In the words of Inigo Montoya – “Let me ‘splain … no, there is too much. Let me sum up.” Much has happened since last I posted here. Though I’ve had to cancel events, that doesn’t mean I’m sitting around twiddling my thumbs.
When life throws a wrench in the works, you find a new way to get the job done by restructuring and developing new methods and plans, which is what I did. In March, I had events scheduled almost every week until mid June. I was excited about finishing up my speaking engagements for the current school year and looking ahead to summer and fall events. Then COVID happened and everything changed.
I learned that schools were changing their policies on outside guests. Though states are opening up, hosting book signings or events must be gauged as far as risk factors and to one’s comfort level with large groups. What’s an author to do? I can’t speak for all authors, but this one certainly made up her mind to figure out a new strategy.
My husband and I with our masks and tiny border terriers, Packy and Pax.
First plan of action was to finish up work on books close to publication, which I’m still working through. It takes a lot of work to get a book over the finish line, into a hard cover and into your hands.
Next, find new strategies for speaking engagements. I’m now offering Author Zoom, an opportunity for parents to engage their children with a 1:1 author visit.
In addition, my publisher, Pen It! Publications has set up a workshop where I will be teaching how to write and market for children on Thursday, July 23rd, 6 pm EST. Registration for event.
With everyone stuck at home for quite a while, I started a biweekly story time and craft event where I would read children’s classics and teach a craft or do a cooking demo. My audience included not only children, but adults who enjoyed rediscovering the joys of children’s lit.
And now, I’m onto a new project that I am extremely excited about. I reached out to parents with a list of 11 questions. They asked their children and then transcribed their answers and sent them back. I’ll be using these answers in my new book, which I will begin to work on next week.
Each month I’ll write a new blog post, keeping you informed on new and exciting details regarding upcoming books, author events (virtual and live), and hopefully bring a smile to your face or encouragement to your spirit. Things don’t always go as plan, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find a different way to accomplish our goals.