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Praise for “From Audience to Zeal” by Laura S. Packer

shows covers of laura packer's new book title from audience to zeal the abcs of finding crafting and telling a great story“In ‘From Audience to Zeal,’ Laura Packer has created a ‘cabinet of curiosities’ that is a remarkable combination of good advice and wonder about the length and breadth of storytelling… time and time again as I read it has set me to thinking about how delicious and right her words are.”
-Loren Niemi, Storyteller

“Whether telling stories for fun or for one’s livelihood, this reference guide will be a useful addition to one’s storytelling library. Beginning storytellers will find that it easily breaks down the nuts and bolts of storytelling from ‘A to Z’. Seasoned storytellers will appreciate Laura’s experiences and anecdotes to hone their own practices.  What I valued most about Laura’s approach is that she provides a blending of storytelling pragmatic, theory and skills while using her own stories and sense of humor to guide the reader along.”
-Aimee DuBois, Storytelling Instructor, Normandale Community College

“Wow! Yes, that’s one of the entries in this amazing book, along with Love and Vulnerability, Tenderness and Truth. Although I am not a professional storyteller and reading a book – even one as good as this – isn’t going to make me one, I can say that I came to have even greater regard for this profession, and for author Laura Packer, a very special storyteller, as well. Like many A-to-Z books, this one is intended to be dipped into as the need arises, but it was equally interesting and informative read in linear fashion. Indeed, the lessons reinforced each other and the writing is engaging and lyrical. This book promises to enlighten and delight, to demonstrate and show, and yes, to cause the reader to say, more than once, ‘Wow!'”
-Susan Dray

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Laura Packer Interview: Author of “From Audience to Zeal” (Part Three)

Interview with Laura Packer

“It was so important to me that…that I neither shield my audience from the depth and rigor of what it is to be a good storyteller nor do I present this in such a way that they feel like it’s never attainable, that they can’t reach it.” -Laura

Author and Storyteller Laura S. Packer is the creator of “From Audience to Zeal: The ABCs of Finding, Crafting, and Telling a Great Story.” Part 3: Laura Packer and Sean Buvala discuss the nature of Laura’s new book, coming at the end of 2018. They talk about the invite a reader needs in order to feel comfortable in the conversation of an author’s book. They discuss the nature of how stories are used for bonding people’s lives together in the midst of a real-life lab(rador) in the office. Woof. Part 3 of 8. Learn more at audiencetozeal.com. Preorder a Kindle version at this link now.

You can listen here to part three. To hear more of this great interview, please check your favorite podcast provider and search for “Storyteller.net Amphitheater.” You can also go directly to our hosting site at http://anchor.fm/amphitheater.

A transcript for Part Three is printed below the “listen” link below. Additional transcripts for other issues will be available soon!

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The Benefits of Journal Writing for Kids

“Should I encourage my kids to keep a journal?”


 In these days of too much screen time, a journal can help your kids find some balance in their communication choices. Journal writing is an incredible activity for kids. It’s especially good for young people that have a hard time expressing things orally or those that are reluctant to write as a “school assignment.” Some of the kids also prefer to remain a bit more private, since they are not comfortable saying their feelings out loud. That may be because they feel that their feelings and thoughts are not that important and they should not be shared openly. A journal comes in this scenario to help them find their creative voice. There are many other benefits of journaling. Here are a few: 

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Give Books as Gifts this Holiday!

cover of you wake up one morning featuring doodles of typical morning items such as a school bus unmade bed shower pancakes cerealGive books as gifts. Use our code “cyberholiday” in the online store at http://smalltoothdog.com/books to save. For the first holiday weekend, this code is worth a 20% saving (!) through November 26th. Percentage changes after that date. Come to get some great books!

showing a collection of book covers from our titles including books for kids, adults and write-in journals. code cyberholiday valid for 20% discount through 26 november 2018

Our Publisher in the IBPA Magazine!

Sean Buvala had a nice article in the trade magazine for the Independent Book Publishers’ Association October edition. In it, he talks about the many ways an author might connect with an audience for books sales and speaking connections.

You can read the article online at this link.

a collage of the article that sean wrote for ibpa.

NEW! Request for Proposals Page!

We’re starting to list our RFP or Calls on their own page. These will be most often for illustrators. Please visit the page at this link now to see our latest requests.
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Learn More: So You Want to Publish Your Book?


We’ve created a workshop to help answer the most basic questions about publishing your nonfiction book for adults or teens. We’re also going to be discussing creating the basic kids’ book. Learn more about this Arizona-based live workshop at this link now.

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Mission Statement.

a drawing of our small tooth dog*We are a small, niche-based publishing company in Arizona.
*We publish books in the arts and creativity for adults and kids.
*We want to build personally-rewarding and profitable relationships with our authors, illustrators, staff and customers.
*We are a diverse, friendly, and welcoming company.
*We want to encourage you to pursue your purpose in life.

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Small Tooth Dog at Tempe Book Festival 2017

So, how much fun did we have at the Tempe Book Festival? Lots and lots. We were proud to introduce #PrincessCortland from the “Apples for the Princess” book, too! Thank you so much to the good team at Tempe Public Library for putting on such a great and diverse event.

princess cortland with sharon gilbert

princess cortland with jill from the library, standing in a hand-held frame with lots of apples on it
Princess Cortland with Jill from the Tempe Public Library.

michelle buvala stands at a table full of books and art
Michelle works at the vendor space at the Tempe Book Festival.

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Story on Saturday Podcast

Our publisher, Sean Buvala, has released a new podcast series. It’s a bit kinder and gentler than his “Inappropriate Folktales” podcast, but still not really designed for the little ones. You can find it a storyonsaturday.com, with links to ways to subscribe at all the normal podcast-y places.

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