Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Waiting, waiting, waiting...

It's been a while since I've posted anything here.  Life, business, and family have all crept in . . . keeping me from one of my great loves, writing.  With the advent of the new year comes new opportunities for growth and development in my literary life.  I've sent off two new books, one a children's chapter book, and the other a children's picture book, for consideration to be published.  Keeping my fingers crossed that someone will be as thrilled in reading them as I was in writing them.

So now the hard part begins.

Waiting, waiting, waiting

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Ruby Red Slippers - Now in Beijing

Exciting News!

I just received the following message from my publisher.


Congratulations!

It gives us immense pleasure to report that two hundred of our titles were approved by the Chinese Government for import and were selected by the Taiwan bookstore in Beijing to be placed on their shelves and sold to local readers. Your book is included in this select group of titles.  Now we have one of the largest English book display sections in the entire store. In the U.S. especially, book sales are dominated by online retailers like Amazon, and we have seen the demise of many popular bookstore chains over the last few years. It is inspiring to see that in China the tangible still holds strong, and it is the physical “books on a shelf” that serve as the dominant sales point in the book markets.

The books are sitting on a bookstore shelf in Beijing being viewed by millions of people, which is something you should be extremely proud of.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Ruby Red Slippers - Top Selling Book!

The Ruby Red Slippers has been recognized as one of the top selling books last year by Eloquent Books and Strategic Book Publishers.  Imagine my delight and my surprise when I learned that The Ruby Red Slippers has sold more books in its category than any other!  How exciting. 

Monday, June 6, 2011

OVER 1,000 COPIES SOLD!!

April 2011 sales reports for The Ruby Red Slippers shows our book as having reached a milestone.

OVER 1,000 COPIES SOLD!!!

With 1,006 copies sold in under eight months we are, to say the least, thrilled!

Be watching for more great news on DeeDee Fox's new title release, to be announced.

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Ruby Red Slippers, tippety tapping its way around the world, one book fair at a time...

Our publisher has just returned from the Abu Dhabi book fair, where the Ruby Red Slippers was very well received.  More information to follow on the success of these shows.  Meanwhile, here's a copy of the sell sheet used to promote The Ruby Red Slippers in Abu Dhabi.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Press Release - Ruby Red Slippers wins 1st place in highly competitive Early Reader category

Strategic Book Group Authors Win Top Honors in 2010 ‘Reader Views Literary Awards’

March 3, 2011 – Strategic Book Group congratulates authors Dee Dee Fox, Mike Saxton and Larry Seeley, all of whom were award winners in the just announced ‘Reader Views Literary Awards’.

Winning First Place in the highly competitive Early Reader category was The Ruby Red Slippers, by Dee Dee Fox. In this charming children’s book about a magical pair of shoes, a young girl learns the joy of giving and, in the end, of receiving. (ISBN: 978-1-60976-006-9 www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/TheRubyRedSlippers.html)
Mike Saxton’s 7 Scorpions: Rebellion was awarded Honorable Mention in the Science Fiction category. In Saxton’s exciting first book of a trilogy, Earth is turned upside down by the brutal attack of a dictator known as Zodiac. The series introduces Vincent Black, an unlikely hero who must fight Zodiac and succeed over nearly insurmountable odds to save the planet. (ISBN: 978-1-160911-286-8 www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/ 7Scorpions-Rebellion.html )
Also receiving an Honorable Mention Award was Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves, this in the Mystery/Thriller category. Author Larry Seeley used his personal experience in the high-stakes arenas of business and gaming to create this suspense-filled tale of murder, revenge and redemption. (ISBN: 978-1-60976-099-1 www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/GypsiesTrampsAndThieves.html )
Initial judging was done by Reader Views reviewers. The final winners were chosen by a panel of judges; for more information visit www.readerviews.com/Awards2010Winners.html
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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Ruby Red Slippers Takes 1st Place in Reader Views Awards!

The Ruby Red Slippers, a children’s book written and illustrated by DeeDee Fox, has been selected as a first place winner in the 2010 Reader Views Literary Awards Competition.
The annual Reader Views literary awards were established to honor writers who have had their books published by a subsidy publisher, small press, university press, or independent book publisher geared for the North American reading audience. All judging is done by reviewers from Reader Views. They are experts in their fields as well as avid readers. Finalists in each category were determined by a point system and final judging was determined by a jury of judges.

The Ruby Red Slippers is the story of a young girl who receives a new pair of shoes from her grandmother which she believes possesses magical powers. When she grows out of her ruby red slippers, she realizes the magic of her shoes comes not from possessing them, but from wearing them. Mia ultimately gives her beloved shoes to a friend, and when she does, something truly magical happens!
Ms. Fox, an Arizona native and long time resident of Rapid City, South Dakota, is a freelance writer and national public speaker who has worked in the publishing industry for over fifteen years. Having first begun her writing career as Assistant Editor for a regional publication in Phoenix, Arizona, she went on to personally start three successful magazines from the ground up. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the International Women's Writing Guild and the International Writing Center's Association.

To see a complete list of the 2010 Reader Views Literary Awards Recipients, visit http://www.readerviews.com/Awards2010Finalists.html

For more information about The Ruby Red Slippers, visit www.rubyredslippers.org

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Ruby Red Slippers presented at the international book fair in Taiwan

The Ruby Red Slippers, written and illustrated by DeeDee Fox, was recently featured at the Taiwan Book Fair.  - The Ruby Red Slippers, an award winning children's book, has previously been shown at the Frankfurt Book Show in Frankfurt, Germany, and also at the international book fair in Beijing, China.  Next stop, Cologne, Italy, where the Ruby Red Slippers will soon be shown at the world's largest children's book fair. 

Attached below is a copy of the sell sheet used at the Taiwan Book Fair.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Ruby Red Slippers honored in the 2010 ‘Readers View Awards’

Three Strategic Book Group Authors Finalists in 2010 ‘Readers View Awards’


February 14, 2011 – Strategic Book Group is proud to congratulate authors Dee Dee Fox, Mike Saxton and Larry Seeley, all of whom are finalists in the ‘Readers View Literary Awards’.

The Ruby Red Slippers, by Dee Dee Fox, placed in the highly competitive Early Reader category. In this charming children’s book about a magical pair of shoes, a young girl learns the joy of giving and, in the end, of receiving. (ISBN: 978-1-60976-006-9 www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/TheRubyRedSlippers.html)
Mike Saxton’s 7 Scorpions: Rebellion is one of three finalists in the Science Fiction category. In Saxton’s exciting first book of a trilogy, Earth is turned upside down by the brutal attack of a dictator known as Zodiac. The series introduces Vincent Black, an unlikely hero who must fight Zodiac and succeed over nearly insurmountable odds to save the planet. (ISBN: 978-1-160911-286-8 www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/ 7Scorpions-Rebellion.html )
Mystery/Thriller finalist Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves is written by author Larry Seeley, who used his personal experience in the high-stakes arenas of business and gaming to create this suspense-filled tale of murder, revenge and redemption. (ISBN: 978-1-60976-099-1 www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/GypsiesTrampsAndThieves.html )

Initial judging was done by Reader Views reviewers. The final winners will be determined by a jury of judges; winners will be announced in March, 2011. More information at http://www.readerviews.com/Awards2010Finalists.html

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Ruby Red Slippers selected as a finalist in the 2010 Reader Views Literary Awards Competition!

The Ruby Red Slippers has been selected as a finalist in the
2010 Reader Views Literary Awards Competition!
Final results will be announced March 3, 2011


http://www.readerviews.com/Awards2010Finalists.html
 
The Ruby Red Slippers
Written and Illustrated by
DeeDee Fox
http://www.rubyredslippers.org/

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Ruby Red Slippers chosen to be represented at international book fairs.

The Ruby Red Slippers, a children's book written and illustrated by DeeDee Fox, has been chosen by Strategic publishing to be represented at two upcoming book fairs.  One in Abu Dhabi, and the second in Bologna.  

Strategic Publishing group is only featuring the physical books of those authors they feel truly represent the company's best work. Author, DeeDee Fox is thrilled to be included in this select group of books and looks forward to the opportunity to promoteThe Ruby Red Slippers at these and other world renowned international shows.

The Ruby Red Slippers
by DeeDee Fox
http://www.rubyredslippers.org/

Monday, December 27, 2010

Sneak Preview of The Ruby Red Slippers, now with "Inside the Book" on Amazon.com

Now when you pull up The Ruby Red Slippers, by DeeDee Fox, on Amazon.com, you can view a preview of the book through their "Inside the Book" feature.  Follow the link below to view The Ruby Red Slippers:
http://www.amazon.com/Ruby-Red-Slippers-Dee-Fox/dp/1609760069#_

And, if you are a fan of The Ruby Red Slippers, don't forget to leave a positive review.
Thanks!


The Ruby Red Slippers
by DeeDee Fox
www.rubyredslippers.org

Monday, December 6, 2010

Author, DeeDee Fox, receives grand welcome from Bonsall Elementary School!

I would like to extend a very heartfelt thank-you to the PTA, staff and students at Bonsall Elementary School in Bonsall, California.  During a recent trip to the school, I was presented with numerous cards, letters and posters welcoming me to the school. 

I only wish  there was room to display them all on this site, but in the interest of time and space limitations, I am posting a few of my favorites here. 

But to ALL the students and teachers who went to such incredible lengths to make me feel so welcome. 

THANK YOU!

You all have made my heart soar with your very kind words and your lovely pictures!


Author, DeeDee Fox, meets young girl who was inspiration for The Ruby Red Slippers

The book, The Ruby Red Slippers, by DeeDee Fox, was inspired by a true story in which a little girl outgrew her very special sparkly red shoes.  In real life, the little girl's name is Madison Isham.  After growing out of her shoes, Madison gave them to her friend, Tatum MacLachlan, (the author's niece). 

While the story has been changed somewhat, the message which inspired the book, The Ruby Red Slippers, remains: When you share with others, good things come back to you.

Recently, the author had the opportunity to visit Bonsall Elementary School, in Bonsall, California, where she met Madison Isham for the first time. 


Author, DeeDee Fox, with her niece,Tatum MacLachlan, (left) and Madison Isham (right)





Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Ruby Red Slippers, review by Forrest W. Schultz, "one of the most beautiful [books] I have ever seen"

The book under review is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen, and it contains one of the most delightful and meaningful stories I have ever read. It will be especially appreciated by girls because the main character is a girl, with whom it is easy to empathize. The title refers to a pair of shoes which a girl, Mia, receives from her grandmother, which appear to have magical powers, greatly enhancing Mia's ability to dance, which she loves to do. When she sadly outgrows the shoes, she comes to realize that "the magic in her shoes came from the wearing of them. It seemed a selfish act to put them on display when they were meant to be worn, rather than viewed from afar." So, she gives them to her friend, Tina, whose feet are smaller and thus fit perfectly into them. There is also a magic in this giving, as Mia learns. For this reason, this book would make an ideal Christmas gift for a young girl. - I highly recommend this book.

Reviewer: Forrest W. Schultz





The Ruby Red Slippers, by Dee Dee Fox
www.rubyredslippers.org

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Ruby Red Slippers - Presented to the International Market in Germany!

Here's a copy of the sell sheet used to promote
The Ruby Red Slippers
at the International Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany:

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Ruby Red Slippers, by DeeDee Fox - Reader Views - reviews by kids, for kids

Reader Views - Reviews by kids, for kids.

Reviewed by Zoey Crane (age 6) for Reader Views (10/10)

“The Ruby Red Slippers” is a wonderful book about receiving a precious gift that makes you feel special and then having to give it up when you outgrow it.

Zoey:
“I loved this book. I love to dance and wear twirly dresses and sparkly shoes. I have a red pair just like these and they are so much fun. When Mia‟s feet get too big for the shoes she gives them to her friend. Then she notices someone is moving in next door to her house and outside she finds a box that says "Free to take." If you are nice to people and share, nice things happen.”

Nana:
“The Ruby Red Slippers” was a wonderful book about treasures and outgrowing them only to share them with friends. Zoey loved it because Mia loved to dance like she does.
 
The Ruby Red Slippers
Dee Dee Fox
Eloquent Books (2010)
ISBN 9781609760069

www.readerviewskids.com

Monday, October 25, 2010

Book Signing - The Ruby Red Slippers - Borders, Rapid City, SD

Our next book-signing will be held at Borders in Rapid City. Saturday, November 13 from 3:00 to 5:00PM. If you weren't able to make it to the last book-signing (or even if you were), we invite you to join us. Bring a friend, bring your daughters, grand-daughters, nieces, and God-daughters. This book is making a splash, as young girls everywhere are enjoying what has been dubbed "a book that belongs in every little girl's home library" The Ruby Red Slippers!


The Ruby Red Slippers, by DeeDee Fox
http://www.rubyredslippers.org/

Author, DeeDee Fox at International Book Fair, Frankfurt, Germany

DeeDee Fox, author of The Ruby Red Slippers, at International Book Fair, Frankfurt Germany
As they say, a watched pot doesn't boil.  With that quotable quote in mind, our publisher is still following up on the Beijing Show, as well as the Frankfurt show.  But there has been some interest in my book for international publishing rights.  Of course, that brings another overly used cliche to mind...  - Don't count your chickens before they hatch.  Regardless, this is very exciting news for us!  We'll keep you posted as things progress.

A special thank you to the Alex Johnson Mercantile, downtown Rapid City, for hosting our first book-signing on domestic soil.  What a great event, with incredible support from so many people here in Rapid City! 

Our next book-signing will be held at Borders in Rapid City.  Saturday, November 13 from 3:00 to 5:00PM.  If you weren't able to make it to the last book-signing (or even if you were), we invite you to join us.  Bring a friend, bring your daughters, grand-daughters, nieces, and God-daughters.  This book is making a splash, as young girls everywhere are enjoying what has been dubbed "a book that belongs in every little girl's home library" The Ruby Red Slippers!

The Ruby Red Slippers
http://www.rubyredslippers.org/

Monday, September 20, 2010

Chickens and Tractors and Cows, Oh My!

Chickens and Tractors and Cows, Oh My!

by Dee Dee Fox

I was one of those little girls; the kind who never liked to get dirty, and always preferred wearing fancy dresses and shoes, accessorized with little purses and frilly hats. I loved to play dress up and I loved pretty things. Almost as much as I loved these things I always dreamed of living on a farm. You know, chickens and tractors and cows; Oh my!!

Many years have gone by. I have since married the man of my dreams, and together, we built a lovely house in the country. I'd long since forgotten about my convoluted dreams of living on a farm. But somewhere along the line, we decided all those free-range eggs we were buying at the grocery store were really not free-range at all, plus they were far too expensive. And well, the organic milk we were buying... same story there. So my very sweet, occasionally eccentric, hubby agreed to a little farming experiment, much akin to that of the whole Green Acres experience.

We decided we needed to start with a milk cow. I read up on cows and did my homework. The more we learned about cows, the more my husband started coming up with reasons why we really didn't want to get Mrs. Butterworth, (yes that was going to be the name of our enchanted milk cow). So, for the time being I agreed to hold off on adopting a cow. ~ All I can say about that is thank God! Then came chicken research, which breeds are best layers, which sort can be cantankerous, because let's face it, no-one wants a cantankerous hen! And then... my husband came up with one of his brilliant thoughts.

Let me just preface this by saying that when our family goes out for ice cream, each and every member of our brood gets the largest size serving, whether they want it or not. You see, my husband is a 'numbers guy'. Because it only costs twenty five cents more for a large ice cream than a small one, you're really getting a better deal with the large. Never mind the fact that our extra twenty-five cents worth of ice cream ends up giving someone a belly ache. - That's the same mind-set my hubby had when he reasoned that 25 chickens are just as much work as 5 chickens. So... our little farming experiment grew... and it grew.

At first, we housed our 25 chickens out in the barn (yes we also have a barn, and tractors, but that's another story). All those cute and fuzzy little baby chicks were so incredibly adorable! That was, until I learned just how much excrement 25 baby chicks could produce in a single day. - Now, in case you're wondering, let me just tell you; based upon simple mathematical principles, I can undoubtedly attest that 25 chickens are not as easy to raise as 5 chickens. Yeah, well... live and learn.

As our sweet little chicks outgrew their temporary home in the barn and were literally ready to "fly the coop," my hubby began researching chicken coop designs. After attempting to make sense of the highly debated and profoundly contradictory research available on how best to house hens, he finally came up with a plan. One day as I glanced out my kitchen window, in a combined state of shock and awe, I saw the beginnings of what would soon be the "Taj Mahal" of chicken coops. Let's just say that, a small family could probably live fairly comfortably in this structure. So now, realizing that this hen house will be the view out my kitchen window for quite some time, (or for as long as we can stand this little farming experiment) I came to the conclusion that we really must decorate this 'quaint' little structure. So, our eight year old daughter and I scoured our favorite flea market and other fanciful haunts until we had accumulated a treasure trove of lovely items (or according to my husband, junk). Several gallons of paint, and many hours of sweat equity later, we had completed our chicken coop project.

Now, fourteen weeks into our farming experiment, we are all a little older, and considerably wiser. I have since learned that you must tread lightly when entering a chicken coop. Never mind the occasional, (or not so occasional) droppings scattered here and there. Because weeks earlier, having thrown caution to the wind in a moment of what, in retrospect, was sheer insanity. I had tossed my cantankerous vs. pleasant list of hens into the circular file, resolving to buy only the prettiest varieties (yeah, I'm all about pretty). After experiencing my own personal version of an Alfred Hitchcock scene from The Birds, I fully understand the meaning of the phrase 'hen-pecked'. Some of my very dear friends, understanding my love of pretty things, helped me find some fabulous couture galoshes. Now those pesky little ankle-biters have a fairly rough time getting past the heavy gauge rubber of my ever-so-lovely boots.

Of course, 98 days into this little endeavor (but then, who's counting?) we've gone through truck-loads of building materials, piles of paint and paint supplies, not to mention hundreds of pounds of chick feed, feeding equipment, and so on, and have yet to see a single egg.

All in all, I think I can safely say we're well on our way to saving a boat-load of money on our free-range eggs. And if ever this whole chicken thing grows old, we can always turn the coop into a bed and breakfast. Who knows, I might be on to something there. - I'll keep you posted!



Dee Dee Fox, an Arizona native and long time resident of Rapid City, South Dakota is a freelance writer and national public speaker who has worked in the publishing industry for over fifteen years. Having first begun her writing career as assistant editor for the Country Register in Phoenix, Arizona, she went on to publish the first Country Register of South Dakota, which she later sold and is still in publication today. She also started two other successful magazines from the ground up, including Mud Pie Parenting Magazine.


Ms. Fox is the author and illustrator of The Ruby Red Slippers, a children's picture book about a little girl and her magical shoes. To obtain a copy of The Ruby Red Slippers, visit Dee Dee's website at www. rubyredslippers.org

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Internet Talk Radio Interview - The Ruby Red Slippers

Click on the link below to tune in and listen to DeeDee Fox, author of "The Ruby Red Slippers" talk about her book, her illustrations, and the inspiration behind her writing.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/strategic-book-club/2010/09/14/dee-dee-fox-author-of-the-ruby-red-slippers

Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Ruby Red Slippers Video Trailer

You can view the newly released Trailer for
The Ruby Red Slippers now at:
The Ruby Red Slippers Trailer


For more information about The Ruby Red Slippers,
visit: http://www.rubyredslippers.org/

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Ruby Red Slippers at the International Book Show in Beijing, China

This was the sell sheet used at the International Book Show to help promote our book in Beijing, China


The Ruby Red Slippers
by DeeDee Fox
http://www.rubyredslippers.org/

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Now available on Amazon.com - The Ruby Red Slippers!

To order your copy of The Ruby Red Slippers, you may click, or cut and paste on the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/Ruby-Red-Slippers-Dee-Fox/dp/1609760069/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1283376542&sr=1-2-fkmr0

Remember, if you'd like a signed copy of The Ruby Red Slippers, you can order directly from the following link:

http://www.rubyredslippers.org/

PRESS RELEASE FOR THE RUBY RED SLIPPERS 9/01/10

THE RUBY RED SLIPPERS

Kudos to the new children’s picture book, The Ruby Red Slippers. 

Mia receives a new pair of shoes from her grandmother, which she believes possess magical powers. When she grows out of her ruby red slippers, she realizes the magic of her shoes comes not from possessing them, but from wearing them. Mia ultimately gives her beloved shoes to a friend, and when she does, something truly magical happens!

“The Ruby Red Slippers is the delightfully believable and enchanting story of a girl who learns the joy of giving, and in the end, of receiving. Lovely illustrations transport readers as they envision Mia and her magical red slippers. Little girls and their moms will surely find this a wonderful addition to their libraries.” – Barbara Floyd, Founder and Publisher of The Country Register, a chain of newspapers across Canada and the USA

THE RUBY RED SLIPPERS (ISBN: 978-1-60976-006-9) will be available on August 25, 2010 for $16.50 and can be ordered through the publisher’s website:

http://www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/TheRubyRedSlippers.html

Or at www.amazon.com or http://search.barnesandnoble.com

Wholesalers please email BookOrder@AEG-Online-Store.com

About the Author: The Ruby Red Slippers is written and illustrated by Dee Dee Fox, a mother of four who lives on a farm in rural South Dakota with her charming husband, their youngest child, who has yet to leave for college, a loveable dog named Ace, and too many chickens to count.

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