Publishers and Writers - Here is your chance!

Posted on: Thu, 02/11/1999 - 12:08pm
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Hi everyone!

We all have an interest in making sure kids and parents understand the dangers of peanut but there aren't too many food allergy books out there. Does anyone write for a living or know of someone who can help get a [b]book published[/b]? I'm sure there are many HERE for instance who would be qualified in writing a children's book. Maybe we can get some ideas going?!

Nicole

Posted on: Wed, 02/24/1999 - 5:25am
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<p>Nicole,<br />
I'd be very interested in helping. All though I have not written any children's literature, I have been a columnist for a newspaper and graduated in 1988 with a B.A. in Journalism from University of Oklahoma. I was quite frustrated when I searched for a book for my 2 1/2 year old regarding peanut allergy. I did find one book and purchased it - "No Nuts for Me". Again, I am not a children's author, but feel there is more when can create to teach young children about their allergy. I have considered creating my own "homeade" book. Having said that, maybe we should come up with a thread that would brain storm ideas???? Thanks for bringing up the idea. </p>
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Posted on: Wed, 02/24/1999 - 10:50pm
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<p>Hi Kelly ~</p>
<p>We have a million resources right here !!! I think if we interviewed our toddlers and young kids we could come up with something from their perspective. A book targeted to 4-8 year olds would be great. I'm interested in brainstorming too. This might be tricky [img]http://client.ibboards.com/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] but we can manage. Do we have any illustrators out there? Maybe we could use our children, maybe each page can be illustrated by a child, and maybe all proceeds can go back into education or back into the support of this website. What do you think?<br />
Nicole</p>

Posted on: Thu, 02/25/1999 - 1:38am
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Great ideas Nicole!
I'll start thinking and see what I can come up with.
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Posted on: Thu, 02/25/1999 - 2:12am
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I also think this is great! I would love to participate in any way I can...or my child.

Posted on: Fri, 02/26/1999 - 11:13am
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Sorry I'm delayed in responding, our "new" IBM computer keeps having crashes!!!! Also, We are in the middle of selling/buying a house. I really like the ideas - proceeds going back to this network (Chris if your reading) would be great. I was thinking the same, using "real" kids for examples/putting a face to the subject. Maybe we could start with what we, as parents, want to teach our children about this allergy. What is our worst fears and "how" can we keep from them. For example, our children, when out of our care, must ask about every food or drink given them whether it contains peanut products. How do we illustrate this? And we as parents must interview all caregivers in daycare/school setting and determine their knowledge/understanding of this allergy. What do we look for in there responses? There is so much information to cover here, maybe we could all come up with a priority list, suggestions and set, say a deadline of March 15 to have them posted???? Then we need to find out the legal side of publishing something like this , costs etc....After we move in the next two months, I would be happy to spend time asking companies like Kraft if they'd support our efforts through in-kind donations such as publishing (all most all major companies have in-house publishing facilities). We could go cheap and have it booklet style....I could go on and on! I'll stop for reponses....hopefully my computer will be nice and I can check back. Exciting stuff!

Posted on: Fri, 02/26/1999 - 10:50pm
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Hi everyone ~
All this enthusiasm is very exciting! I was thinking this week of interviewing my son's class (16 four to five year olds) and asking them this question:
[b]"How can we keep 'Johnny'[/b] safe here at school?"
This would give other kids in other schools an idea of how they can HELP. This could help take the fear out of the situation. Other preschool parents have already told me that their toddlers were instrumental in reminding the parent(s) from time to time about my son's allergy when they were shopping and when they were preparing to bring food into the classroom. I just think our little ones are alot smarter and have alot to say. I'd like to see what we can come up with from their perspective.
Keep on brainstorming...this is great!
Nicole [img]http://client.ibboards.com/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 02/27/1999 - 3:31am
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Hi everyone, We are writing a book for the adults to use so please send in your stories, problems, worries etc. that we could include in the book or use for ideas. Especially of interest is tips you have learned to stay safe and things you think others might not have thought about. Please put on it that we can use it etc. I am glad you are working to put together a childrens book. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for donating the proceeds. As many of you already know we need as much financial help as we can get. Putting together this network is very costly and we hope everyone will start helping financially soon. There is so much we need to do but everything costs money. This week I am looking into non-profit laws etc. I want to make sure we can still lobby etc. if we become non-profit. The insurance bill will be arriving soon so I hope everyone will send what they can to help out on that. We also are looking into magazine insurance! As you know we created this site for all of us. I hope that all of us will start sharing in its expenses soon. So far Patti and I have paid most of the bills ourselves. We are still in the beginning stages! As many of you know I have been working on this full time for many months and it is really difficult financially because I do not have any other income coming in. There are thousands of us already so hopefully it won't be very difficult when everyone realizes that we need them to help out financially. Everyone always asks how can they help. Right now we need to figure out a way to pay for everything. Let me know your ideas and suggestions. Example: someone suggested the Etoys company, after discussing this over the past few weeks we decided to put it on the site. Most of us buy toys, either for holidays like Easter or Christmas, or for birthdays, gifts etc. Now purchasing the toys (that you'd buy anyway) through our site gives 25% of the purchase price to PeanutAllergy.Com!
Hope to here from you soon
Stay Safe,
Chris
[email]Chris@PeanutAllergy.Com[/email]

Posted on: Sat, 02/27/1999 - 10:28am
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Chris,
My husband owns a commercial printing company (located in Northern Rhode Island). Can you give me more details of the type of book your putting together, ie. page size, number of pages, quanity. He might be able to help out with this project.

Posted on: Sat, 02/27/1999 - 1:41pm
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Hi Brenda, I hopefully just sent an e mail to you. If you do not receive an email by tomorrow, then please email me. Your email address is not on this post so I am hoping your the one in our address book.
To everyone,
This is one reason it is so important for everyone to make sure they fill out the forms completly and for everyone to make sure we have all your contact information. If anyone has any doubts that we do not have all your contact information such as your address, phone numbers etc. please fill out a form
[url="http://www.peanutallergy.com/formpage.htm"]http://www.peanutallergy.com/formpage.htm[/url]
or email us with the information. We also like to hear about you and your allergy.
You can also send us pictures if you would like. Here is a link to our address [url="http://www.peanutallergy.com/aboutus.htm"]www.peanutallergy.com/aboutus.htm[/url] . What does everyone think about having a web page on the site where we could all have pictures and a little bit about ourselves so we can all see who is in our community. Some people have suggested this and I would like some feedback about it.
E mail me with your thoughts.
Thanks
Talk to you soon!
Stay Safe,
Chris
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[This message has been edited by Chris PeanutAllergy Com (edited February 27, 1999).]
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Posted on: Mon, 03/01/1999 - 10:04am
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Hi everyone ~
I am in the process of compiling several surveys from our 4-5 year old preschoolers at my son's class. The idea is for it to be for kids 4-8 year old written by kids. I think this will help educate kids as well as the adults. It's amazing how better the little ones are at remembering my son's allergy! They remind their moms and dads!
Anyhow, I have posed this question to them:
"How Can We Keep Johnny Safe".
and I've asked them to write a sentence and draw a simple picture. If someone wants to compile these sentences and pictures to pull a book together, let me know who I can mail it to.
Hope we can get this off and running. Nicole [img]http://client.ibboards.com/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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