Sunday, November 25, 2007

Children's book author interview Grace Reddick

Children’s author Grace Reddick joins Yvonne Perry as a guest author to discuss her book ASHLEY'S UNFORGETTABLE SUMMER.

YVONNE: What is the title of your book? Give us the basic story line

GRACE: ASHLEY'S UNFORGETTABLE SUMMER is about a young girl with a pet chimpanzee. The story is full of humor and the mischievous adventures of Tina, the baby chimpanzee. It also has fifteen full page beautifully colored pictures.

YVONNE: What ages might enjoy this picture book?

GRACE: Ages five to fifteen is what my publisher says. However, many age groups from eighteen to fifty love it. Also, younger children really like the pictures.

YVONNE: Is this the first book you have written?


YVONNE: How long did it take to write this book?

GRACE: About six months.

YVONNE: How did you publish your book?

GRACE: Self publish, through Xlibris--a self publishing Co. that uses "print on demand" technology. It was expensive for everything I purchased. I feel like a returnability program should be included but it isn't, and of course everything additional cost more. They took care of copyright and ISBN. The cover would have been included but I chose to use my own illustrator. I am not an expert with the computer, so they walked me through the process of submitting the book.

YVONNE: Did you work with an agent? If so, how did you find the agent?


YVONNE: Where is your book(s) available? Do you have a Web site or blog where we can learn more about you or your book?

GRACE: Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Borders, Xlibris and my website (which links to Xlibris.) All of these are online.

YVONNE: As far as marketing, do you do more online publicity or print/radio/TV promotion?

GRACE: I've appeared on three local TV programs, three local newspaper articles and one magazine ad. I'm reading the Frugal Book Promoter and Frugal Editor. Therefore I'm spending a lot of time online applying this.

YVONNE: How did you manage to get on TV? What shows did you appear on?

GRACE: I contacted the TV stations, as well as newspapers. They were glad to promote a local author.

YVONNE: The Frugal Series is a great resource for authors. Carolyn Howard-Johnson is a dear friend of mine. How did you learn about her book?

GRACE: I subscribe to a lot of newsletters, search on other author's websites and follow up on a lot of advice that is offered. Carolyn's books were highly recommended. Everything I've learned & found has been through searching. I'm writing another book, for children, and have already paid Xlibris for it. I will probably go the traditional way after this.

YVONNE: Have you hired a publicist to help promote this book? Have you worked with a publicist on any of your books?

GRACE: No to both of these.

YVONNE: Any other comments or things you would like for us to know?

GRACE: Writing is a passion, and I plan to do what is necessary to make things happen for my success.


max said...

I grew up hating to read. Now I write action-adventures & mysteries especially for boys 8 - 13, who also may not like to read.

NEWSPAPER CAPER, TERROR AT WOLF LAKE, NORTH WOODS POACHERS, MOUNTAIN CABIN MYSTERY, BIG RIG RUSTLERS, SECRET OF ABBOTT'S CAVE & LEGEND OF THE WHITE WOLF, are compared by readers and reviewers to Tom Sawyer, The Hardy Boys, Huck Finn, Nancy Drew, Tom Swift, Scooby-Doo, Lemony Snicket, and adventure author Jack London.

My blog, Books for Boys, ranks in the top 5 on Yahoo and the top 20 on Google and you can find it at There you will also find links to my author's web site and another blog with 50 pages of reviews.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thank you,

Max Elliot Anderson
Now, from an author who hated to read...comes books kids hate to put down.

Jewel Sample said...

Congratulations on your first published book Grace! Carolyn Howard-Johnson's Frugal Book Promoter is a gem! I learned how to promote my children's book, "Flying Hugs and Kisses" by following her advice and leads in the book. There is another lead for you in my signature tag.

Enjoy the journey,

Jewel Sample
Flying Hugs and Kisses author

angelwings said...

Thank you Jewel. This is so new & foreign to me. At times I don't know what to do next, I just continue to do something. Where & what is your signature tag?

Do you have any suggestions on where I could get an inexpensive blog? I want so much to do all I can to promote my book. Also I'm looking for a writing tool for windows vista. I had several on my other computer that was destroyed.

Thank you in advance for your time & assistance.

Grace Reddick

Yvonne Perry said...

Grace, I recommend for your blog. It does not cost you any money and it is an easy program to use.