My first book, Toto’s Tale and True Chronicle of Oz is a middle grade retelling of The Wizard of Oz from the point of view of the little dog, Toto. I published it through an independent publishing program at Bookshop Santa Cruz. My most recent book, The Weaver’s Daughter, a middle grade border crossing immigration … More Independent Publishing Pros and Cons
I loved this review posted on Net Galley December 20th by Delainie Hanson, educator: “My 3rd grade daughter read this soon after reading The Wizard of Oz. She loved reading the story from Toto’s perspective. She kept comparing and contrasting the two books and even used to a Venn diagram! She says that she told … More Toto’s Tale Review
Don’t miss the Book Fair at the downtown Santa Cruz library on November 13. Eight local children’s authors will be reading, as well as Young Writer’s Project authors. I’ll be there with Toto’s Tale. It’s free and there will be raffle prizes and cookies. Buy books in time for the holidays. Part of the proceeds … More First Annual Children’s Book Fair
In case you missed it, you can still watch the Independent Author Day webinar on You Tube. Go to the website and click the link. Many local libraries, including the Santa Cruz Public Library, participated. I was one of a panel of four independently published authors who talked about our writing and publishing process and … More Indie Author Day
Writers are people who like to get lost in story, usually a solitary activity. I love writing my books, even revising them. However, I’ve never been much of a salesperson. And, as you who subscribe to my blog well know, I’m not much of a blogger. Marketing a book, once published, is a job for … More The Marketing Dilemna
It’s now possible to read the beginning four chapters of Toto’s Tale and True Chronicle of Oz, including taking a look at the beautiful illustrations by W.W. Denslow, from the original Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Just click the link for a look at the Kindle version. Let me know what you think here, or read … More Toto’s Tale Preview
Toto’s Tale has been getting lots of good reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. And now it’s available on Ingram at wholesale prices for booksellers and libraries. Net Galley members can read it and post a review on line. I did school readings this past semester at several schools in the area, some organized by school librarians, … More Toto’s Tale News
Here’s a link to read a sample of Toto’s Tale and True Chronicle of Oz. If you haven’t read it, you might take a look to see if you’re interested. The holidays were a busy time. We celebrated Christmas here with our Japanese exchange student, Risa. Then she went home to Tokyo to celebrate New … More Read a Sample
The delightful illustrations I used in Toto’s Tale and True Chronicle of Oz are by W.W. Denslow. They come from the original Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, published in 1900. The book and the illustrations are in the public domain, and I couldn’t resist including some of them in my book.
The Goodreads giveaway started today and will be up for a week. You might win a free copy of Toto’s Tale and True Chronicle of Oz if you enter.