Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Reading Outside Your Head

I enjoy reading with my children because it’s the only time I read aloud and listen to the words on a printed page. Not only is it fun to read children’s stories and to spend quality time with my eight- and five-year old kids, it’s a wonderful exercise to speak with authority and inflection. I feel like I’m on a stage, performing for the world. The words sing out of me and dance in the air of imagination. They come out in force, as if a dam has broken, and the torrent of water flows beyond its boundaries.

I like being an orator, though I’m filled with too much stage fright to give speeches. I’ve always imagined myself delivering an important speech to inspire the masses and influence many lives, but my words shall be spoken in written form. I want others to read my words aloud.

Reading to and with kids is so important for their development. You show them reading is valued. You share fun and interesting stories. You help them become good readers and good listeners. But I selfishly enjoy reading with them because I get to take center stage and say the words that countless other parents are saying as well. Reading with my children is a spiritual event.

Without literacy, you are dead.

We spend so much time in our own heads but when words are read aloud we get to share a thought, a feeling, a moment with another. The words glue us together furthering a tight bond between parent and child.

Last week I went to my daughter’s pre-K class and had the honor of reading a book to the eager-eyed four- and five-year-olds. I chose Spencer Has Too Many Toys. It’s a wonderful take about a boy who has toys filling every space in the house –bed , floors, and closets –even the tub. His mom wants to clean up and toss some of the toys that he no longer plays with or are in no condition to be played with. But every time she tries to suggest a toy for the garbage box, he comes up with a reason not to remove it from the house. After much negotiation, she gets a box filled with toys to go.

Then she finds all of the toys sprawled across the house and he says there’s one toy she can’t get rid of: The box that held the toys.

I love that story –and the kids did, too. It’s a wonderful experience to read to kids. It’s a win-win situation and I encourage everyone to read to kids, whether their own or those of others. You may find yourself feeling like a spotlight is on you.

Let it shine!


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Interview With Author David Prosser
1.      What type of books do you write? Gentle humor loosely (very) based on my life.

2.      What is your newest book about? My newest book is a continuation of 'The Queen's Envoy' (Book 2) which relates my time as an unrecognized Envoy for HM Government. Sadly, personal circumstances have meant writing has had to stop for now.

3.      What inspired you to write it? The need to be very rich and successful. Forward planning isn't my forte it seems.

4.      What is the writing process like for you? The process itself is quite easy in that I carry a pad and write everything freehand whenever the urge hits. I run over it and make changes when I type it up.

5.      What did you do before you became an author? I was a Local Government Officer.

6.      How does it feel to be a published author?  It feels pretty good to know there are people out there wanting to read your work and who have a copy of your book to use as kindling at any time.

7.      Any advice for struggling writers? If you think you can write- write. If you're writing for others make sure you ask people to read parts or all of it before going to publish since they'll certainly let you know if you're going in the right direction.

8.      Where do you see book publishing heading? I think the physical book will be with us a long time yet but more and more will be self published unless the big publishers start accepting Indie books are here to stay and give more of them a chance. Possibly taking the advice of freelance editors as to merit and sharing the advertising costs as an offset from royalties.

All books are available on Kindle also.

Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer, the nation’s largest book promoter. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2013

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