Connecting Readers and Writers to the Word: Digital Books, Book Activities, and More!

All 2020 marketing plans for authors and writers, have changed as a result of COVID-19. Author events; cancelled. Writing conferences; cancelled. Marketing letters to meet with perspective buyers; cancelled. Launch parties; cancelled. All plans cancelled or postponed. We’re now looking for creative ways to market and grow interest in our books. And, I must say, writers all of genres have done just that!

But, not only that, authors are finding ways to give back to their reading fans. I personally, have made available on my website, activities that coincide with my book, Mama, I Want to See God. I’m also waiting to see if PBS Kids will include my video of me reading my book on their website. If not, I’ll place it on YouTube in the next couple of weeks (practicing patience). In the meantime, I’m not twiddling my thumbs!

NOTE: I will appear on Facebook Live on the BQB Publishing Facebook page on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. I hope you will be available to join me.

Lastly, while deliveries of purchased books may be slow (especially on Amazon), consider purchasing through an independent book seller (see list below, all states). In addition, do not forget our audio books and eBooks (instant sell; no shipping). Authors would indeed appreciate your generous purchases, as well as I.

Below, are websites, including mine, where authors (all genres) are making available their freebies and/or their books, etc.

Author Activities, Book Readings (some events are live), and Author Links to their books:

Author, Vanessa Fortenberry Activities (Children)

Junie B. Jones Printables and Activities (Children)

Free eBooks: Make Request to Author, Alice Faye Duncan (Children)

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems (Children)

Dav Pilkey (Children)

Kate Messner (Children)

Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators: SCBWI Connects

PBS Books (Children and YA)

19 Webcomics To Keep Kids and Teens Engaged (Middle Grade and YA)

Levar Burton Reads (Children, YA, and Adult)

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Joy Harjo (YA and Adult)

Yall Stay Home (A virtual festival for the community to stay connected & inspired despite social distancing- Teens and Adults)

Author, Nina Norstrom (YA and Adult)

Independent Book Store Finder:

Thanks for stopping by and I invite you to join me again as I continue to explore literacy topics for readers and writers. Please share my blog with others and feel free to subscribe to this publication, so that you don’t miss an issue. 

Vanessa Fortenberry,


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