From the very first, and no matter what the over topic of my fiction and poetry, it is all about what I know–from the inside out–and a lot of what I know comes from my Italian American Heritage.
This is the month we celebrate that heritage (and some other heritages as well, I know, but I am focusing on mine in this email.
So, I invite you to look at strong Italian American women in American history in my Legacy of Honor series–
Giulia Goes to War
Letters from Korea
A Bowl of Rice
Secrets of the Heart
Last book in Legacy of Honor Series
And to take a look at my picture books–
Whoosh! (father daughter sled day)
Picture Book by Joan Leotta
and the newest, Summer in a Bowl which celebrates gardening with my Aunt
and cooking with her–her recipe is included in the book!
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So, here we are, almost at publication date, I am scrambling to get some book signings and advance PR–anyone who wants to host me on their blog, let me know!
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The next step in the process of getting Summer in a Bowl into the hands of readers is preparing a summary. Now, if I had done a more traditional query and had been working with a publisher I did not know, the summary would have been in my query letter. As you recall, in this case I was approaching the publisher who had done WHOOSH! so, after a phone conversation, I just sent him the entire manuscript.
For me, the summary is the hardest part of the process. I love to talk about my book. I get very enthusiastic and well, restricting myself to just a few words–rough!
This summary will be what potential future readers will see on Amazon. Would you be interested in buying the book after reading this? If you have changes to suggest, please let me know. My publisher and I both believe in this book and want to see it in the hands of as many children as possible.
Please look this over and let me know if any changes are needed!
Summary for Summer in a Bowl By Joan Leotta
Rosa and her Aunt Mary spend every Thursday together in the summer, tending Aunt Mary’s garden.
On this last Thursday of the season, they harvest the vegetables and Aunt Mary cooks them. Rosa is not sure she wants to try them until her father proclaims the dish, “Delicious!” and Rosa discovers that the soup is a way to preserve all of her summer fun. Summer in a Bowl is a wonderful introduction to the joys of gardening with children and the fun of cooking with children.
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So, this post is doing dual duty. I hope it will keep you in mind for gardening. Yesterday I turned in the first deliverable on my book, Summer in a Bowl. Picture books are a sort of long form narrative poetry. Thus the connection.
Also, gardening and story or poem prompts–obvious connection there. Prompts are like seeds for a story or poem. Plant one on a page and they can give your mind a jump start. Apply the hard work of writing around this (akin to weeding and watering) to harvest a finished poem or story! Voila!
My usual monthly post on Suzanne Lurience’s working writer blog will go up in a few days.
Here is the bonus prompt for Poetry Month–seven one word prompts for poems–of course if you can squeeze an entire story out of one of these–huzzah to you!
Seven April Poem Prompts
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