As an author in this economy, you have to come up with creative ways to market a self-published book. While book tours are a great way to connect with your readers, they aren’t the most affordable method of promotion. However, technology has made it possible for an alternative.
Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Jennifer Kelman with Jordyn & Kyle Kelman, Illustrated by Michael Swaim, who is taking their latest book, The Disappearing Dolphins, on tour – a virtual book tour, that is. They will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about them and their book.
Luckily for us, Jennifer was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of The Disappearing Dolphins.
OP: Tell us a little bit about The Disappearing Dolphins. What is it about?
Jennifer: A lovely tale of young twins on a “usual” trip to the beach. Today was different; Kevin’s great imagination was playing tricks on him, or was it? He believed that each time he looked up he saw beautiful dolphins springing into the air. He nudged his twin sister, Jackie, in the hope she would see it too, but each time she looked up, they were gone. Was Kevin left wondering? No, at the perfect moment, Jackie looked up to see the most wonderful sight…..five graceful dolphins shining in delight. The adventure continues as they board a boat and feed the dolphins. The tale is about imagination, trust, the sibling (twin) relationship and sticking to your beliefs. The illustrations bring this story to life and capture the beauty and wonderment of children and nature.
OP: Why did you decide to write this story?
Jennifer: This is my third children’s book. My first departure from the award winning Mrs. Pinkelmeyer book series. This story came tumbling from me after a few weeks of my twins being sick. Not feeling particularly creative, I began to weave this story and was truly surprised as I watched my kids begin to feel refreshed and happy. It was at that moment that we all decided together to make the story of The Disappearing Dolphins into a book.
OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
Jennifer: This is a great story for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and teachers to read to their kids. Using fun and silly intonations while reading aloud, the listener can appreciate the frustration in Jackie and the desire in Kevin. This book appeals to 4-6 year olds and maybe a bit older as they read the book to themselves.
OP: What is special about your book? What differentiates it from other books in the same category?
Jennifer: The book is special because of the subtle messages…believe in yourself, imagine and it can be, the sibling (twin) relationship and the love of nature. It is special because the story is woven in such a way that highlights all of these aspects. The reader remains engaged and isn’t exactly sure if Jackie will ever see The Disappearing Dolphins. I believe that the illustrations by Michael Swaim, set this book apart from others. His gift is unparalleled.
I am also in the process of co-writing a song, The Disappearing Dolphins, which will be available on ITunes, to complement the book. This song, a catchy, sing-a-long, is certain to stay stuck in your head all day long.
OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?
Jennifer: This is my 3rd book. My first two belong to the Mrs. Pinkelmeyer book series.
I created two children’s characters; Mrs. Pinkelmeyer® and her lovable dog, Moopus McGlinden®. Together, they inspire self-esteem in children through their love, warmth and silliness. I have also created a full product line including a plush doll, a Moopus McGlinden stuffed animal, a music CD and 2 books. Mrs. Pinkelmeyer and Moopus McGlinden Burn the Rrrrump Rrrroast and Mrs. Pinkelmeyer and Moopus McGlinden Prance into New York City. Available on Amazon.com and www.MrsPinkelmeyer.com
I will continue to write and publish more books when the light of creativity strikes again.
OP: Thanks for your time, Jennifer! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!
Jennifer Kelman is a licensed clinical social worker, life coach, author, and entrepreneur. She enjoys cycling and tennis, and finds endless creative inspiration from her young twins. She is the author of the award-winning Mrs. Pinkelmeyer® series featuring the lovable dog Moopus McGlinden®. The Disappearing Dolphins is her third children’s book. For more information about Jennifer and her book, please contact the author at NIFJK6@gmail.com or 561-899-7192
For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/thedisappearingdolphins
This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour marketing option, which allows self-publishing authors to connect with bloggers and harness the power of the blogosphere by taking their book on the “virtual road”. Learn more about this service by visiting your Publishing Center and reviewing the available marketing options.
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