2018 Goals Update

 

It’s time to review my writing goals for the year. I fear I’ll be sadly disappointed, but work and family come first.

GOAL 1: Submit Clever Tom to agents

Not yet. Deadline was February 15 and I haven’t really driven into that one. I’ve participated in Picture Book Pitch on Twitter, but nothing further. I’ll need to go back and look at that hashtag “PBPitch” to see if I can get some ideas of appropriate agents.

GOAL 2: Participate in STORYSTORM

Did this in January and won.

GOAL 3: Blog twice a week on all four blogs

When I am busy with work these get neglected, but at least two of the four stay regularly updated. I also added contributing to the 4RV blog twice a month and also contribute to Christian Children’s Authors.

GOAL 4: Guest blog at least once a quarter

Since I had a virtual book tour for Amos Faces His Bully  I did a bunch of guest blogging. I’ll probably set up another book tour in November.

GOAL 5: Contribute to Guardian Angel Kids this year

Looks like my best hope is the December issue.

GOAL 6: Finish Amelia’s Mission and get it ready for submission

I’ve been polishing the earlier chapters a bit based upon feedback from my local writers group and my critique partner. I’m in the middle of Chapter 20 now. 🙂

Overall, not a bad effort. What are some of your goals? Do you review them quarterly? How do you stay on track?

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Blogging at 4RV Blog

On Wednesday, I blogged at the 4RV Blog about finding inspiration in everyday life. So often, we don’t stop to think of how silly everyday happenings can inspire our creativity. Want to read more? Visit https://4rvreading-writingnewsletter.blogspot.com/2018/06/finding-inspiration-in-everyday-life.html

Blogging at the 4RV Blog

 

Today, I am blogging about how to work when the kids are home for the summer. You can find this article on the 4RV Blog at https://4rvreading-writingnewsletter.blogspot.com/2018/06/how-to-work-when-kids-are-home-too.html

Blogging at the 4RV Blog

This month, I began contributing to the 4RV Publishing blog. The 4RV Reading, Writing & Art News is geared toward writers and artists. It has a lot of helpful hints I’ve used over the years. I’ll be blogging every second and fourth Wednesday.

On May 9, my article “Understanding How Book Reviews Make You A Better Writer” appeared. You can find it here. Today’s article includes tips to balance writing time and marketing time. You can find it here.

If there are topics you would like to see me address in my bi-monthly posts, please feel free to share them in the comments.

Review Blurbs from the Amos Faces His Bully VBT

 

So excited to share some of the many great things bloggers said about my latest book, Amos Faces His Bully. 

 

I recommend AMOS FACES HIS BULLY for young readers to show that they do not have to tolerate being bullied. It would make a great addition to school libraries, public libraries, and of course your own library. – The Story of a Writer

Amos Faces His Bully was a cute kids book that I would personally recommend for any child…I hope the author decides to write more books like this one as it was really a great read for a young child! – Sefina Hawke’s Books

I personally found this book to be perfect for young school age children because it gives them an idea of how to deal with bullies and it uses a bible story to do so. I loved the way that the words teach children to put their faith in God. Overall, this a must read book for any young children! – Books for Books

I highly recommend this book for all the children in your life. I love the lesson behind the story and truly enjoyed the story and the illustrations. – Reviews by Crystal

I would recommend this book to parents to read with their children if they feel that they may have an issue with bullying because it may help to solve the problem by giving them the confidence to stand up for themselves. – The Next Best Thing to Mummy

I have read many of Cheryl’s books through the years and she has always been right on point. We need more Christian books like this for young children to have in their hands. – The Blended Blog

While teaching about standing up to bullies, the book also opens the door for reading and talking about scripture — a win-win for parents! – By the Book

This is a great children’s story that encourages children to stand up to bullies but, more importantly, it teaches to put their faith in God by using a story from the Bible. – Bound 4 Escape

What a wonderful read! Lessons mixed right with the bible…Just an all around wonderful book! Star rating beyond a five! – Stormy nights Reviewing & Bloggin’

I really enjoyed this poignant story of handling a very real problem for children using a classic Biblical tale, which creates a fantastic way in which to reinforce or introduce scripture to younger audiences. – That’s What She’s Reading

I thought this book was a very well thought out story for youngsters. I think it would help the bully as well as the bullied. – A Room without Books is Empty

 

About the Book: 

Title: AMOS FACES HIS BULLY
Author: Cheryl C. Malandrinos
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Pages: 20
Genre: Christian children’s picture book 

BOOK BLURB:

Amos is targeted by the town bully because he is so small. When word reaches Amos of his friend David’s battle with Goliath, he thinks back to what David told him about putting his faith in God’s protection. Perhaps the same God can help Amos face his bully too.

ORDER YOUR COPY:

Guardian Angel | Amazon | Barnes & Noble |Indiebound.org

 

Interview with Cheryl C. Malandrinos, Author of Amos Faces His Bully

Thought I would have a little fun interviewing myself today. It’s not often I have a chance to do that. Probably better off that way. People will think I am crazy. 🙂

Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of Little Shepherd, A Christmas Kindness, Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving and the recently released, Amos Faces His Bully. A blogger and book reviewer, she lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters. She also has a son who is married. Visit Cheryl online at http://ccmalandrinos.com/ and her children’s book blog at https://childrensandteensbookconnection.wordpress.com/

 

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Thank you for joining us today, Cheryl. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

I’m a wife and mother of three: two teenage girls and a son who is married. In addition to being a published children’s author I am a licensed REALTOR® in Massachusetts, a blogger and a book reviewer. I tend to be a glutton for punishment, so I overcommit myself on a regular basis. At least I’m never bored.

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

I’ve been writing since I was teenager, but it wasn’t until I became a stay-at-home mom that I began making writing a career choice.

Why did you decide to write stories for children?

The children’s market chose me. I was trying to finish a Christian fiction story for adults one year for NaNoWriMo. It simply wouldn’t come together and, when I shared the story idea with my pastor, he asked if it was a children’s book. That made me rethink what I was doing and I began writing it as a children’s picture book. That was my first book. I’ve published three other books since then.

Do you believe it is harder to write books for a younger audience?

A good story is required for any market. You just have to be careful not to talk down to your readers and to make sure the young people in your stories sound and act their age, not yours. 

What is your favorite part of writing for young people?

It’s fun to interact with young people at author events. They seem so excited about your ideas.

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

Amos Faces His Bully is about a boy in Bethlehem who is bullied because he’s small. When he hears about his friend David’s battle with Goliath, he wonders if the same God who helped David face his bully can help him.

What inspired you to write it?

I was bullied as a kid and one of my daughters has been bullied. I wanted her to realize God is there to help her deal with any challenges that come her way. Putting your faith in God can give you tremendous peace.

Where can readers purchase a copy?

Amos Faces His Bully is available at:

Guardian Angel | Amazon | Barnes & Noble |Indiebound.org

What is up next for you?

I polished up a cute and funny picture book idea that I want to pitch to agents and I’m over halfway done with a middle grade historical that is long overdue to be finished.

Do you have anything else to add?

I hope you’ll let me know if you have enjoyed one of my stories.

Thank you for spending time with us today, Cheryl. We wish you much success.

 

Blogging at CCA – Praying When It’s Hard

 

Today I am blogging at Christian Children’s Authors. This month’s topic: Praying When It’s Hard. Gosh, do I know what that’s like lately. I hope you find it helpful. Visit Christian Children’s Authors at http://christianchildrensauthors.com/2018/04/12/praying-when-its-hard