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?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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Free Pass Friday: Q&A SCHOOL VISITS… How to Prepare

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Today I’m continuing my block of post on…

SCHOOL TIME + AUTHOR VISITS = LEARNING STUDENTS

Every now and then I will have interviews, Q&As, and such that give you an inside look. I will be posting them under my Free Pass Friday series.

I held a live Q&A the other night and would like to share the result with all of you. There were a lot of great questions. So here is the video:

I hope you enjoyed it and that it answered some of the questions you might have had about Preparing for SCHOOL VISITS.

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Let me know what you think about what all I said.
Do you have any questions?
Is there another angle you would like to see covered?
What do you do to prepare for a school visit?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
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#summersparks DAY 9: Building a Platform by: Tracey M. Cox

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PLATFORM BUILDING

Can You Build It? Yes, You Can!

I want to touch on something that everyone is hearing about right now. PLATFORM BUILDING. I’m going to start with some basic information.   WHAT IS A PLATFORM A platform is quite simply how your audience views you. Are you helpful in the reading community? Do you give great resources for writers or illustrators? Do you offer material for teachers or librarians? Your platform focus should be who you want your audience to be. Your platform will also help build trust between you and your audience. This will create a ripple effect to where people will look for your books, material, advice, and spread word-of-mouth.   WHO NEEDS A PLATFORM EVERYONE needs a platform. I’m serious! If you are an enteprenuer (and that’s what you are writers!!!!), then you need a platform. Your platform will help you get your word out without being so pushy. People will come to understand you and feel they know you by the material you put out. This builds trust.   WHY DO WE NEED A PLATFORM We need a platform to expand our audience. People use different venues for information. By using more than one venue, you can reach more people and have a better chance of improving your search engine optimization on the internet. Who doesn’t want to have their links at the top of the search field?!?   WHERE CAN YOU FIND A PLATFORM Platform building is found on the internet (social media), the material you put out (books, magazine, newspapers), word of mouth, networking, reputation.   WHEN SHOULD YOU START BUILDING YOUR PLATFORM Now! Yes, I said right now. It does not matter if you don’t have a book out or if you have 50 books out. Begin now. Or start over now. Get a direction you want to take and stay on course. The more you have out there (and have it consistent), the more your audience will build trust with you and your products.       So now that you have an idea, let’s think about the building process. Think of PLATFORM BUILDING as a house that your identity lives in. What do you need for a sturdy, stable house? A foundation, material to build with, things to keep your material in place, and a roof.

FOUNDATION AND FRAME WORK:

Website/Blog Yes, you need to have one or both of these. What is the first thing you do when you want to find out information about something? If you are like me, you Google it. Right? Having a website is a solid foundation to where you can place your information in one place. If you have a blog, you can make an about me page where people can get to know you more. This is where people will come back time and again to get the information they need on you. Make it interesting and useful.   BUILDING MATERIAL: Content What do you want to be known for? Think along the lines of the field you are in… Non-Fiction or Fiction. Which children’s genre? Useful information such as agent or publishing information. Maybe you have resources for teachers, parents, or librarians. Do you want to target writers or illustrators? How about helping reluctant readers? There are plenty of ways you can reach people and have a great way of communicating.   KEEPING IT IN PLACE: Social Media Outlets Nail down what and who you want to reach by using social media. There are so many outlets out there. YouTube, FaceBook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and Instagram are only a few. Try a few out. What I like to do is give it a good week to see if I really like it or not. You will find out what works for you, what you like and dislike, and they best avenues to reach your audience.   ROOF: Keeping it all in place Make sure people can find you easily. I’ve done this by trying to keep my ID consistent with my media outlets. You can find me by searching Tracey M. Cox, traceymcox, or traceymcoxauthor on any of my outlets. Also if you can put all this in one place that is an added plus. Remember your foundation? Yep, I have my links on my website in the top boarder. I also have most of them on my blog.     The thing to remember is it will take time to build your platform. Those of us who seem to be all over the place? Well, we’ve been building for a while. Take it one block at a time. Update often to keep your search engine optimization up. Just keep building, building, building. Before you know it, things will come together and you will have built a great platform that is sturdy and a great house for your identity to live in. :::LEAVE A COMMENT::: Let me know which social media outlets you struggle with? Which would you like to know more about?

Tracey M. Cox

wpid-2012-01-01-18.01.43.jpg Tracey M. Cox has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a children’s author, local liaison for the Southern Breeze region of SCBWI, Founder/Director of Books Love & Taters Book Festival, co-founder (with Julie Gribble) of KidLit TV, and host of SUMMER SPARKS Writing Challenge. She also offers services on critiques with non- rhyming pb ms & as a platform building consultant. She lives in South Georgia with her husband, three children, and various fur-babies.

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WRITING PROMPT:

We are entepreneurs. Maybe some of us were when we were children also. How many of you had a lemonade stand? Or maybe a paper route? I sold flowers… that I clipped from my grandmothers yard… when she wasn’t looking. *I know. BAD, TRACEY! BAD!* Some of us might have volunteered too. Make a list about the different businesses children can do. Now pick three and do some research. See if it’s been written about. Can you think of a unique angle?

Tracey will be giving away your choice of one of her picture books:

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Missed a SUMMER SPARK? Don’t worry, you can find them here:

Day 1: In Celebration of Summer Magic  by Kelly Milner Halls
Day 2:  The Power of Doodling  by Alison K. Hertz
Day 3: Cause & Effect  by Alayne Kay Christian
Day 4: How to be a Marketing Ninja  by Corey Rosen Schwartz
Day 5: A Visual Writing Prompt: Begin at the End  by Julie Gribble
Day 6: The Final Word  by Jodi Moore
Day 7: Inspiration Station  by Susanna Hill
Day 8: Voice and Word Choice in Picture Books by Tara Lazar
Day 9: Platform Building Can You Build It? Yes, You Can!  by Tracey M. Cox
Day 10: 5 Ways to Hook Your Reader with Your Very First Line  by Kirsti Call
Day 11: Burning Down the House aka Revision by Donna Earnhardt
Day 12: Persistence  by Donna M. McDine
Day 13: Writing Your Way to a Spark  by Kris Dinnison
Day 14: Hope In Your Heart  by Carol Gordon Ekster
BONUS: What Songs Rock Your World?  by Claire Rudolf Murphy
THAT’S A WRAP!
Follow-up #1: TIPS
Follow-up #2: 9 Ways to Tighten Your Story
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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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Happy writing!
~t

 

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Tuesday Tips: YouTube hints and tricks

I’ll admit it…

The whole YouTube – Video was intimidating to me. I mean come on! You want me to get in front of a camera and talk. UGH! And what to talk about???? What if I mess up? What if I freeze? What if…? WHAT IF…!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AND WHAT IF A FROG HAD WINGS?
IT WOULDN’T BUMP IT’S BUTT EVERY TIME IT HOPS!

So, let’s all feel a little froggy and get to hoppin’.    😉

I went on YouTube and looked at all sorts of videos. Trying to see what worked and what didn’t. Trust me, there are plenty of examples of both.

What should you video?

Sometimes I look up topics and can’t find exactly what I’m looking for.  BINGO… video idea

I started doing my book reviews via video. I thought it would be a great way to let people see a few illustrations and also the size of the books. Also, who doesn’t like talking about books.

Interviews. I did my first with Katie Davis and had such fun! Can’t wait to do another one.

Silly videos, promotional videos, and then you can go more personal. YES, I have puppy videos. hahaha. Why  not videos for  the newlyweds or family reunions? The possibilities are unlimited.

So here’s a tips and hint sheet I worked on to help you on your way of mastering YouTube:

5 YouTube Tricks and Hints

Hope you have found this post helpful!

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Let me know what you think.
Do you have a YouTube channel?
What videos do you find beneficial?
What videos would you like to see more of?

Happy Videoing!
~t

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SUMMER SPARKS writing challenge sign-up is TOMORROW!

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SUMMER SPARKS writing challenge sign-up in 2 days

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