Writer of the Year Finalists!

I’m honored to be in the company of two distinguished authors as a 2020 Military Writers Society of America Mike Mullins Memorial Writer of the Year Finalist. Here’s what my fellow finalist, and friend, Kathleen Rodgers, had to say about it.

https://kathleenmrodgers.com/blog/f/2020-mwsa-writer-of-the-year-finalists-announced

Paperback Giveaway! Bookstore for Horse Lovers

It’s a celebration now, all right! To honor the global launch of The Bookstore for Horse Lovers, we are giving away a number of fiction and non-fiction horse books signed by the authors!

HORSE BOOKS WRITTEN BY HORSE LOVERS!

We are horse lovers and authors. Each featured author incorporates the nobility, beauty, and unique relationship between horse and human in their writing. Horses have had a profound effect on each of our lives. Thank you for letting us share our stories with you.

WHERE WILL THE STORY TAKE YOU?
There are a number of ways to win, but only one lucky winner will be chosen on Wednesday, September 9th.
You must be 18 years of age to enter.
You must love horse books.
The giveaway begins at 9AM EST on September 1 and ends at midnight September 10th.
One winner will be chosen.
Grand prize: assorted and autographed paperback/hardcover copies of fiction and non-fiction books from our authors.
The winner will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries collected during the Entry Period
The winner will be announced on our Instagram @booksforhorselovers on Friday, September 11th.
This giveaway is not endorsed by Instagram or Facebook.

The link to enter is: https://kingsumo.com/g/jfsuls/bookstore-launch-celebration

Good luck!

Sharing Writer Beware®

Writer BewareFor those who don’t know of Victoria Strauss’ blog, Writer Beware®, this Reedsy Recommended Best Writing Site of 2020 is a collection of information for writers concerning writing scams and potential problem publishers. I’m sharing this information today because it troubles me when authors pay for services they may, or may not, receive. It seems to me the area I’ve seen authors have the most trouble with is editing services.

Many times I’ve spoken to authors who have asked me to read their books, and I’ve mentioned their books could use editing. Then, they sadly inform me they paid their publishing company for editing services. Not every book is perfect, and I don’t expect it to be. But I do expect writers to get what they pay for.

Since I am far from knowing everything, I wanted to share the link to Writer Beware® so writers can at least check and see what others have to say. And good luck, everyone out there. The first step is putting pen to paper…or fingers to keyboard…or spoken words to device, and if you are considering publishing options, you’re already ahead of most!

https://accrispin.blogspot.com/

Help for Homeschoolers!

Teacher's Tack for Believing In HorsesI want to offer help for parents and others struggling to homeschool children, a job most people are not trained to do. My solution also helps fill a void for horse crazy kids missing their horse activities due to the current COVID19 shutdowns.

Teacher’s Tack for Believing In Horses is available for free here as a PDF file. This teacher’s guide accompanies my book, Believing In Horses, an inspirational story about a strong-willed girl in a military family who commits to saving unwanted horses. My brother, Eddy Ormond, developed learning plans and fun activities, complete with a full homeschooling module to help children learn in an interactive way.

Eddy brought more than 15 years of elementary school teaching experience to this project. Teacher’s Tack debuted at the State of Maryland International Reading Association Conference, received praise from educators throughout the U.S., and has been used globally even as far away as South Africa! Eddy worked with me while I wrote the book and helped create situations that would appeal to a young audience. His involvement in the book inspired him to create Teacher’s Tack, an educator’s perspective on how to “teach” Believing In Horses and make learning fun.

And don’t just take my word for it that Believing In Horses is good for children. Recognition has included:

• Parent Tested Parent Approved Official Winners Seal of Approval

• National Education Association’s Read Across America program selection

• PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) excerpt in its annual assessment, and

• Inclusion in CommonLit’s digital library of reading passages and curriculum materials. CommonLit is an education nonprofit dedicated to improving children’s literacy nationwide.

Believing In Horses is available for free in eBook or paperback at libraries. Copies are also available at Amazon or via my website.

Next month, I will share free educational resources related to Believing In Horses, Too. Stay safe, everyone, and let me know if I can help with an interview or answer questions for your readers.