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Another Newsletter and a Tip.

Posted on: September 10, 2009

twitterpegAs a writer, it helps if one keeps up with what books are being published by various publishers. Then, the writer doesn’t query or submit a manuscript to a publisher too similar to one they have  published in the recent past.

 To keep abreast of the current market and help me know what is out there, I subscribe to several newsletters. Here is one example from Flashlight Press.

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     picture books that explore and illuminate 
In This Issue:  Features Galore!  
 •    Always Get Your Way at Borders 
  •    National Grandparents’ Day, September 13th, 2009 
 •    Monster Mania 
  •    These Flowers Bloom in the Fall 
 •    Make Monsters for Halloween 
  •    Our Newest Catalog is Online 
Always Get Your Way at Borders 
“I Always, ALWAYS Get My Way” is featured on the Picture Book Wall of Borders stores throughout September. Stop in, have a look, and buy a book! A hysterical family read, and a great gift for older siblings who are sometimes exasperated by their younger brothers or sisters.

“…[Emmy’s] animated expressions perfectly capture her scheming antics… the verse partakes of [Shel] Silverstein’s subversiveness.” -Kirkus Reviews

Chosen as a Fun Find in Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine (September): “Emmy gets away with everything—she’s only 3, after all—until her parents reach the limit of their patience, and Emmy must face a new concept: consequence.”

Author Thad Krasnesky, a US Army Major who served three tours of duty in Iraq, will be interviewed by Christine Nagy on LiteFm, 106.7.

And listen to a podcast about “I Always, ALWAYS Get My Way” here:

By Thad Krasnesky, illustrated by David Parkins
32 full color pages, hardcover, $16.95
ISBN 9780979974649, NEW! September 2009
I Always, ALWAYS Get My Way 

Monster Mania 
“I Need My Monster” was an Indie Next Kids Pick, chosen by independent booksellers and featured in independent bookstores this entire summer. It got rave reviews from five top review journals: School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Children’s Literature which you can read on our website.

Ethan and his band of superbly silly monsters will be featured in both Barnes & Noble and Borders stores, in their Spooky Books for Kids displays, all of October until Halloween.

by Amanda Noll, illustrated by Howard McWilliam
32 full color pages, hardcover, $16.95
ISBN 9780979974625

I Need My Monster 

Make Monsters for Halloween 
Click on the image at the right to download and print a Make Your Own Monster page. If you scan and send us your monster, we may feature it on our homepage in October. All monsters will also join our Monster Gallery. Full instructions available on our website.

Make Your Own Monster 

National Grandparents’ Day, September 13th, 2009 
Celebrate Grandparents Day with Granny and Gramps, Oma and Opa, Mums and Pops, or whatever you call them, with these books starring – you got it – grandparents!

“Grandpa for Sale” by Dotti Enderle and Vicki Sansum, illustrated by T. Kyle Gentry
32 full color pages, hardcover, $15.95
ISBN 9780972922586


“Grandfather’s Wrinkles” by Kathryn England, illustrated by Richard McFarland (who also modeled for the illustrations)
32 full color pages, hardcover, $15.95
ISBN 9780972922593

Books for Grandparents’ Day 

These Flowers Bloom in the Fall 
Holly Bloom’s garden, made of paper and paste, pipe cleaners and paint, keeps blooming all year long.

Pick bunches of “Holly Bloom’s Garden” activities for classroom or home from the Activity Guide on our website.

By Sarah Ashman and Nancy Parent, illustrated by Lori Mitchell
32 full color pages
hardcover, $15.95, ISBN 9780972922500
paperback, $7.95, ISBN 9780979974601

Holly Bloom’s Garden 

Our Newest Catalog is Online 
Click on the image at the right to browse our entire catalog of award-winning picture books.

Flashlight Press 

Flashlight Press titles are available through your favorite bookstore or bookseller.

Flashlight Press is an independent publishing house specializing in children’s picture books that explore and illuminate the touching and humorous moments of family situations and social interactions through captivating writing and outstanding illustrations. You can read more about our current and forthcoming titles at

Shari Dash Greenspan
Flashlight Press
527 Empire Blvd., Brooklyn, NY 11225
tel: 718-288-8300, fax: 718-972-6307

Distributed by Independent Publishers Group (IPG).


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