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An Interview with Cathie Whitmore

 

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Welcome to Author Talk,

Today I have the distinguished privilege of interviewing Cathie Whitmore of Atom Children’s Books (A Touch Of Magic). So without further ado, we will jump right into our interview today and find out more about you and your background.

To begin with Cathie, please tell us a Little about Yourself and Your Background

I believe my story is one of fate, as becoming a writer had never entered my head, let alone delving into the world of self publishing. I have to wonder where life would have taken me if I hadn’t been asked to write a children’s story for a friend to market at University in 2006. Back then I had no idea I even had the ability to write – now I can’t imagine not writing.

Fate intervened for a second time in 2007, placing an amazing graphic artist right there in front of me at our local library. A friendly chat, followed by coffee the next morning and we were on our way to bringing my words to life with wonderful illustrations.

My husband Phil and I started Atom (A Touch of Magic) Children’s Books back in 2009, when we published our first book. Placing Twinkle the Christmas Star in over 150 bookstores around the country, resulting in many book signings and school visits, gave me the satisfaction of knowing I had created something to be proud of.

They say ‘three times proves it,’ and in my case it’s true. I had many stories ready to illustrate, but one in particular was my favourite and in my mind it had to be book number three. My illustrator wasn’t keen on my choice as she hates spiders and as luck would have it, I just happened to run into a young mum working at our local bank who had bought a copy of my first book for her son. As it turns out, she had been on maternity leave for twelve months and right when I needed another illustrator, there she was. We have now published three children’s picture books, a chapter book for older children and my first novel in the women’s fiction genre.

My motto is “Imagination Lives in Books” along with my heart and my passion for writing.

  1. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
    As a self published author of four children’s books and my first novel for adults, my ambition is to one day publish all of my work. I have a second women’s fiction novel in the pipeline and another sixteen children’s stories written, but not yet illustrated.
  2. How long have you been writing?
    I won a poetry competition at school when I was eight, so I guess you could say my passion for writing started way back then.
  3. Which writers inspire you?
    I have loved Roald Dahl for as long as I can remember and E.B. White is also up there amongst my favourite children’s authors. As a reader, I enjoy the work of Olivia Goldsmith, Cecelia Ahearn, Jodi Picoult and many other writers of women’s fiction. However, I guess I would have to say I haven’t actually been inspired by any one of them in particular, as I never had any aspirations to become a writer. It just happened.
  4. Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
    My most recent book is a women’s fiction novel, and I can imagine someone like Emily VanCamp, from Revenge, playing the lead role. My main character, Celeste, is in some ways similar to Emily– a beautiful, yet manipulative and demanding women, who will go to any length to get what see wants. The only difference is, my story is very humorous at times, so Celeste does have another side to her personality.
  5. What is the easiest thing about writing?
    The easiest thing about writing for me is the ease at which it flows. I have been a typist for almost fifty years and I find my fingers just seem to take over the keyboard, and the ideas are transferred straight from my brain to the laptop, without me really thinking too much about it.
  6. How long on average does it take you to write a book?
    The initial draft of my first children’s story, titled Hammie Goes to School, which evolved into a 44 page hardcover picture book, took me approximately three hours. Then I decided to re-read Charlotte’s Web and that gave me a whole new insight into how much better a children’s story can be with the use of character dialogue. That technique probably took another week or so to perfect.
  7. Do you ever get writer’s Block? If so, Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
    I have never really experienced writer’s block to any great degree as what I am writing, just seems to come to me and I just keeping typing, never knowing where it is likely to end.
  8. Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.
    I love to read, but these days I spend more time writing than reading. My favourite authors are the ones I mentioned in Question #3. However, I often read women’s fiction written by authors I have never heard of. The style of writing is more important to me than the actual author.
  9. For your own reading, do you prefer e-books or traditional paper/hard back books?
    I was totally against eBooks for my children’s stories, as I felt they were so impersonal and took away the wonderful one-on-one experience of a parent or grandparent reading to a child. However, now a few years down the track I have had all my books created as eBooks, and I think as authors, we either have to go with the flow or miss the boat. The ironic thing is, I vowed I would never read on a tablet and had no desire to own one. Then I relented, buying an iPad for the specific purpose of being able to see my children’s eBooks on the internet. Now, three years later and I am hooked. The convenience of the iPad outweighs my old fashioned values and I am now an avid eBook reader.
  10. What & whose book/s are you reading at present?
    I have joined an Amazon group called Write-On where authors put their work out there for comment. There is some wonderful work on this site and at present I am following a couple of authors as we read and review for each other. I am also a member of Australian Writer’s Rock, where I came across ‘The Dandelion,’ one of the best books I have read in a long time, as it’s basically a therapy session in book form.
  11. Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
    I do all my own proofreading and editing as I can’t afford to pay someone else to do it. It’s a slow and tedious process, but I have learnt a lot about writing and consequently changed things in my manuscript as I went along. I’m not sure an editor could have done a better job than I have done myself, as I have often come across errors in books professionally edited. From what I have heard from other authors, proofreaders and editors are not always what they are cracked up to be.
  12. Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?
    At the end of each chapter, I read through my work to check for errors. During that process, I often come across things I want to change. However, once the story is complete, I believe it’s important to reread the entire manuscript again. I made the mistake of rushing into an eBook with my first women’s fiction novel, as it reached quarter-final status in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. Then twelve months down the track, after learning many more tricks of the trade, I have just finished revamping my novel to make it the best it can possibly be. My impulsive personality is a costly one as now I know I am capable of better, the original eBook is in the process of being replaced with the new you beaut version.
  13. When did you decide to become a writer? What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
    Growing up I had written a few short rhyming poems and messages on greeting cards etc, but the idea of writing a book never actually entered my head. Then in 2006, I was asked by the daughter of a friend, if I could write a children’s story for her to market as a university project. Retirement certainly allowed me the time and my curiosity gave me the inclination to have a go. When I sat down to write my first story titled Hammie Goes to School, I had no real idea of what the story would be about. The only thing I knew for sure was I would base my story around a piglet named Hammie as when I was a child, Hammie was my mother’s Irish uncle’s name. This story unleashed a passion in me I never knew existed as once I started I couldn’t stop. Over the following eight weeks, I wrote nine more stories in the series titled The Adventures of Hammie.
  14. Why do you write?
    I have always been one for having a part-time hobby, such as silk screen printing, ceramics, leadlight, beading…and the list goes on. Yet I have never stuck to anything for all that long, as I tend to get bored doing the same old thing. Writing my first story changed all that and now I can’t imagine my life without my writing. Taking on the voices of my characters through their dialogue, embroiled me in their lives in a way I never thought possible. Suddenly they became a huge part of my life, allowing me to not only think and feel for them, but become the master of their destiny. A strong attachment to my characters has always been a rewarding part of my writing, as each and every one takes on a personality of their own, etching themselves in my imagination forever.
  15. Do you write full-time or part-time? Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
    My day starts on my laptop first thing in the morning and I begrudgingly fit in the mundane household chores in between. I have no structure, just obsession, as once I have an idea in my head, it consumes me and I can’t rest until I have turned it into a sentence, a paragraph and often an entire chapter. I learnt to type at the age of fifteen and my speed certainly comes in handy now as I can punch a lot out in a relatively short period of time. As long as the ideas are flowing, I keep going, oblivious to anything else around me. Needless to say, my hubby is not always a happy chappy.
  16. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day? How successful are you at achieving that goal?
    I never set goals, as that way of writing is way too structured for me. I write when I can and stop when I have other more pressing things to do. However, I am never away from my manuscript for an extended period of time, as my head is always bursting with ideas I am compelled to put into words.
  17. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand? Do you use a special writing program, or just type away?
    I write on my laptop in Microsoft Word, but I normally set my manuscript out in a print format, to keep track of the number of pages and also to see what it will look like as a printed book.
  18. Where do your ideas come from?
    Well that is the weird thing with me. An idea just pops into my head and I run with it. When I start to write, I begin with a basic idea of what the first chapter will be about, and then it just seems to evolve from there without me really steering it in any direction. I have no idea where the ideas come from…but they just do. When I decided to write my first women’s fiction novel, I set the story in 1998. Then when I got a few chapters into it, it occurred to me I would need to go back to the previous generation to give the story some background and more substance. Consequently, my original first chapter, ended up as chapter nineteen of thirty.
  19. Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
    I normally start with a vague idea of the initial plot and the rest just seems to evolve as I go. At times when I read back over my work, I can’t really remember even writing certain parts of it. I think my writing process is an automatic one between my brain and my fingers on the laptop keyboard, as it’s not something I nut out beforehand.
  20. How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
    Other than winning a poetry competition at school at the age of eight, my creativity lay dormant for so many years, I had forgotten it ever existed. In fact I doubt I would ever have become a writer if I hadn’t been asked to write a children’s book for someone else. My reply to that request back in 2009 was “I’m not promising anything…I have no idea if I can do it, but I’ll give it a go.”
  21. What is the hardest thing about writing?
    As we are retired, my husband perceives my writing as a hobby that shouldn’t interfere with our day to day lives. Boy have I got news for him…and it’s all bad. When my head is filled with ideas, I’m desperate to put them into words and I resent the interruptions. Consequently, walking away from my laptop in the middle of something I’m trying to put into words before it escapes me, is the height of frustration. My head won’t be quiet while I go about my daily chores and I am forever drawn back to my laptop to add something else I have just thought of. For me, that is the hardest thing about writing.
  22. What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
    Having written twenty children’s stories, four of which I have self published, I decided to try my hand at writing for adults. Piece by Piece is my first adult novel and it took my imagination to another level, far removed from the childlike rhyming style I have become so accustomed to. The hardest thing for me was I worried that the adult content in my novel would shock my readers and my image as a children’s author and grandmother of eight would be shattered forever. I wrote those scenes as tastefully as I could, but I still felt I was stepping out of my comfort zone a little, and at the end of the day, my reputation as a children’s author may suffer for it.
  23. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?
    I have an online presence, with two websites – one for my children’s books and another for my adult novel. I also have two Facebook pages – a personal and a business one. My books are available in both print and electronic format on iTunes, Amazon, Kobo etc. Writing my stories is the easy part, but marketing has always posed a big problem for me. I sell face-to-face at markets, fairs, book signings etc, but I need to spread my wings much further than that. I honestly don’t know what the answer is when it comes to marketing. All I know is, I have a good product to sell but how I get it out there to the masses is something I struggle with every day.
  24. Would you or do you use a PR agency?
    My feelings on this are unless I have a huge amount of money to throw at it, I would be just throwing my money away. Therefore the answer for me is, under my present circumstances I wouldn’t use a PR agency, but if by chance I came into some money, it certainly would be food for thought.
  25. What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book?
    As yet I have not devoted a huge amount of time to marketing my books, as I really have no idea where to start, other than the market efforts I mentioned in Question 23. I have just paid for a course in Facebook marketing, which I can do at my own pace at home. I am hoping this will steer me in the right direction.
  26. How do you relax?
    I totally lose myself in my writing and find it the most relaxing thing I can do.
  27. What is your favourite motivational phrase.
    Imagination lives in books,” is one I came up with in 2012. I write different messages to readers when I sign my books, but I think this is my favourite one.
  28. What is your favourite positive saying?
    “Life’s too short to sell yourself short.”
  29. What is your favourite book and why?
    It is too difficult to narrow it down to just one book, so I have chosen one I read recently titled “The Opposite of Maybe” written by Maddie Dawson. I love her no- nonsense way of writing. The story is not bogged down with overly descriptive text and moves at a pace that keeps me interested. Maddie makes me feel as though she is talking to me. I formed a strong connection with her characters and when I finished the book, I was sad it was over, as it left me with that feel good feeling I often experience at the end of a good movie and I didn’t want it to end.
  30. What is your favourite quote?
    “Every picture tells a story.”
  31. What is your favourite movie and why?
    That is another multiple choice question for me as I have enjoyed many movies. Being a romantic, I would have to say, Pretty Woman stands out amongst them as one of my all time favourites. Emotion and humour all bundled in together, gets me every time.
  32. Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?
    I have never really thought that far ahead in terms of my writing career. I would like to think by that stage of my life, I might have received the recognition I have been seeking for my work. However, writing is a pleasurable experience for me and something I can never imagine myself not doing. To be successful would be nice, but if it never happens I will just continue to write for the love of it.
  33. What advice would you give to your younger self?
    Life is not about having what we want…but more about wanting what we have. Contentment is the key to happiness and we all have to do whatever it takes to make it happen.
  34. Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
    I am going to go with the first person who popped into my head and that is John Lennon. As a writer, I could have said Beatrix Potter or Roald Dahl, but that would not be exactly truthful. As a twelve year old, back in 1964, John Lennon was my idol and as real to me as if I had known him personally. I was shattered when he died and even today at the age of 63, if it were possible, I would still jump at the chance to meet him.
  35. If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
    As a late bloomer when it comes to writing, knowing what I know today, I would have to say Fifty Shades of Grey would be high up there on my list of books with a difference. I am not saying I am in awe of the author or the calibre of her work, but she has managed to stumble upon overnight success due to the fact she was clever enough to come up with something different which appealed to millions of women around the world. There is no denying sex sells, but as an author, I would die of boredom writing it. I only made it through about 20 percent of the first fifty shades book, but I have to give E. L. James full marks for her ingenuity. The interesting thing is, I just had to go and look at the book cover to remind myself of the name of the author. What does that tell you?

Well, that is certainly a lot of information Cathie. I must say that I empathise with you regarding your writing and the need to get it down. It is rather addictive.

About Your Books

  1. What genre are your books?
    With the help of two very talented illustrators, I have self published three hard cover picture books for children 3-8 and a chapter book for children 7-11. So far I have only written one novel for adults, I would class it as women’s fiction and I have a second one under way.
  2. What draws you to this genre?
    As I have mentioned earlier, my introduction to writing was purely accidental and led me to write my first children’s story. My natural talent for rhyming played a big part in my love of writing for children and from 2006 until 2013 I finished around twenty manuscripts. Four of which I self published. Towards the end of 2013 I decided to try my hand at writing for adults and I guess now I have achieved that, I feel I have written enough children’s story to last me a lifetime, but my future as a writer of women’s fiction has only just been born.
  3. How much research do you do?
    I did a lot of research on children’s books after I wrote the initial draft of my first story. Reading E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web, taught me to give the characters a voice rather than just narrating the story myself. I have since learnt this is ‘showing rather than telling,’ and I have stuck with that style of writing ever since. I also spent a lot of time looking at successful children’s books as far as cover design etc goes. My adult novel is purely a work of fiction and came straight from my head and my heart, so little research was needed for most of that one. However, one of my characters was involved in the Vietnam war, which was a bit of a challenge for me as even though I lived through that era, I knew little about post traumatic stress disorder and the affect it could have on a relationship. Being predominately a children’s author, I tend to bury my head in the sand when it comes to the harsh realities of life and I certainly had to do my homework to gather the information I needed to make my story believable.
  4. Have you written any other books in collaboration with other writers? If so, with whom?
    No.
  5. What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
    Self publishing taught me a lot as I did it from scratch without the aid of a middle man. From start to finish the process only involved myself and my illustrator, who did the layout for me. Self publishing is easy and I will continue to do it, as it’s cost effective and a guarantee of getting my work out there, particularly with eBooks. However, I often think it would be wonderful to be picked up by a mainstream publisher who could put me on the map. And to be honest, that is the only real advantage I can see in having a publisher as opposed to self publishing.
  6. What do you do to get book reviews? How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?
    Joining author sites such as Goodreads, Book Country and Write-On etc. is a good way of getting book reviews, but when it comes to the sites that actually sell books, like Amazon and iTunes, I have not been at all successful in getting reviews for my work. It seems to me that if an author has a lot of computer savvy friends who read eBooks from these sites, they stand a good chance of getting reviews from them. However, whether those reviews can be relied upon as a truthful reflection of the author’s ability to write something worth reading is an unknown quantity. I am waiting in line for a review by April Wood, A Well Read Woman. I am still a long way down the‘coming reviews’ list, but fingers crossed when it happens, it will be a good one.
  7. Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?
    If I could move my friends along into the twenty-first century and get them into reading eBooks, I might be in with a chance of getting reviews. However, I think a lot of women in my generation prefer to read printed books they buy from bookshops. Once the book is read, they are not likely to get onto an online bookshop to leave a comment on a book. Whereas with eBooks purchased through places like Amazon, they email to ask what you thought of the title, prompting the reader to leave a review. I think book reviews tend to narrow down the choices for a reader to a certain degree, as we can be easily swayed by those five star ratings and most of us will at least take the time to have a look. Samples are usually free to download, which makes the choice even easier.
  8. What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
    I think us authors have to be thick skinned and take whatever comes our way. I think any review, good or bad is worth having, as a particular book which might suit one person might not necessarily suit the next and the reviewer will no doubt point out the reasons why. We have to be open to criticism as we certainly cannot win them all.
  9. Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you?
    None that spring to mind, as mine are all fairly tragic.
  10. What’s your views on social media for marketing? Which social network worked best for you?
    I am keeping an open mind on that one until I complete the FaceBook Marketing Course I mentioned earlier. I watched an hour and a half Webinar and that was interesting enough for to want to sign up. However, the thought of putting the theories into practice is a daunting one, as I find a lot of it overwhelming. Maybe it will be easier than I anticipate, but as long as I keep procrastinating over it, I will never know the answer to that.
  11. Any tips on what to do and what not to do?
    Not at this stage, but that could change.
  12. Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?
    Possibly if I had a clue how to do something like that on the internet, I probably would have, but my knowledge of these things is limited. However, in 2009 when my first children’s book was released, I was invited by internationally acclaimed author Peter Watt, who just happens to live in my area, to join him in the launch of his eleventh book published by Pan MacMillan titled To Touch the Clouds. Thanks to Peter and his crowd of fans, that worked extremely well for me at the time.
  13. Did you get interviewed by local press/radio for your book launch?
    I had another book launch in 2012 for my third children’s title, which was sponsored by the local newspaper and they gave me plenty of exposure. I also did an interview on local radio. We opened the launch to the public and had 130 adults and children in attendance. I was overwhelmed by the support I received from the local community and touched by their wonderful comments on my work.
  14. Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures?
    In 2009 with the release of my first title, I did around seventeen book signings, followed by another sixteen in 2010. These proved to be very successful, but the majority of them where with Angus and Robertson who had gone out of business by the time my third title was released in 2011.
  15. Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future?
    My biggest marketing mistake was spending $2,200 on a fifteen second TV ad that ran a few times a day for a month. The ad was appealing and covered a wide viewing area, but it was over before it begun. I think I would have been better off opting for half the amount of thirty second ads for the same price, as I never sold a single book. Very disappointing and something I would never do again in the future.
  16. What do you think of “trailers” for books?
    Personally, I think they are a waste of money. That statement is backed up by a couple of authors I know personally who have gone down that road and felt the trailer made no difference to sales. It might be a good idea in theory, but I have to wonder how many people actually get to see it? They might work if it was possible to pay the movie theatres to run them.
  17. Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
    I have only tried it with my eBooks on iTunes, as in reality I am only giving away a piece of cyber space. As I had a total of 760 downloads I perceived this as a successful way to market my books. My logic behind this was if the people who read my book for free told their friends about it, then that would start a chain reaction, and once the ball was rolling I would slowly creep the price back up. Wrong again – I raised the price to $0.99 which is way below the normal price, and haven’t had a single sale since. I was doing much better when the books were priced at $4.99 and I’m not sure what to make of that.
  18. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
    If you are happy to write for the love of writing, you are in for a wonderful creative experience. On the other hand, if you are pursuing it as a career and a way of making a lot of money, you could be sadly disappointed. It was once quoted to me by a very reliable source within the book industry, that only one in thirty thousand manuscripts gets picked up by a mainstream publisher. The odds are against us, but there is always an exception to the rule. Matthew Riley, started off as a self published author and his work certainly made a big impression on Pan MacMillan and they have been publishing his books ever since.
  19. Where do you see publishing going in the future?
    From where I sit as a self published author, I see lots of bricks and mortar book stores closing down. It remains to be seen, whether eBooks will continue to keep readers happy, or will they eventually go back to reading the old fashioned way? Somehow, I doubt there is much chance of the latter happening as the convenience of reading on the tablet, far outweighs lugging print books around when travelling. I never believed I could be converted in the first place, but now I cannot imagine myself going back.
  20. You have certainly had some memorable experiences Cathie. I am still out on the ebooks Vs paperbacks myself, though many people are now opting for Kindles.

So now, some news About Your Current Book

  1. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
    My main character in my novel Piece by Piece is the bitch we all love to hate. Most of us have encountered this type of person in everyday life and consequently we can easily identify with her character. I thoroughly enjoyed writing Celeste’s dialogue and that of her Mother, Eleanor as they can be volatile at times, yet their one-on-one banter is often quite amusing. I have described them in the story as the master and apprentice of manipulation, which aptly describes their personalities.
  2. What are you working on at the minute?
    I am around ten thousand words into a second novel in the women’s fiction genre. This one is a completely different storyline to my first novel and will probably take me into unfamiliar territory, as at times it is far more serious and a lot less humorous.
  3. What’s it about? (*if relevant)
    It is a love story with an intriguing twist, but it is too early to comment on this one as yet. I had so much fun writing my first novel, I am not convinced this one appeals to me in the same way. I need my writing to be entertaining from my perspective and at the moment I am contemplating two totally different plots, so at this stage the story could go either way.
  4. Is this book part of a series? What are your thoughts on writing a book series.
    I have no plans to write a series in the women’s fiction genre. However, in 2006, after writing my first children’s story titled, Hammie Goes to School, I wrote ten consecutive rhyming stories in the series titled The Adventures of Hammie. Hammie Goes to School is currently available in hardcover and also an animated eBook. The other nine stories have never been illustrated, as I feel this is too big a project for a self published author to undertake.
  5. Did you format your own book? In what formats is your book available?
    I have self published all my books with the help of my illustrator who did the layout. The books are available in print and also eBook versions.
  6. If formatted by someone else, how did you select them and what was your experience?
    My eBooks were created by a company in India who were very professional and easy to work with.
  7. Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about. Who designed your book cover/s?
    I have self published four children’s books working with two illustrators – both illustrating two books each for me. They also did the covers, and as I had a pre-conceived idea of what I wanted, we worked closely together to achieve an outcome we were both happy with.
  8. Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
    As it is the first point of impact from a prospective buyer’s point of view, I think the cover design is very important. They say you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, and that is true, but for me the cover is what will make me pick up a book in the first place. Many a good story has probably been hiding behind a less than appealing cover and maybe missed the chance of being a best seller.
  9. How are you publishing this book and why? (*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)
    I will continue to self publish my work as there is no point in writing if I never see my words in print. Maybe one day a mainstream publisher will take me on, but in the meantime I am not holding my breath until it happens.
  10. How can readers discover more about you and you work?
    Through my two websites at www.atomchildrensbooks.com and www.atomadultsbooks.com

There are samples of my work on these sites and also free samples of my eBooks are available to download from iTunes, Amazon etc.

Here is my author link to iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/au/artist/cathie-whitmore/id585982035?mt=11

My Published books:

Book Title: Piece by Piece (only available in eBook format at this stage)
Genre: Women’s Fiction
ISBN: 978-0-9806617-8-1 (eBook)
Publisher: Atom Adults Books
Author: Cathie Whitmore
Paperback: (Will be available approximately July/August 2015)
Distributor/Seller: eBook available through iTunes, Amazon, Kobo https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/piece-by-piece/id900424872?ls=1&mt=11
Book Cover by: Clarence Valley Review

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Book Title: Twinkle the Christmas Star (available in hardcover and eBook format with author narration.)
Genre: Children’s picture book
ISBN: 9780 980 661705 (Print version) and 9780 980 661767 (eBook)
Publisher: Atom Children’s Books
Author: Cathie Whitmore
Illustrator: Cathy McCulloch Hardback:
eBook available through iTunes, Amazon, Kobo (iTunes version has author narration) https://itunes.apple.com/au/artist/cathie-whitmore/id585982035?mt=11
Distributor/Seller: Through my website at www.atomchildrensbooks.com or my distributor Dennis Jones and Associates.
Book Cover by: Cathy McCulloch

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Book Title: Hammie Goes to School (available in hardcover and animated eBook format with narration.)
Genre: Children’s picture book
ISBN: 9780 980 661712 (Print version) and 9780 980 661750 (eBook)
Publisher: Atom Children’s Books
Author: Cathie Whitmore
Illustrator: Cathy McCulloch Hardback eBook
Distributor/Seller: Through my website at www.atomchildrensbooks.com or my distributor Dennis Jones and Associates. eBook available through iTunes, Amazon, Kobo https://itunes.apple.com/au/artist/cathie-whitmore/id585982035?mt=11
Book Cover by: Cathy McCulloch

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Book Title: Hammie’s Song (available only in eBook format)
Genre: Children’s sing-along picture book
ISBN: 9780 980 661743 (eBook)
Publisher: Atom Children’s Books
Author: Song lyrics by Cathie Whitmore,
Illustrator: Cathy McCulloch
The song is performed by my nephew Liam Whan.
Distributor/Seller: Only available in eBook format through iTunes.
Book Cover by: Cathy McCulloch (adapted from the book Hammie Goes to School.)
Link to Hammie’s Song on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVvzNHv93HM

This is an overview of the story of Hammie Goes to School with song lyrics children can sing along to. Only available in eBook format from iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/au/artist/cathie-whitmore/id585982035?mt=11

The YouTube version is free to watch but cannot be downloaded. However, because the lyrics are not broken up over pages, I think this is a better format from the continuity of the song perspective.

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Book Title: Long Legs Daddy (available in hardcover and eBook format)
Genre: Children’s picture book
ISBN: 9780 980 661712 (Print version) and 9780 980 661736 (eBook)
Publisher: Atom Children’s Books
Author: Cathie Whitmore
Illustrator: Sarajane Hinton
Hardback:eBook available through iTunes, Amazon, Kobo (iTunes version has author narration.) https://itunes.apple.com/au/artist/cathie-whitmore/id585982035?mt=11 Distributor/Seller: Through my website at www.atomchildrensbooks.com or my distributor Dennis Jones and Associates.
Book Cover by: Sarajane Hinton

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Book Title: Pusshycat Tails (available in soft cover and eBook format)
Genre: Children’s chapter book
ISBN: 9780 980 661705 (Print version) and 9780 980 661774 (eBook)
Publisher: Atom Children’s Books
Author Cathie Whitmore
Illustrator: Sarajane Hinton Paperback
eBook available through iTunes, Amazon, Kobo https://itunes.apple.com/au/artist/cathie-whitmore/id585982035?mt=11
Distributor/Seller: Through my website and my distributor Dennis Jones and Associates
Book Cover by: Sarajane Hinton

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Website: atomchildrensbooks.com and atomadultsbooks.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cathie.whitmore https://www.facebook.com/atomchildrensbooks?ref=hl
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CathieWhitmore
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/atomchildrensbo/
Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/author?id=Cathie+Whitmore Amazon
Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00B6KR7TK
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5397164.Cathie_Whitmore
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com.au/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=Cathie+Whitmore&rh=n%3A2490359051%2Ck%3ACathie+Whitmore
Author Link iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/au/artist/cathie-whitmore/id585982035?mt=11

This is the link to my TV ad which I put on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uIRIyBmyXk
Link to Hammie’s Song on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVvzNHv93HM

 

 

 

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