Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Happy 1st Birthday to A Reel Cool Summer!

Ah, yes.  I remember it well.  June 21, 2011.  You could fry an egg on the sidewalk that extremely hot day just one short year ago.  (You could fry an egg in a pan, too, but that's beside the point.)  There it was, in all its colorful glory, my first picture book.  7x10" and 5.4 ounces.  Labor had been long (about a year or so) but it was worth it.  As soon as it was published I forgot about the pain and concentrated on the delicate little one I held in my hands.

About two minutes later, reality set in.  I had heard the question before but had pushed it back, way back, in my mind, not wanting to deal with it just yet... How are you going to market your book?  "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" I screamed, then decided I was being a bit over-dramatic about the whole thing.

Does anyone have a manual for that? Well, sure, they're out there but who has time to read when you have to market your book?  "Now what?" I wondered.  "Just try everything," I told myself.  "It can't be harder than raising three kids, can it?"  Well, actually, it can!  Sort of.  But I got through that so I knew I could get through this, right?  Right?!

Of course I could.  And here we are, one year later and doing just fine.  Enjoying all the marketing (Twitter, Facebook, blog, etc), thoroughly loving the school visits with the little ones, and just watching my little book grow up.  He (or she, I'm not quite sure) has a little sister (or brother?) called Smell My Feet! and we're starting the process all over again and working on a third one.  We're happy to see our little book family expanding.

So, to celebrate this joyous occasion, the first birthday of A Reel Cool Summer, I'd like to give away (U.S. only) five signed paperback copies to get the kids' summer reading off to a wacky start.  Just leave a comment below.  We'll choose the winners on June 28th.  Tell us about your most memorable summer, ask us a question, or just say hello.  Be sure to invite your family and friends to participate.  The more the merrier!  Oh and don't forget to leave (or email us at martha@readtomepublishingllc.com) your Twitter handle or an email address so we can contact you if you win. 

Sincere thanks to all who have purchased a paperback or Kindle copy of A Reel Cool Summer, all who have reviewed it, and all who have supported and encouraged me throughout this past year.  I am truly grateful.

I hope all the kiddos have a fun and relaxing summer filled with lots of good books to read and wonderful memories to last a lifetime!

Until next time... stay cool!

Martha 

P.S.  Don't forget to stop by our website to watch the very wacky booktrailer, read reviews and more!

Congratulations to our winners!! Fun L., MaryAnn K., Courtney W., Teresa K. and J.R. O.  We hope you enjoy A Reel Cool Summer!

20 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday to A Reel Cool Summer.

    For those that don't know it is a Reely Cool book for kiddos.

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    1. Thanks for the wishes and your kind words!

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    2. Best Wishes,Congrats.
      Thank you, J. R. Ortiz

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  2. Congratulations and happy birthday!!!

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  3. Hi, Martha. Congrats on your success. :)

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  4. Looks like an interesting/creative "read" for kiddos!

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  5. So glad you stopped by J.R., Regina, Anonymous (I know who you are! ;) Got your email.) and AuthorGroupie! And thank you for your nice words!

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  6. Congratulations on your first anniversary! :) Good for you!

    MaryAnn

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  7. Congrats on one year, a sibling book and another one on the way. I wish you the best and if I win a signed copy, it will go staight to one my nephews. Take care and here's my email, I'll spread the word, but not to much I want a book ( just kidding) briantshirley@aol.com

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    1. Hey Brian. I had to laugh when I saw your post because I always think twice before telling others about giveaway because I want the book for me! But then I realize the errors of my ways and spread the word. Thank you! :)

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  8. Congrats, Lynn! My 2 year old will love this! deathbyzamboni@gmail.com

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  9. Hey, it's getting crowded in here! GOOD! Thank you MaryAnn, Brian and David for stopping by and for your good wishes!

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  10. Happy 1st Birthday to A Reel Cool Summer! Here's to watching it multiply on families bookshelves around the World! lionelsnod@hotmail.com :)

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  11. Congratulations, Martha! Happy 1st birthday to "A Reel Cool Summer" SMASH time :)

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  12. Hi Paul and Andi! Thanks for stopping by and for all your encouragement througout the last year! :)

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  13. Congratulations, Martha! And Happy Birthday to A Reel Cool Summer! One of my greatest summer memories is from the very first day of summer 16 years ago - 6/21/96 - the day my beautiful wife and I married. A splendid event in itself, it was followed by our modest weekend honeymoon where A) our car broke down (we were rescued by the mechanic brother of the owner of the restaurant where we were stranded, B) a tornado went over the bed & breakfast we were staying at (touched down about a mile away - everyone was fine) and C) we came away with some extraordinary memories and continue to live happily ever after. Cheers, Martha! - Jeff Whelan

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    1. Hi Jeff!
      Well, then we'll have to have an anniversary celebration for you and your beautiful wife, too! Congratulations on 16 wonderful years. Wishing you 100 more (I'm sure that will break a record!). What a story, I'm glad you made it out alive! Now there's a book if I ever saw one.

      Thanks for stopping by and good luck on the giveaway! Now go plan a beautiful day with your wife! :)

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  14. Congratulations! I love the idea of celebrating the "birth day" of your book. :)

    ~~ H. S. Contino
    http://hscontino.blogspot.com/

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  15. What a fabulous idea. Congratulations and much continued success to you. :)

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  16. Welcome H.S. and Pamela!
    We like to be silly around here (sometimes serious but that's not as much fun)! Thank you for stopping by to enter the giveaway. Good luck!

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