Welcome to Celebrating Author…

Why “Celebrating Author”?

Author of The Snake Fence, More Than an Average Guy, and Broken Blade

When my first book, More Than an Average Guy, was published, my mother was so excited that she made me a name tag that said, “Janet Kastner, Celebrated Author.” I was excited, too, but I did think that “Celebrated Author” was a bit of an overstatement. So I wore the name tag and announced that it really should say “Celebrating Author.”Now my second book, The Snake Fence, has been published, and I’m celebrating again. Publishing and publicizing have changed a great deal in the intervening years. Chel Avery, my editor at Quaker Bridge Media, (Ooooh, let me just say that again: my editor! Yes!  I’m celebrating!) Anyway, Chel gave me a reading list of ways authors can publicize their work, and I have entered a brave new world of domains and widgets, tabs and search engines, webpages and blogs. Meanwhile, I’m working on the next book, Broken Blade, which is still in the research/rough draft stage, but coming along. So the My Books page will have information about each of these three books, and my blogs will be about the process of research, writing, and rewriting. I’ll include pictures where appropriate, and I hope  my readers will respond with comments of their own.



8 Responses to Home

  1. Janet McLaughlin

    Congratulations, Janet! I didn’t know that the Quaker publishing company officially contracted you. How wonderful. So happy for you!


  2. Congratulations, Janet! I feel lucky that I had a sneak preview of this book a few years ago, and the story has stayed with me since then. I’m thrilled that it has found a home. All best wishes, and can’t wait to see the published version!
    Liza Ketchum

  3. Chel Avery

    I am so enthusiastic about this book. The main character and his family are members of my own meeting (Goshen Meeting in Chester County, PA). I really hope that sometime when you are in the area, we can have a multigenerational discussion with the author of this book! Even though its written for young readers, I think Quaker adults will enjoy it and find much to discuss. Hooray!

  4. Hi Janet,
    I’d love to swap books and Amazon reviews with you. SACKETS HARBOR POWDER MONKEY – THE WAR OF 1812 for THE SNAKE FENCE. We’re both writing about American History for middle readers so it sounds like a good trade. Here’s my trailer link:
    I’m working diligently to see 50 reviews posted on Amazon for this book. They come hard, but I have 46 at last. Tit for tat, I have posted 66 reviews on Amazon for others. I look forward to hearing from you.

  5. Jiuyu Xiang

    Congratulations ,Janet.I am sure I enjoy the book as well as the plot .
    Thanks for your providing us readers with the spiritual food.

  6. Hi Janet,

    Thanks for sharing your website. I feel like being friends with you for a long time! My Mom is just like your mom. She’s excited with everything I accomplish, big or small. I say “hurray!” for your new book. Looking forward to read and review it soon.


  7. Congratulations, you Celebrating Author, You!
    This is wonderful, Janet, and the book sounds intriguing–I love the title!
    Blessings to you on your exciting writing journey.

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