Brain Burps About Books: How to Create Your Author Platform, Adult and Children's Book Publishing, Book Marketing Podcast
BBAB 229: Writers, Do You Have a Financial Mentor?

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: 3:00am EDT

BBAB 228: How to Speak at Teacher Conferences

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: 3:00am EDT

BBAB 227: Defining Magical Realism

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: 3:00am EDT

BBAB 226: Create Your Author Platform Month Closes with Illustrator Sandy Williams

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!