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 I especially like to meet other authors, especially new unpublished writers.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!!

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“Oh What a Year It Has Been”

2014

I have to start by saying “I did it” my first resolution that I actually accomplished. Exactly one year ago today I wrote on a piece of paper I will publish my first children’s book…and I DID!!!!

As 2013 comes to an end I am reminded of the many amazing things that it brought. The Rainbow Pants became real. For anyone out there who has wanted to write their own book someday, my best advice…DO IT!!! There are no words to that feeling when your first book arrives in the mail, trust me.

I am grateful to my amazing illustrator Lindsay Weirich who is filled with talent and is a true professional artist. Thank you to all of the people at Maine Author’s Publishing, a true professional publishing house that I am honored to call my publisher. I am indebted to all of the readers who have purchased or borrowed The Rainbow Pants from their local library, Thank you to all of you.

As 2014 begins remember that a new page must be written.  You have a fresh sheet of paper in front of you, a sharp pencil, and a belief of new beginnings. I hope you all wear your rainbow pants with pride and accomplish all of your dreams!!!

The Rainbow Pants was on NBC’s The Today Show … sort of

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One question how do you promote your book? If you are a new author you are not going to get calls from t.v. shows asking for an interview. So you have to think outside of the box. Last Week was Thanksgiving, every year we travel to New York to visit with family. One of our favorite places to go is the big apple.

Coming from a small town in Maine, my boys are always looking up at the tall skyscrapers and flashing lights of time square. I am just as taken from these amazing sights. Well we decided to hit Rockefeller center with The Rainbow Pants in hand, hoping to give our copies to Al, Matt, Savannah, Or my favorite Willie Geist but unfortunately they did not come by us when we were outside. The camera did pan us in the crowd so I can say” The Rainbow Pants was on The Today Show, sort of”.   In the photo above you will see my three boys each holding a copy of The Rainbow Pants in the plaza at Rockefeller center. Always trying to think outside the box when promoting your book!!

The Rainbow Pants is on its Second Printing

The rainbow pants release

I am so very grateful to everyone who has supported my first children’s book, The Rainbow Pants. It has done so well we have just received our second printing. I did not think that anything could beat the feeling of getting my first box of books, that was until I received my box of “second printing” books. The local Key Bank in Brewer, Maine has chosen to have The Rainbow Pants be their “business of the month” and it is prominently displayed in their lobby, (pictures to come). I never could have predicted how well people truly enjoyed the story of Peter T. Peacock and his pants.

I just want to say a huge Thank you to my amazing illustrator:

Lindsay Weirich aka: The Frugal Crafter & to all of you who have read and shared The Rainbow Pants with others.

I am grateful & blessed!!

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

owl

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.

The Rainbow Pants is in The MAP Fall/Winter Catalog

Fall catalog

I am very excited to announce that The Rainbow Pants is in the MAP (Maine Authors Publishing) Fall/Winter Catalog. What is that, you might ask? Well that is how book stores, schools, libraries, and individuals can purchase some amazing books.

At the Maine Author’s Publishing they put out two catalogs a year. You can find The Rainbow Pants on page 15 with a great write up about the book, author Kelly Brooks-Bay and illustrator Lindsay Weirich.

Still feels surreal to think one of my books is actually in print and in the hands of readers everywhere.  Thank you to everyone who have supported me along the way and here’s to The Rainbow Pants getting into bookstores across the world!!

Talk like a Pirate Day

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Did you know that today, September 19th is talk like a pirate day? “Arrrggg, Matey” Peter T. Peacock has decided for just today to trade in his rainbow pants for a rainbow bandanna.  Now go enjoy your day “you salty dog”.

Don’t forget Rainbow Pants is on Facebook

and can be purchased at Amazon.com or Maine Author’s Publishing Company.