If You're Writing a Children's Book, Get the Kidlit411 Here

Brain Burps About Books #191

If you’re writing a children’s book, you need to know about Kidlit411.com

An Interview with Kidlit 411 creators Elaine Kiely Kearns & Sylvia Liu

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This week’s guests are Elaine Kiely Kearns is a picture book writer, a second grade elementary school teacher and a mother of two, who lives on coffee, chocolate and humor. Armed with a master’s degree in Education and working from her home office in New York, she spends her time writing and perusing the internet for golden nuggets of information for KidLit411.com.

POST SHOW NOTE FROM KATIE: I did some research about part of our conversation toward the end about RSS feeds v. email lists. Though they do have a list of emails via their RSS feed, they just have access to the list of emails. They can copy them into an excel file, but they don’t have permission to send emails to the people. This is the equivalent of a starving man sitting at a table piled with food and not being able to touch it. This is why every writer needs to start an email list! I recommend Aweber.

Sylvia Liu is an environmental attorney turned writer-illustrator. She won the 2013 Lee and Low New Voices award and her winning manuscript, A Morning With Gong Gong, will be published. She recently completed an illustration mentorship with David Diaz through the Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program.  Her art and infographics have been published on Huffington Post and other venues. She is inspired by aliens, cephalopods, bunnies, and pigs who want to fly.

Heather Preusser reviews The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Julie Hedlund Gets All Grateful on Your A** about saying thank you––and here is the video I created on thank yous.


Recent Comments

  • Carrie Charley Brown
    August 15, 2014 - 11:20 pm · Reply

    Katie! You are so much fun and I loved FINALLY hearing the real live voices of Elaine Kiely Kearns and Sylvia Liu! They spend so much time doing what they do for the giant KidLit team we are all part of! It kinda reminds me of someone else I know… hmmm, now who was that again? Oh yeah! YOU! 🙂

  • Tess Stearns
    January 26, 2015 - 9:46 am · Reply

    Thank You!!~ I watched an interview with you on you-tube and ended up here. I have just taken 7 books out of the box they have been in for 15 years. My goal is to publish and illustrate my own books….looking for info on how to illustrate…ie format, medium etc…I am totally in research stage but 3 new book ideas just popped in too….please, if you can give me any direction I would be grateful!!~ tess stearns

    • Katie
      February 3, 2015 - 6:01 am · Reply

      Tess, there is just too much info for a comment reply, but if you call in to the podcast, I can answer you on air, and that way thousands of folks can be helped, too. Go to http://speakpipe.com/katiedavis. Or you can join my next CrankitUpwithKatie.com group coaching, or become one of my VIPeeps and get free marketing lessons mailed to you. There is also a ton of info here on the site!

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