www.Wednesday… KidLit TV

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KidLit TV, which will launch in the fall, will be the online video resource for the greater KidLit Community.

So why am I telling you about this web site now? There has been a FB group created for KidLit TV. This group will be your place to post videos or links to videos! Share your book trailers, news videos, interview videos, school visits, book signings, how-to advice on everything from creating awesome picture books to making animated presentations. You can also share others that you have found helpful, even if you have not created them. This is your video group in the KidLit world. 

I spoke with Julie Gribble, the creative brains behind KidLit TV and here’s what she had to say about it:


ABOUT KIDLIT TV


Our exciting new venture, KidLit TV, will leverage our experience with other forms of media to help parents, teachers, and librarians learn more about the world of children’s literature. It will feature interviews with children’s book authors and illustrators and will be an online visual resource for the greater KidLit Community.
The KidLit TV website and YouTube channel will be launching in fall 2014!

YOU DON’T HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THIS FALL TO PARTICIPATE THOUGH!
Remember the FB Group Page I mentioned earlier. There is a ‘soft’ launch going on TONIGHT! Julie and I will be online at 8 pm est to answer your questions and take suggestions.
If you haven’t received an invite to the virtual launch, let me know you would like to be invited. We’ll have to be friends on fb. You can friend me on my page. Also here is the page for the KIDLIT TV FB GROUP PAGE.

Hope to see you all there. Now, get those videos going!
`t

 

 

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Thinking Thursday: How to Critique

So you written a story and would like a fresh pair of eyes… in exchange for you doing the same.

ideasBUT how do you critique a story?

While there is no Do THIS and DO THAT instructions, I have found people give the same advice and this is what I tend to do when critiquing a picture book manuscript:

  1. Read the story through twice
  2. Put it down for a day
  3. Read story out loud, while making notes
  4. Read again to myself, while making additional notes (if any)

What notes do I make you may ask?

  • flow pattern
  • pov shift
  • grammer
  • spelling
  • suggestions on how to improve
  • comments on what I think (love this line, etc)
  • add or delete word(s) or phrase
  • anything I think will help improve the manuscript

How do I format my critique? I like to think of  it as a sandwich. You get two pieces of bread and then the good stuff in the middle.
The first piece of bread is me giving some basic instructions and an overall feel of the story. *I make a point to stay positive. FIND something you like*
The middle is where I include my notes, suggestions, and comments. *This is the meaty part. Yes, there will be constructive criticism here, but you are wanting it to get better. VERY rarely will you run across something that is absolutely ready with nothing to comment on*
The last piece of bread is where I go into  my overall comments of the story. I may also comment about marketing, submitting possibilities, and other things that may pop into my head.

Critiquing is like writing though. You get better with practice. BUT even someone who is new can see things that others may overlook. The best thing is to take the plunge, jump in feet first, and enjoy the water.

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Let me know if you have some other great tips when critiquing.
ALSO… I offer a critique service for non-rhyming pbs. You can click on the tab at the top of this post to read what my fees are and how to contact me.

 

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~t

 

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Thinking Thursday: Platform Building

As a writer, I know you have heard this…

“You need to have a platform.”

But what is a platform?           How do I get one?           What do I do with it?

Well, I attended Katie Davis‘ Lunch ‘n Learn yesterday and she broke it down so even I understood it…

Platform equals Communication with Transparency.
Communication equals Loyalty.
Loyalty equals Fans.

Wow! Thanks Katie!!! I think as writers we have to come across to our audience as real as possible. Yes, we are human… We make mistakes, we hurt, we laugh, we cry, we want to throw our hands up and go screaming down the street!  But we have a lot to offer to… advice, tips, and a shoulder to lean on.   🙂

In a way I think illustrators have an easier job. They have drawings and illustrations that people can see. This helps build their platform.
So let’s think about: Comedians. They  have “a look” and “a style” they use.   Actors. The have a “genre” they are famous for and while their “look” may change, you know it’s them. How can we incorporate that into our platform?

Image courtesy of Andy Newson / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Andy Newson / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

  • Blog about your experience. NO TWO PEOPLE ARE THE SAME. Tell us how you see it.
  • Social Media. I am spread out across the internet. FaceBook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+. Get yourself out there.
  • Website.  Yes, I had one BEFORE I was published. Agents and Editors will go looking for you. People who like you will hopefully give you some “LINKY LOVE” when they talk about you.
  • Videos… I am working on videoing my children’s book reviews. You can give presentations, how-tos, etc. Videos get more exposure on searches too! Videos don’t have to feature you either. If you are camera shy you can always video a powerpoint. No you to see.    😉
  • Reviews… Books, people, web sites… Tie it in to you!

All this will give you a platform. IE: SOMETHING TO STAND FOR!

You know like Super Man…

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Image courtesy of Jeroen van Oostrom / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

EVERYONE knows he stands for Truth & Justice.

LET ME KNOW how you are building your platform! Or how you plan on building it.
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Happy Writing!
`T

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Marketing Monday: Twitter

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Who wants to feel like a twit when they tweet?

Not this girl.

So why shy away from this social media outlet? It’s different… It’s scattered… I don’t know what I’m doing. Well you SHOULD use twitter, especially if you are a writer! WHY? It will help you with word count, keep you updated in the field, have at-the-scene at conferences, make friends, have some laughs, OH and MARKET YOURSELF!

WORD COUNT

You have 140 characters (including spaces) to say what you have to say and let that baby fly! Picture Book Writers… this is for you!  Not a picture book writer??? WELCOME TO MY WORLD.   >:-}   Every word counts. Cut, tighten and hit send.

UPDATES IN THE FIELD

Follow editors, houses, agents, and other authors/illustrators. You find out what is being published, who may be open to submissions, where someone might be speaking at, contests, and and and… you’re getting the picture right?

LIVE BROADCASTING

OK, so we all can’t make it to conferences. BUT you can feel like you are there. Really! There are tweeters using hashtags in their posts so you can search for them and read all about it.

LAUGHTER & FRIENDS

Follow your friends and see what they are up to, there are different chats that you can attend and some spoofs of those chats can get hilarious! You will get a glimpse into lives and some may shock you at how funny, sarcastic, amusing, and boring they can be.

MARKETING

Yes, you can market yourself on Twitter. Post news about your books, appearances, blogs, and on. One thing I would suggest though. Don’t over market yourself. No one wants to feel like they are being spammed. I try to participate in chats, promote other people, post pictures of my pets, scenery and nail art, and well anything else that might interest me. Keep it versatile and interesting. I really try not to put too much thought into it. I try to be me… the good, the bad, and the ugly.

 

–CHATS & HASHTAGS… OH MY!–

One way to totally throw yourself into the Twiterverse is to join a chat. Chats can easily be followed by using hashtags (#). There are chats on every subject you can think of (legally), I bet. Two I like to follow are #pblitchat & #kidlitchat. There are ‘specials’ too. Where agents and editors let you ask questions or you can join a pitch chat and hope to catch the attention of an agent or editor.

 

Lots of good things… so much I can’t even cover it all! I want to give you a few links to keep reading though:

Both of these are worth the time (and money) to read through.

Now go on and spread your wings… before you know it you will be soaring through Twitter and not feeling like a twit at all!

Happy reading!
~t

Thinking Thursday… Think About Paying It Forward To Our Authors

Hey everyone.

Today I thought I would write a post as a reader instead of a writer.  How can you show support for an author you like? You know, without having to go all stalker on them? Here are a few things I already do and a few things I plan on doing more of:

  1. Are they multi-published? Buy their other books.
  2. Really liked a book? Buy the same book and give to a friend or family member, or donate a book to your local library, shelter, doctor office, etc.  Books make great presents!
  3. Write a review of the book on Amazon &/or GoodReads.
  4. Share your review on FaceBook, Twitter, etc.
  5. Write a real letter to the author. *They REALLY appreciate fan mail* (you can always mail the letter to the author c/o the publisher)
  6. LIKE their author page on FaceBook and ask your FB friends to do the same.
  7. Follow them on Twitter.
  8. Take a picture of you reading their book. Or your children if  it is  a children’s book. Post it to your FB wall and theirs. Author like to see the ‘in-action shots’ of their books!
  9. Write a post about the author &/or the book on FaceBook.
  10. Tweet about the author &/or book on Twitter.
  11. If they are school aged genre, tell your school about them. Your media specialist is always on the look out for a new book or author they might have not heard of. **ahem, donate a book to your local school**
  12. ______________ <– FILL IN THE BLANK. WHAT DO YOU DO TO SHOW YOUR AUTHORS SOME LOVE?

Leave me a comment to make suggestions. Can’t wait to see what all YOU do to show an author some love.   🙂   Lets make this a year where we let our authors know how much we enjoy their work!

Happy reading!
~t