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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Guest Author Ev Christensen


I’m thrilled to welcome award-winning author Evelyn Christensen to this blog. She has written numerous puzzle books for children and, today, is telling us about her brand-spanking new picture book.

Nancy: Congratulations, Ev, on an amazing career. How exciting to have a picture book!

Ev: Exciting, yes! The Twelve Days of Christmas in Kentucky is about an out-of-state cousin visiting his Kentucky cousin for 12 days of the holidays. Marybeth and her parents take Martin all around the state sharing with him what makes Kentucky special. Each day, to go along with the traditional song, she gives him a gift that ties in with what they saw. The book is chock full of interesting information about the state—geography, history, culture, fun places to visit, and activities that reflect life in Kentucky. I had such fun researching it and deciding what to include.

Nancy:  This sounds like a fantastic book that both children and teachers will enjoy. Why did you decide to write the book?

Ev: I used to belong to an online critique group. Seven years ago, our leader shared with our group that a publisher was doing a state series called The Twelve Days of Christmas in America. She thought it would be fun if we each sent a proposal to do the state we lived in. I sent one for Kentucky. I got no response. For five years. Then just before Christmas in 2014, I got an email from an editor at Sterling Children’s Books saying they were ready to do the Kentucky book and asking if I was still interested. I had to compete for being the author by writing a sample page of the book, and was thrilled when I was chosen.

Nancy:  Ev, you’re living proof that networking with writers creates a huge payoff. What’s the number one piece of advice you recommend for beginning writers?

Keep at it! Whether it’s reading lots of books, writing, revising our manuscripts, getting feedback from critique partners, researching potential agents and publishers, querying our ideas, or submitting our manuscripts—all of which are steps to being successful as an author, but all of which can be potential roadblocks along the journey where discouragement can sap our energy and enthusiasm—the important thing is to be persistent and keep going even when the disappointments come. (Even if we have to wait five years!)

Nancy: Excellent advice. Many, including me, will be interested in purchasing your book. Where can we find it?

Many local bookstores carry The Twelve Days of Christmas in Kentucky. For example, in Lexington you can find it at Barnes & Noble, JosephBeth, and Morris Bookshop. It can also be ordered online from Barnes & Noble (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-twelve-days-of-christmas-in-kentucky-evelyn-b-christensen/1123315482), from Amazon  (https://www.amazon.com/Twelve-Days-Christmas-Kentucky-America/dp/1454919590), or from IndieBound (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781454919599).

Also, there is a Goodreads giveaway of the book from November 7-14th. The URL is https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28692082-the-twelve-days-of-christmas-in-kentucky?ac=1&from_search=true

Nancy: Ev, thanks so much for visiting my blog. I’m looking forward to reading your book, and I wish you continued success in your writing career.

Call for submissions for Young Writers:

The Daphne Review. We accept submissions from high school age artists only (ages 13-18). All submissions must be original works by a sole creator and must not  be previously published/printed. Any evidence of plagiarism or theft of ideas or images will result in the rejection of your submission. 

Written Submission Guidelines:

Each written submission should include the following materials:

1.) Introductory cover letter

2.) The written work, submitted as an attached Microsoft word document titled as follows: “Last Name_First Name” 

Art Submission Guidelines:

Each art submission should include the following materials:

1.) Introductory cover letter, including a brief bio in third person

2.) Attachment image of artwork in JPG format at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. These attached image files should be titled as follows: “Last Name_First Name.”

3.) If the submitted work is part of a series (a triptych or comic strip, for example) then please number each image in the order in which they should appear. For example: “Last Name_First Name_1” and so on.

 Deadline: The deadline for the Fall 2016 edition of The Daphne Review is 31 July 2016. All submissions received after that date but before 31 December 2016 will be considered for our Winter 2017 edition.

Please send all submissions to alexis@thedaphnereview.org

 Submission guidelines at http://www.thedaphnereview.org/submissions/

Call for submissions for Adult Writers:

Chicken Soup for the Soul. Genre: True stories and poems for Dreams and Synchronicities. Sometimes magic happens in your life. You have a dream that reveals a truth or a course of action to you. You have a premonition that changes your behavior and saves you or a loved one from disaster. You meet someone at just the right time and you can’t believe the coincidence. Payment: $200.

Deadline: November 30, 2016.

Submission guidelines at https://www.freedomwithwriting.com/freedom/uncategorized/chicken-soup-for-the-soul-several-deadlines-approaching-11-books/
 

Nancy Kelly Allen has written 40+ children’s books and a cookbook, SPIRIT OF KENTUCKY: BOURBON COOKBOOK.

16 comments:

  1. Thank you SO much, Nancy, for having me on your blog today!! I really appreciate how you're always so encouraging and helpful to other writers, both young and older. Congratulations and best wishes on all your own books!

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  2. As a member of that critique group, I sort of witnessed this process, never realizing it could take FIVE YEARS for a follow up, and gratified when it culminated with this beautiful book.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Mirka, and for taking the time to respond. I feel blessed that our writing was responsible for bringing us together so many years ago.

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    2. Wow! What a wait! But well worth it, from the look of the wonderful cover. Congratulations, Ev! Can't wait to read it. :)

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    3. I appreciate your sharing in my joy, Diana! Congrats again on all your terrific picture books!

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  3. Congratulations on your new book, Ev---can't wait for my copy to arrive. It looks like a bright, happy book. I'll be checking into some of the other states in the series, too. Lucky for everyone you were still interested five years later! :)

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    1. What sweet, kind things to say, Marcia. I especially appreciate them coming from a librarian.

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  4. Congratulations, Ev! Wow, 5 years! Very happy for you!!!

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  5. Congratulations, Ev. At times it seems to take forever to get a positive response. I'm glad that you did not give up.

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    1. Thank you for your kind response, Bob. I'm really glad I ended up getting to write the book. It was lots of fun and I learned so much!

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  6. I'm always happy to promote your work, Ev. You're a real pro. Congratulations.

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  7. Thank you, Jessica. It was a delightful surprise to get that email from the editor after 5 years had gone by.

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  8. This is such a wonderful, fun book, Ev. I loved reading it and know that others will, too. So glad you wrote it!
    Marilyn

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    1. I appreciate your enthusiasm, Marilyn. You're always a wonderful encourager!

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  9. I loved reading the inspiring "back story" behind your wonderful book! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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    1. Thank you, Anne. I'm really glad I got to write the book. I learned so much more about KY in the process.

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