Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Calling All Bloggers . . .

 
Okay, folks, I need your help!

In October, when I went to see James Dashner, I met a young author--Jenna Gustafson. She's only 15 years old!! This girl really impressed me--a lot. She began a story as a class assignment in 7th grade, then decided to turn it into a book. 

She wrote, revised, researched the process, found Tate Publishing . . . they accepted her story, assigned her an editor and an illustrator, and she revised some more. Now, she has a book. What she doesn't have is any help or experience with marketing. And that's where we come in.

Goodreads Blurb:
There's only one hope for Fort Smoky to survive. After a devastating fire ravages the homes of Fort Smoky, it's up to young Ben Clearwater and his sister and friends to help the residents and get to Fort Futureland to save the people before the harsh, cold winter sets in. To get there, they will have to trek through unknown mountains, relying on Running Wind's compass and Big Jim's maps of the land while struggling against the harsh forces of Mother Nature.
Fort Futureland is a place of new and interesting contraptions, like cars and computers, the four children have never seen, and they are captivated. But the children soon uncover a sinister plot to destroy their beloved Fort Smoky. Will they be able to stop the evil leaders of Fort Futureland? Will they ever make it home? Will they be heroes for Saving Fort Smoky?
* Jenna Gustafson lives happily in Montana with her parents and brother. While she has won local short story contests, this is her first book. She hopes to inspire other children to chase their dreams and understand that they are never too young to accomplish something.

SAVING FORT SMOKY is a cute story. While the writing is not as mature or polished as we might be used to, my second grade daughter really enjoyed it. Kids don't care as much as we do, and the younger ones are Jenna's audience.

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I would like us to help Jenna promote her book. She is willing to offer giveaways and signed swag as part of your posts. You don't even have to do a review--just a post to help spread the word.  Link to SAVING FORT SMOKY on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads. Link to Jenna's author page. Anything is welcomed and appreciated. 

If you are willing to do a post for Jenna or are interested in interviewing her for a post, please let me know, either in the comments or via email. 

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She's a wonderful girl. At only fifteen, she has managed to make her dreams a reality. She's a Goodreads author!! What an inspiration to other young writers out there. Let's help her get the word out!

 So, who wants to help me?!

24 comments:

Laura Pauling said...

I love when kids write! Terrific. I'm off to tweet!

Laura Pauling said...

And yes, I'm interested but it might have to wait a few weeks.

Old Kitty said...

All the best to a most talented and amazing Jenna - good luck!!!!

Take care
x

Julie Dao said...

As a young-ish writer myself, I know we need all the help we can get! I would definitely be willing to help Jenna out! Just let me know how :)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

What a cutie. Good for you for helping her. What age is her book geared to?

Bee said...

Wow. Really, wow. I'd do anything to help!

Carolyn V said...

15?! Wow, she is amazing! I will definitely put a link up on my sidebar for her. So cool!

Midnyte Reader said...

What a great story. Very inspiring!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Awesome, and inspiring! Let me know when and how I can help.

Heather said...

I will definitely go order a copy, review it, tag it, and 'like' it. I wish I could do more but I'm elbow deep in preparation for my special edition launch. I will spread the word though!

Anne Payne said...

I think this is a great idea and I will help! Sending you an email :)

Catherine Denton said...

*raises hand* I'll help! Would an interview for next Tuesday be too quick?
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Natalie Aguirre said...

Awesome idea. I'll e-mail you.

DL Hammons said...

Any friend of Shannon's....

Just let me know what you'd like me to do. :)

DL

Jemi Fraser said...

I'm completely swamped for the next couple of weeks, but after that, I'll definitely give a shout out! :)

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

I would love to help! Sign me up for a blog post ... I'll have to figure out where to fit it in, but I want to do one!

Theresa Milstein said...

Good for Jenna! I'll share this on Facebook.

Nicole Zoltack said...

Sign me up for a blog post!

Jennie Englund said...

Shannon, you put out so much goodness!

I am going to recommend this read to the teachers at my 4th grader's school to buy for their classrooms and the school library.

C D Meetens said...

This is so inspiring, and I would love to help. I'll do a post promoting the book, and include a link to it on Amazon. I'll try to get it sorted for next Wednesday, or, at the latest, the Wednesday after.

ali cross said...

Heck yes! Count me IN!

Susanne Drazic said...

I'd be happy to do a blog post. Perhaps a combo book and author spotlight. Let me know.

Robyn Campbell said...

Do you still need me to help? Let me know. I'z waiting in the wings. (((hugs)))

Kim Van Sickler said...

I am interested in mentioning her in an upcoming blog post. She sounds like quite a go-getter and at 15, already passionate about something important. Kudos to her.
Kim Van Sickler
http://swaggerwriters.blogspot.com/

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