Friday, August 28, 2009

About Books & Book Give Away

First, let me tell you about how a book becomes a book.

First an author gets an idea. They write up that idea in a special way, write a couple of chapters and send what's called a proposal pack to an editor.

If the editor likes the idea, she will usually take it to a committee that is made up of editors, people who design the books, people who market the book (tell bookstores and other people about the book)and other people.

If they all like the idea, they will write a contract telling how much they will pay (usually not very much at all!!!!) and a lot of legal stuff and send it to the author. The author either accepts it and then writes the book or turns it down and sends the idea elsewhere.

Once the author sends the whole manuscript to the publisher, they put it in book form complete with pictures and anything else.

Then it goes to distributors to send to stores or directly to stores.

That's a really simple explaination of what happens. But the important thing is what happens next. People read the books and tell their friends about them so that they will buy the book too. Unless you are rich and famous, people don't really know about your book and it doesn't sell well. So authors have to tell a lot of other people about their books.

And that's where I need lots of help. I need readers to tell their friends about my books, write reviews on or, blog about the books, send e-mails to friends about the book and so on.

Last summer we had a reading challenge and some things that the girls did were:

Take pictures of themselves with one of my books in either a funny place or their favorite reading place and post it on their blogs plus it was posted on my blog last summer. There are a few along the right side of my blog but you'd have to go back to last summer to see most of them. Click HERE and HERE to see some. We took the book on our vacation!

Write reviews for and other places. You can read some of those on the right side of my blog.

Ask their local Christian bookstores to carry my books and take a picture in the bookstore with one of my books then post it on their blog and mine.

Make one of the crafts from the books and post a picture of it on their blog and mine. Click HERE and HERE to see one.

Check THIS out too.

Tell three friends about the books.

Some kids even gave the books as birthday gifts! (Thanks Sarah!)

(And, by the way, if you didn't finish 2008 summer challenge, I still have your book bag! NEver too late.)

These are all things that help other people know about the books and buy them. So if you think you could do any of these or several of these, I would love to send you a copy of one of my books. I have two copies of each to give away. Plus I have pencils that go with the books to give away too.

Just for Me the Bible is for girls ages 6-9. You will learn about the Bible section by section. It has puzzles, crafts, journaling and activities. It has a cross key chain attached to it.

Just for Me Friends is also for girls ages 6-9. This book has sold the least of all of my books. It talks about finding and making friends, how to be a good friend and how to solve friendship problems. It has puzzles, crafts and other activities. It has a foam surfboard keychain attached.

You will also get four of the pencils above with these books. Remember, I have two of each book to give away. (And remember, I don't get the books free--I have to buy them too even though I wrote them because the publisher pays for the printing costs)

The Christian Girl's Guide to Being Your Best is for ages 9-12. If you are 13 you might still like it though. It's about things like finding your talents, standing up for yourself, being loyal to your family and doing your best at everything. It has stories, puzzles, crafts and activities. My 8-year-old Jasmine starting reading this book this summer and it has proven a bit difficult for her. We are going to read through it slowly this year. There is a lot of reading and some thinking to do with this book, but it's still a fun book. You can read what others said about it under its book cover on the right side of my blog. It has a mini notebook attached to it. You can see it in the picture.

The Christian Girl's Guide to the Bible is also for ages 9-12 but 13s may still like it. It will walk you through the Bible section by section using stories, crafts, puzzles, journaling and activities.
Again, I have two of each of the Girl's Guides to give away.
I will send the books to the first girls in those age groups who will do some of the things above to tell others about these books. Leave me a comment in the comment section but only put your:
first name
how you will tell others about the book

And I would love a picture of you with your book once you get it for the reader pictures on the side.

This book is being replaced by a new, updated and much more FUN middle school manual next January. This book has lots of ideas but it also has some BORING parts! You might want to read it with a parent. Or your whole family if there are several kids in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. It was published by a Lutheran publishing house so it mentions infant baptism in the intro, added by them. Our church does dedications for infants and baptism after salvation. But they just stuck it in and it really doesn't have anything to do with junior high or middle school.
This book is for both boys & girls grades 6-8th. If you want a copy of this book, leave your first name only, grade and state in the comment section. I have seven copies to give away and you don't even have to do anything because this book will no longer be available in a few months but I'd love a picture of you with the book.

I have just a few pencils left that go with the jr hi book so I'll send them until I run out.

This book is about non traditional families. It went out of date because the publisher didn't feel people wanted to read about non traditional families. Personally, I don't know many families where all the kids are birth children, born to the same parents and the same color. I think it didn't sell because they put a dollhouse on the front and no guy is going to read a book with that cover. This was suppose to be for both guys and girls. Anyway, the book is a bit outdated. A lot has changed about families since I wrote it. But a lot is the same too. So if you are in an adoptive, foster or step family and ages 11-14 (or so), I will send you a copy of this book. No pencils to go with this one. I have about 8-10 copies left. This might be a fun book to do together as a family.
Once all the comments are posted, I will post my e-mail address and a parent can send your mailing address so I can send your book.


Julia said...

Those books and pencils are so cute.

Kathy C. said...

Julia, you can get one if you will feature it on your blog and write a review for amazon or christian book. Just let me know.

Anonymous said...

I went a jr hi book but don't know what to do.

Kathy C. said...

You don't have to do anything to get the jr hi book. Later I will post my e-mail address and your parent can tell me where to send the book.

Anonymous said...

We would love to read some.
Lulu is age 7 (almost 8)
and Sophie is 11
Grace is 12
and just send us something to try out and we will write a review! :)
That would be fun and thanks for thinking of us!

Sarah and Tim said...

I think the non traditional family book is a great idea! As least in our home,the girls are all different colors, sizes, shapes all have different biological families. Some have curly hair, some straight, some blonde some brown. What a great idea for children in this world!

Tammie said...

Kathy, Joyona is 7 so if you have a book we will read it and review it for you. She liked the friends one, but which ever you want us to review is good with us.

kb said...

Sarah, age 9, in Michigan
will put a photo of a completed craft from the book on her mom's blog.