Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Two guest blog posts for my book : )

I was so excited to be highlighted by a couple blogs last week.  I've been so busy, I finally get to write a bit about it!

The Pen & Ink blog is mainly followed by writers.  I am happy to know most of the authors of that group blog and they are great people and amazing writers.  The link to that post is right here: My Journey to Kickstarter and Self Publishing

I got to share about why I chose to run a Kickstarter to help me publish my book as well as some of the sources and plans of how I will be publishing independently.

The next blog I was featured in is a teacher who found me on Twitter @KidsRead09 .  She made a small Q&A blog post entitled: The Pancake Menu: Engaging Math Games.

The part I love most about that guest post is she asked which Common Core standards can be taught with The Pancake Menu.  The answer is... SO MANY!!!  Check out that post and see all the CCSS I identified can be taught using my book--K-5!

If you want a copy of the book, hurry and jump on Kickstarter to pledge for a hard-cover book.  Please spread the word so it can be funded.  Thanks!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

2 days, 2 TV appearances (Salt Lake, UT & Kingsport, TN)

Hey everyone,

It has been a fun and very busy beginning of the week for me!  I was so happy to have booked some TV appearances with my book that is on Kickstarter.  There are only 11 days left, so check it out and share so it can be funded : )  Pledges do not get charged until the campaign is over AND it has reached the funding goal.

On Sunday I flew into Salt Lake and in the morning on Monday I went to the ABC studio...  Here are a few pictures, one from my view from the kitchen and the other is my view of my kitchen setup.

They were so great at the studio and the segment turned out great!  I didn't get to talk about Kickstarter as much as I wanted, but I still think it was a great segment.  Click on the link and check it out--feel free to share it too!

About an hour after leaving the studio I was back at the airport to fly out to Tennesseee.  I flew into Atlanta, GA and then took a smaller plane into Tri-Cities, TN.  Everything went smoothly, but I only had six hours of sleep since I needed to be at the ABC 19 studio in Kingsport by 7:45 this morning.  It turned out great!  There was a slight miscommunication about having kids on the set.  She thought I would be bringing them and I thought they would have a couple of local kids there.  It was a super short segment there, so I think it will be fine that no kids are shown playing with the menu money.  If someone wants to see kids playing with the money they can watch the Kickstarter video : )  Rachel and I had a lot of fun making the pancakes and it was fun to see how much fun the adults liked my book too!


Now I am back at the TRI airport waiting to fly to Atlanta and back home to Los Angeles : )  Thanks for all your encouraging words and support on my writing venture.  I can't wait to have this great hands-on math engaging book for kids.  They will love it!

The Pancake Menu is scheduled on Amazon to be released mid Feburary as a Kindle book, but the Kickstarter campaign is for pre-orders of hardcover books, but it is only for a limited time (it runs through January 31, 2015).  I hope you can help it fund and help spread the word.

Thanks,

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Danica McKellar tweeted about my hands-on fun math book!

I'm so excited!  Actress Danica McKellar tweeted to her fans about my book!  She was Winnie Cooper in The Wonder Years show years ago.  She is a big math supporter (with the degrees to prove it) and has quite a few great books for middle school girls about how math is fun and everywhere around us.

I know how much kids can enjoy math when it is a fun experience.  Kids love to solve problems and explore.  Let's make The Pancake Menu get funded on Kickstarter so kids can have the book and play with it.

There are only 16 days left for the Kickstarter and if the goal of $20,000 is not reached by the end of January I can't produce the books for you.  Don't wait!  Kickstarter might be new to you.  All pledges don't get charged until after the campaign is successful reaching the goal!  If the goal isn't reached, no money is charged.

So, tell it from the rooftops--we need this hands-on math book for kids!  Help make it happen!  Pledge and pick your reward (a copy of the book, or other cool rewards) NOW and tell your friends.  Without your help the printing of the book will be delayed.  So, if you haven't already, pledge and show your support by becoming a backer! : )

Thanks everyone!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

So many things happening... I'm going to be on TV next Monday!

Hey everyone!  I am so excited.  It was a busy weekend emailing and calling people about my Kickstarter (only 17 days left!).  I did a publicity workshop with Clint Arthur where I've learned a lot of tips and how-to of getting on local TV news stations.  He really wants to see his students succeed and get their message out.  On Monday there was an implementation day where we called producers for 5 hours straight.  Doing the calls in a group setting helped me to keep calling--not sure I would have continued for such a long time at home.  I made about 50-60 calls during that time but didn't have a solid booking.

But yesterday (Tuesday), the producer from ABC 4 in Salt Lake called me back.  We ironed out the details through a few emails and I'm booked to do a segment on the 11:00 news Monday, January 19th!  I'll be showing my book (The Pancake Menu) and Kickstarter with this segment "How to Turn Pancakes into Hands-on Math Fun!"  You'll get to see how easy it is to get kids excited about math, just by playing restaurant with my book and talking about math while making a recipe : )

After that I may be going to Kingsport, TN too.  I'm still ironing out the details.  My sweet in-laws can only watch my kids for so long...

The other news is that I have a local event set up with a friend of mine that has a great Spanish for kids day care/after school place in Redondo Beach.  I'll be at My Escuelita Saturday, January 24th from 4:00-5:30 reading my book, making pancakes with kids, and doing a hands-on activity with menu money the kids will love.  I'm trying to get local news to come to that, but living in Los Angeles makes it harder to get onto the news (but I'm still calling and reminding them).

Yay!  I'm so excited to be bringing you my book that has been in the works for sooooo long!

The fundraising to print the hardcovers only goes on until the end of the month (January 2015), so pledge today and show your support for fun math education for kids.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Kickstarter project: 14% funded and three weeks left!

Hey everyone!  The Pancake Menu now has 50 backers on Kickstarter!  We only have 3 weeks left before the funding deadline.

Tell all your friends, neighbors, and math specialists about it!  We need to share the message about this hands-on fun, math/food book so it can be a hardcover book for kids to handle, play with, and enjoy!

On Monday, I will be a guest on the Pen and Ink blog, so check it out then and read all about my writing and publishing journey (Kickstarter tips : )
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