Sunday, June 29, 2008

Book submitted to printers

Woohooo!!! As of yesterday morning, the whole manuscript and cover design had been submitted to the printers. Vivian uses LSI as her print source. It seems that this month LSI had been running a special deal on book submissions; submit by the 30th of June and you have no set up fees. Vivian submitted four books total this month. All these books will make debut appearances at Decatur Book Festival on Labor Day weekend. All books are available for preorder here; "State of Wilderness" is only $10.99. It's amazing the process it takes to really get a book printed.

Vivian and I have been working for almost two months, most every day getting "State of Wilderness" ready to go to the printers. Usually authors and illustrators don't get the option of working together like I had with Aidana but since she and I knew each other before Vivian took me on, then Vivian let her continue to consult with me on things. (And Aidana is my agent as well. - lol) The process takes a lot of time and I'm glad I got out of my contract with Publisher #1 and went with Vivian; I would never have experienced what goes into making the book ready for print first hand as I did these past two months.

I'm very pleased with all the illustrations and the cover. I hope the public will like them as much as I do. The feel is very kid friendly. The illustrations fall in with the clues very nicely. I can't wait to see the first one actually in print. So happy reading everyone; don't forget to order your copy today and have it in time for school to start. See you all in the postings - E :)

Saturday, June 14, 2008

State of Wilderness cover

We have a cover for the first story. The layout on the front will be similar for each story following this but the illustrations and the name of the story will be different (Wilderness is reflective of the story or a clue in the story; each story's title will be State of XXXXX - and that XXXX will be the thing that changes on the layout on the covers).

This cover is Sacajawea, the Appaloosa horse and an eagle from the Birds of Prey Wildlife area - all clues within the book.

If interested in purchasing a copy, you can go here and place a preorder. As of right now, we expect publication to be between August 1 and 15 (actually have books in hand, printed - lol). We look forward to seeing all of you in Decatur too - where we will have a good many on hand to sell -

Drop us a message and tell us what you think of the cover - the JGDS -

Sunday, June 1, 2008

BIRTHDAY non-contest and fixed SNAFU

It's Ms. Elysabeth's birthday and she is running a non-contest from now until Thursday (her actual birth date). Here's the deal. Anyone who signs up for the monthly newsletter that keeps you informed about the series as well as happenings in different states and emails Ms. Elysabeth at with their snail mail addy and subject line of JGDS Newsletter sign up will receive a state-related gift. So don't delay. Sign up for the newsletter and stay informed on what's happening with us and around your area. Get your free state-related gift. Hurry non-contest ends Thursday.

SNAFU fixed: (the low down on the SNAFU and the fix)
Well, it seems Ms. Elysabeth has fixed the little SNAFU she had. Here is the rundown of what was going on: Apparently, Living Waters Publishers was being a bit evasive about when she would actually be published and was keeping her in the dark about things. They had been having some problems since the beginning. Ms. Elysabeth had a feeling that something wasn't right, so she kept asking Ms. Aidana if she should get out of her contract. Ms. Aidana said to let things settle and that everything would be okay. Just to be patient. So Ms. Elysabeth let it slide for a bit. Then when Ms. Elysabeth asked about the company having booths in book festivals and particpating as such, she was told by several people in the company to whom she had sent emails that all her emails were going to spam and when they finally got the emails, she was told they would get back to her. No one ever got back to her and no one would give her a straight answer. So she was in limbo. Finally, she had told Ms. Aidana, she wasn't too happy and she needed to know what was going on and what direction to go in. Then Ms. Vivian popped up and started chatting with Ms. Elysabeth. Ms. Vivian is the owner of 4RV Publishing. After a couple of days of chatting with Ms. Vivian and being encouraged to return to chatting with Ms. Aidana, Ms. Elysabeth found her solution. Ms. Vivian and Ms. Aidana had been chatting and Ms. Aidana had told her that Ms. Elysabeth was concerned about things and she didn't know what to tell Ms. Elysabeth.

Finally on Saturday, May 10, Ms. Elysabeth and Ms. Aidana had a little chat. Things had been pretty busy during the week and so neither had been communicating with each other. Ms. Aidana told Ms. Elysabeth that she was fine at this point for her to request to be released from her contract with Living Waters Publishers. Come to find out the reason Ms. Vivian was encouraging Ms. Elysabeth to chat with Ms. Aidana was that she was interested in her series about us.

So the ball got rolling. Letters were sent and a request for release was made. The release was done and a new contract has been signed with 4RV Publishing and State of Wilderness, the first in the JGDS series will be released in August as scheduled. Ms. Vivian will be doing a virtual launch party for all her upcoming releases in the children's book areas including this one July 14-18 on - More will be posted as to where to go for that. There will be prizes, contests and lots of fun, so keep checking for a link to get you to the launch party. You have to sign up with before you can participate but it is free.

After the virtual launch party in July, there will be a live launch party release at Decatur Book Fesitval the end of August, Labor Day weekend. This will be for all books 4RV Publishing has released in the recent past up to the middle of August. So if you are in the Atlanta/Decatur, Georgia area Labor Day weekend, stop by the 4RV booth and meet Ms. Elysabeth, Ms. Vivian and Ms. Jacque. We are so looking forward to being there. There will be gifts, giveaways and items for purchase including the books. So definitely come see us if you are in the area.

Well we are out for now - the JGDS

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