I was informed that I should have a page about my Press Releases and Reviews, so fans won’t have to rely on amazon.com and my Facebook Fan Page (http://tinyurl.com/Author-Sherrill-S-Cannon ) to find out what others think about my books. So here is the information in the form of links to specific sites.
From Kathryn Starke of Creative Minds:
The Magic Word, written by educator Sherrill Cannon, is an excellent story to share with children of all ages. The rhyme pattern consistent throughout the book creates a pleasant, enjoyable, and easy to read experience for the reader. The illustrations are child friendly and engaging, which allow children to make a real life connection. Everyone will learn the magic word instantly and will share this story and lesson with their friends in and out of school.
Cute Review from MD Book Reviews – from Mother and Son this time!
Two nice reviews from Great Minds Think Aloud for Gimme-Jimmy and Peter and the Whimper-Whineys. I put the Peter one on the main page, so here is the one about Gimme-Jimmy.
Review: Delightful, adorable and hilarious. When little Jimmy Alexander is warned by his father that his unwillingness to share and his inability to politely ask for things will eventually cause him trouble, he refuses to listen. Until, of course, he realizes that every time he says the word ‘gimme’ his hand grows.
Before long his hand is practically dragging along the floor and he begins to realize that he must change his ways before it is too late.
Sherrill S. Cannon’s books have a fantastic way of telling a story in such a vivid and imaginative way that children will not only learn good morals from her books, but will want to read them and have them read to them, time and time again.
If you are looking for the best possible story books for your child or grandchildren you must look for her books! I have fallen in love with them all and I know you will too!
Here’s the link for Peter and the Whimper-Whineys
Review: Yet another fantastic winner of a book from Sherrill S. Cannon. Her stories are written in such a way that children will not only learn from them but love them! Peter and the Whimper Whineys is a beautiful, adventurous and colorful book that retells a timeless story once told by Sherrill’s own mother. The dedication is beautiful and makes us realize just how very special mothers are.
This story teaches children that whining constantly is not only unattractive but can have some very serious repercussions in a cute delightful, light-hearted way that will have them smiling but also teach them a valuable lesson.
Sherrill S. Cannon, I cannot praise you enough for your amazing ability to turn phrase into a whimsical wonderland that children will adore. These books are destined to become a classic in any home. Sherrill S. Cannon is a modern-day Dr. Seuss! I adore her and LOVE her books!
Gimme-Jimmy is beginning to get some more nice reviews. Here is the link for a 5-star review from Readers Favorite:
I just found out that The Magic Word was featured in a SBPRA release: (thanks, SBPRA!)
My link to SBPRA for Press Releases:
Here is a recent review by Sheri Fink
Adorable Book with an Important Message, February 23, 2012
“The Magic Word” by Sherrill Cannon is an adorable children’s book that helps teach the importance of manners. Following a fun and creative rhyming scheme, the book flows smoothly and effectively teaches the magic words “thank you” and “please.” Kids will relate to the characters and will want to read it again and again. I really enjoyed it!
Author of ‘The Little Rose’
Here is a link to an interview I did on Sylvia Ramsey’s blog which tells a lot about me…
Friday, February 10, 2012
Visiting with Sherrill Cannon, Award Winning Children’s Author and Playwright
Why did you choose this genre?
Peter is a small rabbit who does nothing but whine. His mother warns him that if he can’t stop whining he might have to go live with the Whimper-Whineys. Peter’s nocturnal adventures convince him that Whimper-Whineyland is not a fun place to be, that the Whimper-Whineys are very ill-mannered and rude, and that his mother was right…if only he can find his way home!
Most of my characters have names that best fit the rhyme and rhythm of the story – and quite a few of them are family names.
What is your favorite thing about your book/s?
My favorite thing is being able to read them to children (which makes book-signings so much more fun) and the way so many small children seem to be able to remember many of the lines…which I hope they take to heart!
Is your book illustrated? If so, would you tell us by whom, and if you worked with an illustrator, can you discuss that experience?
All my books, including the newest one, are illustrated by the Kalpart Team. This team is headed by KJ, and she and her team of artists are amazing. They are located in Mumbai, India, so all of the coordination and communication is done by internet. She has a description of the basic illustration in the manuscript, and she sends me her sketch. I can make any necessary changes by request – or sometimes I just draw something on top of her sketch to show her what I am looking for, and then scan it and send it back to her. When it is ready, she sends a colored version for acceptance. It works amazingly well. Each of my books is uniquely illustrated as well. Santa’s Birthday Gift was done in watercolors, with an amazing use of light which allows the star to help illuminate each scene. Peter and the Whimper-Whineys was done in digital color, with most of the action in the book taking place at night. The Magic Word, again in digital color, is very bright and simplistic, emphasizing the message of the story. I think that Gimme-Jimmy will be very like it, since the message is similar although more boy-oriented. She also has produced my awesome covers for me!!! (Paying for an illustrator is the most expensive part of getting a book published, but you can’t have a children’s picture-book without pictures! I feel that KJ is worth every penny!)
How is writing in the genre you write, different than other genre?
My children’s books, because they are in rhyme, are more like poetry in many ways. And I have always loved poetry, so they are fun for me to write.
Are there any problems in getting children’s’ books published?
I sent out a few queries when I was working, but it wasn’t until I retired that I had time to pursue getting my books published. I sent the manuscript of Santa’s Birthday Gift electronically to the Writer’s Literary Group, who suggested I submit it to the Strategic Book Group – and now I have three published books and another on the way.
Why and when did you begin writing?
As mentioned earlier, my mother tells me I was writing poetry at age 4. I have always loved to write, but now I have time to do it!
What is your writing schedule?
Whenever… Actually, a lot of “lines” pop into my head in the middle of the night, so I have a tablet and pen beside my bed so I can write them down.
What projects are you working on now, or plan for the future?
I have four more children’s books to publish and three more plays (two of which have been submitted to my publisher at Lazy Bee Scripts.) I also have a couple more rhymed children’s stories in the works, however most of my current time is taken up with marketing my books online. There are so many opportunities and so little time…
What kind of advice or tips to you have for someone who wants to write and get published?
I whole-heartedly recommend my publisher, Strategic Book Group, to anyone who wishes to get started and not spend a lot of time writing queries to publishers who respond (if at all) by telling you to get an agent – or trying to find an agent who tells you they only accept published authors! Also, it’s really important to determine the right niche for your book, so you will be able to focus your efforts on productive marketing.
Are there any other comments, advice or tips that you would give to beginning writers?
Just be sure that anything you decide to submit anywhere is edited to the best of your ability before you send it out. Bad grammar and poor spelling can undermine a masterpiece!
What do you do when you are not writing?
My husband and I like to go “rving” which is camping with a “house” instead of a tent! I also love to read.
Anything else you would like to add?
A little bit about my plays for elementary school children:
The plays are written for elementary school classroom students, grades 1-4. Each child has at least one line in the play. They are all musicals, although they use suggested popular songs and nursery rhyme songs which can be selected by the teacher or music teacher. Most of the plays are co-authored by my daughter, Kerry Gallagher. The plays have had several performances each, both in the United States and in the United Kingdom!
Have You Seen My Little Lamb? – Mary has brought her lamb to school and now the lamb is lost. Mary, with the help of Mother Goose, meets many storybook friends as she searches for her lost lamb.
The King’s Spell – Something is not right in Mother Goose Land, when Old King Cole casts a spell on the characters. Mother Goose wanders through the kingdom finding everything mixed up until she can prevail upon the King to remove his spell.
When You Wish Upon a Star…fish – A little girl (or a little boy) finds a starfish while she is walking on the boardwalk and throws it back while making a wish that she could see what is under the sea. The play continues with the starfish introducing the little girl to different sea creatures, who each tell her a little about themselves. This play is educational in nature, and can easily be used in connection with a classroom project about undersea life.
The Wonderful World of Weather – A bird family starts the play, which continues through the different weather scenarios as they go through the seasons, and the bird family concludes the play returning to their nest at home. This play is educational in nature, and can easily be used in connection with a classroom project about the weather.
A couple more plays have been submitted as well. Please stay tuned to my website for updates!
Another thing I would like to mention: All three of my books are now part of a fund-raiser for the Women’s Economic Council Foundation (WECF), which sponsors programs and scholarships for girls and women. Fifty percent of the sales of my books go to the Foundation. I have provided the link below with the other links. I attended the Summit meeting in Nashville TN in October, where I signed books, and the website is still live: http://www.sbpra.com/wecf/
What “Made It” moments have you experienced in life?
I have always been an “over-achiever” and have had many “made it” moments in my life, including celebrating our 51th wedding anniversary in June. Recently, the joy of receiving seven 2011 Awards for my three books!
You can learn more about the author and her books on the following sites:
Website and blog: http://www.sherrillcannon.com
Facebook Fan Page: http://tinyurl.com/Author-Sherrill-S-Cannon
Books Page: http://www.StrategicBookClub.com
Plays Page: http://www.lazybeescripts.co.uk
Red Room Author Page: http://www.redroom.com/author/sherrill-s-cannon/
Women’s Economic Council Foundation:
I received a nice mention from Pam Dlugos who has accepted my books for a fundraising auction in Bonita Springs FL:
Pam Dlugos • I received three great AWARD winning books from author Sherrill S. Cannon that are nicely illustrated by Kalpart Team. Each is written in rhyme. “The Magic Word” and “Peter and The Whimper-Whineys” both demonstrate the value of good manners in fun and creative ways. And my personal favorite is “Santa’s Birthday Gift”. This delightful book cleverly and wondrously weaves the tradition of Santa into the religious story of Christ’s birth. It is no wonder all three of Sherrill’s books have won awards, her work is truly notable.
I am honored to have been named the December Author of the Month by SBPRA! Thank you SBPRA!!
AUTHOR OF THE MONTH – DECEMBER | Author Success Stories
This month our featured author just has to be Sherrill S. Cannon. The author of three rhyming children’s books (Santa’s Birthday Gift, The Magic Word, Peter and the Whimper-Whineys), Sherrill is not only an accomplished writer but a consummate marketer of her work, with over 2,000 units sold as of November. This year the three picture books won SEVEN National Awards. Understanding the importance of technology, this year also saw Sherrill turn her print books into multi-format ebooks and Peter and the Whimper-Whineys became an interactive App available for download from the iTunes App Store.
Through her dogged efforts, Santa’s Birthday Gift was stocked at the Washington National Cathedral Store in time for the holiday season, and has been on the best seller list on Amazon for the last several weeks, ranking under 10K overall regularly. It is featured on the “Red Room” website and part of their ‘blog your favorite Christmas story’ book giveaway. Cannon is also the featured author on the “What’s Up Sippy Cup?” site this month (as she says, “Don’t laugh”).
She was just interviewed on WVIA radio (Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, PA) about her life and work (podcast – http://wviatv.org/radio/wvia-fm-programs/artscene) as well as on the website “Wild About Reading” (http://donalisahelsley.blogspot.com/2011/12/interview-with-sherrill-cannon-author.html).
Realizing the scope of the growing global market, Sherrill has participated in every Book Expo SBPRA has attended , from Frankfurt to Beijing, and plans to do so in 2012 too!
The successful author, when pressed, offers this advice to fellow authors: “First of all, find your niche in the huge world of children’s books – and focus your marketing efforts toward reaching the readers that are most likely to purchase your books. Then, get out there and make it happen. Don’t just sit back and expect a bestseller. Not unless your name is Dr. Seuss!”
Congratulations, Sherrill; while not yet Dr. Seuss, you certainly are making a name for yourself.
I got some lovely 5-star Reviews for all three books from Donalisa Helsley’s Wild About Reading: Great Reviews from Donalisa Helsley
|12/15 Donalisa Helsley gave 5 stars to: Peter and the Whimper-Whineys by Sherrill S. CannonPeter and the Whimper-Whineys is the story of a young whiney, “selfish and cranky and cross,” rabbit. After receiving a punishment he falls asleep and finds himself in the Whimper-Whineyland. He learns what the whimper whineys sound like to those around him. This story teaches having a positive attitude even when things do not go your way. Also that whiney is not the way to get attention or what you want. This book is a must for parents and teachers everywhere! The illustrations are cute and colorful.|
|12/15 Donalisa Helsley gave 5 stars to: The Magic Word by Sherrill S. CannonThe Magic Word is a wonderful tale that teaches manners. The words “please” and “thank you” are the magic words. Elisabeth is a very rude child who learns from her mother the lesson of common courtesy. She also learns how to be a good friend. This rhyming story flows from beginning to end. This is a great read aloud for little ones with beautiful illustrations to keep their attention.|
|12/15 Donalisa Helsley gave 5 stars to: Santa’s Birthday Gift by Sherrill S. CannonI love the way Santa’s Birthday Gift ties the stories of Jesus and Santa Claus together. In my family we know Christmas is about the birth of Jesus but the kids also anxiously await to see what Santa brought them. This adorable rhyming story shows Santa’s role in Jesus’ birthday. It also teaches the lesson of giving. This story is bound to become a Christmas tradition with its simple, but beautiful retelling of the nativity scene. What a wonderful way to teach your kids the true meaning of Christmas!|
Nice PR on the SBPRA Success Stories!
Author Sherrill Cannon is keeping up her busy — and successful — schedule of promoting her work. Cannon’s three rhyming picture books have won SEVEN National Awards this year and Santa’s Birthday Gift is now available at the Washington National Cathedral Store! That was a long-time goal for her. Santa has also been on the best seller list on Amazon for the last several weeks, ranking under 10K overall regularly. It is also part of the “Taste & See” eBook just released by Lorilyn Roberts of the John 3:16 Network. And, Cannon is the featured author on the “What’s Up Sippy Cup?” site this month (as she says, “Don’t laugh”). She is also scheduled for a radio interview on WVIA (Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, PA area next Tuesday) followed by another Barnes & Noble book signing Dec 17th. No wonder Sherrill Cannon is one of SBPRA’s best selling authors. We salute and applaud her efforts!
Check out a recent interview on the website “Wild About Reading” – http://donalisahelsley.blogspot.com/2011/12/interview-with-sherrill-cannon-author.html
My interview with Donalisa Helsley on her Wild About Reading Blog
Santa’s Birthday Gift is a wonderfully crafted story that explains both the birth of Jesus and Santa Claus’ spirit of gift giving. The story is written with such skill that it becomes plausible that Santa could have been there that night and this is how he began his yearly trips to good boys and girls. If your children, or you, want to know how Santa’s reindeer can fly, this story explains how. Have you ever wondered how Santa’s bag is always full of toys, no matter how many he pulls out? I have and this story finally explained in a way that makes sense.
There are really two stories in Santa’s Birthday Gift. The second is the amazing birth of baby Jesus. The traditional nativity story re-told in simple terms that most every child would understand. Still, the main story is how Santa Claus came to be. I really like this story. It can be leisurely read in one sitting and holds the reader’s (and the listener’s), attention throughout. This story will become a part of your Christmas tradition; it is that good and that inspiring… Suzanne Morris, Kid Lit Reviews
All three books have been reviewed by Australian Vicki Stanton in Buzz Words. Please check them out:
http://buzzwordsmagazine.blogspot.com/ (Reviewed on 10/10, 10/05, and 09/29)
Here’s the one for Santa’s Birthday Gift, which has a wonderful concise synopsis of the story:
Santa’s Birthday Gift does something I have never seen before. It combines the traditional story of Christmas with Santa. I am sure I am not the only parent to be asked how Santa fits in with Christmas. This book may provide an answer.
The rhyming tale starts with the birth of Jesus in a Bethlehem stable. At the North Pole, ‘an angel named Santa Claus’ (who is toy maker) wakes to starlight, packs toys into a sack, hitches his reindeer and offers a prayer. The reindeer fly Santa Claus to the manger in Bethlehem where he offers his gifts and promises to deliver gifts each year in celebration of Christ’s birth.
Santa’s Birthday Gift has won two awards: a Silver Readers Favorite Award and a National Indie Excellence Finalist Award. Australians can buy through any online store and the book is printed and shipped from Melbourne
My newest Press Release includes
Former teacher Sherrill S. Cannon of Great Bend, Pennsylvania, has written three children’s books that have garnered prestigious awards in 2011. In less than two years, this award-winning grandmother of nine has had three books published and four children’s plays published, with a fourth book due out in 2012.
The Magic Word won the 2011 NABE Pinnacle Achievement Award, Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Finalist Award and was the Gold Winner for Concept in the Readers Favorite Award. Santa’s Birthday Gift won the 2011 National Indie Excellence Finalist Award and was the Silver Winner in Fables for K-3rd Grade in the Readers Favorite Award. Peter and the Whimper-Whineys was the Bronze Winner in Fables for K-3rd Grade in the 2011 Readers Favorite Award.
New App for Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Announcement:
I found the following link by chance, but it’s a good way to find the new Peter and the Whimper-Whineys App! Peter and the Whimper-Whineys App
New International Review from Australia – Thanks Vicki Stanton, Buzz Words
Some Recent Reviews:
The Magic Word and Peter and the Whimper-Whineys and Santa’s Birthday Gift are all on this link for the Portland Reviews:
Thanks to Rhonda Fischer for posting reviews in such a prestigious location!
Lunch. Relevent Reviews – for The Magic Word – Thanks to Sheila Deeth
Biblioreads for Peter and the Whimper-Whineys – Thank you, Lisa Barker
Kid Lit Reviews for Sherrill S. Cannon – Thank you Suzanne Morris
Beautiful Books for Children – Thank you Rivka:
Most of my reviews can be found on amazon.com and bn.com under the respective titles – and all the books have the look-inside-the-book feature on amazon so that you can read a few pages.
(My favorite review for Santa’s Birthday Gift came from a mother who shared with me her child’s reaction to reading the book. The child said, “Now I get it!”)
There are also a few other links to share:
SBG Reviews in the News
The Magic Word received a 2011 NABE Pinnacle Achievement Award as well as a 2011 Global eBook Finalist Award, Santas Birthday Gift received a 2011 National Indie Excellence Finalist Award, and all three books, including Peter and the Whimper-Whineys, are all winners in the 2011 Readers Favorite Awards. These award-winning titles from her publisher Strategic Book Group are now available as eBooks, and Peter and the Whimper-Whineys is also available as an app.
All three of Sherrill S. Cannon’s books are now part of a fundraiser for the Women’s Economic Council Foundation (WECF), which sponsors programs and scholarships for girls and women. Fifty percent of the sales from her books go to the Foundation.http://www.womenseconomicfoundation.org/summit_speakerbooks.html)