Boston Book Festival and The Rainbow Pants

Boston book festivalI am honored to be one of  the hundreds of authors to be at the Boston Book Festival this weekend. So many genres will be represented. As an author you love to people watch, after all you never know if you might be in someone’s next book. I especially like to meet other authors, especially new unpublished writers. Hear what you are working on, what makes you nervous to “send in your story” or just your “fears of rejection”. Trust me we all have them. If you re not rejected at least a hundred times than you are not a true writer. I hope if you are in the Boston area this Saturday, you can swing over to see little ol’ me and say “hi”. Take a peek inside “The Rainbow Pants” maybe it will give you the encouragement to start to write your own story!!

Books in Boothbay Harbor Maine and The Rainbow Pants

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Books in Boothbay Maine

Summer is gorgeous here in Maine. The bountiful colors are all around us. A popular past time for many people during the lazy days of summer is reading a good book, whether on the beach, in a hammock or sitting on the lush green grass. A great way to meet authors is during a book festival. In Maine one of the biggest book festivals can be found in Boothbay Harbor, it is: Books in Boothbay.  It has over 50 authors and illustrators. Bring the kids or just spend a day meeting  authors.   Not to mention Boothbay Harbor is one the most breathtaking places in Maine.

This weekend I am honored to be one of the many  authors at Books in Boothbay Harbor, with The Rainbow Pants.

Come by and say “Hello” take in the majestic sites that is the coast of Maine.

School Visits by Authors & a Roadtrip

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I couple of weeks ago I was able to go to a training in Connecticut about how to do a school visit by an author. The one thing I learned when I became a published author is that if you truly want to do this as a career, you need to do other things than just write. Unless of course you are J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, or John Grisham, but even they had to do some leg work in the beginning.

NO matter if you are traditionally published, self published, or indie published you need to learn how to market and promote your book. My background is in teaching and guidance counseling so of course I feel right at home in front of a class filled with kids, or so I thought. I had my first school visit in September and wasn’t sure “what was the right way to do this?” What I learned was there is no “right way”.

At the Windsor Public Library in Connecticut, which was a beautiful library, the training was done by an amazing children’s book author: Alexis O’Neill, who wrote The Recess Queen and Loud Emily. She had great tips about using props and the kids in the audience. She had many other great ideas and we did some small group work. I am very excited to get out there and plan some school visits with what I learned from Alexis.

Of course when not “learning” on this trip I did enjoy all the shopping from Connecticut all the way back home to Maine.

Young Writer’s Groups, School Visits, and The Rainbow Pants

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You may ask why did I choose an owl for this post? Well two reasons:

One I love owls they are so cute, and two it was the school mascot at the school I recently attended.

I was lucky enough this past Monday to visit an amazing school in Maine. The Carrie Ricker school located in central Maine.  It has students from 3rd through 5th grade, who are filled with the awe of writing. Ten authors in all were invited to participate in the “Meet an author day” sponsored by their Oak Hill Young Writer’s club. I was honored to be one of those ten.  I would recommend anyone who is a school librarian, PTO president, parent and/or teacher if you can organize one of these days at your school you should!!!

The Oak Hill Young Writer’s club is a non-profit run by volunteers to instill the love of writing to young people. From what I saw they do a super job inspiring and encouraging. The students asked us many questions from: “where do you get your ideas from?” to “How long does it take you to write a story”.  Then after school, students stayed to have us help in their writing. It was great to hear all of their amazing ideas. I was honored to read The Rainbow Pants to them, share the stage with many talented authors, and meet with some budding writers.

As my calendar fills up with school visits, book signings, and readings I am still humbled to all who continue to support The Rainbow Pants and am grateful to all of you.

Thank you.

Back to school and a book signing at The Maine Lighthouse Museum

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September is one busy time of year!!! I am missing the lazy days of summer, reading a book on the back porch while the kids play in the tree fort. I think September comes in like a high speed train, What do you think? First football and soccer teams begin, then the boys Cub Scout den’s meet again, oh yeah and did I mention school is back in session.

This Saturday, I am honored to be invited to participate at a great fundraiser for The Maine Lighthouse Museum. There are going to be 11 authors throughout the day, in the beautiful coastal town of Rockland Maine, known as the “Jewel of the Maine Coast”.

 The Museum’s mission: “The Maine Lighthouse Museum is to educate the public regarding the long standing traditions, heroism and progress of America’s Lighthouse and Lifesaving services and the U.S. Coast Guard”. I am a bit partial since my husband was a proud serving member of the U.S. Coast Guard. The lighthouse museum is in the top 15 places to visit in Maine. Once you have been there you will see why!!!

This Saturday September 14th You can find us at the Maine Lighthouse Museum, one park drive,  Rockland, Maine. Love to see you there!!!

 

Book Signing at the Hampden Maine Children’s Day

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I wanted to thank the Highland Pre-School for hosting a “Meet The Author” book reading and signing yesterday. Lindsay Weirich and I had so much fun meeting all the little ones and (their adults). It was a pleasure to read The Rainbow Pants and answer all of your questions from “What color was Peter’s Scaredy pants?” to “How did you decide on your illustrations?”.  Don’t forget The Rainbow Pants is hosting a contest where you can win a personalized signed book and school supplies!!! Have a Super Colorful Rainbow Pants Day!!

Did you know you can find The Rainbow Pants  on Amazon!!

The Rainbow Pants Meet The Author and Illustrator Day…Come Join us!!!

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We are very excited to announce that

author Kelly Brooks-Bay and illustrator Lindsay Weirich of The Rainbow Pants. 

Will be at the Highland Pre-School to celebrate Hampden Children’s Day.

On Saturday August 17th from 9-10

Kelly will do a reading of The Rainbow Pants and books will be available for signing.

All are welcome!!! & so are your Rainbow Pants!!!

(Address for Highland Pre-School is 29 Kennebec Road in Hampden Maine)