Brain Burps About Books: How to Create Your Author Platform, Adult and Children's Book Publishing, Book Marketing Podcast (The Craft of Writing)
BBAB 248: Writing for Children - New Podcast from Katie Davis

I’ve got a sneak peek at something new you might want to know about…

Writing for Children Podcast Episode 000 (a little preview)

Hi, I’m Katie Davis. I started Brain Burps About Books back in 2010 and continued it for 6 years and 247 episodes.

I wanted to give you a little head’s up that I’m creating a new show now. As the Director of the Institute of Children's Literature, I wanted to do a show focusing more on craft. This show will be shorter, have tips and links to great resources for children’s writers, whether you write for pre-k, mg, teens or inbetween.

Yes! We will have weekly downloadable transcripts, something my previous subscribers always wanted, and they’ll include extra tips and links! 

We’ll have a weekly Q&A, and if your question is featured on the show, you’ll receive our heavy canvas tote with the gorgeous new ICL logo embroidered on the pocket. 

We’ll be having a huge giveaway to celebrate the launch, with prizes worth almost $2,000. If you want to know when that happens, go to and sign up so you won’t miss a thing (and as a ty for signing up, you get the first two chapters of How to Write a Children's Book FREE)!

I’m super excited about this and hope you’re going to love it, and learn from it too! Again, sign up at

Direct download: 000-Intro.mp3
Category:The Craft of Writing -- posted at: 5:47pm EDT

BBAB 245 Stuff That Gets In the Way of Writing

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #245

Stuff That Gets in the Way of Writing


Just a quick note to let you know that I’m starting a new podcast soon called Writing for Children (if I haven’t already started by the time you hear this). Want to know more? It’s going to be pretty awesome and very different from this show. Go to to learn more.

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This week we're talking about stuff that gets in the way of writing
  • Everyone has distractions:
    • Kids (of all ages!)
    • Moving
    • Tech issues
    • Illness - you or someone you love
  • How can you find time to spend on your writing?
  • How can you develop muscle memory for your writing muscles?
  • What is Faker Syndrome and can you overcome it?
Direct download: 245-Stuff_that_gets_in_the_way_of_writing.mp3
Category:The Craft of Writing -- posted at: 3:35pm EDT

BBAB 240 : Followers + Fear = Super Bad

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #240

Followers + Fear = Super Bad


Just a quick note to let you know that I’m starting a new podcast soon called Writing for Children (if I haven’t already started by the time you hear this). Want to know more? It’s going to be pretty awesome and very different from this show. Go to to learn more.

  • Thanks, everyone, who signed up for my free training for Get Your First 1,000 Followers! You’re not too late if you want to – just go to
This week's guest is YOU!

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

  • How do I sustain a website?
  • What do I have to offer on an on-going basis?
  • Where will I find the time to write AND sustain a platform (in addition to my full time job)?
  • Given my easily distracted life, what if my writing is actually crappy?
  • My biggest fear is my books will never find their readers.
  • I am terrified of social media.

Resources mentioned in this episode

Direct download: 240-Followers__Fear__Super_Bad.mp3
Category:The Craft of Writing -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

BBAB 237 : How Much Do You Edit Out?

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #237

How Much Do You Edit Out?

An Interview with Author Lisa Schroeder

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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 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.
  • 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: 3:00am EDT

BBAB 227: Defining Magical Realism

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #227

Defining Magical Realism

An Interview with Laura Ruby

  • 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 212 : Why SkippyJon Jones Almost Skipped the Show

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #212

Why SkippyjonJones Almost Skipped the Show

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  • Julie Hedlund helps us express gratitude.
Marketing Question of the Week
  • What should my platform look like? How do I do it without being pushy or tacky?
This Week's Guest is Judy Schachner!

Described by the New York Times as “…something like the James Joyce for the elementary school – set…”, Judy Schachner is the #1 NY Times Best Selling Author/Illustrator of over 23 books for children including Bits & Pieces, the Skippyjon Jones series, Yo Vikings, The Grannyman and Willy and May. She has won many awards including the first E. B. White Read Aloud Award.

Judy and I talk about
  • If SkippyJon Jones a kitten or a dog?
  • Should you use your “normal reading voice” or use accents when reading out loud?
  • the 10 year anniversary for SkippyJon Jones!
  • Judy’s creative process and tips on how you can help your own
  • Judy’s next big project
  • How you can become a picture book writer
Direct download: Why_SkippyJon_Jones_Almost_Skipped_the_Show.mp3
Category:The Craft of Writing -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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  • Thanks to Carrie Charley Brown for the lovely interview she did with me. You can find it at
  • Since it's NaNoWriMo, PiBoIdMo and PictureBookMonth, I talk a little about the Learn Scrivener Fast course I’ve been going through.
This Week's Review
This Week's Guest

Chris Barton is the author of the picture books Shark vs Train (a New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller) and The Day-Glo Brothers (winner, American Library Association Sibert Honor), as well as the young adult nonfiction thriller Can I See Your I.D.? True Stories of False Identities.

Chris and I talk about


  • Austin!
  • Secrets from the 200th episode.
  • Jennifer Zeigler's How Not to Be Popular.
  • Two best pieces of advice for writers.
  • How he came up with Shark Vs. Train.
  • The Great Brain.
Note to my podcast listeners

When I was listening to Fresh Air on NPR I thought, "Hey! I could do that, but with children's publishing as my focus!" That's how Brain Burps About Books got started. Writing is so solitary. I thought it would be a great way to get to talk to my friends and make new ones, plus I could help others learn. Maybe I'd learn some stuff myself, too. I've had the privilege of talking to the first three National Ambassadors for Young People's Literature, to librarians and New York Time's bestselling authors. I've interviewed to booksellers and publishers, writers, illustrators, app creators, and app distributors, and more! There is always something new on the horizon to learn and to share. So many listeners have asked how to support the show, and actually, now you can. I've installed a donate button to help defray the costs of producing the show. What do you learn or get out of Brain Burps every week? If it's worth donating a dollar, two dollars, five, or whatever you think the show is worth to you, it would help enormously. The show costs $20 a month to keep on the server, and that's only if there are four shorter episodes in a month. That number doesn't include other costs like my time to research and record, post, edit the intros and outros, web hosting, and equipment and software to do all this. I ended up loving podcasting. I love my listeners. My "Burpers!" This is my gig, I know. and like I said, it's an incredible experience for me. But if you've you've been helped, or just love it too, and you're able, here's your opportunity to help defray the costs. No matter what, thank you for being a Burper!

Direct download: Shark_vs_Train_vs_Chris_Barton_vs_Katie_Davis.mp3
Category:The Craft of Writing -- posted at: 3:00am EDT


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This week’s guest is Tara Lazar, author of the picture book illustrated by James Burks, The Monstore, and creator of Picture Book Idea Month, aka, PiBoIdMo. (You may even learn how to say it, too.)

Tara and I talk about

  • Why Tara started PiBoIdMo––it came from a baaaaad place!
  • The results of being part of PiBoIdMo (Contracts, Agents and Grants, OH MY!)
  • What makes this community special. (It’s awesome.)
  • If Tara could magically give everyone in her community one thing in this world, what would it be, and why?
  • What she said was the hardest question she’s ever been asked. (Hint: I asked it!)
  • Giving a shout-out to some of her power-users and most active members. Hear who she mentions and find out what she likes most about them!
  • The hottest topics that always seem to be discussed in the group.
  • How newbies––or anyone––can get the most out of PiBoIdMo.
  • What has surprised Tara the most about being the head of this forum.
Direct download: How_To_Get_Ideas_For_Your_Picture_Book.mp3
Category:The Craft of Writing -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

To celebrate my 200th episode I wanted to go big. Go big or go home, right? So this is a three parter:

1. A free info-packed webinar for you, my listener. Your ticket is an honest review of the podcast, which you can write by clicking here, then clicking the VIEW IN iTUNES button, then click RATINGS AND REVIEWS and then WRITE A REVIEW.

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3. I'll donate $1,000 to this charity if I get 40 new honest reviews by November 1.

Are you ready to crank up your career? Crank It Up October is open for registration! Four weeks of group coaching with me at a steal of a price. Find out all the deets here.

  • Club Burp-a-Palooza It's only .19¢ a day, and you can get weekly transcripts and more here.
  • Get the FREE course I'm giving away called 100 Things Every Writer Must Do To Succeed Online here:

This week’s guests are:

Direct download: Writerly_Advice_a_Free_Webinar_and_a_1000_Donation.mp3
Category:The Craft of Writing -- posted at: 8:45pm EDT

New Crank It Up with Katie! session starting soon! Check it out here:


This week’s guest is CJ Lyons

Julie Falatko reviews The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara


·      This week’s guest is award-winning as well as critically acclaimed New York Times and Amazon AND USA Today bestselling author CJ Lyons.

  • ·      Find out why her first book, already with pre-sales, was canceled.
  • ·      Find out about one-star reviews and what to do with them
  • ·      CJ recommends reading Simon Sinek - Start with Why
  • ·      CJ’sHARD FALL (Lucy Guardino FBI Thrillers Book 5)
  • ·      Why you need to be CEO of your own writer company (meaning you)


Direct download: 197_-_CJ_Lyons-No_Rules_Just_WRITE.mp3
Category:The Craft of Writing -- posted at: 3:00am EDT