Welcome to the new Children’s Cafe and Bookstore where authors with books suitable for ages up to 12 can share their work and reviews.
It is very difficult to market and books at the current time without physical launches, particularly for children’s books with many in print versions only.
The authors with books suitable up to 12 years old will have separate entries for their children’s books in this new Cafe but will still retain their entries in the main bookstore with a selection of all books they may have.
Getting into the bookstore
If you are already an author in the bookstore then I will automatically share your children’s books in this directory.
If you are not already in the Cafe and Bookstore please email me with the following to email@example.com
- Link to Amazon for the book ( and even if you have one book please set up an author page as this is an essential marketing tool and makes it a great deal easier for people like myself who are promoting your work) Also if you have a central book link site on your blog or website that is useful. I can only promote your book effectively online if it is on Amazon and even more so if it is also in Eversion.
- Let me know what age group your book is suitable for as I will be adding those as the bookstore evolves.
- If you would like to find out how to set up an Amazon Author Page then here is a step by step guide: Setting up your Amazon Author Page.
- I will need an author profile photo or image and your official author’s bio. Please send any images attached to the email not inserted into it.
- You main social media links including website, blog, twitter, facebook, linkedin, and goodreads . Links in full please not short links, I will do that when they are inserted into the post.
- Goodreads is an essential site for an author, particularly now with Amazon’s policy of only allowing you to post a review on your country of origin. In recent months Amazon has been updating reviews and sharing them on multiple sites which is helpful. On Goodreads you don’t have to have bought the book from Amazon (so bookstores and other online bookshops) and also you don’t have to spend £50 or $50 for the right to review a book that you have been sent as an ARC or gifted! This means that reviews from around the world can be posted and seen by potential readers.
- In my experience of promoting authors in the last 20 years, it is not as effective if you do not have some presence on social media and a central page on Amazon or Goodreads where readers can connect with you and see all your work together in one place.
- If you do not have at least two social media accounts then you are limiting your book marketing potential.
What I will do.
- I have 45,000 + connections around my social media platforms of Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Goodreads, Pinterest, and Facebook and I will automatically link the post to those sites and also boost again during the day.
- The post will be included in the weekly round up on Sundays.
- Your books (up to 7 covers of recent books) along with your profile photo, book covers, links to Amazon and your main website will then be put into the bookstore.
- You can then be included in the Cafe and Bookstore updates which will go out twice a week with any new releases and with exceptional reviews (for the reviews would suggest leaving six weeks between being included in an update)
- Your books will stay in the Children’s Cafe and Bookstore for six months automatically and after that as long as there are new books or current reviews within the last three months.
I love promoting other authors and I am very happy to do so as a FREE service but it does take considerable time during the week to compile and promote posts with several authors work. It makes a difference when authors participate in the process. Also it works best when authors in the Cafe share other author’s updates from time to time. This is a team effort and your ongoing participation is appreciated.
I also ask authors to individually respond to comments from readers of their post, as it does encourage both engagement and sales.
There are currently 21 authors in the Children’s Cafe and Bookstore and to give you an idea of how your entry will look.. here is an example.
One of the reviews for the book
Jack Hughes witnesses the abduction of his brother Dan by the wicked fairy Sylvie. Nightmares and visions of a mysterious tramp take over his reality and he becomes torn about sharing the truth behind his brothers disappearance. Catherine, Ken and Ken’s mystical mother Rosie become his confidants and join Jack in searching for clues on breaking the wicked fairies hold over his brother .
The tramp’s true identity soon unfolds when the team offer him food and shelter; he is Thomas the Rhymer, Prince of Elphane, who speaks in Rhyme:
“Yesterday upon the stair, I met a man who wasn’t there. He wasn’t there again today. I wish that man would GO AWAY!”
The author takes the reader on a series of adventures through ancient ley lines, bathed in milky blue light that cross a fairy hill, churches and open countryside.
We meet the mysterious Horatio Grin and Agnes Day, whose sister Poppy was also abducted by the faeries. But can they be trusted? And can Jack and his friends find his brother and bring him safely back home?
I read this book slowly as there were so many mystical layers to Jack’s adventures. It is well written and will appeal to both young and old.
One of the recent reviews for Sir Chocolate and the Ice Cream Rainbow Fairies
Sir Chocolate and the Ice Cream Rainbow Fairies Story and Cookbook is the 7th book in this series written by Robbie Cheadle and her kids. I’ve read all of the previous books, plus I’ve read several of the author’s short stories and full-length young adult novels. Robbie is a talented writer and I love sharing reviews and samples of her books. Let’s chat a bit about this new release…
Something is amiss with the rainbows… Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet must investigate. When they do, they learn that the fairies who create the beautiful splendor are sick. Our hero and heroine save the day, and then the rainbows are restored. During the time the fairies are sick, Sir Chocolate creates tons of new interesting ice cream flavors to share with the world. Some look good… some seem a little weird. But we wouldn’t know for sure until we tried them, right? Here’s where you get to sample some of the recipes and create a few treats for yourself.
The Cheadles are creative. The stories are fun. The treats look delicious. This is a great way to spend quality time with kids and promote kindness, literacy, baking skills, and companionship. I bought several of the books for my cousins and shared them earlier this year. I can’t wait to see what they post online. I also can’t wait to see what happens with Sir Chocolate in the next round of books. Go check ’em out now!
A review forThe Wizard, The Girl, and The Unicorn’s Horn: The Chronicles of Geo Book One
An ancient evil power is encroaching on the world of Geo, blanketing the land in shadow and stealing villagers. The story tracks the daring adventures of three groups, two off to destroy the shadow, and one simply trying to survive. They all ultimately come together for a final battle.
One narrative follows the wizard, the protector of Geo. He joins with some rambunctious goblins who lead him through the mountain’s tunnels to Land’s End, the barren home of the shadow and its packs of demon wargs (wolf-like creatures). At the same time, Elyysa, a young girl with a magical past, allies with Geo’s wise trolls who collect tolls at the many bridges. She too heads for Land’s End and carries with her a powerful unicorn horn. The third narrative focuses on the villagers who find themselves swept up by the shadow and stranded in a cave. They must make their way through dangerous passageways to the surface.
The story is simply told with a steady pace and vocabulary that a middle-grade student would be able to handle … but there is quite a bit of tragedy in the caves, including the deaths of children and families, and significant violence during the warg attacks. For these reasons, I’d steer this read to mature middle-graders, preteens, and young teenagers who enjoy a fantastical tale of adventure and can deal with the scary and sad moments. (My 7-year-old grandson couldn’t handle it, but grammy enjoyed it!)
One of the recent reviews for Hair Peace
Johanita does not like her hair and tries several wigs, day after day to change who she is; but still nothing makes her feel comfortable! Johanita meets a new friend who has no hair which makes her feel more confident with her own hair. This book is a good read for young girls and women who don’t love their hair. This story confirms, that our hair doesn’t dictate who you are and we should accept who we are and find peace with our appearance. Great read.
Please visit Amazon or Darlene’s blog to view all her books.
One of the recent reviews for Amanda in Holland
Amanda in Holland was such a fun read! I’ll admit I was a bit bias in picking this title — my family is Dutch, so the title caught my eye instantly. I learned more about the culture there than I’ve ever learned from my family (sorry, Dad!). But my favorite part is the way Foster seamlessly ties history, culture, and mystery all in one. This book also makes the location its own character, which I love. Overall, the story had a very Nancy Drew feel to it.I didn’t realize that this book is part of a series, but now that I know, I’ll definitely be reading the others in the series.
You can find the other authors: Smorgasbord Cafe and Childrens Bookstore
Look forward to hearing from you with your details to firstname.lastname@example.org