Staff Book Picks: October

Written by Jane R. Wood
ISBN: 9780979230462
Paperback Retail Price: $8.99

It seems wherever they go, adventure follows the Johnson family. This time it comes while they tour the historic cities of Savannah and Charleston. In addition to learning about the challenges of the early settlers, the boldness of the greedy pirates, and the determination of feisty women who helped save the heritage of these historic cities, Joey, Bobby and Katy encounter numerous ghost stories. When 10-year-old Bobby finds himself in a dangerous situation on Pawleys Island, South Carolina, he looks to a legendary ghost for help. Young readers won’t know they’re learning history; they’ll only know they’re having fun as they follow these kids on their latest adventure.

 

Written and Illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams
Paperback Novel: ISBN:  978-1-59616-026-9
Pages:  210
Paperback Retail Price: $15.77

There are no chapters in life—only moments. The Family Tree Novel Series is written and illustrated for adventurous readers. Not only can readers explore the content by researching facts and fiction, but also learn a new Australian vocabulary within the story.

For generations, the family tree records words and sing-song that wind deep in its core. Children playing in or around the tree may accidentally sever or uproot disturbing moments hidden in their Outback.

Adopting new words and terms helps better describe your Outback and how you lived it. Family Tree Novel readers are introduced to a variety of Australian, American, and Qweepie vernacular throughout the novel series. Choose to adopt or to adapt these terms in your Outback language using the “Language of the Outback” glossary included.

 

The Childrens Horrible House 3D-book

Written by N. Jane Quackenbush
ISBN: 978-0991104567
Pages: 220
Paperback Retail Price: $11.99

Holly Spinatsch, a curious and rebellious tomboy, was forewarned by her siblings that if she didn’t make her bed, she would be taken away to The Children’s Horrible House…and indeed she was. On her search for kinship in this seemingly haunted jail like mansion, she discovers a mystery lurking and breathing, crying out for discovery. However, when she and her friends attempt to solve the mystery, they are only left with more questions.

 

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Staff Book Picks: September

Voices in St. Augustine 3D-bookVoices in St. Augustine
Written by Jane R. Wood
ISBN: 9780979230455
Paperback Retail Price: $8.99

Thirteen-year-old Joey Johnson hears voices. Only he can’t find the people who belong to them. His curiosity leads him on a quest where he learns more than just history about the Nation’s Oldest City. He discovers he has a special connection to the past—something that changes his life forever.

 

Written by Crystal White and Illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams
ISBN: 978-061585-316-1
Pages: 36
Hardbound Retail Price: $14.95

Franny’s Rescue is a beautiful children’s book complete with vibrant illustrations and educational resources for both parents and teachers, not to mention an exciting and heartfelt story.

Franny is a scrappy little dog living on the streets, never knowing where her next meal will come from. She finds herself in all sorts of danger as she prowls the town in search of food and shelter: People, cars, other creatures! One day Franny finds herself in a situation she can’t handle on her own. Who will help her in her struggle to survive?

At the end of the story the author (a 20-year reading teacher) has included a small nonfiction section describing the characteristics of the breeds featured in the story. This is also an excellent resource for the teaching or review of text features. There is also a section for parents describing activities they can do with their children to enhance reading skills. These activities can be used with any text.

 

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Jace’s Adventure in the Forbidden Forest

Written by Diane Harper
ISBN: 9780984873630
Paperback Retail Price: $4.99

It’s the first day of summer vacation. Jace and his best friend, Rocco, are anxious to get to the park to play catch. Their ball accidentally goes into the Forbidden Forest. Jace goes in to look for it and he gets lost. Two young dinosaurs named Ribney and Ryder are in the forest and help Jace find his way home. But before they do, Jace helps the dinosaurs with a big problem they have!

FAPA Founders Award recipient Mark Wayne Adams

On Saturday eventing, August 6, 2016 during the 2016 FAPA President’s Book Awards ceremony in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Mark Wayne Adams received the 2016 Florida Authors & Publishers Association Founders Award. This achievement award recognizes a longstanding FAPA member for contributions to FAPA, the publishing community, the reading community, and professionally published books.

Mark’s FAPA Founders Award Message:

Thank you Terri Gerrell for allowing me enough time to prepare an acceptance speech. I actually prepared two—a short and long version. Unfortunately, I lost the short version.

Receiving the 2016 FAPA Founders Award is a tremendous honor. When Terri told me I had been selected, I asked myself, why me? I know many deserving individuals, most of which are here tonight.

I began publishing in 2004—33 years old. Craig Winstead, employer and friend, inspired me with these words: “I’ll print your book for free, if you learn to publish it.” Within a month I had purchased a block of ISBNs; registered an LCCN; bought a barcode; and printed 5,000 copies of my first book, Miss Mary’s Missing Book Bag.

Printing books isn’t publishing. Selling books is publishing. The first publishing lesson I learned was, if you don’t sell books they get heavier. My family, those books, and I moved four times between 2004 and 2006. I became a stronger and wiser publisher in no time.

In 2009, Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous! A Story About Being a Boy released. It was not only Christa Carpenter’s first book, but also the first book I published for anyone besides myself. Nicholas won an IPPY, an Eric Hoffer, a Moonbeam, and a FPA President’s Book Award! Elated by my four-medal publishing success, I joined not only FPA, but also the board. I learned book awards lead to unexpected opportunities and a surge of confidence.

From 2009 to 2016, I served in various FPA and FAPA leadership roles—president being one. I thought, what can I do differently from my predecessors? I proposed ridiculous ideas, that if they failed, would make me famous: Mark Wayne Adams leader of FAPA’s demise!

With many of the current FAPA board members’ support, we doubled the book awards submissions; added national librarian judges; attended Book Expo America; and hosted the largest conference and book awards since FPA’s inception. This was a great honor for our board’s commitment. During this time we learned the real definitions of: donating time, working board members, and delegation.

In mid June 2016, I was invited to speak at my first American Library Association ConferenceDr. Anna Faktorovich, a Ph.D in English Literature and Criticism, email queried ALA speakers for blog interviews. When she discovered I wasn’t her traditional academic guest, my interview was declined.

One week later I tossed drawings on the ALA convention floor. A young woman, carrying an armload of books, marched down the drawing path. She quickly apologized for stepping on my art.

“No worries, it’s only paper!” I said.

She glanced up at the booth banner; down at the drawings; then shouted, “You’re Mark Wayne Adams!”

After visiting over a million elementary school students, hearing my name shouted isn’t strange. The six degrees of Mark Wayne Adams story that follows is strange.

“I’m Anna!” she shouted. “I rejected your interview last week, remember!”

Anna shouting my rejection publicly wouldn’t sell books. However, my ability to “draw her into my world” filled Anna with a barrage of publishing questions.

I finally said “Anna, I’m working. Send me your interview questions, if you want answers.” She agreed and asked for a review copy of my latest book. I handed her my first novel. Countless hours went into researching and revising the manuscript for this moment—a review by a Ph.D. in English Literature and Criticism. 

OUTBACK-Bothers & Sinisters-www.markwayneadams.com-3D-book-72DPI-RGBIn my twelve-year publishing career I’ve learned that rejection, criticism, and affirmation are all the same—feedback. How I choose to use feedback defines my professional success. Feedback from my publishing peers, beta readers, editor, and a group of national librarians, made today a founding moment. I can now say OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters is my first award-winning novel. 

At last year’s awards I shared: we all have one person responsible for inspiring our publishing career. As Diane Harper accepted her first of several book awards, she whispered, “Mark, you’re my one!” She was the first of many that night to repeat those words. 

I met Fast Freddy long before I met his creator at the FAPA and Readers’ Favorite book awards. One year ago, author Lee Ann Mancini reluctantly confessed she hadn’t sold any of her award-winning books. She recently posted on Twitter, “450 off to LifeWay book stores!” What a Bragger! Lee Ann Mancini.

Jane R. Wood has gone from visiting schools, a niche market for authors; to publishing the book, teaching others to succeed. She is also the first author I know to sell over 6,000 books in one day!

Having your first stalker sound likes Misery, but Patti Brassard-Jefferson went from stalking me for StuPendous publishing tips to being featured in Publishers Weekly for her indie bookstore, PBJ Boox. Indie authors and publishers are now her stalkers—I’m her biggest fan!

Like I said there are many people more deserving of this award. Before I close, I’d like to thank my family: my beautiful wife, Angela; my overly talented daughter, Isabella; and my handsome giant son, Carter; you all keep my ego in check. Thank you to my author family: Christa Carpenter Blaney, Linda Smigaj, Eddie Price, Irina Dolinskiy, John Hope, Kay Whitehouse, and many other talented authors who ignite my imagination. Thank you also to my FAPA family, who work equally as hard to support others as they do me. You’ve shown me the Founders Award is not about being first but placing others first and contributing to their success.

Staff Book Picks: August

Written by Kay Whitehouse and Illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams
ISBN:  9780578171876

Paperback Retail Price: $8.95

Meet Dolly, a sweet and dependable hand truck! Dolly has been adopted into the wonderful home she has dreamed of for so long. She helps with gardening and household projects, and everyone loves her. Except Bear, the family dog—and he was here first.

What will happen to Dolly if Bear doesn’t calm down?

 

Written by Jane R. Wood
ISBN: 9780979230448
Paperback Retail Price: $8.99

In Trouble on the St. Johns River, the Johnson kids Joey, Bobby and Katy are up to their adventurous ways again. But this time, instead of exploring history, they’re making it! Joey and Bobby start their summer vacation by setting out for their favorite fishing pond, but end up leading a crusade to clean up the environment instead. Finding the pond covered with green muck and dead fish, the brothers decide to do something about it. That leads to a close encounter with a manatee, a visit to a center that rehabilitates injured sea turtles, and a boat tour on the St. Johns River. What they learn through these experiences inspires them to create The Greenies and chart a course of action that captures the attention of many, including a local TV station. By the end of the story, Joey, who thought there was nothing kids could do to make a difference, realizes that perhaps they are the very ones who can. It’s a story of awakening that will inspire young readers to become more aware of their environment and give them some ideas on how to preserve it.

 

The Rocket Ship Bed Trip 3D-book

Illustrated by Lynne Villalobos
ISBN: 978-0991104505
Hardbound Retail Price: $12.95

Imagine the thrill of a nighttime trip through the solar system, experiencing the wonders, sights, and weightlessness of outer space. The Rocket Ship Bed Trip takes the young reader on such an adventure. So get ready in 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 …1 … BLAST OFF!

Staff Book Picks: July

Written by Jane R. Wood
ISBN: 9780979230400
Paperback Retail Price: $8.99

Adventures on Amelia Island: A Pirate, a Princess, and Buried Treasure continues the escapades of the Johnson family. Five-year-old Katy meets a pirate—is he real or imagined? Bobby and Joey visit a cemetery and a 19th century fort, as Bobby searches for buried treasure that is rumored to still be hidden on the island. Local legends and tales of ghosts add to a story filled with colorful characters, humorous situations, and a youthful spirit of adventure.

 

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Written by Eddie Price and Illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams
Hardbound ISBN:  978-1-59616-026-2
Pages: 32
Retail Price:  $14.95

Little Miss Grubby Toes tries to be a good girl, but when she doesn’t obey her parents, she gets herself in trouble!

One day, her mother warns her to keep her shoes on outside, because the bees are out collecting nectar. But Little Miss Grubby Toes loves to run around barefoot! She starts playing and ignores her mother’s warning.

What do YOU think will happen?

 

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Jace’s Adventure at Crystal Lagoon

Written by Diane Harper
ISBN: 9780984873678
Paperback Retail Price: $4.99

Summer is almost over and Jace isn’t happy about starting the new school year… until he meets his teacher, Ms. Merwin. The two fourth grade classes depart for a field trip to the Crystal Lagoon Aquarium, when the school bus breaks down at a National Park near the Lagoon. While eating their picnic lunch, Jace and Rocco’s new friend, Mia, disappears beyond the trees. Jace goes to look for her. When he arrives at the edge of the water and finds Mia, he can’t believe what he sees!

Review: Dinosaurs Living in MY HAIR!

Dinosaurs Living in MY HAIR! 3D-book
Dinosaurs Living in MY HAIR!
 is a delightful story, describing the anxiety expressed by six-year-old Sabrina who is plagued by curly, unruly hair. She experiences daily annoyance as she gets ready for school each morning, because she can’t tame her wild curls. Haunted by a comment her mother once made, Sabrina wonders if there could actually be dinosaurs hiding in her ringlets.

Author Jayne Rose-Vallee tells Sabrina’s story through rhyming text, giving the story an engaging narration. The book is beautifully illustrated, capturing Sabrina’s frustration—showing her with her hands on her hips in annoyance, looking angrily in the mirror, and revealing a scrunched up face as her mother combs out her tangles. Young girls will especially enjoy this whimsical story.

Teachers, parents, and grandparents can make the story more meaningful by discussing how the illustrations reinforce what the words are saying, and how the pictures effectively portray Sabrina’s feelings. Introducing pre-school and early elementary youngsters to reading skills like these will help prepare them for many of the literacy activities they will be doing in school.

Reviewed by:

Jane R. Wood is the author of Schools: A Niche Market for Authors and an award-winning series of chapter books: Voices in St. AugustineAdventures on Amelia IslandTrouble on the St. John’s RiverGhosts on the Coast, and Lost in Boston.

Website(s): www.janewoodbooks.com

Teacher Resources for Jane’s Books

Wood-Author Bio Photo-mwa.company-templateSocial Media:

 

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.

Summer Reading List: “Voices in St. Augustine”

Thirteen-year-old Joey Johnson hears voices. Only he can’t find the people who belong to them. His curiosity leads him on a quest where he learns more than just history about the Nation’s Oldest City. He discovers he has a special connection to the past—something that changes his life forever.

Voices in St. Augustine 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.

Voices in St. Augustine is written by Jane R. Wood. This is one of five books in her award-winning series of chapter books:  Adventures on Amelia Island, Trouble on the St. John’s River, Ghosts on the Coast, and Lost in Boston.

FAPA President’s Letter: February

February is “Love to Read Month.” A holiday designed to inspire the love of reading in children. If you’re not a children’s book author, this is not much help, or is it.

Question: “How can I keep readers engaged all year?” Answer: Give readers a reason to celebrate reading.

Most people are familiar with the standard holidays:  Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day, etc.  What many of us don’t realize are the numerous National U.S. Holidays in-between. There may be a holiday just for your readers!

My favorite example is Jane R. Wood’s book, Adventures on Amelia Island: A Pirate, A Princess, and a Buried Treasure. Jane promotes her book annually on Talk Like a Pirate Day. During September she not only increases awareness for this book, but her entire series. Could you use holidays to promote your book?

Readers annually choose topics associated with holidays or seasons. That’s why Christmas books are not popular in July. Finding holidays involves planning. The reward to planning may be repeat success annually.

I believe many FAPA members can benefit from celebrating their books throughout 2015. Jane R. Wood is a FAPA Board Member. Connect with FAPA members online and in person to learn something new!

Mark Wayne Adams,  2015 FAPA President

Must Read List: Schools: A Niche Market for Authors

This month’s MWA, Inc. Must Read List selection is also a repeat favorite. I stumbled into public speaking through a teacher invitation. Elementary school visits are so much fun! I visit between 45 and 90 schools each year.

Jane R. Wood author of Schools: A Niche Market for Authors, finds that schools are a unique market for authors. Whether an author writes children’s picture books, young adult books, or even adult fiction or nonfiction books, the goal for most authors is the same – to sell books!

As the author of four juvenile fiction books, Jane Wood has been selling her books to schools since 2004. More than 50 percent of her annual revenue comes from book sales to schools, speaking fees to schools, and book sales to students at those schools. For Jane this is a win-win.

Jane’s visits are a valuable benefit to the schools she visits. As a former teacher, her goal is to inspire reading in students. By creating characters that children can relate to, and scenes that engage their interests and imaginations, she promotes literacy. When she participates in an author visit at a school, she makes a connection with her readers, which is beneficial to both of parties. And when she talks about the writing process, she reinforces what their teachers teach them in language arts lessons.

There are many things to consider when targeting schools as a market for book sales. In her book she shares many strategies: how to make books attractive to educators; how to promote books to schools; how to develop presentations; and ways to generate revenue from this niche market.

Jane R. Wood can be reached at her website:  www.janewoodbooks.com