Monday, December 7, 2009
According to census.gov, E-commerce increased in the 3rd Quarter of 2009 by 2.1% compared to last year at the same time. That may not seem like a big increase. Yet, compare that to all other retail sales for the same period: a dismal -7.8, showing that consumers are more willing to make purchases online than in a brick 'n mortar store. See http://www.census.gov/retail/mrts/www/data/html/09Q3table1.html
I have to agree. This past week, I ordered all my Christmas presents online (except for children's books for the grandkids that I bought at events I attended), renewed our truck registration, ordered woodworking plans for Bob and plan to renew my yearly membership fees for my writing and equine clubs. Also, I do all my bill paying online. Yes, I love the convenience, but I also save on fuel, stamps and aggrevation (standing in line at motor vehicle administration is one place I definetly won't miss!)
Many businesses online are offering free shipping, saving the consumer even more money.
So, if you still have horse loving friends - young and young-at-heart - to shop for, please consider buying one or more of my Beloved Horses books, or mystery novels. This month I'm offering FREE SHIPPING!
All books are autographed to your special family member or friend and shipped upon receipt of a check or money order.
Credit card orders can be placed through my publisher's site: http://www.buybooksontheweb.com/resource.aspx?id=1783 but they won't be signed copies.
Or, check my Link Page on my site or my blog, http://findhorsebooks.blogspot.com, for a retail shop near you.
Visit my site http://sharonminer.com, my publisher's site above or Amazon.com to read about my books including excerpts.
Then just e-mail me your choice, who to sign them to and where to ship them. Or print out the Order Form from my site, disregarding the shipping fees. Checks and money orders should be sent to:
5004 E. Fowler Ave., Ste C150
Tampa, FL 33617
As soon as I receive your order, books will be shipped the next day with delivery confirmation. Any order with 3 or more books will be sent Priority Mail.
Have a wonderful Holiday Season, and keep it stress-free!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
We had a great turn out of entries for the "Puppies & Ponies" art contest held at Equine Corral today in Lithia, FL! Thanks to all the young artists and I also met a couple of young writers! Some are pictured above.
I had fun drawing face/hand paintings of a dog and a horse. Some kids drew pictures today!
Many thanks to owner, Terry Hunt, and her daughter, Ashley, for hosting the event. For those who missed it, they will display the artwork through the holiday season. They have a few copies of my books on hand - they make wonderful gifts!
Equine Corral also has a wide selection of clothing - for those who show or just love horses. Gifts for the horses can also be found there! Check out their site at http://www.equinecorral.com
For more photos, visit Woogie's blog at http://woogiestravels.blogspot.com/
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I've been invited to the Equine Corral Tack Shop in Lithia, Florida for a book signing on Saturday, November 28th from 1 - 3 pm. So I'm holding another Young Artists Contest!
I'm offering a Ponies & Puppies Contest for young artists to submit drawings of a horse or a dog with the winners receiving autographed copies of my books.
The winner of the horse category will win one of the BELOVED HORSES series and the dog category will receive WOOGIE’S TRAVELS – LOOKING FOR A FRIEND. Children through age 16 years old may submit their entry at Equine Corral on 10419 County Road 39 south in Lithia from now until 3pm on November 28th, when winners will be announced. Results will also be posted at here.
I'll will be signing my seven books on Saturday, November 28th from 1pm until 3pm, and also offer several free activities:
· Face or Hand Painting of horses and dogs
· Coloring Pages from my books
· Readings from BELOVED HORSES books and WOOGIE’S TRAVELS – LOOKING FOR A FRIEND, a beginner Reader Picture Book
· Advice for writers, young and old, who want to become published
My horse books are illustrated collections of true short stories describing the unique bonds between horses and their riders. The anecdotes are amazing, amusing and inspirational. The third book of the series, BELOVED SPORT HORSES released in 2007, features several equines from Florida.
I am looking for more horse owners to interview for the fourth book in the series to be released in 2010. Submitters receive a complimentary copy upon publication. To learn more about my books, visit http://www.SharonMiner.com and http://woogiestravels.blogspot.com.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
This month, I'm celebrating the 5th Anniversary of Beloved School Horses! Remembering Dennis who made an autistic boy smile, Sandy Mae who taught campers to canter, Sonny the vaulting horse and of course Farewell, the dressage pro! See http://www.sharonminer.comTo read a sample chapter, go to my publisher's site - http://www.bbotw.com - and search by title. Or go to Amazon.com and click on "Search Inside" for any of my books.
E-mail me for a signed copy with free shipping!
The fourth book of the series will feature horses in second careers. Contact me at email@example.com if you would like your special horse to be included, and you'll receive a free copy upon its release. Interviews via e-mail will be conducted this winter.
Monday, September 28, 2009
On Friday, September 25th, I traveled with my husband, Bob, and son, Josh, to the suburbs of Philadelphia. Josh has lived in downtown Philly for 11 years and knows the whole region well.
Our first stop was at Horsatack - a new , HUGE, tack shop on the corner of Germantown Pike and Dekalb in Northtowne Plaza, East Norriton Township, PA. With a wonderful selection of books (they should be stocking mine soon) as well as riding apparel and equipent, it's the perfect "go to" place for a day trip for any horse lover! Visit them online at http://horsatack.com to learn more about their inventory. Or call the manager, Sam Fletcher, at 610-278-7590. I met Sam and found him very friendly and helpful!
On Saturday, September 26th, I attended the Infinity Publishing Writing Conference - Express Yourself Gathering of Authors held at the Valley Forge Convention Center, now the Clarion Hotel. It was wonderful to see old friends (this was my third Infinity conference) and learn insightful marketing techniques and other helpful tips. During the dinner, authors Brian Jud (right) and LinDee Rochelle interviewed John Harnish, Infinity Conference Director. He was accompanied by his Chow mix, Aurora (sorry if misspelled!) John reminisced and shared the history of the conference - this was its 10th anniversary.
Infinity was the first Print On Demand publisher, a natural growth from their printing company especially when they updated their machines to digital and local authors began asking them for their services. Visit their site at http://www.infinitypublishing.com and their online book catalog at http://www.buybooksontheweb.com
I met other authors and made new friends, and had a fantastic time!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I was in a blissful state while in New Jersey - I rode my old school horse, Sonny! He's 30 yrs old now and looking good!! We just walked for about thirty minutes with a ten second jog around the ring. Then I took him on a mini "trail ride" to visit Farewell's memorial tree.
Sonny and Farewell have enjoyed their retirement at Apple Brook Farm in Cookstown, NJ since 2003. They were used for a few beginner lessons taught by the owner, Beth Collington. What a fabulous farm to spend their golden years!
At Toll Booth Tack Shop I met a young horse lover who takes lessons and dreams of owning a horse someday. Carley, above, is in the fifth grade and her mom bought Beloved School Horses and I autographed it for her. This store has a wonderful selection for kids, both riders and non-riders. Visit them in person on Rt. 206, Easthampton, NJ or online at http://www.tollboothsaddle.com/ or call 609-702-1404.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The First State is always one of my favorite trips. Chick's Saddlery on Rt. 13 in Harrington has been a wonderful supporter of my books since the first Beloved School Horses was released in 2004. They have the largest inventory of tack and horse supplies that I've ever seen, and a fantastic staff! Check them online at http://www.chicksaddlery.com.
Linda Chick invited my dog, Woogie, inside for a photo shoot! They now carry Woogie's Travels as well as my horse and mystery books.
The Milford Library is another favorite stop of mine in central Delaware. They carry my books and invited me to conduct another writing workshop next year when their construction is finished.
A new library I stopped at was in Delaware City, and they bought Beloved School Horses for their young readers.
Thanks Delaware for your support!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
So many wonderful horses have lived two lives. Some start their younger years on the racetrack and later train as show horses. Or show horses become therapy mounts, Western cutting horses retire to trail riding and school horses end up as family pets. College equestrian programs and police mounted troops are always seeking and receiving horses who retired from a previous life. I’d love to share with horse lovers young and old stories about those special horses.
My horse books are illustrated collections of true short stories describing the unique bonds between horses and their riders. The anecdotes are amazing, amusing and inspirational. The third book of the series, BELOVED SPORT HORSES released in 2007, features a variety of equine athletes including Belladonna ridden by Katie Prudent.
I'll be meeting horse owners while on my Equestrian Book Tour from September 19th through 27th starting from Tampa. I'll be stopping at independent book stores and tack shops along the way in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Connecticut. Follow my travels here where I'll be posting locations where I stop.
I'll conduct interviews in person and by e-mail beginning January 2010, but I'm building a list of contacts now. Submitters receive a complimentary copy upon publication. To learn more about the books, visit http://www.sharonminer.com/ and http://woogiestravels.blogspot.com/.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
I'll be at Wilson's Books on Dr. M.L.King St in St. Petersburg, Florida on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009 from 11 am - Noon for a special Labor Day Saturday Event. Along with readings, face/hand paintings and book signings I'm once again asking young artists to draw a horse or dog for a prize!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
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Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is a wonderful organization for children's writers. They have chapters in each state and the regional events are wonderful ways to improve your craft of writing, network with others in the industry and market your books.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Some of the other groups expected to participate include:
Beaver and Allegheny County 4–H
Tri-State Region Pony Club
Horse and Soul
Morgan Horse Association
PA-Ohio Youth Rodeo
Ft. Ligonier Museum
PA Equine Council
Western Pennsylvania Dressage Association
In-Stride with Therapeutic Riding
Arab Horse Association
Rolling Rock Hunt Pony Club
Darby Downs Equestrian Center
Dr. Ann Swinker Associate Professor of Equine Sciences, Penn State University
Jason Adam Bannister of Mechanimal
Darlington Polo Club
American Quarter Horse Association
The Nation's Premiere Equine Exposition & Equestrian Gathering
April 2-5, 2009
The 16th annual Equine Affaire in the Midwest will draw tens of thousands of horsepeople to enjoy a world-class educational program and extensive trade show, as well as an entertaining and informative competition.
Please stop by if you attend and say HI! Receive a 50% discount on any one of my books if you mention my Blog!!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Many thanks to Bobbie at Baroni's for hosting the event and to the two other authors who joined me. Neal Tiifany (left) is the author of BACHELOR FATHER PIONEER, a memoir, and Henry Grady is the author of the mystery/suspense novel, THE COIN. All our books are available at Baroni's and they are all autographed. Check out the store's online catalog at:
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
I'd love to set up a similar event in Florida. I even have the New England group's permission to follow their idea & have friendly links to each other.
Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up & I'll start a Blog on it. I couldn't believe how quickly the northern stores signed up for it - from less than ten when I first learned to 23 shops today! They were even written up in the children's edition of Publisher's Weekly!
Let's promote literacy, encourage kids to read, support the “Indies” and sell some of our books!
All I need is your name, hometown, a book or series title, your URL & contact info, which bookstore will host you & their contact info (you need to set that up, maybe at your local shop or a favorite one) and if you will offer anything else besides a book signing. Such as: face painting, arts & craft project, reading, refreshments, brief talk etc.
Get those creative juices flowing and let’s inspire the youngsters!
Happy New Year!