A June Authors' Tour

Spring is in the air, and so is the pollen; I know because my allergy symptoms are going full speed ahead. Anyway, in just two days, we have a great line-up of new and famous authors who will be sharing their experiences, successes, writing and marketing advice and tips, and their books. Please follow along.

If that's not enticing enough, we have 4 new members!

Without further ado, the June 2010 Writers on the Move Schedule:

1st Karen Cioffi is featuring Virginia Grenier
2nd Kathy Stemke is featuring Robert Medak
3rd Nancy Famolari is featuring Jane Sutton
4th Margaret Fieland is featuring Marietta Taylor
5th Vivian Zabel is featuring Janet Ann Collins
6th Elysabeth Eldering is hosting Debra Eckerling
7th Helena Harper is featuring Nancy Famolari
8th Carolyn Howard-Johnson is featuring Heidi Thomas
9th Mayra Calvani is featuring Kari Wolfe
10th Marvin Wilson is featuring Steven Trent
11th Stephen Tremp is featuring Dallas Woodburn
12th Darcia Helle is featuring Vivian Zabel
13th Martha Swirzinski is featuring Maggie Ball
14th Heidi Thomas is featuring Helena Harper
15th Debra Eckerling is featuring Gary Murning
16th Dallas Woodburn is featuring Brigitte Thompson
17th Maggie Ball is featuring Mayra Calvani
18th Kevin McNamee is featuring Margaret Fieland
19th Janet Ann Collins is featuring Martha Swirzinski
20th Katie Hines is featuring Kevin McNamee
21st Brigitte Thompson is featuring Darcia Helle
22nd Marietta Taylor is featuring Marvin Wilson
23rd Kari Wolfe is featuring Jessica Kennedy
24th Jane Sutton is Katie Hines
25th Gary Murning is featuring Eysabeth Eldering
26th Jessica Kennedy is featuring Carolyn Howard-Johnson
27th Robert Medak is featuring Karen Cioffi
28th Virginia S. Grenier is featuring Kathy Stemke


I sure hope to see you during the tour. There is always great information to be shared.

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Until next time,

Karen Cioffi
Author, Ghostwriter-for-Hire, Freelance Writer, Reviewer

Karen Cioffi Writing for Children



Many preschool children find it difficult to sit and learn, so give them opportunities for movement! It's commonly believed that when you hear something, 10% of the information is retained. If you see it, hear it and say it, 40% is retained. But, if you also DO it, you retain 70%-100% of the information. Using a multi-sensory approach to teach children enhances their retention and capitalizes on their natural tendency to move. In other words, incorporate movement into learning, and your child will have more fun and learn faster.

Kathy Stemke’s book, Moving Through All Seven Days, uses movement activities to teach the days of the week. The lyrical rhymes also teach them how to spell each day! The 14 pages of activities at the end of the book are designed to reinforce the concepts as well as give impetus to movement exploration.

Find it on lulu by clicking on this link: http://www.lulu.com/content/e-book/moving-through-all-seven-days/7386965#

Here are some other fun activities that you can do with your children.

String seven bells on a string with the each day of the week spelled out. Add a picture of the foods mentioned in the rhyme below. Great for jump rope chants:

Monday, meatball, start the week,
Tuesday, tunafish, what a treat.
Wednesday, watermelon, red and cool,
Thursday, turkey, that’s the rule,
Friday, French fries, eat them hot,
Saturday, slurpees, thanks a lot,
Sunday, spaghetti, sun or rain,
Then start the week all over again!

Make a poster of seven empty boxes.
Using tacky the kids put the days of the week in order from Sunday to Saturday.
For fun you can blindfold each child, spin them three times, and see how close to the right spot they can place their day on the boxes.

In each suitcase there is a piece of clothing for each day of the week.
On Monday we wear mittens.
On Tuesday we wear a tee shirt.
On Wednesday we wear a wig.
On Thursday we wear a tank top.
On Friday we wear a feather boa.
On Saturday we wear socks.
On Sunday we wear sneakers.

On command, one child runs to the suitcase says, “Monday” as they put on the mittens. He runs back and sits down. They next child says, “Tuesday” as he puts on the T-shirt. Etc. The first team to be finished and seated wins!

Make a poster with all seven days of the week printed out.
Cut each day into their syllables.


Give the cards to the children. Call three children at a time to make words until all the days are spelled out and in order.

To find out more about Kathy Stemke and sign up for her free monthly newsletter, Movement and Rhythm click on the link for her blog: http://educastiontipster.blogspot.com http://www.helium.com/users/406242.html

Great Editing Important to Shopping, Marketing Books

The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Froward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success
By Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Red Engine Press
ISBN 9780978515874

Reviewed by editor and author Robert Medak

The Frugal Editor is a book that belongs on the desk of anyone that is either an author, or an aspiring author. This book contains a wealth of information about what it takes to have your manuscript pass the mark toward publication.

This book gives writers needed information on how to create queries, cover letters, book proposals, and manuscripts that are not sloppy which will get you into the round file. Reading this book will assist you in why you need an editor or at least two other sets of eyes for you writing.

If you use Word, the de facto standard, there is information in this book about using the Tracking feature and more to help you with your writing and editing with easy and practical steps.

The Frugal Editor applies to all types of writing. Even those that write business letters, e-mails, and more can gain a unique insight into making them better. This book is an invaluable resource for anyone putting words on paper or a computer screen.

The book is conversational in tone as if talking to a fiend that is imparting their secrets and tips to make your writing more professional and your manuscript pass muster with agents or in-house editors. No one wants to submit something that is not their best, which is why writers need a copy of The Frugal Editor.

Do yourself a favor, and find a copy of this book for your reference; you will appreciate it.

This reviewer gives a five star rating to The Frugal Editor.
Endorsement Disclaimer from the reviewer: All reviews written by this reviewer are personal opinions of the book by this reviewer. The reviews are NOT paid endorsements of the book or the author. They are not advertisements. All reviews are honest, forthright, and the opinion of this individual reviewer. This reviewer’s opinions are not for sale. (There is however, a small fee for some reviews, and sometimes this reviewer receives complementary copies from the author.) Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR Part 255 (http://www.ftc.gov/os/2009/10/091005revisedendorsementguides.pdf)

The reviewer,Robert Medak, is a freelance writer and editor.

"The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is that you really want to say."
- Mark Twain's Notebook, 1902-1903

Write On! Online – Query Contest: “Books”

In the continuing effort to help writers jump-start their careers, Write On! Online creator Debra Eckerling is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Write On! Query Contest.

The winner in each category—Fiction and Non-Fiction—will have their query letter read by Los Angeles-based literary agent Betsy Amster. They will also receive a gift certificate from iScript. The 2nd place prizes comes from The Writers Store and author Harry Connolly, who sold his book—Child of Fire—from a query. The 3rd place prizes are courtesy of VBTers DarcĂ­a Helle, Magdalena Ball, Carolyn Howard-Johnson, and Karen Cioffi.

Authors Amy Friedman (Syndicated Columnist, “Tell Me A Story”) and Dennis Danziger (A Short History of a Tall Jew) will select the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from the finalists!

There is no fee to enter this contest. Email your query to Debra@WriteOnOnline.com by Monday, May 31. Winners will be announced on Monday, June 7, on Write On! Online, and in the June Write On! Newsletter.

For complete submission details and prize information, go to Write On! Online.

A query is the letter sent to a literary agent, editor, or publisher, used to promote the project, as well as the writer. For tips on writing a good query, read the Author Q&A with The Query Queen Wendy Burt-Thomas. Non-Fiction writers, also read author Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s “Seven Rules for Writing Your Book Proposal.”

Screenwriters, your turn is coming. The Write On! Online – June Contest will be for Screenplay Queries.