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Meet the Authors, Books Make Great Gifts

book-signing-flyerEllynne and I have organized the third annual Meet the Authors, scheduled for Saturday, December 5, from 3 to 6pm at the Coffee Quarter,
in San Souci Shopping Center, Lexington Park, MD. This year we are featuring the following authors and some illustrators:

Christina Allen who is both an author and an illustrator. Her two books are “A Micro-Chip on My Shoulder” and “Momma Tree.”

Ellynne Davis, author, and Joyce Judd, illustrator, “Ellynne’s Top Tomato Cookbook,” “Halloween Fright on a Chesapeake Night,” and
“The Chesapeake Cats and the Easter Surprise”

Eddie J. Washington, author, “Pegasus, The White Man, The Red Horse and The Black Boy”

Vesta Clark, author, “The Mythos Cycle”

D. R. Dobbins, author, “Andros”

L. A. Stewart, author, “Snows Rest” and “Snows Run”

Patrick Burke, author, “The Ghost Soldiers of Gettysburg”

Hank Caruso, illustrator, “X-traordinary Planes, X=traordinary Pilots”

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HSMC Annual Beerfest

Please join us at the annual Beerfest on June 20, beside the State House at St. Mary’s City. We will be there from noon until 6:00pm selling our popular “Ellynne’s Top Tomato Cookbook” and our two darling children’s holiday books “Halloween Fright on a Chesapeake Night” and “The Chesapeake Cats and the Easter Surprise.” Be sure and get your copy signed. Joining us under the canopy will be our talented web designer, video creator and artist, Shelley Wilson. She has an array of stunning art pieces that are perfect for every budget and every wall of your home. Stop by and chat with as you imbibe the wonderful flavored beers.

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Top Tomato Ladies

We used to call ourselves the Top Tomato Ladies because we had produced a tomato cookbook called “Ellynne’s Top Tomato Cookbook.” They were her recipes and my illustrations. Ellynne won the 2009 Washington Post Newspaper Top Tomato Recipe Contest for her Tomato Stack Salad which is featured in the cookbook. We both really like the looks and tastes of tomatoes and we even wear tomato colored clothes for our book signings. There are tomatoes featured on the wallpaper behind our web page and there are hidden tomatoes in the “Chesapeake Cats and the Easter Surprise” for children to discover as they look at the book.

Ellynne's Top Tomato Cookbook
Ellynne’s Top Tomato Cookbook

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Detailing Our Retailing

When Ellynne and I blithely began publishing books together we were totally immersed in the creativity of the process and gave little thought to how we might sell them. She already had books on Amazon and we thought that it would be easy to put on more. But there are some challenges to producing books with pictures when the picture needs to go with the text. And there are other challenges from the companies who want an author to use the company illustrators. I am the illustrator for our books and so we weren’t looking for a different artist. We may have jumped that hurdle so to speak, It looks like we may be offering our own ebooks on our own website in the future thanks to a talented tech savvy friend, Shelley, who also has created this website for us.

However, we have done well selling our books without using the web. We energetically attend every local event that we can sign up for such as beer fests, home shows, teacher association sponsored craft shows, historic re-enactments, First Fridays in Leonardtown, well you get the picture. We also have done books signings at local businesses such as Fenwick St. Used Books and Music, Keepin’ It Local, The White Rabbit Children’s Book Store, The Good Earth Natural Foods Co, Farthings Ordinary, Ye Olde Café, and Caught My Eye all in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. We have lived and worked in “the county” for many years. The books reflect our life here and we chose to use a printer that is also here.

It has been fun selling our books locally and we will continue to do so. Sometimes we bring our canopy and set up our table outside. Sometimes it is just a matter of setting up a table inside. Ellynne brings a colorful tablecloth and I have some wrought iron book stands and we are “good to go.” We enjoy meeting everyone that comes to see us, we love to chat and we are happy to autograph our books too.