My promotional activities are about to take a short rest for the Christmas period. I'm selling signed copies of Madeleine Goes to the Moon at All Saints Christmas Fair in Hesketh Bank tomorrow and then I have a few weeks off before things get busy again in the New Year. Amongst other things I already have a couple of school visits lined up, a storytime session at Southport Library and a book signing event at Ye Old Bookshop in Formby.
I've also added my author profile on GoodReads.com and have just posted a trailer video for Madeleine Goes to the Moon. Maybe at some point I will get the chance to sit down and write......
Madeleine Goes to the Moon is currently the #15 best-seller in the Amazon Kindle 'Imagination and Play Literature' category. The list is updated hourly so who knows how long that will last...... but it's nice to see anyway.
There's also another nice review on Amazon (thank you!!) and another brand new one here: http://roselandonline.co.uk/book-review-december-2014-sallie-eden-2/
So if you are still trying to find suitable Christmas presents......
It's 2 months ago today that Madeleine Goes to the Moon was officially released. It actually seems like much longer, but that must be because I have been so busy for the whole time doing promotional work, visiting schools, attending book signings etc.
Anyway, it's a nice opportunity to sit back and be thankful that I managed to get my first book published and that it has been so well received by so many people. This feels a bit like a speech.... but I would like to thank English Rose Publishing for giving me this opportunity, and for being so supportive and pleasant to work with. I would also like to give a big thanks to Charlie not just for the fab illustrations, but because working together on the book and making it the best we could was a great experience and it was really rewarding to see the end result.
Many people have asked me when the next book is coming out, and all I can say right now is please just watch this space. I'm looking forward to working with Charlie on the sequel, but first of all I have to focus on promoting this book as much as I can. The good news is that Madeleine's next adventure doesn't need writing... that part is already done.......
It looks like I might be appearing on local radio sometime soon, so if that happens I will give everyone adequate warning so you can switch your radios off! I'm also lining up some book signings and reading events for January but I am currently available for most of December. If anyone wants me to visit their school/library/bookshop then by all means get in touch. Finally, for those of you in the region, there should be a pretty nice article in the next edition of the Lancashire Evening Post.
Now that Madeleine Goes to the Moon is available on Kindle too have any of you tried it out yet? If so, how did you find it, do you have any comments or feedback? If so please do let me know.
Also, if you have purchased a copy on Kindle and also posted a review on Amazon please get in touch and let me know to claim your free signed copy of the book. I can see a lovely new review on Amazon (thank you whoever you are!) - if you are a frazzled mum and purchased the Kindle version then your signed book awaits.... There a a total of 3 up for grabs, and it only takes 5 minutes to post a review.
I've been on holiday for a couple of weeks hence the lack of updates, but in that time we have received more reviews of Madeleine Goes to the Moon, and so far they have all been excellent. But please don't take my word for it, check out the links below (you may have to scroll down on each to get to Madeleine Goes to the Moon):
This is a review by 6 year old Martha who read the book and wrote the review herself.
This review is from a popular, prolific and honest blogger.
There are now two five star reviews on mumsnet.
Another popular blogger who (rather excellently) reviews books with his daughter for a well rounded opinion.
And last but not least, here Madeleine Goes to the Moon was chosen as Young Children's Book of the Month.
Please please please, if you have a copy of the book and you liked it (or even if you hated it) could you take the time to post a review on Amazon. It doesn't have to be lengthy, and you needn't have purchased the book from there, but the number of reviews on Amazon do make a huge difference. We currently have 7 in the UK, but we need many more to raise the profile of the book.
To those of you who have already posted a review, thank you. And to those of you who intend to do so, thank you in advance!
We were delighted to officially open the brand new library at St. Johns Primary School in Crossens, Southport today. Peter was the ultimate gentleman and let Peter cut the ribbon (Charlie couldn't be trusted with sharp scissors). It was great to see the Children's reaction to having a library in the school for the first time and everyone was so friendly and welcoming.
We will be visiting St.Johns school in Crossens, Southport tomorrow where we will be reading Madeleine Goes to the Moon and also officially opening the new school library. We are so proud to have been asked to do this and are looking forward to it. The reaction we have had from Children and parents to the book in the first two weeks has completely blown us away and taken us by surprise.
I would just like to thank everyone who has supported us so far and to everyone who has been kind enough to purchase the book. Also, I know I keep making the same point, but we really would appreciate it if you could post your (honest) reviews on Amazon please. It may not seem it, but it really does make a huge difference to us. Than you to those who have already done so, we do appreciate it, but we do need more please!!
On Saturday 11th October Peter Lynas will be selling signed copies of Madeleine Goes to the Moon at the PEEPs fair in Hesketh Bank. If you are planning on purchasing a copy then come along and but one at a specially discounted rate!
On Monday 13th October Peter and Charlie will be officially opening the new library at St Johns Primary School in Crossens, Southport. We'll try not to fight over who gets to cut the ribbon (it'll be Peter..). We're also available for ship launches and turning on Christmas lights!
Also, we would like to thank those of you who have been kind enough to review our book on Amazon. And for those of you who haven't, please do so if you can spare the time, it makes a huge difference to how visible the book is to others.
On Saturday we were in the excellent Kiddiroo in Tarleton signing books and much more. It was a great day and it was nice to see so many people turn up.
Many thanks to Kiddiroo for being so welcoming and many thanks once again to Ash Black for the wonderful photos.