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
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 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.
Today is the big day at SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators). The Book Launch parties are up on the website. Click the link to visit my party for Toto’s Tale and True Chronicle of Oz or find it from the main page at SCBWI.org Please sign my guest book and “like” the … More BOOK LAUNCH PARTY
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, SCBWI, the professional organization for children’s writers, is sponsoring a Book Launch Party starting December 1st. Visit scbwi.org/blp #SCBWIparty on the 1st and find my party to help launch Toto’s Tale and True Chronicle of Oz. Pass the word to your friends and social media network.