Brain Burps About Books: Children's Book Publishing, Book Marketing Podcast

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #213

A Pinterest Rockstar Shares Her Secrets

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This Week's Guest is Kim Vij!

Kim Vij is a Pinterest Consultant, Educator, Blogger, Freelance Writer and Speaker. Using The Educators' Spin On It, she has created award winning boards on Pinterest with over 1.6 Million followers by focusing pins on Education and Parenting. She’s successfully partnered with leading children’s educational bloggers and brands to create powerful Pinterest boards for early childhood education. In the past three years she has discovered how to reach out to parents to encourage them to become their child’s first teacher by blogging and pinning resources and tips onto her Pinterest Boards. As a mom of 3, Kim enjoys sharing simple ways to make every day moments into learning opportunities.

Kim and I talk about

• What to name your author board. (Hint: Use Pinterest Name-author)
• How to pick a niche topic.
• How create a character building board.
• Naming your boards.
• What to use for board descriptions and how tabs connect.
• The educational aspects of Pinterest.
• How often should you change your board covers?
• Promoted pins – paying for pins to be promoted.
Picmonkey.com and Canva.com
• What is the maximum size image you can use?
• How to pin to secret boards and release later.
• Should you use Tailwind or Viraltag or Ahalogy?
• Can you change the name of your board?
• How to embed your boards on your site.
• The steps to a perfect pin.
• What should be in your pin description? Answer: Title for the blog post, plus one more sentence, about 100 characters total.
• What are the Pinterest don’ts?

Note to my podcast listeners

When I was listening to Fresh Air on NPR I thought, "Hey! I could do that, but with children's publishing as my focus!" That's how Brain Burps About Books got started. Writing is so solitary. I thought it would be a great way to get to talk to my friends and make new ones, plus I could help others learn. Maybe I'd learn some stuff myself, too. I've had the privilege of talking to the first three National Ambassadors for Young People's Literature, to librarians and New York Time's bestselling authors. I've interviewed to booksellers and publishers, writers, illustrators, app creators, and app distributors, and more! There is always something new on the horizon to learn and to share. So many listeners have asked how to support the show, and actually, now you can. I've installed a donate button to help defray the costs of producing the show. What do you learn or get out of Brain Burps every week? If it's worth donating a dollar, two dollars, five, or whatever you think the show is worth to you, it would help enormously. The show costs $20 a month to keep on the server, and that's only if there are four shorter episodes in a month. That number doesn't include other costs like my time to research and record, post, edit the intros and outros, web hosting, and equipment and software to do all this. I ended up loving podcasting. I love my listeners. My "Burpers!" This is my gig, I know. and like I said, it's an incredible experience for me. But if you've you've been helped, or just love it too, and you're able, here's your opportunity to help defray the costs. No matter what, thank you for being a Burper! http://katiedavis.com/donate

 


Brain Burps About Books Podcast #212

Why SkippyjonJones Almost Skipped the Show

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Contributors
  • Julie Hedlund helps us express gratitude.
Marketing Question of the Week
  • What should my platform look like? How do I do it without being pushy or tacky?
This Week's Guest is Judy Schachner!

Described by the New York Times as “…something like the James Joyce for the elementary school – set…”, Judy Schachner is the #1 NY Times Best Selling Author/Illustrator of over 23 books for children including Bits & Pieces, the Skippyjon Jones series, Yo Vikings, The Grannyman and Willy and May. She has won many awards including the first E. B. White Read Aloud Award.

Judy and I talk about
  • If SkippyJon Jones a kitten or a dog?
  • Should you use your “normal reading voice” or use accents when reading out loud?
  • the 10 year anniversary for SkippyJon Jones!
  • Judy’s creative process and tips on how you can help your own
  • Judy’s next big project
  • How you can become a picture book writer
Direct download: Why_SkippyJon_Jones_Almost_Skipped_the_Show.mp3
Category:The Craft of Writing -- posted at: 8:00 AM

Why Peter Lerangis Was On Air Force One

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Brain Burps About Books Podcast #210

My #1 Marketing Tool That's Helped Me Sell More Books

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Contributors
This Week's Guest is YOU!

I recently did a survey asking you what questions you have about marketing your books. There were over 500 responses and today I will answer one question I think is most representative of what you want to know: What is the #1 tool that helped your sell more books?

 

Note to my podcast listeners

When I was listening to Fresh Air on NPR I thought, "Hey! I could do that, but with children's publishing as my focus!" That's how Brain Burps About Books got started. Writing is so solitary. I thought it would be a great way to get to talk to my friends and make new ones, plus I could help others learn. Maybe I'd learn some stuff myself, too. I've had the privilege of talking to the first three National Ambassadors for Young People's Literature, to librarians and New York Time's bestselling authors. I've interviewed to booksellers and publishers, writers, illustrators, app creators, and app distributors, and more! There is always something new on the horizon to learn and to share. So many listeners have asked how to support the show, and actually, now you can. I've installed a donate button to help defray the costs of producing the show. What do you learn or get out of Brain Burps every week? If it's worth donating a dollar, two dollars, five, or whatever you think the show is worth to you, it would help enormously. The show costs $20 a month to keep on the server, and that's only if there are four shorter episodes in a month. That number doesn't include other costs like my time to research and record, post, edit the intros and outros, web hosting, and equipment and software to do all this. I ended up loving podcasting. I love my listeners. My "Burpers!" This is my gig, I know. and like I said, it's an incredible experience for me. But if you've you've been helped, or just love it too, and you're able, here's your opportunity to help defray the costs. No matter what, thank you for being a Burper! http://katiedavis.com/donate

 


Brain Burps About Books Podcast #209

Holiday Replay: How Do You Win an Award, Find a Literary Agent, and Get a Book Published? Get Rejected First!

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This Week's Guest is Illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Debbie and I talk about
  • the process for a first time illustrator.
  • us looking at stuff on the video (she made the image below while we watched!).
  • the word my mom considered a curse word when I was little.
  • art notes Debbie received.
  • how she did wordless spreads.
Note to my podcast listeners

When I was listening to Fresh Air on NPR I thought, "Hey! I could do that, but with children's publishing as my focus!" That's how Brain Burps About Books got started. Writing is so solitary. I thought it would be a great way to get to talk to my friends and make new ones, plus I could help others learn. Maybe I'd learn some stuff myself, too. I've had the privilege of talking to the first three National Ambassadors for Young People's Literature, to librarians and New York Time's bestselling authors. I've interviewed to booksellers and publishers, writers, illustrators, app creators, and app distributors, and more! There is always something new on the horizon to learn and to share. So many listeners have asked how to support the show, and actually, now you can. I've installed a donate button to help defray the costs of producing the show. What do you learn or get out of Brain Burps every week? If it's worth donating a dollar, two dollars, five, or whatever you think the show is worth to you, it would help enormously. The show costs $20 a month to keep on the server, and that's only if there are four shorter episodes in a month. That number doesn't include other costs like my time to research and record, post, edit the intros and outros, web hosting, and equipment and software to do all this. I ended up loving podcasting. I love my listeners. My "Burpers!" This is my gig, I know. and like I said, it's an incredible experience for me. But if you've you've been helped, or just love it too, and you're able, here's your opportunity to help defray the costs. No matter what, thank you for being a Burper! http://katiedavis.com/donate

Sometimes I'll tell you about something that has impressed the heck out of me. If you decide to purchase what I've recommended, you don not pay any more but I'll get a referral fee. But I will only use a referral (or affiliate) link if it has earned my trust.


Brain Burps About Books Podcast #208

Holiday Replay: How to Promote Your Book

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  • Have I helped you this year? Did I say something on the podcast, or in a course, or in an email that you've been able to use? I would love to hear about it! Send me an email at support@katiedavis.com and let me know.
This week authors share their fails, successes, and ideas, so listen up!
  • Uma Krishnaswami direct from India!
  • Chris Cheng talks about python massages
  • Loreen Leedy talks about promoting and making money at the same time here
  • Darcy Pattison talks about creating book trailers with help from this site
  • Editor Deborah Halverson reveals her big fail that happened with her own book
  • Julie Hedlund stumbled upon a great way to pre-promote for the time she gets published
  • Elizabeth O. Dulemba talks about how she's gotten over 3 million hits on her site in the last 2 years
  • Dan Santat talks about his unique and indy-supporting win-win-win idea
  • Elizabeth Stevens' gets published authors to tell about their big failures and fakes me out in the interview!
  • Christine Fonseca talks about her greatest...you'll have to listen to hear!
 
Direct download: Holiday_Replay_How_To_Promote.mp3
Category:Books and Video Marketing -- posted at: 11:39 PM

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #207

Our 101 Favorite Children's Books of the Year Part 2

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  • Getting excited and prepped for the next session of Business for Writers 101: Crank It Up with Katie. Get it now for the early bird price of $97.
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This Week's Guests are

Matthew Winner of The Busy Librarian and the Let's Get Busy Podcast with Cynthia Alaniz of Librarian in Cute Shoes & Contributor at the Nerdy Book Club.

Matthew, Cynthia, and I talk about
  • Their favorite books of 2014.
  • the next 51 books on the list including our number 1 picks!
  • All books are in alphabetical order so we can spread the book love.
  • Getting a downloadable PDF of the books HERE for you to take to your local independent bookseller and get your favorites!
Note to my podcast listeners

When I was listening to Fresh Air on NPR I thought, "Hey! I could do that, but with children's publishing as my focus!" That's how Brain Burps About Books got started. Writing is so solitary. I thought it would be a great way to get to talk to my friends and make new ones, plus I could help others learn. Maybe I'd learn some stuff myself, too. I've had the privilege of talking to the first three National Ambassadors for Young People's Literature, to librarians and New York Time's bestselling authors. I've interviewed to booksellers and publishers, writers, illustrators, app creators, and app distributors, and more! There is always something new on the horizon to learn and to share. So many listeners have asked how to support the show, and actually, now you can. I've installed a donate button to help defray the costs of producing the show. What do you learn or get out of Brain Burps every week? If it's worth donating a dollar, two dollars, five, or whatever you think the show is worth to you, it would help enormously. The show costs $20 a month to keep on the server, and that's only if there are four shorter episodes in a month. That number doesn't include other costs like my time to research and record, post, edit the intros and outros, web hosting, and equipment and software to do all this. I ended up loving podcasting. I love my listeners. My "Burpers!" This is my gig, I know. and like I said, it's an incredible experience for me. But if you've you've been helped, or just love it too, and you're able, here's your opportunity to help defray the costs. No matter what, thank you for being a Burper!


Our 101 Favorite Children's Books of the Year Part 1

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Announcements
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  • Getting excited and prepped for the next session of Business for Writers 101: Crank It Up with Katie. Get it now for the early bird price of $97.
  • Now through Dec 6, get Video Idiot Boot Camp for $25 off and I'll donate half of every tuition that comes in to Pencils of Promise. Not only that, but the value of your contribution will be doubled because Pat Flynn will match everything up to $25,000! Use code pencils25 when you check out to get your discount!
  • FREE webinar where I'll teach you how you can use video to explode your writing career, on Dec 6th at noon. Sign up here. http://www.katiedavis.com/pencils
This Week's Guests are

Matthew Winner of The Busy Librarian and the Let's Get Busy Podcast with Cynthia Alaniz of Librarian in Cute Shoes & Contributor at the Nerdy Book Club.

Matthew, Cynthia, and I talk about
  • Our favorite books of 2014.
  • 50 books this week and 51 books (including our #1 picks!) next week.
  • All books are in alphabetical order so we can spread the book love.
  • Getting a downloadable PDF of the books HERE for you to take to your local independent bookseller and get your favorites!
  • Go to coursesforwriters.com/video and sign up

Use the code pencils25 when you check out to get your discount!    

Download a PDF list of all these books here: Top 101 Children Books 2014 - The First 50

Note to my podcast listeners

When I was listening to Fresh Air on NPR I thought, "Hey! I could do that, but with children's publishing as my focus!" That's how Brain Burps About Books got started. Writing is so solitary. I thought it would be a great way to get to talk to my friends and make new ones, plus I could help others learn. Maybe I'd learn some stuff myself, too. I've had the privilege of talking to the first three National Ambassadors for Young People's Literature, to librarians and New York Time's bestselling authors. I've interviewed to booksellers and publishers, writers, illustrators, app creators, and app distributors, and more! There is always something new on the horizon to learn and to share. So many listeners have asked how to support the show, and actually, now you can. I've installed a donate button to help defray the costs of producing the show. What do you learn or get out of Brain Burps every week? If it's worth donating a dollar, two dollars, five, or whatever you think the show is worth to you, it would help enormously. The show costs $20 a month to keep on the server, and that's only if there are four shorter episodes in a month. That number doesn't include other costs like my time to research and record, post, edit the intros and outros, web hosting, and equipment and software to do all this. I ended up loving podcasting. I love my listeners. My "Burpers!" This is my gig, I know. and like I said, it's an incredible experience for me. But if you've you've been helped, or just love it too, and you're able, here's your opportunity to help defray the costs. No matter what, thank you for being a Burper!


I’m so thankful for my business because it means I’m able to donate to charities close to my heart.

Inspired by Pat Flynn, I decided to donate half of every Video Idiot Boot Camp tuition from Nov 24 through midnight December 6.

Like this: now through Dec 6, I'll make a donation to Pencils of Promise for half of every Video Idiot Boot Camp tuition. You'll get $25 off the course, and not only that, but the value of your contribution will be doubled because Pat Flynn, a friend I'm so very grateful for, will match everything up to $25,000!

Use the code pencils25 when you check out to get your discount!

I’ll have a free webinar to teach you how you can use video to explode your writing career, on Dec 6th at noon. Sign up here or copy and paste: http://www.katiedavis.com/pencils.

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On Black Friday it’ll only be $85 for four weeks! That comes down to $21.25 for an hour of me teaching you and Cyber Monday will go up if you miss it, and then the Early Bird price will be more than that.

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Guest – Matthew winner

Contributor – Julie Hedlund Gets All Grateful on Your A**

What we talked about:

  • The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak
  • Grammar wrinkles on our brains – culturally acceptabilities that change
  • How can writers be helpful to librarians?
  • SEO for podcasts
  • Twitter hashtags for writers #fromasecondgrader etc #tweetanauthor
  • Ways to market for free
  • How to make librarians sure of their school visit investment
  • How to learn to do a school visit
  • Monthly #TLChat
  • Nerdy Book Club
  • #SharpSchu Twitter chat
  • Let's Get Busy podcast

Announcements
  • Thanksgiving next week! I'm grateful for those of you who have donated to the podcast.
  • Getting excited and prepped for the next session of Crank It Up with Katie. There will be an early bird price of $97 but don't join yet. Wait for Cyber Monday when it will be even less. The lowest it will ever be.
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This Week's Guest is... 

... author- illustrator James BurksAfter spending fifteen years working as artist in animation working on such movies as Emperor's New Groove, Atlantis, Treasure Planet, Home on the Range, Space Jam, the Iron Giant and the television shows, Wow Wow Wubbzy, Ni-hao Kai-lan, the Dinosaur Train and most recently on Fan Boy and Chum ChumJames is now writing and illustrating his own children's books including Gabby & GatorBird & Squirrel on Ice, and Bird & Squirrel on the Run

 

James and I talk about

 

  • Tacos!
  • His Bird and Squirrel song.
  • Art of visual storytelling.
  • How James got in the biz.
  • His preferred medium.
  • Tips for illustrators.
  • 3 things James would recommend.
  • The worst thing you could do as a storyteller or an illustrator.
Note to my podcast listeners

When I was listening to Fresh Air on NPR I thought, "Hey! I could do that, but with children's publishing as my focus!" That's how Brain Burps About Books got started. Writing is so solitary. I thought it would be a great way to get to talk to my friends and make new ones, plus I could help others learn. Maybe I'd learn some stuff myself, too. I've had the privilege of talking to the first three National Ambassadors for Young People's Literature, to librarians and New York Time's bestselling authors. I've interviewed to booksellers and publishers, writers, illustrators, app creators, and app distributors, and more! There is always something new on the horizon to learn and to share. So many listeners have asked how to support the show, and actually, now you can. I've installed a donate button to help defray the costs of producing the show. What do you learn or get out of Brain Burps every week? If it's worth donating a dollar, two dollars, five, or whatever you think the show is worth to you, it would help enormously. The show costs $20 a month to keep on the server, and that's only if there are four shorter episodes in a month. That number doesn't include other costs like my time to research and record, post, edit the intros and outros, web hosting, and equipment and software to do all this. I ended up loving podcasting. I love my listeners. My "Burpers!" This is my gig, I know. and like I said, it's an incredible experience for me. But if you've you've been helped, or just love it too, and you're able, here's your opportunity to help defray the costs. No matter what, thank you for being a Burper!