Gabby Makes a Friend: Milestones, Events, and Updates

Gabby Makes a Friend Timeline

My first children’s picture book, Gabby Makes a Friend, was published in June of 2020! Since then, many exciting things have happened. This post is a running log of the book’s milestones, and also a great place to see past and upcoming events.

Gabby Makes a Friend: Launch Timeline

June 16, 2020 My brilliant illustrator Sofie Schollaert translated Gabby Makes Friend into Dutch, so that it could be blown up and put on the windows of a library, while it was closed during quarantine.

July 1, 2020 Gabby’s first Amazon review came in (spoiler: she received 5 stars)!

July 5, 2020 My first batch of paperback books arrived!

The first copies of the paperback were opened!
The first copies of the paperback were opened!
Five copies were signed 
to give away as prizes to contest winners.
Five copies were signed to give away as prizes to contest winners.

July 7, 2020 I hosted a virtual launch party for Gabby (and Katie). Moving forward, I’ll consider this their official birthday!

On July 7th Gabby Makes a Friend was launched with a virtual party!
On July 7th Gabby Makes a Friend was launched with a virtual party!

July 12, 2020 The first photos from a fan rolled in!

My first children's picture book in the hands of one of her biggest fans!
My first children’s picture book in the
hands of one of Gabby’s biggest fans!
One of my first tiny beta testers with 
her copy of Gabby Makes a Friend.
One of my first tiny beta testers with
her copy of Gabby Makes a Friend.

Relevant Author Profiles and Interviews

Profiles

  • Friend and/or Follow Chris Elle Dove on Goodreads
  • Follow Chris Elle Dove on Amazon

Interviews

Gabby’s Reviews and Recommendations

  • See the latest Amazon reviews here
  • See the latest Goodreads reviews here

Pride and Proof posted a 5-star review of Gabby, on their website

Pride and Proof reviews Gabby Makes a Friend
Pride and Proof reviews Gabby Makes a Friend

Gabby was reviewed on, and recommended by, Doodle Stories!

And also by the Historic Poteau Library!

She received a 4 out of 4 on a review that posted to the Online Book Club!

Take a look at the Caffeinated Reviewers Nov. 25th post about Gabby!

Gabby Makes a Friend: Storytime Videos

Gabby has her video debut on Storytime with Ms. Rita,  a program from City of Coral Gables’ Parks & Recreation Department, created as part of the #PLAYGABLESATHOME initiative, intended to entertain families during the pandemic.

I was thrilled to be selected, from the many books submitted, to be read on Storytime with Mel!

Hajira, from Story time with Hajira was the first child to read Gabby!

The latest reading was on Storytime by Magu!

Gabby Finds a Home in Local Stores and Libraries

Gabby went “brick and mortar” for the first time, when twelve copies are delivered to Gingerbread House Toys, a wonderfully magical store in Bloomington, Illinois.

The daughter of the owner of Gingerbread House Toys, offering her "stamp of approval" for Gabby Makes a Friend.
The daughter of the owner of Gingerbread House Toys, offering her “stamp of approval” for Gabby Makes a Friend.

Gabby Makes a Friend is placed in the first, of many, Little Free Libraries near my home. A few other people, including Rose Hahn, let me know they purchased an extra copy to leave in Little Free Libraries where they live as well!

Gabby feels right at home in Little Free Libraries
Gabby feels right at home in Little Free Libraries

July 15, 2020 Many kind and wonderful people donated enough $$ to put 22 copies of Gabby Makes a Friend into libraries.

Copies of Gabby Makes a Friend are purchased to donate to libraries
Copies of Gabby Makes a Friend are purchased to donate to libraries

Gabby Makes a Friend: Marketing and Promotions

Mark your calendars! Gabby Makes a Friend (the eBook) will be FREE on September 18 and 19, 2020!

August 2-3, 2020 Gabby ranked #1 on Amazon, in multiple categories, during a FREE eBook promotion!

  • Children’s Baby Animal Books
  • Children’s Dog Books
  • Children’s Pet Books
  • Children’s Bug and Spider Books

Gabby’s Past and Upcoming Events

August 16, 2020 Read Gabby at the Founders Grove Neighborhood Association’s Annual Back-to-School Ice Cream Social.

August 26, 2020 Read at Carle Health and Fitness Center.

Ongoing Saturday Morning Storytime Reading 2-3 books and bringing activities for children in my neighborhood (an ongoing event)

Readings are tentatively on hold due to COVID-19

Order Gabby Makes A Friend, Today!

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Why Reviews Matter

  • The number of reviews a book has can open, or close, doors to promotional options and opportunities 
  • Reviews can “make or break” rankings on sites like Amazon, Goodreads, etc.
  • Having lots of reviews is crucial to getting books picked up by libraries, bookstores, and other entities involved in mass distribution
Author profile

Hi! I write books and blogs about wellness and adopting healthy living habits. My first children's picture book, Gabby Makes a Friend, is available at Amazon. I’ve been teaching sociology courses at community colleges since. Beyond work, I'm the proud mother of two beautiful, adult children. I’m a recovering perfectionist, whose hobbies include meditation, cooking, hiking, and yoga.

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