The JGDS series is still on hiatus until I can figure out what to do with it.
I've been trying to decide whether to keep the same format or revamp the whole thing. I'm on a teachers' sell site where teachers post lesson plans, worksheets, et cetera, and sell them to other teachers. I recently hooked up with a member who is a "curriculum coordinator"; I asked Mr. Hughes to make an introduction as she is a friend of his. We started chatting via email. I sent her copies of the books I had on hand and the study guides of the six books I have previously published.
She just finished an event in or near Provo, Utah, and read the first book and sent me some great information. She feels my books would make a great Scholastic addition but they are no longer taking submissions from anyone other than an agent.
What this means is that I need to find an agent who can shop the books around and hopefully have Scholastic pick them up. The process is long and drawn out to go through an agent and as I've never had an agent before, I'm about to find out that the process is more of a challenge than anything else. The waiting to see the whole series in print is fine with me but I don't know if I want to keep the same format as I've already started or if I want to start fresh and do one novel or regional state chapter books or go a whole other direction. I think the biggest problem I'll have in finding an agent is that right now I only have six states completed with the next four started and in various stages of being completed. This is only 1/5 of the total books to be published (if I stay in this format) and I don't know that anyone will pick up the series not being completed. If I revamp and do something totally different, that means I have to take time to write whatever I plan on doing and then shop it around to an agent, probably another year or so.
I looked at the Agent Query website last night to start getting an idea of some of the agents I might query and didn't get very far. I'm only looking at agents who deal with children's books. The three that I'm leaning toward right now are Faith Hamlin from Greenburger Agency, Ellen Levine from the Trident Media Group, and The Betsy Amster agency. I think Faith Hamlin would be a great agent, since she represents the illustrator for Ms. Lynne Cheney, author of Our 50 States A Family Adventure Across America. The other two because they have worked with some of the other publisher's who deal with children's books (McGraw-Hill, Simon & Schuster). The ultimate would be to have Scholastic pick up the series and publish them but I'll be happy wherever they land.
So, I'm in a dilemma right now of what direction to go. Please comment on any ideas you may have on a direction to go in. Any help is appreciated. - Ma America & the JGDS (Mrs. E :))
Thursday, June 12, 2014
The JGDS series is still on hiatus until I can figure out what to do with it.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
I've decided that the series will be on hold until I find a publisher and can get back on track. Right now, the goal is to pay off Heather and terminate any further work with her (my choice and my doing since I can't afford to pay her with the loss of my job). I've got a possible publisher but nothing will be determined until the end of the year or first of next year. I will continue promoting Ma America and the JGDS series but won't be selling any books for now. All of you who have been entered in the drawing for the red, white and blue afghan, the drawing will still occur the first part of December. Tickets will be available through Thanksgiving, so if you are interested in getting your chances in the drawing, please email me at eeldering(@)gmail(dot)com with how many you would and I'll send you info how to pay for them. Tickets are 2 for $1. You have just under two months to make sure your name goes in the drawing. Nothing else to report here. I will keep you all posted when the series gets reborn. Signing off for now - Ma America - :)
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
"Train of Clues", my second place winning story and the predecessor to the state series is now available as an audio book through audible.com. It should go live with amazon.com and iTunes.com by the end of the week. Francene is my narrator for this story as she will be the narrator for the state stories and hopefully I'll find a sponsor soon so we can get the state stories back on track. I'm waiting on a cover from Heather for State of Wilderness so that I can go live with that as an audiobook, hopefully by the end of the month. (Singing the Heinz Ketchup jingle here - Anticipation, it's making me waiting.) - Check out the three books available as audiobooks and listen to the samples and let me know what you think of my narrators - Ma America :)
Friday, July 19, 2013
This weekend only, I will sell copies of State of Wilderness, Successes, Heights and Nature for $7.50 each; regular price has been reduced to $8.50 on both amazon and createspace but direct sale will be $1 off each title. Need to sell 20 copies total with payments made directly to paypal. For more information, please email me at eeldering (at) gmail (dot) com with subject "Desperate Sale". If you are interested in obtaining your signed copies, please contact Elysabeth Eldering before midnight Sunday. - See you all in the postings - Ma America - :)
Friday, July 5, 2013
Mark your calendars - July 11 and July 12 will be free days for "Train of Clues". I've decided to remove all books from Nook and Smashwords, not that "Train of Clues" was actually on either of those, and do some free promotional days for everything. "Train of Clues" will go free again in August but I'll post and let you all know when. Next Thursday and Friday, "Train of Clues" will be your first chance to download for free.
For those of you who don't remember, "Train of Clues" is my first ever story, first entered contest and a second place winning story, which actually was sent to an editor with the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) for her opinion on a direction to turn this into a series with each state being the mystery. "Train of Clues" is a birthdary party, scavanger hunt on a party train to a mystery destination. The idea to make each state the mystery came after winning second place.
I am currently looking for a sponsor or sponsors for the state series so I can get that going again but right now, the series will remain on hold until I can get Heather caught up and be able to pay for future books. If anyone knows of someone who would like to be a financial sponsor for the series, please pass my contact information, which can be found on the JGDS website home page. I'm available any time to talk to anyone who has the finances to back a series like this. I've got a couple of feelers out and will do some followup time next week but I also know that gaining a sponsor takes time, although I've been thinking of this the better part of 3 or 4 years now. Putting this out in the universe and hoping a response comes in quickly. Hope you all enjoy your free download of "Train of Clues" next week. - See you all in the postings - Ma America :)
Thursday, July 4, 2013
State of Successes has been live ffor one week now and the only download has been the one I used one of my credits to get my own book. I know Francene has told everyone and she has folks who are teachers and anxious to hear the book, but so far no one else has purchased a copy from audible.com, amazon.com or itunes. See you all in the postings - Ma America
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
State of Successes has gone live on audible.com and will be available on itunes and amazon.com within the next few days, according to the email I have just received saying that it is available.
If you are not a member of audible.com and become a member and make State of Successes or Finally Home, which also went live today, one of your first three purchases, I get a small bonus. Remember I'm doing a royalty share on paying the producer for the books, so the more sales the better we both benefit. State of Successes is retailing for $4.86 or 1 credit (you earn credits by becoming a member and every month you pay your membership fee, you will get that credit. When I first signed up, membership was $7.49/month for the first three months and then goes up to $14.99 thereafter.)
Within the next couple of weeks or so, or at least by the end of July, I will be sending Francene the manuscript for State of Wilderness to start working on producing. From this experience, I look for that one to go live by the end of August or first part of September, depending on when I get the manuscript to her and what her schedule is like.
Looking forward to hearing what others have to say about the audio books. See you all in the postings - Ma America (aka Mrs. E :) ) -