Thursday, May 22, 2014

Check out this adorable book!

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Norbert: What Can Little Me Do? is an internationally award-winning children’s picture book inspired by a real 3-pound registered therapy dog. This exquisitely illustrated tale is about a delightful and determined tiny hero who discovers his unique gift for helping others. Norbert, a Pet Partner® dog, tells the tale through his personal artist’s journal. The story shows you don't need to be big to make a BIG difference in the world.
Title: Norbert: What Can Little Me Do?
Author: Julie Freyermuth 
Illustrator: Virginia K. Freyermuth, M.F.A., Ph.D. 
ISBN: 978-0-9848682-0-9
Format: Hardcover and dust jacket
Pages: 32 pages
Type: Juvenile Fiction (Ages 3 and up)
Publication Date: November 15, 2013
Size: 8.5 x 11 inches

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Norbert is a trademark of Polly Parker Press

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Childless Mothers Day! Happy Day to you!

My wedding day with my niece Lily

I have been looking at my favorite blogs today and all the art/crafty girls out there who infuse their blogs with mommy hood and art. I love it and hate it at the same time, just being honest! I get really jealous sometimes, because I don't have children of my own.

So, this is a great big HAPPY MOTHERS DAY to all of those ladies out there that don't have children!

A lot of us who can't have children or choose not to, never talk about it. We sometimes feel like outcasts in parks, libraries, kids birthday parties, on mommy craft blogs! I love children! I have nieces I adore and share my life with, and I would love to have my own, but alas, it was not in the cards of life. I have already mourned years ago and moved on. If you are in that mourning stage right now, it gets better and I promise, you will make peace with filling that void. We live in a society where it's expected we will have children, it's ingrained in us from the time we can hold a baby doll. So of course it can be a shock when you find out "Sorry, you can't conceive". I know people who have went through years of IVF and miscarriages to still end up childless!

Today, I say "Happy Mothers Day" to all of you who wanted but don't have children. To all of you that chose not to have children. You are a mother of the world! Be the best Aunt, or friend of a child, there are many who need us just as much as a Mom! Build your life around LOVE and be the best you, you can be! You are loved and needed in the world just as much as mothers!

Self publishing

Yesterday I attended an amazing writing workshop! (some of the author works above) It was only $40 from 9-3pm and included a healthy vegetarian lunch! It was interesting to me to see how many people in the workshop were also visual artists like myself. I have been writing several books at once but have not completed anything yet, sound familiar?! The workshop defiantly gave me a push and encouragement!

I thought I would share some information about River Haven Books in case you want to self publish or learn more about finding an agent. Their website has lots of information to get you started!

About Riverhaven Books

Riverhaven is setting out to redefine publishing. While we are not conventional, in that our authors pay for our services, we are also not a vanity press; not every work meets the standards of Riverhaven Books, and only those that do are invited to have the Riverhaven imprint. Because we are a small and newer company, writers maintain control over the number of books printed and are responsible for that payment. In turn, Riverhaven does not take any of the profits from the sale of those books, and all books are available through our online store, as well as Kindle and Amazon should the author choose. It's a mutually beneficial relationship. And we look forward to working with you. Hands-on is the philosophy of Riverhaven.  Our attention to detail, while maintaining affordability, is what sets us apart.

Since our inception in August of 2010, Riverhaven has published over thirty books - everything from light romance to political thrillers and suspense to non-fiction and memoir to children's books and collections of short stories, essays, flash fiction, and poetry. 
About the owner:
Stephanie Blackman has always enjoyed reading and working with others to improve their writing skills.  An English professor at a local community college, Stephanie has a strong background in composition as well as literature.  Riverhaven Books is a perfect fit to her skillset.

Stephanie graduated from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA, with a double major in English and Secondary Education and then received her MEd. from Cambridge College. She taught at both the junior high and high school level for several years. Now she balances teaching and publishing with marriage and raising her two boys, ages seven and eleven.

"I live a well-rounded life doing what I love. I spend time with my family, teach literature and writing, and get to read fantastic books and interact with wonderful authors. I look forward to watching Riverhaven Books continue to grow." ~Stephanie
Riverhaven Books gladly accepts submissions. Please visit our Rates and Services page for more information.