Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Children's Authors Unite!

One of the great things about being an author is sharing our books with other readers. Another fun thing is networking with fellow authors–especially those who write in the same genre as I do. Well, as a ghostwriter and editor I work in multiple genres, but in this case I'm referring to authors of children's books. I've networked with Barbara Techel, Rachelle Burk, Dianne De Las Casas, and Dawn Menge for a while now, but recently my poet friend Irene Brodsky has turned into a double-genre author and joined our network of children's authors with her new book, The Adventures of Silly Kitty, Princess Jasmine, and First Puppy.

Irene sent me her book and it arrived the day before I was ready to leave for vacation. I was going to see my grandchildren in South Carolina so I put the book in my luggage and took it with me. When I showed the book to Mac and Keilie, they were happy to sit down and read it with me. Eight-year-old Keilie even drew a couple of pictures of Princess Jasmine. I'd like to share them with you.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Heart Story Classroom Visit

In April, my husband and I took a trip to South Carolina where we enjoyed spending time with our kids and grandkids while school was out for spring break. The last day we were there, the children had to go back to school, so we made a visit to the grandkids' classrooms to share The Sid Series.

It was Heart Story day in Keilie's class and I was privileged to be interviewed by about twenty 2nd graders, who later drew a picture and wrote a short story about what they thought of my visit. What a blessing it was to receive the book they made for me, and know that I had touched the hearts of such appreciative children!

I used this time in the classroom to draw upon my teaching skills (I taught preschool and music for many years) to help them define a word that many adults do not fully understand. What does "holistic" mean? I explained the body-mind-spirit concept of healthy living before I read "Old Things New," one of the twelve stories in the book.

When I asked the kids to tell me what ways the story showed Sidney using his physical body, thinking brain, and heart of compassion, I was surprised at how well they responded.

"Sid used his body to pick up the trash in the neighborhood," one boy said.

"He used his brain to sort stuff for the yard sale," another boy said.

"He used his spirit to show love to Mrs. Jones and Von-Von," a little girl said. That one nearly brought tears to my eyes!

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Friday, April 23, 2010

A Must for Every Parent!

By Cathi Curen, an author from Los Angeles, California posted a review on Amazon of The Sid Series ~ A Collection of Holistic Stories for Children 

As someone who has spent over twenty years researching and advocating for the holistic care of children, I highly recommend this book! "The Sid Series" is an incredible tool for parents and those who work with and influence children. There is something magical about a story that stimulates a conversation that you may not have been able to have with your child without it. Author Yvonne Perry truly writes from the heart with these lessons of love for both children and parents alike, assisting adults with their most important influence on a child, the nurturance of their spirit. Each story is an opportunity to provide insight and comfort to your child. There is no better way to bring wisdom to a parent then from real life experience, and Yvonne draws from a rich well full of luminous foresight. I encourage you to share this collection of holistic stories with a child you love!

Cathi Curen, Host of Holistic Children Radio

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Having My Book Published by Lightning Source

The Sid Series ~ A Collection of Holistic Stories for Children features 12 fully-illustrated stories that present subtle messages to build self-esteem, increase environmental awareness, teach children to care for their bodies, make good decisions, be honest, and help others. I’m looking forward to sharing these stories with my newest grandsons as soon as they get old enough not to drool on the pages! The audience for these stories is children ages 2 to 5 years (http://TheSidSeries.com).

Publishing the book was a little more difficult than I first imagined. I did a lot of research and decided to skip the middle person (the publisher) and go straight to Lightning Source (LS) since this is the printer most all publishers use anyway. Why pay a publisher when you can be one, right? I already had a batch of ISBNs from a previous book I self-published, so I figured how hard can it be to slap one of those barcodes on the back cover and send my files to LS and have them print my book. That was in August. It took me until October 28 to get it right.

I ended up having to hire someone to lay out the book for me because LS’s specs were so complicated that I didn’t have the knowledge or the software program to create files they would accept. However, I had an incredible opportunity to work with some very nice and talented people in the process. Hayley John is a 15-year-old high school student who provided illustration for four books and the art for the cover.

I also worked with James Ville to illustrate two of the books. Rick Chappell did a fabulous job of creating the interior design and the cover. I just sent him a mock up in a Word document so he could see how I hoped to have the book look. I sent a separate file with the jpgs, and he did the rest. Even though he followed the specs from LS to the tee, we were both surprised when the proof copy of The Sid Series came back with line turns out of place, words hyphenated where they should not have been, and photos on the wrong page! I’m not sure how we missed that during our proofreading. It took another few days to get the errors fixed and the book re-uploaded (LS charged an additional $40 fee).

I thought we had crossed the finish line and I would be able to start sending people to Amazon.com to purchase the book. My rep at LS was extremely helpful and courteous, but I was disappointed when she told me it would take another 4 to 6 weeks to get the title listed in the catalogs. I could have cried. I had already begun to organize my book tour and didn’t even know if the book would be ready for purchase by November 20. My word to those who want to self-publish or use a publish-on-demand company’s service is to start earlier than you think you should and plan to have the book available about two months after you send the final files in. Hopefully, my sharing this will help someone avoid an inconvenience or missed marketing opportunity.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Cuddle Up Together Book

The Sid Series ~ A Collection of Holistic Stories for Children

Author: Yvonne Perry
ISBN: 978-0982572207
Price: $15.95
Publisher: Write On!, 2009
Pages: 54
Reviewer: Rachelle Burk, Author of Tree House in a Storm (Stemmer House Publishers 2009)

The Sid Series, by Yvonne Perry, deals with hard issues in a soft manner. Spiritual and sensitive Sidney learns to understand and value those things that make him—and others—special: to understand death without fear, to accept those who are different, to respect nature, earth, and humankind. The twelve Sid Series stories guide without preaching and educate without boring. The sweet and simple illustrations are lively and engaging. Children, parents, and teachers will enjoy reading this cuddle-up-together book!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Classroom Visits for The Sid Series

While on vacation, I had a chance to share The Sid Series ~ A Collection of Holistic Stories for Children with both my grandkids' classes. I didn't have my camera with me when I visited Keilie's class, but here is the one of Mac's class.

I only read one story, "Old Things New," to Keilie's class because they were practicing their interviewing skills and asked me questions about my writing business. I read two stories to Mac's class:"Making Room for Brother" and "My Friend's Skin." I enjoy sharing the stories in the Sid Series with children of all ages. The teachers were just as delighted as the children when they heard the stories read.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Dr. Caron Goode Endorses The Sid Series: A Collection of Holistic Stories for Children

The Sid Series: A Collection of Holistic Stories for Children

Author, Yvonne Perry, uses her experiences with her sensitive grandson Sid to write simple, easy-to-read stories with profound meaning for a child and parent who read together. Perry made a parent’s job easy by addressing some hot issues that all parents face with their children at some point: seeing a ghost in the closet, why a best friend has a different skin color, how to choose a healthy food, how to welcome a new brother, why Mother Nature thunders, why we recycle and how to find and play with fairies.

I love the pages of different colors, and the bright illustrations are delightful eye candy. Perry’s authentic storytelling emphasizes the use of imagination, reasoning, problem-solving, acceptance, hugs and connection. One volume of Sid’s stories allows any child to return to the book to discover Sid’s next adventure or to read a couple of pages before going to sleep. I highly recommend these wonderful stories!

Reviewed by Dr. Caron Goode, author of the award-winning Raising Intuitive Children (2009) and her newset release, Kids Who See Ghosts, guide them through their fear (June 1, 2010).

Monday, April 5, 2010

A Story for Kids (and Adults) Who Love Fairies

The Sid Series ~ A Collection of Holistic Stories for Children is a book of 12 body-mind-spirit stories that focus on life skills such as overcoming fear, helping others, being true to one’s self, following inner guidance, caring for the body, having self-worth, appreciating diversity, dealing with change, accepting death, being environmentally conscious, and using spiritual gifts.

“Sid’s Fairy” is the first story I wrote for The Sid Series. I completed it and two other stories: “The Pirate’s Treasure” and “A Stormy Adventure” when my grandson, Sidney, was about three years old. I read these stories to him over and over when he was young, and when he started school, he took the printed books to kindergarten and had the teacher read them to the class. They loved the books and Sidney was thrilled to be able to share the books he cherished. The next year, he donated the first three books to his school’s library.

My granddaughter, Keilie, is also fond of fairies. She and I have created several fairy houses and left many gifts for the fairies in my mandala garden (see photo). You can understand why this sweet story about meditation and interacting with the elemental kingdom has a special place in my heart as well as my writing portfolio.

As a thank you for visiting this blog today, I would like to share a reading of Sid’s Fairy. Simply click the small arrow to listen to the story.

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Yvonne Perry
ISBN 978-0982572207
52 full-color pages
Write On! Publishing, 2009
Yvonne Perry is a freelance writer and editor, award-winning Amazon.com bestselling author, podcast host, blogger extraordinaire, newsletter publisher, Internet marketing guru, and an outstanding keynote speaker. She is a graduate of American Institute of Holistic Theology where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Metaphysics.