Mary Ann Cobos Boyd

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ORDER FROM TATE PUBLISHING WEBSITE

Posted by [email protected] on October 5, 2013 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

If you want to order directly from Tate Publishing, please use this link.. if you go directly to the website, books are randomly posted, so here is the direct link to Animal Dream... 

http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=9781628544510

FIRST ORDER

Posted by [email protected] on September 28, 2013 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I will be putting in my first order for books.. going to order 50 to start off with and as the money comes in I will order another 50 an so on.. my goal would be to eventually have 2 or 3 hundred onhand.

I have some orders coming in already

ANIMAL DREAM BOOK .PRODUCTION/ AN AMAZING JOURNEY

Posted by [email protected] on September 21, 2013 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Several years ago I had a dream.. I knew right away this was not an ordinary dream and I knew right away this dream was from God.   I shared it over and over with freinds and family and it always led to a discussion on what meaning this dream could have.. I gave my thoughts and interpratation and got many thoughts and interpretatations from others.. it seemed like the lessons never seem to stop and something new always emerged in the telling of this dream..  I was asked to be the guest speaker for a week at a youth camp and I broke the dream down and shared a little each day and was so amazed at the reaction of the kids.I knew in my heart I had to write it down and from the beginning I had a desire to write it into a book.  Even if not for the whole world, then at least for my family and freinds.

I was sharing with a sister at the end of a women's meeting and she said to me.. "You know sister, when God gives you an idea or a desire to do something, it is because He trust you to do it."  Wow.. God trusts me... !  So I set off on a mission to get this book written but try as I may, nothing was happenining... every draft I created just had no life to it.

Then one day I thought, I am going to write it down just the way I tell it to people.  I'll write it as if I am writing to a freind and sharing this amazing dream... and it worked!!!  In no time at all I had written all the chapters and my book was done.

I had no idea what came next, again I was not thinking of my book being sold in stores, I was just thinking of a few copies for a few freinds and family.  But I still needed to find out how to make it into an acutual book.  Making copies and having them stapled was just not gonn work, so I searched the internet... I needed to know what I needed to do and how much was it going to cost me!!!

I did a random search on how to publish a book, or step to publishing a book or something like that.  There was a lot of info out there, but I chose a  few publishing companies to contact. Then I looked into Tate Publishing Company.  It said that they were a family based Christian company and they were looking for new Christian writers.  They had a section that said they would take a look at your work and tell you what they thought.

So I sent in my transcript and was perpared to wait for what I asumed would be advice to tell me if and how I should go about getting my book published.  about 4 days later I got a call from a young lady named Ramie!   She told me they loved my story and wanted to offer me a contract!   I had no idea what that meant and Ramie proceeded to tell me what they wanted to do and how far they were willing to go because they truely did think this would make a great book.

Even tho they would be putting a lot of money into my book there was one thing that I would have to do that was stated in the contract and that was to get a publicist.. the cost was so far beyond what I could handle.. but they were still willing to cover that cost if I would just pay the retainer fee... which would be $4ooo.  Again it was much more than I could afford at the moment and told Ramie I jsut wasnt sure if I could do that... Her answer to me was.. "Well Just pray about it"   So I did

The next day an idea hit me.. if I could get 100 sponsors to invest $40 each into my book that would pay for the retainer fee.  So I made a grid of 100 slots at $40 each and asked friends and family.. I sent out emails and, txts and posted on facebook and twitter and began to tell everyone I could and began to get a response right away. I contacted Ramie and told her what I was doing.

My mom was not well and I made plans to go and be with her for about a month.. The day before I left I got a call from Ramie. She had told her boss what I was doing. She said that they were very impressed and said "That's the kind of people we want to work with!"  then she said Tate Publishing is going to cover 1/2 !!!   so now instead of 100 people I only needed 50 investors... and instead of $4000 I just needed $2000

I got enought investors to cover the cost, but as time went on many of the investors for one reason or another were not able to send in the money which meant I had to make it up on my own.  I sent in what I could and made plans to do a few yard sales and bake sales and sell some crafts to bring in the last $700., but it seemed that everytime I turned around there was another finacial hurddle we had to jump.  I lost my SSI income because my husband got a raise and I no longer qualified.. meaning I also no longer could get medicaid.. which meant I had to buy insurance and quickly learned that insurance could cost almost as much as your house payment... !

My book was at the end of the production procerss and as per my contract the balance had to be paid for it to continue.  So I prayed again, knowing that God would not bring it this far to let it stand stagnant here.  Then I remembered a book I read "The Help" and in that story the writer was able to get an advance,  I had no idea if things had changed with publising companies but it would not hurt to ask if I could get an advance just enouth to cover the balance.. I only had $100 to send in and that still left $600.. so I emailed Ramie

Her email back to me was that She and the company wanted to do all they could to help me so they would cover the last remaining $600 and bring the balance to $0   I read the email over and over again... tears flowing and joy overflowing in my heart. 

So here we are now.  ready to go into printing, ready to take the next step of this journey of book production and before too long within a month or two... or possibly sooner ANIMAL DREAM will be in stores!  Animal Dream is a story of an amazing journy with some amazing animal friends.... and at the same time , the production of this book has also been an amazing joury with some amazing family and freinds!!

I TXT YOU.. YOU TXT ME.. THANKS!

Posted by [email protected] on September 21, 2013 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Got the first copy of my book in the mail today via fedex! I just cant describe the joy and greatfullness I felt to God for bringing it along it's production journey to this point and actually held it in my hands!!! It was just the "proof copy" for me to take a look at, inspect and give my approval on. All looks good and I got on the phone and sent out a bunch of txts.. then got online to give the "go ahead"

here are some reply txts I got on my phone....

Margaret Alvarez, Deming, NM:  Wow!

Joy Dominguez:  Woohoo girl! FINALLY!!! :)

Josie Machado, Pleasanton, TX:  Praise God

Susie Koppe, AZ,  Wow, I like it. When does it go on sale?

Sara & Yoli Mendez, El Paso,  TX: GREAT!

Terry Riojas, Pleasanton, TX:  Congrats!

Dorothy Cobos, AZ:  YEA!!!!! Thank you Jesus for such an amazing and beautiful blessing for Mary Ann and those that will be able to read her book, Lord I pray that you make a way for that book to reach thousands. It is in your precious name AMEN

Mike Johnson, Pleasanton, TX:  Great!

Carmen Rodriguez, Deming, NM:  Congrats My Sister. am so proud of you

Peggy Maxfeldt, Jourdanton, TX:  Yea! That's so exciting

Richard Palomarez, Deming, NM:  HOORAY I'M EXCITED! MARY ANN!!

Petra Palomarez, Deming, NM:  WooooHoooo! THANK GOD!!!

Liz Cobos, Alamogordo,NM: Wow, Praise our sweet Jesus! I so excited! I'm so so excited!!

Pastor Clyde Butter, Pleasanton, TX:  Awesome! Praise the Lord!

Tom & Marie Connaughton, MT: Congrats sis.  The Lord is really blessing you, Praise the Lord!

Aurora Cruz, Poteet, TX:   Awesome!!!! That is just the beginning. Now stand back and watch the miracles from the Lord!!!

Doris Millit,Pleasanton TX:   Oh That's wonderful!

Brendan Green, Belle Vernon, PA:   That's Awesome Mary Ann!!!

Tina Rodriguez, Dallas, TX:   Incredible!! Your on a shooting star from God! Thank you for sharing! It has inspired me! Given me so much joy that He is alive!! He is workin!!!

Ruben Pena, Deming, NM:   Gee whiz Mary Ann, I'm so proud of you.. I just wanna laugh and laugh

I love u all for all your support.. for believing in me and believing in God with me.. for praying for me.. encouraging me and supporting me... you are all such a big part of this book coming to be what it is... THANK YOU!

BOOK IN HAND (just the proof copy)

Posted by [email protected] on September 21, 2013 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Got the first copy of my book in the mail today via fedex! I just cant describe the joy and greatfullness I felt to God for bringing it along it's production journey to this point and actually held it in my hands!!! It was just the "proof copy" for me to take a look at, inspect and give my approval on. All looks good and I got on the phone and sent out a bunch of txts.. then got online to give the "go ahead"

so what's next? Well I believe it is being assigned a rep, making it available for orders & getting the book trailer ready for TV.. getting it in the Newspaper & radio... then after that it goes in the stores... which stores.. I'm not sure.. big stores like Walmart.. and others usually don't put books from unknown authors... but maybe I'll meet with a local manager and see if they will at least allow me to do a book signing since I'm from this area.. same with HEB u never know!!!

EDITORS REVIEW

Posted by [email protected] on September 12, 2013 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Each characteristic trait is well represented by each animal. You are very convincing into leading one to think that chickens could actually be quarrelsome and prideful, or that coyotes could really be paranoid worriers, etc. You brought out each animal’s endearing (and not-so-endearing) qualities through your writing, and I found that to be very effective; for example, many times I found myself quite annoyed at Chicken, but I am now a big fan of Rabbit and Coyote (and their ears!). Furthermore, the vivid and detailed way you described scenes will allow you to take your readers through interesting glimpses of desert panorama and other majestic sights. One of my favorites is the following:

The night sky looked enormous and was filled with a million bright stars. I stood there looking at the beauty and the wonder of it all. The twinkling lights of the night sky gave beauty and life to an otherwise black, vast, empty expanse. Some of the stars were so powerful and bright, others small and faint. They all seemed to demand your attention. You would look at one, and then another would twinkle in a different style or a different color, each one crying out, “Look at me!” Some were a single color of either white, blue, green, or orange, and others shimmered in a rainbow of colors, but each one had its own radiance, its own glory, and its own beauty.

You said that in your dream, Silver City, New Mexico, represented “a place of being lost—a life before we answered the call to accept Jesus into our hearts.” Another important thing that you did was toward the end of your book, you mentioned, “This is, in no shape or form, a reflection on Silver City, New Mexico.” Good call on making that disclaimer! Much as you have reiterated that this book was based on your dream (the kind that happens during sleep; ergo, you have no control over who’s who or what’s what), we want to avoid potentially offending Silver City, (and non-Silver City) New Mexico, residents—and the earlier on we can do this, the better.

Your book will highly appeal to teenagers and adults especially but not isolated to a Christian audience, because of its being very relatable to almost everybody. Each animal characteristic is a quintessential human trait, so each of your readers will be able to associate themselves (or someone they know) with an animal or two (I bet many couples can identify with Rooster and Chicken!). Also, the abruptly broken dream sequence left room for the imagination; and by doing this, you allow the readers to ponder and derive their own conclusions, so the deep thinker will find this book a worthy read. Finally, your easy-to-understand words and laid-back style in writing could account for a younger audience, such as kids in middle school (or even younger). It will also make for a good bedtime storybook to be read by parents to small children. I am sure the cute way Rabbit rubbed his ear on Rooster’s sore back, or the funny way Coyote howled out his words will draw out sighs of admiration and shrieks of delight from kids. I can envision a picture-book adaptation of your story. Why not?

The plot of your manuscript is well written. You were able to describe the major events in your dream, and you were able to connect them to the less important scenes smoothly. You highlighted the most important elements without using too much trivial detail yet still offered ample description that will take your readers to the scenes without missing out anything or feeling cut short. Your plot is effective and engaging. In your dream, your journey started off as smooth-sailing and, like every good story, later on developed obstacles along the way—Chicken being such a pain, Rooster being gullible and weak-willed, and Coyote’s excessive worrying—that served as detours to an otherwise guaranteed trip. Rabbit’s character played a vital role in that he provided protagonist support. You will keep your readers at the edge of their seats during the fork-in-the-road chapter, and your story intensifies as you build your way up a climax that will keep your readers asking, Where is Rabbit? What happened to Rabbit? The readers will then find Rabbit—and suddenly you wake up. No warning. And while the readers were left dazed and wondering, you then masterfully left them with something thought-provoking, as if saying that surely there is more to this dream than meets the eye.

In addition, your manuscript’s plot is detailed and organized. You used a chronological order (things go in order based on time), which is usually the best way to go. I like your style in writing—good paragraphing, easy on the eyes, clever play of words, and a tasteful usage of idioms. You mentioned that you are a songwriter, and the literary artist in you clearly manifests in your writing style.

The dialogue of your manuscript is realistic and engaging. You did not use much dialogue but were able to give your characters their distinct voices and set your story at just the right pace using a blend of dialogues, action tags, and narratives. By using action to break up your dialogues, you did not let them run too long, which made them believable. You did not feed your readers with too much information all at once; rather, you let the story unfold naturally.

See below dialogue which I found to be very good:

“As the three travelers got ready to leave, I took Chicken aside. I felt she needed a little encouragement or a little pep talk. She kept her head low with her eyes looking downward. It made me feel terrible because I did not want her to think that I didn’t like her, or that I was still upset with her. I decided to ask her why she insisted so much on going back to Silver City.

‘It’s all I’ve ever known,’ she said, and then began to tell me that she never truly had a family. Rooster had been the only one who had ever seemed to care enough to stay by her side. This was the first time Chicken had actually opened up to me. She seemed to have finally let her guard down. I was proud of her. I realized that she was afraid of losing Rooster. All this time, she was just trying to hold on to her little family.

‘You know, Chicken, your family has grown. It used to be just you and Rooster, but now we are all family. Things may get tough down the road, but we must work together and stay together because we are family, and family sticks together!’

She looked up at me with her beautiful eyes, and for the first time they sparkled with life and didn’t even look angry.”

That is an example of a dialogue that is well-paced, full of good images, and inspires emotion. And you were able to pull that off despite just a few exchanges of words between characters.

This great work you’ve done to your dialogue is further accentuated with your usage of an inspiring tone. Your approach is friendly and not overtly persuasive. You were able to assert the relevance of your dream to your faith without being pushy or offensive. You artistically gave a detailed account of your dream and what its meaning was, as you believe it, and then you invited your readers to do their own introspection—to examine their own thoughts and feelings—and let them decide how they respond. Because of this, your readers will be excited to share this with family and friends, young and old alike, including those who shy away from “religious legalism.” I want to tell you that I felt your sincerity and desire that through this book, your readers will be inspired to move their feet toward the straight and narrow road that leads to Life; and to your readers who still have not found their “El Paso,” someday they’ll find it too.

It was a pleasure reading Animal Dream. You definitely should pursue writing from hereon. Congratulations on your first book and on becoming a full-fledged writer!