The last two Lolli books….

Well, that’s it; the last of the Lolli books is now released.

Last month I released Lolli and the Magical Kitchen. It was a hit with kids as they met Jimmy the Jamaican Giraffe – who makes bedtime fun! I so want a Jimmy soft toy!!!!

     

This month, the very last Meditation Adventures for Kids book hits the bookshelves – LOLLI & THE SUPERFOOD QUEST. As the last of the Lolli books this one is slightly different to the rest. It features one long meditation rather than three shorter ones. Children are taken on a QUEST where they must help Lolli find the necessary ingredients to re-build Cooking Castle.

Perhaps you wouldnt have noticed, the illustrations in the first two books (Lolli & the Lollipop and Lolli & the Thank you Tree) are done by Josef Hill. He is also the illustrator of the pictures in this book. I had the illustrations commissioned three years ago, and had forgotten about actually writing the story. So when I wrote this story at Christmas time 2016, I had to write the story to match the illustrations which was tough but also a fun challenge!

This book also includes eight yummy superfood recipes for kids to make at home. All the recipes are dairy free, egg free and nut free.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE BOOK LIVE ON AMAZON!

Lolli and the Superfood Quest from Elena Paige on Vimeo.

So that’s it for Lolli… for now. Meanwhile, I’m starting a new series that will be released later this year – an early reader series called TAKI & TOULA Time Travelers. Taki and Toula live in Crete and find an old pair of Greek shoes called “tsarouhia.” Guess what happens when they put the shoes on? Ahh! You’ll have to wait and see. This is a series that is close to my heart, as I am of Greek descent and would LOVE to live in Crete. Instead, I live in Australia, but I imagine myself in Greece when I write Taki and Toula! Here is a sneak peak of Taki and Toula finding the “tsarouhia” in their mother’s chest:

EPISODE 13: Selling over 50,000 children’s books with Bobbie Hinman

Today’s interview is with author Bobbie Hinman.

    

Bobbie Hinman is the author and creator of the award-winning best fairy book series which includes The Knot Fairy, The Sock Fairy, The Fart Fairy, The Freckle Fairy, and The Belly Button Fairy.  Bobbie’s fairy books have sold more than 50,000 copies and received 25 children’s book awards. Bobbie recently published the book HOW TO CREATE A SUCCESSFUL CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK to help other authors navigate the process and get it right from the beginning.

                      

In this interview Bobbie covers:

  • The importance of getting your story right for the age group you are targeting. With children’s books especially, writing a story that children respond to depending on their age group is very important. When you know the age you are aiming your story at, this will influence how you write the story. Bobbie also suggests testing your story with a kids focus group. Read your book to a group of children that are the target age, and get their feedback. When you ask children for help and feedback they will definitely give it. Take it on board and make the book even better. This also gives you confidence that you have written a great book for your target market.
  • Definitely get your picture book edited. Lots of people think they don’t need an editor for a children’s book, but the words are even more important when there are less of them. You need to get them right as they can change the meaning of the story!
  • How to find and work with an illustrator. The pictures are vitally important and need to enhance the story not just imitate the words.
  • How to sell your books in person at fairs/events and through school visits. Bobbie covers what she charges for school visits and how to make them successful. Lots of opportunities for children’s book authors available through face to face sales. She then takes photos at live events which can be used to indirectly promote the books on social media. Very clever!
  • Her book production process. Rather than using print on demand, Bobbie does large print runs of her books and includes a CD with each book. She walks us through the process she uses. The printer she uses is Amica Inc and is based in the US.
  • The more credibility you have as an author the easier it becomes to sell your books – book awards can be very useful for this. Bobbie mentions a few of the more reputable ones including Mom’s Choice, Benjamin Franklin Award, IPPY, and Moonbeam.
  • Owning your ISBN and Copyright are essential as an independent author. 

Lots of valuable information from Bobbie who has been super successful with her book series as an independent author.

You can find Bobbie and purchase her books at www.thebestfairybooks.com, follow her on AMAZON, and get social with her on FACEBOOK.

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EPISODE 12: Instafreebie from an authors perspective with Austin, Nathaniel and Yolanda

Today’s interview is with indie kid lit authors Austin J. Bailey, Nathaniel Gold and Yolanda King.

Austin J. Bailey is the author of THE MAGEMOTHER TRILOGY: The Mage and the Magpie (book 1),  The Paradise Twin (book 2), The Bridge to Nowhere (book 3). Plus The Empty Throne – a Magemother novella. You can find out more about him and his awesome books at www.austinjbailey.com or follow him on AMAZON.

            

Nathaniel Gold is the award-winning author and illustrator of the Chimpman series which includes From the Forest to the Zoo (book 1), Not Your Average Space Monkey (book 2), Chimps Family Friends and Fish (book 3), and Chimps in Love (book 4). You can read more about him and find his books at www.nathanielgold.blogspot.com.au or find him on AMAZON.

 

Yolanda King is the author of Curlilocks and the Three Pink Pandas, Curlilocks and the Big Bad Hairbrush and the Story Bird Dance: The Haunted Studio (book 1) and The Snowbird Ballet (book 2). You can her books at www.tangledpress.com and follow her on AMAZON.

            

In today’s interview you will hear from these authors how they use Instafreebie. This is the third of a three-part Instafreebie based interview, which we chose to do given it’s such an important way for authors to get subscribers and build their mailing lists right now. Listen on for practical advice for how you can get the most out of using Instafreebie too. Enjoy the show.