In May 2017 we entered my third book, An Amazing Circus of Phonograms Act 2, into the CIPA Awards in three categories – Fantasy Fiction, Children’s Story Books, and Children’s Illustrations. “The CIPA EVVYs is one of the longest-running book award competitions on the Indie publishing scene, running for nearly 25 years. The annual contest is sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishing Association (CIPA), along with the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation(ELF).” This gives independent authors such as myself a chance to gain recognition for our work. They have been giving out book awards for 23 years. My book won the finalist award in all three categories. There are five finalists in each of these categories, and on August 19,2017, they will be announcing four winners from each of these three categories. There will be first place, second place, third place, and merits award. So out of five of us in each category four will receive an award. We will be going to Denver, Colorado for the awards banquet August 19.
The South Salem Senior Craft Fair was a success. Sold a book and 2 CDs, and lots of craft items. Our next endeavor is the Oregon State Fair the end of August. I will be at the Authors’ Booth in the Columbia Hall with my books and CDs. My CD for my third book is in the making and am hopeful to have it for the State Fair. More about the State Fair in my next post. The items I was selling at the craft fair were trinket boxes and flower tea lights, bowl cozies, baby animal lovies, hats, adult bibs and my books and cds. Also sold scrubbies and dishrags.
Come to the South Salem Seniors Craft/Art Fair July 7-8, 2017, 10 am – 4 pm. I will be selling my books, A Colorful Journey Through the Land of Talking Letters, An Amazing Circus of Phonograms – Act 1 and An Amazing Circus of Phonograms – Act 2, as well as the CDs for my first 2 books. Also my crafts will be there including my scrubbies, hats, baby animal lovies, adult bibs, bowl cozies and much more. Come and check out the many arts and crafts available, and shop for that perfect gift or item you have been looking for. The address is 6450 Fairway Ave SE Salem, OR.
We were at the 2017 OCEANetwork Conference in Portland at the Convention Center Friday and Saturday, and sold 15 sets of my 3 books, A Colorful Journey Through the Land of Talking Letters, An Amazing Circus of Phonograms – Act 1 and Amazing Circus of Phonograms – Act 2. It was great to see those home school parents who had purchased my first 2 books come back, excited to see the third book available, and ready to purchase it. Next year the conference is going to be at the Expo Center in Albany, which will be closer to us – only 20 minutes away, and there will be no parking fees. We are looking forward to going again next year.
As of May 8, 2017, my third book, An Amazing Circus of Phonograms Act 2, is finally published and ready for sale. It is a relief to finally have my 3 books ready to sell as a set. After 8 years of writing, I am taking a break. Now begins the work of promoting and selling. My book and my kindle will be available on Amazon this month. Also, by the end of May, I will have my new book, along with my first 2 books, at the River City Mall located at 3990 Rickey St. SE, Salem, OR 97317. Their store hours are Tues.- Sat. 10-6/Sun. 12-5. By the end of this week my new book will be added to my website. www.maryjonyssen.com We will be at the Oregon Christian Home Education Conference at the Oregon Convention Center, June 23-24, 2017 with my books.
Last Friday, March 21, 2017, I enjoyed speaking about my publishing experiences and sharing my books with my granddaughter’s second grade class at McKinley School. They were very attentive and enjoyed sharing my story with them and reading to them. They had written How to Books and published them in their classrooms, and my granddaughter, Brynlee, read her book to me on “How to get ready in the morning.” It was so much fun to share it with her. It included how to get out of bed, brush your teeth, make your breakfast, get dressed, and many other things. It always is such a pleasure to share my experiences with the children.
My last blog was the end of January, and here it is April. The illustrations and formatting of my text and illustrations for my book are completed, and it is in the final stages of being published. The cover of my new book, An Amazing Circus of Phonograms Act 2 is completed and all that is left is for the interior to be put together. My book should be finished by the end of this month if all goes well. We will be at the Oregon Christian Home Education Association Network Conference at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR, June 23-24, 2017, and will be selling my books there. Now my set of books on the 70 phonograms will be complete. It has been 8 yrs of writing and publishing, and feels great to have finally finished what I set out to accomplish.
My illustrator, Joe Palmisano, has finished the sketches of my illustrations for An Amazing Circus of Phonograms – Act 2. He has completed the colored illustrations for the cover and first two pages. It is exciting to see them come to life. He is truly a talented and imaginative illustrator. I have sent my text into the copyright office and have filled out the questionnaire for marketing materials for Createspace. Things are going smoothly and hoping to have my book published by summer if not sooner. I will keep you informed.