Hop on over, grab some coloring pencils and download this free coloring page!
Have fun coloring!
On BTB (Beyond The Book), I would like to look at SHAPING UP THE YEAR. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. I don’t know about you, but I use to make my own Valentine cards when I was little. I loved creating each card, making each one extra personal. It’s a great way to use your imagination. Not to mention you can create all different kinds of cards.
How does this tie into the book? Well, your card is a rectangle. You can cut out hearts and stars for different looks. Or you can combine shapes to create other things. A square with a triangle on top could be a happy home. The possibilities are endless.
To help you out, I have an activity page on my website that you can download, print out, and color to give you a head start. You can also find it here: Valentine Card Print Out.
I hope you enjoy making some wonderful cards and memories. Post your cards online and tag me in them. I would love to see what you create! Use the hashtag: #TMCcreates
Until next time…
Happy reading & creating!
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Before you contact a school, as a presenter you need to have several things in order.
Just as in trying to be published, you want to put your best foot forward. I have composed a list of several things I think you need to have to be SCHOOL VISIT ready…
Rehearse – Get in front of a mirror and pretend you are talking to the crowd. Notice your facial features and how you move. Time it too. Most people will want to know how long your presentation takes. Take your time and go through all the motions until it feels natural.
Flash Drive – Back your presentations up on a flash drive. I usually try to send my material a head of time, but sometimes things fail or won’t come up when you need it too. Have your flash drive handy to save the day.
Have a Back-Up Plan – Even when you plan, things do always go as planned. Computers going down is only one senario. Always have a back up plan.
Then I also bring these along:
One day I want to incorporate an easier way to lug all my items. 🙂
In my bag:
Then I have my speaker too, if and when needed.
Yes, I have to make more than one trip. Working on that.
Here’s a printable list for your convenience too. 🙂
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Let me know what you include for your school visits!
Have a question? Ask in the comments and I will answer it as best as I can.
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block of blog posts. Today I’m covering the author side.
HAVE A WEBSITE!
Here is a very good reason to have one, even if it is just one page. A (principal, media specialist, pta member, etc) will definitely search for you on the internet.
By having a website, you ensure the information out there on you is accurate. You can also control what they see and what you promote.
Honestly, any and all information you need to encourage people to buy your books, invite you to their school, use your services, etc.
While you might not have all those categories, and might have others, be straight forward with your information. Be honest and up front. People like to have their information where they can processes it easily. They also like to feel as if they know you. Make it easy and simple.
Here is my website link:
When you click over you will go directly to my landing page. On my landing page I’ve included several things:
Pages I included and why are:
Your website may or may not have all those elements, but that is why you are unique and what you offer is a one-of-a-kind deal!
The key is getting your name out there where you can be found and have your information correct. Build that trust and help promote literacy.
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Let me know what you think about my website. What do you include in yours? What information do you think is most important to include on a website?
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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:
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!
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There’s a line up full of great advice, story sparks, and some prizes scattered throughout.
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Last Monday I talked about marketing with Facebook. Today I thought I would give you 4 ways to utilize Facebook for your marketing needs.
I utilize Facebook more than most social media outlets. Why? I guess it suits my tastes more. I have friends that LOVE Twitter. I have friends that use Tumbler. (something I haven’t even touched yet.) I like the versatility that Facebook offers and the fact that I can create and invite people to different things and not aggravate everyone on their newsfeed. All this is a plus for me.
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Have you had a successful event?
What groups do you think are a necessity?
What are your other ideas? I’d love to know what you think!
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Instead of giving an idea on writing today, I thought I would give some ideas on what to have on hand for promotional needs and author visits that can be loaded to your website for easy printouts.
Here is a pdf on
All of these I have either incorporated onto my own blog OR I’m working on them.
Why do I think this is necessary?
What else do you think you could add? LEAVE ME A COMMENT BELOW to add to this great list and keep everyone informed! Let me know what you do. 🙂