Monday, October 11, 2010
Kim Jones: Newly Published Author
This book which is geared for the middle elementary grades uses the hook of a "mystery" to lure children into the study of earth science. This is a wonderful concept to me, both from the perspective of an author and publisher which I am, but also my background as an educator. Children learn best with an investigative approach rather than having the dry facts reiterated.
Kim recently received her pre-release copy of the book and explained her fear to open the package from the publisher, waiting to do this with her family present. I understand her trepidation. As an author you have a sense or a vision of what you expect the book to look like and it is very rare that the author is pleased. Yet, in Kim's case, I am happy to report she was ecstatic with the work of her publisher, Master Books and the team at New Leaf Publishing.
This was a wonderful interview because she spoke of her publishing company and the pivotal role they played in the formation of the book. I was privileged to meet Mr. Tim Dudley, the president of New Leaf Publishing, a few years prior at a national convention and have spoken with several key people at New Leaf including Laura Welch an acquisitions editor at the company, and Don Enz in sales. Finding the perfect fit, especially as a new author is often difficult. Yet, this team produced a book that Kim is proud to discuss.
Kim shared her future ventures including teaching, working with kids during summer adventure camps and a host of outdoor related activities. To learn more about Kim, I recommend you stop by her blog at http://thenaturetour.com
Kim also mentioned the importance of social media and how this was instrumental in meeting her husband.(She explained she met her husband through a social-matchmaking company!) For an author social media is very important and understanding ways to utilize this for the benefit of the author is something that should be in an authors-101 course.
Kim Jones' publisher, New Leaf Publishing is giving away 3 copies of her book to anyone who leaves a comment on this blog and please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your email so that I may respond. When the criteria is met, I will post the contest is closed at the end of this blog. The first three people to email me correctly with the following information will win.
1. Leave a comment on this blog
2. Please email me with "Win Kim's Book" in the reference section
While not part of the contest, I hope you will listen to the interview with Kim on my show for aspiring authors, "Information in a Nutshell" Radio for Authors: http://www.WritingandPublishingRadio.com
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