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!
Only three more days to sign-up for
There’s a line up full of great advice, story sparks, and some prizes scattered throughout.
So you written a story and would like a fresh pair of eyes… in exchange for you doing the same.
BUT 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:
Read the story through twice
Put it down for a day
Read story out loud, while making notes
Read again to myself, while making additional notes (if any)
What notes do I make you may ask?
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.
:::LEAVE ME A COMMENT::: 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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