Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Times

Philip Potempa of the Times in Chicago, had this to say about Lost in Oz:

Book it

While at this year's 26th Annual Wizard of Oz Festival, one of the visiting guests I met was a young author from New Hampshire named Joshua Dudley, who is continuing the story traditions started by Frank L. Baum when he originally penned the first of 40 books about the land of Oz way back in 1900.

Dudley, 21, can be proud of his new book, which is also his first book, "Lost in Oz" (May 2007 www.Lulu.com $10.95).

It's not only selling well, it also has a great story, including the author's own experiences and voice as one of the characters.

It's all about four friends who find themselves lost in a mysterious place and all sharing the same goal: to find a way home. (Sound familiar?) Of course ... their only way home is to catch up with a little girl wearing magic shoes. For more information, visit www.lostinozbook.com.

Click here to read the article on nwi.com

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Hardcover Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Deluxe Editions of Lost in Oz hit stores this Halloween!


September 22, 2007 –Recent literary release, Lost in Oz, is getting a fresh start with the release
of a hardcover deluxe edition!

The new edition of the hit novel, that has sold tens of thousands of copies since its release,
will feature more artwork, as requested by young fans.

“At all my appearances the children who have read my book have only one wish,” Joshua Dudley,
author of the novel laughs. “They want more pictures!”

Wish granted! Not only will the book feature more art by original Oz artists W.W. Desnlow
and John R. Neill, but original artwork by the author will also be displayed with pride.

“It’s so exciting to express myself in multiple ways and I happy to share some of my artwork.”

Joshua also states that the deluxe edition has had a few story updates and he feels
that the book is finally perfect in his eyes. After the deluxe edition is released, fans should
keep their eyes peeled in March of 2008 for the highly anticipatated sequel,
“Lost in Oz Rise of the Dark Wizard.”

Lost In Oz is available now at all online retailers including, Barnes and Noble, Target and Borders.

For more information on the book, please visit
www.LostInOzBook.com

MEDIA CONTACTS
Tim King, Manager
Management@JoshuaPatrickDudley.com
Rachel Arnold, Publicist
PR@JoshuaPatrickDudley.com
Joshua Patrick Dudley, Author
Joshua@JoshuaPatrickDUdley.com


Deluxe Edition Details
ISBN: 0615163963 ISBN-13: 978-0-6151-6396-3 Format: Hardcover, 200pp

Paperback Deatails
ISBN: 1430312785 ISBN-13: 9781430312789 Format: Paperback, 155pp

Hardcover Release Date Set

OCTOBER 31, 2007! HALLOWEEN!!

The deluxe hardcover edition of Lost in Oz, featuring more pictures, more info and more fun hits bookstores on Halloween 2007! This is the definitive Lost in Oz!

New Photos Section

Check out the all new PHOTOS section featuring FLICKR slideshows! The slideshows aren't only fun, but load a heck of a lot faster than the previous galleries!

Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Update: Hardcover Cover Art

Indiana Oz Festival Recap


Jean Nelson, founder of the festival and Joshua Dudley

This past weekend I finally attended the 26th Annual Indiana Wizard of Oz Festival in Valparaiso, IN. I had a completely wonderful time.
Thursday we were met at the airport by Carla Sellers and her mother Sandi and two beautiful limousines. Riding in the limos with us was John Henson, who works with Broadway Bears and the Broadway Cares foundations, Jerry Marren the lollipop kid and his wife, Elizabeth and Roger and Charlene Baum.
Roger is the great grandson to L. Frank Baum and also an Oz author. We were all surprised to find out that we had purchased Cairn Terrier puppies from JackiesPups, which is a great distance for both of us to travel. It’s such a small world!
We attended the welcome dinner that night where my manager Tim and I saw some familiar faces from past festivals including, John Fricke and Donna Stewart-Hardway, which is always a pleasure. I was also very pleased to meet Brenda Maynard, the director of the event and the woman responsible for my attendance. Everyone we met, of course, was a pleasure.
Friday morning was probably the most pivotal moment in my entire weekend. Tim and I got to meet our ambassador for the weekend, Janet Korzow. Janet has fought off many challenges in her life and in the short time we spent together, I feel she gave me a new outlook on the world. I was truly blessed to have her this weekend. We also had her husband Nick as an ambassador, he was also a great companion and always ready to help. Tim found solace in Nick as another sports fan and they had many great conversations, while I would chat with Janet about Oz! Two amazing people who will forever be in our hearts.
Friday evening was the Gala and we enjoyed many beautiful moments including a performance by John Fricke. I sat at one of the head tables of the celebrities and was the first to be interviewed. I was terribly nervous as I knew very few people. Luckily John Fricke went easy on me and I was able to answer my question to the best of my knowledge and share a wonderful memory about myself and my grandmother, to whom my first book was dedicated. The night was beautiful and so was the event. Tim and I returned to the hotel, eager to rest and prepare for the next day.
Saturday morning opened a bit chilly and we shivered our way through the parade, twice. Seeing the smiles on all the kids faces made me think about when my parents would take me to parades and I jump into the street after candy. We then moved into the celebrity court, that I shared with the munchkins, John Fricke, John Henson and Michael Sieward, who displayed his beautiful Judy Garland dress collection. The event was a smash and I got to meet some great new fans of the book. Some had already read it and discussed their thoughts with me. It was truly one of the most awarding experiences I’ve had.
Sunday started with the breakfast with the munchkins and we were again interviewed. This time I was asked about the sequel, Lost In Oz Rise of the Dark Wizard, which I decided to be more discreet about and create a feeling of mystery (haha). People who saw the cover artwork for the second book were very impressed which made me feel great. I love writing but I also love creating my own artwork for my books. I’m working with a new illustrator for the second book and I can’t wait to reveal some of his work.
At the end of the festival, I almost shed a tear thinking of all the fun I had, but I was happy to return home. After all, “there’s no place like home.”

--Joshua Patrick Dudley, 2007

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Hardcover Update


The hardcover editions of Lost in Oz that will be released in October 2007 are going to be DELUXE EDITIONS !!

Joshua says that there will be more pictures and updates throughout the book!

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Dark Wizard and the Blood Moon



Here's a promo picture of the Dark Wizard! Enjoy!

New Press Email


All emails directed to our wonderful publicist, Rachel Arnold, should now be sent to PR@JoshuaPatrickDudley.com

There was a glitch in the last email, please update your contact books.

--The Staff of Lost In Oz

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Hardcovers Hit Stores in October 2007


Hardcover editions of Lost In Oz will be available at all online retailers and in most stores in October 2007.

The back cover art got a little makeover for this special release.

Hardcover copies are available now through the official site, www.LostInOzBook.com

Friday, September 07, 2007

Another NEW Wallpaper





The test artwork was posted for this quite a bit ago. Here's the final piece. This wallpaper is available in the downloads section.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

7 Days to Indiana

We leave in exactly one week from today and just wanted to give you an update.

On Thursday, September 13, 2007 Joshua will be at the airport in Manchester, NH. Press is scheduled to arrive at 7:15am and all those that would like to meet Mr. Dudley and have them sign a book, should arrive around 7:00am to form a line.

We look forward to seeing all of you!!

Monday, September 03, 2007

10 Days to Indiana Oz Festival


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Local author, Joshua Patrick Dudley follows the yellow brick road all the way to the biggest “Oz” festival in the World.

September 3, 2007 –Joshua Patrick Dudley, author of recent literary release, Lost in Oz, is elated to find that his appearance at the world’s largest “Oz” festival has been confirmed.

Joshua is scheduled to leave his home state on September 13th, 2007 at approximately 9:00 a.m. from the Manchester Boston Regional Airport where he may, as rumored, have a crew of friends and fans to send him off with good wishes and luck. He will be arriving at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport at approximately 11:00 a.m. where he will travel to Valparaiso Indiana’s 26th Annual Wizard of Oz Festival.

The Valparaiso “Oz” Festival is noted as the world’s largest gathering celebrating all things “Oz.” “The whole team is quite excited for him,” states publicist Rachel Arnold. “The Valparaiso Festival has been a dream of his since I’ve known him. For Joshua to be able to attend the event with his freshman attempt as an author, I know is a tremendous deal for him.”

Joshua will spend his days at the festival very busy starting with a breakfast with the MGM motion picture cast of munchkins, and then heading to parades, autograph signings, and an appearance at the Judy/Oz Exchange.

For more information regarding the Valparaiso Indiana Wizard of Oz Festival please visit www.wizardofozfestival.org

Lost In Oz is available now at all online retailers including, Barnes and Noble and Borders.

For more information on the book, please visit www.LostInOzBook.com


MEDIA CONTACTS
Tim King, Manager
Management@joshuapatrickdudley.com
Rachel Arnold, Publicist
Press@joshuapatrickdudley.com

ISBN: 1430312785 ISBN-13: 9781430312789 Format: Paperback, 155pp

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Indiana Oz Festival

September 14 - 16, 2007
Chesterton, Indiana
www.wizardofozfestival.org
What is the Indiana Wizard of Oz Festival, you ask? Well if you have never been here before, get ready for a surprise! Come experience the Oz magic! We feature the actual actors who played the Munchkins in the 1939 movie classic "The Wizard of Oz"! Yes real Munchkins and Munchkins by Marriage! And if that isn’t exciting enough we have award-winning authors, including Joshua Patrick Dudley, and notable Oz memorabilia collectors. Plus a whole gaggle of costumed characters, which smaller attendees are sure have just stepped down from the movie screen. We have Dorothy and her three best friends. A few witches (a good one and a wicked one) and a wizard. Plus a flock of flying monkeys (well actually one monkette and a monkey in training.) Don’t forget a magical Princess who is partial to Teddy Bears. Puppets and singers and artists, oh my! It isn’t humbug; Come and see for yourself! We encourage you all to come dressed as your favorite Oz character. CONTACT INFO: info@wizardofozfestival.org; 219.983.1691

Daily Ozmapolitan

Lost in Oz has made yet another appearance on the Daily Ozmapolitan news feed!

8/26/07 - Sequel Announced: Lost In Oz: Rise of the Dark Wizard
“There is a rule that says no one dies in the Land of Oz, but rules are made to be broken. It's time for Oz to be reborn.”

Click on the title to visit the Daily Ozmapolitan!

Cover Art PDFs


PDF files of the cover artwork for both books in the Lost In Oz series is now available on the Press and Downloads page!

Introducing... Rachel Arnold


Ladies and gentlemen, please join us in welcoming the newest member of our staff, Rachel Arnold!

Rachel resides in Manchester, New Hampshire and attended high school with Joshua, where they were very close. Both Joshua and Rachel are very excited to be working together.

Ms. Arnold replaced former Publicist, Mindy Fabiano, on Saturday, September 1, 2007 and will soon head up our newest department, Retailing and Distribution.

If you would like to contact Rachel, please e-mail her at:
Press@joshuapatrickdudley.com