Boy were we wrong.
Early this morning we received a giggly phone call from an enthusiastic staff at Warner Press. Allan and I hovered over the speakerphone, listening intently to the buzzing hive of friendly publishing staff on the other end of the line. We stood slack-jawed, wide-eyed and white-faced as they told us "Hunter Brown and the Secret of the Shadow" had just won a "Moonbeam Children's Book Award" in the "Pre-Teen Fiction - Fantasy" category!
It's true - see for yourself: http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1315
So, in a matter of moments we went from being plain ol' published authors (whoopee) to award winning novelists (Yahoo!) and all that entails.
Can you see now why our heads are growing? This is fantastic news that allows us to gain more exposure with our stories in the marketplace. We can even place a "Moonbeam" seal on our book AND several new organizations will be promoting us on their list of recommended reads for Libraries and other outlets.
Being a math whiz myself, I know what comes next: High Honors + Shiny Awards = More Exposure + Bigger Heads! However, since the award is only a shiny sticker and not something I'll be receiving on the red carpet in hollywood, you can pop my ballooning head now.
Needless to say both Warner Press and the Miller Brothers are very pleased to have received this recognition. Warner also mentioned that there are a few more awards we are in consideration for. We'll let you know if any more good news arrives.
Today we're honored to have author of the Kingdom Series and the Knights of Arrethtrae join us for our LIVE webcast (3pm PST, 6pm Eastern). Chuck Black is joining us via chat as well as a prerecorded in-studio video interview we made with him this past Saturday.
If you've yet to read Chuck's work you are in for a treat. Join us at MillerBrothersBooks.com and click on Video Chat to join in. You don't need a webcam, just watch us host the show and chat with us via an optional chatroom.
Don't worry, you can still pre-order your autographed copy TODAY for only $9.99 (with purchase of medallion) by visiting www.MillerBrothersBooks.com or direct from Amazon.com for only $11.19
So, why wait? It'll give you something to read whilst you eagerly await the Voyage of the Dawn Treader movie.
So, I'm a huge fan of the Peter and the Starcatcher series. The books were co-authored by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and are nothing short of amazing. After all, co-authored books ROCK! Okay, so the first three books are listed below and if you haven't yet read them start them right away. You'll be glad you did. (Besides, it will help you pass the time until our next Hunter Brown book comes out...right?)
- Peter and the Starcatchers
- Peter and the Shadow Theives - My personal favorite.
- Peter and the Secret of Rundoon
Anyway, I soon as I heard that they were coming out with a fourth book in the series (Peter and the Sword of Mercy) this fall I started frantically searching for the cover art. Nobody had it in any of the bookstores, however I was successful at spotting a cover on another blog. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Looks like they are flying over London in a train.
Just visit http://www.MillerBrothersBooks.com and click on the Video Chat tab to join in. It's that simple.
See you soon!
This announcement came as a total shock as we had no clue we were even in the running for the Top 10 listing.
The event itself was somewhat of an eclectic collection of several events all rolled into one. Part classic car show, part church carnival, part 4th of July celebration and part vendor fair. Somehow on paper it doesn't sound like it could work, but...by golly it was a HIT!
The event was hosted and directed by the Tacoma Alliance Church and a friend of ours from Lighthouse Christian Books. It was sponsored by Home Depot and had quite a good sized crowd turn out. Of course, Free Hot Dogs and Hamburgers were an added bonus. There were bounce houses for the lil' ones and dunk tanks for the older. While I didn't get to leave our booth very often, my 4 year old pretty much summed everything up by saying the part that he liked best was "everything!" He had a blast.
The evening concluded with the inflating and launching of a red white and blue Hot Air Ballon (which was amazing to watch) and a stellar fireworks show put on by the Tacoma Rainers directly across the freeway from the event (which we unfortunatly couldn't stay to watch - the kids were far too tired by 10pm). Wow, what a night!
We may have even booked a few school visits for this next fall. (Which reminds me if you know of a teacher or librarian at an elementary or middle school in Washington State...have them give us a call.)
We'll definately plan on visiting this event next year.
Visit www.coconuthutradioshow.com to listen live!
We shot the file off to our loving editors at Warner Press who will now begin the process of making us look good through the magic of editing.
If all goes well on the illustration side of things our book should be coming out 9.9.09. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers.
As soon as we get the greenlight to share the first chapter we'll give those of you who helped with our blog tour (or those who bought the medallions) FREE access to read the first chapter extra "special" early!
The picture of the second Hunter Brown book cover is attached to the header with velcro so that I can remove it and replace it with whatever the newest book cover will be.
The hardest part was lining up the giant tiled image that makes up the header. It took nine 8.5"x11" sheets of paper to create the image (which I mounted on black foam board with spray glue). The tiles were unforgiving when it came to lining them up perfectly. It was difficult to to make the image turn out right - but I think it turned out okay despite the difficulty.
My search turned up several solutions like Fuser.com, Minggl.com and SocialMedian.com but none of them did exactly what I was looking for. I was about to give up, when I came across Ping.fm and I have to say this is the closest thing to perfect as I can imagine.
Imagine, being able to post messages to all of your blogs and social networks with one click. Now, imagine being able to update your moods/statuses with one click as well (Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn). This is what Ping.FM offers...but it's only the beginning.
With Ping.FM I can even create customized groups of social sites that I can post to using special tags that I assign. This way, I can update my facebook and myspace blogs without updating my professional accounts on LinkedIn or my company blog.
It's a fantastic service that promises to provide quicker access to my many points of contact with friends, regardless of where they check for updates from me.
Pictures and video can also be included in your messages/blog posts, but they didn't stop there. Ping.FM takes things a step further by allowing you to post to all of your sites/blogs via txt message if you would like. Blogging on the go!
Oh yeah, did I mention its FREE! I for one am pretty excited about this tool. A must have for multi-blog, multi-profile people who are losing their minds.
Allan and I have been hard at work on the new Hunter Brown cover. After a multitude of choices for layout and colors we've finally found a concept that we like pretty well. Keep in mind what you are seeing is an incomplete concept (there are still minor adjustments to be made) but I'm anxious to hear what our fans and friends think of the direction we've taken.
So, this is your chance to tell us what you think...before we finish it up.
Things to be done:
1. The wardrobe on the girl is incomplete
2. The lighting on Hunter's back is not set
3. Hunter's hair is still...uh...ungroomed!
4. The medallion needs to be modeled.
Hope you are all getting excited about the new book. It's in its first round of edits at the publisher...we'll keep you posted.