The decision to write and illustrate a children’s book can be challenging from the moment you start, but that’s when you rely on your inspiration and dedication to show you the way! Pulling all of the elements together into a story that’s fun to read with colorful and imaginative illustrations that if you’re lucky, leaves the reader wanting more can be incredibly rewarding … until you’re confronted with your next task, marketing your children’s book!
The successful marketing for There’s A Crazy Dog Under the Palace! (and other titles in the series) comes about from good old-fashioned person-to-person contact with newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, presenting samples and a brief description of the storyline. Each and every time the reaction has been so positive that it results in interviews and reviews!
Originally inspired by an Italian limerick taught to young school children and set in Palermo, Sicily, it’s only natural that my children’s books are translated into Italian as well as the English version!
After an interview on WCRS Community radio in Columbus then an interivew with Mindy Drayer on the Weekend Morning Show, the Italian-American press jumped on the bandwagon and writer-illustrator David Cuccia and his first children’s book were the subject of media attention from Chicago (Fra Noi) to New Jersey/New York (the Italian Journal) to Toronto, Canada (Corriere Canadese)! Blogs featured articles about his inspirational stories that tout friendship, second chances and just being yourself, from North Carolina (Finding Our Italian Roots) to London, England (with author J.R.Barker).
And that’s not all … kids as far away as Kyoto, Japan and Chios, Greece are discovering the message in these books of discovery and enjoying the exploits of Jasmine the black lab, Topo the smart little mouse, and Roxanne, the Prince’s “official dog!”