Part 1 – Going Live on a Podcast
I can’t believe I went live today at 3PM (London Time). I never thought I’d be doing anything in the UK, let alone live!
I was on the Author’s Voice with Kala Williams. She sent me 5 questions before Sunday’s taping on January 23rd. It took about 30 minutes, but they cut it down to 16.5 to keep it short and sweet for busy teachers.
I imagined how I’d answer, but I never thought about how to keep them short. No worries! Kala kept me on track with her secret signal. Sorry! I can’t reveal it, but it helped me wrap things up when I went too long.
If you’d like to see The Author’s Voice screenshot below, click on this link:
The Author's Voice - YouTube
If you only want to listen to My Voice, click this one:
Read Aloud & Book Talk with Rinda Beach - YouTube
The Author’s Voice also has its own Facebook page. Here’s a screenshot.
I love the name READMASTER! It’s what I wanted my 2nd graders to be – reading masters!
I’m retired now, but I want to write stories that help kids become reading masters too.
READMASTER and Bright I’s Education Consultancy had 3 different posts up for me today.
Here’s the first one, announcing that I’d be on at 3PM London time.
What an opportunity! To have teachers and kids in the UK take a peek at my books!
Here’s the second announcement to let teachers know when to watch the video. Teachers are busy people. I’m glad they had another chance to find me and my three books. The third one said I was live, AND, it gave teachers links to find me, to find the things they could use. I’ve been retired for 5 years, but I still love finding easy buttons and links!
PS - If you’re reading this in the US, don’t use the Amazon Purchase Link – It’s for the UK!
My favorite link is the Cheeky jump ahead to the Read Aloud. ‘Cheeky,’ that’s definitely a British word. If you click on it, you can hear me read one of my favorite pages. It’s about Zoe, her brother Nick, and a lizard. If you’d like to listen, it’s the first one. The other links are from this side of the pond, from Wapakoneta, Ohio.
Cheeky Jump: Read Aloud & Book Talk with Rinda Beach - YouTube
My Purchase Link: Zoe's Scavenger Hunt Fun - Rinda Beach
Follow me on Instagram: Rinda Beach (@rindajbeach) • Instagram photos and videos
Virtual Visits: Rinda Beach | Facebook
Bonus Book Resources: Rinda Beach - Rinda Beach
Part 2 – Zoe and I are Front Page News!
Extra! Extra! Zoe and I are on the front page of the Wapakoneta Daily News! I’m below Jim Jordan and the anti-solar group. I’m beside the story on the Ammunition shortage. My headline – Local Author pens 3rd book. We’re also on the 2nd page, at the bottom.. I used the whole newspaper page so I could preserve this memory.
Part 3 – Phone Calls and Camera Shots
Newspaper articles usually start with an interview. Mine did! Alex Guerrero called and asked to talk to me. He asked questions about me and my book, about being a writer, the things that he thought his readers would want to know.
He also told them where they could find my books, at Riverside Art Center here in Wapak, on my website Rinda Beach - Rinda Beach , and on Amazon. It took about 25 minutes for him to gather the information he needed.
The photo shoot was even shorter. I met Alex at Riverside where he took 2 sets of shots. One with me and my 3 books. The other with me and Zoe. That’s the one he picked for the front page. Alex was done in 5 minutes flat!
Part 4 – A Couple of Lovely Surprises!
Here are 2 hints! Can you guess what I found in my inbox yesterday?
Zoe’s Scavenger Hunt Fun got 5 Stars from Readers’ Favorite, and it only took 12 days to get it. That’s amazing!
It took a couple months for Neil to get its 5-star review, and Lake Fun never got one – at all. To get reviewed, one of their reviewers has to pick your book. I waited 3 months, but no one was interested. I could have resubmitted it, but by that time Zoe was in the works so I let Lake Fun go.
Click on the link below, and you’ll find yourself at Readers’ Favorite. If you search ‘Rinda Beach,’ this is what you’ll see. Link: Readers' Favorite: Book Reviews and Award Contest
I tried it and found this – I was surprised. And thrilled to discover two of my books are 5 Star Favorites! WAHOO! In the words of this song title by Meatloaf, “two out of three ain’t bad.” I agree!
You can only read the first 4 lines of the review on this page, but don’t worry! The full review’s below. I’m so grateful to Emily-Jane Hills Orford. She picked my book and gave it a great review.
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
The Roberts family is off to Norris Lake for some summer fun. Every year, Mom creates a challenging scavenger hunt for the three children. It encourages young people to have fun at the lake while still working on different skills, like math and map reading. Zoe’s the youngest; she’s never won the scavenger hunt. Now that’s she’s in grade 3, she’s determined to win. But her older siblings are so much better at so many things. Can she really beat them at the annual Roberts’ Family Scavenger Hunt Fun?
Rinda Beach’s early chapter book, Zoe’s Scavenger Hunt Fun: A Lake Vacation Activity Book, takes the young reader on a journey to a summer cottage on Norris Lake. They follow young Zoe’s adventures as she improves her map-reading skills, becomes more observant of the natural life around her, tries different dives into the lake, and manages to swim deeper than her older siblings. As Zoe plows her way through her mother’s scavenger hunt questions, recording each answer as she completes the challenge, the plot thickens and the young reader will be cheering her on. At the end of the vacation, Dad tallies the points earned by each child. It’s a tense moment. Who wins? And will there be another challenge next year? At the end of the book, the author provides the young reader with the opportunity to record their own scavenger hunt, complete with challenging questions and activities. A great interactive learning tool – summer fun can be learning fun as well.
This was the second surprise! My friend Linda commented on my Facebook post about the Wapak paper. She told me I was in the Lima News too. SURPRISE!! I didn’t know they’d written anything about me.
I asked her to send it to me, and look what I found on Messenger this morning. It’s a small article, but it’s hard to get into the Lima News. All three of my kids have been in the Wapak paper, but only one has been in the Lima News.
The headline – Author appearance planned in Wapak. That’s the Galentine Sip & Shop event. I’ll be at Riverside Art Center from 6-8 to chat, sell, and autograph my books. I’ll have presale slips for people who want to get Zoe right away. She comes out March 9th. I can’t believe it’s almost here!
Riverside is also doing a few raffles for a local charity. I’m donating a set of autographed copies of my three books. I hope I sell some tickets!
When I write, I can only have one voice in my head, mine. A little noise is fine. But too much, or worse yet, WORDS, and I must change rooms or pull out headphones. Then I can write on!