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.
The 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!
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.
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.
I am now able to release the ISBN for my children’s story book “The Thirsty Flowers”, you will find it under the book’s listing on my ‘Books’ page. The official launch date for the book is 11th March 2017. I will be posting more information about this is a few days time.
A select but appreciative audience came to hear Elizabeth Leaper read from her new book “Collecting Cobwebs, Gathering Brambles” at the Stafford Arts Festival and Book Fayre on 17th September. Throughout the day Elizabeth was available to sign copies of the book and an encouraging number of copies were sold along with several copies of her earlier book of verse for children “Barking At Nothing”.
Some dozen or so other Midlands authors were also in attendance, covering a wide variety of genres. These included award winning writer Catherine Cooper whose new book “Silver Hill”, third in the “Adventures of Jack Brenin” series which began with “The Golden Acorn”, will be available soon. For more information about Catherine and her books visit www.pengridion.co.uk
Elizabeth’s next book signing session will be in Nottingham on Saturday October 8th. Details to follow.
Stafford Book Festival, Saturday 17th September 2011:
Elizabeth Leaper will be launching “Collecting Cobwebs, Gathering Brambles” at this event. This is a collection of poems, rhymes and light verse by Elizabeth and her late uncle Jack Williamson. For more information about the book please see our Books page. If you are in the area please come along. Joining Elizabeth to sign and read from their books will be several other Midlands authors, including Catherine Cooper, prize-winning writer of “The Golden Acorn”.
“Barking At Nothing” was launched on 3rd June at “Treetops”, the Donna Louise Trust Hospice in Trentham, Staffordshire. “The Sentinel” Newspaper came along for a photo shoot. Elizabeth will be signing copies of the books at the charity’s shops over the next few weekends. For full details please visit the Events page.
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