Xlibris author Titus Andrew M. Bonifacio may only be 10 years old, but he is every bit primed for big achievements. At such a tender age, he has authored and illustrated a children’s book called Landon the Superhero of the Worlds!. His book does more than showcasing his gift as part of the proceeds of his book sales is allocated to a reading and writing literacy project for underprivileged children in the Philippines.
Xlibris supports this young talent’s advocacy and gives him his well-deserved spot here on the Xlibris Blog.
Destined to become an Xlibris author
Titus showed signs of precociousness, revealed his mom, Jean M. Pioso. At eight months, he tinkered with colored pencils with both hands, while another one was hooked on his ear. He has always been all ears to all kinds of stories that he would even grab books, newspapers, even junk mails and receipts because he wanted to hear what they contain.
He is grateful to his mom who made sure he grew up in an environment conducive to developing his interests. The juvenile author, with the help of his supportive mother, published his book through Xlibris in December 2013.
My Mom is my inspiration. She is always busy, but she is always on top of what she does especially when it comes to me.
Engaging readers to pitch in creative ideas for his Xlibris book
Encouraging his readers to be more creative, Titus illustrated his book in black and white, so that they can color the drawings. He added:
This is a unique book to read. Enjoy the excitement of the story and the vivid illustrations. There are many lessons to learn as well. I hope you enjoy reading Landon’s adventure.
Spreading the word about his Xlibris book
Titus and his mom have been traveling on the weekends to promote his Xlibris book when he’s off from school.
I’ve been to a lot of book tours, book talks, and book signings. My first book tour was in Tucson Arizona for their Annual Tucson Festival of Books, then followed by the L.A Times Festival of Books in Los Angeles, California. I had a very successful signing. It was a great experience because I was the only 10-year-old kid doing signing in my booth. Kids, parents, and even grandparents were lining up to see me and wanted to have a selfie with me, and of course to get a copy of my book. For me, that was the best part. I had a book tour in Boston, Massachusetts for the AARP Spring Conference and Fall Conference in San Diego as well. I did book talks and signings in schools and libraries in California. The most I am excited about is my participation in the International Book Fair in Miami, Florida on November 21 to 23, 2014.
Gaining media attention and literary accolades
This Xlibris literary prodigy is indeed on a roll, gaining recognition and media attention for his Xlibris book.
It’s been so exciting for the past few months. My book has been accepted for display at Joan Irwin Jacobs Library in downtown San Diego. Aside from this, I got an award from the City of San Diego recognizing me as one of the youngest local authors. I got interviewed by newspaper writers and featured on TFC channel in Redwood City, California. I had a lot of fun doing these and spending time with Mom while traveling.
I would like to ask all of you to support me and the story of Landon, and, hopefully my future books to come.
Lastly, from the bottom of my heart, thank you very much for buying and reading my book.