I've decided to take a break from my monthly free pet portrait contest. I am expecting a baby soon and have recently started a new job! It was a fun thing to do and I really enjoy doing things that may bring a little joy to someone I don't know. I will be periodically still painting portraits to be auctioned for San Diego Bulldog Rescue donations, through their Facebook page. I also have posted an Etsy store in case anyone would like to purchase a painting in the interim https://www.etsy.com/listing/204909683/custom-bulldog-dog-pet-watercolor?ref=shop_home_active_1. I will plan on resuming free portraits again sometime next year. Thanks to all who participated!
I'm so happy to announce that Bubba the Bulldog Tries to Smile just won the GOLD medal for the Preschool Children's Book category in the 2014 Reader's Favorite International Book Awards! I entered 2 categories. I thought I had more of a chance in the Children's - Animal Books category. When I saw I didn't place, I thought I hadn't won anything. I scrolled through many other categories, and was so surprised to see that I not only placed in the preschool category, but won gold! I have been hoping for this and feel very grateful. Hopefully, this will be good exposure for my book! The awards are in Miami and I was hoping I could attend. Unfortunately, the awards are a week before my baby is due! The great thing about winning is that I can now call myself an award-winning author and I hope that more people will be interested in reading Bubba's story!
Also, today is the first of the month and after taking a few months off, my monthly pet portrait contest is open again. Tweet or Facebook me a picture of your pet to enter all this week. I will draw a winner on the 7th for a free watercolor illustration. Good luck!
The finalists for the Reader's Favorite International Book Awards were announced today. I am so excited to see that Bubba the Bulldog Tries to smile is a finalist in the 2 categories I applied for: Children's - Animals and Children's - Preschool! The winners will be announced on September 1st. If I win, there will be an awards ceremony in Miami and I will be an award-winning author. I can't wait!!!
The ebook version of Bubba the Bulldog Tries to Smile will be offered for free again this Wednesday through Sunday on Amazon. I am running an ad with BookBub, so I am hoping to really spread the word with this free run. The regular price is $2.99 and the hardcover is $19.99. Now is your chance to get it if you don't have it already. Thank you friends for your support!
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On March 13th, the official release date for my book, I came to my desk and was surprised to find these ..... Bubba the Bulldog cake pops!!
I have the best coworkers! They decorated my desk, had cake pops custom made, and made little gift boxes with candy in them.
These custom made cake pops are such a good idea for celebrations! Made by Elaine's Cake Pops https://www.facebook.com/ECPops. I'm feeling really lucky for the support I'm getting from my friends.
Bubba the Bulldog Tries to Smile hardcover is now available on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Bubba-Bulldog-Tries-Smile-Clausen/dp/0991387104
Hi Friends! I posted a Goodreads giveaway of a first edition signed copy of Bubba the Bulldog Tries to Smile. It goes from now until 3/20. I also moved the book release up to Sunday, March 9th. I am just too excited to get my book up for sale. So far, friends have been so supportive and are really pulling through on the in-person sales. It will be up on Amazon on Sunday for those that need to have it shipped. The best part about releasing my book to friends this week was seeing the reactions from the children. I'm really getting rave reviews from the children and I feel soooooooooooo good about that! It really makes all the hard work I've put into self-publishing this book worth it.
In other news, I'll be at the Encinitas Street Fair in April from 11:30-1:30 at a shared both from Read Local. I also just applied for The Independent Publishers Book Award. It will be really, really great exposure if I win. Good thoughts! Wish me luck!
Hi Friends! This Thursday I will be giving away my ebook for free for 3 days on Amazon. If you haven't had the chance to buy it yet, please download it for free! I really hope you like it. I would appreciate it so much if you would take the time to write a review. Don't forget that the hardcover is coming out March 13th!
I've been working so hard for the last 6 months to finally get the book to where I am happy with it. I'm relieved and so excited that the illustrations are finally complete. Over the holiday break, I'll be putting together the E-book. The E-book should be out the first week of January, depending on how long it takes for Amazon to approve it. My planned release date for the hardcover is March 13, 2014 (but it might be sooner). I'm ordering the hardcover in January and I'll receive it in February. And...I just set up my website!