Pirates, Manatees, and Mysteries! Oh My!
Welcome to the world of Jane Wood’s books. Juvenile fiction author Jane R. Wood captures the imagination of young readers ages 9-14 through stories rich with mystery, adventure, and humor. Follow the escapades of the Johnson family, as 13-year old Joey hears voices in St. Augustine; 9-year old Bobby has a close encounter with a manatee; and 5-year old Katy meets a pirate on Amelia Island. Wood weaves the history and the environment of her settings into her storylines, making her books educational, as well as fun.
What I Did on my Summer Vacation
October 24 2013
I enjoyed three weeks this summer touring six different western states. I took one of my manatee friends from my book Trouble on the St. Johns River with me to introduce him to another part of the country. I’ll share his travels with my younger readers when I visit schools this year.
New E-book Launched
Speaking of school visits, I’m often asked by other authors how they can get their books into the schools. So I’ve decided to share my strategies from ten years’ of experience in a new e-book called Schools: A Niche Market for Authors.
In the book authors will learn how to contact schools, create educational resources for their books, develop dynamic presentations for author visits, and provide reinforcement to the schools’ curricula. Schools: A Niche Market for Authors is available on Kindle and Nook for $4.99.
Halloween and Ghosts
October is a perfect time to share Ghosts on the Coast: A Visit to Savannah and the Low Country with young readers. The ghost stories in the book will intrigue the kids, but they’ll also learn some history about Savannah, Charleston, and Pawleys Island, South Carolina.
Ghosts cover To make their reading experience even more educational, I’ve included an electronic scavenger hunt for this book on my website. This student activity asks ten questions that require students to find the answers by visiting designated websites related to those three historic cities. Students not only learn some more history, but practice their Internet research skills.
Electronic scavenger hunts are available for all four of my books on the Resources page.
Celebrations Abound in April and May - Take the Kids!
April 10 2013
Spring has sprung (even though it snowed on me last week in North Carolina), summer is just around the corner, and state comprehensive testing will soon be over in classrooms across the country.
Three of my books are especially timely this time of the year. It’s a perfect time to encourage kids to start a list of books they’d like to discover.
Speaking of discovering, St. Augustine is celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s arrival in Florida. I recently attended the re-enactment of Ponce de Leon’s landing and naming of La Florida near the Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine, the same place Joey visits in Voices in St. Augustine. This is a great year to take kids to visit the Nation’s Oldest City and make history come alive for them. Viva La Florida!
Earth Day is April 22 with many celebrations taking place throughout the month. I’ll be participating in the Georgia Sea Turtle Center’s Shell-e-Brate Earth Day on Jekyll Island, Georgia, on Saturday, April 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Johnson kids and their friends visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center in Trouble on the St. Johns River. Seeing the injured sea turtles being treated in the Rehabilitation Pavilion at the Center is a good way to get kids inspired about protecting endangered species.
The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year on May 3, 4 & 5. In Adventures on Amelia Island: A Princess, A Pirate and Buried Treasure, Joey, Bobby and Katy visit Amelia Island during the annual shrimp festival. This is another great place to take kids.
The Pirate Parade will be held a week earlier on April 27 at 11:00 a.m. On May 3, the pirates will invade Centre Street at 9:30 p.m. followed by Fireworks at 9:45 p.m.
While the kids are enjoying the Kids Fun Zone on Saturday and Sunday, adults can browse the Fine Arts and Crafts show featuring more than 300 juried fine artists and craftsmen.
Oh, The Places You’ll Go!...When Publishing Your Children’s Book!
The do’s and the don’ts, the joy and the fear,
You’ll learn what to do-We’ll make it all clear.
Then follow the steps, believe in yourself;
Before you know it, your book’s on the shelf.
Fellow author and publisher Frances Keiser and I will teach a class on publishing and marketing children’s books on June 1, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at Flagler College.
This half-day workshop is being sponsored by the Florida Heritage Book Festival. Information regarding registration will soon be available at the festival’s website.
School Author Visits
Upcoming Events for Jane
April 13 - Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Shell-e-Brate Earth Day, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
April 27 - Amelia Island Book Festival
May 3 - Book Signing, The Book Loft, Amelia Island, 2:00 p.m
May 7 - UNF Class, Author Websites: Developing Content, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
June 25 - UNF Class, Niche Markets and Target Audiences for Authors, 6:00-9:00 p.m.