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Picture Book Author Tara Lazar and Rebelling Against Routine

Queries, Qualms, & Quirks

Picture Book Author Tara Lazar joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss how to do picture book market research, writing in between wiping baby butts, publishing surprises, coming up with book titles before anything else, figuring out what works for you, and not having a writing schedule. ✦  Street magic performer. Award-winning ice sculptor. Hog-calling champion. These are all things Tara Lazar has never been. Instead, she writes stories for children featuring quirky characters and hilarious happenings. Tara writes the 7 ATE 9 series of picture books from Little Brown, illustrated by Ross MacDonald. Her latest book is BLOOP with illustrator Mike Boldt, about an alien who comes to conquer earth but thinks the dogs are in charge! ✦  Tara: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Bookshop | Amazon | IndieBound ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqtara 


29 Jul 2021

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The Struggle to Reopen: Tara Lazar, founder F10 Creative

FULL COMP: The Voice of the Restaurant Industry Revolution

Dine in is done yet again. Parts of California are facing another stay at home order. What do you do if you own a restaurant? What do you do if you own 2 or 3 or more. Tara Lazar owns 6 spanning all sectors of hospitality. While most of us are struggling to pivot one location, Tara is masterminding how to ensure all 6 survive the year. Today we get real about the struggles she’s working to overcome and the highs and lows along this path. Click to sign up for our weekly newsletter. Click here to book time on my personal calendar. Click here to download our Restaurant Recovery Guide. Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomppodcast to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business. SHOW NOTES Owns 6 locations Building was about taking opportunities when they came Having multiple locations is more entertaining and stimulating The restaurant revenue offsets the cost of management labor from the catering company What has it been like as a woman in the industry Fight a lot harder to be taken seriously The network of restaurateurs is a gentlemen’s club Woman leaders tend to be of an older generation Initial reaction to Covid This could be devastating on the catering side Failed with communication during Covid Stayed really quiet which stressed out staff Started having zoom calls and updates every two weeks Being realistic with your team How many will be able to come back in the fall? Being honest about not knowing the answers Failure depends on so many things out of our control Landlord Government restrictions Consumer behavior Restaurants in charge of public safety Food sourced responsibly Following safety regulation An outbreak in your restaurant could be devastating Using contact tracing forms Greatest fear How do we keep staff safe Using PPP loan Distributed to staff who needed it Paid staff to stay home Was hoping that the team would repay this by working when the restaurant was able to reopen Unfortunately many wanted to collect unemployment instead Pivoting during Covid Does not want to do fast-casual or ordering online Less interaction with clients Branded to-go packaging to be more experiential To-go model at Cheeky’s Redefining hospitality How do you anticipate your guests when you don’t know who they are? Following comment cards and customer surveys Success in 2020 Already been successful Realigned with what is important Automating BOH operations Makes work more efficient Would like guests and staff together again Short term goals Keeping staff on the payroll Long term goals Partner with companies Acquire businesses Growing wide vs growing deep Buying out competition Expand into a different market Innovations caused by Covid Cocktails to go Cocktail food truck Farmer’s market boxes New to-go packaging Online to-go platforms Word to the industry Show your appreciation to your customers for supporting you


31 Jul 2020

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Tara Lazar talks about humor in picture books

Gather, a Kidlit Podcast

Tara Lazar, children's book author, talks about humor in picture books, and about Storystorm--a picture book idea-generator project. The Storystorm challenge is to create 30 story ideas in 30 days.


5 Nov 2019

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Co-host Tara Lazar discusses three new World War II books, two mythology-based fantasies, a favorite Dr. Seuss story coming to Netflix & Nic Stone’s new tattoo: Tuesday, October 15th

All The Wonders This Week

Joining me this week to talk about all things exciting and new in the world of children’s literature is Tara Lazar - a mom of two, a children’s book blogger, and author of several picture books including  7 Ate 9, Your First Day of Circus School, and - just out today - The Upper Case: Trouble in Capital City. Please head over to All the Wonders for a complete outline of this episode - including links to every book and topic we chat about.


15 Oct 2019

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Restaurant chat with Tara Lazar

Chomp, by The Desert Sun

If you've spent time in Palm Springs, there's a good chance you've eaten at a Tara Lazar restaurant. The Palm Springs native owns and operates Cheeky's, Birba, Chi Chi, and Mr. Lyons Steakhouse, as well as the Alcazar Hotel. We talk to her about the different flavors of her restaurants, what the food scene was like for her growing up, and, of course, bacon.


11 Feb 2016

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KidLit Podcast: Tara Lazar


Podcast Ep3: StoryMakers with Tara Lazar Author Tara Lazar was one of our first StoryMakers guests! She has been extremely busy this month, especially because Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) takes place in November. Join Rocco Staino as he talks about Tara’s debut picture book, The Monstore from Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, the art of writing picture books, and much more! At the back of Frankensweet’s Candy Shoppe, under the last box of sour gumballs, there’s a trapdoor. Knock five times fast, hand over the bag of squirmy worms, and you can crawl inside The Monstore. The Monstore is the place to go for all of your monsterly needs. Which is perfect, since Zack definitely has a monsterly need. The problem? His pesky little sister, Gracie, who never pays attention to that “Keep Out” sign on Zack’s door—the one he has made especially for her. But when Zack’s monsters don’t exactly work as planned, he soon finds out that the Monstore has a few rules: No Refunds. No exchanges. No exceptions. Want to watch the video for this episode? Click HERE! CONNECT WITH KidLit TV Facebook Page Facebook Group Instagram Newsletter Pinterest Twitter YouTube The post KidLit Podcast: Tara Lazar appeared first on KidLit TV.


20 Nov 2015

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WRITER 078: We chat to bestselling novelist Kevin Kwan, author of 'Crazy Rich Asians' and 'China Rich Girlfriend'

So You Want to be a Writer

Valerie reads 270 short stories, book 3 of Allison Tait’s “The Mapmaker Chronicles”, Bauer Media shutting down Zoo Weekly magazine, what skills a Vogue editor needs, do you agree with brand journalism? Faulty freelance writer assumptions, how to fit freelance writing around a full-time job, kidlit blogger Tara Lazar, Writer in Residence Kevin Kwan, author of “Crazy Rich Asians” and “China Rich Girlfriend”, and team work and productivity app Asana. Also: how do you know when you’ve done enough research for your article? Read the show notes.  Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | ValerieKhoo.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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22 Sep 2015

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033: Tara Lazar – I Thought This was a Picture Book Idea Episode


Tara Lazar is a picture book author and creator of Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo). This talk is less about PiBoIdMo and more about Tara, her books and her journey.

1hr 1min

12 Aug 2015

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Tara Lazar (@taralazar), author of The Monstore(@SimonKids) and founder of Picture Book Idea Month (#PiBoIdMo), stops by to talk about  all of the amazing features of this year's PiBoIdMo celebration, the great things that can happen when you focus on capturing picture book ideas over the course of 30 days, and how all you have to do is create just one great idea.


30 Oct 2014

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Episode 4: Tara Lazar, Children’s Book Blogger & Author of The Monstore

Let's Make Kids' Books - Children's Book Publishing Show

In this episode of the Let’s Make Kids’ Books podcast, I’m joined by the talented and funny Tara Lazar, who blogs at TaraLazar.com about writing children’s books and shares a ton of great info from the traditional publishing side of the business. She also wrote the fantastic picture book called The Monstore, and has several more books in the process of being published. I invited her to come on the show and talk about lessons she’s learned from years in the business, and share advice for aspiring authors on how to perfect their craft and become a thriving author in today’s publishing world. Even though she at children’s book publishing very differently than I do, there’s a lot of great information to learn from in this episode! You’ll learn: How Tara left the corporate world to become a children’s author How she started blogging as part of becoming a published author Advice on getting an agent and shopping it around to get a book deal How she overcame her fear of rejection Why marketing for authors isn’t “slimy” and how to do it the right way How to get readers to care about your marketing and want to hear from you Tara’s advice for authors who want to go the traditional publishing route The importance of your book’s concept, and why “message books” are so hard to do correctly How to create books that kids really love and beg their parents to buy Why Tara started the awesome PiBoIdMo writing event, and why I’ll be participating every year Tara’s view of self-publishing children’s books Advice for aspiring authors who haven’t gotten started yet And much more! Tara’s a really fun and funny guest, and has a lot of great info to share with you in this episode! More from Tara: TaraLazar.com – Tara’s blog on all things related to children’s book writing and publishing. Very entertaining and worth checking out! The Monstore – Tara’s wonderful picture book PiBoIdMo – The annual Picture Book Idea Month even that Tara created. I can’t wait to sign up and participate this year! Keep Listening: Subscribe on iTunes – Please leave a review if you enjoy the show! It just takes a second and really helps get the word out. Check out more episodes


20 May 2014