Learning from a pro!
There are multiple lessons to be learned from Anthony D. Fredericks this week… great writing craft, a top-notch book launch, high quality content for anyone who wants to learn how to write a children’s book, and on top of all that is a “meta” lesson on how to leverage a 5-star book review.
“Far too many prospective . . .authors get stuck on the fundamental (and universal) question of all writers – Where do I start?”
I have been passively but enthusiastically awaiting the launch of this book for many months now. Anthony Fredericks is the York, PA-based author of over 450 articles and 160 books. But when it arrived in my mailbox today (at the end of a long day leading a book marketing workshop, and with several hours more work left to be done before bed), I still perused it joyfully.
After dinner, when it was time to write this week’s missive to you, I decided to pre-empt the planned post and write about Tony’s book instead. So I picked it up and began to read. From the opening of the Foreword, I was hooked. This book is the kind of resource that’s been sadly lacking in the world of writing for children’s audiences.
It was ninety minutes later when I pulled myself out of its pages. (Because, let’s face it, I’ve still got 120 pages of “work” to finish before bedtime [you do realize I’m writing this on Saturday night, right?? Not Sunday at 6am?? Because our friendship should be at least that close by now!] and the book ain’t gonna proofread itself…) Well, at that point I raced over to Amazon to post a review:
Reviewing your favorite books is the best Thank You that can be offered. Not only does it give the author a feel-good moment (so they’re inspired not to give up!), but it helps other readers find the work, and actually boosts the book’s Amazon ranking!
Now for the “meta” part of what Anthony Fredericks can teach you today. This is above and beyond all the awesome things the book has shared (that I wrote about in the above review). Things that distinguish this author and make me want to shout about this book from the rooftop:
- Tony is a fabulous mensch who told me about his book project months ago, so I was looking forward to its ultimate release.
- He wrote a damn fine book that impresses the bejeezus outta me.
- A complimentary copy arrived in first-class mail…
- …with a personally inscribed note to me on the title page with his autograph
- …with a personally and creatively crafted letter that (even if I hadn’t known and admired him for years and years) would have reminded me of our connection
- …and he ASKED me to “consider penning a brief review (hopefully, 5-star) for Amazon.”
Do you see the magic of all that this author did to leverage my (gladly given) 5-star review? (Not to mention this rave to my tribe??)
Everything about this request appeared gracious and respectful. There is no book I’d rather recommend to you today. So if you’ve been on the fence about how to start writing (or revising, or querying, or publishing) a children’s book, then order up your copy today by clicking HERE.