Holiday Replay: How Do You Win an Award, Find a Literary Agent, and Get a Book Published?

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #209

Holiday Replay: How Do You Win an Award, Find a Literary Agent, and Get a Book Published?

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This Week’s Guest is Illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi

photo credit: Beckett Gladney
photo credit: Beckett Gladney


Debbie and I talk about
  • the process for a first time illustrator.
  • us looking at stuff on the video (she made the image below while we watched!).
  • the word my mom considered a curse word when I was little.
  • art notes Debbie received.
  • how she did wordless spreads.


Note to my podcast listeners

When I was listening to Fresh Air on NPR I thought, “Hey! I could do that, but with children’s publishing as my focus!” That’s how Brain Burps About Books got started. Writing is so solitary. I thought it would be a great way to get to talk to my friends and make new ones, plus I could help others learn. Maybe I’d learn some stuff myself, too. I’ve had the privilege of talking to the first three National Ambassadors for Young People’s Literature, to librarians and New York Time’s bestselling authors. I’ve interviewed to booksellers and publishers, writers, illustrators, app creators, and app distributors, and more! There is always something new on the horizon to learn and to share. So many listeners have asked how to support the show, and actually, now you can. I’ve installed a donate button to help defray the costs of producing the show. What do you learn or get out of Brain Burps every week? If it’s worth donating a dollar, two dollars, five, or whatever you think the show is worth to you, it would help enormously. The show costs $20 a month to keep on the server, and that’s only if there are four shorter episodes in a month. That number doesn’t include other costs like my time to research and record, post, edit the intros and outros, web hosting, and equipment and software to do all this. I ended up loving podcasting. I love my listeners. My “Burpers!” This is my gig, I know. and like I said, it’s an incredible experience for me. But if you’ve you’ve been helped, or just love it too, and you’re able, here’s your opportunity to help defray the costs. No matter what, thank you for being a Burper!

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