Simply Elfje

Simply Elfje coverMy latest book “Simply Elfje” is now available to buy from Amazon. This  is a new direction for me – as an Indie publisher it is difficult to get my books onto Amazon so I have chosen to publish this book of little 11 word poems via Amazon’s CreateSpace platform which does allow me entry onto Amazon.

This also means I can easily create an e-book version and I will do this in a few weeks time. Hopefully it will be ready by early May.

You can find more about the book on my Books page  where you will also find a link to Amazon for purchasing. I do not currently hold any stock myself but will do so soon at which time I will add a PayPal button.

It may interest you to know that as far as I am aware this is the only book of Elfje poems available in English. Previously the verse form has been confined to The Netherlands, where it was developed. Let’s help spread the word!

Book Signing Session

I seem to have got myself a little out of phase here in that I have reported on my Library visit of 16th March before reporting on my Book Signing on Saturday 11th March.

Book signing for a young customerThe signing session was to celebrate the official launch of “The Thirsty Flowers”, my illustrated story for 3-5 year olds and was held on my local High Street at the children’s clothing shop that stocks my books. I actually set up my stall outside the shop, in the entrance to the small arcade where the shop is situated on the corner.  I was there for two hours in the morning, from 10.00am until 12.00 noon, and I sold (and signed) several copies of the book so I was well satisfied with my mornings work. The photograph shows me signing a copy for a young customer.

As previously reported I also held an on-line ‘virtual’ launch on my Facebook Author’s Page so I am pleased to say that the book is now well and truly launched!

Poetry at the Library

Yesterday saw the second of my three visits to the Library. This time it was a group of 9 year olds from my local Primary School who were having a morning at the Library. The local Poetry Group, of which I am a member, had been invited to do some poetry work with the children and five of us went along. We shared some poetry with them on a variety of topics and listened to them read some of their own poems which they had been working on at school – acrostic poems on the subject of ‘Future’. They had obviously put a lot of thought into their poems and achieved some good results.  We also talked to them in general terms about poetry and they were happy to share their thoughts with us on the kind of poems that they like.

I have also received some wonderful ‘Monster’ pictures from my previous visit when I read to a class of  6-7 year olds and I will choose a few to post on this website in a day or two.

Book Launch Giveaway

Book Launch Giveaway details

If you have been reading this blog you will already be aware that the official launch for ‘The Thirsty Flowers’, my new illustrated story book for 3-6 year olds, takes place on Saturday 11th March when I will be running  a book signing session in my local children’s clothing shop where the books are currently stocked.

I will also be holding an on-line launch on my author’s page on Facebook where you will find a free book ‘giveaway’. To be in with a chance of winning please visit my page at www.facebook.com/ealeaper, like and share the page to your own timeline and leave a comment on the post. You have until midnight on Saturday to take part.  I look forward to your visit to my on-line launch event.

Changed Plans

This morning I visited my local Library as I had been invited to read to a class of school children on a Library visit. The planned visit had been subject to change at short notice. I had been expecting to read my new book ‘The Thirsty Flowers’ to the Nursery Class from my local school and to read a new story for slightly older children to a class of 6-7 year olds on May 4th.

Just last week I learned that the school had swapped the dates round and I had the class of  6-7 year olds today. I had expected another month or so to polish the story, ‘Demolition Dan’, as it was not quite ready for public airing but suddenly I had to give it my full attention. I have to say I am happy with the work I have done on the story in order to get it ready to read and the children seemed to enjoy it. Hopefully it will eventually be turned into another illustrated story book.

Apart from the sudden need to give the new story my full attention I was a little bit sorry that the dates were changed round as the reading of ‘The Thirsty Flowers’ today would have tied in well with my book launch this coming Saturday, 11th March, when I will be signing copies of the book and giving away balloons in a local shop where the book is stocked.

Despite the change of plan it was an enjoyable morning and it was great to see young children being encouraged to find out what their local library can offer.

New Book

As you have no doubt seen on entering this site, my new children’s illustrated story book “The Thirsty Flowers” is now available.  It was a bit of a rush to finally get it out it time to make some sales before Christmas but I am absolutely thrilled with the way it looks, thanks to young art student, Kerrie McCauley’s lovely illustrations. I’m sure you will agree with me that she has a great future ahead of her.

Please note the book is currently only available directly from me via this website as it has yet to be officially published. As soon as an official publication date is fixed I will release the ISBN number and let you know. As with my other books  all net profits from the sale of  “The Thirsty Flowers” will be donated to a children’s charity.

Coming Soon

Watch out for my new picture story book for 3-5 year olds. “The Thirsty Flowers” was broadcast twice on the BBC Radio 4 pre-school children’s programme ‘Listen With Mother’ in the late 1970’s, under my maiden name Elizabeth Overend. Until now the story has never appeared in print.

The book is being illustrated by talented young  newcomer Kerrie Mccauley and all being well is scheduled to be available in the spring next year. Children are bound to love her delightful illustrations. Hopefully we will be able to share the cover image with you soon.