Still More about Adirondack Kids Series — Successful Children’s Book Self-Publishing

And now, to conclude my online interview of Adirondack Kids series author, Gary VanRiper, I asked …
Me: Do you have a particular technique in terms of marketing and promotion that has worked really well for you?
Gary: Wow. So much could be said on the subject of marketing and promotion. It should be understood by every [...]

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More about Adirondack Kids Series — Successful Children’s Book Self-Publishing

So here is more of my question/answer email interview with Gary VanRiper, author/publisher of the Adirondack Kids series
Me: Your arrangement of having a publisher as your distributor is interesting. It sounds as though it was someone who worked at the publishing firm who suggested that? or did you approach them? I’m just [...]

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Blogging Regularly and Writing Critique Groups

Okay, I have to post today for two reasons.
1) I haven’t posted in a while and I’ve noticed the longer I go without blogging, the more hesitant I am to blog. It’s as though I either feel that if I haven’t written in a while, then I need to have something REALLY good [...]

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Writing Children’s Books: The Bare Essentials of Writing for Children

I was emailing a new children’s writer and realized that I had spelled out the most essential lessons to writing good stories. Perhaps you’re interested in my 1-minute advice on writing. If so, here it is:
I attended a Children’s Writer’s Bootcamp (which I recommend if one is held nearby). One formula they [...]

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Should You, Should I Self-Publish a Picture Book?

I got an email today from a reader of Could You, Should You Self-Publish a Picture Book? who thanked me for the ebook and said it’s been helpful as he tries to decide about self-publishing a picture book series.  He asked me if, since I was currently publishing chapter books, if I had decided against publishing [...]

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Smelly Ellie, Second Place Sister

Speaking of Smelly Ellie, Second Place Sister, (as I was last night), I think it’s time I decide whether I’m going to rewrite the ending or add more to it.  It’s ironic that with both of my chapter book stories, my online writing critique group suggested a different ending.  With Smelly Ellie though, I’m leaning towards leaving [...]

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2009 Newbery and Caldecott Award Winners Announced

 
This is the first time I watched the announcement of the Newbery Award Live. Whether you agree with the choices of the ALA or not, it’s great that they have generated enough excitement about the best of children’s books to have people eagerly checking the announcement, cheering wildly for winners and running [...]

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Why Write?

Did you ever get tired of apologizing for not getting stuff done that you were supposed to?
I know I do. But if I consider how to avoid this situation, the answer comes down to selecting a more manageable to-do list.
I remember a manager at work long ago telling me, “You’ve got a new [...]

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I won! I Won! I WON, I WON, I WON….

After a hard day at the day job, I sat bleary-eyed at my computer and clicked on the Send/Receive email button. I watched as my SPAM filter churned away sorting out the garbage from the possibly worthwhile and casually clicked on one with a subject “Early Notification”.
And….
it opened….
and said…
The Mom’s [...]

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Writing for Children — Where’s the Best Place to Learn?

In an earlier post, I highly recommended SCBWI, in particular the conferences they hold. Another great source of info on writing for children is a husband/wife pair that run a website, newsletter, and several ebooks — Write4Kids.com. Write4Kids offers the total package of very basic information for folks new to the business of [...]

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Dealing with Rejection Letters, Criticism or Other Annoying Pests

Last week I received some unwelcome criticism at work. Hmm… or is ‘unwelcome criticism’ redundant?
Over time, I’ve gotten better at dealing with rejection and criticism. It still bothers me, but with others’ advice, I have learned how to see if there is any value to the criticism and then move on [...]

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Which Award(s) Did Dr. Seuss Win? Newbery, Caldecott, or Pulitzer Prize?

So I was looking through the List of Newbery Winners from 1922 - 1959 and the list of Newbery Award Winners from 1960 to now and I noticed Dr. Seuss (or his real name of Theodor Seuss Giesel) was not on the list. Then it occurred to me that typically picture books win Caldecott awards, [...]

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