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The Author and the Illustrator
Angela T. Baron is the author and illustrator of the children’s books A Tale of Two Squirrels (2013) and Squirrely Over Nuts (2010). After receiving a BS in Zoology from Texas A & M University, she started work in the veterinary field. Feeling her creative spark grow while working with animals at the clinics and while volunteering at the zoological gardens, she began filing away ideas and stories in her head. The birth of her children fueled that fire and she began writing for children, using nature as an outlet to teach them about various issues and entertain them at the same time. Now she has expanded to include young adults in her audience. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and also the creator of the I Otter Be® line of illustrations that are available through her website. Otters are her favorite wildlife creature and her cute and active otter character found its way into the market via t-shirts and mugs. She lives with her husband and two children in western New York, where she actively writes and illustrates for herself and others, while still staying active in the volunteer community.
This April I will be selling A Tale of Two Squirrels (2013) at the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair (BSPBF). This regional two-day event is a gathering of authors, bookmakers, small press publishers, artists, poets, etc. that showcase their art and peddle their wares. This was my first year attending the event at the suggestion of fellow author Sandy Barton, creator of Abjectedly Yours (2012) and Discovery In The Woods: A St. Patrick’s Day Surprise (2014). After I was approved to be a vendor, I worked right away on getting my marketing materials together.
I applied for a half of a table at the event, so I wanted to use my space efficiently. The first thing I ordered was twenty-five copies of my book from the printers. Why twenty-five? Well, this being my first fair, I didn’t want to bring too many in case they didn’t sell. No one ever wants to be stuck with a massive amount of books to store, and if I ran out I would always have a backup plan. The plan is to have copies of my pitch sheet, bookmarks, and business cards available for when I run out of books. I also intend on saving two signed copies of my book for a drawing at the end of each day. (read more…)
Member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators