World Kindness Day 2022

Happy World Kindness Day! Exactly one year ago, The Kindness Machine became available for preorder! It has been a very exciting year, having my first picture book released into the world, and I am thrilled to have shared the book with so many students and families to start or continue the kindness conversation. I wroteContinue reading “World Kindness Day 2022”

First Author Visit!

As a teacher, I spend a lot of time in a school building. However, last week I spent time as not only a teacher, but as an author as well. To say that last week filled my cup is an understatement. I had the opportunity to read The Kindness Machine to each grade level, kindergartenContinue reading “First Author Visit!”

Thank you!

It has been a very exciting week post book launch! First and foremost, thank you to everyone who purchased a copy of The Kindness Machine, who shared with friends/family and all who sent kind messages. This book launch has been something I have dreamed about for years and it did not disappoint. I am veryContinue reading “Thank you!”

Book Launch Day!

Cue the music! Cue the happy dance! Today I celebrate the launch of The Kindness Machine! March 22, 2022 will forever be the book birthday for my first book. Today I celebrate this book with my husband, the illustrator who helped bring this book to life! We celebrate with our kids, who the book isContinue reading “Book Launch Day!”

“How can I help?”

I have had a shocking number of people ask me, “How can I help promote your book, The Kindness Machine?” First of all, THANK YOU SO MUCH! Below are a few easy steps that would really make a difference. My goal is that this book provides a continuous kindness ripple throughout homes and classrooms aroundContinue reading ““How can I help?””

Meet the teacher, Mr. Wilson

I have been excited to write this blog post for about two months! I’d like to introduce you to Mr. Wilson, the teacher in my book, The Kindness Machine. I’ll be honest, creating the students in the book came easy, but I struggled to come up with a meaningful teacher. I knew I wanted theContinue reading “Meet the teacher, Mr. Wilson”

Acceptance Email

At this point in the journey, the children’s story is written, beta readers have helped critique it, it’s been professionally edited, and sent off into the world just waiting for someone to tell me something. As I mentioned last week, the waiting game is a true test of patience. I consider myself a pretty patientContinue reading “Acceptance Email”

Women In Publishing Summit

In last week’s post I mentioned attending the Women in Publishing Summit. This was a virtual conference held March 2-6, 2021 with a culminating finale on March 8 which was International Women’s Day! The conference had a combination of live sessions and prerecorded trainings. The summit was broken into fiction, nonfiction, children’s and general informationContinue reading “Women In Publishing Summit”

Tough Skin and Waiting Game

Take a moment to think about your favorite books. Whether they are fiction, nonfiction or children’s books, you are probably able to immediately think of at least one of your favorites. Unfortunately, you are probably just as easily able to think of some of your least favorite books. In this world of writing, it isContinue reading “Tough Skin and Waiting Game”

Beta Readers Part 2

As I mentioned yesterday, thank you to all of my beta readers: Pam, Ashley, Dana, Beth, Max, Brooke P, Sarah, Nicole and Marty. I will forever be grateful for your honest feedback and unwavering support.  Other friends that deserve a shoutout from the top of the highest mountain for their continued support and willingness toContinue reading “Beta Readers Part 2”