Children’s Book Event in Gainesville

Frances and Jane will both be participating in the Written Inspiration: A Children’s Book Signing Event at the Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, Florida, on Saturday, April 5, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. They’ll be joining ten other children’s authors for book signings, readings, and book-related art activities. A great event for the whole family.

Written Inspiration Schedule

For details and directions, go to the Harn Museum of Art.

Children’s Book Publishing Workshop

Oh! The Places You’ll Go! ABCs of Publishing a Children’s Book

Fran & Jane in Seuss hats

4-hour workshop – $59

Saturday, April 26, 2014
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Fair Trade Café
4842 Palm Coast Parkway NW
Palm Coast, FL 32164

“Very well organized and Packed with useful information. This workshop is a gift that will keep on giving!” –Karen K.

The do’s and the don’ts, the joy and the fear,
You’ll learn what to do—we’ll make it all clear.
Then follow the steps, believe in yourself;
Before you know it, your book’s on the shelf!

Space is limited—Register Now!         Download the flyer
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Publishers Expect Authors to Pay More

Untitled1If you’ve attended one of our workshops covering publishing options, you will have heard Jane and me tell aspiring authors that even traditional publishers expect you to market your books and will often ask for a marketing plan that includes your marketing budget. Well, we’ve just discovered some publishers now expect you to pay for more than marketing your books.

A teleseminar is being offered by the editor of a very well known publisher of business books on how to get a business book published.

Two of the six bullet points promoting the seminar under “You will learn how to” are:

  • Know when you will be expected to pay for editing, illustrations, and promotion
  • Market your book pre-publication

Okay, the marketing part we know they expect of their authors, but now authors are supposed to pay for editing, illustrations, and promotion too?!?

Seems to me this is another reason to go with indie publishing. If you’re going to pay for a good percentage of the costs anyway, why should you settle for a pittance of a royalty?

Learn about publishing options on April 26 at our ABCs of Publishing a Children’s Book workshop.

Mary Poppins: from Book to Movie

One of the movies up for an Academy Award, Saving Mr. Banks, tells the story of P.L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins, and Walt Disney behind the making of the classic movie. The turbulent relationship between Travers and Disney unfolds as author and movie maker fight for movie rights, encompassing a larger idea of what happens to books once they’ve caught the attention of screenwriters and producers. For the story behind the story, read Historian Amy Henderson’s article on the Smithsonian’s website.


The original book


The new movie


The original movie

FAPA Spring Conference

FAPA-LOGOThe Florida Authors and Publishers Association 2014 Spring Conference will take place next Saturday and will focus on ways to market and promote your book. Keynote speaker, Peggy DeKay, will talk about “Author-preneurship – the 21st Century Approach to Writing a Book, Building a Platform, and Creating Multiple Streams of Income.” Frances Keiser will be a part of a panel discussing “Endorsements, Reviews, and Awards.” Round table discussions will finish out the day with “Making Social Media a Part of Your Business Plan.” The event takes place in Orlando at the NOVA Southeastern University from Noon to 5:00 pm on March 8. For details and to register, go to:

Gulf Coast Writers Association

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Fran Keiser and Jane Wood with Don Cappelli, Treasurer of the Gulf Coast Writers

Jane and Fran had a great time this past Saturday sharing information on how to market books with members of the Gulf Coast Writers Association. Wow! What an awesome group of dynamic and talented writers and authors they have in the Ft. Meyers, Florida area. We hope to be invited back to give a more  extensive and detailed 4-hour workshop on marketing books, setting up a publishing business, or publishing children’s books.

Thanks to Gulf Coast Writers for inviting us!

Network and Learn from Others

Author/illustrator Mark Wayne Adams with Sue Nelson, owner of The Book Loft at 2013 AIBF.

Author/illustrator Mark Wayne Adams with Sue Nelson, owner of The Book Loft at 2013 AIBF.

Attending or participating in book festivals is a great way to network with other authors, learn from experienced writers in breakout sessions, or take advantage of vendor opportunities.

This weekend more than 80 authors will be participating in the Amelia Island Book Festival, February 21-22. Friday’s Writers Workshop will feature best-selling author David Baldacci at the closing session. Fees apply.

Saturday’s free Author Extravaganza will take place 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Atlantic Recreation Center at 2500 Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach. Hope to see you there!

For details, go to

Get Book Savvy Marketing Tip: Target Your Audience

Target Your Audience

Identifying your readers is a vital step in promoting your book. Who are they and how can you connect with them, whether it’s online or in person?

  • Make comments on blogs, reader websites, and social media, to raise your visibility.
  • Submit articles to newsletters, magazines, or websites that your target audience might read
  • Identify groups or organizations and go to where they meet or gather.
  • Participate in events that will attract your niche audience.

Targeting your marketing strategies to a specific audience can help you reach the readers who are most likely to purchase your book.

Visit the Universe!

The Rocket Ship Bed Trip

Get Book Savvy announces the publication of a client’s new book.  

The Rocket Ship Bed Trip, by N. Jane Quackenbush is a delightful children’s picture book meant to introduce young children to the many wonders of outer space and astronomy. With a rhyming story and colorful illustrations by Lynne Villalobos this book is perfect for imaginative children ages 3 to 8.
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Kindle Publishing Seminar

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Rik Feeney, author of Writing Books for Fun, Fame, and Fortune, is presenting a seminar about publishing your book on Kindle, Saturday, February 15th from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

It will take place at the Fair Trade Cafe in Palm Coast. Registration is $49.99 per person.

For more information, contact Rik Feeney at or visit the website: to register.