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.
My January 1, 2017 resolution was to get my third book illustrated and published. I inquired about getting my #12 illustrator from Mike Motz, and was informed he no longer worked for Mike Motz, but was now on his own. I was desperate to get the same illustrator for my third book as the three 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 will finally be a set of the entire 70 phonograms of the English language. Mike Motz graciously gave me #12 illustrator’s email. I contacted him and he was more than happy to do it for me. His name is Joe Palmisano, and he lives in the US. Why is this so exciting! There were awards we weren’t able to apply for when we entered my first two books for awards because the illustrator had to be from the USA, and Mike Motz was from Canada. Then I called Createspace. They told me they no longer did services for children’s books, but after much questioning, they said they would do the cover and marketing items and print it, but the illustrator would have to do the formatting. Joe agreed to do the formatting for us. It is such a wonderful experience working with him personally, and being able to talk to him on the phone. His imagination knows no bounds and he is almost done with the illustration sketches. He will then start coloring them which will take a lot longer. I have purchased my ISBN numbers and bar code. The things that are still on my todo list are to send my text to the copyright office in Washington, DC and write my marketing materials. I will try to post more often to keep you informed […]
My last post was the end of May, and so much has happened since then. Now it is time to catch up on news of my books and why I haven’t blogged. My Amazing Circus book did not win a prize in the Forward Indie awards in June. However, the finalist award that I did win is still special since out of 1500 authors in my category, I was one of the twenty picked for the finalist award. The month of June took us on a journey we hadn’t thought of until our 30 year old daughter moved out into her own house. We immediately cleaned up our house and put it up for sale. It took us a month to declutter, and fix things up and paint etc. Once we put it up for sale it sold in 4 days at the beginning of July. Then it was time to search for the right house to downsize to . The end of September we finally found one in Salem that fit our needs, and moved in on October 14. While all this was going on, my husband was hospitalized the end of August for pneumonia and blood infection, and they found he had multiple myeloma. He ended up in hospital again the end of September with the same thing, and we moved a week after he got out of the hospital. A few days after we moved in he got an infection and was in the hospital again for 5 days. He is now undergoing chemo treatment for the myeloma. Things are settling down and we are enjoying our small home, and less maintenance. Also my computer died and I had to get a new one. My goal was to start getting my illustrations for my third book started, but with all that is going on with my husband’s […]
Today is May 25. The big date of June 25 at 4 pm EDT, is only a month away now, when I will find out if my book, An Amazing Circus of Phonograms – Act 1, remains one of the 20 finalists in the Foreword INDIEFAB book awards or if I placed in the top awards. The American Library Association will be meeting in Orlando, Florida and choosing the top awards on June 25. My books, A Colorful Journey Through the Land of Talking Letters, and An Amazing Circus of Phonograms – Act 1, and audio CDs, as well as my craft goods, are available at the River City Mall 3990 Rickey St. SE, Salem, OR 97317. Share this with your friends. Check it out if you are in the area. Both books are $14 and the CDs are $8 cotton knitted dishrags $4 and scrubbies $2 crocheted headbands for $12 – $14 crocheted barrettes for $5, and a dressed 18″ doll with 8 outfits for $30.