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 piƱata 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!