. The director said that there were maybe 250 children there, which was pretty good considering that the day started out rainy and it was overcast for much of the day. We still had a ball, and are looking forward to going back next year.
Don’t forget, you can also find us at Booth B20 at the Clinton Fall Festival September 26-28. We’ll be delighted to see you, if you stop by to say hi.
In October 10-12 I’ll be at ConClave – you can buy my books at Larry and Sally’s booth in the vendor room. I’ll be on a couple of panels, mostly about self-publishing, so again, stop by and say hi.
In November, I’ll be at the Holiday Bazaar on the 8th in Pinckney – I’ll let you know more about it when I know more.
And on Sunday, December 7, I’ll be doing a reading at the Brighton Library 2-4. There will probably be books for sale too. Again, I’ll let you know more as I learn more.
I’m also scheduled to be at the Northfield Township Public Library, but no date has been set yet.
A few friends, who are studying to be teachers, and I are putting together study guides to be used with my fairy tale books for grades 1-4. They’re not available yet. I’m hoping to have a first version done by the Clinton Fall Festival but that’s such a short time to get them finished, proofed, and laid out that it may not be possible.
These study guides will associate tasks and games with common core requirements, and will include puzzles and pictures that the teacher can copy and hand out. The study guide not only looks at the stories themselves, but introduces concepts of story structure, such as beginning, middle, and end.
If there’s anything special that you would like to see us add to the study guide, please let me know, either in the comments here or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exciting things are going on here at Wyrm Tales Press. Not only is Fairies and Fireflies now available in illustrated format, but my sort-of Christmas story, Child of Promise is now illustrated and should go live in a few days. I’m hoping that an illustrated version of Dragons and Dreams will be available sometime in September.
Speaking of September, you can meet The Wyrm at the Fairy Fest and Dragon Days on September 13 at the Dahlem Environmental Education Center in Jackson, MI. We’ll also be appearing at the Clinton Fall Festival, September 26 – 28
I am delighted — elated — overjoyed to announce that Fairies and Fireflies is available in both kindle and print with illustrations by Sara Anderson. We’re slowly getting Sara to illustrate all our books, both past and upcoming. If you own an eversion of Fairies and Fireflies, and would like to up grade to the illustrated version, just drop me a line at email@example.com and let me know what format works best for you, and I’ll be happy to send you the new version.
I’m so excited! I just got the final layout for the illustrated version of Fairies and Fireflies, and it’s wonderful. I also got the layout for Child of Promise, but since that’s a Christmas story (sort of), I should probably hold off publishing the new version until late November – which is going to be hard, because it’s gorgeous.
Slowly, slowly, all my books are going to be illustrated. Meanwhile, the Work in Progress is going slowly, but that’s ok for right now.
Vivienne Mathews and I were just interviewed on the Indy Book Rebels podcast, about writing and marketing children’s books. Unedited, it’s about 2 hours – Vivienne had some problems with her phone line dropping out. I got to read A Princess for Tea from Dragons and Dreams, and it was very well received. Vivienne read an adorable story in rhyme called Jax and Mack, which is available on Kindle. She also has a middle-grade series called The Sons of Masguard – the first book is free on the kindle – the series sounds really cute (I just downloaded book 1) so check out her books.
and don’t forget to listen to the podcast! it’s at http://www.blogtalkradio.com /indiebookrebels and you’ll get to hear me read A Princess for Tea!
Dragons and Dreams is now available at Kobo in epub format, for those of you who don’t have kindles. It should be live at iBooks (ah, there it is!) and Barnes & Noble in eformat soon, as well.
If you’d like to see the books in person, we’ll be merchanting at Squire’s Tourney in Lansing Michigan on May 31, and at the Meet on Main Street in Whitmore Lake, MI on June 7 (12-4).
Best news of all for science fiction fans, Larry Smith, Booksellers, will be having copies of my books available at various conventions, including DetCon1, this year’s NASFIC. See Larry Smith, Booksellers, for their convention schedule.
Thank you to everyone who downloaded Heart of Rock yesterday, during our Freebooksy campaign. By this morning, it was #224 in total free books, and (ta-da!)
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children’s eBooks > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths
Best of all, I got two new reviews, one by an Amazon top 500 reviewer. Both new reviews seem to really “get” what I was trying to do with Heart of Rock, which is as rare as it is gratifying.
Just a reminder, that it’s also free today, April 16. Then it goes up to full price, $2.99. If you do download it, please leave a review on Amazon!