Matthew has a big secret. He can fix things magically. Matthew secretly uses his magic to fix things for his family and friends. Later, he expands his magical good deeds by fixing things in his neighborhood. Matthew’s friend, Lily, suspects something is special about him. Matthew must decide whether to tell her the truth or not.
Announcing: Magical Matthew
I am pleased and delighted to have Kevin Scott Collier illustrate Magical Matthew. Kevin is a delight to work with and does amazing illustrations making the story come alive in a "magical" way.
Magical Matthew can help teachers and parents show the importance of using your strengths and talents for good. It shows how good it feels to help your friends and take care of your neighborhood. This book is suitable for children ages 4 through 9.
Available from: www.guardianangelpublishing.com/matthew.htm
also www.amazon.com, and www.barnesandnoble.com
See the book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RxIsZVkdvU
View the Video Preview:
The "Magical story" continues with Magical Mea!
See the Video Preview:
Read more about Magical Mea on her blog:
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
I've had a wonderful couple of weeks! November 20-22nd, I went to Miami to receive my Bronze Medal for Magical Mathew! I met some lovely authors and went to the huge Miami International Book Fair. There were some lovely speakers (see 11/26/13 post). Here are the official photos:
When I returned from Miami, it was a rush to get ready for Thanksgiving (overcooked the pie and stopped up the drain with potato peelings!) Still, we had a wonderful family gathering at my brother's.
Today was the icing on the cake:
I received my Creative Child Magazine Kids' Holiday Gift edition and found that Magical Mea won a Preferred Choice Award from Moms and Educators!
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
We had the opportunity to hear some great talks on marketing:
1) Find the audience for your book and pursue it relentlessly. Sell yourself, sell your stories.
2) Make your presentations fun and memorable. Tell them something new. Share. Joke. Sell.
3) Dress up in costume, if appropriate. Have a memorable image, gimmick, showcase.
4) Volunteer as a speaker to community organizations (libraries, service clubs, churches, schools, book clubs, parent groups, etc ).
5) Become well-known. You = your product; brand yourself. (T-shirts, stuffed animals, dolls, hats?)
How to pursue adapting your book for a movie or TV show:
1) When writing your book try to make it "cinematic," with 3 Act structure and castable characters.
2) Find out who wants/needs movies/TV shows with your theme/subject; communicate marketabilty.
3) Know your target audience and how to connect with them; have significant readership.
4) Write a great two page synopsis of your vision; be persistent, but not a pest; be passionate.
5) Set realistic goals. One no just means it's not right for that producer/film company; be gracious.
And the future of the independent author and publisher.
1) Market to the right publisher for your genre and audience.
2) Investigate self-publishing as a viable alternative with growing interest, audience, and respect.
3) Be smart with marketing and PR; find your audience and market to them.
4) Know the business side of writing (budget, design, pricing, marketing/PR, outsourcing, website).
All were short presentations, but interesting, supportive, and inspiring. It made me want to go back next year. But then I'll have to enter another book by May 1st, 2014!
Here I am at the Miami International Book Fair where our award winning books were displayed.
We'll get the official photo of the medal being awarded on December first and I'll post that, too. And now it's back to work on the next book!
Friday, November 1, 2013
November 2013 - Guardian-Angel-Kids.com/ - Free Online Interactive Magazine for Kids: It Must Be Magic!
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Here is the link to see the first two pages and to order from GAP:
It should soon be up on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other quality online book sellers.
If you can't wait for Amazon, you can buy the softcover and ebook editions from GAP.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Here are two more interviews by Lorna d'Entremont (of Special Needs Book Review) about my Magical book series, Magical Matthew and Magical Mea, and me, too!
These interviews are in Kid Companions (for Kids that Love to Fidget and Chew):
Children’s Books: Magical Series by Penelope Anne Cole: Magical Matthew and Magical Mea http://kidcompanions.com/childrens-books-magical-series-penelope-anne-cole-magical-matthew-magical-mea/#.Ui8j7NI3uSo
Penelope Anne Cole: Author of Award Winning Children’s Books the Magical Series http://kidcompanions.com/penelope-anne-cole-author-award-winning-childrens-books-magical-series/#more-15549
Friday, September 6, 2013
Here is the link http://www.specialneedsbookreview.com/2013/09/06/second-childrens-book-magical-series-magical-mea-penelope-anne-cole/