Write Back! Fan Mail is Good Business.

I usually don’t respond to student telephone calls, texts, or Facebook posts. As a parent myself, I feel kids communicating with adults should happen with parent supervision. So, I avoided numerous calls from Isabella, until I received a letter from her parents.

She was working on a library book report about her favorite author. After purchasing King for a Day, the Story of Stories during the Kentucky Book Fair in Frankfort, Kentucky, she’d chosen me for her report.

“My librarian says authors are better than movie stars, because they write the story.” Isabella said in her letter.

Being a fan of librarians, I replied “I think librarians are better than movie stars, because they choose the books that fill the library.” Isabella shared the letter with her class and school librarian. Within a week, I’d been asked to visit two schools in her district.

As an author and illustrator, answer fan mail—schools are a niche market.

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Meet Eddie Price: “Widder’s Landing” and “Little Miss Grubby Toes Series”

Eddie Price is a lifelong native of Kentucky. A graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College (BA) and Western Kentucky University (MA and Rank I). Eddie has taught history for 36 years (31 at Hancock County High School). He has also taught part-time classes for Owensboro Community & Technical College.

The winner of numerous teaching awards, Eddie has coached many award-winning academic teams and history contest winners. He is active in the Hancock County Historical Society and helped organize the Young Historians Club. Eddie is world traveler who enjoys bicycling, horseback riding and swimming. He now lives in Hancock County, Kentucky.

Eddie is also an award-winning author of Widder’s Landing, Life and Love on the Kentucky Frontier. The first book in his children’s book series is Little Miss Grubby Toes, Steps on a Bee. Eddie’s charismatic personality shines through in Little Miss Grubby Toes naughty but lovable character.

Let Eddie bring his award-winning teaching style to your classroom! Author Eddie Price is renowned for his energetic, educational school visits. He combines his talents with safety personnel in your community to present an entertaining lesson that could save lives.

Visit www.eddiepricekentuckyauthor.com to learn about Eddie’s books and presentations.

Eddie Price
175 Windsong Drive
Hawesville, KY 42348
Author Facebook Page www.facebook.com/eddieprice.1954

Meet Author Wanda Hughes!

Wanda Hughes was born and raised on a small Kentucky farm. As a volunteer missionary, she has enjoyed wonderful opportunities to travel overseas, including building churches in Russia and Brazil.

Wanda now lives in Dawson Springs, Kentucky with her husband of many years, Benny. They have three grown sons and five grandchildren who love to come visit.

Wanda and illustrator Mark Wayne Adams met in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, which is her home and Mark’s hometown. In 2008 Mark illustrated her book, A Guinea in My Cap?

“Thanks again, for a dream come true.” – Wanda Hughes

Meet Crystal White

Crystal White began her journey toward becoming an author in 1990. Married with two daughters, she returned to college to study special education. But after taking a children’s literature class, she was hooked! So she changed her major to elementary education, with an emphasis in library sciences, so she could pursue her new passion. A few years and another daughter later, while teaching fourth grade, Crystal participated in the Purchase Area Writing Project, which added writing to her new pursuit.

A short time later, Crystal visited an animal shelter, where she met Franny. She took the sweet mutt home not because she was cute, but because she was so pitiful. The rest, as they say, is history.

Crystal and Franny live in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, in what Crystal’s four grandsons call the “Grass House” (although she’s still not sure why!).

Crystal works as an Educational Recovery Specialist for the state of Kentucky, helping to establish literacy systems to ensure that students become college and career ready.

Crystal White, author of Franny’s Rescue, a silver medalist in the 2014 FAPA President’s Book Awards.

Southern Kentucky Book Fest: Kristie Lowry

I love attending book festivals. Readers, authors, travel, and most importantly hosts make an event! Southern Kentucky Book Fest (SoKY) is an invitational event hosting authors from New York Times best-sellers to local indies. The review process is selective, which makes this a professional event for anyone who attends. SoKY Book Fest is a favorite for this reason and one more.

The hosts determine the success of an event, and Kristie Lowry is one of my favorite hosts. I’ve come to know her very well through repeat participation at SoKY Book Fest. Underneath her pleasant smile and soft giggle, she is no average woman. When you realize the demands we authors place upon her, you quickly see her super power.

Since our first meeting I’ve been honored to know her. When she sent me this recommendation, I was speechless. Not only is Kristie a wonderful representative of Western Kentucky University and the SoKY Book Fest, but also a cherished friend. Thank you Kristie. Your kind words, patience, and professionalism don’t go unrecognized.

Recommendation:

“Mark Wayne Adams is an amazing illustrator, speaker, teacher, and administrator. I have seen him work with people of all ages, and his enthusiasm is infectious. His presentations to children captivate them, and he’s adept at handling groups of any size. Mark also presented at a writers conference that I organized for adults, and the reviews from those who attended were overwhelmingly positive. I sat in on that presentation, and although I’m not a children’s book illustrator or author, I learned a lot too! 

Mark’s publishing company produces quality products, and Mark’s illustrations are incredible. He’s also something of a marketing genius, and is consistently one of the top sellers at the book festival I coordinate. 

I can’t say enough good things about Mark Wayne Adams and his abilities. The awards speak for themselves, but a testimonial by someone who has seen him in action can’t hurt!”

—Kristie Lowry, Literary Outreach Coordinator at Western Kentucky University Libraries

Meet Mark Wayne Adams, Award-Winning Author/Illustrator/Publisher

Mark was inspired to chase his entrepreneurial dream in the 3rd grade, selling drawings to classmates. Creating books and inspiring others has always been his passion. Mark’s ability to produce quality illustrations at a fast pace and dedication to mentor others has made MWA, Inc. both successful and unique. In the past five years, his authors have won over 50 book awards and he continues to create new, successful products annually.

Mark contributes his talents and time to the community locally and nationally. He promotes reading and writing via public speaking engagements, book signings, and participation in book events from Florida to the Northeastern United States. He has been recognized through the Kentucky Governor’s School for the ArtsKACo (KY Assoc. of Counties)FAPA BoardSCBWIIBPA, and national book awards. He also volunteers his talents to the Kids Need to Read annual calendar and donates books to various organizations.

Mark’s Published Books

Mark’s Book Awards

Mark’s Associations & Affiliations:

★ Official judge of the Readers’ Favorite Illustration Award 2013–2018.

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

★ Independent Book Publishers Association  Since 2008.

★ SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators) since 2009.

★ Storytellers of Central Florida members range from novice to professionals.

★ Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts Alumni — 1988

 

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