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Brain Burps About Books Podcast #239

Idea Generator for Your YA Novel

An Interview with Anne Collier

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  • Not sure how to get started with your marketing? Get Your First 1000 Followers is my new LIVE class coming this Fall for those who want that intro to business for writers. Learn how to use an email list, best practices for social media, taking of advantage of video, and how to monetize your website! Click HERE to check it out.
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  • Check out Craig Valentine at www.craigvalentine.com for six tips for speaking. Invaluable for school visits!
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This week's guest is Anne Collier!

Editor of NetFamilyNews.org and founder and president of Net Family News, Inc., Anne is a writer and youth advocate who has worked in the news media since 1980. With SafeKids.com‘s Larry Magid, she co-founded and, until March 2015, co-directed ConnectSafely.org, a Web-based resource for parents, educators, and everybody interested in the impact of the fixed and mobile social Web on youth and vice versa.

Anne has served on three national task forces on youth and Internet safety, including as co-chair of the Obama administration’s Online Safety & Technology Working Group, which delivered its report to Congress, “Youth Safety on a Living Internet,” in June 2010, and the Harvard Berkman Center’s national Internet Safety Technical Task Force of 2008. Most recently she served on the Aspen Institute Task Force for Learning & the Internet of 2013-’14.

Ann and I talk about

  • How Net Family News can help with ideas for your young adult novel.
  • Kindness Wins by Galit Breen.
  • What does sexting have to do with teen pregnancy?
  • Casel.org.
  • What constitutes cyberbullying?
  • Why she founded www.icanhelpline.org.
  • Follow I Can Help on Twitter: https://twitter.com/icanhelp
  • Hot button issues.
  • How the internet changed education.
  • SEL – Social Emotional Learning.
Direct download: Ann_Collier.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00 AM

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #238

Dave Sanderson: Beyond the Miracle on the Hudson

An Interview with a Hero

Announcements
  • Not sure how to get started with your marketing? Get Your First 1000 Followers is my new LIVE class coming this Fall for those who want that intro to business for writers. Learn how to use an email list, best practices for social media, taking of advantage of video, and how to monetize your website! Click HERE to check it out.
  • Do you enjoy our Brain Burps About Books guests? Do you have questions about their interviews? Come join the Brain Burps About Books Facebook Group and interact with them (the week the episode airs)! Click HERE to join.
  • Last chance to take advantage of the Early Bird offer for Picture Book Summit! Price goes up $100 on August 16th. Click HERE to register for the October 3rd online event with Peter Brown, Andrea Davis Pinkney, and Mac Barnett.
This week's guest is Dave Sanderson!

This week's guest is Dave Sanderson. Dave is an inspirational survivor, speaker and author. His thoughts on leadership have made him a nationally sought-out speaker.

When US Airways Flight 1549, or “The Miracle on the Hudson,” ditched into the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, Dave Sanderson knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be. The last passenger off the back of the plane on that fateful day, he was largely responsible for the well-being and safety of others, risking his own life in frigid water to help other passengers off the plane.

Despite the hazards to himself, Sanderson thought only of helping others, and emerged from the wreckage with a mission: to encourage others to do the right thing. In this stirring presentation, Sanderson shares the story of Flight 1549, revealing the inner strength it took to make it through the day, and how teamwork, leadership, and state management can help overcome any obstacle.

Dave and I talk about

  • Many people who get on a plane are at least a little worried that something will happen. What you need to do, from a survivor?
  • Brace for Impact: Miracle on the Hudson Survivors Share Their Stories of Near Death and Hope for New Life.
  • His first hand account of his experience aboard US Airways Flight 1549, aka the Miracle on the Hudson.
  • What lessons he learned from the Miracle on the Hudson?
  • How do you take a potentially tragic experience and turn it into an opportunity to survive and thrive?
  • What is PTSG? How does it differ from PTSD?
  • The new Miracle on the Hudson documentary produced and directed by Rick Ortiz coming out in January 2016.
  • What are the 12 Pillars of Resourcefulness?
Direct download: Dave_Sanderson__Beyond_the_Miracle_on_the_Hudson.mp3
Category:The Writing Life -- posted at: 7:00 AM

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #237

How Much Do You Edit Out?

An Interview with Author Lisa Schroeder

Announcements
  • Not sure how to get started with your marketing? Get Your First 1000 Followers is my new LIVE class coming this Fall for those who want that intro to business for writers. Learn how to use an email list, best practices for social media, taking of advantage of video, and how to monetize your website! Click HERE to check it out.
  • Do you enjoy our Brain Burps About Books guests? Do you have questions about their interviews? Come join the Brain Burps About Books Facebook Group and interact with them (the week the episode airs)! Click HERE to join.
  • One week left for the Picture Book Summit Early Bird offer! Price goes up on August 16th. Click HERE to register for the October 3rd online event with Peter Brown, Andrea Davis Pinkney, and Mac Barnett.
This week's guest is Lisa Schroeder!

This week's guest is Lisa Schroeder. Lisa Schroeder is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including the YA novels I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME and ALL WE HAVE IS NOW and the middle grade novels IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES and MY SECRET GUIDE TO PARIS. She loves tea and cookies, flowers, family hikes, books and movies that make her laugh and cry, and sunshine. Living in Oregon, she doesn't get nearly enough sunshine, but the hikes are amazing. You can visit her online at www.lisaschroederbooks.com or on twitter at @lisa_schroeder.

Lisa and I talk about

  • How much to edit when you’re asked?
  • Do authors ever feel like they’re “doing it right?”
  • How much Lisa knew before she started writing.
  • The trick to stop worrying and stop feeling guilty!
  • When you should write in verse and when to skip it.
  • ALL WE HAVE IS NOW.
  • Lisa Schroeder on Instagram (she uses the Word swag app)
Direct download: How_Much_Do_You_Edit_Out.mp3
Category:The Craft of Writing -- posted at: 7:00 AM

Listener Mailbag: Part 2

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  • I have a listener Exclusive for you! Get Your First 1000 Followers is my new LIVE class coming this Fall for those who want that intro to business for writers. Grab your spot before July 31st and get $50 off with code PODCAST50. Just for my podcast peeps! Click HERE to check it out.
  • Want to hear your question on a future episode of Brain Burps About Books? Ask your question at www.speakpipe.com/KatieDavis.
  • Do you enjoy our Brain Burps About Books guests? Do you have questions about their interviews? Come join the Brain Burps About Books Facebook Group and interact with them (the week the episode airs)! Click HERE to join.
  • Picture Book Summit is coming October 3rd! Are you writing picture books? If so, this conference can really help you, and you can attend in your PJs: Picture Book Summit is a LIVE one day online picture book writing conference! Featuring such folks as Peter Brown, Mac Barnett, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Laura Backes, Emma Walton Hamilton, Julie Hedlund, and me. It takes place on October 3rd and it’s going to ROCK. No travel hassles!The organizers are Institute of Children's Literature, Children's Book Insider,12x12 Picture Book Challenge, and Just Write For Kids. Also, a portion of all proceeds will go to benefit We Need Diverse Books. Early Bird registration is going on now (hundreds of people have registered and spots are filling fast). Reserve your spot at this online event to hear our fabulous keynote speakers, as listed above (Peter Brown, Andrea Pinkney, and Mac Barnett). Plus, we'll have sessions with agents, editors and more. You can find all the details at www.picturebooksummit.com.
  • This week I'm answering more questions from the good ole' mailbag!

    Tune in to hear the answer to these burning writer questions:

    • What are Twitter lists and what can I use them for?
    • There are SO many things to do – build a website, start an email list, be active on social media. I’m overwhelmed and suffering from “analysis paralysis”. What should I do?
    • If you could do this again from scratch....what is one marketing move you would do again and what one marketing move would you not do again.
    • What is the best way to market your book when you are on a shoestring budget?
    • As someone who doesn't crave the spotlight, I wonder how to get over that dislike of the limelight and peddling my own wares. Are there effective ways for wallflowers to promote their books too?

    Resources mentioned in this episode

Direct download: Listener_Mailbag_Part_2.mp3
Category:Social Media and Children's Publishing -- posted at: 7:17 PM

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #235

Turn Your Kindle Fails Into a Kindle Sale

An interview with Kindle Expert Dave Chesson

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  • Get this listener exclusive! Get Your First 1000 Followers is my new LIVE class coming this Fall for those who want that intro to business for writers. Grab your spot before July 31st and get $50 off with code PODCAST50. Just for my podcast peeps! Click HERE to check it out.
  • Do you enjoy our Brain Burps About Books guests? Do you have questions about their interviews? Come join the Brain Burps About Books Facebook Group and interact with them (the week the episode airs)! Click HERE to join.
This week's guest is Dave Chesson!

This week's guest is Dave Chesson. Dave's a best selling author and lead editor at kindlepreneur.com. He focuses on advanced online marketing tactics for authors and self publishers. While in the Navy, Dave spent his nights working on his other business: book marketing and online marketing.  He started by creating niche websites, and earning advertisement and affiliate commissions.  After spending years practicing and learning Search Engine Optimization (SEO) as more of an obsession than a hobby, he quickly expanded his website arsenal to 27 different sites, all of which are used for different online purposes and endeavors. But it wasn’t until Dave discovered self-publishing on Amazon that he kicked it into the next gear. Between his SEO knowledge & website development experience with Kindle Direct Publishing, Dave will help you turn your Kindle fails into Kindle sales!

Dave and I talk about

  • Why authors hate “keywords."
  • How SEO can work for you.
  • Thinking of Google as the only search engine. (HINT: Don't!)
  • How to find your best keywords.
  • When should you do your keyword research.
  • Dave's in-depth article on finding keywords. Read it HERE.
  • Our one month experiment with How To Promote Your Children's Book.
  • How to dovetail your current ebooks into sales of future books.
  • His awesome widget, below. You can embed it on your own site by doing a search for "Kindle" in plugins in your Wordpress site.
  • Find Dave at http://Kindlepreneur.com.
  • See Dave Keynote at the Traffic Generation All Stars Virtual Summit!
Direct download: Turn_Your_Kindle_Fails_Into_Kindle_Sales.mp3
Category:eBooks -- posted at: 5:00 PM

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #234

Listener Mailbag

Announcements
  • Listener Exclusive! Get Your First 1000 Followers is my new LIVE class coming this Fall. Reserve your spot before July 31st and get $50 off with code PODCAST50. Just for my peeps!
  • Want to hear your question on a future episode of Brain Burps About Books? Ask your question at www.speakpipe.com/KatieDavis.
  • Do you enjoy our Brain Burps About Books guests? Do you have questions for them? Come join the Brain Burps About Books Facebook Group and interact with them! Click HERE to join.
  • Picture Book Summit is coming October 3rd! Early Bird registration is going on now. Reserve your spot at this online event to hear our fabulous keynote speakers, Peter Brown, Andrea Pinkney, and Mac Barnett. Plus, we'll have sessions with agents and editors. You can find all the details at www.picturebooksummit.com.
This week I'm answering questions from the ol' mailbag

Tune in to hear the answer to these burning writer questions:

  • How do you balance a "just do it" attitude with thoughtful planning in your platform & products?
  • What should I do to focus my marketing on social media to attract readers in my genre?
  • What is one tip you would give to someone just starting out?

Resources mentioned in this episode

Direct download: 234.mp3
Category:Books and Video Marketing -- posted at: 7:00 AM

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #233

Video on the Biz Chix Podcast

The Biz Chix interviews me!

Announcements
  • Listener Exclusive! Get Your First 1000 Followers in my new live class coming this Fall. My listeners get an exclusive discount of $50. Click HERE and use code PODCAST50. Good thru July 31st.
  • Meet our podcast guests in our the Brain Burps About Book Podcast Group: www.katiedavis.com/podcastgroup. Come get your questions answered!
  • Picture Book Summit is coming October 3rd! The Early Bird registration is now open. Come spend the day online with Peter Brown, Andrea Pinkney and Mac Barnett. Check out the video below and then go HERE for all the details. You don't want to miss this!

This week I'm a guest on the Biz Chix Podcast with Natalie Eckdahl!

As a busy Mom of three and co-Founder of ScheduleMAX.com, Natalie Eckdahl is trying to juggle a million things and is on a quest for the holy grail of “Work/Life Balance”.  On her Biz Chix Podcast, Natalie interviews amazing women entrepreneurs, and a few cool dudes, five days a week. Each entrepreneur shares work/life balance and productivity tips as well as their journey. She interviews amazing guests who run international brands and still balance all that life throws at them. Natalie gets them to spill all their secrets of how to get it done.

Natalie and I talk about
  • My childhood.
  • Why I like to help people.
  • How to work through the tough stuff.
  • Dirty Dishes.
  • How I became a children's book writer and illustrator.
  • Amazon FBA.
  • Using video in your online platform.
  • How I got so techy.
  • How you can make more money but you can't make more time.
  • Using YouTube and how you can customize your channel.
  • KatieDavis.TV
Direct download: Video_on_the_Biz_Chix_Podcast.mp3
Category:Books and Video Marketing -- posted at: 4:09 PM

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #232

Making a Living as a Writer

An Interview with Laura Purdie Salas

Announcements
  • Picture Book Summit is coming October 3rd! The Early Bird registration is now open! Text 33444 and enter the code PBSKATIE to get on the early bird list or go HERE to sign up. You don't want to miss this!
  • Meet our podcast guests in our the Brain Burps About Book Podcast Group: www.katiedavis.com/podcastgroup. Come get your questions answered!

This Week's Guest is Laura Purdie Salas!

This week’s guest is Laura Purdie Salas. Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 100 books for kids and teens, including BOOKSPEAK! POEMS ABOUT BOOKS (Minnesota Book Award, NCTE Notable, Bank Street Best Books, Eureka! Gold Medal, and more), STAMPEDE! POEMS TO CELEBRATE THE WILD SIDE OF SCHOOL (Finalist, Minnesota Book Award), and A LEAF CAN BE... (Bank Street Best Books, IRA Teachers' Choice, NCTE Notable Children's Book, Riverby Award for Nature Books for Young Readers, and more). She loves to introduce kids to poetry and help them find poems they can relate to, no matter what their age, mood, and personality. She has also written numerous nonfiction books. See more about Laura and her work at www.laurasalas.com.

Laura and I talk about
Direct download: Making_a_Living_as_a_Writer.mp3
Category:The Writing Life -- posted at: 6:00 PM

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #231

A New Storytelling Form Brings History to Life

An Interview with Author Entrepreneur Sarah Towle

Announcements
  • Picture Book Summit will be October 3rd! Text 33444 and enter the code PBSKATIE to get on the early bird list or go HERE to sign up. You don't want to miss this!
  • Meet our podcast guests in our the Brain Burps About Book Podcast Group: www.katiedavis.com/podcastgroup. Come get your questions answered!
Appearances
This Week's Guest is Sarah Towle!

This week’s guest is Sarah Towle. In 2009, Sarah Towle realized that the "book" she was writing was not yet destined for print, but would make a series of killer interactive apps. From that moment, she began building Time Traveler Tours, a start-up developer and publisher of mobile StoryApp iTineraries targeting educational tourism. More recently, with the introduction of digital authoring tools, Sarah also founded Time Traveler Tales, an imprint dedicated to publishing story-based interactive histories for tablet devices for the school and library markets.

Sarah and I talk about
  • Educational Tourism for Teens: In the Footsteps of Giants.
  • The making of the David.
  • Time Travelers Tours and Tales – her new digital imprint.
  • Author Mary Hoffman and her Stravaganza series and Amazing Grace.
  • What happens when your idea is 5-10 years ahead of the industry.
  • Why her first app will never be a financial success even though it was critical success.
  • Who created the app Beware Madame la Guillotine, A Revolutionary Tour of Paris.
  • Being an iBook author.
  • What a UX designer is and why you need one if you are designing an app.
  • How she created Madame la Guillotine to be used in the classroom.
  • Why a Kickstarter campaign isn't just about raising money.
  • How you can submit your idea for the next Time Travelers Tours & Tales story.
  • How you can find her Kickstarter campaign and be a part of history!

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #230

How to Beat Your Competitors in a Google Search

An Interview with Lindsey Anderson

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Appearances
This Week's Guest is Lindsey Anderson!

This week’s guest is Lindsey Anderson. Lindsey is a web strategy expert working with small business owners to help them grow their businesses. She is the founder and CEO of two companies; Web Impakt, a successful web development company, and Lindsey’s Web, an online resource for small business owners to learn about ranking on search engines, newsletters, analytics, social media, pay-per-click ads, websites, blogging, and the list goes on. She knows how to utilize web technologies to help small business owners achieve their dreams.

Lindsey and I talk about
  • Why www.webimpakt.com is spelled with a "k".
  • What free resources you can find at www.lindseysweb.com.
  • The benefits of working from home.
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
  • How content is king!
  • Why you should write three blog posts per week.
  • How important it is for your site to be mobile friendly.
  • Responsive web design.
  • How to beat your competitors in a Google search.
  • How to get a free website review from Lindsey.
  • Where to sign up for her Facebook Marketing Webinar.