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A Tale of Tails - Where the tails begin!
by Kimberly D. Goodyear   

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Publisher:  The Sydneykate Press/Black Cat Creations Type: 


Copyright:  2006 ISBN-13:  9780615142272

IMAGINE you're the only pet in the house... You have a loving family, all the attention a cat could want and what's more, you don't have to share that attention with ANYONE. Such as life,things don't always stay the same! As the beloved cat of the Goodacre household, Jack feels like king of the hill until new neighbors move in with some fresh competition! After a bit of jealous rivalry, Jack finds a friend in the new feline that he didn't know he needed. That is, until he discovers his friend isn’t who he seems to be, and it changes everyone’s lives forever! This story touches on sibling rivalry, family, friendship, the first crush and the twists and turns of life's unexpected events. Find out what happens in this endearing CAT TALE!

A Tale of Tails - Where the tails begin!
The Sydneykate Press

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Falls author to donate proceeds from book to schools, Humane Society
Falls author to donate proceeds from book to schools, Humane Society
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Comments December 21, 2006
by April Helms

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Refurbishing antiques. Creating floral arrangements. Learning Web design. Kimberly Goodyear, a 1988 graduate of Cuyahoga Falls, has done all of the above.

But her first love? Writing.

"It all came very easily for me, and I would often be compelled to find pen and paper, sometimes in the middle of the night, to document my ideas before they escaped me," stated Goodyear on her Web site. "It was like opening the flood gates, and that's when I realized I had something."

Goodyear has penned three books, all aimed at children.

Two of the books, "Me, the flea" and "Me, the tree" are targeted at beginning readers.

In "Me, the flea," Flea thinks his ideal home is with Cat, only Cat doesn't feel the same. After several failed attempts at trying to win his "ideal" home, Flea's friend opens his mind to a world of new possibilities that are just as good, if not better! Will Flea stay on course, or will he take his friend's advice?

"Me, the tree" features color illustrations and simple rhyming sentences, Goodyear said.

A portion of the proceeds from both books will go to the Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education, designated for the Cuyahoga Falls elementary school libraries; Richardson, Silver Lake, Lincoln, Price, Preston and Dewitt. She also donated copies of the books to all six elementary school libraries.

"A Tale of Tails" is the first book, aimed at older children, Goodyear said. As the beloved cat of the Goodacre household, Jack feels like king of the hill, until new neighbors move in with some fresh competition. After a bit of jealous rivalry, Jack finds a friend in the new feline that he didn't know he needed. That is, until he discovers his friend isn't who he seems to be, and it changes everyone's lives forever. Proceeds from this book will go to the Humane Society of Greater Akron.

"Right now I'm mainly looking to help sustain the animals care and residency and am looking into areas of where I can be an assistance," she said. "There are eight more books to follow in the Cat Tales Collections; that are well under way, which will also have a portion of proceeds be donated."

Currently, Kimberly works as a columnist for The Smart Girlz Guide online Magazine ( based out of California, writing articles on decorating, culinary, beauty, and crafting articles, as well as an ongoing column for children about bullying. Kimberly is also a contributor writer for Cleveland University's magazine, The Vindicator.

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New author, Kimberly Goodyear on being published.
New author, Kimberly Goodyear on being published.
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Comments December 13, 2006
Local author publishes childrens books,

& provides helpful information for starving writers!

by Rumor Hall

Cuyahoga Falls A local writer emerges with not one, but three childrens books in time for the holidays! Kimberly D. Goodyear, a 1988 graduate of Cuyahoga Falls High school and longtime resident of Cuyahoga Falls, turns her dreams into reality and professes that it isnt out of reach for anyone!

I have always wanted to write a book, Kim says, but like all new writers, I had no idea of how to attempt the publishing process. For weeks at a time I would comb through the libraries and research countless avenues on the internet, only to find the same information time and again. Submitting to a literary agent or paying out the nose for an a la carte vanity press, was supposedly, the only way to go. There was quite a bit of helpful information out there, like how to make your proposal, and how to appeal to the right agent, but the information given sounded stringent and uninviting; an unappealing approach for someone who is going to supplement their paycheck! Kim laughs. I felt the prognoses on my success looked bleak to say the least, but I knew I had laid out some good material and thats what ultimately drove me to look in other directions. Its kind of like when youre first starting out and youre broke. You will find the cleverest of ways to ration meals, and get what you need. Its all about being flexible and creative.

Like many hopeful writers, Kimberly joined countless literary forums and message boards to gain insight on this writers epidemic, only to find they were littered with lost hopefuls and people who had been scammed.

I wondered how anyone got published in this world full of books, with guidelines being as stringent as they are. Some people on these message boards had success stories, but the majorities was clearly fed up with their letters of rejection, and spend all their spare time forming alliances to provide tips, and support for each other, instead of promoting themselves. Kim says. I feel like this is a good outlet for writers to have access to, but there has to be some point where you think, Well, this isnt doing me any good, and move on. Instead, people are living their lives on these boards, complaining about how tough they have it. We all have it bad at one time or another. I say, go in another direction if you run into a wall! It isnt easy, but you have to keep finding ways to re-invent yourself.

So why is it so hard to get an agent? Unfortunately, the harsh reality to the writers epidemic is true. Although literary agents scatter this Country and others like seeds, most writers are lucky to get their foot in the door without the ever imperative name dropping to add to a flattering list of credentials. Theres no doubt that bulking up your portfolio with pro-bono articles and short stories could make you look better in the eyes of someone who matters, but as with anything else in this world, the competition is staggering. In fact, its widely known that with the hundreds of thousands of manuscripts being submitted to any given agent on a daily basis, even the most legitimate agents in this country are fortunate to find publishers for even a handful of them, annually! This wreaks havoc on the big picture, for a writer!

Ive turned in my share of submissions that took hours to format to perfection, only to receive my gratuitous rejection letters or no responses at all. I felt I was running out of options and wasting my time to a group of people who would either have their secretary evaluate my work or get to my manuscript sometime next year, only to reject it! I knew I wasnt alone in this notion, and refused to give up. After rooting around, I discovered that my daughters teacher was having an old friend of his that now worked in sales for Random House Publishing, coming in to read an excerpt from the new book at the time called, Small Steps, by author Louis Sachar. Upon hearing this news, I immediately contacted my daughters teacher and asked him to have her call me, and she did! Her name is Stella Galatis, and instead of using her name to better myself, I will share with you what this insightful woman shared with me. Firstly, she told me a true story about Christopher Paolini who wrote the book, Eragon, which has recently been made into a movie. Paolini began writing Eragon at age fifteen and self published it to retain financial and creative control over the book. He then found a local grocery store that agreed to carry his book in their small literary section among the Hot Rod magazines, and Harlequin novels. By chance, a man from Knopf publishing was shopping there with his son, and steered him towards the humble corner of books, telling him to pick a book or hed have no summer. (Apparently his son didnt like to read.) And as luck would have it, his son chose, Eragon. Random House was the second publisher that contacted Paolini, and there is no question as to how it progressed from there. This story is what gave me the inspiration to ultimately finding, a free self publishing site where all you need to do is follow simple instructions to format your work into a professional result. Ms. Galatis message was to just get it out there. Whether one finds a publishing house to re-publish your work is all based on luck (agent or not) and your work is doing nobody a bit of good collecting dust. Kim says with a grin. After your work is published, you will need to do the advertising yourself, as you would per most publishers, but lulu will help you do that, too, as well as providing you with a storefront to display your work. I encourage every writer to get off the shelf and put their futures back into their own hands.

And so there is it is. No longer do the future upcoming writers of America need to save their dance cards. By self publishing your work, you can take control of your own future, and give it the look that you want. As in the words of Louis Sachar about a character in Small Steps, The happy ending for the character is not just hoping to get the girl and live the celebrity life, but taking his small steps and making a life of his own. ~

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Reader Reviews for "A Tale of Tails - Where the tails begin!"

Reviewed by d. k 11/29/2007
This sounds like a book that I would surely enjoy. I'm a cat lover and although there are two pets in the home I suppose being different speicies makes each one pretty special. I'll be keeping an eye out for this book in the near future.


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