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Adventure Book For KidsADVENTURE BOOK FOR KIDS

Saltwater Taffy is an award-winning adventure book for kids available wherever books and eBooks are sold.  Endorsed by 12 Teachers of the YearSaltwater Taffy is set during the 4th of July weekend and follows
 the lives of five “tweenage” friends as they uncover a treasure map leading to the Lost Treasure of Jean Lafitte.  The discovery thrusts them from one treasure hunting adventure to the next as they try to out-wit, out-think and out-maneuver everyone from a one-legged junk yard man and an overbearing town bully, to the creepy old man living at the top of the hill.  Saltwater Taffy is an Accelerated Reader

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BOOKMARKS FOR KIDS

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Our Bookmarks For Kids program continues to expand the reach of the award-winning children’s book, Saltwater Taffy.  This Accelerated Reader title is a race-to-the-finish adventure story for TWEENS, but then again, it’s an adventure story for the entire family!

The story begins when five “tween-age” kids discover a map belonging to the great New Orleans pirate, Jean Lafitte.  The discovery thrusts them from one treasure-hunting adventure to the next.  Endorsed by 12 Teachers of the Year, an Accelerated Reader title as well as a children’s book club favorite, Saltwater Taffy is unlike any other children’s book on the market.

If you would like to receive a complementary package filled with the latest Saltwater Taffy bookmark seen here, please leave your comment below and be sure to leave us your mailing address so we know where to send the SAWEET package or marks.  Enjoy!

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$250,000 CHASE SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS

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Mission Main Street Grants

Seven Publishing is officially part of Chase Banks Small Business Grants program.  While we are a long shot for one of the six $250,000 small business grants, we are mighty with a purpose.  We aim to inspire children between the ages of 6 and 13 with the award winning adventure novel, Saltwater Taffy.

A grant of this size will enable Seven Publishing’s Saltwater Taffy to play on the big stage and compete with the major book publishers in New York.

To prove that Saltwater Taffy has the legs to compete with the largest children’s book brands on the market, Amazon.com chose Saltwater Taffy as part of their DAILY DEAL program last week.

small business grantsWithin two hours of the program launch, Saltwater Taffy vaulted into the Best Seller top ten list, landing at #2.  For three days, Saltwater Taffy held the #2 spot on the Best Seller list for Children’s Adventure Books, surrounded by 9 titles by Rick Riordan.  This means we were ahead of best selling titles like The Hunger Games, Diary of a Whimpy Kid, and all books in the John Grisham’s series, Theodore Boone; Child Lawyer.

Perseus Distribution, our worldwide book distributor, was thrilled at the success as were all of us.  If wasn’t for the fact that Rick Riordan’s latest book hit the shelf the day before, we would’ve certainly grabbed the top spot.

This simply tells us, given the right marketing and media buy power, Saltwater Taffy can and will reach the best seller list.  In the world of book publishing, this kind of marketing takes money and with a new baby due on October 27, 2013, money is tight for the ‘Mom & Pop’ entity of Seven Publishing.

Please help us get Saltwater Taffy noticed on a national stage so we can inspire the youth of America to think UP and not DOWN.  Always remember, every moment is another adventure waiting to happen.  Saltwater Taffy is proud to be on the Accelerated Reader program across the country!  Start our adventure today and vote for Seven Publishing.

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FREE BOOKMARKS FOR KIDS

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The Saltwater Taffy Free Bookmarks for Kids program was created because we are tried of the budget cuts to school libraries.  Not sure why people think cutting funding to a school library is going to help things, because, in my opinion, it’s going to hurt more than it’s going to help.

With that said, we are offering free bookmarks for kids.  While we would love to give 1000′s of bookmarks at a time, we are limited to a 200 bookmark gift for each elementary school.   Please leave your comment below and don’t forget to provide us with an address of your school!  Parents, if you would like some free bookmarks for your homeschooling kids, we can do that too!  Thank you for your interest in Saltwater Taffy and our Free Bookmarks for Kids program!

Saltwater Taffy is a best selling adventure book for children and is available wherever books and eBooks are sold!  Get your copy today and watch your child fall in love with reading all over again!

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Jim Carrey’s New Book ‘How Roland Rolls’

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rob nasonJim Carrey’s New Book ‘How Roland Rolls’

Actor Jim Carrey is one smart funny man, if you ask me.  After he was given a copy of Saltwater Taffy by John Raatz, What The Bleep Producer and founding partner of GATE (Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment), he quickly fell in love with the amazing talents of our illustrator, Rob Nason.

After an introduction conference call with John and Rob, Rob met Jim Carrey via Skype and the two were off to the races with Jim’s new book, How Roland Rolls.  How Roland Rolls is a story about a wave named Roland who’s afraid that, one day, when he hits the beach, his life will be over.  But when he gets deep, he’s struck by the notion that he’s not just a wave — he’s the whole big, wide open ocean!  This amazing story of oneness simply illustrates the notion that we are all in this thing called life…together.

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KINDLE DAILY DEAL FROM AMAZON

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Saltwater Taffy bookAttention Taffy Heads!  It’s official!  Saltwater Taffy is today’s KINDLE DAILY DEAL from Amazon.

With a daily price set at $1.99, you won’t see this deal anytime soon, so click on the link and get your digital copy today.  Currently we are ranked #2 for children’s adventure books on Kindle.  The only author ahead of us is Rick Riordan! and his book series!  Yesterday we were ranked #324,000.  Who says marketing doesn’t work!

If you haven’t heard about Saltwater Taffy, the award-winning children’s book is an Accelerated Reader title with endorsements from 12 Teachers of the Year.

The Kindle Daily Deal is part of Amazon’s way of taking care of their customers by offering them a savings up to 80% off the regular cover price.

Saltwater Taffy follows the lives of five “tweenage” friends as they uncover a treasure map leading to the Lost Treasure of Jean Lafitte.  With this amazing Kindle Daily Deal, we suggest reading the book with your children for their next bedtime story book.

Often called “Stand By Me” meets “The Goonies,”  Saltwater Taffy not only takes the reader on an epic treasure hunting adventure, but it teaches children how to reach their full potential in life by thinking UP, not DOWN.

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WRITER’S DIGEST CONFERENCE 2013

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Writer's Digest ConferenceI am pleased to announced that I will be speaking at the Writer’s Digest Conference 2013 in Hollywood on September 27 through September 29th.  My first talk will be part of the ‘pre-conference’ show, Self Publishing.  The mini-conference was such a hit during our April conference in New York, Writer’s Digest is bringing it to the west coast for the first time ever.

If you are considering the route of self-publishing, and why wouldn’t you, this mini-conference brings together some of the best minds in the business.  Will you go the indie route and print your own books, secure worldwide distribution or are you looking to hire a self-publishing company?  Which is the best route for you?  At this amazing conference for writers in the new era, you will learn about metadata (if you have no idea what that is, you should) and how not to get ripped off from the digital downloads of your hard work.

I’ll be sparking up the panel discussion of, “Congratulations! You published it, now how do you sell it?”  Moderated by the amazing Porter Anderson, we’ll cover every aspect of “WHAT’S NEXT” in self publishing.

On Saturday the main Writer’s Digest Conference West kicks into gear.  Here’s a description from the Writer’s Digest website:

Expand Your Brand: 10 Secrets that Every Self-Published Author Must Know

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Eric DelaBarre, Filmmaker/Speaker/Author

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Join successful self-published author Eric DelaBarre as he shows you how to leverage your own personal experience to expand your brand and turn your self-published book into a bankable product that’s attractive to everyone from book buyers to Hollywood executives. Eric shares his wild adventure of securing worldwide distribution rights for his book, Saltwater Taffy, with Perseus Distribution (even when the ‘proper selection channels’ turned him away), selling through 6500 copies of his book, and grabbing the attention of Hollywood producers.

As major publishers and the business of Hollywood continue to downsize, merge, and focus their attention on brand-name talents and proven ideas, self-published authors need to maximize their experience and talents or get left out.  If you want to see your book represented by a major distributor, sell through your print-runs, get the attention of Hollywood Producers, and know how to effectively market your socks off, you won’t want to miss this breakout session with someone who’s actually done it.

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VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN: Shame on Hollywood

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Violence against childrenVIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN: Shame on Hollywood

Since when did violence against children evolve into an entertainment offering from Hollywood?  As a produced screenwriter and published author, I for one am in favor of freedom of speech, but what good can come from a movie where our children are kidnapped, abused and/or murdered? Continue reading

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SAWEET HOODIES SALE

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SAWEET hoodiesThe official SAWEET HOODIES and SAWEET T-SHIRTS are finally here and available in our “Saweet” Store.  Click on the link BUY SALTWATER TAFFY above and get yours today.  Since the SAWEET sticker was the hottest sticker on the Saltwater Taffy book tour, we finally listened to the Taffy Heads and made up some sweatshirt hoodies and T-shirt hoodies to sell.  The sweatshirts are currently on sale for $25.00 plus tax and shipping.  They are made by Gilden and are 50/50 poly and cotton.  Youth sizes S, M, L, and adult sizes L, XL, and XXL.

Saweet Hoodie - T-ShirtThe SAWEET T-shirt hoodies are from Canvas and are 100% combed ringspun cotten.  These SAWEET HOODIES are super soft and cozy like a T-shirt should be and currently only available in adult M, L, and XL.  We are looking for youth sizes, but haven’t found any T-shirt maker who makes a hoodie for kids.  Crazy, I know.  They are currently on sale for $22.00 plus tax and shipping.

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Reading To Children

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Reading to childrenREADING TO CHILDREN

One of the best things about being an author is reading to children.  There is an indescribable feeling (even for the most seasoned writer) when you glance up from the page and see the ignition of interest in the eyes of your audience.  When your audience is 400 ‘tweenage’ children at a time, this feeling is not only a rush of energy, it drives me to never stop doing what I do…no matter what.

On a recent author visit, I began my hour-long assembly like I always do…by reading Continue reading

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SUMMER READING

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summer readingSet during the 4th of July weekend and perfect for summer readingSaltwater Taffy follows the lives of five ‘tween-age’ friends as they embark on an epic journey of treasure hunting adventure and self-discovery.

“A perfect read for the summer.  A wonderful, fun-filled adventure for all ages.”

Sharon Andrews
Teacher of the Year

The adventure begins when the friends find a treasure map belonging to the great New Orleans pirate, Jean Lafitte.  The discovery thrusts them from one treasure-hunting Continue reading

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