? Media and marketing campaigns by Caitlin Hamilton Marketing, including national media outreach to trades, newspapers and glossies, and targeted radio (Publishers Weekly, ForeWord, School Library Journal, Star-Ledger, New Jersey magazine, New York Times, Bookforum, The Nervous Breakdown, NPR, WNYC, O the Oprah Magazine, Glamour) ? Online media campaign, including to general and historical fiction book bloggers (Book Riot, Readerly, Historical Fiction Connection, Reading the Past, Beth Fish Reads) and selected YA bloggers ? Bookstore events in New Jersey. Non-bookstore venues to include book festivals, art museums, reading series. ? Author will participate in book group discussions and Skype sessions ? Off-the-book-page coverage of about the story of the Bianco women and the author?s research ? Outreach to selected websites for artists and/or women artists ? Social media campaign, including GoodReads giveaway ? Author to publish story in The Asbury Park Press (daily paper with circulation of 91,000; Monmouth County and Ocean County, NJ) ? the unknown connection between Margery Williams Bianco and Point Pleasant, NJ where she often summered at Agnes O?Neill?s home and where Eugene O?Neill spent a disastrous winter. ? Author to publish piece related to book in The Two River Times (local weekly paper with circulation of 20,000; Monmouth County, NJ) ? Links to book to be embedded in blogs of members of the Society of Children?s Book Writers and Illustrators (22,000 members). ? Author is a member of MWPA Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance); the organization will print cover art and post blurbs for the book in their newsletter.
Laurel Davis Huber grew up in Rhode Island and Oklahoma. She is a graduate of Smith College. She has worked as a corporate newsletter editor, communications director for a botanical garden, high school English teacher, and senior development officer for both New Canaan Country School and Amherst College. She has studied with the novelist and short-story writer Leslie Pietrzyk (the 2015 Drue Heinz Literature Prize winner for This Angel on My Chest) and has participated in several writing residencies at the Vermont Studio Center. She and her husband split their time between New Jersey and Maine.
2017 IPPY Awards: Best First Book/Fiction, Silver ". . . a masterpiece. . . . Incandescent, pitch-perfect, and destined for greatness." -Library Journal, starred review "The Velveteen Daughter seamlessly weaves fiction into reality, and reality into fiction, quickly merging to become one truth that vividly reveals Bianco's secret heart. This book is not only mesmerizing to read but of great importance, bringing Pamela Bianco as an artist to find her rightful place in the history of art." -Gloria Vanderbilt "...the novel fascinates.... Huber's reliance on primary sources, coupled with her luminous prose, creates an unforgettable sojourn into the lives of early 20th-century artists. ...fast-paced and difficult to put down." -Kirkus Reviews "Huber's richly textured language is a wonder to behold, her prose every bit as luminous, inspired, and wise as either Bianco's or Williams's own work." -ForeWord Reviews "Combining the elegance of literary fiction with realistic period atmosphere and an emotional openness reminiscent of personal memoirs, the prose is entirely immersive, compelling read." -Booklist "The Velveteen Rabbit was a beautifully tender children's story, and after reading this gorgeous novel about the author Margery Williams and her gifted daughter Pamela the children's tale has come to mean much more. Being real hurts terribly. Laurel Davis Huber has taken the true story of mother and daughter and fictionalized it but with precision, following facts so much that she seems to be channeling the entire family. From the beginning pages I was already hooked . . . Add this to your summer reading list!" -Bookstalker " . . . compelling and affecting . . . . has great emotional appeal." -The Literature Quilter "This is a dual fictionalized biography of Margery Williams, author of The Velveteen Rabbit, and her daughter, the artist and child prodigy, Pamela Bianco. . . . a beautifully written, entrancing book. . . . The novel delves deep into the emotional roller coaster of obsession, artistry, love, and familial pressures. Alternating between their two points of view, the novel presents different sides to each of the defining events in their lives. Their love, understanding, and forgiveness make this book shine." -Susan Coventry Blog "With a wonderful touch, Huber makes a lost artist come alive in vibrant yet melancholic colors." -BOOKPAGE.COM "Beautifully written, heartbreakingly captivating and full of literary and artistic magic from the early 20th century, The Velveteen Daughter is sure to appeal to fans of Margery's classic, and to anyone who has struggled to understand their parents or their children." -Shelf Awareness for Readers