Between the Covers of 4RV Christmas Books Zoom Discussion on Sunday, September 19

Join members of the 4RV Publishing family as we talk about our Christmas books. Vivian Zabel (President), Stephanie Burkhart, Wayne Harris-Wyrick, Jeanne Conway, and myself will be part of this online discussion. Registration is free, but it is required. Visit https://4rvreading-writingnewsletter.blogspot.com/p/between-covers-of-4rv-christmas-books.html to register today!

Mid-Year 2021 Goals Update

I will let you in on a little secret… I never posted 2021 goals for the year. Not that I didn’t have any, but I mixed my reading, real estate, and writing goals all together in a post at The Book Connection and never looked back. Yikes! So unlike me.

Honestly, I was coming off an unusual year where I spent a lot of time reeling from my father-in-law’s death from COVID and a real estate year where my volume increased despite all the craziness of 2020.

Since I set aggressive real estate goals for 2021, I only set two writing related goals for this year:

Increase my editing volume

Choose one writing project to finish

I can’t say that I’ve done much about the first one. I am editing, but not as much as I planned.

I’ve chosen to finish Amelia’s Mission, which makes sense since I am 21 chapters in. There are probably only another 7 to 10 chapters left to this story, so that is manageable.

What will I need to do to get this goal accomplished?

  1. Time block my calendar (I hate time blocking)
  2. Review my real estate systems to find and implement efficiencies
  3. Get an assistant to help with marketing tasks
  4. Spend less time on social media

I really need to find my focus. My publisher is asking for more work from me, but I know that picture books take forever to get to market. A middle grade novel is a good choice.

Wish me luck!

Coming This Summer: Big Bill Returns by Vivian Zabel

Louie’s older brother wanted to travel. He didn’t want to stay at one lake all his life. One day, he flew away with some visiting ducks and only came to see his family once in a while. Louie told his friends about Big Bill one cold winter day. Gus wanted to know why he never heard about Big Bill before. After all, he and Louie were best friends.
 

When Big Bill came home and told Louie that he would stay, Louie thought his life would be so exciting. But, would his life be any different? Why did Big Bill have time for little brother Quacker but not for Louie? What good was having a big brother?

LOUIE THE DUCK SERIES BY VIVIAN ZABEL

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Vivian Zabel taught English and writing for nearly 30 years, but she has written herself since a child. When she shared her goal of becoming an author with a friend in the seventh grade, the friend laughed. She didn’t share her desire with anyone again, but she worked to become an author.

She and her late husband married in 1961 and had four children, three who lived. As an Air Force brat, she traveled from Guam to Morocco, and from Texas to Maine. But, Oklahoma was always home.

Zabel has been a member of OWFI since 2002 and the OWFI Grant Director since 2016. She was honored as the Lifetime Member in 2013. She and a friend founded an OWFI affiliate, Pen and Keyboard Writers, in Edmond, Oklahoma. Her home has been in the Edmond area since 1983.

As a former teacher, she finds the teacher in her continues to erupt. She often presents workshops and sessions at conferences concerning writing around the nation, including the Alaska Writers Conference and the OWFI conference. She has held workshops for different groups and for OWFI affiliates.

Zabel has attained her goal of authoring several books, which include YA books The Base Stealers ClubCase of the Missing Coach, and Prairie Dog Cowboy. She has four children’s books released, I Like PinkWhere Did Panther Go?: A Panther AdventureA Baby Doll from Santy Claus, and Wave Excitement: A Louie the Duck Story. Her novels are Stolen and Midnight Hours. Vivian also contributed to a book of short stories with another author and one of poetry with six others.

To learn more about Vivian Zabel and her books, go to her website VivianZabel.com.

Join GK and Cheryl of 4RV Publishing for a Path to Publication Discussion

LIVE ZOOM BROADCAST

June 13 at 3 pm Eastern/ 2 pm Central

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The Adventures of Planetman: The Case of the Plastic Rings by Karen Cioffi

When Thomas hears an animal crying for help, he knows it’s time for Planetman and his cohorts Recycleman and Clean-it-man to get to work.

In this fun adventure, three kids become superheroes in order to make a difference in the world around them. This is a perfect book to celebrate Earth Day, but the lessons it teaches will last for years to come. Extra information includes tips to recycle, reuse, and reduce and fun ways to help our planet. With colorful artwork by Thomas Deisboeck, The Case of the Plastic Rings is sure to entertain readers.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Age Range: 4 – 8 years … K – 3
Page count: 48 pages
Published: May 2020
HC ISBN-10: 1950074188
HC ISBN-13: 978-1950074181
PB ISBN-10: 195007417X
PB ISBN-13: 978-1950074174

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.