Local children’s book author to sign books at Market on Darlington Square
Charlotte K. Berger, Advertising Director for the News and Press and local author, has been writing most of her life. On August 1 and Sept. 5, 2015, Berger will hold a book signing from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Market on Darlington Square for her children’s books entitled, “Doozy the Lonely Firefly”, and her second book, “Snazzy Razzy.”
In March, 2006, she won the Editor’s Choice Award for her poem entitled, “A Survivor’s Longing” from the International Library of Poetry.
“I am looking forward to my scheduled book signings. I am planning a third book signing at Shoney’s in Hartsville in September. (Date will be announced.) All of my children’s books fall under my theme of Doozy and Thoozy Children’s Books. I thank God; He gave me an imagination I can use to make others happy through my love for writing. I have always loved creating stories and poetry, ever since I learned how to hold a pencil. It is one of my favorite hobbies, and I enjoy writing non-fiction as well,” said Berger.
Berger is also working on her upcoming book entitled “My Bluemoon”, which will be an inspirational book about her journey as breast cancer survivor for the past 10 years.
“Doozy the Lonely Firefly”, Berger’s first children’s book, was published in 2006. In March 2009, she pulled her work from that publisher and in 2011, she republished the same book with a new publisher at www.xlibris.com. The book can be purchased there by entering Doozy in the search engine.
“Xlibris has been a great publisher for me so far. It took a lot of research to choose the right publisher for my books, as I didn’t have a great experience with the first one. There are thousands of publishers out there on the Internet and it is a learning process as well as an ongoing effort to make sure you are able to review and follow your royalty and sales status. With Xlibris, I am able to do that so far. It is really important,” said Berger.
Berger will release her second children’s book, “Snazzy Razzy”, in September 2015 and will also hold another book signing on September 5, 2015, which will also be held at the Market on Darlington Square event.
Her books are filled with full-color illustrations by local artists and translators. “In addition to the English version, “Doozy the Lonely Firefly is also translated in Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese and all of these versions were translated by local translators I know. In everything I do, I give God credit. With God, all things are possible and without Him, I could do nothing. I feel the Lord places people in our lives for whatever reason, as God always knows what is best for us more than we do. When I was trying to find my translators and artists for my books, it seems that they just seem to ‘show up’ in my life. What a blessing it is to have great friends and people you grow to love and cherish, not only for what they do for you, but for who they are,” she said.
Berger’s first children’s book has been on the best selling list on Amazon.com and all of the online bookstores as well as in Barnes & Noble in Florence, SC and in bookstores in the UK and other countries. It is also in the Darlington County School System and the Darlington County Public Library System. Berger also does ghostwriting for aspiring “want to be authors” who have a transcript, but are unsure how to go about publishing their work.
“I do ghostwriting for those who may have written a book on paper but have no idea what to do next. I enjoy what I do and also love my career here at the News and Press. Everyday is a learning experience and the people here are the best,” said Berger.
“I appreciate all those who have purchased my books over the years and look forward to seeing my second children’s book published, “Snazzy Razzy”, in September. I am not an expert; however, there’s more to publishing books than just writing them. I have learned a lot over the years about the process of getting a book published and I learned a lot about the publishing process. All of my works are copyrighted and in the process of being trademarked. It is not an overnight process or a ‘get rich’ tactic; but once you submit your copyright form to the U.S. Copyright Office in Washington, DC, then immediately your work is protected. However, that still doesn’t mean that someone won’t try to claim it for this or her own. I am very cautious and monitor all of my books and work. You just gave to go on faith and trust God in all things. I hope to see a lot of little smiling faces on my August 1, 2015 book signing for Doozy the Lonely Firefly. I am not a famous author like some of the other great writers we all know, but I will keep on being “me” and bringing happiness and joy to God’s little angels, the children as long as the Lord allows me,” Berger concluded.
Synopsis of “Doozy The Lonely Firefly” by Charlotte K. Brummett. (Berger):
Doozy the Lonely Firefly is a beautiful little firefly that lives high in the universe with Mr. Moon and all of the stars and planets. Doozy is lonely at times because he doesn’t know why he exists. One sunny day, he travels down to Earth where he meets a gorgeous little girl and new little friend named, Mercedes. She instills in him his true purpose for existing. The moral behind the story is that God created all of us for a purpose, even Fireflies. Bond with your little ones in this enchanting children’s book filled with full-color illustrations. Doozy The Lonely Firefly highlights themes of identity, self-esteem, love, security, and purpose. It is a wonderful resource for parents, teachers, or anyone who is young at heart. To view Charlotte K. Brummett’s (pen name for this book) book and book signing event information and/or to order your very own copy, please visit www.xlibris.com.