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Inside A Fuse #8 Production

Got Me a Book. Got Me a Website. Got Me a Giant Dance Party.

Okay, folks.  This is where we start the self-promotion machine.  I’m looking at it right now and it’s rusty and corroded and clearly falling apart at the seams.  Nonetheless, I shall grab my proverbial gas can, fill the tank, pull the cord, let ‘er rip, and see where she takes me.

So first and foremost, check this puppy out:

It’s me very own website!  Still in a transition phase admittedly (I’m putting the final touches on some promotional videos that’ll appear later this week) but a lot of fun.  Note the lovely tabs that aid in ease of movement.  Note the links to my Reviews, which happen to include this fan-freakin’-tastic one from Bookie Woogie.  Seriously, it’s kind of depressing that my best review had to come out right now.  Everything after this point will be downhill (though you are more than welcome to attempt to prove me wrong on this point).

Note too the fact that was already taken by a Memphis painter.  Alas that I have such a potentially common name.

Lest you think I have mad website building skills, full credit for my site goes out to my sister Kate.  Kate slaved relentlessly on this, which is why it’s as lovely as it is.  Thank you, sis!

It’s funny to think that I’d be so new to this brave new world of marketing myself, but honestly things change so quickly these days that it can be hard to catch up.  For example, I’ve made a Pinterest page for my book (it’s rather fun, I have to admit), and I’ve created a Lesson Plan for the book.  Currently I’m working on making the Lesson Plan a little more aligned with the Core Curriculum (it’s fortunate that I can speak the lingo).

So what does that leave?


Party party parties!

Yes, I’m going to start doing appearances.  Very very silly appearances.  Appearances that are well worth viewing, if I do say so myself (oh, storytime skills don’t fail me now).

My very first appearance will be this Saturday (oh me, oh my) at the Children’s Center at 42nd Street in the main branch of NYPL at 11:30 a.m.  There will be a reading.  There will be dancing.  There will be books for sale.  There will be boots that looked like I took the pelts of chinchillas and died them in electric blue Kool-Aid.  Oh, it shall be a good time!

And to be fair to Brooklyn, the very next day on this Sunday I will be appearing at Powerhouse Arena at 11:30 a.m.  So if you miss one appearance you can attend another.  And if it seems as though you’ve missed both?  I’ll be making stops in Chicago, Grand Rapids, and Kalamazoo (as well as more in Brooklyn) this months.  See my Events for more details.

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Best of luck with your new book and may the Giant Dance Party go on for years and years!

  2. Very exciting! I’ve already ordered copies for our library. 🙂

  3. Congrats Betsy! This book looks so great, I can’t wait to read it to my kids as my girls love to dance! Best wishes for all your book launching and dancing festivities!

    ps. My name’s .com domain had also already been taken by another Mike Boldt. One who also draws, and writes – as well as sings, and does civil war reenactments.

  4. Good luck Betsy! I hope Giant Dance Party takes off!

  5. Woot! Congratulations on the book. I can’t wait to read it. Your website looks lovely and the Bookie Woogie review is the best ever. (What is the reason for the cupcake?) Congratulations once again.

    I’ll be looking for your appearance here in San Francisco.

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      The meaning behind the cupcake is dark and mysterious and holds such portents as I cannot even begin to get into. Suffice it to say, understand the cupcake, understand the world.

  6. Thanks for the shout out Bets! And if you do San Fran, you might as well come down to LA 🙂

  7. Congratulations! The cover is brilliant & I can’t wait to crack open the book!

  8. Huge congrats!! Excited for your book. Bravo on the tour, too. That is cool. Excited to see you’re going to Magic Tree. I can only imagine how much Iris & Rose will love you and your book. (Actually, if you would not mind signing a copy for me while there – I will buy it when I’m in town (Magic Tree is my Dad’s local bookstore) this summer. I’ll email about this.)

  9. Congratulations on your new book! Great concept, beautifully done. I’m glad you don’t turn into an ice pop when performing. I watched all four of your dance party performances on your web site. They were hilarious….um, I mean, lovely, well done. Brava!


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