Usually, I say my biggest fans are my parents. They’ve been known to promote my books to hotel managers, waitresses, and cashiers….especially my mom. However, this past week, I started realizing that my students may be shooting to take the title. Why? I’m glad you asked.
On Monday morning, when I was typing the URL to check my email, I hit a K instead of an L. This brought up KDP’s website. So, I checked my sales report. Honestly, this can be discouraging at times as most of my sales or local. I think I only sold 11 online last year. Regardless, it showed someone purchased one of my books from Amazon last month. I was thrilled to learn it was “Jasper, the Figurative Language Feline”, and I guessed a teacher happened upon it. I mean, that’s how I have purchased most of my figurative language interactive read aloud books. I was pumped.
As I taught my class, I shared the “big news” with my students. One of my students replied, “Miss Pflaumer, you’re like world famous.” Aww, aren’t they the sweetest!
Then, another student chimed in with, “You should really start your own YouTube channel, Ms. P. That way everyone could listen to you read stories!” You see, “Rock N Read” is probably the favorite part of the instructional day for a majority of my students.
Ever since….his suggestion has stayed in my head. I mean, my grown third graders always ask, “Do you still read with all your voices and sound effects?” So…today, I did a Google search to ensure reading the works of others wasn’t breaking copyright law. Why did I do this? I’ve been using the recordings of other people for YEARS when focusing on a genre, topic, author, so I had to chuckle at my search.
Next step, I searched for a “how to” site. Now? I just need to figure out the mechanics of recording and uploading. Then? I’ll see where my student’s idea takes me…and my voices.
Since it was their idea, perhaps I’ll create a “suggestion box” where my students can pick books for me to record. Hmmm, I could even have them write a review of the book to share as well. Let’s face it…I’d love for someone else to give my books a shout-out on their Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, blog, or website. I kid you not; I even submitted a request to #ellendegeneresshow for her to read and tweet about my books. Seriously, the show has “CAT WEEK” in the fall, so a series in the voice of a cat sounds like a PURRfect fit. Am I right? Or am I left? [Shout out to “The BFG”]
I digress. Biggest fan? Yes, my parents and my students are most likely tied for tops in my writing fan club. However, BlackTop and RockyTop are HUGE fans of mine as well, but they don’t give a hoot (or a meow) about my writing. But…my biggest fan?
The One who created me in His image. The One who knitted me together in my mother’s womb. The One who sent His Son to pay a debt I could never pay. Let’s face it, when compared to the One who loves me most…my other fans pale in comparison. He’s not my biggest fan — He’s my Mighty God, my Loving Father, my Forgiving Savior, and my Eternal Lord. He wants to be yours, too.
I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!
I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!