Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Press Releases

Press Releases This is exciting! I just finished putting together the first draft of a press release to send out to local media for Bob Daigneault and Frank Jaworski. I am hoping our local newspaper will want to do a story about the book coming out and Frank and Bob's role in making the book a reality. There really is an amazing human interest story surrounding this book.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


I'm testing out whether Hellotxt will send this message to all of my social networks. I hope it works! It's a great way for everything to get updated at once! Let's see if it works.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Literary Festival

Yesterday Alexander and I attended a Literary Festival at Harmony School in Pflugerville, Texas. Lora Negrito had invited members of the Writer's League of Texas to attend and she was delighted when I responded, especially since I told her that Alex is also a published writer. She had tables for each of us.

Here is Alex's table:

We had the Highlights for Children and Disney Magazines that Alex had been published in to show the children that there are opportunities for children to publish, too. We forgot to bring Alex newspaper articles! Alex really wished he had brought the first few chapters of his book, too. He actually had two students very interested in his story line. He has some students who are going to check out his www.fanfiction chapters. He doesn't use his real name on the Fan Fiction site, so he had to tell the boys the name to look for to find his stories.

Here I am at my table:

It was really great that I had the galley/proof of The Heart of a Father. You can see it here next to The Heart of a Mother. The cover is really quite striking. Of course, the book the kids were most interested in was My Brother Needs an Operation. I had fun telling them the story of how K.C., my toy poodle, had managed to get in so many photographs, that Linda Ball (the illustrator) decided to work her into the story line.

As much as I enjoyed talking to the students -- and 4 or 5 of them had siblings with CHDs! -- I think I enjoyed even more seeing Alex talk with the students about his writing projects and achievements.

The school has about 150 students. They had the students come to us by grade (6th - 9th) a little at a time. There were several other authors' tables not visible in this photograph which is why it doesn't look like there are many people here. There were. The children split up and spoke to all of the different authors in the different sections of this room. Unfortunately, the photos of the other authors I took came out way too dark for me to post.

I think one of the things that I got the biggest kick out of was watching some of the students ask Alex for his autograph.

We had lunch with the main speaker for the Literary Festival, Maria Snyder, author of Poison Study, Magic Study, Fire Study, Storm Glass, and (soon to be released) Sea Glass. Unfortunately, the photo I took of Maria Snyder came out too dark. :-( She was extremely personable and very kind to both Alex and me. In fact, she impressed Alex enough with her presentation and luncheon discussion for him to get an autographed copy of her very first book (Poison Study).

Here's a photo of her that I found online:

We had a great time! Thank you to the Harmony School for inviting Alex and me to their Literary Festival and thanks to all the kind people we met yesterday. It really was a most enjoyable day.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Heart of a Father Galley Received!

I am thrilled to announce that today I received the galley (proof) of The Heart of a Father. It looks even better than I thought it would! It looks and feels very much like The Heart of a Mother. I was a little afraid it would be quite different since I am using a different printer, but I'm delighted with the way it has turned out.

The book will be available June 15th. The book can be pre-ordered on the Baby Hearts Press website (

Thanks to all of you who supported me through the years it took to make this project a reality.


Anna Jaworski