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This is a good feeling ABC book for the kid in all of us. It inspires self-esteem and confidence in a colorful, fun and playful way!

Our Story:  Wow, first of all, thank you for visiting our Kickstarter page!  We have had the best time exploring new ways of sharing our book and that adventure has led us to invite you to be a part of its wonderful journey…

…A journey that began over three years ago, while we were sitting in front of a roaring fire at a cabin in the woods.  We began with a conversation, followed by hours of inspired writing and sketching, and ended with an outline and story board of drawings.  It was only a seed, but over those three years that seed was watered, nurtured, and loved until it developed into My Heart Smiles.  If you are interested in discovering more details on how we developed our book, we invite you to explore our bio page.

Learn more at our Kickstart Offical Page

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Walker J. Cisler Conference Center

Walker J. Cisler Conference Center

The second annual Superior Children’s Book Festival will be held in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013. The events will take place in the Walker J. Cisler Conference Center on the campus of Lake Superior State University, from 11am to 3pm.

Several authors from the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA) will be on hand exhibiting and signing their books for readers including

Throughout the day, The Lake Superior West room will have Activity and Author Tables and a “Rocking Chair Corner,” where parents and children can relax, read together, and even take home some free books.

In the Superior East room, various events will occur, such as a Picture Book Party, and presentations by Michigan authors Johnathan Rand and Nancy Shaw.

Adults and teens are also welcome to join us in the Alumni Room, where we will have a seminar on “How to Break Into Children’s Publishing,” an Open Mike for those who would like to share poetry, and an “Intro to Steampunk” presentation.

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On September 13th, 2012 Tyler R. Tichelaar and Victor R. Volkman spoke with self-published  author and entrepreneur Gretchen Preston about the challenges and opportunities of living every day as a legally blind, visually-impaired person. Gretchen Preston is a children’s book author who lives near Marquette, Michigan. Legally blind since the fifth grade she writes her books on a laptop computer equipped with talking software. She shared with us some important aspects of her work life and success including:

  • Educate us about your visual problem and the assistive technology you use to write your books.
  • Your books are beautifully illustrated; share with us how a blind author produces such a nicely illustrated book.
  • Writing for vision impaired readers — what should people know?
  • How do you keep organized at book signings and sales events?
  • How does your low vision contribute to your books?
  • You have a totally blind character in your second book, what motivated you to create Winslow the blind professor?

Gretchen Preston

Gretchen Preston

Originally from Portland, Oregon Gretchen Preston is one of five children. She went to college at the University of Oregon and went on to graduate school at Arizona State University. Trained as a medical social worker, Gretchen worked on an organ transplant team in Denver, Colorado.Her interest in writing came early. She wrote her first book when she was seventeen. The Idiot Cookbook: The Complete Cookbook for the Complete Idiot was an unpublished work patterned after Peg Bracken’s I Hate To Cookbook.In her job as a medical social worker she wrote newsletter articles and patient education manuals.Gretchen is married. She lives with her husband Tim, their old dog, Rosie and Buddy Boy the cat. Her Valley Cat series of children’s books are set on their rural dirt road near the south shore of Lake Superior. Currently, she is working on the third book in the Valley Cat series and several adult books.

Gretchen Preston is the author of the Valley Cat series of children’s books. Jam-packed with local fun and adventure, Valley Cats: The Adventures of Boonie and River and More Valley Cats: Fun, Games and New Friends can be purchased via her website. For more information including a list of stores carrying her books visit, www.prestonhillpress.com.

Watch for her upcoming book Valley of the Cats: Earth, Wind and sky 

More Valley Cats: Fun, Games and New Friends

More Valley Cats: Fun, Games and New Friends

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UPPAA author Bill Nelson reports:
These pictures were posted all over the Bark River-Harris Michigan school when I did an authors day book presentation of my book, “Harvey the Great Lakes Whale“. In all day sessions I taught the basics of writing to 320 munchkins from kindergarten thru sixth grade.

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