School Visits coming soon!!

WOW! Tom and I just found out that included in our Vendor's Village fee is a full color 1/2 page ad in the official program for the Olympic Wrestling Trials. I can't even believe it. And their fee is already extremely reasonable and includes tickets to the event for two people for all three days. They also put us on their website and the e-newsletter update that they send out to all their members and other folks. We've been getting hundreds of visitors to our site every day, from everywhere! we have to design an ad. We have until the 30th of this month, so we're good.

I have four school visits booked for early next school year. That should be fun. I can't wait. My writing class at the rec. center will be starting in the fall too.

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Olympic Trials!!

We haven't received our activity books yet, but the anticipated release date is June 6, 2008. You can order the activity books on our Wrestling The ABCs website, or on our Davids Gold Medal Sports store website. Our store website is the best place to order, as you can place bulk orders for discounted prices, as well as receiving the shipping and handling costs at checkout.

We just got in from Pittsburgh (family related-not book stuff), and we decided to take a little breather from book stuff, at least until time to head out to Vegas). We already have enough venues in mind (some scheduled, some not), to take up the rest of the summer, and then we have school visits that we will do from September-November (Tom's too busy with his business after that to take time for school visits).

Our Ilustrator Robert Lence, is going to Vendor's Village with us, so I'm pretty excited about that. He's bringing some of the book illustrations with him for a sneak preview!

So from this point on, we shouldn't really be too busy. We are grateful that this activity book and our picture book will sell themselves. We just have to be in the right place at the right time. I know several writers, and it seems they have to spend so much time promoting themselves and their book. And I know (since they are all published through houses, not self published like us), I know that they really get very little regarding royalties, and even less for my friends who are agented.

That is something we won't have to deal with. We do of course have to recoup our publishing costs (about 900 picture books sold will do it, and about 800 activity), but after that, we are in the clear, and each book sold is 100% our profit. If we sell all 3,000 of our activity books, we will make a $10,000 profit! Haven't done the math on our picture book yet. But it will be a higher profit margin. our books!

Tom and I worked a bit on the 1,2,3 Wrestle! book. Basically, we just talked about it some more. He wants to continue with it, but doesn't want to get it published until the Wrestling the ABCs has been out for about a year.

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Back From Battle Creek

We just got home from Battle Creek.  We’d been there since Friday afternoon, so I am whooped!  We did get some book orders for our book though in addition to all of the great business we got for Davids Gold Medal Sports!  The Activity book Volume One proof will be arriving tomorrow. Assuming all is good, we can get the Activity Books printed and delivered here in plenty of time for VEGAS!!!!

Also a partial shipment of some of our promo stuff arrived as well.  It all looks great and can’t wait to get the rest later this week.

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Activity Book-Volume One (Wrestling The ABCs)

WOW!, so much has happened since last post. First of all, and most exciting of all too, is we received our book forward from Dan Gable. It is so awesome. It was well worth the wait. We also have received two more book reviews. One from Joe McFarland, the head wrestling coach at the University of Michigan, and the other from Bryan Van Kley, the publisher of W.I.N. magazine. So that's pretty good. Not sure if I really want to hold off publishing any longer waiting on more to come in. We'll probably start putting them all together to give to our editor so she can send everything off to the proofer. Then, it's just back to waiting on Robert's illustrations.

Tom and I are going to a state wrestling tournament this weekend in Battle Creek, so hopefully I will make some sales this weekend. Our activity book turned out soooo great. Tom really put a lot of work into it. Here it was my idea, and Tom pretty much created the entire thing. It is great. When we start running low on those we'll created Volume Two. We have 3,000 copies of Volume One. Depending on how long it takes to sell out of those, will determine when we start working on the next one!

We have a lot more promo stuff coming in the mail soon too. Pencils, crayons, hats, t-shirts, water bottles, posters, brochures, flyers, business cards, magnets, pins.......tons of stuff!
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A Children's Picture Book for Wrestling Fans of All Ages

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