Nancy Gee, Debut Author & Power Marketer

I first met Nancy Gee when I worked for the Mom’s Choice Awards as their Director of Honoree Marketing. The essence of my job was to assist and guide MCA award winners with marketing their award-winning products. Nancy was an Honoree who would write in with questions. She’d ask about specific promotional opportunities, class content, or a specific social media platform. What struck me about her questions was that I could see she “got it.” “It” being the idea that selling books is a business, and authors need to be marketers. Part of her approach stems from owning and operating her own company for more than 30 years. Like many authors, Nancy Gee writes what she knows. Nancy’s picture book The Secret … Read more

The Wheelbarrow Puppy Club – an Interview with Christina Valenti

Four paws up for authors who expand our world through stories of cultures different than our own! We are excited to welcome children’s book author Christina Valenti to the Family Bookshelf. After graduating from James Madison University and working in the media industry for several years, Christina moved to China, where she taught English for two years. As Christina explains in our Reading Tub interview, every night, as she walked home from work, she would pass a wheelbarrow full of puppies for sale. She bought and adopted Wu (renamed Varly), eventually bringing him to the United States. Christina has always loved reading, writing, and dogs. When she discovered and fell in love with Varly, it rekindled a love of writing. … Read more

Hooray for Gollywood! An Interview with Terry John Barto

Those in “The Biz” may recognize the name Terry John Barto. Having choreographed and directed more than 200 stage productions, Terry John Barto knows a thing or two about storytelling. Now he’s showcasing that talent as a children’s book author. His children’s books, combines his knowledge of the business with stories for children. Gollywood Here I Come! is a window into the world of creating a movie. Nickerbacher the Funniest Dragon (2015) introduces children the world of comedy performance. For Terry, Anamazie (Gollywood) and Nickerbacher are more than children’s book characters. They are central figures in his bigger storytelling goal: re-introduce kids and their parents to the joy of *just* reading a book together. Terry is passionate about not only creating … Read more