Posts Tagged ‘Book Signing’

Looking Forward – What’s Happening in October?


A lot.

I leave for Dubois, PA in the morning to attend a Pennwriters board of directors meeting. In the past I was only able to attend one meeting a year. The one on the eve of the annual conference.  This one promises to be more detailed and much longer. I’m looking forward to it.

Next week Mike and I are taking the long weekend to go on vacation with friends. Tennessee here we come. I’m looking forward to it.

The week after that I’m scheduled to do a book signing at Trummer’s on Main in Clifton, VA. I’m looking forward to it.

The following weekend is a birthday celebration for Ava, our Granddaughter. She will be three.  It should be a lot of fun. and I am looking forward to it.

Closing out the month, I’m scheduled for a book signing at the Winchester Book Gallery in Winchester, VA. Of course, I’m looking forward to it.

Oh, and I almost forgot, on Halloween I’m scheduled to teach two REACH writing workshops in Fredericksburg, VA. This is an all day event followed by a drive home to pass out candy. I’m looking forward to it.

As for November, check back soon. Whatever it brings,I’m looking forward to it.


Two Paws Up and a Snap for Rewriting.


I am very  excited to announce that my book, Storee Wryter Gets a Dog, is named A Best Dog Book for Young Readers in the latest issue of Cesar’s Way Magazine. Cesar being Cesar Milan, The Dog Whisperer, of TV fame.

In honor of the dog theme you may catch me  doing a  spontaneous Snoopy Happy Dance at any moment throughout the coming weeks.

The idea for the Storee Wryter series had been percolating in my creative mind for several years. In fact, the original version of Storee Wryter was very different from the one now available in print, e-book and audio book form.  It was intended as picture book suitable for kids in kindergarten to first grade. The illustrations were clip art and the cover was a self-portrait drawn on card stock. I printed a few copies on my office printer and stapled the pages together.  Then I approached local schools for an opportunity to present the story to a classroom full of kids.

Somehow I pulled it off. I remember being incredibly nervous the day I faced nineteen shining young faces. I was dressed in the same outfit Storee Wryter was wearing in the book.  In the current book Storee represents me at the age of eight. The age I was when I started writing. In the original version Storee was pictured as an adult. I thought it would be a great hook to have the character in the book come to life when doing a reading or book signing.

Most of the kids seemed to enjoy the simple story and I was very pleased when they realized that I was Storee Wryter. However, there was one little critic in the audience  who let me know he felt the story was lame. He rolled his eyes and yawned throughout the reading and when I asked the class if they liked the book he responded with an emphatic, “no.”  That one little voice stayed with me long after I left his school that day. Despite the fact that I knew I had a good concept, I had to agree that something wasn’t quite right and so it sat in my files and in the back of my mind waiting for me to figure out what the problem was.  Eventually I scrapped the orignal version.  Storee Wryter was conceived, in part, to inspire kids to write. I wanted to show them that creativity can be a lifelong passion and that they are natural story tellers now.

That’s when I realized that Storee should be their age. I wrote at eight-years-old. I used the things I knew in everyday life as inspiration. In this new version she would too. Excited by this new inspiration I crafted a completely new story including Crtitique, Storee’s cat, and Addie, a therapy dog in training, providing both Storee and the young readers with inspiration for their writing at the end of each chapter. I  also included writing prompts in the back of the book to encourage the kids to write about their own pets, real or imagined, and send them to Storee on her website or blog.  I was very pleased and thought I was done.  I wasn’t. It took many months and  another complete rewrite suggested by my editor, involving writing for an audience the same age as Storee and expanding the book into a sixty page chapter book,before it was ready to go into production.

Holding the first printed copy in my hands was a moment I will never forget. Receiving  a glowing comment in Cesar’s Way Magazine not only has me dancing in my kitchen, it reconfirmed my belief that the concept is a good one. There will be more Storee Wryter books with Critique as a continuing character.  It was also and excellent reminder that  good writing is, in reality, re-writing. I’m thankful that I listened to my young critic and my wise editor and didn’t stop writing until the book was truly finished.

My question of the week: Have you worked and reworked an idea to finally rewrite it into exactly what you hoped it would be? If so, please tell us what you did and how the story changed through the process.

Now for a short commercial break: Please help me inspire young writers by purchasing a  signed copy of Storee Wryter Gets a Dog for a young reader in your family or donate a copy to a library or charity promoting literacy in your community. To place and order go to:

It’s All About The Story


Storee Wryter that is!

 This is the event I have been planning for and waiting for month after month. I can hardly believe the day has arrived where I will introduce Storee Wryter and her cat, Critique.

Storee loves books. She reads every chance she gets. She told me to warn you that she reads everything she gets her hands on. Books, newspapers, comic books, graphic novels, signs wherever they appear,  cereal boxes, candy wrappers, labels on her mother’s canned goods, and if you drop a piece of paper on the floor,she will pick it up and read it.  She loves her Nook e-reader and looks forward to publishing some of her stories to appear there. She finds ideas for her stories everywhere she goes.

Critique is usually the first person to hear one of Storee’s creations and she let’s her know how she feels about it by using her expressive face and tail to signal her very strong opinions.

In this book, the first in a planned series, Addie is one of the main characters.

Addie is a trained therapy dog and she will be greeting people at today’s book signing along with Kyria Henry, Storee’s next door neighbor in the book.

The activity in each chapter gives Storee an idea to continue her writing and shows young readers that they too can find inspiration in what they do each day. Writing prompts at the back of the book encourage kids to write their own stories. They even have an opporunity to see them published on Storee’s website. Writing prompts are also  found on Storee’s bog.  Visit Storee on Twitter @storeewryter

One Week Til Book Launch


I’m on pins and needles waiting for April 19, 2011. That is the official release date for my first book for young readers. Four days later is the Book Launch and Book Signing at Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville,VA .  Please come if you can.

I’ve done book signings before. I’ve spent hours sitting at a table in a book store or  at a local event looking hopeful as people glanced in my direction and then just as quickly moved on while trying to pretend they didn’t see me.  I know that unless you already have a following people do not line up in advance, multiple copies of your book in hand, eager to meet the author. Still, I hope for a good turnout.

I’ve done a lot of blatant self promotion this time. The main character in the book, Storee Wryter, has a Facebook page, a twitter site and her own blog.  I’ve distributed posters in local venues, printed flyers and walked through the development where I live putting them in mailboxes, “Free Family Friendly Event,”  it says along with information on date and time and how to get there.  I have sent an Evite to over 100 friends, family members, and colleagues. The publisher is issuing a press release and I’m saying a lot of prayers too. 

I have to admit that praying for a good turnout at a book signing seems a tad wrong to me. After all, it will occur on the day before Easter; one of the holiest days of the year for Christians (including me). But, knowing that doesn’t stop me. This book has been in the works for a long time and I truly believe it’s  a valuable part of my mission to inspire and mentor creative kids. That’s doing God’s work isn’t it? And if so it’s  alright to pray for success, isn’t it?

Who am I kidding? My ego is as every bit as much behind my zeal to see a large turnout as furthering my work with creative kids. I want a good turn out so I can sell the book.  The number of book sales is how writer’s are judged. Every writer I know, including me, longs to see the words best-selling author after his or her name.  I also  know that doesn’t happen in a day. Even if the book launch is a success I still have a lot more work to do to get Storee Wryter Gets A Dog into the hands of reviewers and on the shelves in book stores and gift shops and, more important, into the hands of kids ages 8-10. I want them to  see how someone their own age finds inspiration for her future best sellers in the things that happen in her everyday life.

Teachers are invited to come and to register to win a free author visit to their school. So, even if you have other plans for April 23rd from 1:00 -3:00 PM or if you are too far way to attend, please tell your friends about it and encourage them to stop by. In lieu of tha,t everyone is invited to visit Storee’s website and order a copy as a gift for a special child in his or her life.

Wish me luck.

Save the Date – Book Signing


Book Signing and Meet the Author
April 23rd 1:00 -3:00 PM
Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA

Free – Kid Friendly Event

Join local author, Bobbi Carducci, and Kyria Henry to celebrate the publication of Bobbi’s new book for young readers and purchase an autographed copy of Storee Wryter Gets a Dog featuring Kyria and Addie, a real life paws4people therapy dog.

Teachers: Register to win a free author visit and writing workshop at your school.

All Others In Attendance: Register to win a free autographed copy of Storee Wryter Gets a Dog.

Contact: Bobbi Carducci

Click Below for Information About
My Book for Young Readers
Storee Wryter Gets a Dog
Bobbi Carducci, Director
Young Voices Foundation

Inspiring Kids to Write, My New Book For Young Readers


Storee Wryter Gets a Dog
by Barbara Simpson Carducci

“Storee’s ideas for her writing often come from her many adventures. And when her friend, Kyria, talks her into getting a new puppy, Storee gets some great ideas for her next book while she and her cat, Critique, have fun watching her puppy learn to become a trained therapy dog.

Join Storee as she learns to train her puppy to be helpful and soothing. Watch as Storee visits a classroom of special needs children, using her dog to reach out. And have fun with Storee as she gains new experiences certain to help her create her next bestseller! But most important of all, find inspiration for your next masterpiece as you read Storee Wryter Gets a Dog.

Attention parents and teachers: For information about  scheduling a school visit or a workshop for young writers please  contact me directly at