Monday, April 19, 2010
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I am so excited about the birthday celebration for Maude tomorrow night, Friday, October 30th, at the Bel Air Barnes and Noble!!! It's from 6-9pm, and there will be a lot of fun stuff going on! There will be cake and punch, face painting, and other cool activities. I will be there chatting with new and old fans, as well as signing Books 1 and 2. (Book 3 will be released in November or early December - so keep checking the website for news on the date!) Come hang out with me, have fun celebrating with other Wonky fans, and get your t-shirts (if you haven't already) at the lowest prices yet! There will also be a few bracelets that I made available for purchase and you will get a flyer about the new websites. You can also wear your Halloween costume to the celebration or any other witch or wizard costume you have!
Come join me in the celebration, find out more about Book 3's release and the new sites, and enjoy some birthday cake in honor of Maude!
See you there!!! :)
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
<-----My new Book 3 cover! Cool, huh?
...I am currently in the process of moving back to Maryland, which I am very excited and nervous about. NYC has become way too expensive and I think it would be better for me to get out before things get out of hand. Plus, I WAS OFFERED A DANCE TEACHING JOB! I am thrilled to go back to teaching dance, which has been a passion of mine, other than writing and performing of course. So, needless to say, I have been getting things ready for the move, which is this Thursday, October 15th. I can't wait! It will be so nice to drive around in a car again, have fresh clean air surrounding me, and have trees and grass in sight. I know it will be better for Nimbus, my 7 year-old Weimeraner, too. He will have a dog run in the apartment complex and will be able to run around to his heart's content. He will be super happy!! :)
I also have been going through the publishing process with my publisher, and everything is pretty much done. The book will be released in November, not October like I had originally planned. I was kind of sad about pushing the date back, but I had to do it in order to give my publisher more time to complete some things and make necessary changes. I am really excited about the final galley, which is the inside pages of the book. It all looks so great, and my design team did a wonderful job. I cannot wait to actually hold one of the books in my hand. It's been a long time coming, and I am so proud of all of the hard work that went into it.
I have started writing Book 4, and I have to say that it is going to be a super cool book! :) Keep checking the website for updates and, once Book 3 has been released, I will add some sneak peeks of Book 4.
Make sure you check out my http://www.wonkywear.spreadshirt.com/ site and see the cool sweatshirts and winter hats, etc. These items are the perfect way to keep warm during the cool fall nights! I hope you like the designs, and I will be adding even more as the fall goes on.
I hope you all are having a wonderful beginning of the school year, and I will see you at the birthday party for Maude on October 30th at the Bel Air Barnes and Noble from 6-9pm. :)
We will be releasing the date of the third book's release soon, so keep checking back!
Enjoy your Fall Feast!!!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
I have a lot of exciting news to report...FINALLY!
Production for the book began today, September 2nd, after a ton of problems with the images and having to pay extra for additional pictures, which was fine and expected. I was assigned to a design team, the Jordan team. (Who is Jordan?...I have no clue...haha.) It was pretty exciting to get that e-mail and then be able to contact my author representative on the team.
It has been quite a whirlwind trying to get everything underway. After the images problems were solved, for like the 4th time (argh!), I am now able to officially say that the team is working on the inner layout of the book and the cover. Like I've said before, my publisher has grown so much, and that means that a lot of the things I was used to them doing, aren't done the same way anymore. Everything is pretty much done over the internet now, when before it was done over the phone or in actual handwriting. It's kind of exciting, considering I will be challenged to keep up with them, but it also meant a great deal of frustration in the beginning because of all the changes. I just have to get used to all of it! But now, things are actually being worked on, and that makes me feel better - I was worried that the book wouldn't be done in time for my release party! But I think it will all be okay. :)
I am talking frequently with the Bel Air Barnes and Noble about the release party, and I am so excited for it! Also, I am booking school visits for that week before the signing and party, and I think I will be totally booked if things keep going the way they are!! :)
Make sure to check out the WonkyWear clothing line at www.wonkywear.spreadshirt.com if you haven't yet. There are a few new items on there - some I added today! It would be so great to walk into the release party and see my fans wearing some of the items I've designed. Also, there are a few sales going on here and there, so make sure you check the site often. I will be ordering some items for myself and for the release party!
Also, if you want me to visit your Harford County or Baltimore County school, find out who your reading specialist is as soon as possible. And then give them my e-mail address and get them in contact with me. The slots are going fast, since I will only be there a few days, and I want to be able to visit with as many schools and readers as I can!
Hope you all have a great beginning of the school year! I will update more often now!!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Sorry it's been so long since I last posted. There had been a lot going on.
I believe that Book 3 is finally underway....FINALLY! There has been a lot more issues with the illustrations, and I think I have finally solved all of them. Once that was done, my book has been moved into scheduling, which means the publisher is assigning my design team....and I will be able to start making cool desisions and creating the look for this awesome book! I am so excited! Book 3 is definitely my favorite out of the three so far. I promise I will up date more often. But until now, I didn't have too much to report.
One other cool thing...there is a sale going on at the WonkyWear shop now through August 28th! You can get 15% off of three or more items - just in time for going back to school. Hurry! This is a limited time offer. Go to http://www.wonkywitch.com/ and get the promotion code on the homepage, and then get your favorite t-shirts, bags, sweatshirts, hats and much, much more!
Send me a picture of yourself in your favorite WonkyWear gear and get a prize at the release party for Book 3 in October!!!! :)
Friday, July 24, 2009
I entered the AuthorHouse contest, and I'm still waiting to see if I won or not....argh. It would really help me if I did.
I also had to AGAIN resend my images to AuthorHouse, because the resolution on most of them would not work with their programs. Everything has changed so much with their company, and I am so glad that they are becoming bigger and better than ever before. But it means that we, as authors, have to be more computer literate. And I have to say, I'm not the best at that. I'm learning, though. :)
So I resized the illustrations, and I think we've finally gotten them where they need to be for the production people to work with. I spoke with a really nice guy in pre-production yesterday. If he hadn't explained it all to me and what I really needed to do with the pictures, I would have been lost. Yeah, Scott! Haha.
I'm very excited about all of things that are coming up for me. I have some schools already interested in me visiting before my release party in October. I'm thrilled about the release party. And the fact that it will be at night this time will be awesome. And it's on Maude's birthday, too! :)
I am constantly updating the website now. I just added a cool game yesterday on a new page!! It's called Wonky Wizards, and you have to defeat Sini in it! Just check it out. I know you'll have some fun with it.
I added a few new things to the WonkyWear shop, too! Don't forget that they have summer sales going on, so visit the shop and grab your Wonky t-shirts before it's too late! Be the first one of your friends to have an Owl Cage Baseball tee or a Tempting Temptations tank top or Book 3 hat! Go, go, go! :) http://www.wonkywear.spreadshirt.com/
Have a Wonky day!