Guardian Angel Kids October Issue

My publisher, Guardian Angel Publishing, has been doing a great job with their E-Zine for kids. They cover a variety of topics and there are many different engaging activites. There are stories and artilces along with poetry and a parent/teacher article.  Here is what is included in their October issue.

Guardian Angel Kids- Online Magazine 
October 2018 Boo-Hoo, Boo-Boo

Lola B. And the Skinned up Knee by Nancy E. Hughes
and Illustrator- Dougie K

Heart-Hurt by Stephanie Malley

Halloween Surprise! by Nancy Engler
Dr. Fix-It by N. Engler
The Birthday Kittens by Caroline Kiberd 
The Rainbow Ghost by Bonnie Kloster
Be Careful, Braden by Pamela Love

When a Child Gets Hurt by Kelly Bakshi M.S. Ed.
I enjoyed all of the content, but I thought the Halloween Surprise by Nancy Hughes was especially heartwarming. I loved how the main character, Emma, came up with a creative solution to her Halloween problem. If you haven’t checked it out yet, head on over. 

Meet Author Elysabeth Eldering

Meet the latest author to stop by here on the Virtual Book Tour (VBT) : Writer’s on the Move – author Elysabeth Elderling!  Elysabeth stopped by here and left some advice!

Making a Name for Yourself

by Elysabeth Eldering

When doing a series or several books, you have to get out there and make a name for yourself. How do you that? Promote and market.

When my first book was published in 2008, I knew it was going to be a long road to make a name for myself. It’s about marketing and promoting. Writing books does not an overnight success make.

This month starts my “busy season” of promoting and marketing. Homeschool conferences, book festivals, and other ways to promote my books. Between the middle of February and the middle of November, it seems there are several events going on every month that I could possibly participate in. I’ve got to pick the ones I feel will be the most beneficial in promoting my books. Events like the SC Geographic Alliance’s Geofest are great ways to promote myself inexpensively (this one cost me a little bit of gas, an overnight stay and two meals) because the core group of attendees is comprised of social studies teachers and other geography related folks who are looking for new and innovative ways to promote geography and social studies.

The second week of May is travel and tourism week. Most Welcome Centers probably do something to promote travel and tourism during the week. I’ve lucked up in that the SC Welcome Center coming in from Georgia on I-85 promotes local businesses. This is strictly a promotional gig as opposed to a book festival or other event where I can sell my books. The advantage of this type of event is that I get to meet people from many other states who are traveling north. As long as I’m putting bookmarks and other info in the hands of the people, I’m promoting my books.

The more events I do, the more I should be making a name for myself, but what about repeat events? This is truly the way to make a name for oneself. People will look for you after you do an event one time. This happened during the Love to Learn Homeschool Information and Resource Conference in August of 2010; a lady came to my table near the end of the day and said she remembered me from the year before and was glad I came back this year. I’m doing that conference again this year. The Savannah Children’s Book Festival is another repeat event, and the best part of this is that I’ll have the opportunity to do school visits before the book festival and get paid for that, so if I can line up at least three school visits, that will pretty much pay for my trip or at least cover my hotel costs and a couple of meals.

The other way to promote is using inexpensive items as giveaways. Bookmarks are a wonderful way to promote and you can include so much information on the bookmark. Mine include three covers, my website, my blog, my email, my logo, my illustrator’s logo and her website. Where do you get bookmarks that don’t cost an arm and a leg? Online through The last order I did was for 2500 bookmarks at the low cost of only $25 and some change plus shipping, which was under $13. It is worth every penny and the quality of these bookmarks is very high. I usually sign the backs of the bookmarks so the kids have something autographed. I keep a stack of 50 or 100 in my pocketbook to hand out when I’m out and about.

I also offer prizes and freebies that are book related or at least United States related for my workshop attendees (geared for the kids) that I pick up at Dollar Tree, Dollar General and through Oriental Trading. You will be remembered and start making a name for yourself if you get out there and promote and market your books and yourself.

Elysabeth’s Bio:

Elysabeth Eldering is the award winning author of the Junior Geography Detective Squad (JGDS), 50-state, mystery, trivia series. She has been a traveler since birth, traveling with her family while her father served in the United States Army. Ms. Eldering has lived in several states and overseas. She calls South Carolina home these days stating she is “Southern by choice, not by birth.” Elysabeth entered her first writing contest at the age of 41 and took second place for a children’s mystery story, “Train of Clues,” which inspired the JGDS series. The stories are written in a Jeopardy!® like style in that a game gives the kids clues but they don’t have to answer in the form of a question. Each book highlights one state. There are supplemental study guides, which take the books cross curriculum.

For more on the series, visit the JGDS website

For updates on events and things book related, visit the JGDS blog

Elysabeth can be reached via email at for questions, comments or book orders

Be sure to follow the VBT Writers on the Move tour by visiting Jenny Turner who will be hosting Marvin Wilson (The Old Silly).

Come Visit My Light Magazine

The March Issue of My Light Magazine is up and running. Be sure to stop by our latest stories, articles, poems and activities. As always, Candace J Hardy supplied us with her monthly contribution of paper dolls Tessa and Patrick. Don’t forget to leave a comment in our guestbook. Or you can send your comment to the editor with “Light Beams” in the subject line. When you do this, you could see your thoughts or comments up in our Light Beams section of the magazine.

Jen’s Writing Tips #2 – Come in With a Bang!

NO! Don’t do it!

Okay, now that I have your attention, what were you thinking when you read that line above?
No, what? Don’t do what? Why? What does that have to do with the title?

When you approach an editor with your manuscript you want it to stand out above the others. Open with a bang to grab that editor’s attention. Remember the key is to get their attention so they’ll want to read more. A great way to do this is opening with lines filled with emotion, as done above. Maybe the line you use is suspenseful. Maybe it asks a curious science question. All these should grab the editor’s attention and they will want to read more.

Once you’ve gotten that far, it’s up to you to follow through. Keep that story interesting. Make that article answer fun questions or provide amazing facts. If you make your manuscript stand out, you have a good chance of keeping the editor’s attention. And that is definitely a great start.

Jen’s Writing Tips

I’m starting a new series on my blog called Jen’s Writing Tips. I am still learning along with all the other authors, as we all are constantly learning and growing. The purpose is to help others achieve their writing goals. Each post in the series will hopefully give you something to think about on your next project. Enjoy and good luck! Feel free to leave a comment after any of the posts. Readers may appreciate the feedback.

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Submissions for My LIght Magazine


We are in need of stories and articles for January asap. The earlier the better so I can give our illustrators time to work on the project.

Also- illustrators – if you have time or are willing to work on a short deadline this month e-mail me asap and let me know what you prefer to do: story, article, poetry, designs to perk up stories, etc.

In addition – we are now accepting submissions in every category for our February, March APril and May issues. The categories include: stories, articles, poems, puzzles, arts and crafts, recipes, profiles on saints (which will be up year-round)

PLEASE BE SURE TO SEND ALL SUBS IN AN ATTACHMENT,with category and age group in the subject line ( this helps us with our organizing). Send subs to our assistant editor:

jaclyn morales

Any further questions contact Jaclyn or


Or feel free to post a question in the My Light Group if you think others will benefit.

As always, thanks for your help!

Jennifer Gladen
My Light Magazine

My Light Magazine: October 2008

Check out the newest issue of My Light Magazine at . The October 2008 issue is packed with information about St. Francis of Assisi. There’s a puzzle about him, an article, a story and even some Paper Dolls by Candace J. Hardy. Diane Smit did a great job on her retelling of the Bible story: Jesus Blesses Children.
There’s so much fun packed in this issue. So go ahead over and take a look! Don’t forget to stop at the comments page to tell us about your visit.
Be sure to check out our Current Needs page. I have specific ideas listed on what I’d like to see in November, December, January and February.
Enjoy the issue!