Posted by: Kathy Temean | December 10, 2017

Book Giveaway – The Mystery of the Missing Chocolate Chips

Congratulations to Marie Pfeifer on her first picture book – THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING CHOCOLATE CHIPS launched November 156th. Marie has agreed to give one book away. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you did to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you. Check back to discover the winner.


Four friends who love hot fudge sundaes topped with chocolate chips at their favorite ice cream store, The Creamery, discover that the chocolate chips have gone missing. Despite warnings not to do any detective work, they plot and plan to find out who has been taking them. What a surprise when they discover who the culprit is!


The Mystery of the Missing Chocolate Chips and I have had a very lengthy, sometimes erratic journey to self-publication. When I felt that I had a workable script I began searching the Internet for self-publishers to move my project forward. The cost of some publishers was staggering, while others didn’t offer enough of what I needed, so I chose Mascot Publishers. It was still an expensive project. Mascot is a publishing house in between print-on-demand and traditional publishing, offering all the services of a traditional publisher except that you pay for them. I signed a contract on April 12, 2015 with a book release date of October 31, 2015.

We got off to a really good start. Max Higgins was the project manager/editor who suggested very few but pertinent changes. We adhered strictly to the project deadlines. Then she moved on to another job as we entered the illustration phase of the book.

When I signed the contract Mascot sent fifty wonderful illustration samples to me. Somehow, all of these illustrators became unavailable. So, I was left to choose an illustrator from a less impressive pool. The new project manager functioned mainly as a clerk who forwarded sketches to me and referred my comments back to the illustrator, without ever looking at them to see if the changes were actually made or whether the illustrations were synced up to the text.

Often, the illustrations and the text did not line up. Also, the consistency of the size and appearance of the characters was lacking and the characters size was not in perspective to each other. As the illustrator would fix one problem she would either create another problem or revert back to a previous problem. This went on forever frustrating every effort to correct the issues. Eventually, that project manager “moved on” I was told, slowing progress again. The salesman that I initially worked with “moved on” as well. Eight months wasted!

The problems persisted. At one point Mascot told me I would have to start paying an additional $50 and hour for any further changes. When I angrily pointed out to the project manager and salesman that no one seems to be reviewing the changes to insure that before they are sent to me the detailed comments that I made had actually happened, and the problem was with the illustrator’s work, the additional cost threat went away. But it still was a very frustrating process. It took an additional six months to straighten it all out.

Finally, after the graphics department put their touch on the book it turned into a lovely children’s picture book! It presents very nicely now and went to print in hard cover just before Labor Day, but I know I won’t go this route again. The official release date was November 15th. The book is available on,, Barnes and Noble, and Books-A-Million.

I am now in the marketing phase and have had success at getting reading and signing engagements. The book has been very well received by five to nine year olds. I am available for school readings and library and bookstore story time.


Marie Pfeifer writes feature stories, covers community and civic events for regional newspapers and news media websites, including the Morris County Daily Record and the website.

She is the co-writer, and one of the narrators in a documentary, “The White Man on a Bicycle.” A story of a handyman who was successful in raising funds and seeking the help of medical professionals in Western Africa, to provide medical care to the devastated people of Sierra Leone, after the ten-year “Blood Diamond” civil war ended.

Thank you Marie for sharing your book, it’s journey, and the chance for one lucky person to win a copy of THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING CHOCOLATE CHIPS. Here to the link to Marie’s website:

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Thanks for the giveaway!


  2. Thanks for the story of your road to publication. Certainly not a smooth one, congratulations on seeing it through. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    I’ve tweeted a link to this post:
    I’ve also pinned an image on Pinterest:
    Thanks again, have a great day everyone!


  3. Thank you for sharing your experience. I am in the process of illustrating my own story. It is my first book, so I am interested in how things work out for others. Congratulations!


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