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First of all, I need to extend my sincere thanks to author Tammi Sauer for inviting me to participate in the official BAWK AND ROLL World Tour. Tammi is my kind of writer – a PUNNY one, and we own nearly every single book she’s written (so far!).  Plus, Tammi is giving away one copy (U.S. only) of BAWK AND ROLL to a lucky blog reader. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling us which Elvis Poultry song is your favorite. (Hint: Your chances of winning are greater if you don’t choose Love Me Tender. Unfortunately, too many of the chickens’ fans have taken this one out of context, and Mr. Poultry doesn’t want to have to find new dancers…)

Ladies and Gentlemen, Elvis Poultry is at it again, and this time we’re catching him on the next-to-last drumstick of his blog tour.  Since we last met Elvis, Marge and Lola in CHICKEN DANCE, the two chicks have gotten in on the act as dancers. But instead of flapping their feathers, they flop. Can Elvis Poultry get these chicks to chill, or will he have to leave them behind at the Heartbreak Henhouse? You’ll have to read the book to find out – no spoilers here!

Perhaps the most important question is, will Elvis take Marge and Lola on the road again? Will we see them in another book? I asked Elvis, and all he would say was, “The chicks’ll just have to cross that road when they get to it.”

So maybe we’ll see all of them on the other side. I sure hope so, because after reading this book I told Elvis Poultry, “I can’t help falling in love with you!”

He just winked and clucked, “I know…”

That’s all for now folks. Leave your comment and enter to win. Oh, and Elvis asked me to remind you all that if you do go see them in concert, please leave the hound dogs at home. They cry all the time, and though they’ve never caught a chicken, they ain’t no friends of his.

Tammi Sauer is officially my hero, not only because we love her books – such as Mr. Duck Means Business and Cowboy Camp, but also because she has FIVE picture books coming out this year (see below for details). You can keep track of Tammi on her website, her blog, and Twitter. If you want to check out where else you can find Elvis and the gang this week, here is the official schedule:

 April 2-6 Rob Sanders: Picture This!

http://robsanderswrites.blogspot.com/

April 3 Julie Danielson: Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/

April 4 Jennifer Bertman: From the Mixed-Up Files of Jennifer Bertman

http://writerjenn.blogspot.com/

April 4 Kristen Remenar: Author, Librarian, National Speaker

http://kristenremenar.com/

April 5 Julie Hedlund: Write Up My Life

http://writeupmylife.com/

April 6 Jennifer Rumberger: Children’s Author

http://www.jenniferrumberger.com/

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COMING FROM TAMMI SAUER IN 2012:

Me Want Pet!
 (Simon & Schuster)

“This account of the age-old bond between animals and children is ideally paced for read-aloud pleasure.”–Kirkus
“Sauer has crafted a humorous read-aloud that’s both age-appropriate and entertaining.”–School Library Journal
“In this Stone Age comedy, Sauer and Shea imagine a child with a demand as old as time.”–Publisher’s Weekly
Bawk and Roll (Sterling)
“This flock rocks.”–Kirkus
“…punny, rocking romp.”–Publisher’s Weekly

Princess in Training (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Oh, Nuts! (Bloomsbury)
The Twelve Days of Christmas in Oklahoma (Sterling)
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Okay you guys, I’m a little late getting this out (or early since Katie’s new episodes don’t usually release until Wednesday), but I’m SO EXCITED to tell you that I am a guest on Katie Davis’ Brain Burps About Books kidlit podcast again.  This time I am with several other authors, all of whom are amazing, talking about book and/or blog promotion strategies.  AND, you will get to hear Katie’s dog Mango, who fortuitously interrupted our interview

I blatantly stole this picture of the wise and wonderful Mango from Katie's blog, hoping that neither of them will press charges for violation of copyright. I just wanted you all to see how obviously smart this dog is (and if you click on the image, what happens when writers get into the "zone" near a bag of Beggin' Strips)

segment because he somehow KNEW that I had not gotten my point across correctly and wanted to give me time to regroup.  I tell you, dogs are higher sentient beings that we humans are…

But I digress.  I learned so much from listening to the full episode about book trailers, where to find photos, audio and video that you can use for trailers or blog posts, how to create materials for teachers, how to support indie bookstores while also promoting your books, how to get more than ONE MILLION hits on your website, etc.  Seriously, there’s something for everyone here.

I’m sure after reading this you will want to listen right now.  So, Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200, just click here. (That’s a Monopoly reference for my non-U.S. readers…)

Or, if you want to listen later on your iPhone, Android, etc. you can go here and get the app/info you need.  That is totally fine too (although you can forget about getting Park Place and Boardwalk that way…)

 

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With everyone’s help, I developed the strength of TEN Grinches! Plus two.

Last Sunday, I launched a contest to help promote my entry in the MeeGenius Children’s Author Challenge.  Everyone who entered promoted their hearts out all week.  What’s more, MANY people who did not enter the contest did the same.  What meant the most to me, even more than the votes and promotion assistance, were the comments of support and encouragement I got from people about both the story and my promotion efforts.  At the end of the day, I wanted people to help because they loved the story as much as I did, and I was so heartened by all the feedback I got from you.  I can honestly say that whether I make the final round or not, this has been a tremendous experience.

As I said in my Gratitude Sunday post yesterday, at one point during the week I felt I would explode with gratitude.  In that moment, I decided there would be no “winners” of my contest because everyone would be a winner.  That’s right! Prizes for ALL who participated. After so many people did so much for me, I would have felt stingy and Grinch-like drawing only a few winners from those who entered.

I can still only provide one iPod Shuffle, 2 IndieBound gift cards and 3 picture books, BUT the other prizes will be unlimited, so the pool of entrants vying for the others will be much smaller – hence, a greater chance of winning.

So here’s how this will work.  First, you must have left a comment on my contest post, as that was how I was tracking official entrants (Erik at This Kid Reviews Books, you are the exception because you left a comment about the contest on one of my blog tour posts, so I put you down).  Provided you were officially entered, you simply need to leave a comment letting me know which prize you want.  If you want one of the tangible items, please list your first, second and third choices.  Here is what is available:

  • List of 100+ children’s book agents (the Big Kahuna) = Unlimited (You want it, it’s yours)
  • Critique of a full PB manuscript or first 10 pages of any other genre = Unlimited (You want it, it’s yours)
  • iPod shuffle = 1 available (If more than one  person elects this as a first choice, I will draw a winner from among them)
  • $25 IndieBound gift certificates = 2 available (Same as above)
  • One picture book of your choice = 3 available (Same as above)

In your comment, please state the prize you want and your email address so I can contact you offline about details.  Please note: the agent list will be delivered by December 31st.  I just want to go through it one more time to clean it up and make sure it’s updated.  It is all publicly available information, but things change quickly in the industry, so I’ll double-check the data.  Writing critiques will be turned around by January 15th.  All other prizes will be ordered and shipped this week.

THANK YOU again to everyone, those entered in the contest and those not. I truly appreciate you all!

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Today is the final stop on my blog tour to promote my story, A TROOP IS A GROUP OF MONKEYS, which I entered in the MeeGenius Children’s Author Challenge.  I’m honored to be visiting my friend, fellow writer and creative soul, C.B. Wentworth.  This time, the post is more introspective, addressing the importance of “taking a stand” for your writing/art.  Hope to see you over there!  Thanks for all of your support this week as I’ve made the rounds.

P.S. There is still time to enter my contest if you want to help promote! Fun prizes for all.

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If you’ve been on my blog at all this week, you know I’m in the middle of an impromptu blog tour to promote my MeeGenius Author’s Challenge story, A TROOP IS A GROUP OF MONKEYS.  As such, I’m taking a week hiatus from posting on The Artist’s Way.  I am still doing my morning pages to keep the consistency, but I just didn’t have the mental or emotional bandwidth to take on Chapter 5 in the midst of this contest.  So I’ll be back with that next week.

In the meantime, I’m honored to be guest posting over at Jumping The Candlestick today – blog of Michigan picture book author Debbie Diesen.  This is particularly special because my kids love her book, THE POUT-POUT FISH so much that she is a true-blue celebrity to them.  So now they think I’m really hot stuff.  I’m sure that will last for about 2 whole minutes.  Anyway, drop by and say hi if you can!

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VOTE FOR MY STORY HERE!Today, as part of my blog tour for my MeeGenius Author’s Challenge story A TROOP IS A GROUP OF MONKEYS, I am guest posting over at my friend Nancy Hatch’s blog Spirit Lights the Way.  Nancy herself is a very generous spirit, and she provides loads of thoughtful and fun content on her blog.  So please head over there today if you can.  Thanks!

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VOTE FOR MY STORY HERE!

If you read yesterday’s post, you’ll know I’m running a contest to promote my entry for the MeeGenius Children’s Author Challenge, and that marketing guru Laura Barnes gave me some great advice.  Today I am implementing another one of her suggestions, which was to try to do a last minute mini blog tour. Please stop by and visit these wonderful bloggers who took me on at the very last minute!

A TROOP IS A GROUP OF MONKEYS: Blog Tour Schedule

Monday: Laura Barnes at Laura B. Writer shares the details and rationale behind the marketing and promotion advice she gave me.  GREAT stuff there folks!

Tuesday: Posting at Spirit Lights the Way, blog of Nancy Hatch, a freelance writer and free spirit who shares insights of all kinds

Wednesday: Posting at Jumping the Candlestick, blog of PB author Debbie Diesen (The Pout-Pout Fish, The Barefooted, Bad-Tempered Baby Brigade)

Thursday: Posting at C.B. Wentworth’s blog, fellow creative seeker and writer.

Looking forward to seeing you on the tour! 🙂

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