May 17, 2020
Today, I put a huge sign in my home’s front window. See photo. My goal? To give away my signed and personalized book Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets for FREE to neighborhood kids, aged 9-12. I’m also throwing in a matching bookmark.
Schools are closed, and here comes summer. Whatever it takes to keep the kids reading.
I hope many take advantage of this opportunity!
April 30, 2020
Today by invitation, I virtually dropped in on Shoemaker Elementary School teacher Mrs. Stacy Alfano and a few of her 5th grade students during their daily Google Meet session from Macungie, Pennsylvania. I’m the one in the red top in the bottom row, second from the left. Also attending were the school principal Mrs. Jackie Vogel, and Mrs. Alfano’s instructional aide Mrs. LyneDee DiPietro. They are the three adults right of center.
A special shout-out to Varun, my “biggest fan,” in the lower right corner of the photo. He is currently one of my child beta readers for Book 2 and will contribute a Praise For quote for the book’s back cover. Thank you so much, Varun!
What an extra-special opportunity this was for me, given that schools and bookstores are closed for in-person events!
It was great fun talking to them about my writing process for crafting Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets. They also wanted to know a little bit about me. And the hot topic seemed to be SYNESTHESIA, the rare mental ability I share with my character Rani Kumar.
Getting my book into kids’ hands and hearts is why I write. Seeing this in action was priceless.
Thank you, Mrs. Alfano, students, and staff members for this wonderful experience! I hope to meet you in person one of these days when traveling and gathering are safe again.
April 24, 2020
Today, I gave away twenty-four paperback copies of Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets on my Twitter raffle!
Four teachers won a set of six books each to use on Virtual Book Clubs during the COVID stay-at-home mandate.
Schools are closed, and here comes summer. Anything to keep the kids reading.
March 24, 2020
Today, I had the honor of being the featured author on Adam Ross’s virtual web conference from Colorado via Zoom. Adam has a bookstore and during this time when the world is closed, he wanted to give some of us authors a chance to share our books since we can’t currently appear at events. Thanks, Adam!
Two of my little fifth-grade friends from Pennsylvania, Liam and Varun, joined in as did my cousin Harry from San Diego.
The guests asked me very good questions about how I got started writing, how I came up with my characters’ names for Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets, and what synesthesia is all about! (My character Rani Kumar and I have this mental ability.)
It was a fun forty minutes chatting with the three guys, and I’ve already been invited to come back. Hope to see you there next time.The more, the merrier!
March 9, 2020
Great news, Readers! As of today, I’m a #1 Bestselling Author on Amazon! Whoohoo!!!
Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets climbed to #1 in two categories of Children’s fiction: Historical Action and Adventure, and Mystery and Detective Adventures.
Thanks for all your support.
February 15, 2020
My Book Launch Party was held on Saturday, February 15. What a great time I had! I think all 100 guests did, too. I felt like Queen for a Day, signing books for friends, neighbors, and relatives lined up out the door, and giving out book swag bags to each guest. It was one of the best days of my life!
A friend played guitar for the entire two hours. Avian’s House Caterers provided a tasty spread. Other friends, and my daughter (who flew in from Virginia), helped with set up and clean up, welcoming, greeting guests table-to-table, and prize giveaways.
In addition to my daughter and her in-laws from Pennsylvania, special guests included one of my former students, who inspired me to create my detectives; and, my second grade teacher, who has been my muse since I was eight years old.
There was a table with fun activities for kids. Also a get-to-know-the-characters area with relevant info and objects. Guest tables had Egyptian-themed centerpieces.
Everyone received a “book quiz” to take for fun–or not–which was used as their ticket for the giveaway featuring ten $25 gift cards to various stores.
I thank the Mission Valley Public Library and branch manager Karen Reilly for use of the venue.
Thanks, Acorn Publishing for giving me the opportunity to publish my book, or there would have been no book launch party!
Don’t have your paperback or eBook copy of Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets yet? Head to my Amazon purchase page at https://amzn.to/3ad9T6T.
I hope you enjoy(ed) my book. Thanks so much.
February 1, 2020
My book Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets is published!
Please order your copy in paperback or eBook today on Amazon TODAY.
I couldn’t be happier! Thanks for all your support, dear Readers! Sending hugs.
January 31, 2020
First, WELCOME to all new and returning subscribers to my monthly newsletter, “Get a Clue.” Thanks for being here.
Fantastic news, everyone! Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets finally launches TOMORROW, FEBRUARY 1. Whoohoo!!!
It’s been six long years since I wrote the first draft of Book 1 in my Botanic Hills Detectives Mysteries series, so I couldn’t be happier that this big day has finally arrived. It’s a dream come true!
So now, here are some tips for ordering your copy and helping me spread the word if you would be so kind:
- Please ORDER A COPY OF MY BOOK
- Please HELP ME SPREAD THE WORD
- Soon after reading my book, add your honest review and/or star rating to my GoodReads page (for paperback or eBook).
- Add your honest review and/or star rating to my Amazon page at Amazon Paperback or Amazon eBook
- Share the release of my book, its buy links, a photo of my book, and your reviews on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, your own website/blog, and at your book club.
- Encourage your friends to go to my GoodReads page, follow me, and click on Want to Read under the book’s cover picture. Please do that yourself!
- Encourage your friends to go to my Amazon purchase page, paperback or eBook, and follow me. Please do that yourself!
- Re-post and retweet my content whenever you see it on social media.
- Tell friends, relatives, neighbors, kids ages 9-12, teachers of grades 3-6, PTA/PTO/PTG presidents or members, school and public librarians, bookstore owners, museums, and lovers of ancient Egypt about my book. Refer them to my website at Sherrill Joseph’s Website.
- Tell them in person, by phone, text, email, snail mail, or on your social media platforms.
- Share my website www.sherrilljoseph.com with interested parties. Contacts to my three social media platforms can be found there.
- Encourage interested parties, especially parents of kids ages 9-12, to sign up for my monthly newsletter at Newsletter Sign-up
- Ask me for my business card to distribute.
- Request to have your favorite library carry my book.
- Give my books as gifts to kids ages 9-12 and to those who love and/or teach them.
- Tell me if you know of a deserving child or teacher who could use a free copy of my book.
- As often as possible, come to my book signings and bring some friends and kids.
- When you finish reading my book, pass it on to a child, teacher, parent, or grandparent.
- Add your used copy to one of your neighborhood’s “Little Free Library” boxes.
- You can probably think of other great ways to help me out. Anything you can do will be greatly appreciated.
- Some IMPORTANT POINTS about book purchasing
- If possible, please purchase my book on Amazon on February 1. If I get enough purchases there in a single day, I could hit a best-seller category.
- If you don’t want to use the buy links I provided, merely type my name or book title into the Amazon browser, hit enter, and it will take you to my book purchase page.
- My paperback will be available online at Barnes & Noble by late February.
- My paperback will be available in any bookstore where I do a book signing. Please watch my newsletter for book-signing announcements.
- A hardcover edition will likely be available in a few months.
- An audiobook edition will be available on Audible in April.
- If you have accepted an invitation to my Book Launch Party and want me to sign your copy of my book, please bring your purchased copy to the event. I am not allowed to sell books at the venue.
- Some IMPORTANT POINTS about book reviews
- Please review my book on Amazon as soon as possible after Launch Day at Amazon Paperback or Amazon eBook depending on the version you bought.
- The more reviews I get, the higher my ranking on Amazon, and Amazon might help promote my book for free.
- To get to the Amazon review button, scroll to the bottom of my Amazon purchase page. Look to the left edge. Click on the “Write a Review” button.
- Your honest review can be merely a star rating, few sentences or multiple paragraphs, or both a star rating and words. Whatever works for you.
- Please avoid mentioning that you know me (if you do!). Amazon tends to reject “friend” reviews.
- Amazon prefers reviews from “Verified Purchasers.” If you purchased the book on Amazon, or you’re a frequent Amazon shopper, your review stands a better chance of getting posted.
- There is sometimes a delay in the review posting since Amazon vets the reviews first.
- To do a review on GoodReads, go to my GoodReads Page. Click on the “Want to Read” button under the book cover picture. When you finish reading the book, click on that same box and click “Read” (meaning that you’ve finished reading). It will take you to a review page.
- The same review can usually be posted to both Amazon and GoodReads. (Just cut and paste!). If one gets rejected (Amazon owns GoodReads), try tweaking it a bit and re-post.
- Last but not least, A GIVEAWAY!
- For my readers living inside the United States and its territories, here’s your chance to win a free, signed paperback copy of Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets AND your choice of one of the Egyptian statues–the standing goddess Bastet, or the reclining god Anubis--pictured at the top of the page! These are not toys.They are very attractive in person and would make a nice tabletop or shelf decoration.
- For my readers living outside the United States, here’s your chance to win a free eBook copy of Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets!
- How do you enter the contest? Contact me through my website’s Contact Form. Include your first and last name, email address, and whether you live inside or outside the U.S.
- Entry deadline is February 22, 2020.
- Two winners (one U.S. and one international) will be announced in the February 29th newsletter. Prizes will be mailed the first week of March.
- And following in the REST of my NEWSLETTER . . .
- The News section includes my January blogs from my website. They feature Chapters 1 and 2 in their entirety as a preview as well as an article about why I created “super sleuths.”
- Once again, Moki, one of the Botanic Hill detectives, offers his Munchy of the Month, this time a Valentine’s Day recipe.
- Starting this month, my Book Review section becomes a Kids’ Reading Corner where I will spotlight a special book and author for kids ages 9-12. Please help support these authors by buying their books.
- And some of you returning subscribers will notice that the Mystery of the Month is now at the end of the newsletter. I have to keep things mysterious!
- THANK YOU SO MUCH, LOYAL READERS. And get a clue. Read every day! I hope you enjoy Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets as much as I enjoyed writing it. Sherrill
December 16, 2019
Where is Sherrill in December?
With friend and neighbor Robin “R.D.” Kardon, author of Flygirl for her presentation, “Women at Work in Aviation,” at the San Diego Aerospace Museum, Gillespie Field Annex. Brava, Robin! And the donuts were great, too!
November 15, 2019
Where is Sherrill in November?
Reserving the Mission Valley Public Library Community Room, the venue for my Book Launch Party, happening in late winter.
Soon, it will time to PAR-TAY!
October 31, 2019
Where was Sherrill in October?
Surprise! In my living room, standing in front of my beloved book collection (including Nancy Drew, lower right!). But more important . . .
For you, MY LOYAL NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIBERS, one day early, I’m holding a poster of MY COVER for Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets. The rest of the world has to wait until tomorrow to see it. What do you think of it? Please let me know.
I’m so excited about this! Thanks for your ongoing support! Much love, Sherrill
Photo by Kimme Klosterman. Thank you, Kimme.
September 19, 2019
Where was Sherrill in September?
Chained to my writing desk at home! I was watching and taking notes on an Authors Guild webinar in which I participated, entitled “Attract More Readers and Sell More Books: How to Promote Your Own Book (Without Feeling Sleazy).” I took away a few good ideas, so it was time well-spent.
Other writing events kept me at my desk: reviewing the last corrections made to my formatted manuscript, finalizing the cover spread (front, spine, and back) for my book, and buying some swag for my upcoming Launch Party (tentatively set for February 15, 2020, 2-4 p.m.–Save the date!) and book signings.
Like swag? So far, I’ve purchased stickers and postcards, but I’m also looking into pencils, bookmarks, and ??? Come to my Launch Party for some swag and a chance to enter a contest to win one of three prizes!
Where could you have found Sherrill in August? At the San Diego Festival of Books? Or in Virginia? You probably think the book festival, right? Wrong! I went to Alexandria, Virginia, to celebrate my granddaughter’s birthday! I love books and would have enjoyed supporting Acorn’s authors at the book event, but I love my granddaughter more. Maybe I can make the book festival next year–if it isn’t the same weekend as that very special birthday party for a very special girl!
July 1, 2019
Sherrill (white jacket) is at the San Diego Yacht Club having lunch with a very special person in her life, Connie Colonelli deWerd, or “Miss Colonelli” as the author will always think of her. She was my second grade teacher, and we will celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of our friendship in 2021.There is a literary connection here: Connie is one of the persons to whom I’m dedicating my first book, Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets! You will want to learn more about “Miss Colonelli” because she is such a fascinating person and was a phenomenal teacher. You can do so by reading the dedication page of the book when it releases on February 1, 2020. Thank you, Connie. You are still just as beautiful in every way as you were in 1961.
June 15, 2019
Sherrill (jean jacket) at R.D. Kardon’s book signing, Barnes and Noble, Grossmont Center, La Mesa, California.
June 1, 2019
Sherrill (flowered top) is at the San Diego Public Library, Downtown branch, with friend and author Robin Kardon (far left), and author and Acorn publisher Holly Kammier (far right). We listened to a book talk by Marni Freedman, author of Permission to Roar. I learned some great strategies for finding my voice. After her presentation, Marni received an award from the library for being a top local author. Congratulations, Marni!
March 30, 2019
Sherrill (blondie on the left) with neighbor Ria Carey (right) at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego. Snagged the autograph of my friend, the author of Flygirl, R.D. Kardon (center).