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The Organized Writer Is A Selling Writer

The Organized Writer!

· Do you know what your writing goals are?
· Do you know where to find ideas and how to use them?
· Do you want to use your writing time more wisely?
· Do you wonder if contests are worth the investment?
· Does being an organized writer mean the perfectly arranged office?

The Organized Marketer!

· How can you use the internet to market?
· How can you juggle writing time with time for marketing?
· Is it possible to sell your articles more than once?
· What should you do when youve waited months to hear from an editor?

THE ORGANIZED WRITER IS A SELLING WRITER will give you tips, challenges, encouragement and motivation.

Purchase directly from me, Kathryn Lay. Contact me for information on volume discounts for writer’s organizations and clubs and for me to speak to your group:

$14.95 for the Trade Paperback (shipped anywhere in the United States)

$22.00 for the Trade Paperback (shipped elsewhere in the world)

$9.95 for a PDF ebook attachment


If you desire to have a more organized office, then “The Organized Writer is a Selling Writer” is for you. Although only 110 pages, it is packed with information, tips, and articles written by Mrs. Lay, based on her many years’ experience as a freelancer. All writers can use her suggestions “as is”, or they can be modified to fit an existing organizational system. If you’re just setting up an office, start implementing her ideas to get started on the right foot.

Every topic a writer might need is covered–goal setting, time management, follow-ups, marketing, reprints. There is even information for those who enjoy entering contests. Some of her ideas are what she started out with at the beginning of her writing career. They’d been tweaked, but as she learned that “simple is better” she reverted back to the original ones.

If you unclutter your mind and office by using the ideas in her book, you’ll have more creative energy, more writing time, and you’ll probably sell more because of your marketing strategies.

This is a book that will not stay on your bookshelf. You’ll refer to it again and again as you either start a new system or modify and add to one already in place. Buy a copy for yourself. Then bless each member of your writing group with a copy. They’ll be glad you did.

Joyce Heiser, Inspirational Writer and Co-founder, Lighthouse Christian Writers, Wisconsin

I picked up The Organized Writer this morning while I was waiting for my computer to warm up. Two hours later I had a crick in the back of my neck from sitting in the same position, highlighter in hand, pouring over your book. Needless to say, I loved it. Thank you!! I’m a pretty organized person, but I still learned a lot of great ideas. I think the most important was to designate a Market Day so marketing doesn’t interfere with “writing.” Things are always trying to interfere with the actual writing part of writing, so it helps to have the tools to avoid or alleviate those interferences. Thanks again for a great book.

Tricia M

Your book is the best thing that I have ever read for a writer, bar none. I haven’t had it out of my hands one day since I got it. I’m implementing a lot of things. I keep asking God to let me sell and soon. Your book is the start of the answer to that prayer! Thank you soooo much.


The Organized Writer is a Selling Writer belongs in a trophy case all by itself with all the other awards around it, bowing to it. that is the best book I’ve ever read on writing. If you have to buy only one book this year on writing, make it this one!

Crown Me – Holiday House

In November 2008, our presidential elections will take place. Just in time for this event, read about how a 5th grade boy and girl learn about leadership and teamwork in my humorous novel.

Crown Me! , for ages 8-12.  Justin has always wanted to be a leader.  He envisions himself as President of the United States–but he’ll have to start with the fifth grade class of Payton Middle School.  He’s helped along by a new project in Mr. Bailey’s history class, where one boy and one girl are appointed king and queen for two weeks.  The other students are their subjects who must obey or be punished.  There are jesters and knights to be chosen.  A dungeon to be built.  Chaos erupts as Justin and his followers interrupts the PTA meeting.  And a bicycle joust decides whether Justin will keep his crown, or lose it to the bully of fifth grade, Badger Crabtree.  Look out world, here comes King Justin!

ISBN: 0823418456

CROWN ME! Book Club Questions for Summer Reading programs.

Study Guide for CROWN ME!

Honors for CROWN ME! —

  • Winner of the 2005/2006 Texas State Reading Association’s Golden Spur award for Intermediate Books
  • Named to the 2006/2007 Texas Bluebonnet Award Reading List
  • Trophy award winner for Best Juvenile Book of 2004, Oklahoma Writer’s Federation
  • 2006 Hawaii Nene Award Suggested Reading List
  • 2005 New York Charlotte Award Suggested Reading List
  • Accelerated Reading List
  • 2005 School and Library Summer Reading Lists
  • Missouri State Teacher’s Association 2005/2006 Reading Circle booklist


“Justin Davies is determined to be the next president of the fifth-grade student council. Inspired by a study of the French Revolution, his history teacher appoints a king and queen of Payton Middle School, based on essays the students were asked to write. Justin and equally competitive Andrea are the winners. Told to select a knight, he picks nerdy Willie rather than choosing between his two best friends. Carlos and Lester are both furious and humiliate him at every opporunity, while the remaining clasemates resent King Justin and Queen Andrea’s abuses of power. The more the monarchs try to set themselves up to win votes for the upcoming election, the more they learn that being a ruler can alienate friends and make enemies. With Willie’s sound political strategies, Justin realizes that making wild promises is harming his cause and, instead, comes up with a realistic plan that will benefit the school. By working with his classmates rather than against them, he learns a lesson in teamwork and leadership. CROWN ME is funny, with on-the-mark dialogue and characterizations. It’s also a telling look at what happens when power is misused. — School Library Journal

From Booklist
…kids will enjoy the high comedy that Lay packs into her first novel, which is well timed to follow this year’s election hullabaloo. Jennifer Mattson
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In her first novel, local author Kathryn Lay mixes slapstick humor with some good observations about the privileges and pitfalls of leadership. On the surface, it’s an amusing story where the chracters engage in zany,over-the-top antics… On a more substantial level, however, Lay’s book shows how Justin hurts his friends and loses their trust through a series of selfish decisions and broken promises…Justin must figure out how to win the class election by finding real solutions to school problems, rather than just trying to impress his classmates with empty talk
Review by Fort Worth librarian, Claire Abraham for the September 13, 2005 Star Telegram.

by Jason McDonald
Dancing Word Reviewer

Title: Crown Me!
Author: Kathryn Lay
Publisher: Holiday House
ISBN: 0-8234-1845-6
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Fifth-grader Justin Davies dreams of becoming the President of the United States someday. But right now, hell have to settle for running for class president. He has no idea that one little class project will change his life . . . forever.

Justin, and one of his worst enemies, Andrea Carey, are appointed to be the king and queen of the Payton fifth-grade class for two weeks. However, Justin, Andrea, and the rest of the fifth grade, are about to learn that royalty can be a royal pain in the neck.

Justin also has to choose a knight to protect him. The problem is, he has TWO best friends. In his nervous state, he accidentally calls Willie Fisher, nicknamed whiney Willie, to be his knight. His buddies are furious.

To make matters worse, the school bully, Badger, wants to grind Justin into a hamburger. And Andrea is running for class president. Can Justins life get any worse?

This book is a modern medieval adventure with a touch of humor, a dab of misadventure, and a cherry on top. I liked watching Justin get himself into predicament after predicament. I would definitelyy recommend this book to anyone 9 and above. Great job Mrs. Lay!

From Chapter 1

Equal Rights for Boys, Too
Future Politicians Rule #1 — Never get caught.

There is a time in every kid’s life when he has to stand up for something important. This was my time. If I was going to be president of the United States someday, I had to start at the bottom. And for me, the bottom was Payton Intermediate School.
I had set my first political goal at Payton. A goal that every kid in school would thank me for. They just didn’t know it yet. I, Justin Davies, was going to be the next president of the fifth-grade student council. We were the Payton Penguins, and I planned to be the head penguin.
I had lots of ideas to gain their votes, and I was about to put my first plan into action.

You can order this book at now, with this link:: Crown Me!

Do you want to be King or Queen of the school? Click here to find out how Kathryn Lay can come to your school.


Nonfiction Picture Books (Senses, animals, science)

ABDO Books/Magic Wagon, Fall 2012

Do you rely on your sense of smell to find your next meal? Do you need to see 360 degrees without moving your head to see the food behind your body? Do you use 22 sensitive tentacles to discover food? Humans use their senses every day, but they don’t rely on them to hunt prey like the animal kingdom! Discover the interesting ways animals use their senses of sight, smell, hearing, tasting, touching, and extreme senses to find their next meal in the beautifully illustrated, easy-to-read Sensing Their Prey series.

An eye-catching, informative series featuring detailed illustrations to grab young readers’ attention! * Age-appropriate Art * Reinforced Library Binding Glossary * Fun Facts. Looking Glass Library is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO Group. Grades PreK-4.


Tasting Their Prey: Animals With An Amazing Sense of Taste

Can you taste food with your elbows and shoulders and belly button? Many predators have strong senses that help them find food. Some animals use taste to find their prey. Discover the interesting ways animals use their sense of taste to find their next meal in the beautifully illustrated, easy-to-read Tasting Their Prey.

Smelling Their Prey: Animals With an Amazing Sense of Smell

If one friend was on the other side of the cafeteria with a hot dog and another friend on a different side with a plate of spaghetti, could you find them with your eyes closed by only sniffing? Many predators have strong senses that help them find food. Some animals use their noses to find their prey. Discover the interesting ways animals use their sense of smell to find their next meal in the beautifully illustrated, easy-to-read Smelling Their Prey.

Touching Their Prey: Animals With an Amazing Sense of Touch

Can you use the hairs on your arm to feel the vibrations of the things around you? Many predators have strong senses that help them find food. Some animals use touch to find their prey. Discover the interesting ways animals use their sense of touch to find their next meal in the beautifully illustrated, easy-to-read Touching Their Prey.

Hearing Their Prey: Animals With an Amazing Sense of Hearing

Can you find your lunch deep down in your backpack by hearing it? Many predators have strong senses that help them find food. Some animals use their ears to find their prey. Discover the interesting ways animals use their sense of hearing to find their next meal in the beautifully illustrated, easy-to-read Hearing Their Prey.

Seeing Their Prey: Animals With An Amazing Sense of Sight

Could you see your favorite restaurant from the other side of town? Many predators have strong senses that help them find food. Some animals use their eyes to find their prey. Discover the interesting ways animals use their sense of sight to find their next meal in the beautifully illustrated, easy-to-read Seeing Their Prey.

Hunting Their Prey: Animals With Unusual Senses For Hunting Their Prey

If you yell in the kitchen when its dark, do you feel sound bouncing off the refrigerator? Many predators have strong senses that help them find food. Some animals use special ways to find their prey. Discover the interesting ways animals use extreme senses to find their next meal in the beautifully illustrated, easy-to-read Extreme Senses.

Wendy Weather Warriors

Wendys Weather Warriors, from Calico Chapter Books, a division of Magic Wagon, ABDO Book Publishers. Each fiction story includes weather facts and experiments at the back of the book.

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Book 1: Tornado Trouble

Wendy Peters is wild about weather! She loves experimenting with it, learning about it, and teaching others about all kinds of weather patterns. Wendy’s family has just moved to Circleville, Texas, and she’s excited to learn that her new teacher and classmates Jessica and Dennis are as weather mad as she is! When Wendy, Jessica, and Dennis discover Circleville Elementary doesn’t have a safety plan for tornadoes, they set a plan in motion to change that—just in time, too! Can Wendy’s Weather plan keep everyone safe when a tornado hits?

Book 2: Look Out for Lightning!

After the tornado in Circleville, Wendy and her friends Jessica and Dennis formed a club and named it “Wendy’s Weather Warriors.” Their first order of business is to inform their classmates and Principal Stuard about the dangers of lightning. But, the whole school is distracted by the soccer championship between the Circleville Cougars and the Diamond Ducks. The day of the big match finally arrives and Wendy is the only one paying attention to the cumulonimbus clouds warning of a storm! Can Wendy’s Weather Warriors get Mrs. Stuard to postpone the game before it’s too late?

Book 3: Sno-vember

Just before Thanksgiving, Mr. Andrews announces there will be a snowman-building contest on the first snow day of the year. Wendy, Jessica, Dennis, and their class wonder when snow will come. They decide to record the temperature and cloud formations to track when the best chance of a snow day will be. When the snow comes, it isn’t enough to make snowmen, but the Weather Warriors have a better idea—one that will also help out the local homeless shelter. Can the Weather Warriors convince the entire school to go along with their plan?

Book 4: Hail to the King

It’s time for the Circleville Elementary Spring Carnival! The teachers have nominated five male teachers for king and five female teachers for queen and now the kids get to vote for the winner. When Mr. Andrews announces he’s taken a new job and will be leaving, Wendy’s Weather Watchers take a break from weather and put a plan in motion to make Mr. Andrews king and show him how much they want him to stay. But a sudden hailstorm ruins the carnival and their plan! Can Wendy, Jessica, Dennis, and Austin save the carnival?

Book 5: Attack of the Giant Flood

It has been a long, dry spring in Circleville, and Wendy worries that when rain finally arrives there will be dangerous flash floods. But the Weather Warriors have more important things to think about—like the unveiling of the new middle school they will attend next year! Just as the ribbon is cut, the sky lets loose and it finally begins to rain. On the way home, Wendy’s flash flood knowledge stops the vice principal from driving into danger. Can Wendy’s Weather Warriors save another driver that wasn’t as lucky?

Book 6: Hurricane Harry

Summer is almost over for Wendy’s Weather Warriors, and they’ve had so much fun Wendy forgot all about the essay contest she’d entered at the end of the school year. Just two weeks before school, Wendy received a letter telling her she won! Now she gets to take the Weather Warriors and Mr. Andrews to Galveston, Texas, to read her essay about the big 1900 hurricane in Galveston. As they are enjoying their trip, a tropical storm turns into Hurricane Harry! Can the Warrior’s save the day for a dog in trouble?