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Hello. I am a children’s author, and I recently released my second picture book. Although it is my second book, I am relatively new to blogging and publishing, so it is a challenge to solicit reviews. Friends and family will be “officially” introduced to my new book at the launch party on December 4. I value their input, but I’d also like to get reviews from people outside of my support circle.

If you are interested in reviewing my book on Amazon, Goodreads, or your blog, Please contact me via the comments or at dmeastman (at) msn (dot) com to receive a PDF review copy.

Here is a little more information about the book and author.

Dust Fairy Tales: Absolutely Aggie (Children’s Picture Book, ages 4-8)

Fairies, music, and dust! Oh my! Aggie is a little Dust Fairy with a big problem. She wants to join the fairy band, but they do not approve of her offbeat style. Aggie is determined to impress them, but that turns out to be harder than she imagined. Just when she thinks she will never find a way to fit in, Aggie discovers it might be more fun to stand out.

About the Author:

Michelle Eastman is the author of ‘Dust Fairy Tales: Absolutely Aggie’ as well as ‘The Legend of Dust Bunnies, a Fairy’s Tale’. Michelle’s books take a lighthearted approach to the compelling desire kids have to fit-in. The stories validate the need kids feel for acceptance, while imparting a gentle take-away message of the joy that can come from embracing one’s individuality. The lively, rhyming stanzas and vivid illustrations appeal to boys and girls alike.

Michelle began her career as an elementary teacher in the West Des Moines School District. At Iowa Public Television, she wrote educational content for teachers and students. Her work with children, and passion for picture books, inspired her to found the literacy initiative, Picture Book Pass it On (#PBPiO). When she’s not chasing dust bunnies, or her two cats, she likes to cuddle up with a good book and her son. Michelle lives with her husband and son, in Waukee, Iowa.

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If you have any tips or advice for seeking reviews, or helpful resources, I would love to hear from you. I enjoy connecting with fellow authors. I’m on Twitter, Goodreads, and Facebook. Thank you for your time.


Hello to all. I am beyond excited to share my newest picture book, Dust Fairy Tales: Absolutely Aggie. I am running a Goodreads giveaway until October 5.

If you are a book reviewer, please contact me about receiving a complimentary PDF copy for consideration.

Here is the synopsis:

Fairies, music, and dust! Oh my! Aggie is a little Dust Fairy with a big problem. She wants to join the fairy band, but they do not approve of her offbeat style. Aggie is determined to impress them, but that turns out to be harder than she imagined. Just when she thinks she will never find a way to fit in, Aggie discovers it might be more fun to stand out. Lively, rhyming stanzas and vibrant illustrations come together in this magical tale. It is sure to delight boys and girls alike, while imparting a positive message about embracing one’s individuality.

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/155813-dust-fairy-tales-absolutely-aggie/

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There are a lot of wonderful things about being a self-published author. In fact, in a previous blog post, I even compiled a list of things that DON’T suck about self publishing. But, one thing that DOES seem to suck, for most of us, is marketing and promoting our books.

I published my first children’s picture book around this time last year. I was thrilled when all of my hard work produced a truly beautiful book.

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I couldn’t wait to share it with people. The book was well-received by family and friends, but I wanted my book to reach more people. I jumped into the marketing process with as much enthusiasm and gumption as I invested in writing and publishing.   I began seeking out reviewers. Many were receptive, and my first book received loads of great reviews.

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With the launch of my second picture book, I thought marketing and promoting would somehow get easier. I thought wrong.

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Sadly, I am finding more and more reviewers are not willing to review self-published work. Even more sadly, I now have the Five Man Electric Band song stuck in my head!

Self-published indie people, I wish you the very best on your journey. I’d love to hear about your experiences. Feel free to leave a comment. Thank you!


My publishing journey has led me down some interesting paths. Along the way, I have met gracious, creative people like Brooke. It’s a pretty darn good feeling when someone likes something you’ve written enough to promote it. The fact that she happens to be a kid, and likes my kids’ book, makes it that much better!

Check out her Studio B channel on You Tube, and don’t forget to enter the Dust Bunnies book giveaway.


Need an excuse NOT to clean your house? Here you go!

I am delighted that Brooke, at Studio B, chose to feature my book on her YouTube channel. Her infomercial spoof is pretty darn cute. I hope you enjoy it.



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