Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Hanging out with fellow authors

This morning I got to hang out with fellow author Louise Kennedy. I love chatting with other authors about their publishing experiences. She told me all about how she got a book deal after being contacted by her (now) publisher when they came across her blog. Louise's story is when of those things a lot of authors dream of.

With author Louise Kennedy
Louise's book "Bailey Boat Cat" has just been released and I was happy to get the chance to check it out. My two year old loved it!

Cover of Bailey Boat Cat 
To grab your copy from Amazon click below:

If you'd like to know more about Bailey Bat Cat visit

Thursday, 24 April 2014

The New Twitter Design

Twitter is one of my favourite social media sites. It's also the one where I get the most engagement on the content I post and the easiest to use to send content viral. The site has been going through some major changes recently and undergone several design updates. The most recent, which I got today, is very visual. It has a more Facebook like feel to it and gives a lot more emphasis on images and video's than it has in the past (something nearly all the top social media sites are doing).

Here's a screenshot of my new look profile:

As you can see, the header banner has been super-sized. 

One thing I like about the new design is that you can now pin a tweet to the top of your profile. In the screenshot above you can see I've pinned one about the upcoming Promo Day event I organise (you can find more tweets about the event using the hashtag #PD14). 

Whilst I do like the new design it's going to take a while to get used to. Have you got the new design yet? What do you think of it? 

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Trailer for PD14 presentation: How to be Twittertastic

This is the slideshow trailer for my webinar at this years Promo Day event (please share it to help spread the word about the event)

The event takes place on Saturday 31st May at My presentation will be "How to be Twittertastic". There will also be many other free presentations during the event by industry experts offering strategies and tips on a variety of topics.

Here's some of the presenters that will be taking part:

Register for the event now at

Monday, 14 April 2014

Are You Ready to Promote, Network, and Learn?

I'm super busy at the moment getting everything ready for this years Promo Day event which will take place on Saturday 31st May at I'm really excited about this year. It's going to be AWESOME!

A fabulous line up of presenters, live pitch sessions with Publishers, promoting and networking activities.... I can't wait! 

My presentation this year is "How to be Twittertastic" where I'll be sharing loads of tips on how to use the popular micro-blogging site, including info about the new site design.

If you haven't already done so, register now at It's completely free to attend.

#PD14 is now trending on Twitter thanks to this tweet:
The slideshare presentation:

Please help keep it going and spread the word about Promo Day. Thanks for your support.

Friday, 11 April 2014

More 5 star reviews for The Box

The Box continues to collect 5 star reviews! Here's two of the latest that have been posted to Amazon:

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Featured Friday: Wiggle Worm’s Shape Adventures

Title: Wiggle Worm’s Shape Adventures
Authors: Karen and Kathy Sills  
Illustrator: Virginia Jennings

Wiggle Worm has to find six shapes for his school homework, but he doesn't know where to look. Can his friends help him find each shape and put the pieces of his assignment together before bedtime? Yes, they can--with your help! Join me, Black Crow, Chester Squirrel, Flounder Fish and more as we help Wiggle Worm solve the mystery of the missing shapes--learning new things with every step along the way.

Book Details:
Publication Date: Mar 29 2014
Publisher: Tari Books through PDMI Publishing LLC
ISBN/EAN13: 194081202X / 978-1940812021
Page Count: 46
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 8.5 x 8.5 x 0.1 inches
Language: English
Colour: Full Colour with Bleed

Purchasing links:

Goodreads link:

Incoming Reviews:
A Readers Favorite 5 Star Review from Mamta Madhavan, “A story with an interactive theme and educational concept, from Wiggle Worm's Shape Adventure will worm its way into the hearts of readers. The authors have written a beautiful story that will teach children not only about shapes but also about animals and counting. It is a book I would recommend for school libraries and personal collections as it can be used for reading sessions in classrooms and libraries. It also makes a good bedtime story book.”

Author Bio:
Karen and Kathy are twins that have a passion for writing and cooking. They started writing in high school, and had a few things published in the school paper. When they got out of college and got a job in childcare they started writing again. They say that working with children keeps their minds full of ideas.

Keeping two careers afloat, however, does not mean that they do not take their writing seriously. Karen and Kathy says writing for children is full of fun, and keeps their imagination on go. When they are not writing they can be found in the kitchen testing out one of their recipes.

Karen and Kathy writes children's books, dabble in poetry, and writes cookbooks. They would love to write a novel one day. Our minds are always in overdrive, they have several projects going at one time.
Writing has its challenges, but Karen and Kathy take each challenge and work hard to make their dreams come true. They just set their minds to the task at hand and move forward.

Author Photo:
Karen and Kathy Sills

Mini Interview

Why did you write this book? 
Because it was fun and we knew that children would love the animals and how they worked together.

Anything in particular you'd like to share about this book or its creation? 
This book is great to teach children how friends help one another. It also teaches math and basic shapes.

What can we expect to see from you in the future? 
Maybe a novel or two, a poetry book, and plenty more children's books.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Best Selling Children's Book, The Box, Continues to Collect 5 Star Reviews

Get ready to join me in a happy dance... The Box hit the best seller lists this week when it reached a ranking of #55 in large print children's books on and all reviews so far have 5 star ratings.

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Review for The Box

Review for The Box

Friday, 4 April 2014

The Box visits the blog of Virginia Jennings

Yesterday I had the pleasure of returning to the blog of author Virginia Jennings. This time for a feature piece for The Box. Check out the post here.

Screenshot from the blog of Virginia Jennings
Purchasing links:



Want to join the virtual book tour? Drop me an email so we can schedule a stop.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

The Box featured at Empowered to Prosper

Today I'm featured at the blog of Paulette Harper, Empowered to Prosper, for a spotlight piece on my latest children's picture story book The Box. Check it out at

Screenshot from Empowered to Prosper

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