October came and went in a whirlwind of downs and ups. The big down was that my dad, the best of the best, passed away. My family and tribe of friends are slowly finding our new normal without our patriarch at the helm. I’m grateful for all the beautiful and peaceful outreach prayers and positive energies as we grieve our loss.
Stephanie Larkin of Red Penguin Books had the editing, layout, and cover worked out in record time. Jubilant reviews described Daily Bread as “a real page turner,” “an epic story.” Read more accolades here. You can order Daily Bread on Amazon in both paperback and ebook formats. Don’t forget to rate the story. An honest review is also appreciated on Amazon or Goodreads.
Did you notice the Authorgraph button? This handy-dandy link provides ebook readers their very own personally signed author autograph! I think this is a brilliant idea and satisfies that longing for a personal connection with an author. And it’s FREE!
I have learned that the way to get my books into readers’ hearts and hands is marketing and promoting. Writing the story is the easy part of the whole process. COVID-19 has given book launches and promotion events new avenues to explore. Like many of my fellow writers, I got creative to be involved with my audience at a safe distance.
Here is what is happening and will happen soon.
~There are Daily Bread Curriculum Connection resources for teachers and parents who are teaching their kids. Check out the writing prompts, puzzles, page hugger templates, and more. You can browse and download them here. They’re FREE.
~A Circular Tale Offer
I will send you a Daily Bread Thank You Gift.
~The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators hosts Bookstop. Books by SCBWI members may develop a Bookstop page containing author information, book synopsis, target audiences, and purchasing links. Here is the SCBWI link.
Attention Teachers Librarians PTO Arts Chairpersons
I am offering virtual and (limited) live Meet-the-Author and Writers’ Workshops for upper elementary and middle school students. You can browse my classes here. I am also registered in the BOCES Arts in Education program. Type MARTIN in the keyword search.
~Stay Tuned for Red Penguin Books Jr. Book Club dates where I will be discussing Daily Bread with my favorite audience-Kids- via a virtual platform.
~Save The Date I will be at the Tenement Museum Live Virtual Book Talk Event on December 8th at 7:00 pm EST. So excited!
~ Keep an eye out for the publication of the Daily Bread companion book—Becoming America’s Food Stories: a Collection of Reminiscences and Recipes. It will be available in time for holiday gift shopping.
Daily Bread is set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, 1911. The story follows nine-year-old Lily, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants, who wants to prove she is not a little kid. To be a big kid in the crowded tenement neighborhoods, she must tackle bigotry, bullies, disasters, dotty bakers, and learn to cross the street by herself.