Bobbi Carducci is president of Community Voice Media and director of Young Voices Foundation aimed at giving the young people of today a voice through their writing. She is the editor of several books by the foundation and published a children’s book ‘Thanks to Tank” in 2010. “Thanks to Tank” was written and illustrated by two talented teens she met through the Young Voices Foundation. You can see more of “Thanks to Tank” at his face book page. Bobbi is also the founder of Round Hill Writers Group where she is influential in seeing other authors get published. I met Bobbi at the Round Hill Writers Group and she has helped me with all the questions I’ve had in dealing with my publisher in the publishing of “Annie’s Special Day”. Without her and the group’s help I wouldn’t have the confidence to continue on my writing career. So it is an honor to present the second interview with her here on my blog.
1– When did you know you wanted to be an author? How did you get your start?
I ’ve been writing since I was eight. However, I didn’t seriously start writing for publication until 2002. My mentor, Elaine Henderson, of Pennwriters gets credit for my first sale. She critiqued a story I wrote for True Story magazine and helped make it marketable.
2– You have a new book out called “Storee Wryter Gets a Dog”. Can you tell us a bit about it?
Storee Wryter represents creative kids who love to read and tell stories. Storee and her cat, Critique, train a puppy to be a therapy dog. In the process Storee gets great ideas for her next book and readers are introduced to the process of writing.
3– How did you get the idea and how long did it take to write?
Storee is me as a child. I wrote it as a picture book in 2008 with Storee as an adult. Something seemed off and it sat in my files. It was much better once I rewrote Storee. But the rewrites weren’t over. My editor , Callie Ferguson, at Tate Publishing suggested it would work better as a chapter book and asked me to expand it. I always listen to my editors. She was right and I’m extremely grateful for her advice.
4– You did an experiment with publishing this book, can you tell us a little about that?
I submitted this book to Tate Publishing rather than a traditional publisher for three reasons. First it supports my mission to encourage young writers and I wanted to get it done as soon as possible. Second because the contract includes a marketing program. And third, I wanted to find out if they performed as promised so I could inform other writers.
5– If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do different?
I’d submit to Tate Publishing sooner. They did everything they said they would, exactly when they said they would do it and did it extremely well.
6– You have a unique marketing plan for “Storee”. Can you tell us a little about how you plan to market your book?
Elementary school and home school educators are my main customers. It provides them with an entertaining story that also encourages kids to explore their creativity. It’s available in e-book and audio book form for use in the classroom.
7– You are working on another book now. Could you tell us a little about that?
I’m writing a memoir based on the seven years I spent as an in-home caregiver for my severely ill father-in-law. It’s not a how-to book. It’s a, this is what it’s really like every day, story. Laugh out loud funny at times, gut wrenching painful at others.
“Storee Wryter Gets a Dog” is now on Facebook and Twitter @storeewryter and Storee has her own blog. http://storeewryter.blogspot.com
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