Left—Editor Aimee Jackson, Right—Author Nancy I. Sanders
For the very last day of my Virtual Book Tour, I’d like to extend a great big “Thank you!” to all the wonderful people who helped make it a success and who have shared such heart-felt enthusiasm for my newest picture book, D is for Drinking Gourd: An African American Alphabet.
First and foremost, I’d like to thank my great editor, Aimee Jackson. Aimee, you caught the vision for the book when I first contacted the publisher with the idea. And then you carried it all the way through to help make this book become a reality. Thanks for all your great input, your excitement for the project, and your outstanding expertise. And also—thanks for all the yummy recipes! It was fun to meet you in San Diego over the holidays.
Thank you to the amazingly talented artist and book illustrator, E. B. Lewis. E. B., you brought this manuscript to life. The paintings you created and the scenes you portrayed in the book have been simply over the top! It’s been a joy working with you and getting to be part of your world.
And thank you to Audrey Mitnick—my publicist at Sleeping Bear Press. Thanks for the great connections for stops on my tour and for all the timely advice, feedback, and suggestions you sent my way. You’re the best!
I also want to thank all the wonderful folks at Sleeping Bear Press who made this book what it is and who continue to work hard behind the scenes to bring D is for Drinking Gourd to the world. Sales, Marketing, Editorial, Design, etc.—what a great group to work with! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
And to all the wonderful people who have been a part of my Virtual Book Tour—thank you! From booksellers to writers to teachers to students to my critique groups to online guests…what a wonderful journey this has been together.
And now…drumroll please…I’d like to announce the winners of the 5 prizes I’m giving away to online guests. Each time you posted a comment on my blog during the tour or submitted an answer to the Trivia Questions, your name was put in a hat. Since each name could be in the contest numerous times, one of the winners won 2 prizes! Congratulations, and thanks for joining in the fun!
Gloria won a $25 gift card!
Carol won an African American history calendar!
Nomi won an African American history calendar!
Mrs. T. Melchiorre’s class won 2 prizes—a $25 gift card and an African American history calendar!
(Carol and Nomi, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. E-mail me your street address so I can mail you your prize.)
Thanks again, everyone, for joining my Virtual Book Tour!