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http://www.   Wednesday   – KidLit.TV

Hi everyone.

Most of you know one of my passions is writing.

*bet you couldn’t guess that. LAUGHING* 

I’m honored to be a part of the KidLit TV team.  For those of you who haven’t checked out their website, it is full of videos that are kid-friendly.

STORYMAKERS: Features authors (and kidlit champions) who share something about a book of theirs. It could be an interview, or a yummy recipe, or a craft, or sharing other titles, and on and on. It’s a great way for children to see the people who are behind-the-book.

READ OUT LOUD: Who doesn’t like story time????? So gather around and listen in as someone (author/illustrator/literacy champion) reads a story and shares the artwork inside the covers.

READ, SET, DRAW!: Time to drag out your pencils, pens, markers, or water colors! Budding artists can learn first-hand to draw from illustrators!!!! How cool is that?!?

Podcasts: Many of the episodes are available as podcasts! You can always listen to an episode!

There’s a tab for crafts and thinking outside-the-box! There’s also Phil’s Fast 5 episodes, Two-In-A-Teepee, and so much more.

Check out: KidLit.TV, but be prepared to stay for a while!

Until next time…
Happy writing!
~t


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www (dot) Wednesday – KidLit.TV

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This website is one I refer not only to writers and illustrators, but to anyone who has children in their life… parents, grandparents, educators, media specialist, daycare facilities, and on and on I could go.

KidLit TV offers so much to everyone. #StoryMakers, hosted by Rocco Staino highlights authors and illustrators with an interview. #InsideScoop gives us a sneak peek at new books. #FieldTrip will take you on the scene to kidlit events. #ReadOutLoud has authors and illustrators reading their books. There is also the KidLitRADIO podcast that you can listen too. Not to mention arts, crafts, recipes… Need I say more?

Then add to that, their Facebook group page where you can interact with all involved. *bonus*

WHAT is KidLit TV?

We are a diverse group of parents, educators, librarians, kid lit creators, and award winning filmmakers all working together to bring great books to kids! Our mission is to create fun new ways to reinforce an appreciation of reading that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

The diverse KidLit TV team supports the ‘We Need Diverse Books’ and ‘Multicultural Children’s Book Day’ initiatives by encouraging the children’s literature community to create more books that reflect the diversity of our society.

Award winning website!

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#KidLitTV Supports Literacy!

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and watch the video.

#KidLitOnEllenShow is a great campaign that KidLit TV is behind. Why? Because kidlit matters!!! The ALAYMA (American Library Association Youth Media Awards) is our Oscars and used to be featured on national television, but no longer does. We know that The Ellen Show not only knows how to have a good time, but they also feature things that matter and are great about putting important topics out into the world.

Did you watch the video yet? Not only are the KidLit TV Team Members on board with this campaign, but many other people involved in the kidlit community are as well. Did you see some of your favorites in the video? I know I did.

Would you like to help spread the word? Maybe get Ellen Degeneres’ attention?!!!!!!!!? See THIS BLOG POST and you’ll find a link to make a suggestion to The Ellen Show. AND if you are on Twitter, you can RETWEET THIS POST!

KidLit TV also supports…

#WNDB
&
Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

Click on the picture to find out about this event that KidLit TV is a silver sponsor on.

Check  Out KidLit TV:

Visit their WEBSITE and see what all KidLit TV has to offer!

You can also find KidLit TV on:   YouTube   /   Facebook   /   Twitter   /   Pinterest   /   Instagram   /   kidlit.tv/newsletter

 

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Have you looked at the KidLit TV website?
Are you a member of their Facebook group?
What other websites would you like to see featured here?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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#BLTBF – Meet E.M. Knowles

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Hello everyone. I wanted to introduce the authors who will be at Book Love & Taters Book Festival on October 31st.

Third up is E.M. Knowles, who sent in a video.

Thanks bunches, E.M.! LOVE the video!!!

ABOUT E.M. KNOWLES:

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As a graduate of Columbia College with a B.A. in psychology and sociology, and as enraptured by current events as she is history, E.M. Knowles’ fiction leans to the cerebral and macabre. Her novels have been consecutive award winners with Diary of Mimosa Creek (NaNoWriMo 2012) Iona (2013), The Yawning Veil (2014).

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Thanks for stopping by everyone. Please visit the Books Love & Taters Book Festival website. AND if you are in the Ocilla, Georgia area, stop by October 31st. You’ll find all of us at the “MEET THE AUTHORS” booth.

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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#BLTBF – Meet Kristofer M. Hanson

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Hello everyone. I wanted to introduce the authors who will be at Book Love & Taters Book Festival on October 31st.

Second up is Kristofer M. Hanson.

Me:   Hi Kris. Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions.

Me:   What genres do you enjoy writing in?
Kris:   Fantasy and Science Fiction, ranging from YA to Mainstream

Me:   Can you tell us a little about your books?
Kris:   My first book is The Attuning, The Athran Saga, Book 1. I literally created Athran and the universe it resides in from the “celestial” ground up. The first book feels a little like high fantasy, as you meet Dwarves (don’t say that name to their face), see a form of Elf that is not an Elf (the Elffin), as well as other creatures such as the Orc-like Gralln and brutish Ogres. Then there is an element of steampunk mixed into the book as the people on the planet Athran have successfully combined their form of magic, elemental Mysticism, with different technologies. A white Mystic who manipulates air can fly an air barge, or a Red Mystic (fire) working with a Blue Mystic (water) can create a steam engine.

Once the world was created, I then asked myself, does a Dwarf or an Elf look into the stars and wonder what is up there? This is where elements of science fiction begin to bleed into the story. What if something from the stars came to them? What would happen to a fantasy world at odds with a science fiction world? Are the two truly separate, or can the fantasy be explained by science? Not to give too much away, but it has been more fun than I imagined writing this book.

I am currently 2/3 of the way done with Book 2, and look forward to finishing this series as a trilogy and pushing farther into this world and universe that I have crafted.

Me:   What made you decide to pursue writing professionally?
Kris:   I am a retired Disabled Veteran and Wounded Warrior, having served in the Air Force for 18 years. I have been creating this world for over a decade now, but the military has kept me thoroughly busy. Now that I am retired, it is time to share this story with the world and open people’s imaginations. 

Me:   What others genre(s) or subject(s) would you like to write?
Kris:   I don’t see myself writing in another genre, but I could see myself writing exclusively in either category, even though I prefer to mix the two together.

Me:   If you could meet one author, who would you choose and why?
Kris:   R.A. Salvatore and Robert Jordan are my biggest influences. I have already met Mr. Salvatore, so I would given a lot to see Mr. Jordan while he was still alive. Robert Jordan created a world and story that spanned over fifteen books, and I would just like to sit down over a nice cup of coffee and pick his brain about his characters and writing process.

Me:   For those of you who may not know, The Books Love & Taters Book Festival takes place during the Georgia Sweet Potato Festival in Ocilla, Georgia. This is my little town and it’s a big to-do around here. 😀 Every year, we take on a different theme. This year “There’s No Place Like Home” (The Wizard of OZ) was chosen.
My question to you is, who is your favorite Wizard of OZ character and why?
Kris:   Toto. A loyal dog and companion just along for the ride. He was brave and someone Dorothy could use to remind her of home.

Me:   Whose qualities do you like the most and why:

Tinman – Heart
Lion – Bravery
Scarecrow – Brains
Dorothy – Dreamer
Kris:   Like any good zombie, I would go for more brains. What is bravery if you don’t have the brains to guide it? You just needlessly throw your life away because you are not smart enough to realize those fifty flying monkeys are probably a bit too much to handle without some help. Heart is great, but heart is just a battery for the brains. You could say that emotions and empathy come from the heart, but the are actually formed in the brain through a long life full of experiences. Dreams are where our brains go to play when we sleep. If we did not dream, we would literally go insane. Sorry folks, but the Scarecrow was onto something here. Perhaps he wanted more brains and intellect so he could finally finish his plan of taking over Oz.

“What are we going to tonight, Scarecrow?”

“The same thing we do every night, Lion, try and take over the world… of Oz!”

Me: Thanks bunches, Kris!  And that was too, too, tooooooooooo funny!!!

ABOUT KRISTOFER M. HANSON:

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Kristofer Hanson is an independent author who has just emerged on the fantasy and science fiction scene. He is also a retired, 18-year United States Air Force Veteran and Wounded Warrior. While serving his nation took up most of his time, he has finally had the opportunity to sit down and bring his stories to life. His time spent in the military heavily influences his writing, and he hopes his readers enjoy the adventures he takes them on. 

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Thanks for stopping by everyone. Please visit the Books Love & Taters Book Festival website. AND if you are in the Ocilla, Georgia area, stop by October 31st. You’ll find all of us at the “MEET THE AUTHORS” booth.

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

 

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#BLTBF – Meet Raven Price

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#BLTBF – Meet Raven Price

Hello everyone. I wanted to introduce the authors who will be at Book Love & Taters Book Festival on October 31st.

First up is Raven Price.

Me:   Hi Raven. Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions.

Me:   What genres do you enjoy writing in?
Raven:   Fantasy / Romance

Me:   Can you tell us a little about your books?
Raven:   The are Christian Fiction with a supernatural, fantasy and romantic twist.

  1. The Plan
  2. The Conversion
  3. The Chosen

The Plan is my first book. It is a stand alone novel.
The Conversion & The Chosen are two of a trilogy I am working on that shows how God uses normal people to bring others into knowing his love while helping them find a loving relationship for themselves. I use a lot of supernatural events mixed with drama in this trilogy.

Me:   What made you decide to pursue writing professionally?
Raven:   In 2010, I was compelled to write my own story in a fictitious format after remembering how reading formed my beliefs and lifestyle.

Me:   What others genre(s) or subject(s) would you like to write?
Raven:   I’ve been told by a couple of reviewers that I have a tendency to write in several genres in one novel. So to answer your question, I don’t have another one I pretty much cover the basics other than erotica. My style covers romance, fantasy, drama, supernatural, science fiction, horror, crime, YA, and NA.

Me:   If you could meet one author, who would you choose and why?
Raven:   Nora Roberts. I like Nora, because she writes a lot like me. She even has a drama series under another name: JD Robb.

Me:   For those of you who may not know, The Books Love & Taters Book Festival takes place during the Georgia Sweet Potato Festival in Ocilla, Georgia. This is my little town and it’s a big to-do around here.   😀   Every year, we take on a different theme. This year “There’s No Place Like Home” (The Wizard of OZ) was chosen.
My question to you is, who is your favorite Wizard of OZ character and why?
Raven:   I like Dorothy. She is stubborn, driven to explore and loving all at the same time.

Me:  Whose qualities do you like the most and why:

  • Tinman – Heart
  • Lion – Bravery
  • Scarecrow – Brains
  • Dorothy – Dreamer

Raven: Dorothy. Dorothy is inquisitive. She hates evil and wants to rescue the innocent which leads her through a journey of self-discovery and moral values. She loves her aunt and unle and the men who work with them, but she is sadden when they want to side against her when an evil woman wants to destroy her dog. To stop injustice on her own, she flees only to be trapped in a supernatural event which throws her into a land where she has to grow. This journey will empower her and help others to overcome fears and brokenness.

Me:   Thanks bunches, Raven!!!!

ABOUT RAVEN PRICE:

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Raven Price is a wife, mother and grandmother who writes Christian Fiction. Along with writing, she works for her church and engages people on social media.  With three books published, she also writes a blog twice a month called Author Talk Interview to help other authors get promoted.

 The Plan      The Conversion      The Chosen

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Thanks for stopping by everyone. Please visit the Books Love & Taters Book Festival website. AND if you are in the Ocilla, Georgia area, stop by October 31st. You’ll find all of us at the “MEET THE AUTHORS” booth.

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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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?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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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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Have you read any great picture books lately?
Do you know of any writing challenges you would like to see featured here?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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