Monday, October 18, 2010

Got questions?

Hey, hey, and an even bigger HEY!

Did I say how glad I am to have you here?

There is no doubt that the day when you finally hold your book in your hands is one of the happiest days for a writer. After so many months -if not years- of writing, revising, editing, submitting and finally publishing you can see and touch your baby. This occasion calls for a big celebration and what better way to send this book off unto the hands of your readers than with a Book Launch Party?

I'm sure you guys have some questions, so feel free to shout them out...

Why are you having a VIRTUAL book launch party, Lori?
Well, a huge New York party would have been great, but let's face the facts, it just wasn't in the cards! :)

I got the idea for an online launch party over a year ago, when I realized no matter where I held a party, only a fraction of my friends would be able to attend. With the rise of social networking, friends aren't just local anymore. And I've met a ton of you guys on Facebook, Twitter, Writers' Groups, etc... My friends are scattered all over the globe, so I figured the best way to celebrate with EVERYONE would be to hold a virtual book launch party!

So what's the book about?
The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade is a picture book about the play on words when we say, “I’ve caught a bug.” It can mean catching an insect, or catching a cold! This amusing picture book celebrates the ambitious spirit of a third-grader as he tries to study, and uncover a distinct insect on the brink of extinction. Young readers will be buzzing as they follow Matt’s quest to win his school’s Bug-A-Fair. But as he ignores his running nose and worsening cold, will he create a third-grade epidemic?

What was the best fan letter you got so far?
I get so many great letters from young readers and just got an amazing batch from a school here in CT. I think one of my favorites is from a little boy who wrote...

"I liked the book. It was detailed. The book was also specific. I liked this book so much that I would buy it and read it over and over until I get sick of it. I really doubt I will get sick of the book though."

I mean, really--isn't that the greatest?

Tell me how you feel now that the book is finally out.
Basically a roller coaster of emotions--Excited, relieved, proud, and amazed!

The path to publication takes time, so to have the chance to finally hold The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade in my hands is really exciting. It took over a year to write and revise the book, over a year to submit, and another year for the illustrations to come to life. The whole process has been really amazing though and I've definitely learned a lot about what goes into publishing a book!

Your book sounds so cool. Where can I buy one?
The Bug is available now at:

Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble.com

CreateSpace
Qoop.com (hardcover)
OmniLit (ebook)
Dragonfly Publishing, Inc.
And if you'd like a personalized autographed copy, you can purchase one in the right sidebar!

I think somebody else had a question. Was it you?

Party Contest: Enter the Drawing!

Alright! Let's get to the good stuff. It's time for our first GIVEAWAY and boy, it's a doozey!

If you do this...

You can win this...


All you have to do is:

1) TAKE a photo of yourself or your child with my book. It can be at home, a bookstore, library, anywhere! (And if your library doesn't have the book, please ask them to order it!)

2) POST that photo to my facebook page (on the wall).
(if you are not a facebook fan, you can e-mail me your photo at lori@loricalabrese.com and I can post for you!)

3)Then, you are automatically entered into a drawing to win a The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade Prize Pack that includes a pen, magnet, bookmark, postcard, t-shirt and an autographed hardcover copy of The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade!

I will do a drawing once a month until the end of December (Oct. 31st, Nov. 31st, Dec. 31st), so you have 3 chances to win!!

So get your hands on a copy of The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade and start snapping away! I can't wait to see your pics!

For extra entries:

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

Contest is open to US only and if your e-mail address is not included in your profile, make sure you leave a way for me to get in contact with you when you win!

Hey Party People!

Hi there everyone, and welcome to my mega awesome online book launch for my brand spanking new children's book--The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade. Everybody's who's anybody is on the guest list and the paparazzi are lined up, waiting to catch a glimpse of who's partyin' it up! There are favors, contests, games and much more.

Are you looking for the teaching guides, a coloring page, or word find? Maybe you're looking for some crafts and games to accompany the book or you want to read some of the recent reviews! Perhaps, you're all about the food and entertainment. (Hey, nothing wrong with that!).We even have a chat box to the right where I'll be popping in throughout the week to chat, but if I'm not here, remember it's a party and you can always mingle with other guests!

We have a ton of fun in store this week--You can ask me questions about my new book, read deleted stanzas that didn't make it in, and find out where I got the idea. If you're interested in writing your own picture book, I'll offer creativity tips. Get ready to drop in any time during the day all week for lotsa fun, interviews, tidbits, prize drawings - you name it!!

I hope all of this makes The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade even more enjoyable for you or at least piques your interest in it. If it does, I humbly ask that you spread the word and invite others here. It's not a party unless people come! Here a few tweets you can share...

You're invited to a Virtual Book Launch Party for The Bug that Plagued the Entire Third Grade http://ht.ly/2URNM

Don't miss the cruising, schmoozing, and industry gossip at The Bug Virtual Book Launch Party http://ht.ly/2URNM

While you tweet, I’ll pop one of those big confetti tickertape party poppers just for you! (You might want to put your fingers in your ears while it explodes!)


So, have a bug dessert, find out what bug you are or watch the book trailer (in the upper right hand corner)! You can also order a personalized signed copy of The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade in the right sidebar. During the week-long party, I'm including an autographed bookmark, postcard, magnet and Bug Silly Band with every purchase and I'm also including a The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade t-shirt with every 25th purchase.

And how about I throw in some more ubercool prizes to give you even more cause to celebrate? Be sure to keep checking in, so you can take home all the goodies up for grabs--it's a lot like busting open a piƱata. Here's what you can win throughout the week...

-Autographed softcover and hardcover copies of The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade
-The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade Tote Bag
-The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade t-shirt
-Children's Book Giveaway Prize Packs (includes some of the latest children's books just released!)

So browse the party, check out all the free stuff and in the meantime, please order your copy of The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade and sign up for my mailing list, so I can send you some party favors.



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The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade has been called:

  • "hilarious"
  • a "perfect rhyme"
  • "wonderfully animated"
  • "colorful"
  • a "fun book"
  • "a very nice debut book"

This book is a great holiday gift for teachers, kids, grandchildren, and that young bug lover in your life.

Don't forget--it's a party, so be wild. Be crazy. Feel free to dance on the virtual tables with a lampshade on your head! And best of all, don’t worry about the mess. The cybermaid will take care of it. Click, explore, enjoy and most of all, thanks for celebrating with me!