Arkansas Literary Festival: Cocktails, Glossolalia, and Orphaned Pumas

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Cocktail Party – Author! Author! Friday night, I went to the Author! Author! party with Carla McClafferty, my author friend. We chatted with local radio celebrity, Ann Nicholson, host of KUAR’s Art Scene show. Of course, they had good food. Arkansas author Erica Taylor was accompanied to the party by her husband, Middleweight boxer Jermain […]

Heights and Depths: A Writing Life

Winner of the 2013 Writer's Digest Self-Published Books award for children's picture book category. Received a Starred Review in Publisher's Weekly.

In the space of a week, I’ve gone from the heights to the depths. First, the good news. Last week, I was thrilled to learn that my book, Wisdom, the Midway Albatross was given a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. This book has defied all the odds–just as Wisdom has done. “. . .Pattison writes […]

Searching for Oliver K. Woodman

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Interviews with Darcy Pattison and Joe Cepeda Invite Oliver to your school! Call Costume Specialists at 1-800-596-9357. Accelerated Reader Test: Reading Level 3.8 , 0.5 points . . .this whimsical cross-country jaunt. Young readers will eagerly await more exciting travels from the wooden duo. . .Publishers Weekly “. . .understatement and ambiguity are everything. . […]

Earth Day + Oldest Bird in World = Free Kindle Book for 48 Hours


Just in time for Earth Day on April 22 comes a book chronicling the oldest known wild (sea)bird in the world. She’s not just OLD: at 61+ years old, this Laysan Albatross named Wisdom is a new mother. Darcy is one of the Authors 4 Earth Day participants. FREE Kindle Download. For 48 hours before […]

Arkansas Authors on TV and Radio

Novel Metamorphosis: Uncommon Ways to Revise

Carla McClafferty on C-Span 2/Book TV “The Many Faces of George Washington” Author Carla McClafferty talks at a Comcast/C-SPAN welcoming event in Little Rock about her book – which follows the process Mt. Vernon used to create life models of George Washington as a young man, commander of American forces in the revolution, and as […]

Give a Military Family a Free Children’s Book for Veteran’s Day

In celebration of National Picture Book Month and Veteran’s Day: Give a Military Family a Free Book In celebration of National Picture Book Month and Veteran’s Day and to honor of our military families, download and give a free children’s picture book to a military family. THE STORY: “11 Ways to Ruin a Photograph” When […]

You Need a Series of Book Trailers

I’m still celebrating the publication of my picture book, PRAIRIE STORMS, by creating another video. This time, I attended the AETN-PBS Family Day event in Conway, AR, where I talked with parents and kids about reading and books. I invited the kids to be “You Tube” Stars by answering a simple question: What is a […]

Read: Voice and Book Trailers


Sometimes I write for other places or other places talk about my books. Here are some links for your reading pleasure. 2012 Writer’s Market This year’s market guide–the best in the industry–includes my article on Book Trailers. Based on my experience writing The Book Trailer Manual, the article talks about the pros/cons of book trailers, […]

Random Acts of Publicity 2011

RANDOM ACTS OF PUBLICITY WEEK September 6-9, 2011 Facebook Event Page: It’s all about your Friend’s book. The 3rd Annual Random Acts of Publicity, September 6-8, 2011 is a week to celebrate your Friend’s book, or your favorite book, by doing a Random Act of Publicity: Blog, link, Like, review, or talk about the […]

Help Me Celebrate! PRAIRIE STORMS

Official Release Date: PRAIRIE STORMS Celebrate with me the release of my new picture book, PRAIRIE STORMS. Here’s a new book trailer, which has a chant about the weather in each month for kids to learn. This is an adaptation of an 18th century poem. Prairie Storms: A Chant of Months Snowy, Flowy, Blowy, Showery, […]

Prairie Storms Giveaway on Good Reads

Note: Fiction Notes is on vacation until August 1. See you then! Last year, I interviewed Joelle Anthony about her use of a GoodReads giveaway to promote her book. One of her biggest reasons to go with GoodReads is that she had 1348 people enter the giveaway. Here are some other interesting statistics from GoodReadshere […]

Dummies and Prairies

YA for Dummies and Prairie Storms What sounds does a ground hog make? An earless lizard? A burrowing owl? Six months ago, I had no idea! When I decided to create a book trailer for my forthcoming book, PRAIRIE STORMS, I knew I wanted something fun and useful for kids, parents and educators. We know […]