Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

Kristi’s Book Nook is celebrating Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

Our Mission: The MCCBD team’s mission to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. We encourage readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along the fun book reviews, author visits, event details, a multicultural children’s book linky and via our hashtag (#ReadYourWorld) on Twitter and other social media.

The co-creators of this unique event are Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press. You can find a bio for Mia and Valarie here.

Multicultural Children’s Book day 2016 Medallion Level Sponsors! #ReadYourWorld

Platinum: Wisdom Tales Press * StoryQuest Books*Lil Libros

Gold: Author Tori Nighthawk*Candlewick Press

Silver: Lee and Low Books*Chronicle Books*Capstone Young Readers

Bronze: Pomelo BooksAuthor Jacqueline Woodson*Papa Lemon BooksGoosebottom Books*Author Gleeson Rebello*ShoutMouse Press*Author Mahvash ShaheghChina Institute.org*

Multicultural Children’s Book Day has 12 amazing Co-Host and you can view them here.

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Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

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Follow along with all the other blogs for a chance to win great books. For a chance to win True Police Stories of the Strange & Unexplained all you have to do is follow The Neophyte Writer and my Pintrest site. Don’t forget to leave a comment with your name and email. Happy Halloween!

Title:True Police Stories of the Strange & Unexplained
Author:Sergeant Ingrid P. Dean
Publisher:Llewellyn Publications
ISBN:978-0-7387-2644-1

When we think of police stories we generally think of everything from jay walking, traffic stops or the police chasing bad guys. But would you ever consider the police ever having to deal with strange feelings, ghosts or bad karma? Well, that’s exactly what you would read about in this book.

Dean presents readers with actual accounts of various officer experiences. Each account is a brief telling of a specific experience. Each officer is listed following their story. Most of these accounts appear to have taken place in the state of Michigan. It’s up to you, the reader, to decide whether or not you believe any of these occurrences. Perhaps some of you would be able to relate to them.

Many of us feel as though we have a guardian angel watching over us. Dean has presented officers who have experienced bright lights which saved them from fatal bullet wounds to dreams that saved lives. Many officers learn to trust their instincts. One officer experiences an event where he is sent to camp where the perpetrator had been hiding. His instincts told him not to look in the last window. Luckily, when the perpetrator was caught he stated he was sitting at that window with a gun read to shoot.

Ghosts could be the reason another officer went to check out a disturbance of at an Inn. No one was there but the inn keeper. All doors were locked with the exception of one. The officer was called away from that particular door, but upon her return the door was shut and locked. The inn keeper had to let her in with a key.

Dean does an excellent job of giving readers many accounts of stories involving physic behavior, ghosts, signs and symbols to name a few. The actual police officer testimonials will have the hairs on the back of your neck standing tall. The weird and unexplained experiences take place in the midst of the death- defying gun battles, thrilling rescues, and heart-searing tragedies that police officers face every day. If you are a reader who loves police stories, then this is the book for you.

Ingrid P. Dean (Michigan) is a retired detective sergeant and forensic artist whose career with the Michigan State Police Spanned more than Twenty years. She holds a master’s degree in transpersonal studies and has traveled to Iraq as part of a police training mission. Dean has been featured on the acclaimed radio program Coast to Coast AM with George Noory.

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Do Writers Need An Agent?

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Do we as writers, especially new writers, really need an agent right away?

I want an agent when I really have something to present that’s polished and well written. I feel that I would be spinning my wheels trying to get an agents attention if my project isn’t worthy. Not only that, I would have to share any profits. Is that me being cheap? Not sure about it, I haven’t had that experience yet.

According to an article from The Writer, Stephen King had this to say about agents in 1986:

An agent? Forget it. For now

Agents get 10% of monies earned by their clients. 10% of nothing is nothing. Agents also have to pay the rent. Beginning writers do not contribute to that or any other necessity of life. Flog your stories around yourself. If you’ve done a novel, send around query letters to publishers, one by one, and follow up with sample chapters and/or the manuscript complete. And remember Stephen King’s First Rule of Writers and Agents, learned by bitter personal experience: You don’t need one until you’re making enough for someone to steal … and if you’re making that much, you’ll be able to take your pick of good agents.

That was quite a while ago and so much has changed since then. I feel he has a valid point, new writers should wait and shop around with publishers first. None of us would be any worse for the ware.

Will you be shopping for an Agent first?

Street Smarts: Beyond The Diploma

Title: Street Smarts: Beyond The Diploma

Author: Jim Randel

Illustrator: Rebecca Kunzmann/Kim Lincon

Paperback: 125 pages
Publisher: Rand Media Company
ISBN: 978-0-9844418-7-7


Review:

Do you value yourself? Would you like to have more personal freedom? Do you have a dream and vision for yourself? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then you are ready to lean how to become more street smart on your journey to success.

Randel introduces readers to the power of you. The road to success isn’t easy but if you know what you’re passionate about you will learn to focus on that by focusing on your strengths and your weaknesses. Think of those close to you as a board of directors that you can bounce ideas off of for solid feedback, good or bad.

Readers will learn how to communicate. Learn how to listen and pace yourself to react and train your thoughts in a positive manner. Learn to manage your time and thought process so you can better express yourself. Be energetic, small differences in the energy you give off can lead to big differences in how people will react to you. Learn about appearance, speaking patterns and vocabulary. Get tips on finding similar interests with those you encounter.

Randel covers how to network and keep a people diary. Readers will learn the importance of social capital and how to build upon it. Time management and how to be productive are simplified by showing the reader how to be more organized with filing and tickler systems.

Readers will learn about contracts, what to do if you are arrested, identity theft, the stock market, investing and so much more, Street Smarts covers all the necessary topics readers may not learn through traditional avenues. Readers will get past their fears and learn to take control.

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Where is the Query Fairy?

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I have met many writers who have a fear of the query letter. I never understood it until I had to do one myself. I read as much information as I could find and still there didn’t seem to be an easy answer as to how best to write a query. I was wondering if there was a Query Fairy out there somewhere who could help. There is help.

There are lots of Query Fairy’s out on the web. They are out there with their magic wands spreading their fairy dust all around. One in particular is Noah Lukeman. Of course, he may not consider himself a fairy, but he still offers help in writing a great query letter and he even offers a free download with tips and resources to help get you started.

I have downloaded the book and read it more than once, more than twice and I have utilized the tips. I created a few query letters and the world didn’t blow up. I was rejected but not because of my query letter. I was rejected because a similar story idea or article was just accepted or it wasn’t something they were interested in at the time. Now, rejection is rejection but I look at the bright side of the situation, I received personal notes and comments from the editors. I was happy about that. I was not expecting personal notes. What that says to me is that my query letter was good enough for them to stop, read and comment. I passed the test.

So, maybe I’m wrong but I choose not to think that. I might mention, that it wasn’t just Noah Lukeman, I have been surfing around and absorbing everything I see in regards to how to write a query letter.  It’s been a while since I have sent any out. I have hope that someday soon my idea; my project will be taken in and shared with all of you.

How to Write a Great Query Letter: Inside Tips & Techniques for Success, by Noah Lukeman

Happy Writing!