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

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

Announcements
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

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #226

Create Your Author Platform Month Closes with Illustrator Sandy Williams

Illustrators Need Platforms, Too!

I am grateful for
  • Tim McCanna and his awesome jingle. The original one, but also the new one he created and edited for me.
  • Kellie Johnston, for the lovely thank you note she wrote to me on how I changed her career in three minutes!
  • The peeps who have been showing up to my hangouts. Do you have any idea how awks it is to talk to your iMac, alone in your office? No one responding? But if you know there are viewers, especially ones who are entering questions, well, that’s something to be grateful for!
  • The peeps who’ve been thanking me for my free training.
  • My new students. Not only am I grateful, I’m impressed. You’ve taken a leap of faith in your own career. Nicely done.
Announcements
  • We have a brand spankin' new Facebook group just for YOU, my peeps! Let's take the podcast topics one step further and get down to the nitty gritty. Join here: www.katiedavis.com/podcastgroup
  • Free training is only available until Sunday, May 3rd! New Flash Training included: www.katiedavis.com/freetraining
  • The tables were turned. I was a guest on the Biz Chix Podcast! Check it out HERE.
  • I'm teaching a picture book workshop at Yale this June! Join me during Session 2 HERE.
This Week's Guest is Sandy Williams!

This week’s guest is Sandy Williams. Sandy is an illustrator and was one of my Crank It Up Implementation students this winter. She specializes in natural science illustration and design. Sandy also teaches courses in learning to paint with gouache, the medium she uses most for her illustration and design work.

Sandy and I talk about 
  • How creating a platform has helped her sell her book.
  • How creating a platform has helped her create an email list.
  • How Sandy went from flailing to goal setting.
  • As a non-techy, how she’s creating her platform using video.
  • What would happen if past-Sandy met present-Sandy!

Fifty Shades of Greatness

A Conversation About Creating the Life You’ve Been Yearning For with Paula Jean Burns

Announcements
  • Where should you start building your platform? Let me show you with my FREE video training. Hurry! It's only available until May 3rd! Text 33444 and enter the code KATIED to get signed up for my free training!
This Week's Guest is Paula Jean Burns!

This week’s guest is Paula Jean Burns. Recognized for her leadership as a highly skilled Project Team Manager within the Information Technology field, Paula Jean delivers powerful strategies to her clients leading them to attain significance and purpose which she describes as  “Living Life All In." After 25 years of leading high profile teams and projects for a leading health care system, Paula Jean’s world was rocked when she experienced 2 major life events within the same year causing Paula Jean to pause and declare:  “So, this is it?  There must be more to life!” Paula Jean responded by taking her life off “auto-pilot” and regaining control as the driver of her life.  It was in taking this bold move that led Paula Jean to discover her life’s true work, reconnect to her passion and for the first time to live her life All IN!

Paula Jean and I talk about
  • Intuitive Mindful Leadership.
  • Living All In.
  • Fifty Shades of Greatness.
  • What does “bespoke” mean.
  • How to create the life you’ve been yearning for.
  • What she thought of my beta test!
  • How my platform tips helped her even though she's not exclusively a writer.
  • Making these platform principles applicable to everyone.
  • Learning lessons backwards!
  • The benefits of narrowing down your audience.
  • How to be specific and authentic at the same time.
Direct download: Fifty_Shades_of_Greatness_1.mp3
Category:Books and Video Marketing -- posted at: 7:00 AM

Announcements
  • Where should you start building your platform? Let me show with my FREE video training. Hurry! It's only available until May 3rd! Text 33444 and enter the code KATIED to get signed up for my free training!
  • Great listener question from Vicky in today's podcast: "How soon should someone wait after they start their blog to write their first book?" Do you have a question you'd like me answer on the podcast? Click here: www.speakpipe.com/KatieDavis
This Week's Guest is Jackie Reynolds!

This week’s guest is Jackie Reynolds. Jackie finished up one of my Crank It Up with Katie coaching sessions. A multi-award winning performer, Jackie Reynolds, brings laughter to the Hudson Valley and beyond as Jackie the Magician, Bee Bee the Clown, Mrs. Santa Claus & the Fairy Godmother. Since 1992 her creative entertainment, quick wit and refreshing humor have delighted audiences at community events, company picnics, day care centers, libraries, schools,  senior centers and 1000’s of parties. Jackie has now added children's book author to her extensive resume.

Jackie and I talk about
  • Why Jackie wanted to build a platform online.
  • How building email changed her business.
  • Gaining control of your platform through an email list.
  • Props to Harold Underdown, Jackie’s editor for her two books.
  • Why she was told to take the wild animals out of her books
  • How Jackie published her books through Hillcrest media and Mill City Press.
  • Jackie’s direct results from having an email list.
  • Don’t miss our P.S.!
Direct download: Why_Would_a_Performer_Need_To_Build_a_Platform_.mp3
Category:Books and Video Marketing -- posted at: 7:00 AM

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #223

From Tech Phobic to Master Blogger

Platform Building with Author Vivian Kirkfield

Announcements
Contributors
This Week's Guest is Vivian Kirkfield!

This week’s guest is Vivian Kirkfield. Vivian is one of my exceptional students! She got her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and was a kindergarten teacher in New York City for many years. Then she decided to stay at home and raise her children. As a daycare provider, she was able to do that. The program of activities she put in place for those children became the basis for her award-winning parent-teacher resource, SHOW ME HOW!  BUILD YOUR CHILD’S SELF-ESTEEM THROUGH READING, CRAFTING AND COOKING.

Vivian and I talk about
  • How Vivian started building her author platform.
  • Don’t miss the #giveaway on Vivian’s blog!
  • Julie Hedlund’s 12x12 membership.
  • Why writers need to build their platform and where to start.
  • Will Write for Cookies – her fabulous series.
  • How Vivian adds people to her email list.
  • How to get your free anti-bullying toolkit guide for kids.
Direct download: From_Tech_Phobic_to_Master_Blogger.mp3
Category:Books and Video Marketing -- posted at: 7:00 AM