“While struggling to find bright spots of hope and light in a world of uncertainty during the pandemic, I had the happy fortune to stumble upon a treasure trove of spiritual reading: I picked up a copy of Saint Teresa of Avila’s Story of Her Life, and began to read. Before long, I noticed that I felt…” Read more
I’ll be sharing tips on how to navigate the challenges of publishing children’s books during this *different* year, and will answer questions from the audience in the online chat.
You will learn:
- Tips to get your first (or later!) book deal/writing income during these strange times,
- Insight as to what is happening differently this year in the publishing world,
- Ways to turn this year’s challenges into opportunities,
- Specific insight into the children’s publishing world, and
- WHY it matters!
This talk will be especially relevant to those who want to write/get published and want to know what to do next.
Join me and two other speakers, publisher Gregory Wolfe and professor Christopher Riley, this Thursday, October 29 at 6PM!
Join for free at this link: https://hopin.to/events/festival-of-friendship-2020-how-many-publishers-does-it-take-to-change-a-lightbulb
Liturgical Colors is already in its SECOND PRINTING! 🤩🤩🤩 It’s so exciting to see my debut board book go back to the printers to meet demand! Check it out if you haven’t already, and while you’re at it…
…take a look at this NEW board book coming to the same publisher, Holy Heroes. I can’t wait to read it! They rely on pre-orders to get counts right, so order Liturgical Colors and pre-order When Heaven Comes to Earth for Advent and Christmas gifts for little ones. (Can you believe Christmas is already just around the corner?)
“Shortly after Jesus rose from the dead, he appeared on the beach while his friends were out fishing. They had caught nothing. When Jesus tells them to try a new way and they catch a netful, John realizes that the man on shore is Christ. He tells Peter, and what does Peter do? He leaps…” Read more
“In this unprecedented time of a global pandemic, I find myself unexpectedly in a time of waiting. Waiting to go back into stores that currently don’t feel safe to me. Waiting to invite friends over for meals in my home. Waiting to hug my high-risk parents again. Waiting to see them embrace their grandchild for the first time in months.” Read more
It makes my heart so happy when I come upon another review of one of my books. I think readers in general underestimate how influential and important reviews can be to help readers find the right books for them. They are so helpful to authors–and motivating!–so I just wanted to share this brilliant review from a stranger on Amazon for A Little Catholic’s Book of Liturgical Colors (emphasis mine).
I am so in love with this board book! We just got it a few days ago and already have read it many times! Even as an adult, I really enjoyed the story and it was such a nice review of the liturgical seasons and colors. I wish I had something like this when I was growing up! I feel like both “veteran” Catholics and new Catholics would love this and find it educational.
Storyline: The book is rhyming and has a really nice flow to it! Not too long and wordy for little ones, just long enough! The story introduces the different colors of the “seasons” of the Catholic Church, making a connection to nature. I was very impressed with the way each season was described. The text itself is also a nice, big font making it easy to read.
Illustration: Each liturgical color rhyme takes up two pages. The illustration is big, full page bright and colorful images! Very eye-catching! It keeps the attention of my active little one who spends a lot of time looking at each page. On the bottom left corner of each page is a circle with the image of the priest lifting the Eucharist and clearly showing the color of the chasuble (priest’s vestment). The right side of the page is a picture of a child with some sort of symbol for the season. I liked that the images were cartoon but not too babyish (if that makes sense). Very beautifully done and good representation of different ethnicities.
BONUS: At the end is a little 2 page Question & Answer section which gives more depth to what season the colors go with and why. Although it is a board book, this feels like a book that can grow with the child. Would be an excellent book to read before Mass and then ask your child what color they saw and what do they remember the color symbolizes/means. I’d also note that this is a great book if you are just getting back into your faith. Overall, a very well thought out little book!
Thank you, reader Caitlin, for sharing your thoughts so eloquently! ❤ And thanks to all who read to little ones and inspire hope in young kids’ hearts.
In an effort to encourage everyone to #stayhome and to help children learn there, authors–including me–are offering free resources to their readers.
Named IPPY’s 2016 “Best Juvenile Fiction” Gold Award winner, it’s an adventure of friendship, danger, and dragons, perfect for readers aged 10-15.
We have to help each other out during this crisis, so I hope that offering this first book in The Manakor Chronicles will provide joy, hope, and fun for families.
If you have read the book, or do read the book during this time, please let me know what you think! I love to hear from readers; it is one of the joys of writing books! Posting feedback, especially reviews, also helps authors share the word about their stories and lets other readers know about good books. (These also make great activities for homebound children!)
- Send me a message using the Contact page, to ask me a question or share your thoughts (I commit to respond to all readers during this time!)
- Write and publish a review on Goodreads or Amazon.
- Write a physical letter to the author and post a photo on Twitter.
And most of all, chat about stories together in the family, and spread a little hope and love together.
“A rousing saga of magic and mystery” – Kirkus Reviews
“Readers will be THRILLED with author T.K. Kiser’s arrival on the middle grade book scene. The Firebrand Legacy: Manakor Chronicles, #1 provides page upon page of action and adventure, making it hard to put aside….There is no sexual content of any kind, no offensive language, and violence is in no way explicit. Given the main character’s age and the clean content, I highly recommend it to readers ages 10-14 and anyone who enjoys stories about magic and fantasy (and DRAGONS!).”
– Hall Ways Reviews
I have been outvoted in the fantastic Madness! Poetry competition, so I will no longer be competing in the tournament, but I DO look forward to reading the upcoming poems and participating as the showdown continues!
In the meantime, I am thrilled to announce that my board book, A Little Catholic’s Book of Liturgical Colors has received the Seal of Approval from the Catholic Writers Guild!
The Seal of Approval is a sign that the book’s contents are 100% in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church. The seal is a testament to the dedication that the publisher, Holy Heroes puts toward double- and triple-checking each of its publications to truly help each family embrace the joy of the faith.
So here it is, the SEAL! This book has been APPROVED!
I made it to round TWO, and voting starts NOW! Thanks to everyone for your votes in round one, and please (even if I don’t make round three) continue to check in to Madness! Poetry for fun children’s poems!
I am having a blast reading all the entries, and hope that lots of children home from school can tune in as well for some fun with literature 🙂
So what about round 2?
This round, my opponent and I were required to use the word “prodigy” in our poems. Mine takes a spin on a classic tale. Check it out now and vote if you like!
Again, there are excellent poems posted this round, so check them out and have fun!
Sunday night I was given the word “bearing,” along with 36 hours to compose a children’s poem containing that word. My opponent had the same opportunity.
Now, starting at 10:15AM this morning, adults and kids from around the country can VOTE on their favorite to see who proceeds in this year’s Madness! Poetry tournament, “the largest children’s poetry tournament ever conceived.”
All of this is an effort to let 7500+ kids throughout the country know that poetry is relevant, fun, and alive! So what can you do?
- Read the competing poems.
- Have an opinion! Which do you prefer? Vote!
- Enroll your classroom in voting. If you have students, have them share their opinions with the class. Which do they like better and why? There will be 129 poems in this competition, all available for free, as the rounds continue through the end of March.
- Share! Share the news in person and online! FREE POEMS! EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!
And have fun 🙂
Happy March (Poetry) Madness, everyone 🙂