Book Signing

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booksmartSelling books is not as easy as I thought, but I’m enjoying the experience. To date, I’ve scheduled four events and sold quite a few books. Today was BookSmart in Morgan Hill. What a great time was had by all! When I arrived, there was a birthday party happening in the cafe. I read my book to a few children and did some signing. I had some friends and family members come through too. Thanks to Isabel and her lovely boys for coming out to support me. Jim, it was great to catch up with you. My wife and son, parents, and mother-in-law also came. Towards the end of the day, I had small crowds join me. Then, at the end of the day, my family gathered at a great restaurant for an early Mother’s Day celebration. Whew!

Book Signing at Crossroads

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signingI did another book signing yesterday in Morgan Hill at Crossroads Christian School. Marie Sontag, was there with me to sell her book The Bronze Dagger. I was selling Stink Bomb. What a splendid time we had entertaining the kids and signing our books. Thanks to Christine DeCurtis who organized the event and coordinated the book signing.mariehe book signing.

There was a nice sized crowd there for the event, and of course, lots of children.

If you’re in Morgan Hill today, come out and see me at BookSmart.

Date: May10th

Time: 2pm-5pm

Location:

BookSmart

80 East 2nd St.

Morgan Hill, CA 95037

BookSmart Morgan Hill

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Meet San Jose author and educator Rick Crawford a.k.a. Ricky Bruce and get a signed copy of Stink Bomb.


Date: May10th

Time: 2pm-5pm

Location:

BookSmart

80 East 2nd St.

Morgan Hill, CA 95037

When a group of wolf spiders invades Grub’s home in Riverbank, he and his bug friends send out the call for Stink Bomb, the most fearsome insect superhero known to the world.butterflies flower hill

Stink Bomb is a great read for ages 7-10 year olds.

Waiting on Publishers

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If you’ve ever turned in an assignment that your whole grade hinged on, you know how writers feel when they send in a query letter. Sending off your manuscript or part of your story to a publisher is like turning in a huge term paper at the end of the semester not knowing whether you’ll get an A or F. You know it’s going to take time to grade, but it’s hard to wait for the reply from your teacher or in this case the publisher. I hope I get an A.

I actually have two stories submitted and now the waiting begins. The first story, Dot and Scribble Fall into Adventure, is written for 7-8 year olds. I’m excited about this story and hope to make it into a series of books with the same characters. Here’s a taste of book in picture form. Picture 2 - up a tree

The other story, Sucked into Cyberspace, is written for middle grade children. With some luck, this story will be made into a trilogy.

I’ve sent in the manuscripts, done my best at presenting myself as a writer, and now the waiting begins. Writers have to be patient. I think that’s why I have so many projects going.

Query Letters

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I recently finished a draft of a story. I use the word finished loosely because my story, Sucked into Cyberspace, hasn’t been edited by a professional yet. Still, I’m ready to start submitting my little novella to a few small press publishers in hopes that they will appreciate the book concept and partner to work with me. I say small press because only a small press will take an unsolicited manuscript. If you’re a writer, you know that this means writing a synopsis and a query letter. What a joy! Writing a hook, synopsis, and a short biography is typically what writers think of when they put together a query letter. This is the final test of your stamina as a writer. All the hard work of crafting your initial story, cutting and rewriting paragraphs, and those countless hours stringing together scenes is finished. I’ve read silently, read aloud, worked with a critique group, and now it’s ready for the eyes of a publisher. In contrast to all the words that make up a great manuscript is the simplicity of a short query letter. A snapshot of you and your novel is the goal. How anti-climatic after the high word count of a novel! But that’s writing fiction for you. 

Here is my hook and synopsis for Sucked into Cyberspace. Let me know what you think?

I’d like to offer my 31,600 middle grade novel, Sucked into Cyberspace, for your consideration. I’ve attached chapter one for your review.

How far would you go to rescue a loved one who suddenly disappeared?

Against hope and in search of his missing father, eleven-year-old Bryson changes his name to Devon Riley and returns to the place where his father, Kirk, was last seen, Caldecott Preparatory or CPU. Devon finds challenging classes at this technology school, a game called VOLT or Virtual Laser Tag, and clues about Kirk’s disappearance. He also discovers the Vector virus, a robot planted in the school’s virtual network by someone at the school. While trying to uncover clues about Kirk’s disappearance, Devon, Mina and Marcello are transported into VOLT by Kirk’s abductor. They battle against Vector and are captured. Devon then discovers that his father is the commander of a splinter group of soldiers waging war against Vector. Kirk rescues Devon and his friends from Vector’s clutches. Sadly, Devon isn’t reunited with his father because he is transported from cyberspace to the real world where he discovers who his father’s abductor is.

My name is Rick Crawford a.k.a. Ricky Bruce, and I am a children’s book writer from San Jose, California. My passion is writing children’s fiction chapter books for ages 6-12.
Recently, I self-published a book about a kindergartner’s first day in school, called Ricky Robinson Braveheart. Following the publication of this book, I received a contract to publish a book I wrote called Stink Bomb, which is available on my blog A Writer’s Diary and online. In addition to writing chapter books, I blog weekly at http://www.rickybruce.com. This blog, A Writer’s Diary, showcases my books and provides information for authors.

BookSmart, Morgan Hill, CA

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As you know, I’m doing a book signing at BookSmart in Morgan Hill in May. Part of a book signing is answering questions. Believe it or not, readers often want to do more than just read your book. They want to know about the process of writing. That’s sometimes why they come to a book signing. They may even be budding writers. Here are some typical questions you might have to field if you’re ever doing a book signing.

  1. Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
    2. How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
    3. What kind of research did you do for this book?
    4. What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
    5. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
    6. What’s the best thing about being an author?
    7. What are you working on now?
    8. What advice would you give aspiring writers?
    9. Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
    10. What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
    11. If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?

Meet San Jose author and educator Rick Crawford a.k.a. Ricky Bruce and get a signed copy of Stink Bomb.

Date: May10th

Time: 2pm-5pm

Location:

BookSmart

80 East 2nd St.

Morgan Hill, CA 95037

When a group of wolf spiders invades Grub’s home in Riverbank, he and his bug friends send out the call for Stink Bomb, the most fearsome insect superhero known to the world.

Stink Bomb is a great read for ages 7-10 year olds.

BookSmart

Leave a comment

Meet San Jose author and educator Rick Crawford a.k.a. Ricky Bruce and get a signed copy of Stink Bomb.

Date: May10th

Time: 2pm-5pm

Location:

BookSmart

80 East 2nd St.

Morgan Hill, CA 95037

When a group of wolf spiders invades Grub’s home in Riverbank, he and his bug friends send out the call for Stink Bomb, the most fearsome insect superhero known to the world.butterflies flower hill

Stink Bomb is a great read for ages 7-10 year olds.

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