Meet Sarah Karam Sproles, author of “Kilpatrick McMurray McFrown”

Sarah Karam Sproles is a former educator, with experience ranging from home schooling to teaching elementary through college-age students in the classroom. Sarah loves encouraging young people to ignore the naysayers and strive for their dreams. She challenges them to seek ways to improve the world around them.

Sarah was inspired to write while exchanging silly stories with students while on lunch duty at her son’s school. When she’s not producing encouraging stories, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, singing, working with youth, traveling, and organizing everything around her. She’s been told she far outperforms the Energizer Bunny!

Sarah is a proud Okie, living in California with her husband, Alan; her son, Brady; and their incredible Shih-poo (Poodle/Shih Tzu mix), Busterooni the Flying Circus Dog! Sarah is stepmom to Marisa and Alana and has six amazing grandkids. This is Sarah’s first picture book.

Sarah’s website: www.sarahkaramsproles.com
Sarah’s Facebook Page:

kilpatrick-mcmurray-mcfrown-bookcover-3d-rgb-72dpi-www-mwa-companyKilpatrick McMurray McFrown
Written by Sarah Karam Sproles and Illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams
ISBN:  978-1-59616-037-8

Retail Price: Not Yet Released

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Auschwitz #34207: The Joe Rubinstein Story

Joe and Irene Rubinstein, and author Nancy Sprowell Geise wearing the gold medals from FAPA book awards.
Joe and Irene Rubinstein, and author Nancy Sprowell Geise wearing the gold medals from FAPA book awards.

As a FAPA Board Member, knowing talented and motivating people is a reward. Nancy Sprowell Geise’s FAPA success story is one I’ll always cherish.

“Entering the FAPA President’s Book Award was one of the best things I could have done for my book Auschwitz #34207: The Joe Rubinstein StoryI highly recommend all authors and publishers in North America submit their books to the FAPA President’s Book Award. I had no idea when I entered the contest how much fun it would be and the honor that would come with winning. I even wore my medals home on the plane!
Even if the book had not been a finalist or a medal winner, going to the 33rd Annual FAPA Conference was so helpful and informative. Not to mention, what a blast I had meeting so many talented, interesting and fun people!”
—Nancy Sprowell Geise
nancy-sprowell-geiseNancy Sprowell Geise | Author • Presenter • Motivational Speaker
Topeka, Kansas
An Amazon #1 Best-Selling Author

“Which illustration guide has helped you the most professionally?”—Anna Faktorovich, PhD Interview

Faktorovich: Which software do you use to illustrate children’s books, to design books and for other components of illustration and design? Do you prefer some over others, and if so why? Which guide to illustration has helped you the most to illustrate professionally and to make your covers appealing to the mainstream market?

Adams: I use Adobe’s Creative Suite: Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. Every traditional watercolor illustration is scanned and manipulated using Adobe Photoshop. Sometimes illustrations are created with Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, upon the publisher’s request. Vector logos are created using Adobe Illustrator to eliminate the need of recreation for vector routers. All programs have unique benefits. I recommend learning the basics. Go to the program’s help menu or YouTube to learn something in a pinch.

UnknownThe Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines is for any professional or aspiring artist. Illustration is a broad term covering line art to oil paintings. I’ve used this book for over eight years as a business resource. Pricing projects and creating contracts has been profitable using industry standards found within the handbook.

Every graphic artist is unique. No two illustration projects are the same. Use the Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines to set pricing guidelines for your business. Authors, Art Directors, and Publishers can use this book to budget projects. If you need a used copy, email me. I’ll sell you mine and get the latest.

Read the complete interview with Mark Adams, Award-Winning IllustratorAdams-Author Bio Photo-mwa.company-template with Anna Faktorovich, PhD

Meet Author Derek Sabori

An Art grad with an MBA, author Derek Sabori’s has always wanted to be an Earth Bug. Realizing that’s a lot easier said than done, he lives vicariously through Lu and the Earth Bug Crew. When not dreaming up new adventures for the Crew and focusing on living a low-impact life of his own, Derek can be found heading up environmental affairs at action-sportswear giant Volcom; spending time with his wife; skateboarding with his son and daughter; or sneaking away for a surf on his own.

Derek’s book, Lu and the Earth Bug Crew Zap the Energy Spikes, was illustrated as a collaborative effort between Steve Riley and Mark Wayne Adams. In this Earth Bug adventure, Lu and the Crew start their day by shredding it up. After skating, surfing , and enjoying the outdoors, they arrive home to discover that something’s up—or ON! It’s time for Earth Bug Action!

When do you decide to share the OUTBACK writing with others?

When do you decide to share the OUTBACK writing with others?

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I waited until the OUTBACK book was half completed—about eight chapters. These chapters are rough and very general in creative language. My goal was to give a bland idea of the plot, character action, and historical content. If this was enough to inspire others to ask questions or want more, then the creative embellishments would be much easier.

For the first novel, I had my wife read it. She is very thorough and not a reader. Needless to say, she only read it once, and wasn’t excited. My next version was much more polished and the reader had decent feedback.

By the Beta Reader stage, all sixteen chapters had been edited using Fire Up Your Fiction: An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Stories, written by a colleague, Jodi Renner. Her book was a great resource for a newbie or established writer. I went chapter by chapter and was critical of what I’d written. Trimming excess really makes a difference when creating a fast reading fiction book.

Read the full OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters, Conversation with the Author

Which character do you have the closest connection to?

Which character do you have the closest connection to?

16-OUTBACK-Conversation_With_The_AuthorI feel a connection with each of the characters, they are like family. To pick one character I would say Killiope. As the oldest sibling in my family, I feel a responsibility for each of my siblings. Leaving home was my only escape from responsibilities, which soon caught up with me. As the series continues, I hope to become more relatable with each sibling hierarchy as the series continues.

Read the full OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters, Conversation with the Author

How do you approach the writing process?

How do you approach the writing process?

16-OUTBACK-Conversation_With_The_AuthorMy writing process is fairly structured. I outline the story using a historical timeline which guides the rhythm of each book. As ideas appear, I categorize them into their respective place within the story timeline. I also parallel historical facts and words I want included from the time periods. Some days I sit inside my screened pool and become a prisoner to the story. Every breath is a moment trapped within Driew Qweepie’s story.

My favorite thing about being a writer is hearing from readers! Connecting with book lovers reminds me what writing fiction is all about—escape for us all. I enjoy reading Goodreads and Amazon reviews and seeing posts about the story—both positive and negative. I can’t improve without their honest feedback.

Read the full OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters, Conversation with the Author

10 Steps That Create Successful Events

10 Steps That Create Successful Events

You’ve scheduled an author/illustrator visit. The date is reserved. So, what’s next?

Next make others aware of who is visiting. Below is the AIM Kit (Author/Illustrator Media Kit). Events become more fun, memorable, and stress-free by using these forms. Not all forms apply for every event. Use the forms that fit your event.

1.  AIM Kit:

Download the entire AIM Kit here. This includes: table of contents, letter of intent, bio, awards, order form, posters, activities, and more.

2.  Author Bio:

Use the Author Biography page to educate teachers about the author. Students will have questions and so will teachers.

3.  Contact the Media:

Use the Press Release page to share information through the students’ newspaper and TV show. Also share the information with local websites, newspapers, and TV stations.

4.  Author Photo:

Use the Author Photo to familiarize staff and students.

5.  Author Poster:

Use the Author Poster to familiarize staff and students about the books and author. Poster includes fields for Date, Time, and Location.

6.  Library Book Order Form:

Use the Library Book Order Form to order discounted books for your school. A tax exempt certificate is required for all school orders. (Note: Staff orders through the school are accepted. Please notify author.)

7.  Student Book Order Form:

Use the Student Book Order Form for all taxable orders. Enter the local tax rate on the form prior to distributing. Pre Orders and Post Orders are taken. No books are sold the day of the event. (Note: All book orders are personalized and are non-refundable.)

8.  Activities:

Use these Activities to encourage writing and drawing creativity or:

  • host a school writing competition
  • author luncheon for academics
  • teacher and author breakout session
  • author interview by students
9.  Author Introduction:

Use the Author Introduction to give a unique introduction during each session.

10.  Write about the Author:

Use these 5 Ways to Promote Literacy Week or take a class photo during the Author visit. Encourage students to write or draw about the Author’s visit. You may also encourage students to write book reviews of the Author’s books or have them write letters to the Author.

Forms and content are proprietary information. Available for use by event coordinators.

Reading resources: Schools: A Niche Market for Authors written by Jane R. Wood.

© 2008-2018 Mark Wayne Adams, Inc.

Inspiring Small Business: D. W. Harper

“Mark,

You did a wonderful job this past year as the FAPA President. To be honest, associations like this have been known to come across as “snooty.” This entire FAPA board has been helpful, informative and very welcoming when I attend the conferences. Your pictures show you having fun! I will continue my membership because of this.

I sincerely thank you, specifically, for all you’ve done for my author and publishing career.

I never anticipated my life taking the path of a writer/publisher which eventually turned into a small business for me. I will always be grateful to, Jane Wood and Frances Keiser, for all they’ve done and who eventually introduced me to you.

I’m a FAPA member and award winner per your suggestion to join. The inspiring recommendations and suggestions, (the networking) you’ve offered such as, school info for presenting my children’s books, award submissions, Bookbaby.com for eFormatting, and especially my wonderful editor, Jennifer Thomas, who did a great job editing, The Lost Twin have been spot on. You offer great advice through your own experiences, and I can’t thank you enough.”

—D. W.  Harper, Author of The Lost Twinn, Jace’s Adventures, and LOVE, GREED and LIE$

Summer Reading List: “Polly and Her Pigtails”

Polly believes that nothing is more important than being the prettiest girl at school. But an incident with the class bully helps Polly discover the meaning of true beauty.

Polly and Her Pigtails is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.

Written by Debra Latiolais and Illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams
ISBN:  978098905050
Retail Price:  #16.95