August 31, 2019

Just a quick post to let you know that Walmart.com has added both Off the Hook and The Good Mood Book to their online store.

This is really cool because unlike Amazon, authors can't add their own books to Walmart.com as they pick and choose what they want to include.

As you can see they are featuring the old Off the Hook cover which is out of print so it should come with the updated cover.  I ordered a copy to verify and will update this post with the results.  (UPDATE: The book does come with the new cover)

This comes on the heels of Target.com adding Neat Freaks and The Good Mood Book to their online store a few days ago.

I"m not sure what prompted these outlets to recently add my books but I'm not complaining just celebrating as the more outlets the merrier!

So thanks to both Walmart and Target!  It's great to see them including self-published titles on their platforms.

John

August 16, 2019

This post on a blog called "BakedBree" absolutely made my day.

Bree, a mother of three, has a really cool Christmas tradition which I'll let her explain from her blog:

"Each year, I give the kids a Christmas book with a little note and the date inside. There is also an extra book that also gets the year inside, and that one is for the house. Each child gets their own book and when they grow up and have their own families to celebrate Christmas with, they will take them with them. The extra book for the house will stay with me, and hopefully, God willing, Wes and I will read them to our grandchildren.

I started this tradition 14 years ago, on William’s first Christmas. I wrap the books and give them to the kids with a new pair of Christmas pajamas. They open their books, put on new jammies, we read them, and send them to dream of sugar plums and reindeer. That is the idea, but you probably have kids and know that isn’t how it works. But that’s the intention….

I should also mention that they...

August 8, 2019

Some good news for The Good Mood Book as it was recently named an Honorable Mention at the 2019 Story Monsters Purple Dragonfly Book Awards in the Picture Books 5 & Younger category!

You can read more about the The Good Mood Book here.

This marks the very first award for this book.  Thanks Story Monsters!

John

July 31, 2019

I stumbled across this web page the other day that has Off the Hook listed as one of their recommended 'Christmas books for older kids.'

I thought this was really cool and want to thank 'The Pinning Mama' for including Off the Hook and helping spread the word!

John

July 16, 2019

I am incredibly excited to announce that Off the Hook has been recognized as a Book Excellence Award Winner in the Holiday Category.

Founded in Toronto, Canada the Book Excellence Awards is an international book awards competition dedicated to recognizing both independent and traditionally published authors and publishers for excellence in writing, design and overall market appeal. Previous Winners and Finalists of the Book Excellence Awards have doubled their book sales, garnered attention from film producers, received distribution in book stores and increased their visibility and media attention. 

This has been a cool little award as they provide a ton of marketing materials which are extremely helpful as marketing is definitely a weakness of mine.

This award marks the thirteenth for the book.

Thanks Book Excellence Awards!

John

June 15, 2019

I was very excited to wake up this morning to see that Amazon named Neat Freaks a #1 New Release in the 'Children's Stories About Toys' category!

Neat Freaks Kindle and paperback editions will be released to clean up messes near you on June 29th.

John

May 30, 2019

UPDATE:  Off the Hook has now made the semifinalist cut @ StoryPros!  Finalist will be announced in another week so all hooks are crossed!

ORIGINAL POST:  Just a quick post to announce that StoryPros, based out of Woodland Hills, California, has named the Off the Hook screenplay a quarterfinalist in the Family/Teen/Animation category. 

This marks the 13th award for the screenplay. Thanks StoryPros!

John

May 5, 2019

I'm excited to announce that my third children's book called, Neat Freaks, recently wrapped up production and I'm currently awaiting proof copies. 

I hope to release it in July and I'll be sharing more details soon.  For now you can follow along on the Neat Freaks Facebook page and also the web page, NeatFreaksBook.com, which is currently under construction.

I'm really loving how this one turned out and can't wait to share it along with the backstory on how it came to be!

John

May 4, 2019

I'm excited to announce that the Off the Hook screenplay has just been named a semifinalist in the Spring edition of the Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Contest. 

The full list will be posted on their web site soon but in the meantime, you can read a pretty impressive list of actors like Jessie Eisenberg, Cuba Gooding Jr, and Haley Joel Osment, whose films have been recognized by BAFF here. 

This marks the twelfth award for the screenplay.  You can see the full list of awards here.

John

March 28, 2019

I'm excited to announce that Off The Hook has been recognized as an Official Selection at the 2018 New Apple Book Awards in the Children's Picture Books category!  You can see their full awards list here.

This marks the twelfth award for the book.

In some other news -- I'm working on my eleventh screenplay (an action thriller) but I've also got a new picture book in the works that I hope to release in the next few months.  I'm working with a new illustrator out of the United Kingdom for this one and really love how it's coming together.  If you like the Minions, Trolls, Angry Birds, and/or Smurfs then you'll want to check this one out.   Stay tuned!

John 

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