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By the end of the month, The Wondrous Wandering Acrobats Show Returns: The Strangely Unique will be available to purchase through Amazon!

Showcasing some of the more interesting and unique sides of the circus, The Wondrous Wandering Acrobats Show Returns: The Strangely Unique is a great way to teach love, respect, and acceptance for those who are different than ourselves.

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The Wondrous Wandering Acrobats Show Returns is the second picture book of a circus series that literally dusts-off 100-year old circus posters and gives new breath to the artwork that was created so long ago for a new generation.

Anders Roseberg again masters rhyme by inserting the real names of the performers, their performances or phrases right from the circus advertisements into the text of the story. The Wondrous Wandering Acrobats Show Returns: The Strangely Unique is a must own!



BOSMedalWinner2018 - CopyThe results just came in. Anders Roseberg won “Best of State 2018” in Arts and Entertainment for Children’s Books.

About Best of State:

The Best of State Awards were created to recognize outstanding individuals, organizations and businesses in Utah. By recognizing excellence in our community and sharing examples of success and triumph in so many worthy endeavors, we hope all will be inspired to reach a little higher, to try a little harder, and to work a little smarter for our dreams and goals.


Just wanted to toss out a sneak peak of my latest picture book, Tweedledee and Tweedledum.  If you are an Alice in Wonderland fan, you will not want to miss the chance of owning this beautifully illustrated book by Alex Preyzner and written by me, Anders Roseberg.

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It’s nice to get a 5-star review after winning silver place in Literary Classics Awards for The Wondrous Wandering Acrobats Show.  Here is what Readers’ Favorite said:

The Wondrous Wandering Acrobats Show: A Collection of Vintage Circus Posters by Anders Roseberg is a short book about circus acts from around the world, not just here in the United States. It’s filled with poems that cleverly describe individual and unique performances, and at the end is a note from the author providing some history of the circus. I grew up knowing about the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus, which began 147 years ago. I even attended a circus performance around 2009, and it was splendid. Unfortunately that circus is now defunct, bringing a chapter of our country’s history to a close. However, the good news is that books like these can help reignite the imagination of children, allowing them to visualize what the circus used to be like, what acts were actually performed, and by whom.

The book’s pictures are taken from actual posters of the past, helping to connect the young reader with history. They are colorful, nicely detailed, and the poetic format of the text helps keep the reader turning the pages, wondering which act will come next. What interests me is all the acts I never did see—most of them in this book, in fact. My experience was with a packed audience and a seat I sat in for the entire show. This book goes back many years to describe the acts that most would never get to see, even if this circus was still in business today. The Wondrous Wandering Acrobats Show: A Collection of Vintage Circus Posters by Anders Roseberg takes the young reader through a wonder-filled adventure of the past and is sure to please many young readers. Highly recommended.

To see the review in its entirety, click HERE.

In between a long waiting game of query writing, agent seeking, and publisher hunting. So in between, I’ve started my sequel to The Wondrous Wandering Acrobats Show called, The Wondrous Wandering Acrobats Show Returns. However, this time they return with The Strangely UniqueThe Strangely Unique will contain many of the circus poster images of what I wanted to share in the first book, but felt I couldn’t, due to the content and a touchy subject matter.  The first book I played safe as I didn’t want anyone to have an excuse not to buy it.  Due to elephants and tourism in Thailand, I edited out a man riding an elephant, and instead, would allow animal characters to be portrayed in the book, as long as they didn’t seemed forced in the illustration.  I edited out a clown riding a pig and tugging on the ear.  I cleaned up every poster and even restored one that was missing half of the image.  In a nutshell,  I spent a great ordeal editing the circus posters to appease every walk of life.

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For the sequel, I’m bringing in The Strangely Unique, and hope to teach acceptance and understanding of the individuals that participated in “The Freak Shows.” Granted, they were for most of the time – willing participants.  Unfortunately, men saw The Strangely Unique as cash  making machines, and at times,  some were taken advantage of.  Millie and Christine (The Two-Headed Nightingale), were conjoined twins featured in the sequel. They were born into slavery, sold, kidnapped, and then later returned to their family and in a much better situation.  The Dog-Faced Boy, a character in The Strangely Unique, was making $500 dollars a week in 1895 according to some sources.  That wage is even good by today’s standards!

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The sequel will offer the same witty rhymes that incorporate character names, presentations or lines from the circus advertisements directly in the heart of the story.  It’ will also have eye-popping illustrations and a ton of fun! I plan on releasing The Wondrous Wandering Acrobats Show Returns: The Strangely Unique as a POD through Ingram Spark tentatively in June of 2019, but I’m hopeful it may be earlier!


To see the entire article, please visit Literary Classics website.


In the book, The Wondrous Wandering Acrobats Show, author Anders Roseberg has compiled a collection of colorful circus posters.  These vintage illustrations were all created over one hundred years ago and the resulting compilation is a sheer joy to behold.  But the crowning glory of this expressive children’s picture book is the clever and witty rhymes which serve as a narrative for each page of this captivating book.  Children will be enraptured by page after page of fanciful illustrations which are both entertaining and wonderfully nostalgic.  Recommended for home and school libraries, The Wondrous Wandering Acrobats Show is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

20018 Literary Classics Book Award Finallists Announced

Release Date: November 1, 2018

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Literary Classics Announces Youth Media Book Award Finalists


Rapid City, SD – Tradition continues with the arrival of one of the most anticipated moments in the world of children’s and young adult literature. The 2018 Literary Classics Book Award Finalists and Top Honors Book Awards Finalists have been announced. Selected from submissions by entrants around the globe, these distinguished honorees are recognized for their contributions to the craft of writing, illustrating, and publishing exceptional literature for a youth audience. In this highly competitive industry these books represent the foremost in literature in their respective categories.

The competition this year was tremendous, and we congratulate all of the finalists for their outstanding and inspiring work. Final awards, categories and levels will be announced on November 15, 2018. All Silver, Gold and Top Honors award recipients will be invited to attend a writers’ conference, awards ceremony, formal gala, and authors’ book signing to be held in conjunction with the Great American Book Festival, May 10, 11 & 12, 2019 in downtown Rapid City, South Dakota.

The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize this year’s titles in literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics award selection committee.


Anders Roseberg    The Wondrous Wandering Acrobats Show   Anders Roseberg

Jennifer Ann Aquino   The International Family Guide to US University Admissions   Wiley & Sons

Arlo Guthrie     Monsters   Rising Son International, Ltd.

Andrea Torrey Balsara     The Great & the Small   Common Deer Press

Marlo Berliner     The Ghost Chronicles 2   Self-published

Bon Blossman   The Noxhelm Murders   Create Space

Terry Braddock   The Stump – Abridged Version   Terry L. Braddock

  1. A. Brittain   Judah’s Scepter and the Sacred Stone   First Edition Design Publishing

Caytlyn Brooke   Wired    BHC Press

Tiffany Brooks   Reality Gold   Dunemere Books

Elizabeth Doyle  Junior Lifeguards Series   Dunemere Books

Cheryl Carpinello   Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend  Beyond Today Educator

Theresa Cones   Tales From a Crowded Pet Room  Covenant Books

DJ Corchin,   Illustrated by Tyler Hawx   Half-Cat The phazelFOZ Company, LLC

Susan Count,  Illustrated by  Elena Shved   Selah’s Painted Dream   Hastings Creations Group

C F Crawford,  Illustrated by  L H Crawford  Tales of Mr. Snuggywhiskers: The Summer Tales  Lauco Press

Crystal Chatterton  Awesome Science Experiments for Kids  Rockridge Press

Mrs. D. Olga D’Agostino  The Trees Have Hearts  MrsDBooks LLC

D.E. Partridge     The Claimed   Kindle Direct

Philip Derrick   Facing the Dragon  Sunnyslope Press

Laurel Downing Bill   Aunt Phil’s Trunk Bringing Alaska’s History Alive Aunt Phil’s Trunk LLC

Martha Driscoll, co-author,  Ann Driscoll   Sammy the Seahorse   Driscoll Publishing

Murray Eiland Jr   The Raid on Troy   CreateSpace

Sabrina Fedel   Leaving Kent State   Harvard Square Editions

Mackenzie Flohr     The Rite of Wands   BHC Press

Gregory A. Fournier   The Richard Streicher   Jr. Murder Wheatmark Inc.

Claire Fullerton   Mourning Dove   Firefly Southern Fiction

Laurie Germaine   Tinsel in a Tangle   Clean Reads

Cliff Graham   Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus   Bethany House

Stacie Haas   Freedom for Me: A Chinese Yankee   5050 Press

Thaddeus Hackworth    Bedtime for Buzzy   Downtown and Brown Ventures

Krysten Hager   Landry in Like   Clean Reads

Anne Hamilton   Merlin’s Wood: The Battle of the Trees 1   Armour Books

Jane Alvey Harris   Riven   Jane Alvey Harris

Jane Alvey Harris   Secret Keeper   Jane Alvey Harris

Ginger Heller   The Kid Who Beat Wall Street and Saved Africa   Create Space

Melanie Hooyenga  The Trail Rules  CreateSpace

C.M. Huddleston   Greg’s Third Adventure in Time   ITP Press

Lauren Hudson Cathy Teets  The Deception  Headline Books

Kathleen Jacobs   Please Close It!  Headline Books

Jenna Elizabeth Johnson  The Legend of Oescienne Series   Create Space

Joseph Ruder  Daydreaming Danny and the Green Dragon   Create Space

Kena Sosa   Kindertransport-A Child’s Journey   4RV Publishing LLC

Mia Kerick   My Crunchy Life   Harmony Ink Press

Lori Kline Debra Winegarten   Almost a Minyan   Sociosights Press

DG Lamb David Lamb   The Deepest Cut   Calyse Publishing

Sheri Larsen   Marked Beauty   Ellysian Press

Nelda Lateef   Animal Village   Sub-Saharan Publishers

Wendy Leighton-Porter  The Shadow of the Tudor Rose  (Book 9, Shadows from the Past series) Mauve Square Publishing

Adam Leitman Bailey  Home   Building Foundations Publishing Company

Jacqui Letran Jacqui Letran   Unleash Your Inner Super Powers  A Healed Mind

Daniel Liut Daniel Liut   Reality, The Struggle for Sternessence   BQB Publishing Company

Regan W. H. Macaulay  Tamara Turtle’s Life So Far   Mirror Publishing

P.H.C. Marchesi   Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Alterax Buttons  CreateSpace

Matthew Mayo  Stranded: A Story of Frontier Survival  Five Star Publishing

Sarah McGuire Tracy Adams  Valiant   Carolrhoda Books

Joyce McPherson   The Pandora Device   Candleford Press

Cat Michaels,  Illustrated by Irene Jahns Sweet T and the Turtle Team 2101 Ink

Daniel Molyneux   Judas Son of Simon  Moriah Books

Daniela Norris  Recognitions  Roundfire Books

Lisa Anne Novelline   Piccadilly and the Jolly Raindrops  Lisa Anne Novelline

Tempeste O’Riley   Blood’s Song   Encompass Ink, Teen

Wolfgang Parker   Crime Cats: The Deadly Scarab   Rogue Agent Publishing

Linda Petrie Bunch   A Birth Day for Hannah  Book Club Productions

Catherine Rademacher Gibson, co-author Mary Gibson Sprague Glorious Fourth of July  S.D. Historical Society Press

AJ Reilly  The Askren Boys  Waldorf Publishing

Marc Remus  The Golden Maple Tree (Book 2, Magora series)   Misty Moon Books

Marc Remus Marc Remus  The Language Thieves  Misty Moon Books/ Marc Remus

Bill Richardson,  Illustrated by Roxanna Bikadoroff  The Alphabet Thief  Groundwood Books

D.A. Roach Deborah Roach   Cross   daroachfiction

Diane Mae Robinson  The Dragon Grammar Book   Diane Mae Robinson Ink

Sandra Rostirolla  Cecilia  Pinkus Books

Lynn Salsi, co-author Joe Campbell, Illustrated by Ashley Teets  Hurricane: Jamar’s Story   Headline Books

Jonathan Schork, co-author Wayne Hoeft, Illust. by Jonathan Schork  More Tales from the Enchanted Wood SM~ARC, inc.

Jeremy Shapiro,  Illustrated by Marydeaton Heldman    Hugo and Nora  Ingramspark

Shanalee Sharboneau, Illustrated by Israel Dilean My Daddy Loves Me / My Mommy Loves Me Mascot Books

Carolyn Sloan,  Illustrated by James Williamson  Welcome to the Symphony  Workman Publishing Company

Eric Stevens  His Guide in the Night  Eric Stevens

Anne Sweazy-Kulju  Grog Wars, Dos  Louise Ann Kulju

Tayyaba Syed,  Illustrated by Melani Putri    The Blessed Bananas  Prolance Publishing

Brad Tarlem  The Mordenham Acres  Olympia Publishers

Cynthia Toney   The Other Side of Freedom  Write Integrity Press

Chuck Vance  Sneaking Out  Dunemere Books

Jarrett Whitlow, co-author Jarrett Whitlow What if Dinosaurs Were Pink?  Warren Publishing

Vivian Zabel  Where Did Panther Go?  4RV Publishing


Final award levels & categories will be announced November 15, 2018

The Eighth Annual Literary Classics Book Awards will be presented in May, 2019 in conjunction with the Great American Book Festival in the City of Presidents.

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It’s really hard for self-published authors to get out there. Hopefully by winning an award, you are able to get your name out, show you are dedicated, and call yourself an award-winning author. We have to toot our horns where we can and when we can, right?  That means any award won. Yes, I’m going to toot my horn.


Anders Roseberg won “Best of State 2017 – Children’s Book.”


The Best of State Awards were created to recognize outstanding individuals, organizations and businesses in Utah. By recognizing excellence in our community and sharing examples of success and triumph in so many worthy endeavors, we hope all will be inspired to reach a little higher, to try a little harder, and to work a little smarter for our dreams and goals.


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The Best Ways to Get Your Self-Published Book in Your Local Library

So, you’ve written a cool book. You want to get it out in the hands of your genre. If you’re like me, you’re thinking about how you can get it in your local library, right? As all library systems are different, I’m not totally sure, but small-towners may have a much easier time getting their self-published book into their local library than us city folk.  I’ve heard of self-published authors walking right into their small town library and just asking. Easy enough.  In Utah, there is a huge county library system and lots of red tape to get through in order to get my book on the shelf.  Libraries get bombarded with submission requests. Although I don’t claim to have all the answers, this is what I was told from our local county library system:

Reviews from industry sources will improve the ability of selectors to fully evaluate your book. Review sources for independently published materials include:

Small Press Reviews:

Apparently not accepting submissions at this time. Fine.

Kirkus Indie Book Reviews :

Pay to get reviewed? Kirkus Indie Book Reviews is wanting 350 dollars for a review. Not sure I can afford that!

Independent Publisher:

There submission guidelines are pretty straight forward.  It does sound like they probably choose winners of the IPPY Awards (their awards) or from indie submissions. Cool.

How We Choose Books for Review

IndependentPublisher.com publishes original reviews of noteworthy new titles, chosen by our editorial staff from review submissions and entries into our six awards contests. We also feature books in articles and round-ups throughout the year. We review these books to bring increased recognition to the thousands of great — and often overlooked — independently published titles released each year. This is also why we launched our first book awards contest, the Independent Publisher Book Awards, in 1996.

Winning a book award and getting a good review published are two of the best marketing tools available to the independent publisher today. To be considered for a review, send your book to the address below. If your title is chosen, a member of the editorial staff will contact you with a link to the completed review.

IP, 1129 Woodmere Ave, Suite B, Traverse City MI 49686

Independently published books entered into our awards contests will also be considered for review. See here for more details about each awards program.

Midwest Review:

There guidelines are also pretty straight forward. If you are submitting ebooks, pre-publication manuscripts, galleys, uncorrected proofs, ARCs, or pdf files, expect to pay 50 bucks.  From what I can tell, it’s free to send them a hard copy of your book.

To submit a print book for review, we require the following:

  1. Two copies of the published book.
  2. A cover letter.
  3. A publicity or press release. This (or the cover letter) must include either a physical address or an email address to send the review to.

Send to:

James A. Cox
Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive
Oregon, WI 53575


Booklife has a couple of options I believe. You first need to create an account. From there, you can send ebooks or hard copies.  They have a completely free option for a possible review, and if I’m not mistaken, a paid option for a guaranteed review.

In Closing

I was only told about these particular industry review sources.  I can’t say if a review anywhere else would help or not. Don’t let it discourage you from trying!

Remember, even after getting your book reviewed from one of the above industry reviewers, it won’t guarantee you a spot in the library system. It only gives you an “improved chance.”  Make sure your book is available to buy at a book store or somewhere because if you do get a spot in the library, they’ll need to know how they can pick up a copy of your beautiful work.

In the case of children’s books, make sure the copy of your book is going to hold up to the abuse of thousands of tiny hands. Most picture books I check-out are hardbound for this very reason!  “Only materials that are sturdily bound, preferably sewn or glued (without spiral or comb bindings) will be considered. Books with pages designed to be filled in or torn out by the reader will not be purchased.”

In closing, I hope this helps you get your book into your local library!  You can offer some free readings too!  Good luck and keep writing!