Custom Made Sailboat Mobile

A very nice Facebook friend of mine (Leslie Everest – The Cracked Pot Handcrafts) made my baby boy a cute baby mobile. She made it sailboat themed and I didn’t even know what it was she was sending me. It turned out really nice. It’s a really nice surprise baby gift. See the pictures in this post below. If you have been following along my journey as a children’s book author, you will know that this goes with the theme of the first book I wrote.

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Photos were taken by me, Kathleen Ivan. The baby mobile was handmade by Leslie Everest who runs a page entitled The Cracked Pot Handcrafts. To see more of Leslie’s creations, see her facebook page. The link to her facebook  craft page is  https://www.facebook.com/thecrackedpothandcraftslke/

My author website: www.kathleenivanchildrensauthor.com

 

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A Cute Afghan

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I received this cute afghan from Leslie Everest last month. I had sent her a pink, wooden sailboat model because it was the prize in a giveaway that I was doing. I didn’t know she was making this. She made it and sent it to me. I like it and it goes with my first book, “A PinkBoat Adventure”. It’s nice and soft as well as warm. So, I have it on the couch in the living room till it gets to summertime weather and it’s too hot for afghans.

I took this picture yesterday. I’m at 29 weeks in this photo and I’m going into 30 weeks in a few days. It will be a boy, so it’s sort of funny that I’m sitting by a pink afghan. But the picture was meant to capture the nice afghan. Nevertheless, it’ll still be a fun picture some day in the future to show to baby. 🙂

www.kathleenivanchildrensauthor.com

 

 

Being Busy

I’ve been a little busier than usual. I have been working on author related stuff. I have also been busy dealing with family related stuff. Then, there are those day to day things that usually take up your time. However, time still goes by slower than I want it to here in the desert. It’s only been a year and two months here and thinking about having to spend another almost two years here isn’t a happy thought. So, I hope I can keep myself busy with enough things to forget really about where I am. Though the glaring sun every day makes that rather difficult. Anyways, I’ve been busy with a bunch of stuff.

Eventually, I intend on posting a recipe/instructions on how to make filet mignon for dinner. It’s something I do every week and it always come out nice and tasty when I make it. I make my husbands med-well while I always take mine nearly well done. That is a little taste of the article I will be posting soon. Hopefully this week sometime.

If you don’t already know it, I run two facebook pages besides my own personal facebook page. Then, I am also an administrator on another facebook page that another person created and is the main boss. All three aren’t really large facebook pages, but they keep me busy. I also maintain my author website which I created and designed myself. Right now, I am working on a new children’s book. I wrote the story, but I am also doing the illustrations this time around. I have about 1/3 of the illustrations done but none are actually colored in yet. So, I have lots of stuff going on that I am doing. I intend on having my new children’s book published sometime next year. I’m setting the deadline to June 2016, but I know issues will arise that will probably set me back to publishing in August 2016.

If you would like to enter a freebie/giveaway, please see the pinned post on my author facebook page for details. My author facebook page is the first link below.

Enjoy the rest of your day. 🙂

Kathleen Ivan

My facebook pages that I work on:

https://www.facebook.com/KathleenIvanpinkboatadventure

https://www.facebook.com/ReflectionsToNone

A facebook page that I help with that isn’t mine:

https://www.facebook.com/PromotingPictureBooks

My author website:

www.kathleenivanchildrensauthor.com

Getting Book Reviews

I’m looking for reviews for my children’s book, but it’s pretty difficult to get people to go online and take the time to post a review. Why is it so hard for people to post a simple book review? That really mystifies me. I like posting reviews for books and any other products. I think this helps other customers to decide whether or not they want to buy a product. I actually don’t really like buying a product online if it doesn’t have some kind of review. I always tend to look at negative reviews first also just to see what people didn’t like about the product. So, this is why I don’t mind if a review is somewhat negative and not filled with positive comments.

Here is a rather negative review I got for my book:
“Strap on your life vest because there are some severely choppy waters ahead.

THREE PROS
*Author Kathleen Ivan wrote this for her “developmentally slow” niece, and I point this out immediately since no one but Ivan and those closest to her will ever chart the same course in reading it
*I’m not ashamed to say that the pink in here really pops and makes me wonder if it is underutilized in the kidlit color world
*Alan Dugan navigates the boat illustrations perfectly, but he also should have sent out an SOS in a few other spots (namely the look of the main protagonist and the use of space on page 15)

THREE CONS
*Why did somebody named Crustina turn into crumbs and where did the mystery man come from (so far from shore) — seriously, I wish there were answers to these questions
*When the book itself ends by essentially asking those very questions verbatim, it almost felt like Ivan was pouring salt water in my mental wound — and made my wife think I was joking when I stopped reading at that point
*I’m not sure why the vessel is called PinkBoat or why the character Kathlean spells her name differently than the author (and I truly hope there’s a reason for both), but it automatically brings an air of typos and mistakes to the work that I assume most people will be unable to ignore

ONE DAD’S OPINION
I have delayed blogging about A PinkBoat Adventure for about five days now. I did this primarily because I hate sinking independent authors who have spent their hard-earned money shipping me materials. But the other reason was perhaps even more important to me: despite some extremely concrete initial opinions, rushing into the review did not feel like the right thing to do. Rather, I wanted to get my sea legs and have it come about at a time when I was fully engaged, in order to avoid any flippancy in my commentary. [Please note there is a huge difference between being obtusely flippant and using nautical puns in the course of negative feedback.] I hope both Ms. Ivan and the rest of you recognize that I did this, even if you disagree with my assessment (which is that we’re dealing with a near-total loss here). As someone who comes from two generations of marine insurers, I tend to think I’m particularly qualified to make this call…DESTROY”.(This review is from the following website:http://kidbookratings.blogspot.com/2014/06/a-pinkboat-adventure.html

I really think the above reviewer should have understood my book. It mystifies me that he didn’t.

Anyways, I submitted my book to another children’s book website to review and just crossed my fingers. I was really happy and satisfied when they published the review. The reviewer actually understood my book and the intention to get kid’s minds going in the imaginative areas. Because of this, I would call my book “interactive”. However, not all readers get the point of the book. My aunt didn’t get it at first because she forgot to read it with a kid’s perspective. But once she changed the way she read the book, she understood the objective of the book.

I think I need more kids to be reviewing my book. Adults, if you buy my children’s book, read it over to yourself first but make sure you read it out loud to your kids. I’m sure your kids will love the book and talk about it after you have finished reading it. Get the child’s opinion. After all, the book is written for the kids. Not the adults.

Here is a part of the recent “good” review that I got for my children’s book.

“The story has a mysterious and open ending which leaves room for readers to interpret what happened to Crustina in their own way. The story is a sort of a puzzle which will fascinate kids and make them think. The pictures are lovely and vibrant and breathe life into the scenes and characters. The surprise twist in the middle and the unexpected ending make it an enjoyable read for children. It is a good book that can be used in read aloud sessions in classrooms. It will be nice to see the way the kids come up with different interpretations for the ending. I enjoyed the book mainly because the story is original and it breaks away from the norm. The author gives young readers the space and opportunity to think with the ending.”

Full five star reveiw can be found at the following link:https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/37374

What I’ve Been Up To…..

This is something I did in art class recently.

This is something I did in art class recently.

I’ve been busy with a bunch of things lately. I didn’t think that I could be busy out here in the desert. Yet, I am.

I have an art class that I have been going to twice a week. Then, I also go to Art Club meetings once a week. With Art Club comes volunteering opportunities which I will be engaging in soon at the end of this month and in November.

I’ve also been advertising to get actual reviews for my book, “A PinkBoat Adventure” on Amazon. I can’t change the price, so the price is $3.99 for digital format. My family is not internet friendly and others don’t see that it is valuable to leave a review. I often post reviews on Amazon for things I buy regardless of whether it’s a book or not. I feel like it’s valuable and helps others decide what product they will choose to buy.

I also have other daily things to do like grocery shopping, cooking dinner, etc.

I am also working on some art projects. They will be displayed for sale at art galleries in the local area. Hopefully, someone will purchase them as I am just a beginner “artist”.

It’s time for me to get some food….dinner time. 🙂

Later,

Kathleen Ivan

Link to my amazon book:  http://www.amazon.com/PinkBoat-Adventure-Kathleen-Ivan-ebook/dp/B00JC16JAI/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1412986053&sr=1-1&keywords=a+pinkboat+adventure

Link to my author website: http://www.kathleenivanchildrensauthor.com/

Bye Bye North Carolina

Well, I’m on my way to California because of my husband’s job. We’re not going to be anywhere close to the beach either. Instead, we’ll be out in the desert. At least there’s no staircase/upstairs in the new place. 🙂 

I’ve also joined night owl reviews. So, when I get all settled in at our new place, I’ll be starting doing some book reviews. That’ll most likely be some time in early July. 

I also intend on writing more books. “A PinkBoat Adventure” isn’t my one and only book. However, I may just decide to do e-books only. I’ll see how it goes. I’m looking around at various online sites to see what they offer and for what cost. Well, I was looking around until we had to pack up and move. So, I’ve put that to the side also until we get settled into our new place. Again, that will be sometime in July that I’ll resume my “looking around”. 

Basically, everything is on hold until sometime in early July. 

 

Advertizement flyer for my book

Advertizement flyer for my book

I have just gotten my press release and my Google ads running and sent out by my publishing company, Authorhouse.

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A PinkBoat Adventure

A PinkBoat Adventure

The cover of my new children’s book. Perfect for the summer.

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