Welcome back to my book launch party to celebrate the release of my newest book, Frederick Douglass for Kids!
Today’s stop on my virtual Book Launch Party is taking place at the site Write What Inspires You, hosted by children’s author Donna McDine.
Visit Donna’s site today to learn more about Frederick Douglass and what a typical day looks like for me as a children’s writer.
Today’s contest is a chance to win a free critique of your picture book OR the first 5 pages of your manuscript. For about 10 years I was an editor with a professional manuscript critique service and since then I’ve helped judge contests (both local and national) for SCBWI as well as do manuscript critiques for various writing conferences I teach at. I love to help writers polish their manuscripts!
Just post a comment here today to say hi, or answer the question below and I’ll put your name in the hat today for another chance to win the prize. (A winner will be announced on Monday, June 18 here on my blog.)
If you’re a writer, what’s a typical day like for you?
Or if you’re not a writer, what did you learn about writing today?
About Frederick Douglass
Here on my blog during the book launch party, I’m sharing photographs I took with my husband Jeff and our son Ben as we traveled through the eastern states where Frederick Douglass once lived.
In the middle of our carefully planned trip, a sudden change of plans occurred that freed up a whole day. We decided to take advantage of the change and headed to New Bedford, Massachusetts, the city Frederick and Anna chose to live in after he escaped from slavery. It ended up being a highlight of our trip! We were able to join a ranger-led tour and learned many things we hadn’t known before. Here, in this picture above, you can see an example of a “sailor’s protection papers” similar to the ones Frederick Douglass borrowed and carried as part of his disguise to pretend he was a sailor traveling freely through the states.
In the photo above, you can see a view of the docks where Frederick tried to find work as a caulker. This is how this street looks today.
Here is a photograph, our ranger showed us of what this same street and docks looked like back in the days when Frederick Douglass lived in New Bedford.
We were excited to learn that William Carney who was awarded the Medal of Honor during the Civil War and who was depicted in the movie Glory, had come from New Bedford with the 54th Massachusetts! In the photo above you see a sign commemorating this.
And finally, the greatest highlight of all during this day was to find this amazing mural painted on a wall! I took several close-ups of this mural and these photographs became some of the main ones in my book. You can see these photos as well as others that have never before been published in a book about this great man when you purchase Frederick Douglass for Kids.
This definitely was a trip of a lifetime. I’m glad this unexpected opportunity came up! And thanks for sharing in the journey.