Hi! I’m Elizabeth Weiss Vollstadt, a children’s writer, and I’m delighted to introduce myself to other authors on Marcia’s blog. I met Marcia when she spoke at the Victoria Gardens Book Club in January. I’ve been following her blog ever since.
As a children’s writer, I’ve been published three different ways:
––On contract for Lucent books, for four non-fiction books
––Traditionally with Boyds Mills Press, for the anthology, Young Patriots: Inspiring Stories of the American Revolution, written with co-author Marcella Anderson
––Independently for my preteen novel, Pairs on Ice.
I’ve discovered that the hardest things about publishing a book is not the writing, but the marketing, and I hope to exchange ideas with other writers about what works. One thing I’ve learned is that it’s especially difficult to market children’s books because most are purchased by libraries––and they rarely buy indie books. So far, I’ve used Amazon, social media, word of mouth, and one ad. My most successful book signings have been at ice rinks. Unfortunately, there are few in Florida.
Pairs on Ice, the first of a three-book series, was published in 2014. It’s about friendship, family, and the competitive world of figure skating. My main character, Jamie, 12, is a singles skater who switches to pairs––and the sparks start to fly! The book was inspired by my years as a skating mom when my daughter competed. I’ve always marveled at skaters who could jump, spin, and glide over the ice. It’s been fun creating characters who can skate the way I’ve always wished I could.
I have just completed revisions on Pairs at Nationals, the second book in the series, and to celebrate, I’m offering the Kindle version of Pairs on Ice for only 99 cents, beginning today, May 17, and lasting through May 23rd.
Pairs On Ice On Sale Today Here
You can find out more about me and Pairs on Ice at my Amazon Author’s Page, http://www.amazon.com/author/elizabethvollstadt
and also at my blog, www.elizabethvollstadt.blogspot.com
I’d love to share marketing ideas with any writers who are interested. Thanks and hope to hear from you.