April 8, 2011

One of the first things you need to do if you want to know anything and everything about school visits is to listen to this interview I did with school visit expert Alexis O’Neill and then surf over to the site she started called, um, schoolvisitexperts.com. She may be the expert, but I have learned…

April 7, 2011

I’ve always loved speaking at conferences. Why? I love helping people avoid the puddles I’ve stepped in. In other words, I love the teaching aspect, and sharing information. Again, I get to be surrounded by people who love books, literacy, and kids as much as I do. If I don’t get to be with friends…

April 6, 2011

I’ve been to many appearances where there are between one and three kids in the audience. Or even zero kids! This has nothing to do with me, and it will have nothing to do with you if it ever happens to you. A huge Caldecott winning author/illustrator once told me it even happened to her,…

April 5, 2011

There are so many ways to make appearances as an author and the differences in approaching each gig are important, so in order to keep things clear, I’ll be covering them in a series of posts. I’ll include book festivals, school visits, conferences, stores, and libraries and even virtual appearances! Let’s start with festivals…why? Because…

April 4, 2011

About two years ago I was sending out a newsletter sporadically, with no real focus to it except my own news. Needless to say, I did not get a lot of subscribers. Actually, maybe I do need to say. Remember the post I wrote about thinking globally? Why would anyone want to only read about…

April 3, 2011

There are a ton of fabulous blogs out there. A lot of them are stunning and funny and unique. A lot of them are boring and horrible to look at. None of that has anything to do with you. If you want to blog, you should. If you don’t, don’t! If you enjoy your subject,…

April 2, 2011

Some of this is a reprint of a guest post I did a while back for the Blue Rose Girls blog. Let’s get you a mailing list. You are going to grow your audience and then stay connected. (No, that is not two things. I promise. Besides, after you’ve collected a mailing list you will…

April 1, 2011

Obviously, if I knew the secret to SEO, I would be the only Katie Davis in a Google search of my name! Everyone is always trying to scramble their way to the top of that valuable list. There are a bazillion articles on the internet about how to do this, and here I am definitely…