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The Tooth Collector Fairies

Batina’s Best First Day is here at last!  

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An Early Chapter Book for Young Readers

Did you know that there is a bigger reward for losing a tooth than merely receiving a token under your pillow?  Well-brushed teeth are selected to undergo a magical transformation and become fairy dust, the very dust that enables tooth fairies to fly.   Join Batina and her two best friends, Lulu and Lainey as they follow the process and along the way work as a team to ensure nothing stands in the way of the magic.

MY PLAN – MARKETING PROPOSAL 

Batina – The Tooth Collector Fairy

My intention when writing the story about Batina, the Tooth Collector Fairy was to present a new idea to children about the reward for a well-brushed lost tooth.  I believe a mere token placed under the pillow pays a child for losing a tooth whether they practice good dental hygiene or not.  I set out to change that notion.

The original concept for my story was to present it as a Picture Book, considering the fact that most children begin losing teeth at age four.  This Picture Book would be marketed to pediatric dentist as a handout/book to be distributed after dental visits.  Add Batina tooth brushes and stickers and Batina becomes the new Tinkerbell – with an important message and a purpose.   What a great way to plant the seed for healthy dental hygiene.

Changing gears.  My writing style tends to lean more towards an older reader, six to twelve in age.  I love description.  After many critique sessions and much discussion, I was encouraged to embellish more and expand the story to turn it into an Early Chapter Book for Young Readers.  The idea intrigued me and after studying other books in this genre i.e. Simon & Schuster’s series, The Candy Fairies, I took on the challenge, and I’m glad I did.  “Batina, The Tooth Collector Fairy” is now over 4000 words and is geared for ages five to nine.

When moving from Picture Book to an Early Chapter Book for Young Readers it became important to incorporate a narrative arc.  After rewriting the story with conflict, the intent of impressing the importance of brushing well became buried.  The message is still there but the story is about Batina and her band of misfits.  They all have something about them that sets them apart from the other normal tooth fairies and together they face obstacles that they must overcome in order to get all collected teeth to their final stage.  It takes team work.  Whoa there … what happened to promoting healthy dental hygiene?  I had a brilliant idea!

My dream for Batina grows.  I did some test readings and it seems that the younger child can’t get through the Early Chapter Book to the end and learn the lesson.  At least not how I imagined or intended.  This, for me, was a problem but not for long.  I have the solution.  I’m adding 29 beautiful illustrations to the book that younger children can follow.  That should do the trick.

It goes beyond that.  Now that everyone is clear on “What Happens to All Those Teeth?” it’s time to take it a step further.  I am working on a second Batina book.  In book two, poor Batina collects a tooth that is not well-brushed and she and the bad tooth are banned to Decay Valley.  Oh-no!  Not Decay Valley.  Her band of misfit friends must figure out a way to get her back.  Frantically, they search through the Tooth Fairy Handbook for a loop-hole in the rules.  Yes, there is also a Tooth Fairy Handbook which I am working on as a companion book to the Batina series.

Okay, that’s not all.   Marketing!  Let’s get this party started!  Knowing how to market your work is, in my mind, at least 50% of the deal.  What good is your story if no one reads it or better yet, no one benefits from the lesson.  Here’s how I’m going to get it done.   I have elementary school teacher and librarian friends who have committed to help.  Once the story is published and the illustrations are complete I will prepare a PowerPoint presentation and present Batina to their students.   The Executive Director at the Children’s Museum has agreed to let me present my book, after publication, at the museum during story time.  This is not a commitment to sell the book at the museum but it is a foot in the door which is all I need.  I have a list of several boutiques in Texas and one in North Carolina that have committed to selling my book in their store.  I am gathering a list of pediatric dentists from the state of Texas which I will contact and personally visit if possible to share my story.  Through my contacts with ABWA I have access to a quarterly newsletter that is circulated in the Kingwood area which I can place an ad for the book, as well.  To top off my list I have recently learned that there is a coalition of more than 35 dental organizations, including The American Dental Association, who have joined the Ad Council to launch its first campaign on children’s oral health.    What a perfect opportunity to present Batina to the world!   I will contact them with a fresh idea on teaching children the importance of brushing their teeth.  To me, the opportunities for Batina are endless.

Who wants to go there with me?

At this time – The Tooth Collector Fairies first book titled “Batina’s Best First Day” will officially launch in the later part of March 2016.  Early copies are now available at http://www.toothcollectorfairies.com.

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There’s a Ghost in the Attic

Early Chapter Book for Young Readers – unpublished

“There’s a Ghost in the Attic” is a story that I love, love, love and I think you will too.   Below is a short snippet.

While on vacation, Mouse and her sister Phoebe learn about “The Legend of the Broken Hearted Lovers” and decide it is their mission to make things right.

This is a work in progress.  Anticipated completion date December 2016. Stay tuned for an updated synopsis.

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Published Work

514xmn38H3L._SY346_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_[1]“OMG, That Woman!” – Tales of love, marriage and divorce, a Woman’s Fiction Anthology.  Includes the short story, “The Art of Ironing” by Denise Ditto Satterfield.

“The Art of Ironing” is a short story about a blended family and the friction that can occur between a step-mother and daughter.

Read review by JoAn Martin in the Houston Inner Looper, July 2013.  http://innerlooper-july2013.info/page10.htm

Avery OMG

Avery Robinson- 9 Reading “The Art of Ironing”

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3 responses to “Books –

  1. Denise, thanks for following me. I reviewed OMG and enjoyed your ironing story. I sent a copy of the published review to Roger and Lynne. I can send you the electronic version if you would like.

    JoAn

  2. Bonny Cole.

    I know you are going to make this happen. I loved The Art of Ironing. Good luck girl.
    Love ya
    Bonny

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