Posted by: nancyisanders | February 8, 2010

Virtual Book Tour, Day 6: America’s Black Founders

Welcome to Day 6 of my Virtual Book Tour! For those of you who might be joining in for the very first time, we’ve been celebrating Black History Month along with the release of my brand new book, America’s Black Founders.

Every day we’ve had a different stop in cyberspace and the fun will continue until February 15 when I announce the winners of the prizes I’m giving away at the end of the tour. The hat is getting stuffed full of all the names of people who are e-mailing me to request freebies or are posting comments. To find out more about the prizes and how you can get your name in for a drawing, just read down at the end of today’s post and I’ll fill you in on the details.

For today’s Official Stop on my Virtual Book Tour, we’re visiting the exciting blog of children’s author and writing coach, Suzanne Lieurance. Her blog is chock-full of great resources and tips for children’s writers, so after you read my interview, be sure to stay awhile and explore her site.

Can you guess when I took the photo here at the top of this post? It was when my author’s copies arrived in the mail right before New Year’s Day. It was the perfect way to start out my new year. I was so excited to hold the book in my hands and know this book will be in the hands of kids and adults alike. I want to tell everyone about the amazing history I’ve learned.

America’s Black Founders: Did You Know?

During the founding years of America, there was someone else who wanted to tell everyone about the amazing history she had seen with her very own eyes. Alice was born in Philadelphia in 1686 when it was still a wilderness! She grew up at the same time the city of Philadelphia was growing. Alice lived to be 116 years old. She saw Independence Hall when it was first built. She heard the Liberty Bell when people rang it to announce important news. She even saw when President George Washington came to Philadelphia because it was the temporary capital of the new nation. Alice became known locally as a oral historian and loved to show visitors to the city important historic sites she’d seen built with her very own eyes.

Question of the Day:
Have you seen a historic site or event with your own eyes that you’d like to tell us about?

At the end of the tour, I’m giving away four exciting prizes. Each time you post a comment here on my blog, I’ll put your name in a hat. You may post any comment you like, or you may post a comment to answer the Question of the Day. And, if you e-mail me for a freebie, I’ll put your name in a hat again. Then, on the last day of the tour, I’ll draw out four names to win the prizes.

Here’s a list of the 4 prizes I’ll be giving away at the end of the tour:

A 2010 wall calendar celebrating Black History

A 2010 wall calendar featuring President Obama and the First Family

A packet of 40 autographed bookmarks or postcards

A winner can either choose my new book for children’s writers or my devotional book for writers who are Christian. Here are the two titles to choose from:
Yes! You Can Learn How to Write Children’s Books, Get Them Published, and Build a Successful Writing Career

Anyone Can Get Published: You Can, Too!

Today’s freebie is a word file of the actual cover letter I submitted to land a contract to write this book. You can use this as a reference to writing winning cover letters as well. To receive today’s freebie, e-mail me at Write in the subject line: Cover letter. I’ll e-mail you the file and put your name in my hat for a drawing to win a prize.

Each day I’m giving away a free downloadable pdf file as part of a teacher’s guide to go along with my book. Each time you e-mail me a request for that day’s worksheet, I’ll put your name in my hat to win a prize. I’ll draw out a winner’s name on the last day of the tour.

To get today’s freebie, send me an e-mail at Write in the subject line: Historian. I’ll e-mail you a one-page pdf file of a worksheet for students to fill out so that they can practice being an oral historian, just like Alice.

It was wonderful to have you join in the fun on my Virtual Book Tour today! I’m looking forward to touring again with you tomorrow as we visit the site of one of my new writer friends from cyberspace!


  1. I remember the thrill (and goosebumps) I got when I saw the Liberty Bell and also when Iwalked up the tiny winding steps in the home of Betsy Ross. I felt like I was a part of history!

    Gloria McQueen Stockstill

    • Isn’t it amazing to see the real thing, Gloria?! -Nancy

  2. Nancy,
    Thanks for the wonderful tips on promoting books. Hopefully, I’ll get to use them one day.
    I love Suzanne’s website–another good referral for us wannabe writers of childrens books.

    I can’t wait until Amazon delivers your books!
    Jenny Bailey

    • I’m so glad you found Suzanne’s website, Jenny. Her resources are amazing. I can hardly wait till you get the books, too! -Nancy

  3. Nancy,

    You are so full of great idea and wonderful tips. This year, hopefully I will be using some of your tips for promoting my books.


    • Thank you, Irene. I wish you the best with your books. And I’m excited–we’ll be visiting your blog tomorrow as an official stop on my tour!

  4. Nancy – this blog tour is a lot of fun. I’m learning so much as I go.


    • Dorit, it’s fun to have you along on the tour! Glad you’re learning, too. -Nancy

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