Today I’m hosting Day 5 of a 5-day virtual tour for Sarah Hill’s new children’s book, Fearne Fairy and the Chocolate Caterpillar.
This tour is sponsored by the National Writing for Children Center.
In today’s post, Sarah tells about some of the many places she has been, and will be, promoting her books.
I always love reading about how other authors write, publish, and market their books.
I hope you do, too!
On the Go with Author Sarah Hill
My 9th ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s book, Fearne Fairy And The Chocolate Caterpillar, was launched on Saturday July the 2nd.
In the past, we have held book launches in various book shops within the beautiful county of Wiltshire, where I live.
Book 7, Posie Pixie and the Pancakes
For example , Book 7, Posie Pixie And The Pancakes, was launched in The White Horse Book Shop in Marlborough, Wiltshire, in June last year.
A Bookshop window with some of my books
However, we decided to launch book 9 online on the Whimsy Wood Facebook page.
To celebrate this launch, we ran a competition from Saturday June the 25th until the official launch date of July the 2nd.
The competition was to make, bake or create a chocolate caterpillar cake and then send the image of this chocolatey extravaganza to the Whimsy Wood Facebook page.
Well, we had some fabulous entries, but in the end we managed to choose 2 wonderful winners, who have received signed copies of this latest chocolatey instalment from my Whimsy Wood Series!
A chocolate caterpillar!
A number of book bloggers and reviewers had received advance review copies (ARCs) of Fearne Fairy And The Chocolate Caterpillar, via Authoramp who Abela Publishing use for promotional purposes.
These bloggers and reviewers were invited to send their reviews to the Whimsy Wood Facebook page, on the official launch day of this 9th Whimsy Wood book.
Here are the links to a few of the reviews.
Also, before the official launch date of Fearne Fairy And The Chocolate Caterpillar, Authoramp sent out a press release to national newspapers and posted it on their blog.
This press release I emailed to local newspapers and they kindly printed a piece about this launch and the incredibly exciting news that Book 4, Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party, has won the Chapter Book category in the international Children’s Literary Classics Book Awards!
In the news!
Following the successful launch of book 9 on July the 2nd, 5 signed copies of Fearne Fairy And The Chocolate Caterpillar will be winging their way to the Payson Book Festival in Arizona on July the 23rd.
Read about that here!
Book 9 will also feature in The Bath Parent magazine, which is distributed to all the schools and libraries in and around the fabulous city of Bath, near where I live.
This parenting magazine actually reviewed and featured Book 8, Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks, in their previous issue.
Book 8 featured in a magazine
Finally, Fearne Fairy And The Chocolate Caterpillar, will be featured in the August issue of Wildlife Watch.
This is The Wildlife Trusts’ children’s magazine and they will be running a competition to win signed copies of this latest enchanting Whimsy Wood book.
They ran a really fun and engaging competition to win signed copies of Book 5, Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree, last year, so it made perfect sense to agree to a similar competition for book 9 this year.
Posie Pixie and the Christmas Tree featured in a magazine
In the past, following a book launch, Abela Publishing have set up offers on their website, such as free Whimsy Wood colouring sheets and a free ebook for customers purchasing the latest Whimsy Wood book.
We have also held Whimsy Wood book signings and I am often invited to local school and community fairs to have a Whimsy Wood stand.
Finally, to aid promotion of my Whimsy Wood Series, my books have been submitted to various book competitions and award schemes and this, along with the other promotional activities above, is something I would highly recommend.
For example, the 1st five of my Whimsy Wood books have all been awarded the sought-after 5 Star Seal from The Readers Favourite.
Books 6 and 7, Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm, and, Posie Pixie And The Pancakes, were tied winners in The Royal Dragonfly Book Awards.
These books also gained the Story Monster Approved Seal.
story monster seal of approval
As mentioned earlier, Book 4, Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party, has very recently won the Chapter Book category in the international Children’s Literary Classics Book Awards and all these medals, wins and achievements help to raise your profile as an author and raise awareness of your precious literary creations.
Book 4 – Posie Pixie and the Fireworks Party
One other thing I really like to do following publication of a new Whimsy Wood book, is to donate copies to local libraries and schools.
At the end of the day, your book should be available to everyone, whatever their background or amount of money that they have in their pocket.
Some of the books that were donated to a local library.
Here are some additional links where you can learn more about my books:
Book 9, Fearne Fairy And The Chocolate Caterpillar, on Abela Publishing website:-
Book 9, Fearne Fairy And The Chocolate Caterpillar,on Amazon.co.uk
Whimsy Wood website:-
Whimsy Wood Facebook page:-
Posie Pixie’s Facebook page:-
Whimsy Wood’s Twitter page:-
Whimsy Wood on Pinterest:-
My LinkedIn page:-
Whimsy Wood on Instagram:-
Visit the home of The Whimsy Wood Series:
For the latest Whimsy Wood children’s book, direct from the publisher, Abela Publishing:
Sarah Hill GoodReads author page:
To get the links to all 5 days of this virtual book tour, go to the National Writing for Children Center. You can also listen to Sarah’s recent interview on Book Bites for Kids (just go to the homepage at the Natonal Writing for Children Center).