Day 12: Authorpreneurs

Panda- CoverAug  22 – Day 12, appeared on Radio Entrepreneurs (  The idea of Authorpreneurs is not a widespread term. It means you are an author and an entrepreneur, so the term “Authorpreneur” is used to describe you.

0001There are several processes that an author must do to publish a book. First, you have the writing process, which most people understand: it is simply putting all those words into a document arranged in sentences and paragraphs either imparting some wisdom or entertaining us with fiction.

0002The second process is to get the manuscript edited. The cost here is usually about $55/hour. Some professional editors charge by the page rather than the hour. This process might take about 2 to 3 weeks, at the most.

0003The third process is the formatting or Book Design, This can take the longest time, depending on a lot of variables, such as trim size, page length, complication of design.

The fourth process is the publishing 0007process, and it is usually the shortest process, because now the on-demand-printer/publishers can print from your .pdf. So within a matter of hours, your book can appear on, which is the largest distribution center!

0009The fifth process is marketing. Without marketing, your book ends up no where! This interview was part of a Virtual Book Tour (VBT) for When Panda Was a Boy: a Collection of Stories on Gender Identity for K-8. The quilts (some of these quilts are pictured on this page) brought to the interview were what illustrated this book.

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Day 11: How Diversity and Acceptance Can Make Our World and Families More Whole

Today, I was interviewed on Dedham Cable TV, which will be shown on several regional Community Cable Stations. To watch this interview, go to:

Because who we are, including gender, is in our DNA. Whether we identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans (transgender, transsexual, or gender neutral), or questioning, we are who our DNA tells us to be. We can repress it; try to ignore; but eventually most people give in to their true self. Sometimes that happens early in life between 2 1/2 to 5 years of age. Other times, it happens later in life.

Parents, even those who want to raise children without stereotypes, tend to tell their children: Boys don’t do that  Girls don’t do that. We do it automatically, even when we have vocalized that we don’t wish to do it, we end up doing it.

Day 10: As an Author

Thank you Lillian and Dave for hosting me for this guest post!

Today, August 9, I’m visiting the Brummet’s Conscious Discussion Blog Site Dave and Lillian Brummet have been writing professionally as a team since 1990. They started out as freelance writers, and continue to do so. They’ve also co-authored five books, as well as write this Conscious Discussion Blog, which discusses living green and other topics that help living better. They also often features book authors that are trying to improve the world. While my book deals with gender and not living green, they chose to host my post!

This Guest Post deals with me, as an author. I’ve written a lot about When Panda Was a Boy: a Collection of Stories on Gender Identity for K-8 from many different points of view, but today’s post is an interview with me, the author,  answering such questions as: “When Did I First Begin to Feel Like a Writer?” It allowed me to think all the way back to high school when I got my first poem published.

It’s sort of funny, because I really wanted to major in English when I went to college, but my father insisted that I get something that would help me be employed…like a secretarial degree. I guess I’m dating myself now, because I think now the skills fall under administrative assistant or executive assistant. At any rate, that’s what I did: I got a certificate in secretarial and accounting. I wasn’t that good at either. Fortunately for me, I ended up at a programming company not too long after graduation. I did keypunch, which punched holes in a cardstock card. It took a whole stack of the cards to run a program…Wow! Have we come a long way or what?

I spent about 30 years as a freelance writer myself, writing for technology and computer publications. I even won an award for my work with small and home-based businesses from the Small Business Administration. That seems like an awful long time ago!

When the bottom fell out of the publications’ market due to fewer advertisements after 9-11, I realized that I couldn’t continue to freelance. All my jobs just dried up. So I had several volunteer years – like maybe 15-20 years – invested in religious education. So I ended up with a new career that took me from Texas to the East Coast. Now I live in Massachusetts!

Day 9: Diversity? Gender?

In a world where bullying has gone online and children and youth, who act or look different, are more likely to get bullied, is it any wonder that gender identity issues cause those individuals to be at a higher risk. It is concerning and the statistics prove it. . .

Read my full Guest Blog Article on

It is synchronicity, since her other Guest Blogger this week wrote “Made by Raffi,” available at: by Craig Pomranz (Author), Margaret Chamberlain (Illustrator) This story is for children K-4 that are a bit different and don’t fall into stereotypical gender roles, as well.

MadebyRaffiDescription of Made by Raffi:

Raffi is a shy boy who doesn’t like noisy games and is often teased at school. But when he gets the idea of making a scarf for his dad’s birthday, he is full of enthusiasm even though the other children think it is girly to knit. Then the day draws near for the school pageant, and there is one big problem: no costume for the prince. And that’s when Raffi has his most brilliant idea of all — to make a prince’s cape. On the day of the pageant, Raffi’s cape is the star of the show.

Thank you Sally Ember for allowing me to Guest Post on your Blog. Please stay tuned to for an interview with Craig Pomranz  and Sally Ember down the line.

Embracing Diversity is what will help save the children who are “different” from being bullied and falling into the statistics of being depressed and attempting or completing suicide.

Send me an e-mail, if your group would like a speaker on this topic or on writing topics! E-mail:

Day 8: Virtual Book Tour

Today, I’m at Build a Business with Your Book and I have been honored with an award!hall-of-fame-badge-150x150 I am a Hall of Fame Virtual Book Tour Blogger!

D’vorah Lansky is the Book Marketing Wizard and the giver of this award. What did I do to deserve it? Well, I took her Virtual Book Tour Boot Camp last year, which she is just now wrapping up for this year.

I did not take part in this year’s boot camp, because I was busy with my Virtual Book Tour for “When Panda Was a Boy: a Collection of Stories on Gender Identity for K-8.” However, D’vorah asked me to participate in their celebration since I had done a VBT in both 2013 and 2014.

Thank you, D’vorah Lansky!

Day 7: How Diversity and Acceptance Can Make Our World and Families Happier

Today, I am on and also a Guest Blogger on I am being interviewed by Lucinda Curran. We will be live at 8 p.m. EDT in US  on Wed. 07/23/2014 and live in Australia on Thursday at  10 a.m. in Melbourne, Australia! We will be speaking on two different days at the same time! Cool!

My title: How Diversity and Acceptance Can Make Our World and Families Happier is not a pipe dream. It is achievable, but a lot of work has to happen to achieve this! For starters, we ALL have to choose to accept every person for who THEY are. It’s hard to imagine when on the news Israel and Palestine are in a huge conflict; and the Ukraine is fighting within its borders and has now shot down a passenger airplane. No one is happy with Ukraine at the moment. The fighting in Iraq is still going on; and Afghanistan is still not the country of peace its neighbors like Pakistan would like it to be. None of that has anything to do with being gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans (transgender, transsexual, or gender neutral), or questioning; however, what is war? Is it not hate crimes?

Sometimes it’s about one religion vs another. Other times it is about one ethnic group against another. Yet other times, it is about gender and gender identity. Let us try to begin making the world and our families a better place through accepting the people around us.

Day 6: The Journey of a Book

Today, we are visiting The Polished Paragraph, my friend, Laura Salamy, is the owner. She is an editor; a person who is very good at words, punctuation, and grammar. Because every writer needs a good editor, I decided to talk about the journey of a book.

You can read my post on

The journey for everyone is a bit different:

For me, the journey of creating When Panda Was a Boy: a Collection of Stories on Gender Identity for K-8 began first in my heart about 15 or so years ago, when I met a group of gay, lesbian, trans (transgender, transsexual, and gender neutral), and questioning (GLBTQ) youth, who had all been thrown out of their families. My heart hurt down to my soul for this beautiful, diverse group of teens, who were rejected by their mother and father, the people who should be there with you no matter what!

Once I educated myself better about all the issues, I was able to write. Read more at http://the polished

Happy Writing!

Day 5: Using Fiction to Teach a Lesson

Today, I am visiting Beth Barany’s Blog at Beth, like me, teaches people about writing. So, “Using Fiction to Teach a Lesson” was a logical topic to write for her bog.

“When Panda Was a Boy: a Collection of Stories on Gender Identity for K-8” is a book that teaches about Gender Identity, including gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans (transgender, transsexual, and gender neutral), and questioning (GLBTQ). The education is less about the K-8 crowd as much as it about educating parents about how to parent GLBTQ kids and be supportive as the children have questions.

It does also teach the GLBTQ children and teens that being gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans (transgender, transsexual, and gender neutral) or questioning is okay. There are few or even no stories available where GLBTQ kids can see themselves within the pages. All kids want to feel “normal.” That’s why “When Panda Was a Boy” is a “teaching” book!

To read the full article on Beth Barany’s site, follow this link:

Day 3: Writers’ Lunch Bunch

On Tuesday, July 15. I will be doing a presentation to the Writers’ Lunch Bunch on my new book, When Panda Was a Boy: a Collection of Stories on Gender Identity for K-8. Since this is a Writer’s group, I will be discussing what a Virtual Book Tour (VBT) is and how they, too, can take their books on a VBT! This will be one of my not-so-virtual stops on my VBT.

A Virtual Boot Tour is exactly what it sounds like: a virtual tour to promote my book. Basically, I’ll be visiting other people’s blogs, being interviewed on radio, internet radio, teleseminars, etc. Each place is an opportunity to get in front of people who will want to buy your book.

To find opportunities you can first peruse your friends for blogs that would make sense for you to visit…in other words, their blog will get you in front of your target audience. Sometimes, you visit blogs that might potentially have some audience, but are strategic for your business as a whole. For example, I might appear on blogs that talk about writing, which doesn’t get me in front of an exact audience to sell my book, but there may be some…and I promote my writing business just by being posted there, especially, if where you a visiting might have a larger profile than you have!

To find opportunities beyond your friends, go to Google Alerts and put i an alert for any blogs that match your keywords. For example, with my book, my key words were parents, GLBTQ, GLBTQ Issues, Parents of GLBTQ.

Suffice it to say, where ever you can  travel to, you will! Be prepared!

Prepare a Speaking Kit and a Media Kit.

A Speaking Kit will contain:

  • a 100-word bio with one or two links to your Website and Book;
  • a more full bio for informational purposes or in hopes that they will be willing to print more about you on their Website;
  • a Photo of you;
  • a Graphic of your Book Cover; and
  • a list of 8 to 10 questions you would like for them to ask.

A Media Kit will contain:

  • a bio on letterhead;
  • a Photo of you;
  • a Graphic of your Book Cover; and
  • a Press Release about you and your book.

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