Monday, November 24, 2014

Grooming Tips for Writers

All in good fun, my writer friends, all in good fun:
Also, the misspelling was a terrible misstep for which I shall never forgive myself.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Book events, Johnny Cannon blogs, and more!

Hey guys!

First off, I've got a big event tomorrow at Books of Wonder in NYC! It's called the Middle Grade Adventures panel, and it's going to be me, Tommy Greenwald, Tim Carvell, Christopher Healy, Tom O'Donnell, and Geoff Rodkey. And If you're wondering how the heck I got paired with these awesome guys, too. So when you figure it out, let me know.

Second! Johnny Cannon occasionally blogs over on my tumblr site. This time he wrote a guide on how not to be racist. Go check it out!

THIRD!!!!! My new website is up and it has information for librarians and educators on it, specifically about school visits. I'm love to come visit your part of the country, so point your local educator or librarian to my page and let's make it happen!

And finally, FOURTH!!! Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK, and I'm super stoked because my brother will be here, as well as a good friend. PLUS I am going to try to have a couple of videos go up before Turkey Day. So be on the lookout!


Saturday, November 8, 2014

How The Troubles of Johnny Cannon is more than just a novel....

Hi-ooo! I just realized that I never posted on this blog whenever the book released. Whooops!

Sorry about that.

Anyway, now it's time to get all posty and updatey and professionally and all that fun stuff. So, first, let me show youse guys my big time book trailer video:

Wasn't that prettiful?

And now, let me tell you about some OTHER fun stuff!!!!! Because, although on the surface, my book The Troubles of Johnny Cannon looks like a fun romp and an great action-adventure story, it's something else as well.

It's a tool teachers can use.

In fact, visiting students in schools is one of my FAVORITE things to do. See, I used to be a teacher for middle and high-school students. Plus I have over 18 years of public speaking experience. And putting together an engaging school presentation is one of those crazy things that gets me SUPER excited. I have a 30-45 minute presentation about The Troubles of Writing a Book, in which I tell my story and give the three most important elements necessary for seeing your dream come true. I also have several workshops on writing, on research, and on life-goals.

And I'd love to bring my presentations to your schools.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know what you're thinking. There's got to be a catch. And, sure, I won't be able to do these things for free, just because 1) it takes time away from my writing and 2) it ain't cheap to do anything any more. But I'm trying my best to make it affordable for schools. This includes maybe offering a rate for schools to work together, trying to be flexible when it comes to long distances so that paying travel expenses doesn't get too burdensome, offering some Skype options when nothing else is possible, etc.

But I guarantee you a great presentation that your students won't find boring and that will keep you and everyone else in your school talking even after I'm gone.

But, anyway, all that to say, my book is OUT!!!! And I'd love to come visit your school!!!!