Book Title: Alycat and the Friendship Friday by Alysson Foti Bourque
Illustrated by: Chiara Civati
Category: Children’s Fiction, 32 pages
Genre: Picture Book, Friendship
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: Oct 23, 2018
Tour dates: Oct 1 to 27, 2018
Content Rating: G
It’s finally Friday, and Alycat is excited to go on a field trip with her friends. But when she doesn’t have anyone to sit with on the bus, Alycat feels left out. Can she use her creativity and imagination to help everyone feel included?
Alycat and the Friendship Friday will teach readers that making new friends isn’t as scary as you might think.
Alysson Foti Bourque earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a Juris Doctor degree from the Southern University Law Center. After practicing law for six years, she traded in writing trial briefs for writing children’s books. She enjoys public speaking opportunities at schools, conferences, and festivals nationwide. She hopes to inspire people of all ages to follow their dreams and believe in themselves. Currently, she resides in Sunset, Louisiana with her husband and two children.
The Process of Writing a Children’s Book Series
by Alysson Foti Bourque
For this series, I plan on releasing a new book each year. This requires me to follow a strict timeline to make sure I accomplish that.
December/January/February— I am writing the script of the subsequent book of the Alycat series. I usually have an idea of what the next book will be about based on current events, past memories, and paying close attention to the conversations of my own children for ideas.
March/April—During these two months, I work closely with my publisher’s project manager on edits, storyboard placement, dedication and title page, back cover blurb, and character and illustration descriptions.
May/June—During this final publishing stage, I finalize the illustrations and storyboard placement and approve the final PDF. Then it’s sent off to the printer.
July/August—The marketing and preparation stage begins during these months as I prepare for the official release. This involves creating signage, book swag, and securing details for the book launch party. Luckily, my publisher handles distribution and sales through bookstores and I handle author visit sales.
September/October/November—The forthcoming book will be released during this time and I begin author visits and book signings.
From start to finish, it is exciting, nerve-wracking, and sometimes tiresome. I am so grateful to my publisher, Mascot Books, for helping me stay organized.