A little over a month ago I posted here about the unfortunate news facing the Olive books: publisher bankruptcy (the Chapter 7 type). Few, if any, follow this blog because it is, admittedly, not used very often as a source of information. However, I’m certainly glad I posted the announcement about the bankruptcy because it did prove immensely beneficial. In fact, had I not posted here, everything I’ve put into the Olive books would likely have been lost.Continue reading
I just learned that the publisher of the Olive series, Big Earth Publishing, has filed for bankruptcy. I only heard about it from my former contact at the publisher—I did not receive official notice from the Dept. of Revenue (or whatever entity sends such notices). As an author who has a financial stake in the publisher’s business, I should have been on the mailing list, but was not.Continue reading
It’s been many months since I last posted anything on the blog about Olive, and I was just starting to think that I needed to break the silence with some sort of news. Unfortunately, I don’t have anything earth-shattering to share at this juncture. I’m still waiting to see the completed script for Olive’s animated film (speculative, mind you), and there’s no news yet on the Olive branded fly rod that I’ve been hoping would have materialized by now. So things are marinating, but not quite ready to serve up.Continue reading
If you’ve followed along for the last year and a half, you know that I’ve been chasing a dream: a dream in which Olive the Woolly Bugger stars in her own animated feature film. With the Academy Awards just around the corner, it seems a good time to delve into this subject again.
I’ve written a bit about this endeavor before. Most of my musings were simply an outlet for my thoughts—nothing was set in stone. In fact, since I first started down this path nothing has been left unchanged. The reason you haven’t heard me talk much about it in the last year is because there hasn’t been anything to report. But that doesn’t mean nothing has been happening. Au contraire, there’s been something very important taking place over the course of the last 12-14 months: script writing.Continue reading
Thanks to Phil Monahan, editor for Orvis News and contributing writer for American Angler magazine, for the opportunity to talk about all things Olive the Woolly Bugger in a recent Q&A. The interview is featured on page 10 of the November/December 2013 issue of American Angler.
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Every so often I’ll receive an email from a parent whose kids have enjoyed reading Olive, and every bit of feedback is very flattering and much appreciated. Whenever I hear that Olive has brought some joy to a child it’s worth its weight in gold.Continue reading
Many of you may already know about the Olive fly boxes and nippers available through Montana Fly Company. They may be found in any number of fly shops, but that’s hit and miss and I have no idea which all shops carry them. One sure way to get them is in MFC’s Amazon store. I have a link here to a Merchandise Page containing all available Olive-branded merchandise.
Stay tuned for future announcements about the rod and reel outfit!
I love hearing from fans of Olive.
When someone takes the time to send an email or write a letter telling me that they love Olive the Woolly Bugger, it does my heart good and makes it all worthwhile. Recently I received and email from Ashley in Montana who mentioned that her son loves fly fishing and fly tying and the Olive books. He had written me a letter and wanted to mail it to me; Ashley requested my address, which I happily shared with her. A few days later I received a very nice letter from her son, Oliver.Continue reading
You are a school employee. You would like to bring a particular children’s book author to your school for an author visit but that costs money, and your PTSA doesn’t have the funding available. What to do?
There are many sources for grants that are available for just this sort of thing, if you can find them. One such grant that has come to mind is through Target’s Early Childhood Reading Grants that are designed to help kids across America get a head start on reading.
These grants can be used for a variety of reading-related programs, including author visits.
Grants must be applied for by April 30 of the current year.
This is a wonderful opportunity thanks to Target—apply for your grant now!
For information about author visits for this author, please go HERE.
I’ve known about The Angling Bookstore for several years. In fact, it was right before the Olive books were first published that I attended the Fly Fishing Show in Bellevue, WA; it was here that I learned about The Angling Bookstore. Since then the folks behind The Angling Bookstore have been very supportive of the Olive books, always including Olive on their roadshow each year as part of the Fly Fishing Show. From an author’s standpoint it’s important to be included in these shows because they target specifically my main audience: anglers, young and old and in between. It’seven better when the author can be on hand to introduce the books to the audience, which I was finally able to do.Continue reading