Webinar: Countdown to Launch-Planning Your Fun and Success

Countdown to Launch-Planning Your Fun and Success, was a webinar hosted by the Author Learning Center and presented by author Sheri Fink. The webinar was held, yesterday, November 13, 2019. My first children’s book, “A Birthday Story” was released without a launch. With this in mind I decided to attend the webinar and possibly learn what I should have thought about, in the months prior to March, 2016. My book’s release date.

Tips. I learned that it would have been of benefit, for me to have built anticipation with social media strategies, to have used word of mouth marketing, to have created publicity, and to have gotten reviews for my indie published, diversity book. If I was really on top of it I could have planned a release party.

Author Sheri Fink is on the internet. Just saying ( Whoopi Goldberg might say) you can contact her for more information.

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Member

I recently joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. I figure that as a writer of diversity children’s books, that’s a group in which I should be a member. Notice I used the plural, books, ” writer of diversity children’s books.” I am in the process of publishing my second book. It should be on the market soon. The first book A Birthday Story is still available for purchase.

The Society has a website at They will give you all of the information you need about who they are and membership.

A Birthday Story by Lana Jean Mitchell. A book for all occasions

Beaverdale Books -Store Visit

Beaverdale Books is a local independent bookstore in Des Moines, Iowa. It is one of the distributors for my children’s book, A Birthday Story. I stopped at Beaverdale’s yesterday for a visit, and to look for a couple of books I was considering for my personal library. The bookseller has diverse books, by local, national and international authors, and those that are not in the stores inventory can be ordered. Beaverdale also has writer’s groups, and host author presentations. My hour visit provided calm to my day, and I left refreshed and with a feeling of accomplishment.

February 2019 Activities Update to Mitchellworksweb Blog


Well it’s been a few weeks since I added information to this blog.

Want you to know that I received my Kirkus Review for my indie published diversity children’s book “A Birthday Story.” The review will be helpful, as I continue to sell the book. (Hope purchasing my book is on your list of books to buy.) I’ve also purchased an ad to help with the books promotion.

As you are probably aware, this is Black History Month.

I should say before I continue, that I celebrate black history 24/7 as I believe that to live is to create history (individual, family, community).

I receive and post “” notes almost daily. They report on individuals who are the “First” African-American in their industry or the First to accomplish a feat or achieve a position, etc. Black history 24/7.

For Black History Month I got a request to daily note the personalities, incidents, and struggles that are typically a part of black history, on a daily basis. So, I’ve added that daily activity to my things to do list and have, so far, written notes on George Washington Carver, Elijah McCoy, Sojourner Truth, Richard Harvey Cain, William F. Lee, Joseph Hayne Rainey, Rosa Parks and the Negro Baseball Leagues. Have you heard of the Negro Baseball Leagues?

With my reading, and inbox email answering I’m busy. So, I’m out.


Blog UpDate

Habara Gani and Happy Holidays to all.

Writing Activities Since My Last Post

In addition to marketing my children’s book A Birthday Storyto independent bookstores:

I purchased a Kirkus Review

Attended a Lunch & Learn meeting hosted by the local Downtown Partnership; entitled “Top 5 Things to Know About IP (Intellectual Property)

Submitted essay entitled “New Year’s Black Eye Peas” to Sycamore Review.



Writing Activities

This is how my year has gone so far:

Received a reply from “ThreePenny Review” about my submission “New Year’s Black Eye Peas”. They were not interested in publishing it. I have no idea why not.

Decided that my manuscript for “Eyes Can Talk” is complete.

Computer was down – batteries needed changing. Who knew!!

Sent ebook of “A Birthday Story” to be considered for distribution.

Received thank you note from Downtown Partnership for my work making Des Moines a better place.