Thinking Thursday – Inspiring

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I am very honored to have been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by three amazing bloggers themselves: Sue Leopold, Donna McDine, and Cat Michaels.

Part of being nominated was to reveal 7 things about myself and to nominate others…

7 Things About Me:

  1. I’m short. 5’2″ to be exact. Yes, I have to use a step ladder or climb onto the counter to reach things on the top shelf at my house.
  2. I love to sing. If you read my One Lovely Blog Award post, you know I can yodel, but I love to sing too. My grandfather use to record himself playing the steel guitar. In the background, you could hear a little girl signing along. Yep, that was me.  🙂
  3. I was a tomboy. I loved to play in the dirt and football. Still do.  🙂
  4. I never want to grow up. Getting old stinks. Seriously!
  5. I like cold weather, but not FREEZING cold.
  6. Spring is my favorite time of the year. Everything is beginning or renewing… and it’s still cool.
  7. I grew up as an only child, but I have 10 siblings, 5 brothers and 5 sisters to be exact.  I lived with my mom and grandparents and didn’t have a sister from my mom until I was almost 12. I didn’t know my dad’s side until I was 25 and found out I had six other siblings. Can you say the best of both worlds?  🙂

There are so many inspirational bloggers out there that have been nominated. If I nominate you again, feel free to pass AND it is not mandatory that you participate either.

  • Katie Davis –  blog and  podcast
  • Julie Gribble’s New York Media Works blog

These two are full of so much information and inspire me to be a better writer and promoter.

Hope you enjoyed!

 

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
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Tuesday Tips – Putting Yourself Out There

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Putting Yourself Out There

For those of us who are leery of tooting our own horn, there are ways you can begin to get your name out there.

Organizations

There are several organizations you can join to begin networking.

  • SCBWI
  • State Writing Organizations
  • Reading Organizations (RIF, First Books, IRA are a few)

Guest Blog

Some will give a CTA on their blog looking for  guest bloggers. You can also offer to write a post on someone else’s blog. Usually you will give a short bio and a few social links to go along with the post.

Talk About Others

Give shout outs to people who inspire you, who you find doing what you want to do, who have accomplished something major, or any other thing you would like to give a pat on the back. Letting people know that you think they are doing something awesome is… well, awesome!  🙂  Then when you have happy news, you will more than likely get those shout outs coming back at you.

Volunteer

You can do something as simple as reading at a local public library or school library. Or you can offer to help during a conference or convention. The main thing is you will learn first hand knowledge on the inner workings, what works better, and how to handle certain situations.

 

While you doing this, you are networking with people in your field. You will become more comfortable on working with people and how to approach them too. Putting yourself out there can be a scary, unsure thing, but it will also get you an added bonus when trying to excel in your field.

 

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Are there some other organizations you love to be apart of?
How else do you get your name out there?

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www… KidLit.TV

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Helping authors, illustrators, educators, and parents explore the world of children’s literature.

www… KidLit.TV

Several months ago, I highlighted the then soon-to-be-launched website called, KidLit.TV.
(You can review the post, ~ HERE ~.)

Since KidLit.TV’s launch, it has been amazing how the kidlit community has gotten involved with this project. Julie Gribble, founder and president, saw a need for a resource website dedicated to educating people with video. Video is one of the largest way people can market, educate, and gain interest in a product.

Julie started the KidLit. TV Facebook Group Page and encourages people to post their own videos, as well as videos they find beneficial to them as long as it pertains to KidLit. She also asks people who post their own videos to share software, techniques, and tips with the group. This way everyone can learn and improve. The KidLit.TV Facebook Group is now over 1,000 members and is very active.

In November 2014, Julie launched the KidLit.TV website. When you go over there, be prepared to spend some time. There  is a wealth of videos to watch and learn from. You can find everything from book trailers to how-tos, from behind the scenes to exclusive videos produced by NYMW, called StoryMakers, hosted by Rocco Staino.

KidLit.TV also has launched a NEWSLETTER. Where they send updates, highlight events, and share information involving kidlit.

Last month, KidLit.TV Pinterest boards were launched with a party.  There are a variety of boards for you to look through connected to great information and videos! They already have over 250 followers there.

As you can see, KidLit.TV is expanding and gaining recognition in the children’s genre fields.

CBC had this to say:

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KidLit TV is an exciting and informative destination for authors, illustrators, teachers, publishers, and anyone with a passion for children’s literature. — Children’s Book Council

KidLit.TV continues to share videos to help the community learn and grow. Feel free to join the KidLit.TV Facebook group, follow them on Pinterest, and subscribe to their newsletter.

 

ABOUT JULIE GRIBBLE:

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Julie Gribble is the president of New York Media Works which creates and produces works for children and the children’s literature community in both the United States and Great Britain. She founded KidLit TV to help authors and illustrators broaden their audience by using new technologies to complement and promote their work. KidLit TV is a resource for kid lit creators, industry insiders, booksellers, librarians, teachers, and parents.

Julie is an award-winning writer, screenwriter, filmmaker, and producer. Her charming picture book, Bubblegum Princess, is based on a true story about Kate Middletown and was released on the day the royal baby, who we now know as Prince George, arrived.  Copies of the book have been donated to underprivileged children in the US and to children’s hospices in the UK.

In addition to producing KidLit TV’s original show StoryMakers, Julie is one of the co-producers for Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg, a feature film shot in Dorset, England with Bonnie Wright of Harry Potter fame. Julie sits on the Children’s Committee of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts: BAFTA-NY.

 

KidLit.TV LINKS:

Website: www.kidlit.tv

Facebook Group Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KidLitTV/

Pinterest Boards: http://www.pinterest.com/KidLitTV/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/KidLitTV

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NYMediaWorks

Exclusive videos for subscribers: http://kidlit.tv/newsletter

Julie on Twitter: @JulieGribbleNYC

 

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Is there someone you would like to see highlighted on StoryMakers?
Is there a video technique you would like to learn about or share?
What other things would you like to see for kidlit in a video?

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Marketing Monday: BOOKS!

Books

Get Your Products Out There

So you have spent years perfecting your craft.

Writing…

Taking classes…

Revising…

Reading books…

Revising…

Submitting…

Revising…

Submitting…

FINALLY! A contract and you hold that darling baby in your hands.

So how do you get it into OTHER’S hands?
By marketing. *sigh* Yes, more work. It’s definitely different too. No more solitude. No more pjs and scrunches.
you hafta get out there! Yes, I said hafta!  😉

How to get your books out there?

There are several ways:

  1. Create a launch team
    Have a group of people who are willing to read your story and help spread the word. You can do this by sending them a pdf copy of the book. They will give honest feedback, post a review on Amazon / goodreads / blog / etc. As well as talk about it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. When a group talks, they create buzz. When there is a buzz, people get curious.
  2. Publishers website
    Your publisher will create a webpage for your book. SHARE IT! What better way to get exposure for you, your book, and the people who believed it would make a great book (a/k/a your publisher).
  3. Your website
    Give your book it’s 15 minutes of fame! It deserves it and so do you! Create a page dedicated to your book. There you can have a large picture, ISBN#, blurb, and links to order. You can also post reviews and a book trailer to help people get to know your book better.
    On my website, I have a link called books. This will take you to a page where all my book covers are shown. Then from there you can click on the individual covers to take you to information for that particular book.
  4. Share on social media
    Toot that horn. Let people know about your books. Highlight one and write the blurb, or share a review, or post a book trailer. You can create your own hashtags to go along with it to help group it together too.
    For hashtag, I would suggest #title, #authorname, #illustratorname. You can also add something important like #WNDB or #pb or ???.
  5. Get reviews
    Reviews can mean a lot to a books popularity when you use them. It can also help pull you up in the numbers and help get your book noticed by the website you are on, such as Amazon.
    Most people do not charge to review your book. Honestly, I do not see a win situation when you pay for a review, because (to me) you are paying that person for something and expect positive results. But that is up to you. There are plenty of blogs and reviewers out there that do not charge a fee. Some accept pdf files too.
  6. Local bookstores / businesses
    Show your books to your indie book stores. If you are like me and don’t have one close by, show your books to local businesses that carry like minded items in their store. L’s of Ocilla carries my books, although they are not a book store. They do have a few children’s items in their store though. When someone carries your books, give them a shout out too. Help promote them for promoting you!
  7. Have on hand
    Yes, carry your books with you… always. I keep a minimum of one set in my vehicle at all times. You never know when you might run into someone who wants to buy a book. Or who might want to carry your book and would like to see/hold them to get a feel for them.

So having your books handy and talking about your books is a good thing. It may be a hard hurdle to get over, but you’ve earned it. So toot that horn!

 

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Let me know what you think about using your books for marketing?
What other ways have you found beneficial?
Do you have a marketing tool that is working for you? Let me know what it is!
Do you have some questions about marketing? Leave me a comment. I’ll answer if I can. OR it might wind up being a feature of my Marketing Monday post.

 

Don’t forget…

I still have spots for WORLD READ ALOUD DAY. Check out my post ~ HERE ~ for more information.

 

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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~World Read ALOUD DAY~ March 4th!

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Did you know WORLD READ ALOUD DAY is approaching fast?

Well, it is!
~ March 4, 2015 ~

And I’m participating!

I’m offering 15 minute *FREE* Skype visits that day.

What will I do?

  1. Smile and wave
  2. Read one of my stories
  3. Allow your students to ask questions

What do you need to do?

  1. Contact me! email me at authorvisits@traceymcox.com or leave a comment below
  2. Pick out which  BOOK  you would like me to read
  3. Prepare questions

Check out my EVENTS PAGE on my website to see what times are available. Book your spot N-O-W!!!

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Are YOU participating in World Read Aloud Day?
How? What are you doing?

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ALA Awards!

So for some reason, I had this post set to draft instead of scheduled post.  😦  I’m so sorry. It must have been from all the excitement of watching the ALAYMA live. Yeah, that was it. I was hyped up on adrenaline, and the old noggin didn’t function properly.   😉   😉

So here’s the post that should have been on Wednesday… in case you haven’t heard.

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And the winners are…

Click 2015 ALA Youth Media Awards to download a complete listing of all the wonderful winners and honorable mentions. You can also watch the event and relive the excitement on the ALA website.

One of my favorite things is to listen in on the phone calls…

Don’t you love the feel?    *happy tears* *laughter* *applause*

Here are the winning books cover art:
*some won multiple times

The CrossoverEl DeafoBrown Girl DreamingBeekleNana in the CityThe Noisy Paint BoxSam & Dave Dig a HoleViva FridaThe Right WordThis One SummerHow I Discovered PoetryHow It Went DownFirebirdJosephineLittle Melba and Her Big TromboneI'll Give You the SunA Boy and A JaguarRain ReignGirls Like UsAll The Light We Cannot SeeBellweather RhapsodyBingo's RunConfessionsEverything I Never Told YouLock InThe MartianThe Terrorist’s Son- A Story of ChoiceThose Who Wish Me DeadWolf in White VanMe…JaneMikis and the DonkeyHidden- A Child’s Story of the HolocaustNine Open ArmsH. O. R. S. E. A Game of Basketball and ImaginationFive, Six, Seven, Nate!The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow PlaceA Snicker of MagicLittle Roja Riding HoodGreen Is a Chile PepperSeparate Is Never Equal- Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for DesegregationI Lived on Butterfly HillPortraits of Hispanic American HeroesThe Family Romanov- Murder, Rebellion, & the Fall of Imperial RussiaNeighborhood Sharks- Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon IslandsThis Day in JuneBeyond Magenta- Transgender Teens Speak OutMorris Micklewhite and the Tangerine DressYou Are (Not) SmallMr. Putter & Tabby Turn the PageWaiting Is Not Easy!Gabi, a Girl in PiecesThe Carnival at BrayThe Story of Owen- Dragon Slayer of TrondheimThe Scar BoysThe Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava LavenderPopular- Vintage Wisdom for a Modern GeekLaughing at My NightmareIda M. Tarbell- The Woman Who Challenged Big Business—and Won!The Port Chicago 50- Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights

 

 

I’ve been going around doing my

~ S n o o p y   D a n c e ~

for all you win-nahs, win-nahs, win-nahs out there!!!

 

Did you see some of your favorites? I know I did. Now I have got a great reading list to go scavenge around my library with.   🙂

 

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
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Feature Friday: ReFoReMo hosted by Carrie Charley Brown

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Reading for Research Month

We know we love to write. We know we need to learn to write well to be published. So how do we go about to learning? There are classes we can take. Webinars we can watch. Speakers to listen to.

Another great way to learn?  R-E-A-D! Yes, read! By submersing yourself into your genre, you will see what works and what doesn’t. Read the classics to see what has carried them this far. Read the mid-list to see what can make you stay steady. Read the newly published to see what is on the pulse of publishing and how your writing can fit in.

By reading a combination of publishing years you can begin to see the patterns of publishing. Things that are considered ‘classics’ wouldn’t be published now. Stories that are coming out this year might not have been published 10 years ago. Use the current books as mentor text. You will see word count, topics, and trends that are similar and will help direct you to better writing.

Carrie Charley Brown came up with a genius of a plan to help writers collaborate together and learn from each other with mentoring texts. Her and I were talking the other day, and she graciously answered some of my questions:

 

Q1: Name of writing challenge?

Reading for Research Month, or ReFoReMo

Q2: Do you have a website?

Of course!  You can find more information at:

http://www.carriecharleybrown.com/reforemo

Q3: Date of sign-ups?

February 15-March 1

Q4: Date writing challenge runs?

March 1-31

Q5: Why did you come up with this challenge?

I’ve grown as a writer by participating in challenges such as PiBoIdMo, the 12 x 12 Picture Book Challenge, and ReviMo. At the same time, I read a lot of picture books as research tools and I wanted to share that inspiration with others.  

Q6: What do you hope people will gain from this challenge?

Guest author-educators will allow us to step into their shoes as they use picture books as tools. My hope is that picture book writers will gain a deeper understanding of how to use mentor texts to grow as writers. I also hope the consistent practice of reading picture books will immerse them into the form they write.

Q7: What else would you like to include?

Sometimes people don’t realize that fiction takes research, too. I write mainly picture book fiction and could not imagine writing without first understanding what is constantly being released in our market. Writers need to stick together and share. ReFoReMo will allow us to be there for one another in both fiction and nonfiction.

 

About:

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Carrie Charley Brown

Carrie Charley Brown juggles ideas every day as a children’s writer, teacher, blogger, and mom. She is the founder of the 2015 ReFoReMo Challenge, or Reading for Research Month. You can learn more about Carrie’s writing journey, her KidLit Services, ReFoReMo, and many other amazing authors and resources, at her blogsite Carrie On… Together!

 

Thanks Carrie!
I am also honored to be one of the Author-Educators for the challenge.   🙂

Hope you all will join us. Click on the link, banner, or ~ HERE~ to take you over there.

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