Hello Bloggers; First and foremost a shout out to Heather Butts African American Medicine in Washington, D.C. by Heather Butts Check out her book, buy it if you see it, a great piece of work…Now the continuing saga of The Adventure of Sir Good Knight.By Tom Geden. As you know by now the book is available at http://www.sirgoodknight.com (with freebies) at amazon,B&N.com and kindle and every purchase I give 10% of my money to Children’s Specialized Hospital of Nj. I also do performances for birthdays, libraries, schools and have the kids compose their own book (check the website for details) now for the back story of the video on you tube. I decided to perform my book at a coffee shop in Keyport known as Espresso Joes which has an open mike Wednesdays. I got up my courage, brought my wife and son and asked my wife to record the show (a 5 minute performance). Before hand I asked the manager if I could perform with costumes.. he replied “You aren’t going to strip down naked, are you? We had a guy do that once and called the police” I assured him I did not and he put me on the list.. I did my performance not knowing it was the 5th year anniversary special and a friend in the audience was recording the show as well. Good thing, my wife never filmed it! I did the performance to the audience and it was well received. It was the first (and i think) only time a children’s book was performed. Since it was getting late and my son was restless we left as soon as the performance was done. I handed out my card and the friend told me to look for the posting and there it is now for all to see.A link is on the website. I will blog more later.. Good Knight and God Bless!
Hello fellow bloggers; I am sure you are wondering why I chose Children’s Specialized Hospital of NJ for my 10% donation of sales of “The Adventure of Sir good Knight” by Tom Geden. When my wife and I were dating (we have been together for 30+ years) she was working for Children’s Specialized in Mountainside NJ. She was a pediatric nurse and loved kids.. when I would pick her up I got to say hello and see her work. The work there is a miracle in itself she got kids to laugh and giggle who were very sick and born with physical and emotional issues. I said to her that one day when my book is finished I would help these kids somehow. She only worked there a short while due to her own issues but I still wanted to do something. When I finally had enough money to hire an illustrator and self publish the book, I promised her I would raise money for those kids. So when i got up enough courage to ask the facility if they would be interested, they told me I was the first author to put that in writing. Now I ask everyone that I know, all facebook,all twitterers, and all that will hear to help me out. Go to http://www.sirgoodknight.com and check out my website, see the performance with the link, buy the book from me, amazon, Barnes & Noble.com or kindle and I will donate 10% to the kids.. I will perform for schools, libraries, birthdays, travelling at least an hour from my home to yours as long as we can give the Recreation Department at Children’s Specialized some money to let the kids have fun! Have a great day and God bless all..
My first book fair was outside, all day, and my family lived close by so they came for a visit.. I shared a table with 2 other authors and we were under a tent. The main author also sold horns she crafted at home. Since it was close to Halloween, the horns sold more than her books, speaking of books she had 3 doz displayed and she could not push one. The other author had one book and gave away coloring pages ans people checked us out.. My son was bored, my wife was too and together we were grateful that my brother, his wife, and their son and his family came by.. unfortunately it was more like a family visit tnah a book selling.. they were all about talking to me and I had to wait til they checked out the fair before I could sell a book.. I did sell one and celebrated by using the money I made to buy pizza for dinner.. The author I sat with left her chair behind and called me to see if I had it.. I did not I thought it was the lady with the horns.. She sold a copy of her book eat your vegetables! (which kids want reminders.. it was for the parents) Mine sold to a kid who was interested in the book because I made up the best catchphrase ..”Sir Good Knight, a medieval super-hero!” I was happy I sold one copy.. It took 2 hours to get there and an hour and a half to get home.. Next time, I told myself.. I will perform.. I just did not want to in front of my family.. I met many contacts, got great feedback, and though I found a new friend to sell my book with.. more next time..on that subject! GOOD KNIGHT to all! Remember my book is available at http://www.sirgoodknight.com Amazon, and B&N.com, and kindle.. e mail me for the best deal using sir good knight in the subject.. firstname.lastname@example.org I am also available for parties, schools, libraries.. and teach kids k-3 to write a book!
Well fellow bloggers, I got up my courage today and drove to not one but 2 barnes & noble stores that are in close proximity to the Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside NJ. The first was near springfield and I could swear I heard the simpsons them as I drove up and swerve to miss bart on his skateboard. DOH…. Anyway, I went into the store to talk to the manager and Dan was there! He informed me that Jessica from down south had been in touch and he was expecting me to meander into the store.. I gave him a copy of the book, gave him a flier with all the info on it we talked for about 5 minutes and .. wait for it… he told me he was interested and will work with me if not this year definitely next year!!! Success!!!! I was delighted and thanked him and thanked God when i got to the parking lot. I said to myself, “self.. why not try the other store in Clark.. I took the back roads past Children’s Specialized Hospital and honked as I passed by.. I got to the store and Jesse (the assistant manager) met with me, I told her about the presentation and she said she was excited about it and would inform the manager friday! I willl touch base with Mr Chung next week.. probably monday just to see if he has the info and not push to hard.Cross your fingers and toes gang.. and Pray Pray Pray that I will get to perform and sell my books in both locations and finally raise some money for Children’s Specialized Hospital recreation department. I feel embarrassed I sold 7 copies after meeting with the administrator and held back on giving the 7.50 I raised so far. If you are interested you can go to my website at http://www.sirgoodknight.com and order it from me. I will personalize it and send you 3 free gifts while they last.. email me for details.. amazon has it and B&N.com as well as kindle. Whatever place you buy it from, I will donate 10% of my personal sales to the kids rec department for some fun stuff for them to use. bye bye for now.. and to all a Good Knight!
Well bloggers , here we go again with another reason read a blog of a person who calls himself an author.. when I have been at shows, libraries, and such I have been told my marketing is cool, my gifts are impressive, I have great ideas, still they pass on the book.. what gives? well a fellow children’s author let me in on a secret in the publishing world that I found interesting, depressing, and inspiring at the same time. We wanted to go to self publishing because with his 6 published book, he made diddly.. he was getting 75 cents per book sold even though the cost to the consumer was 16.95.. he wanted to know how much money I made and leave his publisher and his agent to pursue an independent publishing career! I was seeing this man sell book hand over fist and people treating him like a rock star posing for selfies, pix etc and he made 3000 dollars in a year! selling his book and even making the nYtimes best seller list.. Me I sold nothing that day, but gained insight in the business that was truly valuable. But there is still hope for me.. http://www.sirgoodknight.com I am going to mountainside nj thursday to talk to the barnes & noble manager about doing an author night… keep you posted! Still no word from Heather but I will keep hopeful..
Good evening fellow bloggers.. my story continues with the trial that was attempted this summer in summit nj. My wife was at the hospital (visiting) and I had some time to kill.. I went to the local park and in a small area practiced my performance. I noticed klids playing at the swings nearby so I took a chance.I offered a free performance and they stopped what they were doing and sat on the ground.It was exhilarating to give a live performance to kids and see their eyes and ears be so attentive.. I paused at the story to see if they wanted more and they said YES! So I continued and they clapped and enjoyed the performance. the mothers were impressed as well, so I gave them each a flier with my birthday advertisements and gave the kids a twizzler sword for watching the show. I felt so good after the performance I went to the public library and talked to the children’s section asking for the manager. She listened to my idea and took my book while giving me her card. She promised to call to schedule a performance. I will send her an email soon to follow up., more adventures to come!
Well fellow bloggers I am trying something new.. I am promising to write in this blog more often and keep it more up to date with the goings on of my book “The Adventure of Sir Good Knight”. Well I went to a Local authors night and my neighborhood Barnes and Noble and tried to sell my book. I wore my knight outfit, brought my wife and son, brought twizzler swords and proceeded to go around the store to announce a performance and selling of my book. I was greeted with odd looks, questions about my costume, and 5 kids came to the performance(the only ones in the store at the time) so It went well. I thought I sold one copy (a woman took it and did not return) but have not heard word yet if it was sold, stolen or left somewhere. I am getting discouraged, disappointed and saddened when I met Heather Butts who invited me to read for kids in Staten Island. I hope that goes well, no date yet but still hopeful. I was really hoping to sell a bunch of copies so I could give a nice check to the children’s Specialized Hospital in NJ for the holidays..So far I have sold 8 copies so they get 12 dollars.. I am depressed at that amount so I have not even mentioned it to the hospital. That’s all for now, if anyone reads this and is interested in what i do.. let me know. my website is http://www.sirgoodknight.com and it has an offer of buying the book from my for $15 with free stuff, a birthday and library/school offer of performances and teaching kids how to write a book (preK – 3)and other stuff.. check out the video on you tube.. TA TA for now (TTFA)
Hello all you readers of blogs… for all those who follow this blog, thank you very much and please feel free to pass it along to everyone.. I have great news for the New Year.. The Adventure of Sir Good Knight” by Tom Geden is now on a mission to help kids! I have made an agreement with Children’s Specialized Hospital Network of NJ that from this day forward, any sales of my book “The Adventure of Sir Good Knight” by Tom Geden will assist the recreation department in the area of fun! 10% of my sales from amazon, kindle, I personally sell, or from book stores (when I am commercially published) will go directly to the recreation department. as a Recreation Therapist, I realize how important it is for kids or anyone to have fun while they are healing. So the mission is simple, buy the book, help the kids. This mission will continue as long as there is a book to sell. When I am notified of sales, a deposit will be made in a special account for the kids and given to the recreation department during the year. The kids need specialized toys and materials so 10% of what I make will go to them. I am performing at the Mountainside division on January 29 and a formal press release will follow. But I am giving you the info now in the hopes that i have something to give them at the end of the month. My performance can be seen at you tube under the adventure of sir good knight at espresso joes. you can also see the narrative of the book. When you buy the book, amazon or kindle notify me and I donate 10% to the account. Please let us help the kids to have fun! a link to the you tube is at http://www.sirgoodknight.com Have A Good Knight!
http://www.sirgoodknight.com. Well fellow bloggers enough about me, now comes the adventure of getting my work ‘The Adventure of Sir Good Knight” off the ground and running. I met up with an illustrator at a restaurant and he agreed to do the artwork for a fee and also signed an agreement that all the works were my property. He did a great job but we had our disagreements about distribution so we parted ways. I was just happy to see my book illustrated. I sent them off to instant publisher, amazon, create space, and waited, and waited.. and waited. Finally my work arrived in the mail and each person I told the story to wanted to buy a copy so within a year I had made up the cost of printing and illustrating! I went to libraries and read ( the library bought a copy, but the families declined..) I performed the story at my sons summer camp (to a standing ovation and 1 sale) and read, performed the story for my sons class at school. more to come.. tune in tomorrow!