|Publisher of Baxter's Corner and grandson|
You know the proverb all good things must come to an end. One could say that about my first book Maggie and the Summer Vacation Show-and-Tell. As a book produced by a small press, it actually sold very well and it was time to move on to other projects. But I wasn't sure what those would be until an opportunity fell into my lap.
When I attended the Kentucky Book Fair in Lexington to acquaint the public with Maggie, I met the publisher of Baxter's Corner, a small press located outside of Louisville. Mary Ellen sat next to me selling her company's books, but we didn't have the chance to talk much until after the event. As we packed up, she gave me a copy of Gerome Sticks Out His Neck. This book takes a novel approach by telling an educational story in rhyme. I was impressed by the book and told her I'd love to write for Baxter's Corner.
Baxter’s Corner uses storytelling as a way to affect positive behavioral choices for children from birth to eight years old. The books highlight specific themes such as respect, anti-bullying, compassion, determination, and overcoming obstacles.
Taking part in the Kentucky Book Festival presented me with an amazing opportunity to meet a publisher and to write a children's book. And I jumped on the chance to make something good happen.
I don't know what will become of my book for Baxter's Corner. There's a possibility it may get published. After all, the publisher has the completed version and she may feel inclined to move forward with it. If that doesn't happen, I will consider it a valuable experience which has helped me grow as a writer.
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