Today’s guest is children’s book author, Elizabeth Woodrum. Elizabeth has written a delightful children’s mystery, Maisy and the Missing Mice, which is the first book in her The Maisy Files series. Elizabeth is a full time elementary teacher in Ohio. She began writing as early as when she was in elementary school, but more recently began writing material for use in her classroom. From that writing, grew the desire to write books for the general population of children and adults alike.
Thank you for this interview, Elizabeth. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
I am a full time elementary teacher who has taught fourth grade language arts for the majority of my career. So, you might say I’ve been writing for twelve years, since I’ve created materials from scratch for my classroom for years. But, I began to write seriously, with thoughts of publishing, about one year ago. I also consider myself to be an animal lover and I enjoy spoiling my rescue dog, Reese Cup, who also happens to be the inspiration behind the main character’s dog in my book.
Can you tell us briefly what your book is about?
Maisy and the Missing Mice is the first book in the series The Maisy Files. Maisy is a fourth grade student who has a special knack for solving mysteries. But, she’s a little quirky. She loves cherry lollipops, and gets paid with the candy when she solves a case. She also loves old black and white mystery movies. She imagines herself as a detective in one of those mystery movies whenever she is on a case. She even has an old fashioned fedora hat. In this first book in the series, someone has stolen the unofficial mascots of the school, the mice that live in the science lab. Maisy sets out to solve the case, but has an interaction with the thief herself when her lollipops are stolen.
Why did you choose your particular genre?
I chose to write for children because I felt that know that audience. After having worked with fourth grade students for a decade, I knew that I could write something that they enjoyed.
What was your greatest challenge writing this book?
Being a full time teacher who creates the majority of the curriculum for my classroom has proven to be the biggest challenge. It is difficult to find the time to write a book and do it justice when there is so much other work that needs to be done.
Are you published by a traditional house, small press or are you self-published?
I am self-published in paperback, Kindle, Nook, and audiobook formats.
Was it the right choice for you?
While I would love to have a traditional publisher, so far this is proving to be a good choice for my publishing needs. Since I am a teacher, I have a built in audience and small base of those interested in spreading the word about my book.
How are you promoting your book thus far?
So far, I have been officially published for right about six weeks. I’ve been self-promoting through my website, www.elizabethwoodrum.com. I’ve also been making use of my facebook fanpage at www.facebook.com/elizabethwoodrumauthor. I’ve also reached out to a few individual bloggers to ask for a review.
How is that going for you?
I’ve only been promoting for a few weeks, but I have had some positive reviews so far and a modest start to sales across all platforms.
Can you tell us one thing you have done that actually resulted in one or more sales?
Advertising on facebook and boosting my promotional post seems to have been the most effective in raising sales.
Do you have another job besides writing?
Yes, I am a full time elementary language arts teacher.
If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?
Take your time to see what is working before investing a large amount of money in any one format of promotion. Consider your audience and think about where those readers would be likely to be or where they would be likely to find you.
What’s next for you?
I want to continue The Maisy Files and I’d eventually also like to venture into writing fiction books for adults.
Thank you for this interview, Elizabeth. Can you tell us where we can find you on the web?
Certainly! You can find me at www.elizabethwoodrum.com. You can also find book previews and other information there. I am on twitter with the handle @ewoodrumauthor and on facebook at www.facebook.com/elizabethwoodrumauthor. Thanks!
Purchase your copy of Maisy and the Missing Mice at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GHA4SUK!