Brain Burps About Books: How to Create Your Author Platform, Adult and Children's Book Publishing, Book Marketing Podcast

Listener Mailbag: Part 2

Announcements
  • 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

Announcements
  • 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.

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #229

Writers, Do You Have a Financial Mentor?

An Interview with Todd Tresidder

Announcements
  • Find out the First Five Ways to Build Your Author Platform and be the first to get notified when the How to Create Your Author Platform course opens again. CLICK HERE to get started.
  • Join the fun in the Brain Burps About Book Podcast Group: www.katiedavis.com/podcastgroup. I'll be offering extras, and sharing resources to help you grow and learn best practices.
  • Why should you as a writer learn about video? Not only to market your books, but because reciprocity rocks: to help with charities near and dear to your heart. I was able to help my local Neighbor to Neighbor charity with this video, below.
Appearances
This Week's Guest is Todd Tresidder!

This week’s guest is Todd Tresidder. Todd Tresidder is a financial coach at FinancialMentor.com. His unconventional take on worn financial topics has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Smart Money magazine, Yahoo Finance, and more. He’s authored 5 financial education books including How Much Money Do I Need To Retire?, Variable Annuity Pros and Cons, and the 4% Rule and Safe Withdrawal Rates In Retirement.

Todd and I talk about
  • Why every writer needs a platform - whether you are self-published or traditionally published.
  • How books build relationships and relationships build businesses.
  • Why you have to market your books.
  • How writing the book is only a third of your job as an author.
  • Building equity.
  • How to compound your equity as a writer.
  • Your books being your art.
  • Expected Value Bets.
  • How investing isn’t gambling.
  • Roderick Russell, the Renaissance Man behind RemarkablyHuman.com.
  • EventualMillionaire.com.
  • How Todd and Pat Flynn help each other out.
Direct download: Writers_Do_You_Have_a_Financial_Mentor.mp3
Category:eBooks -- posted at: 7:00 AM

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #228

How to Speak at Teacher Conferences

An Interview with Teresa Funke

Announcements
  • Find out the First Five Ways to Build Your Author Platform and be on the first to be notified when How to Create Your Author Platform opens again.  CLICK HERE to get started.
  • Join the fun in the Brain Burps About Book Podcast Group: www.katiedavis.com/podcastgroup. I'll be offering extras, and sharing resources to help you grow and learn best practices.
Contributors
Appearances
  • Join me! I'm speaking at Podcast Boston on June 13th.
  • I'm teaching Yale this summer on June 7th. (Yes, THAT Yale!) More information to come.
This Week's Guest is Teresa Funke!

 

This week’s guest is Teresa Funke. Teresa embodies the modern artist/entrepreneur. She is the owner of Teresa Funke & Company and Victory House Press and the award-winning author of six novels for adults and children based on true stories from WWII. She is also a nationwide speaker offering keynotes and presentations and a popular writer’s coach and creativity coach.

Visit Teresa's You Tube channel to watch her popular writing videos or to check out her playlist, "Great Ideas Giveaway," in which Teresa shares business ideas for artists and creatives that they can take and use in their own models.

Teresa and I talk about
  • Teresa's YouTube channel and she uses it go in depth teaching writing techniques.
  • Coaching writers.
  • Great Idea Giveaways.
  • Dancing in Combat Boots.
  • Kids skipping recess to hear Teresa talk.
  • Her multicultural series for kids: Home Front Heroes
  • The No-No Boys about Japanese Internment camps in WWII.
  • V for Victory – Story of a Mexican American boy in WWII.
  • Wave Me Goodbye - Jewish girl and an orphaned English boy become friends in WWII.
  • Back matter included in Non-fiction makes it easier for teachers to use.
  • Hired a retired teacher to develop lesson plans and curriculum guides
  • Speaking at teacher conferences.
  • Do you pay to attend the conference you want to speak at?
  • How she was at the beginning of the self-publishing trend.
  • Getting books in museum gift shops.
  • Book covers and how to design them.
  • Teresa's Burst of Brillance for a Creative Life.
Direct download: How_to_Speak_at_Teacher_Conferences.mp3
Category:Business of Children's Publishing -- posted at: 7:00 AM

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #227

Defining Magical Realism

An Interview with Laura Ruby

Announcements
Appearances
  • I'm speaking at Podcast Boston on June 13th.
  • I'm teaching Yale this summer. (Yes, THAT Yale!) Date to be determined - I'll let you know as soon as I know!
This Week's Guest is Laura Ruby!

This week’s guest is Laura Ruby. Laura is one of my BFF's and she also writes fiction for adults, teens and children. She is the author of the newly-released YA novel BONE GAP*, as well as the Edgar-nominated children's mystery LILY'S GHOSTS, the ALA Quick Pick for teens GOOD GIRLS (2006), a collection of interconnected short stories about blended families for adults, I'M NOT JULIA ROBERTS (2007), and the forthcoming middle-grade trilogy YORK. She is on the faculty of Hamline University's Masters in Writing for Children Program. She makes her home in the Chicago area.

Laura and I talk about
  • We talk about bees and their relationship to gender issues.
  • Animals: magical and otherwise.
  • The way we see the people we love.
  • How Laura names her characters.
  • How many words do you need for a novel?
  • How does Laura edit?
  • What is magical realism and what is Laura Ruby’s definition of it?
  • Helen Oyeyemi, author of Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel
  • Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

* I did receive a free advanced copy of BONE GAP and I am happy to call Laura Ruby my friend.

Direct download: Defining_Magical_Realism.mp3
Category:The Craft of Writing -- posted at: 7:00 AM