Saturday, October 23, 2010

And the winners are...

I still can't believe all the fun we had this week and what's better than announcing some of the winners of our hot giveaways?

If you see your name below, please CONTACT me and send me your email address, so I can get your gifts in the mail!

The winner of the Children's Book Prize Pack worth over $75 is The Rheinlanders!

The winner of the Children's Book Halloween Prize Pack worth over $55 is Jo's Health Corner!

The winner of the autographed paperback copy of The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade is Paula Schuck!

If you don't see your name, don't worry because there are still many giveaways up for grabs. Be sure to check out Contest #1 in which there will be three giveaways of a The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade Prize Pack (Oct., Nov. Dec.) and all you have to do is take a pic of you or your child with my book!

You can also pick your mission (of leaving a review at Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble and/ or requesting my book at your library) and you'll be entered to win a The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade Prize Pack!

Congratulations to all of our winners and I hope everyone takes the chance to enter the ones still open!

Thanks again for a great week and please be sure to visit me at my regular blog:  http://loricalabrese.blogspot.com where I also offer children's book giveaways and host Fish For a Free Book every Friday!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Thanks for celebrating

The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third GradeMy launch party for The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade was a huge success--thank you to EVERYONE who stopped by, played games, read more about The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade, ordered your copies, and busted open all of the piñatas full of fun giveaways! If you haven't left a comment on any of the posts, make sure you do to be automatically entered into the random drawing for an autographed paperback copy!  Sign up for my mailing list, so you can receive your party favors and don't forget to leave a review on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for your chance to win a The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade Prize Pack, or take a picture of you and my book and post it to my Facebook wall to win a The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade Prize Pack!

I can't even begin to tell you what it meant for you to come by and help me celebrate! It's been so much fun having an event online and getting to include all the people I know online as well as in real life to celebrate the release of my first picture book.

I'll be announcing the winners of some of the giveaways here tomorrow, so stop by and see if you were chosen!

Thanks for sharing the excitement with me!


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Your mission, should you choose to accept...

The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third GradeIf you think The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade is fun, would you be willing to do one of the following tasks to help me spread the word?

The following tasks are all free and would take five minutes or less. If you're willing to pick one and do it,I'd be forever grateful and you'll be entered into a GRAND PRIZE drawing where you can win The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade gift pack! Each mission you choose to accept, gives you an extra entry into the drawing to win this... (a tote bag, t-shirt, bug jar craft kit, bookmark, postcard, magnet, and autographed hardcover copy!)



And the missions, should you choose to accept are...

ASK YOUR LIBRARY TO ACQUIRE THE BUG THAT PLAGUED THE ENTIRE THIRD GRADE

If your library takes online acquisitions suggestions, you could email them with this text or just bring the following information and ask in person:

Dear Acquisitions Librarian:

I would like to suggest a book for purchase by our library. Here’s the book information.

The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade
written by Lori Calabrese
illustrated by Chet Taylor
Dragonfly Publishing, Inc., 2010
ages 4 to 8,
Color Hardcover ISBN#: 1-936381-04-4
Color Paperback ISBN #: 1-936381-05-2
About the book: Hoping to win the upcoming Bug-A-Fair, Matt pries a strange bug off the grille of his Dad's car. But as the fair nears, Matt catches a different kind of bug: a cold. Will Matt become student of the year or will he create a third grade epidemic?

Thanks very much for considering my request.

LEAVE A REVIEW AT AMAZON OR BARNES & NOBLE

If you like the book, adding a Customer Review would be great. These don't have to be long or involved! Just a couple of sentences about why you liked the book.

For Amazon, go here.
Scroll down and click on Create your own review.

For Barnes & Noble, go here.
Click on Write a review (which is right next to the cover image).


Let me know which mission(s) you chose in the comments section below along with your email (if it's not included in your Blogger profite), so I can contact you if you win. For each mission, you'll automatically be entered in a drawing to win an AUTOGRAPHED copy of The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade GIFT PACK.

Contest ends November 30th! U.S. entries only.

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Lines that didn't make it into the book


Want to read some lines that didn't make it into the book? It's hard for a writer to tear herself away from certain lines and I wish I could have included these, but when you factor in page count, and the amount of words to a page, etc...  something had to go. And frankly, I think that's one of the hardest aspects of writing a picture book--telling a great story in so few words

Can you guess where these lines would have been in the book? (Answer below)

Matt stared at the bug’s bright emerald green eyes
and transparent wings. He measured its size.


No doubt, this bug was certainly unique.
Its metallic green body, smooth and sleek.


The yellow stripes could help Matt detect,
study and uncover this distinct insect.


(Answer: These lines originally appeared after the text on page 4 and before the text on page 5)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Win a Children's Halloween Book Prize Pack worth over $55!


Halloween is near and a great chance to keep The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade Virtual Book Launch Party vibe going. That's why today's amazing giveaway is a Children's Halloween Book Prize Pack worth over $55 that includes an autographed copy of The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade! The books included are...

The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade (autographed paperback)
Vampire Boy's Good Night (hardcover)
The Zombie Chasers (hardcover)
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (paperback)
More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (paperback)

For your chance to win this amazing prize pack, all you need to do is:


1) Comment on this blog post

For extra entries:

1) Blog about this contest and leave a comment below telling me
2) Tweet about this contest and leave a comment below telling me
3) Share on Facebook and leave a comment below telling me


And if your e-mail address is not included in your Blogger profile, PLEASE make sure you leave a way for me to get in contact with you when you win! (U.S. entries only)

The contest will run through midnight on Friday, October 22, 2010!

It's a party, people! Time to mingle!

I hope you guys have been enjoying the party. It's been full of cruising, schmoozing and industry gossip. It's been fun sharing some of my stories like where I got the idea for The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade, what one of the original titles was, and even sharing a little secret about when I write. But it's a party and the place is jumping! In fact, let's take a spin around the party and see what everyone's talking about...

Hey, look there's Amy Allgeyer Cook, author of The Iron Bodkin: Lux St. Clare ~ Book One and some of the Indie Debut 2010 authors (Yep, that amazing group of debut authors, I'm honored to be a part of!).  Looks like they're talking to an aspiring author. Let's jump in on their conversation...

The Iron Bodkin: Lux St. Clare ~ Book One
Amy Allgeyer Cook, author of The Iron Bodkin: Lux St. Clare ~ Book One:  "Small presses are great.  Have you checked them out in Children's Writers & Illustrators Market or Children's Book Market?  What about on Preditors & Editors or Writer Beware?  Make sure they don't have any bad feedback."




A Wish and a Prayer
Beth Bence Reinke, author of A Wish and a Prayer: "You're right, Amy, small presses can be a great way to publish. When considering a particular small publisher, I suggest talking to authors who have published with them first to get a feel for the company."

The Golden Pathway


Donna M. McDine, author of The Golden Pathway: "Yes, research their authors and reach out to a couple of them personally and ask them about their experience with their publisher. It's a sure fire way of getting accurate feedback."

Perilous


Tamara Hart Heiner, author of Perilous: "I agree with Donna. You don't really know what it's like to work with the small press until you talk to their authors. And it's good to know how well they stick to schedules, what the editor's like, the communication speed, the financial help with marketing, their ability to get into bookstores. I wish I had done this homework before hand!"

Brigitta of the White Forest

Danika Dinsmore, author of Brigitta of the White Forest:  "There are more options than ever out there when it comes to publishing, and there are pros and cons along every path. As a debut author with any publishing house, you're going to have to do a lot of promotion anyway. But with a small press, you won't get lost. You'll probably get more personal attention, more influence in decisions, and your book's life could last longer."



Lori: "I couldn't agree more, ladies. I always wonder, if I had the chance to do it all over again, would I? And I always say yes. I've learned so much publishing with a small press and it's been a wonderful opportunity to share The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade with readers. And we get to have this really cool party!

Mingle on...

My little secret

Welcome to Day 3 of The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade Virtual Book Launch Party! If this is your first time popping into the party, be sure to check in on some of the discussions going on and don't forget to enter Contest #1 and Contest #2! Later today, we'll bust open another piñata full of fun prizes and giveaways! Also, don't forget to leave a comment on any post, so you'll automatically be entered into a drawing for an autographed paperback of The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade! Later today, we'll do a little mingling and see who's been partyin' it up!

Today, I'm going to reveal a secret I've been holding in for a long time...

My name is Lori Calabrese and I'm a doodler. That's what I do. Ever since I was a kid, I LOVED to draw. And I still do. When my son says he'd like to color, I'm usually still coloring even though he's moved on to the next thing!

Even though I love to doodle, when it comes to my children's books, I've decided to concentrate solely on my writing. Along my path to publication, I've realized that writing is hard work and I compare it a lot to putting together a puzzle. But as I'm sliding all of those pieces into place, I often find myself still scribbling one of my characters for inspiration. They always say, as a writer, you need to imagine your characters and know them inside, out. Well, I guess you can say this is how I do just that. I thought I'd share with you some of my doodles while I was writing The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade...









So whadda 'ya think??

If any of you have any "Bug" drawings you'd like to share, feel free to post them to my Facebook Wall. I'd LOVE to see them!