Brain Burps About Books: Children's Book Publishing Podcast
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  • This week's guest is indie picture book writer and great marketer, Beau Blackwell. He's created a course for people interested in publishing their own books on Amazon and basically shares everything he knows from his own experience (listen, and you'll hear about that!) You can find the course here: Beau has generously offered a huge discount for my listeners if you use the code Katie. Clever code, huh? ;-)

  • Before you publish your book, edit it with Emma Walton Hamilton's Editor-in-a-Box which will save you a ton of money, too, if you're hiring an editor. Why? Because you'll skip a lot of the editing errors you would have paid for with the editor! Cool part is you get to use it on every book you plan to publish! You can get it here:


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This week's guests are Elaine Kiely Kearns is a picture book writer, a second grade elementary school teacher and a mother of two, who lives on coffee, chocolate and humor. Armed with a master’s degree in Education and working from her home office in New York, she spends her time writing and perusing the internet for golden nuggets of information for


Sylvia Liu is an environmental attorney turned writer-illustrator. She won the 2013 Lee and Low New Voices award and her winning manuscript, A Morning With Gong Gong, will be published. She recently completed an illustration mentorship with David Diaz through the Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program.  Her art and infographics have been published on Huffington Post and other venues. She is inspired by aliens, cephalopods, bunnies, and pigs who want to fly.


Heather Preusser reviews The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Julie Hedlund Gets All Grateful on Your A** about saying thank you––and here is the video I created on thank yous.



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  • Today's interview is with Alison Green Myers and Rosemary Agoglia.
  • Click here for more info on their workshops that marry Ro's experience at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, and Alison's speciality in connecting curriculum-driven instruction to creation writing and language work.


  • A listener asks about the difference between ISBNs and bar codes and where to get them.


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This week's episode is with Bianca Turetsky. Bianca is the author of the stylish Time-Traveling Fashionista series, which has been translated into nine languages. The three books include 

The Time-Traveling Fashionista 

The Time-Traveling Fashionista at the Palace of Marie Antoinette

The Time-Traveling Fashionista and Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile 


Click here for Bianca's Etsy shop and her awesome Mother-daughter book club kit  and listen in as I give Bianca on ways to spiff up her Etsy store




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Today's show is a tribute to the great man and author, Walter Dean Myers, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. I replay an interview I did with him for my 100th episode. 

Walter was the author of Monster, among many dozens of other award-winning books.

Read this tribute to Walter from Lee Bennett Hopkins.

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Today's sponsor is Video Idiot Boot Camp and as a bow to that, I've created a new free mini-course called How to Use Screenflow which you can find at


I have a whole slew of guests in this episode!


In part one I asked everyone I saw at NJ SCBWI 2014 the same question,

"If you could get lost in any children's book, which book would it be, and why?"


Below are the writers who answered. You'll have to listen to find out the fun responses!


In part two I have Ray Briant, a firefighter who invented an app that will be an amazing research tool for writers, and history teaching tool for educators. Listen and see if you can resist helping Ray's Kickstarter for his app TiloTag get funded! 


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Have questions about publishing? Ask them by going here and I'll answer them on the show.


  • Kat Yeh
  • Christine Norris
  • Joyce Wan
  • Natalie Zamen
  • Charlotte Bernardo
  • Ame Dykeman
  • Adam Lehrhaupt
  • Tara Lazar
  • Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
  • Stacey Wilk
  • Julie Hedlund

Check out my new FREE mini-course, How to Use Screenflow which you can find at

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In this episode we talked about:

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Thank you to our sponsor, Just Write for Kids! 


I promised last week to bring you Part 2 with Stephan Hovnanian and give you more Google Plus Training and here it is!

In the week's episode you'll hear:
  • how to get your questions answered on the podcast by going to Speakpipe.
  • me try to pronounce a word I never say out loud.
  • a new gratitude segment from Julie Hedlund. Finally!
In The Interview with Stephan Hovnanian You'll Hear About
  • more tips for Google+.
  • when to schedule a Google Hangout On Air.
  • how to market your Google Hangout.
  • using Google+ to increase your mailing list.
  • what Google Drive is and how to use it to collaborate with others.
  • the Launch Team mentioned in the podcast is now closed, but you can find How to Promote Your Children's Book here.
  • how to get one of Stephan's books for FREE! (Hint: Scroll down!)