#Humor Book Promo on You Tube – Problem Child

Humor Book Looks At My #ADHD Childhood

photo of robb lightfoot graduating from kindergarten humorous book Problem Child

Hello all

All the advice I’ve been getting lately suggests that I need to have a variety of promotions in play, including a brief clip on YouTube. Today I took my first stab at doing just that, and so it’s up and running at this link https://youtu.be/ePIwBHjce7E

Let me know what you think. Karin says the audio could be a little crisper, but I was going for mellow. After all, one of the ideas I’m trying to get across is that people can chill out a bit when they grow up. But if the consensus is that it needs work, then I can redo it or just sharpen it up a bit in Audacity.

I rummage around and found some shots from the family album, and I think they work. I thought that would be better than pointing a camera at myself and just having a talking head. But… it might not be a bad idea to add in a contemporary image.

Thanks to all of you who have helped spread the word about my book. It helps, too, to encourage readers to go on Amazon and review either the print or Kindle versions.

Thanks. The book can be purchased at any number of places, including Barnes and Noble. At the moment, though, I am working on getting more attention and reviews on Amazon. Here’s that link.http://www.amazon.com/Problem-Child-Principals-Improbable-Hyperactive/dp/0988785463/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Robb

Goodreads Giveaway – #Humor Book of an ADHD Childhood

Here’s the latest paperback giveaway over at Goodreads. It runs through mid-June. Twenty-five autographed, first-edition books will be up for the asking. They are being offered for free, but it is customary to post an honest review after you’ve won/read your copy.

This book is a humorous look at the hyperactive childhood of Robb Lightfoot, the kid with his own desk in the principal’s office. Most days, Robb wasn’t looking for trouble, it just kept finding him.

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Problem Child - The View from the Principal's Office by Robb Lightfoot

Problem Child – The View from the Principal’s Office

by Robb Lightfoot

Giveaway ends June 15, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Problem Child: The View From the Principal’s Office by Robb Lightfoot

Book cover photo of Robb Lightfoot book is Problem Child - The View From the Principal's Office - Tall Tales from a Hyperactive Childhood

A collection of humorous tall tales by Robb Lightfoot. Follow him in and out of the principal’s office. You’ll see the origins of the rock throwing club, how to create the biggest spit-puddle in the world, learn pointers about the fine art of chewing gum and discover why it can be hazardous to your health to try and sneak a peek at a nude sunbather.

Robb’s intent in writing this book, the first in his Tall Tales of a Hyperactive Childhood, is to give teachers and parents a look into the mind of a kid who just can’t seem to follow the rules or stay out of the trouble. It’s not that he tries to be bad; it’s just that he can’t seem to figure out the system. For example, in story, The Encyclopedia Kid, you learn why too much knowledge–and teaching from the back of the classroom–can get you a ticket to Mr. Lewis’ office.

The good news is that “active” kids can and do figure things out eventually, and in Robb’s case, can find their way back into the classroom to teach.

“I used to get sent to the office for talking in class,” Robb says. “Now that I’m a speech teacher, I make people talk in class… and get paid!”

For author meetings or presentations, contact Robb at www.robblightfoot.com or robb AT robblightfoot.com.

Problem Child can be found in eBook format on Kindle, Smashwords, Kobo, and the Apple Store. Print version can be found on Amazon or ordered via major and independent bookstores.

 

Fresh Fiction – Love Christmas Collection of 2016

Image from Mimi Barber on Christmas Fiction in boxed set

 

ENTER HERE!

 

Calling all Christmas lovers!
Do you love the music of the holiday season? If so, the Authors’ Billboard needs your attention! This coming 2016 Christmas, twenty of our authors—New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers—will be putting together a multi-author box collection of brand new, never before published stories to dazzle everyone, but we require your participation.
The title of our collection will be LOVE, CHRISTMAS and the theme of this bundle will be Christmas carols. We want to use YOUR favorite holiday songs. If you and your song title are chosen, one of the 20 novellas will be dedicated to you.
Sound like fun? Please enter the contest by naming your special carols in the contest entry form.

http://freshfiction.com/contest.php?id=8118

You may enter as many times as you like. So what are you waiting for?

Here’s what the winners will receive:

  1. Twenty winners will have his/her favorite song chosen as the title and possibly the theme for one of the novellas.
    2. That particular story will be dedicated to the winner— twenty in total.
    3. And the winners will receive a free copy of the box set (eBook only).

 

Ho, ho, ho! And good luck!

 Image from Mimi Barber on Christmas Fiction in boxed set

The authors involved in this great contest are:

Leanne Banks – NY Times & USAToday, National #1 Best-selling author

Mimi Barbour – NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author

Nina Bruhns – NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author

Joan Reeves – NY Times & USAToday, Best-selling author

Mona Risk – NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author

Patricia Rosemoor – NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author

Rebecca York – NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author

Denise Devine – USA Today, Best-selling author

Donna Fasano – USA Today,Best-selling author

Traci Hall – USA Today,Best-selling author

Taylor Lee – USA Today,Best-selling author

Stephanie Queen – USA Today,Best-selling author

Jennifer St. Giles – USA Today,Best-selling author

Alicia Street – USA Today,Best-selling author

Ari Thatcher – USA Today,Best-selling author

Rachelle Ayala – Best-selling author

Jacquie Biggar – Best-selling author

Michele Hauf – Best-selling author

Dani Haviland – Best-selling author

Nancy Radke – Best-selling author

Image from Mimi Barber on Christmas Fiction in boxed set 

The Christmas Carol (Box Collection) Contest

http://freshfiction.com/contest.php?id=8118

Calling all Christmas lovers!
Do you love the music of the holiday season? If so, the Authors’ Billboard needs your attention! This coming 2016 Christmas, twenty of our authors—New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers—will be putting together a multi-author box collection of brand new, never before published stories to dazzle everyone, but we require your participation.
The title of our collection will be LOVE, CHRISTMAS and the theme of this bundle will be Christmas carols. We want to use YOUR favorite holiday songs. If you and your song title are chosen, one of the 20 novellas will be dedicated to YOU.
Sound like fun? Please enter the contest by naming your special carols in the contest entry form.

http://freshfiction.com/contest.php?id=8118

You may enter as many times as you like. So what are you waiting for?

Here’s what the winners will receive:

  1. Twenty winners will have his/her favorite song chosen as the title and possibly the theme for one of the novellas.
    2. That particular story will be dedicated to the winner— twenty in total.
    3. And the winners will receive a free copy of the box set (eBook only).

 Ho, ho, ho! And good luck!

The authors involved in this great contest are:

Leanne Banks – NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author
Mimi Barbour – NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author
Nina Bruhns – NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author
Joan Reeves – NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author
Mona Risk – NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author
Patricia Rosemoor – NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author
Rebecca York – NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author
Denise Devine – USA Today, Best-selling author
Donna Fasano – USA Today, Best-selling author
Traci Hall – USA Today, Best-selling author
Taylor Lee – USA Today, Best-selling author
Stephanie Queen – USA Today, Best-selling author
Jennifer St. Giles – USA Today, Best-selling author
Alicia Street – USA Today, Best-selling author
Ari Thatcher – USA Today, Best-selling author
Rachelle Ayala – Best-selling author
Jacquie Biggar – Best-selling author
Michele Hauf – Best-selling author
Dani Haviland – Best-selling author
Nancy Radke – Best-selling author

Slide of Jen Malone's suggestions

#School Visits For Authors

Slide of Jen Malone's suggestions

 

School Visits for Authors

Author Jen Malone has great how-to tips for authors who would like to make school presentations. You should check out her website at JenMaloneWrites.com. Her site embodies many of the principals she talks about and that I summarize below.

As you begin

You begin this journey by starting with referrals from friends and friends of friends. Even if you’ve landed a contract with a publishing house, you want to start small and locally. The truth is, that even with a publishing house behind you, you’ll need to do this sort of work on your own.

Things Aren’t What They Used To Be

In the past, authors used to visit schools and talk about being a writer. But these career-day presentations are a thing of the past. Given the need to teach to the test, teachers can’t spare the time. If you hope to get into a classroom, you must fit into their curriculum. To do this, you’ll need to get help from teachers or research their common core curriculum. That way, you can pitch your presentation as fitting into their lesson plans.

Passing Muster

Be prepared to undergo a background check before you step on campus. You need to ask about this early on to get clearance. But once this has been done, it’s usually retained on file and easier to do for subsequent visits.

Setting Your Terms

Some visits may be informal and arranged with a phone call. But others may require travel, and you may incur up-front expenses. The more formal the visit, the greater the need and likelihood you’ll need a contract that spells how the costs are to be covered, and any cancellation clauses. Weather events can cancel school even as the author is en-route or past a refund date for air fare and accommodations. Who pays in such a case? It’s best to have a clear understanding, in writing, to cover such contingencies.

Pricing

This is something you’ll probably revise as you go, but know that you’ll need to put the information on your website so teachers can see and know if you’re within their budget. You can, of course, offer some freebies to low-income schools, or package deals that offer some free visits. At the time of the 2014 talk, Jen said that a nominal amount would be $1,500 for a day at a school with 4 classroom visits and an all-school presentation.

Contact Information

Your website should make it easy for teachers and interested administrators to contact you. You may want to show yourself in action, but this requires planning. As you might expect, you can’t just take pictures of yourself with kids and put them up on the web. There needs to be permission slips signed off, and children without this sort of prior clearance will need to be tactfully excluded from promotional images.

Talking With Kids

Know that kids will ask all manner of direct and awkward questions, especially about money and how old you are. This can be a lot of fun, but you’ll probably be dispelling myths about how rich or famous authors are. Take it all in a spirit of fun.

Resources

Jen noted many websites, in addition to her own as an example of how you should project a professional image. Again, don’t expect your publisher, agent or anyone else to do most of the legwork required to make a successful visit.

But do check out some of the author-websites such as the following:

Here’s a list of tips from the American Library Association. The advice is aimed at parents and teachers, but it is useful for author’s too.

Here’s a link to the Children Writers and Illustrator’s web page that discusses authors visits.