Book Promotion on my Blog

 

QUERY ME FIRST.

Once you have the green light, please send the following information for one book you wish to promote on my blog.

A bio of no more than 100 words.

A portrait picture of you.

Title

Picture of the cover

Blurb

(I do not promote books that have horror, erotica, religion, politics, excessive violence, born again, amateur self-help, or saved by something. No animal exploitation, cult membership, racism, homophobia, misogyny, or hate literature of any kind. I will promote very few memoir. They must have something exceptional to say.)

Age level and/or reading level for this book.

(Does it contain mature subject matter?)

Up to five quotes from book reviews totaling no more than 200 words.

Link to a book trailer if you have one.

Awards, if you have any, for this book.

Links to where the book can be purchased.

Your media links.

If you have them, one or two pictures of you signing books, working on your book, or engaged with an audience. Or, you can include one or two pictures from the pages of the book.

***Please send pictures as attachments in JPEG format.

Email this to b.ferrante at tbaytel dot net

Your promo includes a Saturday post on my blog, the only one running that day.

The post will be shared on:

  • twitter three times
  • my facebook page
  • at least 10 facebook groups
  • Pinterest
  • Linked-in
  • Goodreads blog feed
  • Google plus
  • tumblr
  • Amazon blog feed

Your promo will run after I have received a print copy of your book for my Little Free Library. If you cannot afford to send a copy, we can discuss other ways to show mutual support.

I may or may not read your book. Inclusion on my blog in a promotion does not necessarily mean my endorsement of your work.

 

Submissions Update

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Go to Get Featured on My Blog to find out all the ways to appear on my blog.

Submissions are OPEN.

Especially looking for books that fit upcoming themes…

Children in Change – May 2017

Celebrity Writers – June 2017

Cats – July 2017

The Number Three – August 2017

Alphabet – September 2017

Gratitude – October 2017

Lest We Forget – November 2017

Winter Celebrations – December 2017

Beginnings – January 2018 (Yep, that far ahead.)

Friendship – February 2018

Sleeping Beauty – March 2018

Spring – April 2018

Indies Only – May 2018

Birthdays – June 2018

Canada – July 2018

The focus is picture books with the occasional middle grade or YA. Rarely adult.

 

Interview Policy

I am accepting requests for book reviews/interviews as of January 9, 2017. The interviews are being scheduled for June. Reviews will appear before then. Please carefully read and follow the instructions about submitting.

Interviews are presently scheduled every Wednesday. I am running a series called “Three Random Questions. Please follow to familiarize yourself with my interviews. I do not send a canned list of questions but research each author and tailor the questions to them and their work.

Please follow the steps for a book review first.

  1.  After I have read your book, you may be interviewed.  If your book only earned one or two stars, I will pass on the interview. If it is 3, 4 or 5 stars you will be asked to answer provide basic information and links to your social media. These will be my resources for creating the interview questions.
  2. You will be sent a list of interview questions to answer. Please return them within two weeks.

To Request a Book Review

I am only accepting paper books for review at this time.

I mostly review children’s picture books (85%), middle grade books, and young adult books. Please follow this blog to familiarize yourself with what I do. I do review the occasional adult book, especially those I think parents would be interested in.  I do not review horror, erotica, poetry ( unless it’s kid’s poetry), memoir, or excessively violent books. I don’t want religion, self-help, or politics as well. You must be a blog follower.

I rate on a scale of 1-5 stars. I will give 1 or 2 star reviews but explain my evaluations and give suggestions on how to improve. Read some of my tougher reviews and be sure you can handle honest feedback. I expect the same standard from indie writers as from traditionally published so make sure you’re submitting a well-edited book.

I am especially looking for books that fit upcoming themes but will accept others as well:

  • Children in Change – May 2017
  • Celebrity Writers – June 2017
  • Cats – July 2017
  • Alphabet – September 2017
  • Gratitude – October 2017
  • Lest We Forget – November 2017
  • Winter Celebrations – December 2017
  • Beginnings – January 2018
  • Friendship – February 2018
  • Sleeping Beauty – March 2018
  • Spring – April 2018
  • Indies Only – May 2018
  • Birthdays – June 2018
  • Canada – July 2018

The review will be published during the designated month.

Please fill out this information when requesting a review.

Your name and pen name

Writing Experience (Example: Is this your first book or your eighth? Have you taken classes? How long have you been writing?)

Title of the book

Date published, publisher, illustrator. (I do accept indie.)

ISBN

Picture book, middle grade, or YA. (I will accept most picture books but few MG and YA.)

How many pages?

Fiction or nonfiction. Genre. Series?

Blurb

Link to your author page and/or website.

Email this to b.ferrante at tbaytel dot net

I am fair but honest. I use respectful words and give helpful criticism to help authors improve their work. If you are an indie writer, I strongly recommend you have the book professionally edited before publishing. If your book is for sale, I expect your book to meet the same high standards as a traditionally published book. I was a grade school teacher for 33 years, 10 as a teacher librarian. I will always put the needs of readers first. Whether your family and friends loved the book is irrelevant. If you had your child write or illustrate part of the book, please DO NOT SUBMIT.

In return for taking the time and effort to review your book, I ask that you show respect for my work as well. It is important for authors to maintain their dignity and professionalism. You must agree not to post vindictive remarks against me or my review, to vote down any of my books on Amazon, or to rally your friends to give bad reviews. The more often authors engage in this behaviour, the less readers are willing to post reviews. It is for our mutual benefit to keep readers reviewing and reading reviews.

I will rate your book out of 5 thumbs up. thumb-up-smile-tinythumb-up-smile-tinythumb-up-smile-tinythumb-up-smile-tinythumb-up-smile-tiny

Contact me at b.ferrante at tbaytel dot net with your request.

 

 

Get Featured on My Blog

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Information on: Book Reviews, Author Interviews, Promos, Guest Posts and Critiques of works in progress.

No thanks to crowd-funding or a kickstarter campaigns.

Review Policy

I am accepting paper books for review at this time.

I mostly review children’s picture books (85%), middle grade books, and young adult books. Please follow this blog to familiarize yourself with what I do. I do review the occasional adult book, especially those I think parents would be interested in.  (I do not review books that have horror, erotica, religion, politics, excessive violence, born again, amateur self-help, or saved by something. No animal exploitation, cult membership, racism, homophobia, misogyny, or hate literature of any kind. I will promote very few memoirs. They must have something exceptional to say. No poetry, unless it’s kid’s poetry.

You must be a blog follower.

I also accept picture books for review from the artist. I am not an arts major, so the review will not be an intensive analysis of the art work although I always comment on the art in books I review. For an example of how I review an artist’s work, go here on or after March 27, 2017.

Go here for details on requesting a review.

Interview Policy

I am accepting requests for reviews. Interviews are presently scheduled every Wednesday up to July 2017. I am running a series called “Three Random Questions.Please follow to familiarize yourself with my interviews. I do not send a canned list of questions but research each author and tailor the questions to them and their work.

Click here for details on requesting an interview.

Promotions

A promotional page for a book can be requested at any time. I will only run a maximum of one per week. You must send me a printed copy of the book for my Little Free Library.  A Promotion page may include 3-4 pictures, links, a blurb, and other information. No more than 800 words please. Unless I have reviewed at least one of your books (favourably), a promotion does not mean I will endorse your work.

Click here for details on submitting a promotion.

Guest Post

Guest posts are welcome to a maximum of one per week. Follow my blog to get an understanding of what I publish.A guest post should be 900-1200 words.These are suitable topics:

  • Book reviews of picture books, early chapter books, and young adult books.
  • Information, inspiration, education, and creation pertaining to children and families.
  • An article about writing for children or with children. Make this helpful and relevant to my readers. This should not be an account of your books.
  • Tips for reading to and with children.

Picture Book in Progress Critique

I will focus on three major areas for improvement (if you have them).

For details on this process, go here.

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Amazon requires me to let you know the following:  Bonnie Ferrante is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com and  Bonnie Ferrante – Books for Children  is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

Other than that, I receive no compensation for my work beyond the free book which I donate to my Little Free Library.

Bonnie Ferrante: Books For All Ages

Mendenhall, Colin. My Favorite Tree is Dying. Manuscript Response.

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I was sent a picture book manuscript written by Colin Mendenhall. I believe this is his first attempt to write in this genre. I have responded with three suggestions for improvement. If you, too, are working on a picture book, you may find these comments helpful.

Colin,
I admire the fact that you are tackling such an important and difficult topic as childhood leukemia in a picture book. Here are my three suggestions for improvement of your manuscript.

First: children’s books should be filled with details of the five senses.

I want the tree to be more real. I think the child would’ve found out what species it was. He should describe the trunk’s texture, the shapes of the branches, or the shape and designs on the leaves. We need to know why he loves it. We can’t feel the loss if we can’t visualize the tree. The same thing with the sick child. Give us something that makes him memorable other than being bald, something he had before leukemia. It could be a special way of smiling or something else. Even though the book will be illustrated, we need to feel how the narrator connects to the tree and the child. I like the connection between the tree losing its leaves and the boy losing his hair.

Where did they look for a cure? Again, this needs to be vivid. Give us details. Did they look in an anthill? Did they look under a front step? Children this age would not be wandering the neighborhood alone. Maybe they could be searching in each other’s yard or at the park with a parent. Some of this could be shown in the illustrations and not in the text.

Second: the age level is too broad.

You said the target audience was 4 to 8 years old. That’s pretty broad range in interest and reading skills. Children aged 6 to 8 would know that trees lose their leaves. The protagonist in this story seems to be about four or five years old. An eight year old probably won’t read this. The style of writing seems suited to a 4 or 5-year-old but the topic is suited for 6 to 8 years old. You’re going to have to work on merging the two.

I know you’re trying to sound like a child narrating the story but avoid sentences like this. “I went to ask the boy in my class where he found his cure at.” Parents want beautiful language in their children’s books.

Third: clarify your message

What is the message you’re trying to give children? This is a sad story about a disease that touches the lives of many. Although there are some parallels between the tree and the child with leukemia, the tree does not actually need a cure. It follows the natural cycle. I think this muddies the comparison between the two. You might want to consider giving the tree an actual disease that does get cured.

Are you trying to give children hope that a cure will be found? If so, I would make the last page little more uplifting. Children’s stories should always end on hope.

A question:

On page 20, who is the she standing in front of the hospital? Is it the teacher or the child telling the story?

This book has a lot of potential. Keep working on it and don’t rush into publication. Done well, this could be a very important book for children. Thank you for submitting it and good luck.

Bonnie Ferrante: Books For All Ages

To Request a Critique of a Picture Book in Progress

I will critique an unpublished picture book, maximum 34 pages. I was a teacher-librarian for 10 years and an elementary school teacher for 23. I have always had a passion for children’s books and, after early retirement, finally have the time to write my own. I believe examining the work of others, even if it is not polished, can be a learning experience for me as well as of benefit to the writer. I will give a maximum of three suggestions for improvement

Email b.ferrante@tbaytel.net

Please include the following:

Title

Author

Illustrator (If you have one.)

Number of Pages

Word count

Suitable age for readers

Your experiences in writing (courses, previous books, etc.) up to 500 words

Copy of the book in mobi or pdf format. Send to b.ferrante at tbaytel dot net

Please put “critique of ms” and the title in the subject line

Include pictures if you have them but don’t go over 12 MEGS please.

NOTE: You must be a follower to submit.

 

Submit one unpublished picture book or a picture book you have published but want to improve.

 You must be willing to have selections from your work cited on my blog.

It takes several hours to critique a manuscript. It seems authors want to know how to be successful but are often upset when told how they need to improve their work. Remember that I am trying to help you succeed.

This will be a critique, not an ego boost. I will give a maximum of three suggestions for improvement. If you’re looking for a pat on the back, don’t submit.  I will mention things I think you’ve done well in a single paragraph. If you’re looking for helpful, honest feedback, this is for you. You must be willing to accept my responses with grace. Do not write back to me defending your work or attacking me. If you do, I may decide to publish your unprofessional response for the world to see. (My criticism is constructive. I am not mean. This is to be an engagement of mutual respect.)

Take your time. I will only respond to your work once. Make sure it is the best piece of writing you can do before submitting.

Please comment on my critique post about how it has helped you and share it on all your social media platforms.

As a gesture of gratitude, I would appreciate things like this:

Feature a promo of mine on your blog if it scores below 1,000,000 globally on Alexa.com.

Buy one of my books.

Become a follower and supporter by sharing several of my  facebook, pinterest, tumblr, and/or wordpress posts or retweet my tweets

If you live nearby, invite me to speak or read to your book club, children’s group, class, etc.

Here is an example of what you can expect.

Updated 2016-10-28

Bonnie Ferrante: Books For All Ages

Picture Book Reviews

Updated. Go To Request a Review

To submit a picture book for review, please include the following:

Title

Author

Illustrator

Number of Pages (max 34)

Number of words

Publisher

Buy link(s)

jpeg of book cover or link to cover graphic

Blurb

Bio – up to 100 words

Age level of book

I now only review paper picture book copies. Ask for my postal address. After I review your book it will be put into my Little Free Library.

While I would love to have more reviews of my own book, Amazon frowns on review swapping. So, if you want to do something for me in return, you could post a promotion of my work on your social media sites (ask me for a blurb and pictures) or buy a copy of one of my books as an expression of gratitude. Neither is compulsory.

NOTE: You must be a follower of this blog to submit.

Children’s chapter books may also be submitted. However, if I am not enjoying the book, I may decide not to read it.

What You Can Expect:

The review will go up on my blog. You may have to wait until it fits one of my monthly themes. I then I will post it on Goodreads, Amazon (if there), Shelfari, Barnes and Noble (if there), Librarything, and put a connection on my facebook page. To see how I review, check out the ones I’ve done by clicking on Categories and choosing Book Reviews.

I am fair but honest. I use respectful words and give helpful criticism to help authors improve their work. If you are an indie writer, I strongly recommend you have the book professionally edited before publishing. If your book is for sale, I expect your book to meet the same high standards as a traditionally published book. I was a grade school teacher for 33 years, 10 as a teacher librarian. I will always put the needs of readers first. Whether your family and friends loved the book is irrelevant. If you had your child write or illustrate part of the book, please DO NOT SUBMIT if you expect special consideration for this reason.

In return for taking the time and effort to review your book, I ask that you show respect for my work as well. It is important for authors to maintain their dignity and professionalism. You must agree not to post vindictive remarks against me or my review, to vote down any of my books on Amazon, or to rally your friends to give bad reviews. The more often authors engage in this behaviour, the less readers are willing to post reviews. It is for our mutual benefit to keep readers reviewing and reading reviews.

I will rate your book out of 5 thumbs up. thumb-up-smile-tinythumb-up-smile-tinythumb-up-smile-tinythumb-up-smile-tinythumb-up-smile-tiny

Query me before mailing a book. I may not choose to review it.

Bonnie Ferrante: Books For All Ages

 

Submit Your Unpublished Children’s Book for Feedback

Updated here To Request a Critique of a Picture Book in Progress

I will critique an unpublished picture book, maximum 34 pages. I was a teacher-librarian for 10 years and an elementary school teacher for 23. I have always had a passion for children’s books and, after early retirement, finally have the time to write my own. I believe examining the work of others, even if it is not polished, can be a learning experience for me as well as of benefit to the writer. I will give a maximum of three suggestions for improvement.

Here are the guidelines for this opportunity. I may tweak them as I go along, but for now:

Submit one unpublished picture book or the first five pages of a short story or novel for children.

 One piece of work will be selected per week for analysis on my blog.

 Submission does not guarantee your work will be selected.

 You must be willing to have selections from your work cited on my blog.

 This will be a criticism, not an ego boost. I will give a maximum of three suggestions. If you’re looking for a pat on the back, don’t submit. If you’re looking for helpful, honest feedback, this is for you. You must be willing to accept my responses with grace. Do not write back to me defending your work or attacking me. If you do, I may decide to publish your unprofessional response for the world to see. (My criticism is constructive. I am not mean. This is to be an engagement of mutual respect.)

 Take your time. I will only respond to your work once. Make sure it is the best piece of writing you can do before submitting.

Bonnie Ferrante: Books For All Ages