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KidLit411

 

KidLit411.com

Are you a writer and/or illustrator who would like to find a lot of information all in one place? Then KidLit411 is for you.

On the KidLit411 website, you can find information on agents, courses, conferences, contests, challenges, and so many other things. This is a great website that is compact and full of information.

 

Go check them out!

 

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Happy Writing!
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Monday Marketing: Press Kit

Newspaper

~Press Kit Info~

Press Kits can be tricky. You need to include valuable information and have a simple article that will be easy to use.

Before newspapers accepted email press kits, a/k/a back when the dinosaurs roamed the earth, you would mail out a packet. Now, you can email! Yes, so much easier!!!   🙂   So what to include??? I have the following:

  1. Head shot
  2. Image of cover art
  3. Article
  4. Contact information
  5. Where can you purchase the book

Head Shot
Have a quality picture of you done. Seriously. I use my head shot for jacket flap, posters, newspapers, etc. I have several that I can choose from.

Image of Cover Art
You want to make sure your book cover is included so people will know it is the correct one. Yes, there are multiple books with the same title.

Article
Something short and engaging. Here is one I wrote for Ribbert’s Way Home:

“Ribbert’s Way Home” is Hopping onto the Scene

Moving can be a scary experience. When their pond dries up, a family of frog must get to hopping and look for a new place to live. Ribbert helps his family explore the world around them, avoid a snake, and find a new pond that’s deep-deep-and-deeper.

Suggested age range for readers: 2-8

“Ribbert’s Way Home” is written by Children’s Book Author, Tracey M. Cox and published by Guardian Angel Publishing.

Tracey is a local author who lives in Ocilla, GA. She has been writing professionally since 2000. “Ribbert’s Way Home” is her second published picture book.

Among her credits, Tracey is a member of SCBWI and the contact person for South Georgia. She was the first recipient of the Tifton-Tift County Public Library “Library Hero” award in 2003. Tracey has several writing credits including local newspapers, several children’s magazines, and being a children’s book reviewer.

You can read more about Tracey M. Cox at her web site: http://www.traceymcox.com

Short, simple, to the point.

Contact Information
Include your contact information so the newspaper/magazine/radio station can be able to get a hold of you, if needed. This includes:

  • Name
  • Adress
  • Phone Number
  • Email
  • Website

Purchase Information
Don’t forget to let them know where they can pick up a copy. Support your Indie Book Stores too.

 

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Let me know if you include something else in your Press Kit.
Do you have any other questions about press kits or marketing?

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Happy Writing!
~t

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9 Ways to Establish Yourself (Pre-Published)

nine9 Ways for Pre-Published to become Established

A lot of people ask:

“Should I worry about being established before I get published?”

I answer:

“YES!”

WHY? Because you can build an audience and a name for yourself. THEN when you have a book, you will be recognized as someone in the community, and as someone to be trusted and followed.

There are several ways to get yourself established…

  1. Follow blogs and comment
    Find a few blogs that you like (other writers/illustrators/informative/etc). Follow them to keep up what they are sharing. COMMENT on their posts. Let them know what you think about it, give some advice, interact. When you do this, people will start to recognize your name.
  2. Share content of blogs across social media
    When you find a great post, SHARE IT! Bloggers love to know that you appreciate what they are saying. Spreading the word helps recognize you as someone who is willing to share information that you find valuable.
  3. Blog
    Start a blog. Yes, there are tons of blogs out there. You can offer your view on things. While visiting different blogs, you will see what is out there, what is missing, and what niche you may be able to fill.
  4. Join groups and socialize
    There are email groups and groups on facebook, there are forums too, that you can join. There you can ‘meet’ people and become familiarized with the community. Ask questions, give advice, and share in the ups and downs of the industry.
  5. Talk to people on social media
    Mingle with people. Before you know it, you will have friends. I know a few people for over 15 years that I consider friends, but we have never met.
  6. Book review
    During your career, you are bound to read books. You don’t have to have a book review blog. Post a review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, etc. You will accomplish two things. 1) You are giving the book (and the author/illustrator) praise. 2) You are getting your name out there.
  7. Website
    You KNEW that was coming didn’t you!???! It’s okay to have a webpage (or two pages) when you start out. This give you a ‘store front’ where people can find out about you. Trust me, people look… acquaintances, editors, agents, etc. With your own website, you’ll have control of the information that is out there on you.
  8. Videos
    Videos are watched A LOT! By creating videos you are creating another avenue for people to find you. You don’t have to be in front of the camera. You can do a slide show, animation, interviews, or other things to create content using videos.
  9. Social media
    Explore social media to its fullest. I started out on Facebook, but now I’m comfortable on Twitter, Pinterest, and others. By using them I build up content that is searchable.

As you can see, there are a lot of ways to become established and get your name out there. To begin with, take on one or two. As you get more comfortable with them, add others in. Before you know it, you will be recognized as a member of the community and someone who is established as a writer/illustrator.

One of the benefits of doing the above, is you will begin to fit into the community and find your own niche. This will help build your platform and become a person people recognize and trust.

 

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Are there other things you do pre-published?
What do you think is important?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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