Maria Dismondy, a native from Michigan, is a children’s book author who writes about bullying, teasing and friendships and how children can deal with problems they encounter. Maria Dismondy Inc. was created in 2008 after she had two children’s books published.
“Spaghetti in A Hot Dog Bun” was published in August 2008. Based loosely off of Dismondy’s personal childhood experiences, the book encourages children to, “Be who they are and not pretend.” The book has sold almost 40,000 copies to date. Dismondy collaborated with Bob Sornson in 2010 to publish another book entitled “The Juice Box Bully”. Her most recent project is a book about bullying between friends. “Pink Tiara Cookies for Three” will be released in early 2013.
Not only does Dismondy write books for children, she also travels to Michigan schools to speak about the topics of reading, writing and bullying. Within a two-month time span, she spoke to 10,000 children in area schools.
In addition to writing and speaking, Dismondy is a stay-at-home mom. She cares for her daughter while taking online photography classes. Spending time with her daughter is important, so together they read close to 12 books a day. She works on her writing during naptime and before her family is awake in the morning.
Dismondy encourages other mom entrepreneurs to, “Go for the gold (and) follow your dreams and fulfill your passions.” She markets her business through social media via Facebook and Twitter. She participates in book tours, both virtually and locally, and networks through groups she is already a part of. “There is a lot of power in word of mouth!” stated Dismondy regarding marketing through local organizations.