What’s The Next Big Thing?

What’s The Next Big Thing?

Happy New Year, Everyone!

Tracy Campbell




If you’re anything like me, I’m sure you have a list of things you want to accomplish in 2013. One of my main goals is to tackle one project at a time.

So far, so good! 🙂








Matilda! You’re back from your vacation already?

Yup! I’m ba-ack!

Lucky me!

I’m taking over. Now move aside.

Okay, Matilda. Welcome back…I guess?

Dorene Meyer, author extraordinaire, invited Tracy to join some blog exchange thingy—The Next Big Thing!



My job, as Tracy’s marvelous marketing maven, is to answer ten questions about Tracy’s book, and then I’ll throw my wand at two other outstanding authors. I was supposed to find five, but hey, I was on vacation.

What is the working title of Tracy’s book?

Easy-peasy. Our Story—You & Me.

Where did the idea come from for Tracy’s book?

For those of you who haven’t been paying attention to Tracy’s blog posts, I’ll fill you in. Many moons ago, Tracy painted twelve illustrations for a baby’s first year calendar, published by Zebra Publishing.

Last January, I planted a brilliant idea into that brain of hers when I said, “Tracy, why don’t you write a book to coincide with those be-ee-a-u-ti-ful illustrations?” She was smart enough to take my advice, and her baby book was born.

What genre does Tracy’s book fall under?

Tracy’s baby’s first year keepsake book falls into two categories—parenting and early-reader.

Which actors would Tracy or you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Personally, I’d choose ME! But since Tracy’s book features teddy bears, Winnie the Pooh is the obvious choice.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of Tracy’s book?

Our Story—You & Me is a diaper bag-sized keepsake book that will appeal to mommies and expectant mommies who want to capture the milestones of their baby’s first year.

Will Tracy’s book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I’m currently hunting for one special agent to represent Tracy’s marvelous book. We need an agent who will be just as excited as I’ll be when I see parents and grandparents lining up to purchase her book, which will make the perfect baby shower gift.

How long did it take Tracy to write the first draft of her manuscript?

Oops! I wasn’t paying attention. I do know it took nine months to complete—the same amount of time it takes to pop out a baby.

What other books would you compare Tracy’s story to within this genre?

There aren’t any other books quite like Tracy’s. Sure, there’s Sam McBratney’s My Baby Book – Guess How Much I Love You. The illustrations in his book are wonderful, but Mr. McBratney’s record-keeping book doesn’t contain poems that can help a child learn to read. Tracy’s book uses a child’s natural curiosity about their first year of life to also help interest them in reading.

Who or what inspired Tracy to write this book?

Like I said, Tracy’s illustrations inspired her—but it was actually my brilliant idea.

What else about Tracy’s book might pique the reader’s interest?

Tracy’s baby book is sprinkled with quaint quotes and brimming with quirky rhymes that mirror her whimsical works of art.

Tracy’s book is unique in that it elevates a record book to an early-reader storybook a mom can read to her child. In the years to follow, they’ll giggle together, poring over candid photos of things like a toothless grin, wobbly first steps, the ultrasound, and other special moments. And we’re hoping there’ll be a bonus envelope in which to preserve a lock of hair, a hospital bracelet, and immunization records.

Ms. Dorene Meyer, thank you very much for lobbing your wand Tracy’s way.

Now people, it’s time to hop on over (in no particular order) to Tina M. Cho’s site. She’s a prolific freelance writer and published author of 25 guided reading books. Not to mention, three activity-type children’s books that are on the way. Actually, one just came out!

Then you need to visit the website of another author, Marcy Kennedy. She’s a freelance editor and writing instructor. Marcy writes fantasy, and she’s been the Grand Prize and First Place winner in two—count ’em, two—contests sponsored by Writer’s Digest.

And puh-leeze, don’t forget to click through to Dorene Meyer’s website to read about Colin’s Choice, a book that won an Award of Merit from the Canadian Christian Writing Awards in Toronto, Ontario, back in 2005.

Matilda, you did a marvelous job. Thank you. Now fly away.

Nope. I’m not finished yet.

Okay, okay. But first, I want to thank everyone for reading my blog.

You just did! Now scram!


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Forever yours,



40 Responses

    • I’ll be sure to keep you posted, and it was my pleasure passing on the baton. I’ll be popping in very soon to check out your new activity book. Congrats by the way! 🙂

  1. Tracy,
    Your book was so much fun to read about. I look forward to the day I can purchase copies for baby shower gifts. Best of luck to you in finding just the right agent. Keep us informed!

    • Linda, I’m so happy to hear you had fun reading about my book. Now, of course, I’ll have to hold you to your promise to purchase a copy. LOL. That’s the great thing about a book like this as it would appeal to anyone who lives on planet Earth–aunts, uncles, grandparents, parents, etc. Thanks for your support, and hopefully I won’t have to wait too long. 🙂

  2. Perhaps your publisher is awaiting your blog talking about your wonderful book. Prayers that they contact you very soon. It would be a wise decision on their part.

  3. I can’t imagine a publisher not snapping that up! I love the idea especially since kids like to look at their baby books and have you tell them stories about themselves. What a great way for them to learn about them and learn to read! Can’t wait to see it!
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    • Laura, as you know, finding the right agent is like finding a needle in a haystack. The book has to fit their line, and more importantly they have to fall in love with it. But because this baby keepsake book also has stories that will appeal to a child, I have a fighting chance. Thanks so much for your enthusiasm! 🙂

  4. What wonderful art you have, Tracy! And what a funtastic idea for a kid’s book! Thanks for asking Tina to join the blog hop who asked me to join the blog hop and now we’re all connected together. Woohoo!

  5. All the best in the new year Tracy.

    I’ve been having a look at your blog for a little while now and it’s really lovely 🙂

    Hope 2013 is everything you want it to be.

    • It makes my heart sing when I hear that you’ve been viewing my blog for a while.
      Thank you so much for commenting.
      Please drop in anytime.
      All the best to you as well. 🙂

    • Yes, I think kids would love the book too. I remember looking through my baby book when I was older and it would have been nice if there were stories to go with it that my mom! Thanks, Jake. 🙂

    • Hi Chance,
      No matter how you found my blog, glad you did. I see you have a restaurant in Norway. Blogging is such a great way to connect with others from around the world. 🙂
      Visit anytime.