Thursday, November 29, 2018

Announcing Contest for Child Storytellers

We're excited to announce a new contest today, involving the new Young Storyteller's Prompt and Draw Series of children's books from Tracy Ruckman.

From today, December 1, 2018 through Friday, January 11, 2019, parents or legal guardians may submit their child's completed Prompt and Draw book for a chance to win professional publication of that book. The parents/guardians and child will retain all rights to the book. There is no entry fee, other than the original purchase of the book.

To Enter: 

Your child, age 5-12 years old during the contest period, should write and illustrate their own story in any of the twelve books in the Prompt and Draw series. The child may use crayons, markers, paint, and/or pens or pencils (colored or not). The child should also illustrate the cover to fit their story.

When the child has completed the story and illustrations, parent should take photographs of the first three pages of the story and illustrations.

E-mail us those three images by January 11, 2019. The e-mail address is: info@TMPbooks.com. In the e-mail, please include the following information:

your name
your role (parent or legal guardian)
your e-mail address
your shipping address (will not be disclosed)
child's name
child's city
child's age and birthdate (Birthdate will not be disclosed - requested only for purposes of contest rules)

Judging criteria:

Overall story and illustration quality
Publishability

We're not looking for perfect art, perfect writing, perfect story. We know and expect this to be a child's true work, which is art in and of itself. We'll be looking for a story and illustrations that can be conveyed professionally while still retaining the child's work.

Finalists will be chosen and will be contacted by e-mail on or before January 31, 2019. Finalists will be required to submit more photographs of the book.

The winner (parent, guardian) will be contacted by e-mail on or before February 15, 2019.

TMP will then request the winner to mail us the book. We will provide a pre-paid label
and envelope for the book to be shipped to us. The book will be returned at the end of the contest.

From the child's book, we will create a new book, using your child's story and illustrations, to publish a professional product. This means we will typeset your child's words and digitally enhance the images - the process will vary, based on the quality and method of the original illustrations.

Then we will publish the book like we've published hundreds of others. The winner's name will be on the cover of the book, the copyright in the winner's name, and the winner's parents/guardians will retain all rights to the book. If approved by the parent/ guardian, the book will also be made available on Amazon for public consumption, under the control of the parent/guardian, so all royalties and sales are the responsibility of the parent/guardian. TMP Books assumes no responsibility for the payment of royalties.



We reserve the right to end the contest without declaring a winner.






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Thursday, October 25, 2018

New Marketing Subscription Service for Authors, Artists, Entrepreneurs


What do authors tend to hate more than anything? What do entrepreneurs put off until the last minute because they're too busy with all other aspects of their business?

MARKETING. 

Daily, we hear from authors about how much they hate promotion (and especially self-promotion) of their books.

Daily, we hear from entrepreneurs about how they struggle to find time to market their products after they've done all the other work creating.

Daily, we hear from artists that they're artists, not marketers.

We hear you loud and clear. We see the need and want to help!

Beginning November 1, we are launching a new marketing subscription service for authors, artists, and entrepreneurs.

Each month, you will receive:
  • Consultation by e-mail, as needed, to discuss your marketing needs
  • 35 Tweets custom written, with links and relevant hashtags, then shared on our social media accounts each month
  • 30 Pins on Pinterest per month – pins created from your own blog, website, book/product pages and shared on our accounts
  • 12 Facebook shares per month – shares on our FB accounts and groups, from your own FB pages and blogs, and from your book/product pages
  • 4 Instagram posts per month – we create four original memes customized for you and your books/products
  • Monthly analytics report
At the end of each month, we provide you with all the created content (like memes and tweets) so you can have them for future use, and we'll reconfigure some of them for use the next month so that we're constantly building your marketing platform.

Because your marketing needs change based on book/product launches, holidays, and other special events, we're happy to tweak our plan to fit your needs from month to month.

The cost is only $49 a month.


Ready to get started? Click on the Subscribe button below. When we receive notice of your subscription, we'll send you an e-mail requesting information from you so we can arrange for our initial consultation and then begin marketing your books, art, and/or business.



Another service we offer is our Marketing Package, which includes:
  • Two press releases written and distributed to your local markets and globally
  • One custom video book trailer (up to 2 minutes in length)
  • Six custom memes promoting your book for use on social media
  • 25 Tweets written about your book, website/blog, themes, author page
  • Six months of Social Media sharing about your book (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest)
This package price is $499, but we have created a special bundle price if you're interested in both the subscription and the full marketing package. Just send me a note for more details and a customized quote.

I look forward to serving you and watching your business grow. Please let me know if you have any questions.




Friday, October 19, 2018

Latest Release: The Young Storyteller's Prompt and Draw Series by Tracy Ruckman

We're excited to announce the release of The Young Storyteller's Prompt and Draw Series by Tracy Ruckman.

This series of twelve books encourages children to create their own stories from simple prompts. Lined pages with the prompts and plenty of work space for illustrating their stories, too!

About the Series:

Encourage Children to Write and Illustrate their Own Stories!

The Young Storyteller’s Prompt and Draw Series offers basic prompts to guide children through a solid story structure while encouraging their imaginations to soar.

The pages within provide short prompts with lined space for writing out the story and ample blank space for children to illustrate as they create.

This series is perfect for home use, as well as in a classroom or homeschool setting.

The books are available on Amazon, or can be purchased by the case of 24 with a special discount for teachers/classrooms/schools. E-mail us for more information on case pricing.




The links for each of The Young Storyteller's Prompt and Draw Series:













Thursday, October 11, 2018

Latest Release: A Dog and His Bone by Mister Brock and Stephen Low

We're excited to announce the release of our latest book, A Dog and His Bone, written by Mister Brock and illustrated by Stephen Low.

About the Book: 


A selfish young dog called Rufus goes in search of his beloved bone and finds three new toys even more amazing. But he isn't the only one who wants them ...

Available on Amazon
Available on Kindle

About the Authors:

Mister Brock and Stephen Low met in 2010 when they were both teachers in South Korea. Though one came from America and liked to write and the other called England his home and was a gifted artist, the two shared a passion for storytelling and creativity which led them to begin the process of creating A Dog and His Bone. Over the years, the two merged their talents and created the company "The Slow Connection," which has published numerous children's books for the teaching company VIPKID along with a number of other freelance projects. The two continue to create works together and remain close friends to this very day.

Visit them on the Web: www.TheSlowConnection.net.

L-R: Mister Brock and Stephen Low

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Latest Release: Big Daddy and Cousin Rico Visit Indian Springs

We're excited to announce our latest release, a cute picture book written by Mary T. Jacobs and illustrated by Marci Thacker.


Available on Amazon in paperback. (Kindle version coming soon!)

Grandfather and Big Daddy plan an exciting road trip on their way to a family reunion, planning to leave Cousin Rico behind. But Rico has a surprise in store that soon lands him in big trouble. In this grand adventure, Rico learns the love and care of family and friends to help them all have a happy ending!


About the Author:


Mary Jacobs is a retired middle school principal and college professor. She worked at Mercer University and was the coordinator of the Educational Leadership Department. She is married and has two wonderful children and three awesome grandchildren.


Mary has published many articles and is the author of the book Inspiring Future Leaders through Coaching and Mentoring. Rico’s Cabo Adventure is her third children’s book and the third book in the Big Daddy’s Adventure Series. Be sure to check out the first two books– Big Daddy’s Secret on Fripp Island and Rico’s Fripp Island Adventure! Mary currently lives on Fripp Island with her husband.

Announcing Contest for Child Storytellers

We're excited to announce a new contest today, involving the new Young Storyteller's Prompt and Draw Series of children's books ...