I often give advice - 37 years of teaching has made me an interested and lifelong learner, and I enjoy sharing what I have learned Today, I am asking for advice.
I have written two very different books. Student Teaching: the Inside Scoop from a Master Teacher is well received and respected by all the colleges and universities who use the text as required reading. The book has won 8 awards. Professors tell me there is nothing like it - that from my 37 years in the classroom, I offer hands on common sense advice instead of "ivory tower" opinions. When I present various programs associated with the book, especially "Dede's Three C's for Classroom Success: Confidence, Communication, and Creativity," both professors and students say the takeaway is so much great information. Yet, I have sent out many promotional copies of the book, along with letters and emails, and many professors lack the manners to respond. I LOVE helping students to become teachers! Can you, my reader friends, think of any other way to promote? I have a substantial Twitter following - 25.3K - and a Facebook page; I write a blog each week and post it on this site, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Facebook. I have been named one of the top 100 most influential educators on Twitter as well. Please let me know if you have any ideas! firstname.lastname@example.org
Additionally, my children's book Grady Gets Glasses has won 3 awards including a bronze International Moonbeam Award for Best Book with Merchandise. (Book, coloring book, stickers, plush toy bunny.) Grady is such an inclusive rabbit - we even have an anti-bullying presentation called "Bunnies Don't Bully, and Neither Should Kids" for grades K and 1. I have "Be an Author!" programs for grades 1-6, and beyond. I have endorsements from teachers and kids, and I have several different presentations related to the book depending on the grade level of the students. All are applauded and well received. Yet, it is getting more and more difficult to get into schools because of so much emphasis being placed on test scores. I do readings and some craft shows - those shows are not my audience - and I am always looking for better ways to get my book out there. I have sent the Deluxe Bunny Package - book, coloring book, stickers, and toy - to several high profile celebrities and a television personalities looking for a celebrity endorsement, but that did not work. I have sent letters of inquiry to eyeglass corporations , as Grady would be a terrific "spokesbunny " No responses. Does anyone have a suggestion? Please tell me. GradyGetsGlasses@gmail.com
Thank you in advance for helping me to publicize my books. I have so much knowledge and expertise to share, and I still love teaching so much. My books and I just need a lucky break, and maybe you hold the information to make that break happen! :) Dede