Holly Engel-Smothers

Holly Engel-Smothers is a former Parent Educator for the Parents as Teachers early childhood program and continues to work as a consultant for Parents as Teachers, especially for families with twins. Since 1990, she has been an educator specializing in teaching parents and their children up to age seven. She works in a Title I program teaching low-level students and is on her district's Communication Arts Committee and Literacy Team. She has a Master's Degree in Teaching Reading. Holly's writing credits include "The Read and Respond" series, consisting of six curriculum guides based on children's literature, and "The Real World" series-three books for practical applications of reading, math, and science. Holly has had numerous articles published in magazines and is a contributing author to several books.
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Holiday Closing Alert!

Independence Day (July 4th), 2020 

(And a notice about phone calls.) 

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As amazing as it is, this year, for the first time ever,  we're going to be closed for the 4th of July!

That means we're going to be closed, Friday-Monday, July 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2020.

And please, don't forget why we honor Independence Day. 

A notification about phone calls:  due to the COVID-19 plague, we've significantly increased our incoming inquiries--nearly double our usual volume--and the number of incoming inquiries by phone has been literally overwhelming.  Although most writers will say that their call "will only take 15 minutes," the truth is, that after 10 years of doing this, most author inquiry calls take an hour.  45 minutes at best. I'm currently receiving 7-10 calls/day, and due to that, I've had to stop accepting incoming phone calls, which my voicemail will tell you. You can leave a message--I can't call you back without one--and if a call is needed, I will of course call you.  But we have very complete and extensive email replies, handouts and our website is very informative. Almost all the questions that I receive during a call are actually already answered on our site, or are, in fact, publishing questions, not questions about our services, what we do, what we offer, or the like.  I already handle between 90-130 emails/day, as it is. I can't handle that many emails and take 7-10 hours of calls each day. I can't. So, in order to be able to answer this huge email volume, to help the greatest number of people, with my time, I've had to stop accepting calls.  I'm sorry, but that's just how it is. I'm in the process of setting up a call-appointment function, for free 15-minute calls to answer questions from new prospective customers and longer paid sessions for folks who generally want consulting on "publishing," generally (and for prospective kids' book publishers, as a special category of paid consulting).  But that functionality isn't yet set up. I hope to get that working the week of the 5th July, sometime.  

Thank you for your understanding.