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I am happy to announce that friend of the blog, author David Biedrzycki, has a new book release- Me and My Dragon: Scared of Halloween

Book Description:

In this follow-up to Me and My Dragon, a boy runs into an unexpected problem when preparing to go trick-or-treating for Halloween: his pet dragon is scared silly of this spooky holiday! Zombies, werewolves, mummies . . . they all make Dragon run and hide. How will the boy convince Dragon that these things aren’t real, and what costume will the duo come up with for this unconventional pet?

In honor of this new release, I thought it would be fun to meet Sparky the Dragon. I asked the author to give us a little more info on his lovable, goofy, dragon.


Character Spotlight:

Full Character name:    Sparky and the boy’s name is Hameer

Brief physical description:

Sparky is an American Red Fire Breathing Dragon (Draconem Americanus Respiratio Ignis Rubeus) 

Sparky is 14 feet long from nose to tip of tail, Fully grown he will be anywhere from 16-18 feet 200-250lbs (90-114kg) 

Strengths and weaknesses:

Very loyal and good with children.

Not good with dogs.


Loves brussel sprouts. 

It’s recommended not to feed the fire breathing specie broccoli, it will cause them to pass highly flammable gas. 

Inspiration for your story:

Growing up I was lucky to have four dogs. They were my buddies. We did a lot of fun things together. The Me and My Dragon series shares those fond memories of having a pet who is your best friend. 

Background for the story:

Originally what started out as a story about a boy and his dog turned into a story about a boy and his pet dragon. The character is that of a dog trapped in a dragon’s body.


 If you’d like to learn more about David or his books check out his website at www.davidbiedrzycki.com.
Happy Reading,
Suzanne Santillan
Writing on the Sidewalk

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In this tight economy publishers are not able to promote books like they used to. What’s an author to do? Charlesbridge  Publishing recently sent out a list of things authors can do to promote their books, they include:

Create an online presence.

You can do this one of two ways:

1. Create a website and make sure to include the following:

  • Description of the book
  • A picture of the cover
  • Your photograph and biography
  • An excerpt
  • Blurbs or reviews
  • Links to online booksellers
  • Link to your publisher
  • An update section where you can post news or your appearance schedule.

2. Create a Myspace or Facebook page, this is a great option if you can’t afford to have someone create a site for you. With one of these pages you can:

  • Upload pictures of your book
  • Add links to reviews and booksellers
  • Add music or videos

Create a Blog:

Here are some tips for a successful blog:

  • Ask others in the industry to moonlight on your blog, that way you get a wider audience and range of opinion.
  • Update your posts on a consistent and frequent basis to keep readers coming back and wanting more.
  • If you’re on a social networking site, update your status with a link to your blog everytime you post a new article.
  • Have contests or post trivia questions to get return visitors.
  • Link to other book related sites and hopefully these sites will link to you.  Take note, if you’re going to link to Amazon, make sure to link to IndieBound.org as well

Create a Wiki-article:

Having a Wikipedia article on your book or your book’s topic can be very helpful when trying to get it attention and visibility on the Internet; however, it’s not as simple as it seems. Make sure you follow all of the guidelines or your article will not be allowed.

For other possible promotional ideas check out the following sites:

Jacket Flap

I have working on some of these items with my up-coming book, and I can see that there is still more to do and come  check out my new website- http://suzannesantillan.com.

Suzanne Santillan

Writing on the Sidewalk

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