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FREE Coloring Page “A Hand Truck Named Dolly”



A Hand Truck Named Dolly
: FREE Coloring Page.

The Dolly series includes many activities. Put readers’ skills to the test with our classroom activities. These teaching resources are a fun and easy activity that will keep students happy and save teachers and parents time.

Share Mark’s YouTube Coloring Page Videos with the classroom.

Visit award-winning author Kay Whitehouse to learn more about upcoming events or to schedule a Dolly event.

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Midwest Book Review Bookwatch: “Eddie, That’s Spaghetti!”

Eddie, That’s Spaghetti! A Story About Being a Dog
Christa Blaney, author
Mark Wayne Adams, illustrator
SYP Kids
c/o SYP Publishing, LLC
www.syppublishing.com
978159160705, $18.99, www.amazon.com

Eddie Wallaby believes everything is fare game for snacking including shoes, books, kid’s homework and anything else that is not nailed down. Of course, Eddie is a dog who is just doing what canines naturally do. The story is a fun filled tale showing us all what can happen if an animal is not trained in the proper education of food. With the artwork of Mark Wayne Adams, the book is enhanced as the story unfolds. “Eddie, That’s Spaghetti!” is millions of dog lovers to enjoy the antics of Eddie.

Gary Roen’s Midwest Book Review’s Bookwatch read more…

Passion for the Small Town

“Your name is the most valuable thing you own. Be careful where you put it and who you give it to, Mr. Adams,” Don Egbert said. Don was the Dawson Springs Commercial Bank Manager when I applied for a loan for college—the second item on my high school “goals list.”

At the age of twenty-five, I completed my high school goals list—9 reasonable goals and 1 impossible goal. Now in my mid 40s I’m achieving another of my second goals list items—to own a building. I chose a centrally located building in Dawson Springs, Kentucky to convert into a warehouse for my books.

This building isn’t intended to be a bookstore; however, a longterm goal is to convert the building into a publishing university for passionate writers and illustrators in western Kentucky.

The latin word for passion is pati, meaning “suffer for what you love.”  I’ve learned a person’s passion is the one thing they love and they’ll usually do for free! Choosing to follow a passion requires working through every challenge presented whether successful or not.

I told my family a falsie to see what their reaction would be to ending my Illustrator Life. I said, “I’ve been offered a new job that requires me to not illustrate children’s books; however, the job pays me a higher salary.”

My daughter asked, “Does that mean you’ll never inspire another student to follow his or her dream at school visits?”

By jingo, she said it all! Happiness is not about money—it’s about how our passion makes us feel. My passion for illustrating and writing books has taken me a long way from my hometown of Dawson Springs. At the end of the day, I’ve never left my old Kentucky home, and I know I’ll receive a warm welcome in that very special place.

Residing in central Florida with my wife and two children, we have all made sacrifices during my illustrator life to inspire dreamers and readers for over a decade. I have a passion for the small-town lifestyle and the journey started for with my goals list written at Dawson Springs High School.

FREE Coloring Page “Dolly Becomes a Scout”



Dolly Becomes a Scout
: FREE Coloring Page.

The Dolly series includes many activities. Put readers’ skills to the test with our classroom activities. These teaching resources are a fun and easy activity that will keep students happy and save teachers and parents time.

Share Mark’s YouTube Coloring Page Videos with the classroom.

Visit award-winning author Kay Whitehouse to learn more about upcoming events or to schedule a Dolly event.

1898 Day Bros. Building Renovation

Friends,

Renovation is the 1898 Day Bros. building‘s only hope to withstand another century. Can you help me because your illustration purchase directly fixes the historic building?

When I was four years old, barefoot and shirtless, I clenched the sides of my radio flyer wagon not knowing what lay ahead of me. Summer’s midday sun baked the asphalt beneath my wagon and Momma’s bare feet. She patiently tugged the noisy wagon up Highway 109 toward an odd truck parked outside Trotter’s Country Store. Momma propped me on her hip, then carried me into the boxy vehicle she called a bookmobile. Standing inside, a librarian joyfully greeted me asking, “What’s your favorite book little man?”

My favorite book would have started like a Disney movie—magical. At four, I couldn’t conceive how words and drawings would eventually impact my rural community of 2,500 people. Since that memorable day, I’ve illustrated over sixty picture books, meet over one million students as a public speaker, and inspired all ages to chase their publishing dream. In 2015, I relocated my company’s book warehouse to the 1898 Day Bros. building, one of the last historic structures from Dawson Springs, Kentucky’s establishment.

The building is perfect for storage, but it could be much more with your help. The renovation of the 1898 Day Bros. building can be achieved through 1,898 sponsorships. Each illustration purchase receives a signed original children’s book illustrations from my private collection of sixty published children’s books.

Your purchase is important to help save the historic 1898 Day Bros. building in need of care and attention. Most of all your support fosters the much-needed inspiration that the littlest person’s words and drawings can affect the world. Please join me in opening another century of new chapters in the 1898 Day Bros. building’s story.

We thank the current supporters for their recent purchases.

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Sincerely yours,

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“Words and drawings affect a reader’s world!”

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Children’s Book Launch on a Budget

Here are my suggestions to plan a book launch party on a budget.
Location:
Choose a location with plenty of parking for easy customer access. Freestanding stores or shopping mall locations generally have plenty of parking.
Also choose a location where the author will make money on the book sales. Barnes & Noble, Indie Bookstores, or a book consignment location generally take 50% of the retail price. Authors may choose to a launch their book at a kid friendly, non-bookstore location. If the target audience will be mature adults, a winery or local brewery is an option.
If the location has a coffee shop or bakery like Barnes & Noble, notify the bookstore additional staff may be required during the launch party. Many parents will purchase a coffee while the kids are quietly sitting during your reading.
Time:
Choose a time that is parent friendly, before or after nap time. I like the 2:00 to 4:00 window because attendees are fed and rested.
Title:
Try to call the “book launch” a “launch party” or celebration.  By calling the event a “Launch Party,” the message to attendees is come celebrate, relieving the pressure of purchasing a book.
Invites:
I’ve seen launch parties over 300 attendees. That launch was for the third book in a popular series. I like to invite children, parents, teachers, librarians, and potential attendees with a postcard. Postcards look like a birthday party invite with: the book cover image and website on the front; date, time, and location on the back. People who don’t attend the party have the information to purchase the book.
Food:
Serve prepackaged snacks. Cake, cookies, punch, and sodas are traditional, however a designated server is required to serve and confirm food allergies. Cake, cookies, and punch are perishable and must be thrown away. They also require plates, silverware, and cups. Prepackaged snacks are clearly labeled, portable, and quantifiable for parents. Unopened prepackaged snacks can be returned or used for another event.
Giveaways:
Giveaways entice attendance. Don’t give away more than you expect to earn at the launch. If planning to giveaway $500 at the book launch, consider donating $500 in books to a school. The donation may reach more readers than planning a launch party.
Budget:
Set a budget and stick to it! The budget may be $2 per attendee. Bag of cookies ($.25), juice box ($.25), helium balloon ($.10), goody bag (bookmark, candy, stickers, notepad, coloring page, activities) ($1.00), party hat ($.40). For under $2 each child goes away with something entertaining. Be sure candy isn’t a choke hazard and goodies are age appropriate. If 1/4 of the attendees buy a book at full retail, an author should make a reasonable profit.
Promotion:
Advertise in free outlets in the area where the launch party will be hosted. Mention it’s a book birthday party full of fun events to celebrate the new book. Also mention readings or giveaways. Avoid saying: “buy my book,” “purchase my book,” or “bring your wallet.” The vibe should be “celebrate with us.”
  • Libraries: patrons check out the library’s free copy, don’t focus must time there
  • Preschools, Daycares, Mommy and Me groups, and schools: are your best customers and attendees
  • Newsletters: community, work, professional, and book newsletters
  • Radio: The Authors Show, local radio, public radio, etc.
  • Social Media: Create a Facebook Event on the Author’s Facebook Page
  • Family/Friends: family and friends will have probably purchased your book, include them to boost attendance numbers
  • Use banners, tablecloths, bookmarks, etc. during the launch party.
During a Skype School Visit, I invited a teacher and her class to attend my launch party. Her school allowed her to bring a small school bus of students to participate!
How many:
Personally invite three times the people you want to attend. If the goal is 300, personally hand out 900 postcards in your neighborhood: restaurants, hair salons, grocery, kids sporting events, church, etc. Be selective. Invite people you want to attend: children, parents, grandparents, teachers, and family.
Personal invites show you want people to attend. Invites left on windshields in a store parking lot show people they are a number.

Meet Allyson Levitt, School Coordinator

Meet Allyson Levitt, MWA Inc. new School Coordinator. Allyson is well know for her contributions as Program Director for Edit and Get It Literary Services, LLC, School Coordinator for Page Turner Adventures, and founding member of Florida Kidlit, Inc.

“Bringing Literacy to Life, one school assembly, story, and production at a time.” —Allyson Levitt

Media Exposure for Clients

Mark’s extensive expertise and his positive influence on children generate media interest. Interviewed frequently by a variety of outlets, Mark’s media exposure continually expands his platform and offers further opportunities to promote his clients’ books.

As evidenced by his effective marketing strategy, his growing fan base, and his achievements, Mark is an energetic and determined go-getter. His commitment to making his illustrated books a major success serve as a highly valuable complement to the author’s marketing campaign. 

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Mark’s Book Awards

Mark’s Book Awards for his contributions to published books.

★ Eddie, That’s Spaghetti!

FAPA President’s Book Awards Gold Medalist, Children’s Picture Book Ages 0–7 — 2018

★ Little Miss Grubby Toes, Plays with Fire!

Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Medalist — 2018

FAPA President’s Book Awards Silver Medalist, Children’s Picture Book Ages 0–7 — 2018

Dolly, a Dog, and a Camper

FAPA President’s Book Awards Silver Medalist, Florida: Children’s Picture Book — 2018

FAPA President’s Book Awards Bronze Medalist, Children’s Chapter Book Ages 5–9 — 2018

★ Florida Authors and Publishers Association Founders Award recipient 2017, awarded to a long-standing member who has published multiple books and made great contributions to both the organization and the community.

★ Florida Authors and Publishers Association Board Member to President 2009–2017.

 DOWN UNDER: Kussins

FAPA President’s Book Awards, Cover Design — 2017

FAPA President’s Book Awards, Young Adult Fiction—2017

Book Excellence Awards, Pre-Teen Fiction—2017

Dolly Becomes a Scout

FAPA President’s Book Awards — 2017

OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters

FAPA President’s Book Awards Silver Medalist — 2016

★ Mayflower: Fly on the Wall Series

FAPA President’s Book Awards Silver Medalist — 2016

FAPA President’s Book Awards Bronze Medalist — 2016

Readers’ Favorite Silver Medalist, Children’s Educational — 2016

★ A Hand Truck Named Dolly

FAPA President’s Book Awards—2017

Mom’s Choice Awards Silver Medalist — 2016

★ Little Miss Grubby Toes, Steps on a Bee!

FAPA President’s Book Awards Gold Medalist — 2016

Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Medalist — 2015

Readers’ Favorite Award Gold Medalist — 2015

★ Eli’s Balloon

FAPA President’s Book Awards Gold Medalist — 2015

★ Frozen Floppies

National Indie Excellence Award Winner — 2015

Readers’ Favorite Book Awards Finalist — 2015

★ Parts of Speech Parade, New York City

FAPA President’s Book Awards Gold Medalist — 2015

National Indie Excellence Award Finalist — 2015

★ Polly and Her Pigtails

Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Medalist — 2014

FAPA President’s Book Awards Silver Medalist — 2014

National Parenting Publications Awards Silver Medalist — 2014

Purple Dragonfly Award 1st Place (Picture Book 6+) — 2014

Purple Dragonfly Award Honorable Mention (School Issues) — 2014

National Indie Excellence Award Finalist — 2014

Readers’ Favorite Award Silver Medalist — 2014

 Johari’s Joy

Mom’s Choice Awards Silver Medalist — 2014

Eric Hoffer Award Honorable Mention — 2014

National Indie Excellence Award Finalist — 2014

★ Franny’s Rescue

FAPA President’s Book Awards Silver Medalist — 2014

Eric Hoffer Award Honorable Mention — 2014

★ Jilli, That’s Silly! A Story About Being a Girl

Evelyn Thurman Young Readers Book Award — 2014

Ben Franklin Award Silver Medalist — 2013

FAPA President’s Awards Silver Medalist — 2013 

Reader’s Favorite Award Gold Medalist — 2013

National Indie Excellence Award Finalist — 2013

Finalist – Eric Hoffer Award — 2013

Finalist – International Book Awards (Parenting & Family) — 2013

Finalist – International Book Awards (Picture Book) — 2013

★ Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous! A Story About Being a Boy

Florida Publishers Association President’s Award Silver Medalist — 2010

Independent Publisher Award Silver Medalist — 2011

Finalist – Eric Hoffer Award — 2010

Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Gold Medalist — 2009

★ Teddy Tales: The Adventures of a Rescue Puppy and His Friends

Florida Publishers Association President’s Award Silver Medalist — 2012

★ King for a Day, the Story of Stories

Florida Publishers Association President’s Award Silver Medalist — 2011

★ Marlene M. Helm Alumni Achievement Award for contributions to the arts in the Kentucky community and service to the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts. — 2011

★ The Little Skunk Who Was Afraid to Stink

Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Bronze Medalist — 2009

 Jadyn and the Magic Bubble, Kenya! Kenya!

Finalist – Indie Excellence Award — 2011

 Jadyn and the Magic Bubble, I Met Gandhi!

Finalist – Indie Excellence Awards — 2009

★ 2008 Best of Show, Life in Altamonte City Magazine – Winner in the landscape photo division.

Mark’s Illustrated Books

Mark’s Illustrated Books:

  1. “Stick Horse Derby”—Mark Wayne Adams
  2. “Nana G, That’s Fancy!”—Christa Blaney
  3. “MATES: Uncools”—M. W. Adams
  4. “A Dolly, A Dog, And A Camper”—Kay Whitehouse
  5. “G’DAY: Aints”—M. W. Adams
  6. “DOWN UNDER: Kussins”—M. W. Adams
  7. “OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters”—M. W. Adams
  8. “Little Miss Grubby Toes, Goes Swimming!”—Eddie Price
  9. “Eddie, That’s Spaghetti!”—Christa Blaney
  10. “Violet the Hugging Octopus”—Sherry Duquet
  11. “Nicolás, ¡eso es ridículo!”—Christa Blaney
  12. “Juliana, ¡eso son tonterías!”—Christa Blaney
  13. “Dolly Becomes a Scout”—Kay Whitehouse
  14. “Pilgrims: Fly on the Wall Series”—Linda Smigaj
  15. “A Hand Truck Named Dolly”—Kay Whitehouse
  16. “Floppanopolis”—John Hope
  17. “Mayflower: Fly on the Wall Series”—Linda Smigaj
  18. “Theo and the Penny Candy Store”—Debra Latiolais
  19. “Little Miss Grubby Toes, Plays with Fire!”—Eddie Price
  20. “Little Miss Grubby Toes, Steps on a Bee!”—Eddie Price
  21. “Mighty Madeline”—Julie Watling
  22. “Kilpatrick McMurray McFrown”—Sarah Sproles
  23. “Eli’s Balloon”—Candace Ruffin
  24. “Franny Finds a Home”—Crystal White
  25. “Frozen Floppies”—John Hope
  26. “Parts of Speech Parade, New York City”—Irina Dolinskiy
  27. “Johari’s Joy”—Carol Hensel
  28. “Franny’s Rescue”—Crystal White
  29. “Polly and Her Pigtails”—Debra Latiolais
  30. “County Government Activity Book”—Kentucky Association of Counties
  31. “Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous! A Story About Being a Boy”—Christa Blaney
  32. “Jilli, That’s Silly! A Story About Being a Girl”—Christa Blaney
  33. “Pop the Bubbles, 1-2-3”—Jen Goble
  34. “My Friendly Giant”—Lauri Rubinstein
  35. “My Friendly Giant, Playing Along the Cliff Walk”—Lauri Rubinstein
  36. “The Little Skunk Who Was Afraid to Stink”—Brielle Kelley
  37. “The Border Patrol is Born”—Toni Zufelt
  38. “Scribble Dee Sophie: A Story for Young Artists and Their Parents”—Karen Spruill
  39. “Teddy Tales: The Adventures of a Rescue Puppy and His Friends”—Karen Spruill
  40. “King for a Day, the Story of Stories”—Mark Wayne Adams
  41. “Best Sketchbook”—Mark Wayne Adams
  42. “Good NightMare”—Mark Wayne Adams
  43. “Miss Mary’s Missing Book Bag”—Mark Wayne Adams
  44. “Field of Dreams”—Mark Hoog
  45. “Treasure Island”—Mark Hoog
  46. “The Belly Button Fairy”—Bobbie Hinman
  47. “The Fart Fairy”—Bobbie Hinman
  48. “The Freckle Fairy”—Bobbie Hinman
  49. “G.B. Duck’s Autobiography”—Chip Tullar
  50. “Lu and the Earth Bug Crew, Zap the Energy Spikes”—Derek Sabori
  51. “Jadyn and the Magic Bubble, I Met Gandhi!”—Brigitte Benchimol
  52. “Jadyn and the Magic Bubble, Kenya Kenya!”—Brigitte Benchimol
  53. “Guinea in My Cap?”—Wanda Hughes
  54. “Shanti the Yogi”—Spirit Voyage Music
  55. “The McGregor’s and Me”—David Garrett
  56. “The Little Orange Salamander”—Dolores J. Mazzeo
  57. “The Nerds”—Beverly Webel
  58. “Dogs of the Caribou and Other Stories”—Mary Gentry
  59. “Frank an’ Me”—Robert Wolley
  60. “Rainbow Bridge & Other Stories”—Doris Church
  61. “Cultural Cancer, Restoring Social Health”—Dale J. Hyland
  62. “The Gift of the Animals”—Doris Church
  63. “The Magical Forest”—Kristen Mason