Local children’s book author celebrates publication of her second book this year

KATY (Covering Katy)—Local children’s book author Maria Ashworth followed the traditional publishing route when it came to publishing her second book, “My Big Tree.”

Unlike her first book, “Step One, Step Two, Step Three and Four,” which was self-published through Amazon in February, Ashworth worked with a publisher, Clear Fork Publishing, to produce “My Big Tree.” Under a traditional book publishing arrangement, the author submits her manuscript to the publisher, who works with the author to edit, design, publish, and distribute the book.

Ashworth’s partnership with Clear Fork almost didn’t happen, however. To meet with her editor, she drove to Waco—a halfway point between Katy and the Clear Fork Publishing headquarters in Stamford, which is near Abilene in north Texas. They hit it off, and worked together to create the book.

“My Big Tree” is targeted for children up to age 8. Ashworth described the book is a concept picture book that encompasses counting and colors.

“With ‘My Big Tree,’ children will be able to count the animals and be introduced to colors while learning about word repetition, friendship, sharing, animals sounds and community,” she said.

Ashworth said it took eight months to produce. Bailey Beougher, a student at Black Hills State University, illustrated the book.

In addition to being a member of the Katy Kritique Group, Ashworth is a member of the Houston Writers Guild, where she serves as media, promotion, and public relations director. She is also a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

“My Big Tree” sells for $16.48 in hardcover, $10.66 in softcover, and is available on Amazon.com. Ashworth is actively promoting the book with local book signings, including a recent book launch at First Cup Café, 11525 S. Fry, in Fulshear.

To learn about or arrange future book signing appearances, visit Ashworth’s web site at http://www.mariaashworth.com.

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