This is part two of my interview with Rip Graven, an industry expert and author of an upcoming horror anthology. He shares his tips for making sure as an author you come out on top when handling the business side of self-publishing. More information about Rip and his terrifying tales here.
Rip Graven, industry expert and author of an upcoming horror anthology, shares his tips for making sure as an author you come out on top when handling the business side of self-publishing. More information about Rip and his terrifying tales here.
***Black Children’s Book Week is February 26th – March 4th***
Cherie Feemster, an early childhood educator and author of the children’s book series A Walk Down Phonics Lane is the final guest for this three-part special. Click here for more information about her books.
***Black Children’s Book Week is February 26 – March 4***
Kaila Boulware Sykes is Co-Founder of Hidden Gems Literary Emporium bookstore, is the second guest for this three-part special. Click here for more information about Hidden Gems Literary Emporium of New Brunswick, New Jersey.
***Black Children’s Book Week Begins February 26th***
Natasha Carlow, children’s books author of Happy Tears and Rainbow Babies and Mike Nero and The Superhero School, is the first guest for this two-part special. Click here for more information about her books.
Here’s why starting an author newsletter is beneficial and why you should give it a try.
First of all, author newsletters give you the chance to connect with your readers in a more personal way. Sure, you can post updates on social media, but a newsletter provides a direct line of communication with your readers. You can share exclusive content, answer reader questions, and even share personal anecdotes or stories about your writing process. It’s like having a chat with your friends, only your friends are also your fans.
Secondly, author newsletters can be a great way to get creative. You can play around with different themes, designs, and formats to make your newsletter stand out. For example, you could include fan art, illustrations, or even short stories. You can also experiment with different types of content, such as author interviews, book recommendations, or writing tips. The sky’s the limit, and you can let your creativity run wild.
Thirdly, author newsletters can help you build a stronger relationship with your readers. By sharing your writing journey and opening up to your fans, you can create a sense of community and connection that goes beyond just reading your books. Your fans can feel like they’re a part of your world, and you can get to know them better too. It’s a win-win situation.
But how do you get started with an author newsletter? It’s easier than you might think. There are plenty of platforms out there that make it simple to create and send newsletters, such as Mailchimp, Constant Contact, and YAMM. Once you’ve signed up, you can start drafting your first newsletter and let your creativity run wild.
So why not give it a try? Your fans will love it, and you might just enjoy it too.
What are your thoughts about author newsletters? Have you found that a certain frequency of sending them out works best? Let us know in the comments below.
Congratulations! You’re embarking on a wonderful journey that could bring joy to countless young readers. Writing a children’s book is not only a creative and fulfilling endeavor, but it can also be a way to impart important values and lessons to the next generation. Here are some reasons why you should feel encouraged about starting to write a children’s book.
First of all, there is a huge demand for children’s books. Kids are always looking for something new and exciting to read, and parents are always on the lookout for books that will engage and inspire their children. By writing a children’s book, you have the opportunity to fill this need and bring a smile to a child’s face.
Another reason to feel encouraged is that there are so many different types of children’s books. You can write a picture book, a chapter book, a middle-grade novel, or even a young adult novel. You can choose to write fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose, and you can even incorporate elements of different genres, such as adventure, mystery, or fantasy. The possibilities are endless, and you have the freedom to create something truly unique.
Writing a children’s book can also be a way to share your passion and knowledge with young readers. Whether you’re an artist, a scientist, a historian, or a storyteller, you have the opportunity to share your expertise in a way that is accessible and engaging for children. By writing a children’s book, you can inspire a love of learning and curiosity in young readers.
Of course, writing a children’s book can also be a challenge. But don’t be discouraged! You don’t have to be a perfect writer to start – just focus on telling a great story that kids will love. You can always revise and improve your work later on. Finding a writing community or a mentor is also be a great way to hone your writing skills.
Finally, remember that writing a children’s book is an act of creativity and imagination. You have the power to create characters, worlds, and stories that will capture the hearts and minds of young readers. So go ahead, let your imagination run wild, and have fun with it!
If you are ready to begin your writing journey, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter below and check out our new podcast. You a can also sign up for a free writing consultation here.
New Edition to the Public Library
Kyla Saphir’s On Brighter Days was spotted at a Richland County Public Library’s branch in South Carolina this week.
Anaheim California Elementary School District recently agreed to order over 100 copies of high schooler Rahil Luthra’s book The Scam of the Sugar Farm.
This children’s book is loosely based on the DLF Land Grab Case of 2013 in Haryana, India. Corrupt politicians and businessmen used Section 4 of Indian Law to unfairly convince Indian farmers to sell their land for unfairly cheap prices. Over ₹50 crore INR (around $6.6 million USD) was made by these corrupt politicians and businessmen.
During a trip to India in 2016, Rahil Luthra was inspired to write this story when he witnessed his uncle breakdown in tears after explaining he could no longer financially support his own family. He had owned a farm in Amipur and had been coerced to sell his land for a quarter of what it was worth. Rahil realized that this wasn’t an isolated event. Since local residents had not been educated in finance nor have a basic knowledge of the local laws, this was a common occurrence.
After graduation, Rahil plans to pursue a career in financial law. He hopes to create a task force to help people in remote villages of India increase their education resources so they can begin standing up for their legal rights. He is also an active ambassador to the CRY America charity, which educates children in third-world countries.
CRY America thanks young author, Rahil Luthra from Orange County, for donating the proceeds from his book sales to CRY America, to help & support underprivileged children.https://t.co/TxuIHLOAtP
— CRYAmerica_OC (@cryamerica_oc) August 12, 2022
The Scam of the Sugar Farm was published by Artist Madrid Books this past April and is available for purchase here. All profits from these book sales will be donated by Rahil to the CRY America Foundation.
Award-Winning Children’s Book
This weekend at the Coast to Coast Children’s Book Expo in Atlanta, Caitlyn Jones’ book Some Days received the 2022 ICMe Award.
Caitlyn self-published her book in 2021. Some Days is an unique board book that is tailored to babies, toddlers and young ones whose parents/caretakers have either an “invisible” chronic or mental illness. It reassures these little ones that the adults in their life love them. Many communities treat speaking to young ones about chronic and mental illness as taboo. However, without having these conversations with our children, they instinctively attribute our personal struggles as their fault. Some Days is like a warm hug that provides a jumping off point to very needed discussions throughout our community.
Coast 2 Coast Children’s Book Expo celebrates diversity in children’s literature by assisting self-published authors in having their unfiltered voices heard. Everyone has a story but not everyone has access to it mainstream publishing methods. Click here for more information.