Wow! What a month!
I never expected so many fun experiences could happen in such a short time.
The month leading up to Halloween was full of events that made it the best month ever for me as an author.
BOOKS WERE ONLY $5!
|I had a great start when Amazon.com discounted my paperback books for $5 each. This allowed many people to pick up the whole series at a great price. The price was so good that it was cheaper for me to order my own books through Amazon than through my publisher, CreateSpace. I took advantage of the great price too! I bought 10 copies of each book to make my first attempt at selling my books at local events. Thank you Amazon for lowering the price on the my books! Thank you to all my friends and family who shared the Amazon promotion on Facebook!|
Earth Fare Solon Community Block Party
|My first public event as an author was at Earth Fare in Solon, Ohio on September 28, 2013. It was a beautiful fall day for all the vendors at the Community Block Party. I got to sign books for the first time too! Thank you to Cathan, Earth Fare Solon Community Relations Manager for providing an opportunity for me to share my books with the Solon Community.|
Front Page of Aurora Advocate
|A huge surprise came on October 9th. I got an email from Mike Lesko of the Aurora Advocate requesting an interview! I responded immediately and we talked on the phone that day. The following week I went to the mailbox to read the article and was SHOCKED to see that I was on the front page! The article was well written and accurate. This was great exposure! Thank you MIKE and the AURORA ADVOCATE! (Click here to read the article.)|
Aurora Little Free Libraries
|On October 24th, I was invited back to Earth Fare Solon for Family Dinner Night. I had a table at the front of the store with Three Ghost Friends activities and coloring sheets. The biggest hit were my Three Ghost Friends Halloween Cards. There are so many people to thank -- the little guy who bought my book and hugged it after I read it to him, the Janzig, Himmel, and Stoycos families for coming to the event, my mother-in-law, Linda, for coming to help, my children for being so well behaved, and once again Cathan and the Earth Fare team!|
Yogurt Plus Book Signing and Halloween Party
|My wife and I went up to Yogurt Plus Rocky River the week before the event. We made these frozen yogurt ghosts!|
|I was so excited to be having another author event!|
|Yogurt Plus generously gave every child free frozen yogurt for attending. Many children dressed up in their costumes too. I had Three Ghost Friends activities and games at every table. We also had additional activities at the tables in the back of the shop.|
|It is so thrilling to sign a book for a child.|
|More people to thank -- My dad for putting together this event, Jim Horvath of Horvath Media Services for promoting the event, my brother-in-law Todd and sister-in-law Kelly for coming to the event, my niece Kendal for helping with the games and activities, Colleen Kessler of Raising Lifelong Learners for promoting and attending the event, Susan Reagan Author of TWEET HEARTS for "tweet"ing about the event, and Zoe for helping all the guests that came to Yogurt Plus!|
First School Visit
|I added over 20 more activities and printables to the website. The OOZY FOAMY OVERFLOWY GHOST was one of the most popular posts. It was viewed over 6,500 times during the month! Thank you PINTEREST!|
|The Three Ghost Friends in our yard had a blast all month long. They changed colors, played in the leaves, roasted marshmallows, and even dressed up for Halloween.|