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Linda Granfield is an award-winning children’s writer and popular speaker at schools across the country. She has also written and co-written more than 20 books for children. She lives in Toronto.
I grew up in Melrose, Massachusetts, a beautiful city north of Boston. My first paying job was at Melrose Public Library. As a high school and later a college/university student, I worked in the Children’s and the Reference Departments and that’s how I learned about children’s books, and research. My family lived at 105 Green Street for forty-four years. The house is over 100 years old now. On hot summer days, I sat in the screened porch and played with my dolls, or read my library books and ate lots of Popsicles. The black sign that was displayed on the railing is my father’s “lawyer’s shingle”–it is now on the wall in my study where I write. I went to Melrose High School during the 1960s– “Swinging Sixties.” I wrote for The Imprint, the high school newspaper, and The Melrose Free Press, the city paper. Since then there’s been university and graduate school and a move to Canada. And marriage and a daughter and a son, and now a wonderful daughter-in-law, and a grandchild.
And LOTS of writing about history, sharing my books at schools and libraries, going to places like China (Ni hao!) to do research for more books … And meeting and listening to and connecting our veterans with young readers everywhere. When I’m visiting a school to discuss one of my books about wars and remembrance, I’m often asked by students if anyone in my family served in the armed forces. Yes, indeed. Some of my relatives, like 16-year-old Thomas Ivan Proudler, fought in the Canadian/British Army in the First World War. Thomas was killed at Vimy Ridge, France, aged 18. He is buried in France. My father, Joseph J. Granfield, served in the Second World War. He enlisted in the United States Army Air Force right after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. At the end of the war, he came home, married, and had a family. Dad and five of his brothers served in either the Second World War or the Korean War. Two of my brothers made the Army their career. My family’s commitment to service is part of the reason I have written so much about our veterans and their families.
In 1993, Douglas & McIntyre published Linda Granfield’s non-fiction book, Cowboy: A Kid’s Album, and I was her Southern Alberta sales rep – Canadian Cowboy Country! Linda came to Calgary and spoke at the Glenbow Museum as part of her promotion tour. Then I offered to take her on a drive so she could at least see the Rocky Mountains, because she told me she’d never been out west before. So we drove along the highway south of Calgary towards Priddis then turned on to Hwy #22, what’s known as The Cowboy Trail, heading towards Longview. Linda was (uncustomarily for her, I soon realized) quiet as I drove. Then she suddenly shouted out in her Boston accent … “STOP THE CAR! STOP THE CAR!” I pulled over to the side of the highway, figuring Linda was going to be sick or something (I’d had lots of personal experience with that situation when I was a kid and driving to the cottage with my parents). She grabbed her camera, threw open the door, and said, “I’ve got to take a picture!” Phew! I thought. Not an emergency after all! And the views of those mountains just continued to get better after that! (This was always my favourite highway to drive in my entire territory of pretty spectacular drives.) At the end of that day, Linda signed my copy of Cowboy: for Susan, You can be my buckaroo sidekick any day! – And that’s what I’ve been, ever since!
Also, thanks to Linda, I got the name of someone at Frontier College in Toronto who helped me organize myself when I was planning to teach literacy on Bequia. Linda and I have been in contact throughout the decades and I continue to promote her and her books whenever I can. But I’ve always been envious of that Cowboy book of hers … and, like Linda, I always wanted to be a cowboy! Attending the Calgary Stampede and this photo were the closest I ever came to that dream. But thanks, Linda, for keeping that dream alive!
As Linda mentioned above in her biography, she has had a special interest in researching and writing books on veterans, wars, and remembrance. I have featured three of these books on my Reading Recommendations blog (see links below), but you may see her complete list here on her website. The most recent addition to this list, however, was published in Feb. 2017 – The Vimy Oak: A Journey to Peace.
For more information about Linda Granfield, her writing and books, please see her website.
I recently reblogged a post by Dylan Hearn in which he pledged to support his fellow self-published Authors and “Pay It Forward” by buying, reading and reviewing their books. In that blog post, I listed eight self-published Authors who had been promoted on Reading Recommendations – Authors whose writing had impressed me.
I also said I’d be back with a list of traditionally published Authors I have featured on my blog … again, those whose writing has impressed me, or whose books I’ve read and enjoyed immensely. (I am only listing Authors here if I’ve actually read one of their books. I still have many books yet to read, so I will no doubt be adding to this list at a later date.)
So, in alphabetical order, here is my list of traditionally published Authors! (All links take you to their promo page on Reading Recommendations.)
Betty Jane Hegerat
Dave Margoshes (While I have not yet read this book nor the latest being published in Sept., I do know that Dave is a fine writer!)
David A. Poulsen
Now that I look back over this list, I realize most of these Authors have been writing and publishing for many years (a few of them for many, many years!) and I know most of them personally, having met all but one during my career as a bookseller and sales rep. In fact, I was a sales rep for four of these authors! So many good memories, and I’m pleased that all are still writing and publishing.
I highly recommend the books by all of these traditionally published Authors!
“Get someone else to blow your horn and the sound will carry twice as far.” — Will Rogers
There is nothing worse – and I mean NOTHING!! – than an author who over-self-promotes!
Now I didn’t say just “self-promotes” but qualified it with “over”, because we all need to do a little bit of promoting, within reason, to get the word out about what we’ve written. Even traditionally published authors need to promote themselves, because many publishers just don’t have the financial wherewithall to deal individually with each author on their list. And you authors already know who your personal and professional contacts are, anyway, so you have a better chance of attracting attention by approaching those people personally.
But what happens when you run out of those initial contacts and begin preaching to the converted, so to speak? How do you attract new readers to yourself and your work without becoming the kind of self-promoting author we all love to hate – the one who constantly blows their own horn? Why, you seek out other people in the book business who will toot that horn for you – people like me, fer instance. I publish a promotion blog called Reading Recommendations precisely because I want to offer other authors free promotion and help them get the word out about themselves and their books.
And because I know that by doing so – by promoting my fellow authors – I also promote myself and my own work. That way I don’t run the risk of sounding off about ONLY ME AND ME ALONE. I know I am not the first author to have published and I know I won’t be the last to publish, either. Why not promote as many other authors as I can? That way I provide my audience with different reading choices when they’ve exhausted everything I’ve written – and before they become exhausted with me!
And since I set up this blog and changed my approach to how I promote my own work – guess what? I’ve discovered that I’m finding more readers for my own published novel and novella, as well as for those other authors I promote. I’m receiving more reviews, I’m selling more copies, and I’m being invited to promote myself and my work on other blog sites.
But the best part is – I’m not pissing off my loyal family, friends, and current readers by constantly singing the same tune. I’m offering information about new authors whose work they might like to read. So I’m providing a service to readers as well as to my fellow authors – and I’m not pissing off anyone in the process.
(This “not pissing off anyone” part cannot be stressed enough! I’m sure you are, as am I, tired of authors who tweet and share endlessly about themselves and their latest, but never say a word about anything else. It all seems so desperate, don’t you think? Those who tick me off the most are the authors I’ve followed on Twitter who don’t then give me the courtesy of following me back, but instead send me a direct message telling me where I can buy their books or asking me to like their Facebook page. I unfollow them in a nanosecond! We all want to receive recognition for what we’ve written and published. But we’d be more inclined to become readers and fans ourselves, if those self-promoters just took a wee bit of interest in something other than themselves. Ya know what I’m saying??)
So I challenge all you authors reading this out there who have been guilty of over-self-promoting to change your ways! You don’t have to stop promoting yourself altogether, but figure out ways to promote your fellow authors. Or band together as a group and promote each other. This works very well if you are all writing within the same genre, but I’ve also known it to work for groups of writers who only have writing itself in common. You could begin by tweeting/sharing something about 4 other authors for every 1 tweet/share you post about yourself. That would work! Or you could set up a promotion blog like mine that is dedicated to singing the praises of everyone else in the business. When you do find blogs or sites like mine, share the information with your fellow authors. Here’s another great blog you should be aware of: Chris The Story Reading Ape (If you know of others, please add a link in the comments section.)
Read promotions about other authors on these blogs; share, tweet, like, and reblog your favourites. Discover some new authors, read and review their books, and help them to get ahead. Do all the things listed in the box up above.
I can’t promise you overnight success for your own books, but I do guarantee that – aside from the warm-fuzzies you’ll experience from having done a good deed – you will eventually reach a new group of readers, and your work will be exposed to people you never dreamed might want to read what you write.
So, please, for all our sakes, STOP THAT ENDLESS SELF-PROMOTION!!! Start discovering and promoting other authors. Believe me, your family, friends and fellow-Facebook-and-Twitter users will thank you! And you can stop feeling so desperate and enjoy your writing and publishing, once again.
On my other blog, Reading Recommendations, I have been posting promotion for my fellow authors, recommending their books to readers, and offering the authors’ suggestions on good books to read. Since Nov. 18, 2013, I have posted information about 56 Authors! Thanks to everyone participating and sharing these blog posts, the number of readers visiting this site and now following has increased by leaps and bounds. I still have many more authors scheduled to promote over the coming weeks, so please continue to check out the new blog posts I publish, discover some interesting reading suggestions, reconnect with favourite authors, and learn what they all have to tell us about themselves and their writing as well as their own reading recommendations.
For those who read according to an author’s nationality …
And here is a list of genres …
Lise Guyanne Pomerleau (Historical)
Barb Howard (Short Story Collection)
Sagan Jeffries (Ed Lukowich) (Futuristic Science Fiction)
David A. Poulsen (Crossover Novel – Teen/Adult)
K.L. Silver (Romantic Erotica)
Janice Blaine (Short Story Collection – Fantasy)
Michael J. Martineck (Science Fiction)
Rebecca Heishman (Humor, Family Fiction)
Kevin A. Ranson (Vampire Mystery Horror Thriller)
Terri Reid (Paranormal Mystery)
Donna Glee Williams (Fantasy Novel)
Kevin Brennan (Literary, Humor)
Andrew Peters (Crime Novel)
Carole Gill (Gothic Horror and Romance)
Ben Ditmars (Poetry Collection)
Children’s and Teens:
Linda Granfield (Fact-based Picture Book for Young Readers and Adults)
David A. Poulsen (Crossover Novel – Teen/Adult)
Collin Paulson (Young Adult Fantasy Novel)
Rebecca Heishman (Humor, Family Fiction)
Mary Cunningham (Adventure Fiction for Middle-Grade)
N. Jane Quackenbush (Children’s Picture Book)
And a list of the authors/books each featured author has recommended …
Candace Savage’s book, A Geography of Blood
Dominant Traits by Eric Freeze
Contact by Carl Sagan
The Alienist by Caleb Carr
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
Poets Vincent Moore and Baron James Ashanti
His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Bill Bryson’s One Summer: America, 1927
Vacen Taylor’s fantasy series, Star Child
Suzanne Church’s Elements
The Cynthia’s Attic Series by Mary Cunningham
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
The Good Son by Craig Nova
The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
The Tenth Saint by D.J. Niko
Gumshoe by Paul D Brazill
If you are a published author (self or traditional, in print or eBook format) and would like to be featured on the Reading Recommendations site in 2014, please read the About Page on the site and contact me.
And if you are a Reader or an Author and have not yet subscribed to Reading Recommendations – what are you waiting for???