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Author Katie Davis hosts Brain Burps About Books as a "fly on the wall" show. It's all about the craft and business of publishing, now including all genres––not just children's books. Interviews with experts cover publishing, creating, promoting, and writing them. Are you an aspiring writer who'd like to know the inside scoop on how others got their books published? Kid's books? Indie books? Non-fiction? Or are you already published and want to hear how to make your book trailer? Maybe you're a librarian or teacher doing an author study or just a fan of kidlit and want to listen to booksellers, editors, authors and other experts in the field talk about the craft and business of publishing, both of children's literature and beyond.Writer entrepreneur, illustrator, book marketing expert, and author Katie Davis is the host of this funny and informative show meant to help anyone with an interest in publishing, book marketing, video marketing, general book publishing and children's literature. Since 2010, there have been regular contributors and reviewers, as well as hundreds of interviews with anyone Katie believes will help her listeners in their quest to succeed in their business.Katie Davis' traditionally published books have sold over 820,000 copies which led to her writing a self-published marketing guide for writers, debuting at #1 on Amazon. Katie teaches writers how to create videos, she coaches other writers in their marketing efforts and presents at schools, conferences, and fundraising galas internationally. She's an NSA member and on the advisory board for the Brooke Jackman Foundation, a literacy-based charity.

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Author Katie Davis hosts Brain Burps About Books as a "fly on the wall" show. It's all about the craft and business of publishing, now including all genres––not just children's books. Interviews with experts cover publishing, creating, promoting, and writing them. Are you an aspiring writer who'd like to know the inside scoop on how others got their books published? Kid's books? Indie books? Non-fiction? Or are you already published and want to hear how to make your book trailer? Maybe you're a librarian or teacher doing an author study or just a fan of kidlit and want to listen to booksellers, editors, authors and other experts in the field talk about the craft and business of publishing, both of children's literature and beyond.Writer entrepreneur, illustrator, book marketing expert, and author Katie Davis is the host of this funny and informative show meant to help anyone with an interest in publishing, book marketing, video marketing, general book publishing and children's literature. Since 2010, there have been regular contributors and reviewers, as well as hundreds of interviews with anyone Katie believes will help her listeners in their quest to succeed in their business.Katie Davis' traditionally published books have sold over 820,000 copies which led to her writing a self-published marketing guide for writers, debuting at #1 on Amazon. Katie teaches writers how to create videos, she coaches other writers in their marketing efforts and presents at schools, conferences, and fundraising galas internationally. She's an NSA member and on the advisory board for the Brooke Jackman Foundation, a literacy-based charity.

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By MamaStreets - Jun 21 2016
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I'm super excited to discover Katie Davis!!! I knew she was worth following after listening to her first podcast!! I'm new to world of publishing for children and I'm so excited to learn from this spirited chidlrens book pro!!

Fun and informative

By DrGentry - Feb 18 2016
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Katie offers a lot of information and resources to her listeners, often for free. I've enjoyed listening to the interviews that survey many different aspects of the writing and publishing worlds. Her fun personality comes through in the podcast.

iTunes Ratings

115 Ratings
Average Ratings
104
5
2
2
2

Finally!

By MamaStreets - Jun 21 2016
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I'm super excited to discover Katie Davis!!! I knew she was worth following after listening to her first podcast!! I'm new to world of publishing for children and I'm so excited to learn from this spirited chidlrens book pro!!

Fun and informative

By DrGentry - Feb 18 2016
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Katie offers a lot of information and resources to her listeners, often for free. I've enjoyed listening to the interviews that survey many different aspects of the writing and publishing worlds. Her fun personality comes through in the podcast.
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Brain Burps About Books

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Author Katie Davis hosts Brain Burps About Books as a "fly on the wall" show. It's all about the craft and business of publishing, now including all genres––not just children's books. Interviews with experts cover publishing, creating, promoting, and writing them. Are you an aspiring writer who'd like to know the inside scoop on how others got their books published? Kid's books? Indie books? Non-fiction? Or are you already published and want to hear how to make your book trailer? Maybe you're a librarian or teacher doing an author study or just a fan of kidlit and want to listen to booksellers, editors, authors and other experts in the field talk about the craft and business of publishing, both of children's literature and beyond.Writer entrepreneur, illustrator, book marketing expert, and author Katie Davis is the host of this funny and informative show meant to help anyone with an interest in publishing, book marketing, video marketing, general book publishing and children's literature. Since 2010, there have been regular contributors and reviewers, as well as hundreds of interviews with anyone Katie believes will help her listeners in their quest to succeed in their business.Katie Davis' traditionally published books have sold over 820,000 copies which led to her writing a self-published marketing guide for writers, debuting at #1 on Amazon. Katie teaches writers how to create videos, she coaches other writers in their marketing efforts and presents at schools, conferences, and fundraising galas internationally. She's an NSA member and on the advisory board for the Brooke Jackman Foundation, a literacy-based charity.

Rank #1: BBAB 241 : What’s So Great About the 500 Word Picture Book?

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Brain Burps About Books Podcast #241

What’s So Great About the 500 Word Picture Book? An Interview with Laura Backes Announcements

Just a quick note to let you know that I’m starting a new podcast soon called Writing for Children (if I haven’t already started by the time you hear this). Want to know more? It’s going to be pretty awesome and very different from this show. Go to writingforchildren.com to learn more.

  • I'm hosting a FREE webinar to give you a sneak peek of Get Your First 1,000 Followers! You can ask me anything you want and I'll be doing LIVE website critiques. Pick the time that works best for you:
Listener Questions

Tune in to hear the answer to these burning writer questions and fears:

  • How do I reach my target audience of 12-16 year olds?
  • How do I start my platform when I'm not photogenic and I write under a pseudonym?
  • I'm afraid of not having time to keep up with everything.
  • It's hard to start when I put everyone else's needs before my own.
  • Plus, a shout-out to my newest listener, Jackie!
This week's guest is Laura Backes!

Laura Backes has been publishing Children's Book Insider, The Children's Writing Monthly for 25 years. Along with its companion membership site, The Children's Writing Knowledge Base (www.CBIClubhouse.com). CBI is the largest source of information for aspiring and published children's book writers in the world. Along with her husband Jon Bard, Laura has co-created numerous instructional webinars, videos, courses and books for writers, and is a frequent speaker at writing conferences.

Laura & I talk about
  • Picture Book Summit - There are a few spots left. Register at www.picturebooksummit.com.
  • How she became an editor.
  • What it's like to write a rejection letter.
  • Why she prefers being an editor to being an agent.
  • How to not be a "hack" in your writing.
  • Innate talent vs. Developed talent.
  • Why age is an advantage in your writing.
  • What's the deal with 500 word picture books?
  • How picture book readers are more sophisticated today than in the past.
  • The best way to write a great book.
  • How you can join us at the Picture Book Summit PJ Party!

Sep 09 2015

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Rank #2: BBAB 242 : Picture Book Summit

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Brain Burps About Books Podcast #242

Picture Book Summit An Interview with Julie Hedlund Announcements

Just a quick note to let you know that I’m starting a new podcast soon called Writing for Children (if I haven’t already started by the time you hear this). Want to know more? It’s going to be pretty awesome and very different from this show. Go to writingforchildren.com to learn more.

This week's guest is Julie Hedlund!

Julie Hedlund is an award-winning children's book author, founder of the 12 x 12 Picture Book Writing Challenge, blogger, and a regular speaker at SCBWI and other industry events.

Her picture book, A TROOP IS A GROUP OF MONKEYS, Little Bahalia Publishing, 2013, first published as an interactive storybook app, was the recipient of the 2014 Independent Book Publisher's Association Benjamin Franklin Digital Gold Award. Her storybook app, A SHIVER OF SHARKS, Little Bahalia Publishing, 2013, was a 2014 Digital Book Award winner. Her latest book, MY LOVE FOR YOU IS THE SUN, is available on Amazon.

Julie is a monthly contributor on author/illustrator Katie Davis' Brain Burps About Books children's literature podcast, a PAL member of SCBWI, and a contributing editor on the subject of 21st Century Publishing for Children's Book Insider.

Julie & I talk about
  • Where the idea for Picture Book Summit came from.
  • What is a Master Mind group and how ours got started.
  • Advantages of going to an online event vs. an in-person conference.
  • What happens if you miss one of our online sessions.
  • The agents and editors we interviewed for Picture Book Summit.
  • The landscape of publishing in the 21st century.
  • How many spots are left in Picture Book Summit.
  • How to give us feedback on Picture Book Summit at www.speakpipe.com/katiedavis.
  • Our amazing project manager Kristin Ammerman.
  • The PJ party!

Sep 18 2015

37mins

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Rank #3: Scary Books for Halloween | Betsy Bird Reviews

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Oct 23 2013

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Rank #4: New Publishing Platform Connects Writers with Readers

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Oct 09 2013

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Rank #5: Grace Lin Shares a Birthday (& a Few Other Things)

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Sep 25 2013

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Rank #6: BBAB 200 : An Extravaganza of Writerly Advice, a Free Webinar and a $1,000 Donation

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To celebrate my 200th episode I wanted to go big. Go big or go home, right? So this is a three parter:

1. A free info-packed webinar for you, my listener. Your ticket is an honest review of the podcast, which you can write by clicking here, then clicking the VIEW IN iTUNES button, then click RATINGS AND REVIEWS and then WRITE A REVIEW.

2. Let us know you did it by entering your email into the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this page so we can notify you the details for joining the webinar.

3. I'll donate $1,000 to this charity if I get 40 new honest reviews by November 1.

Are you ready to crank up your career? Crank It Up October is open for registration! Four weeks of group coaching with me at a steal of a price. Find out all the deets here.

  • Club Burp-a-Palooza It's only .19¢ a day, and you can get weekly transcripts and more here.
  • Get the FREE course I'm giving away called 100 Things Every Writer Must Do To Succeed Online here: CoursesForWriters.com.

This week’s guests are:

Oct 24 2014

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Rank #7: BBAB 238 : Dave Sanderson: Beyond the Miracle on the Hudson

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Brain Burps About Books Podcast #238

Dave Sanderson: Beyond the Miracle on the Hudson
An Interview with a Hero
Announcements
  • Not sure how to get started with your marketing? Get Your First 1000 Followers is my new LIVE class coming this Fall for those who want that intro to business for writers. Learn how to use an email list, best practices for social media, taking of advantage of video, and how to monetize your website! Click HERE to check it out.
  • Do you enjoy our Brain Burps About Books guests? Do you have questions about their interviews? Come join the Brain Burps About Books Facebook Group and interact with them (the week the episode airs)! Click HERE to join.
  • Last chance to take advantage of the Early Bird offer for Picture Book Summit! Price goes up $100 on August 16th. Click HERE to register for the October 3rd online event with Peter Brown, Andrea Davis Pinkney, and Mac Barnett.
This week's guest is Dave Sanderson!

This week's guest is Dave Sanderson. Dave is an inspirational survivor, speaker and author. His thoughts on leadership have made him a nationally sought-out speaker.

When US Airways Flight 1549, or “The Miracle on the Hudson,” ditched into the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, Dave Sanderson knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be. The last passenger off the back of the plane on that fateful day, he was largely responsible for the well-being and safety of others, risking his own life in frigid water to help other passengers off the plane.

Despite the hazards to himself, Sanderson thought only of helping others, and emerged from the wreckage with a mission: to encourage others to do the right thing. In this stirring presentation, Sanderson shares the story of Flight 1549, revealing the inner strength it took to make it through the day, and how teamwork, leadership, and state management can help overcome any obstacle.

Dave and I talk about

  • Many people who get on a plane are at least a little worried that something will happen. What you need to do, from a survivor?
  • Brace for Impact: Miracle on the Hudson Survivors Share Their Stories of Near Death and Hope for New Life.
  • His first hand account of his experience aboard US Airways Flight 1549, aka the Miracle on the Hudson.
  • What lessons he learned from the Miracle on the Hudson?
  • How do you take a potentially tragic experience and turn it into an opportunity to survive and thrive?
  • What is PTSG? How does it differ from PTSD?
  • The new Miracle on the Hudson documentary produced and directed by Rick Ortiz coming out in January 2016.
  • What are the 12 Pillars of Resourcefulness?

Aug 14 2015

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Rank #8: BBAB 197 : CJ Lyons says, "No Rules, Just WRITE."

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New Crank It Up with Katie! session starting soon! Check it out here: CoursesForWriters.com/crankitup

This week’s guest is CJ Lyons http://cjlyons.net/

Julie Falatko reviews The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara

·      This week’s guest is award-winning as well as critically acclaimed New York Times and Amazon AND USA Today bestselling author CJ Lyons.

  • ·      Find out why her first book, already with pre-sales, was canceled.
  • ·      Find out about one-star reviews and what to do with them
  • ·      CJ recommends reading Simon Sinek - Start with Why
  • ·      CJ’sHARD FALL (Lucy Guardino FBI Thrillers Book 5)
  • ·      Why you need to be CEO of your own writer company (meaning you)

Oct 03 2014

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Rank #9: BBAB 196 : The Elementary Librarian|How to Make Money Online

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Brain Burps About Books: where you'll learn all about the craft and business of children's publishing (and then some!) Go to http://www.katiedavis.com/podcast to subscribe and learn all about the craft and business of children's publishing and get a free eBook of some of the biggest episodes ever!

Announcements

  • Club Burp-a-Palooza It's only .19¢ a day, and you can get weekly transcripts and more here: http://www.katiedavis.com/clubburp
  • You still have time to register for a free webinar where you'll learn about Scrivener with The Scrivener Coach (aka the nicest guy around, my friend Joe) Go to http://www.katiedavis.com/joe to sign  up!
  • Get the FREE course I'm giving away called 100 Things Every Writer Must Do To Succeed Online here: CoursesForWriters.com?

This week’s guest is Jocelyn Sams, a brilliant librarian who is having five figure months doing business online––in the same way writers can! 

 Jocelyn and I talk about

  • What she charges for an entire year of lessons
  • Fall lessons only to try out and a deluxe plan
  • Mini lesson plans for genre studies, and award winners
  • Guest posting by authors and illustrators
  • Marcie Colleen
  • http://flippedlifestyle.com

Sep 24 2014

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Rank #10: BBAB 240 : Followers + Fear = Super Bad

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Brain Burps About Books Podcast #240

Followers + Fear = Super Bad Announcements

Just a quick note to let you know that I’m starting a new podcast soon called Writing for Children (if I haven’t already started by the time you hear this). Want to know more? It’s going to be pretty awesome and very different from this show. Go to writingforchildren.com to learn more.

  • Thanks, everyone, who signed up for my free training for Get Your First 1,000 Followers! You’re not too late if you want to – just go to GetYourFirst1000Followers.com
This week's guest is YOU!

Tune in to hear the answer to these burning writer questions and fears:

  • How do I sustain a website?
  • What do I have to offer on an on-going basis?
  • Where will I find the time to write AND sustain a platform (in addition to my full time job)?
  • Given my easily distracted life, what if my writing is actually crappy?
  • My biggest fear is my books will never find their readers.
  • I am terrified of social media.

Resources mentioned in this episode

Sep 04 2015

36mins

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Rank #11: BBAB 199 : IndieAuthor Steve Scott's Giant Success Advice

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Brain Burps About Books Podcast #199

 Click to tweet about this money-making episode here!

Announcements

  • Are you ready to take your writing career to the next level but don't know where to start? Come learn the basics of using video and tech, social media, how to start an email list (and why you need one), marketing your book and yourself and how all this combines to build a platform in the new Crank It Up group starting Oct 30. Click here.
  • I’m grateful to Tim McCanna for his wonderful Halloween jingle!
  • Julie Hedlund returns this week with a gratitude segment.

This week’s guest is Steve Scott, independent writer and publisher who has earned $60,000 in a month with his Kindle books. Listen in and learn how he did it!

In the interview you’ll hear Steve’s top advice about:

  • Marketing tools that Amazon supplies.
  • Should you give away your book and if so, when?
  • Drilling down into topics and breaking them down for your books.
  • How to find the perfect illustrator.
  • How many words is selling for what amount now and what’s working for him.

Oct 17 2014

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Rank #12: BBAB 239 : Idea Generator for Your YA Novel

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Brain Burps About Books Podcast #239

Idea Generator for Your YA Novel An Interview with Anne Collier Announcements

Just a quick note to let you know that I’m starting a new podcast soon called Writing for Children (if I haven’t already started by the time you hear this). Want to know more? It’s going to be pretty awesome and very different from this show. Go to writingforchildren.com to learn more.

  • Not sure how to get started with your marketing? Get Your First 1000 Followers is my new LIVE class coming this Fall for those who want that intro to business for writers. Learn how to use an email list, best practices for social media, taking of advantage of video, and how to monetize your website! Click HERE to check it out.
  • Do you enjoy our Brain Burps About Books guests? Do you have questions about their interviews? Come join the Brain Burps About Books Facebook Group and interact with them (the week the episode airs)! Click HERE to join.
  • It's not too late to join Picture Book Summit! Click HERE to register for the October 3rd online event with Peter Brown, Andrea Davis Pinkney, and Mac Barnett.
  • Check out Craig Valentine at www.craigvalentine.com for six tips for speaking. Invaluable for school visits!
  • Tell me what you want! What would like to hear on the podcast? What can I do for you? Leave me a message at www.speakpipe.com/KatieDavis.
This week's guest is Anne Collier!

Editor of NetFamilyNews.org and founder and president of Net Family News, Inc., Anne is a writer and youth advocate who has worked in the news media since 1980. With SafeKids.com‘s Larry Magid, she co-founded and, until March 2015, co-directed ConnectSafely.org, a Web-based resource for parents, educators, and everybody interested in the impact of the fixed and mobile social Web on youth and vice versa.

Anne has served on three national task forces on youth and Internet safety, including as co-chair of the Obama administration’s Online Safety & Technology Working Group, which delivered its report to Congress, “Youth Safety on a Living Internet,” in June 2010, and the Harvard Berkman Center’s national Internet Safety Technical Task Force of 2008. Most recently she served on the Aspen Institute Task Force for Learning & the Internet of 2013-’14.

Ann and I talk about

  • How Net Family News can help with ideas for your young adult novel.
  • Kindness Wins by Galit Breen.
  • What does sexting have to do with teen pregnancy?
  • Casel.org.
  • What constitutes cyberbullying?
  • Why she founded www.icanhelpline.org.
  • Follow I Can Help on Twitter: https://twitter.com/icanhelp
  • Hot button issues.
  • How the internet changed education.
  • SEL – Social Emotional Learning.

Aug 21 2015

1hr 5mins

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Rank #13: BBAB 198 : Artie Bennett Shoots the Straight Poop

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Click to tweet about this poopendous episode here!

Announcements

  • Are you ready to crank up your career? Crank It Up October is open for registration! Four weeks of group coaching with me at a steal of a price. Find out all the deets here.
  • We’re having a giveaway of Artie’s fun science book: Belches, Burps, and Farts-Oh My!
  • Club Burp-a-Palooza It's only .19¢ a day, and you can get weekly transcripts and more here.
  • Get the FREE course I'm giving away called 100 Things Every Writer Must Do To Succeed Online here: CoursesForWriters.com.

This week’s guest is Artie Bennett. Despite the titles of his books, like Poopendous!Belches, Burps, and Farts-Oh My!The Butt Book, and Peter Panda Melts DownArtie is a true lover of words. He was a prodigy as a child. A word prodigy. How does that reveal itself in a child that grows up to be a writer? He becomes a crossword puzzle creator. He’s a punster and a rhyming champ.

Artie and I talk about

  • Artie’s obscure but fascinating claim to fame (every writer should have this talent).
  • How he told Abe Minzer, his best friend about getting his first NY Times Crossword puzzle printed.
  • Artie’s scientific scatological interests leading to bestsellers!

Oct 10 2014

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Rank #14: BBAB 243: 12 Things To Do After a Conference

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Brain Burps About Books Podcast #243

12 Things To Do After a Conference Announcements
  • Enter the Institute for Writer's PreK Writing Contest! There will be $1300 in prizes awarded and you could win. For all the details visit www.instituteforwriters.com/prekcontest or text PREKCONTEST to 33444. Submit your manuscript before October 31st for a chance to win.
  • Did you miss the amazing Picture Book Summit? Sign up to find out about our upcoming events at www.picturebooksummit.com.
This week we're talking about what to do after a conference
  • What should you do right after you get home?
  • What do you do with all the "stuff" you've collected at the conference?
  • Where should you keep with all those notes you've taken?
  • How can social media help you after the event?
  • What's the best way to keep in touch with your favorite speakers?
  • To give feedback or not to give feedback? That is the question.
  • How should you follow up with the contacts you made?
  • What's nudgemail?
  • How can you share what you've learned?

Oct 09 2015

23mins

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Rank #15: Video Marketing Secrets from the Publishing Business Conference & Expo

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Oct 16 2013

1hr 9mins

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Rank #16: We Art Boston | Boston Marathon Bombing Fundraiser

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Oct 02 2013

42mins

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Rank #17: BBAB 237 : How Much Do You Edit Out?

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Brain Burps About Books Podcast #237

How Much Do You Edit Out?
An Interview with Author Lisa Schroeder
Announcements
  • Not sure how to get started with your marketing? Get Your First 1000 Followers is my new LIVE class coming this Fall for those who want that intro to business for writers. Learn how to use an email list, best practices for social media, taking of advantage of video, and how to monetize your website! Click HERE to check it out.
  • Do you enjoy our Brain Burps About Books guests? Do you have questions about their interviews? Come join the Brain Burps About Books Facebook Group and interact with them (the week the episode airs)! Click HERE to join.
  • One week left for the Picture Book Summit Early Bird offer! Price goes up on August 16th. Click HERE to register for the October 3rd online event with Peter Brown, Andrea Davis Pinkney, and Mac Barnett.
This week's guest is Lisa Schroeder!

This week's guest is Lisa Schroeder. Lisa Schroeder is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including the YA novels I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME and ALL WE HAVE IS NOW and the middle grade novels IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES and MY SECRET GUIDE TO PARIS. She loves tea and cookies, flowers, family hikes, books and movies that make her laugh and cry, and sunshine. Living in Oregon, she doesn't get nearly enough sunshine, but the hikes are amazing. You can visit her online at www.lisaschroederbooks.com or on twitter at @lisa_schroeder.

Lisa and I talk about

  • How much to edit when you’re asked?
  • Do authors ever feel like they’re “doing it right?”
  • How much Lisa knew before she started writing.
  • The trick to stop worrying and stop feeling guilty!
  • When you should write in verse and when to skip it.
  • ALL WE HAVE IS NOW.
  • Lisa Schroeder on Instagram (she uses the Word swag app)

Aug 07 2015

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Rank #18: BBAB 236 : Listener Mailbag Part 2

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Listener Mailbag: Part 2
Announcements
  • I have a listener Exclusive for you! Get Your First 1000 Followers is my new LIVE class coming this Fall for those who want that intro to business for writers. Grab your spot before July 31st and get $50 off with code PODCAST50. Just for my podcast peeps! Click HERE to check it out.
  • Want to hear your question on a future episode of Brain Burps About Books? Ask your question at www.speakpipe.com/KatieDavis.
  • Do you enjoy our Brain Burps About Books guests? Do you have questions about their interviews? Come join the Brain Burps About Books Facebook Group and interact with them (the week the episode airs)! Click HERE to join.
  • Picture Book Summit is coming October 3rd! Are you writing picture books? If so, this conference can really help you, and you can attend in your PJs: Picture Book Summit is a LIVE one day online picture book writing conference! Featuring such folks as Peter Brown, Mac Barnett, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Laura Backes, Emma Walton Hamilton, Julie Hedlund, and me. It takes place on October 3rd and it’s going to ROCK. No travel hassles!The organizers are Institute of Children's Literature, Children's Book Insider,12x12 Picture Book Challenge, and Just Write For Kids. Also, a portion of all proceeds will go to benefit We Need Diverse Books. Early Bird registration is going on now (hundreds of people have registered and spots are filling fast). Reserve your spot at this online event to hear our fabulous keynote speakers, as listed above (Peter Brown, Andrea Pinkney, and Mac Barnett). Plus, we'll have sessions with agents, editors and more. You can find all the details at www.picturebooksummit.com.

  • This week I'm answering more questions from the good ole' mailbag!

    Tune in to hear the answer to these burning writer questions:

    • What are Twitter lists and what can I use them for?
    • There are SO many things to do – build a website, start an email list, be active on social media. I’m overwhelmed and suffering from “analysis paralysis”. What should I do?
    • If you could do this again from scratch....what is one marketing move you would do again and what one marketing move would you not do again.
    • What is the best way to market your book when you are on a shoestring budget?
    • As someone who doesn't crave the spotlight, I wonder how to get over that dislike of the limelight and peddling my own wares. Are there effective ways for wallflowers to promote their books too?

    Resources mentioned in this episode

Jul 24 2015

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Rank #19: BBAB 235: Turn Your Kindle Fails Into Kindle Sales

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Brain Burps About Books Podcast #235

Turn Your Kindle Fails Into a Kindle Sale
An interview with Kindle Expert Dave Chesson
Announcements
  • Get this listener exclusive! Get Your First 1000 Followers is my new LIVE class coming this Fall for those who want that intro to business for writers. Grab your spot before July 31st and get $50 off with code PODCAST50. Just for my podcast peeps! Click HERE to check it out.
  • Do you enjoy our Brain Burps About Books guests? Do you have questions about their interviews? Come join the Brain Burps About Books Facebook Group and interact with them (the week the episode airs)! Click HERE to join.
This week's guest is Dave Chesson!

This week's guest is Dave Chesson. Dave's a best selling author and lead editor at kindlepreneur.com. He focuses on advanced online marketing tactics for authors and self publishers. While in the Navy, Dave spent his nights working on his other business: book marketing and online marketing.  He started by creating niche websites, and earning advertisement and affiliate commissions.  After spending years practicing and learning Search Engine Optimization (SEO) as more of an obsession than a hobby, he quickly expanded his website arsenal to 27 different sites, all of which are used for different online purposes and endeavors. But it wasn’t until Dave discovered self-publishing on Amazon that he kicked it into the next gear. Between his SEO knowledge & website development experience with Kindle Direct Publishing, Dave will help you turn your Kindle fails into Kindle sales!

Dave and I talk about

  • Why authors hate “keywords."
  • How SEO can work for you.
  • Thinking of Google as the only search engine. (HINT: Don't!)
  • How to find your best keywords.
  • When should you do your keyword research.
  • Dave's in-depth article on finding keywords. Read it HERE.
  • Our one month experiment with How To Promote Your Children's Book.
  • How to dovetail your current ebooks into sales of future books.
  • His awesome widget, below. You can embed it on your own site by doing a search for "Kindle" in plugins in your Wordpress site.
  • Find Dave at http://Kindlepreneur.com.
  • See Dave Keynote at the Traffic Generation All Stars Virtual Summit!

Jul 17 2015

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Rank #20: BBAB 234: Listener Mailbag

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Brain Burps About Books Podcast #234

Listener Mailbag
Announcements
  • Listener Exclusive! Get Your First 1000 Followers is my new LIVE class coming this Fall. Reserve your spot before July 31st and get $50 off with code PODCAST50. Just for my peeps!
  • Want to hear your question on a future episode of Brain Burps About Books? Ask your question at www.speakpipe.com/KatieDavis.
  • Do you enjoy our Brain Burps About Books guests? Do you have questions for them? Come join the Brain Burps About Books Facebook Group and interact with them! Click HERE to join.
  • Picture Book Summit is coming October 3rd! Early Bird registration is going on now. Reserve your spot at this online event to hear our fabulous keynote speakers, Peter Brown, Andrea Pinkney, and Mac Barnett. Plus, we'll have sessions with agents and editors. You can find all the details at www.picturebooksummit.com.
This week I'm answering questions from the ol' mailbag

Tune in to hear the answer to these burning writer questions:

  • How do you balance a "just do it" attitude with thoughtful planning in your platform & products?
  • What should I do to focus my marketing on social media to attract readers in my genre?
  • What is one tip you would give to someone just starting out?

Resources mentioned in this episode

Jul 10 2015

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BBAB 248: Writing for Children - New Podcast from Katie Davis

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I’ve got a sneak peek at something new you might want to know about…

Writing for Children Podcast Episode 000 (a little preview)

Hi, I’m Katie Davis. I started Brain Burps About Books back in 2010 and continued it for 6 years and 247 episodes.

I wanted to give you a little head’s up that I’m creating a new show now. As the Director of the Institute of Children's Literature, I wanted to do a show focusing more on craft. This show will be shorter, have tips and links to great resources for children’s writers, whether you write for pre-k, mg, teens or inbetween.

Yes! We will have weekly downloadable transcripts, something my previous subscribers always wanted, and they’ll include extra tips and links! 

We’ll have a weekly Q&A, and if your question is featured on the show, you’ll receive our heavy canvas tote with the gorgeous new ICL logo embroidered on the pocket. 

We’ll be having a huge giveaway to celebrate the launch, with prizes worth almost $2,000. If you want to know when that happens, go to writingforchildren.com and sign up so you won’t miss a thing (and as a ty for signing up, you get the first two chapters of How to Write a Children's Book FREE)!

I’m super excited about this and hope you’re going to love it, and learn from it too! Again, sign up at writingforchildren.com.

May 07 2016

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BBAB 247: Snappsy the Alligator Did Not Ask for Brain Burps to End

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Brain Burps About Books Podcast #247

Snappsy the Alligator Did Not Ask for Brain Burps to End An Interview with Debut Author Julie Falatko Announcements
  • Just a quick note to let you know that I’m starting a new podcast soon called Writing for Children (if I haven’t already started by the time you hear this). Want to know more? It’s going to be pretty awesome and very different from this show. Go to writingforchildren.com to learn more.
  • This is the last Brain Burps About Books Podcast. But I'll be back! The Writing for Children podcast will focus solely on the craft of writing. Sign up to find out when it launches: writingforchildren.com
  • Check out my new book How to Write a Children's Book. CLICK HERE
  • I wanted to give you a little head’s up that I’m creating a new show now. As the Director of the Institute of Children's Literature, I wanted to do a show focusing more on craft. This show will be shorter, have tips and links to great resources for children’s writers, whether you write for pre-k, mg, teens or in-between.

    Yes! We will have weekly downloadable transcripts, something my previous subscribers always wanted, and they’ll include extra tips and links!

    We’ll have a weekly Q&A, and if your question is featured on the show, you’ll receive our heavy canvas tote with the gorgeous new ICL logo embroidered on the pocket. 

    We’ll be having a huge giveaway to celebrate the launch, with prizes worth almost $2,000. If you want to know when that happens, go to writingforchildren.com and sign up so you won’t miss a thing (and as a ty for signing up, you get the first two chapters of HTWCB free)!

     I’m super excited about this and hope you’re going to love it, and learn from it too! Again, sign up at writingforchildren.com.

This week my guest is Julie Falatko Julie and I talk about
  • Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in this Book).
  • when Julie started doing reviews for the podcast.
  • Illustrator Tim Miller.
  • how cool it is to have your own book poster!
  • Julie's editor at Viking, Joanna Cardenas.
  • secret book covers.
  • illustrator notes.
  • fun surprises when you see the illustrations for your manuscript for the first time.
  • why it's important to make a picture book dummy.
  • keeping all your writing notes.
  • Milk, Eggs, Vodka.
  • how I wish I would've written this Snappsy!
  • where the idea for Snappsy came from.
  • where the idea for Who Hops? came from.
  • how Julie's moxie got her the job as picture book reviewer on Brain Burps.

Mar 11 2016

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BBAB 246: Time to Celebrate Picture Book Month!

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Brain Burps About Books Podcast #246

Time to Celebrate Picture Book Month!

An Interview with Dianne de Las Casas

Announcements

Just a quick note to let you know that I’m starting a new podcast soon called Writing for Children (if I haven’t already started by the time you hear this). Want to know more? It’s going to be pretty awesome and very different from this show. Go to writingforchildren.com to learn more.

If you liked this episode, please review it on iTunes by doing this:

1. Open the show's page in iTunes store here. 2. Click on the "View in iTunes" button under the logo. 3. You will see the list of episodes. Scroll past them to "Customer Reviews" and "Write a Review" is right under that.

Thank you.

This week my guest is Dianne de Las Casas Dianne and I talk about
  • How Picture Book Month got started.
  • Our own picture book memories.
  • How picture books promote literacy.
  • Elizabeth O. Dulemba's Picture Book Month Calendar.
  • Marcie Colleen's curriculum guides for Picture Book Month.
  • How to work picture books in to school curriculum.
  • Free downloads available for Picture Book Month.
  • Following #PictureBookMonth on Twitter.
  • How picture books led Christmas sales last year.
  • This month's Picture Book Month Champions• Sudipta Bardan-Quallen • David Biedrzycki • Paulette Bogan • Mike Curato • Matthew Gollub • Julie Gribble • Julie Hedlund • Carter Higgins • Molly Idle • Joe Kulka • Jennifer Gray Olson • Kathryn Otoshi • Anne Marie Pace • Rukhsana Khan • Robin Newman • Penny Parker Klostermann • Eric Litwin • Loren Long • Deb Lund • LeUyen Pham • Matt Phelan • Stephen Shaskan • Trisha Speed Shaskan • TJ Shay • Whitney Stewart • Holly Stone-Barker • Mo Willems • Natasha Wing • Matthew Winner • Paula Yoo

Nov 06 2015

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BBAB 245 Stuff That Gets In the Way of Writing

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Brain Burps About Books Podcast #245

Stuff That Gets in the Way of Writing Announcements

Just a quick note to let you know that I’m starting a new podcast soon called Writing for Children (if I haven’t already started by the time you hear this). Want to know more? It’s going to be pretty awesome and very different from this show. Go to writingforchildren.com to learn more.

  • Learn to write and earn college credit with a home study course from our sponsor Institute for Children's Literature. Take the free aptitude test HERE.
  • The Physics of Fantasy writing, a free word count chart and more in this week's newsletter from Jan Fields at the Institute for Children's Literature. Don't miss this great resource. Sign up HERE.
This week we're talking about stuff that gets in the way of writing
  • Everyone has distractions:
    • Kids (of all ages!)
    • Moving
    • Tech issues
    • Illness - you or someone you love
  • How can you find time to spend on your writing?
  • How can you develop muscle memory for your writing muscles?
  • What is Faker Syndrome and can you overcome it?

Oct 30 2015

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BBAB 244 - How to Get Author School Visits

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Brain Burps About Books Podcast #244

How to Get Author School Visits

Tips for getting author visits & what to do when you get there

Announcements

Just a quick note to let you know that I’m starting a new podcast soon called Writing for Children (if I haven’t already started by the time you hear this). Want to know more? It’s going to be pretty awesome and very different from this show. Go to writingforchildren.com to learn more.

If you liked this episode, please review it on iTunes by doing this:

1. Open the show's page in iTunes store here. 2. Click on the "View in iTunes" button under the logo. 3. You will see the list of episodes. Scroll past them to "Customer Reviews" and "Write a Review" is right under that.

Thank you.

Enter the Institute for Writer's PreK Writing Contest! There will be $1300 in prizes awarded and you could win. For all the details visit www.instituteforwriters.com/prekcontest or text PREKCONTEST to 33444. Submit your manuscript before October 31st for a chance to win.

Do you like the podcast? Want your questions answered on air? Want to make suggestions on future episodes? Come join the Brain Burps About Books Facebook Group HERE.

Still time to get in to my next live class where I can show you how to build your audience and I personally critique and offer advice how to improve your website, newsletter and freebies. Want more details? Sign up at  getyourfirst1000followers.com.

Oct 16 2015

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BBAB 243: 12 Things To Do After a Conference

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Brain Burps About Books Podcast #243

12 Things To Do After a Conference Announcements
  • Enter the Institute for Writer's PreK Writing Contest! There will be $1300 in prizes awarded and you could win. For all the details visit www.instituteforwriters.com/prekcontest or text PREKCONTEST to 33444. Submit your manuscript before October 31st for a chance to win.
  • Did you miss the amazing Picture Book Summit? Sign up to find out about our upcoming events at www.picturebooksummit.com.
This week we're talking about what to do after a conference
  • What should you do right after you get home?
  • What do you do with all the "stuff" you've collected at the conference?
  • Where should you keep with all those notes you've taken?
  • How can social media help you after the event?
  • What's the best way to keep in touch with your favorite speakers?
  • To give feedback or not to give feedback? That is the question.
  • How should you follow up with the contacts you made?
  • What's nudgemail?
  • How can you share what you've learned?

Oct 09 2015

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BBAB 242 : Picture Book Summit

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Brain Burps About Books Podcast #242

Picture Book Summit An Interview with Julie Hedlund Announcements

Just a quick note to let you know that I’m starting a new podcast soon called Writing for Children (if I haven’t already started by the time you hear this). Want to know more? It’s going to be pretty awesome and very different from this show. Go to writingforchildren.com to learn more.

This week's guest is Julie Hedlund!

Julie Hedlund is an award-winning children's book author, founder of the 12 x 12 Picture Book Writing Challenge, blogger, and a regular speaker at SCBWI and other industry events.

Her picture book, A TROOP IS A GROUP OF MONKEYS, Little Bahalia Publishing, 2013, first published as an interactive storybook app, was the recipient of the 2014 Independent Book Publisher's Association Benjamin Franklin Digital Gold Award. Her storybook app, A SHIVER OF SHARKS, Little Bahalia Publishing, 2013, was a 2014 Digital Book Award winner. Her latest book, MY LOVE FOR YOU IS THE SUN, is available on Amazon.

Julie is a monthly contributor on author/illustrator Katie Davis' Brain Burps About Books children's literature podcast, a PAL member of SCBWI, and a contributing editor on the subject of 21st Century Publishing for Children's Book Insider.

Julie & I talk about
  • Where the idea for Picture Book Summit came from.
  • What is a Master Mind group and how ours got started.
  • Advantages of going to an online event vs. an in-person conference.
  • What happens if you miss one of our online sessions.
  • The agents and editors we interviewed for Picture Book Summit.
  • The landscape of publishing in the 21st century.
  • How many spots are left in Picture Book Summit.
  • How to give us feedback on Picture Book Summit at www.speakpipe.com/katiedavis.
  • Our amazing project manager Kristin Ammerman.
  • The PJ party!

Sep 18 2015

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BBAB 241 : What’s So Great About the 500 Word Picture Book?

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Brain Burps About Books Podcast #241

What’s So Great About the 500 Word Picture Book? An Interview with Laura Backes Announcements

Just a quick note to let you know that I’m starting a new podcast soon called Writing for Children (if I haven’t already started by the time you hear this). Want to know more? It’s going to be pretty awesome and very different from this show. Go to writingforchildren.com to learn more.

  • I'm hosting a FREE webinar to give you a sneak peek of Get Your First 1,000 Followers! You can ask me anything you want and I'll be doing LIVE website critiques. Pick the time that works best for you:
Listener Questions

Tune in to hear the answer to these burning writer questions and fears:

  • How do I reach my target audience of 12-16 year olds?
  • How do I start my platform when I'm not photogenic and I write under a pseudonym?
  • I'm afraid of not having time to keep up with everything.
  • It's hard to start when I put everyone else's needs before my own.
  • Plus, a shout-out to my newest listener, Jackie!
This week's guest is Laura Backes!

Laura Backes has been publishing Children's Book Insider, The Children's Writing Monthly for 25 years. Along with its companion membership site, The Children's Writing Knowledge Base (www.CBIClubhouse.com). CBI is the largest source of information for aspiring and published children's book writers in the world. Along with her husband Jon Bard, Laura has co-created numerous instructional webinars, videos, courses and books for writers, and is a frequent speaker at writing conferences.

Laura & I talk about
  • Picture Book Summit - There are a few spots left. Register at www.picturebooksummit.com.
  • How she became an editor.
  • What it's like to write a rejection letter.
  • Why she prefers being an editor to being an agent.
  • How to not be a "hack" in your writing.
  • Innate talent vs. Developed talent.
  • Why age is an advantage in your writing.
  • What's the deal with 500 word picture books?
  • How picture book readers are more sophisticated today than in the past.
  • The best way to write a great book.
  • How you can join us at the Picture Book Summit PJ Party!

Sep 09 2015

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BBAB 240 : Followers + Fear = Super Bad

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Brain Burps About Books Podcast #240

Followers + Fear = Super Bad Announcements

Just a quick note to let you know that I’m starting a new podcast soon called Writing for Children (if I haven’t already started by the time you hear this). Want to know more? It’s going to be pretty awesome and very different from this show. Go to writingforchildren.com to learn more.

  • Thanks, everyone, who signed up for my free training for Get Your First 1,000 Followers! You’re not too late if you want to – just go to GetYourFirst1000Followers.com
This week's guest is YOU!

Tune in to hear the answer to these burning writer questions and fears:

  • How do I sustain a website?
  • What do I have to offer on an on-going basis?
  • Where will I find the time to write AND sustain a platform (in addition to my full time job)?
  • Given my easily distracted life, what if my writing is actually crappy?
  • My biggest fear is my books will never find their readers.
  • I am terrified of social media.

Resources mentioned in this episode

Sep 04 2015

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BBAB 239 : Idea Generator for Your YA Novel

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Brain Burps About Books Podcast #239

Idea Generator for Your YA Novel An Interview with Anne Collier Announcements

Just a quick note to let you know that I’m starting a new podcast soon called Writing for Children (if I haven’t already started by the time you hear this). Want to know more? It’s going to be pretty awesome and very different from this show. Go to writingforchildren.com to learn more.

  • Not sure how to get started with your marketing? Get Your First 1000 Followers is my new LIVE class coming this Fall for those who want that intro to business for writers. Learn how to use an email list, best practices for social media, taking of advantage of video, and how to monetize your website! Click HERE to check it out.
  • Do you enjoy our Brain Burps About Books guests? Do you have questions about their interviews? Come join the Brain Burps About Books Facebook Group and interact with them (the week the episode airs)! Click HERE to join.
  • It's not too late to join Picture Book Summit! Click HERE to register for the October 3rd online event with Peter Brown, Andrea Davis Pinkney, and Mac Barnett.
  • Check out Craig Valentine at www.craigvalentine.com for six tips for speaking. Invaluable for school visits!
  • Tell me what you want! What would like to hear on the podcast? What can I do for you? Leave me a message at www.speakpipe.com/KatieDavis.
This week's guest is Anne Collier!

Editor of NetFamilyNews.org and founder and president of Net Family News, Inc., Anne is a writer and youth advocate who has worked in the news media since 1980. With SafeKids.com‘s Larry Magid, she co-founded and, until March 2015, co-directed ConnectSafely.org, a Web-based resource for parents, educators, and everybody interested in the impact of the fixed and mobile social Web on youth and vice versa.

Anne has served on three national task forces on youth and Internet safety, including as co-chair of the Obama administration’s Online Safety & Technology Working Group, which delivered its report to Congress, “Youth Safety on a Living Internet,” in June 2010, and the Harvard Berkman Center’s national Internet Safety Technical Task Force of 2008. Most recently she served on the Aspen Institute Task Force for Learning & the Internet of 2013-’14.

Ann and I talk about

  • How Net Family News can help with ideas for your young adult novel.
  • Kindness Wins by Galit Breen.
  • What does sexting have to do with teen pregnancy?
  • Casel.org.
  • What constitutes cyberbullying?
  • Why she founded www.icanhelpline.org.
  • Follow I Can Help on Twitter: https://twitter.com/icanhelp
  • Hot button issues.
  • How the internet changed education.
  • SEL – Social Emotional Learning.

Aug 21 2015

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BBAB 238 : Dave Sanderson: Beyond the Miracle on the Hudson

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Brain Burps About Books Podcast #238

Dave Sanderson: Beyond the Miracle on the Hudson
An Interview with a Hero
Announcements
  • Not sure how to get started with your marketing? Get Your First 1000 Followers is my new LIVE class coming this Fall for those who want that intro to business for writers. Learn how to use an email list, best practices for social media, taking of advantage of video, and how to monetize your website! Click HERE to check it out.
  • Do you enjoy our Brain Burps About Books guests? Do you have questions about their interviews? Come join the Brain Burps About Books Facebook Group and interact with them (the week the episode airs)! Click HERE to join.
  • Last chance to take advantage of the Early Bird offer for Picture Book Summit! Price goes up $100 on August 16th. Click HERE to register for the October 3rd online event with Peter Brown, Andrea Davis Pinkney, and Mac Barnett.
This week's guest is Dave Sanderson!

This week's guest is Dave Sanderson. Dave is an inspirational survivor, speaker and author. His thoughts on leadership have made him a nationally sought-out speaker.

When US Airways Flight 1549, or “The Miracle on the Hudson,” ditched into the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, Dave Sanderson knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be. The last passenger off the back of the plane on that fateful day, he was largely responsible for the well-being and safety of others, risking his own life in frigid water to help other passengers off the plane.

Despite the hazards to himself, Sanderson thought only of helping others, and emerged from the wreckage with a mission: to encourage others to do the right thing. In this stirring presentation, Sanderson shares the story of Flight 1549, revealing the inner strength it took to make it through the day, and how teamwork, leadership, and state management can help overcome any obstacle.

Dave and I talk about

  • Many people who get on a plane are at least a little worried that something will happen. What you need to do, from a survivor?
  • Brace for Impact: Miracle on the Hudson Survivors Share Their Stories of Near Death and Hope for New Life.
  • His first hand account of his experience aboard US Airways Flight 1549, aka the Miracle on the Hudson.
  • What lessons he learned from the Miracle on the Hudson?
  • How do you take a potentially tragic experience and turn it into an opportunity to survive and thrive?
  • What is PTSG? How does it differ from PTSD?
  • The new Miracle on the Hudson documentary produced and directed by Rick Ortiz coming out in January 2016.
  • What are the 12 Pillars of Resourcefulness?

Aug 14 2015

54mins

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BBAB 237 : How Much Do You Edit Out?

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Brain Burps About Books Podcast #237

How Much Do You Edit Out?
An Interview with Author Lisa Schroeder
Announcements
  • Not sure how to get started with your marketing? Get Your First 1000 Followers is my new LIVE class coming this Fall for those who want that intro to business for writers. Learn how to use an email list, best practices for social media, taking of advantage of video, and how to monetize your website! Click HERE to check it out.
  • Do you enjoy our Brain Burps About Books guests? Do you have questions about their interviews? Come join the Brain Burps About Books Facebook Group and interact with them (the week the episode airs)! Click HERE to join.
  • One week left for the Picture Book Summit Early Bird offer! Price goes up on August 16th. Click HERE to register for the October 3rd online event with Peter Brown, Andrea Davis Pinkney, and Mac Barnett.
This week's guest is Lisa Schroeder!

This week's guest is Lisa Schroeder. Lisa Schroeder is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including the YA novels I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME and ALL WE HAVE IS NOW and the middle grade novels IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES and MY SECRET GUIDE TO PARIS. She loves tea and cookies, flowers, family hikes, books and movies that make her laugh and cry, and sunshine. Living in Oregon, she doesn't get nearly enough sunshine, but the hikes are amazing. You can visit her online at www.lisaschroederbooks.com or on twitter at @lisa_schroeder.

Lisa and I talk about

  • How much to edit when you’re asked?
  • Do authors ever feel like they’re “doing it right?”
  • How much Lisa knew before she started writing.
  • The trick to stop worrying and stop feeling guilty!
  • When you should write in verse and when to skip it.
  • ALL WE HAVE IS NOW.
  • Lisa Schroeder on Instagram (she uses the Word swag app)

Aug 07 2015

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BBAB 236 : Listener Mailbag Part 2

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Listener Mailbag: Part 2
Announcements
  • I have a listener Exclusive for you! Get Your First 1000 Followers is my new LIVE class coming this Fall for those who want that intro to business for writers. Grab your spot before July 31st and get $50 off with code PODCAST50. Just for my podcast peeps! Click HERE to check it out.
  • Want to hear your question on a future episode of Brain Burps About Books? Ask your question at www.speakpipe.com/KatieDavis.
  • Do you enjoy our Brain Burps About Books guests? Do you have questions about their interviews? Come join the Brain Burps About Books Facebook Group and interact with them (the week the episode airs)! Click HERE to join.
  • Picture Book Summit is coming October 3rd! Are you writing picture books? If so, this conference can really help you, and you can attend in your PJs: Picture Book Summit is a LIVE one day online picture book writing conference! Featuring such folks as Peter Brown, Mac Barnett, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Laura Backes, Emma Walton Hamilton, Julie Hedlund, and me. It takes place on October 3rd and it’s going to ROCK. No travel hassles!The organizers are Institute of Children's Literature, Children's Book Insider,12x12 Picture Book Challenge, and Just Write For Kids. Also, a portion of all proceeds will go to benefit We Need Diverse Books. Early Bird registration is going on now (hundreds of people have registered and spots are filling fast). Reserve your spot at this online event to hear our fabulous keynote speakers, as listed above (Peter Brown, Andrea Pinkney, and Mac Barnett). Plus, we'll have sessions with agents, editors and more. You can find all the details at www.picturebooksummit.com.

  • This week I'm answering more questions from the good ole' mailbag!

    Tune in to hear the answer to these burning writer questions:

    • What are Twitter lists and what can I use them for?
    • There are SO many things to do – build a website, start an email list, be active on social media. I’m overwhelmed and suffering from “analysis paralysis”. What should I do?
    • If you could do this again from scratch....what is one marketing move you would do again and what one marketing move would you not do again.
    • What is the best way to market your book when you are on a shoestring budget?
    • As someone who doesn't crave the spotlight, I wonder how to get over that dislike of the limelight and peddling my own wares. Are there effective ways for wallflowers to promote their books too?

    Resources mentioned in this episode

Jul 24 2015

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BBAB 235: Turn Your Kindle Fails Into Kindle Sales

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Brain Burps About Books Podcast #235

Turn Your Kindle Fails Into a Kindle Sale
An interview with Kindle Expert Dave Chesson
Announcements
  • Get this listener exclusive! Get Your First 1000 Followers is my new LIVE class coming this Fall for those who want that intro to business for writers. Grab your spot before July 31st and get $50 off with code PODCAST50. Just for my podcast peeps! Click HERE to check it out.
  • Do you enjoy our Brain Burps About Books guests? Do you have questions about their interviews? Come join the Brain Burps About Books Facebook Group and interact with them (the week the episode airs)! Click HERE to join.
This week's guest is Dave Chesson!

This week's guest is Dave Chesson. Dave's a best selling author and lead editor at kindlepreneur.com. He focuses on advanced online marketing tactics for authors and self publishers. While in the Navy, Dave spent his nights working on his other business: book marketing and online marketing.  He started by creating niche websites, and earning advertisement and affiliate commissions.  After spending years practicing and learning Search Engine Optimization (SEO) as more of an obsession than a hobby, he quickly expanded his website arsenal to 27 different sites, all of which are used for different online purposes and endeavors. But it wasn’t until Dave discovered self-publishing on Amazon that he kicked it into the next gear. Between his SEO knowledge & website development experience with Kindle Direct Publishing, Dave will help you turn your Kindle fails into Kindle sales!

Dave and I talk about

  • Why authors hate “keywords."
  • How SEO can work for you.
  • Thinking of Google as the only search engine. (HINT: Don't!)
  • How to find your best keywords.
  • When should you do your keyword research.
  • Dave's in-depth article on finding keywords. Read it HERE.
  • Our one month experiment with How To Promote Your Children's Book.
  • How to dovetail your current ebooks into sales of future books.
  • His awesome widget, below. You can embed it on your own site by doing a search for "Kindle" in plugins in your Wordpress site.
  • Find Dave at http://Kindlepreneur.com.
  • See Dave Keynote at the Traffic Generation All Stars Virtual Summit!

Jul 17 2015

49mins

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BBAB 234: Listener Mailbag

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Brain Burps About Books Podcast #234

Listener Mailbag
Announcements
  • Listener Exclusive! Get Your First 1000 Followers is my new LIVE class coming this Fall. Reserve your spot before July 31st and get $50 off with code PODCAST50. Just for my peeps!
  • Want to hear your question on a future episode of Brain Burps About Books? Ask your question at www.speakpipe.com/KatieDavis.
  • Do you enjoy our Brain Burps About Books guests? Do you have questions for them? Come join the Brain Burps About Books Facebook Group and interact with them! Click HERE to join.
  • Picture Book Summit is coming October 3rd! Early Bird registration is going on now. Reserve your spot at this online event to hear our fabulous keynote speakers, Peter Brown, Andrea Pinkney, and Mac Barnett. Plus, we'll have sessions with agents and editors. You can find all the details at www.picturebooksummit.com.
This week I'm answering questions from the ol' mailbag

Tune in to hear the answer to these burning writer questions:

  • How do you balance a "just do it" attitude with thoughtful planning in your platform & products?
  • What should I do to focus my marketing on social media to attract readers in my genre?
  • What is one tip you would give to someone just starting out?

Resources mentioned in this episode

Jul 10 2015

22mins

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BBAB 233 - Video on the Biz Chix Podcast

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Brain Burps About Books Podcast #233

Video on the Biz Chix Podcast
The Biz Chix interviews me!
Announcements
  • Listener Exclusive! Get Your First 1000 Followers in my new live class coming this Fall. My listeners get an exclusive discount of $50. Click HERE and use code PODCAST50. Good thru July 31st.
  • Meet our podcast guests in our the Brain Burps About Book Podcast Group: www.katiedavis.com/podcastgroup. Come get your questions answered!
  • Picture Book Summit is coming October 3rd! The Early Bird registration is now open. Come spend the day online with Peter Brown, Andrea Pinkney and Mac Barnett. Check out the video below and then go HERE for all the details. You don't want to miss this!

This week I'm a guest on the Biz Chix Podcast with Natalie Eckdahl!

As a busy Mom of three and co-Founder of ScheduleMAX.com, Natalie Eckdahl is trying to juggle a million things and is on a quest for the holy grail of “Work/Life Balance”.  On her Biz Chix Podcast, Natalie interviews amazing women entrepreneurs, and a few cool dudes, five days a week. Each entrepreneur shares work/life balance and productivity tips as well as their journey. She interviews amazing guests who run international brands and still balance all that life throws at them. Natalie gets them to spill all their secrets of how to get it done.

Natalie and I talk about
  • My childhood.
  • Why I like to help people.
  • How to work through the tough stuff.
  • Dirty Dishes.
  • How I became a children's book writer and illustrator.
  • Amazon FBA.
  • Using video in your online platform.
  • How I got so techy.
  • How you can make more money but you can't make more time.
  • Using YouTube and how you can customize your channel.
  • KatieDavis.TV

Jul 03 2015

1hr 17mins

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BBAB 232: Making a Living as a Writer

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Brain Burps About Books Podcast #232

Making a Living as a Writer
An Interview with Laura Purdie Salas
Announcements
  • Picture Book Summit is coming October 3rd! The Early Bird registration is now open! Text 33444 and enter the code PBSKATIE to get on the early bird list or go HERE to sign up. You don't want to miss this!
  • Meet our podcast guests in our the Brain Burps About Book Podcast Group: www.katiedavis.com/podcastgroup. Come get your questions answered!

This Week's Guest is Laura Purdie Salas!

This week’s guest is Laura Purdie Salas. Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 100 books for kids and teens, including BOOKSPEAK! POEMS ABOUT BOOKS (Minnesota Book Award, NCTE Notable, Bank Street Best Books, Eureka! Gold Medal, and more), STAMPEDE! POEMS TO CELEBRATE THE WILD SIDE OF SCHOOL (Finalist, Minnesota Book Award), and A LEAF CAN BE... (Bank Street Best Books, IRA Teachers' Choice, NCTE Notable Children's Book, Riverby Award for Nature Books for Young Readers, and more). She loves to introduce kids to poetry and help them find poems they can relate to, no matter what their age, mood, and personality. She has also written numerous nonfiction books. See more about Laura and her work at www.laurasalas.com.

Laura and I talk about

Jun 26 2015

47mins

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BBAB 231: A New Storytelling Form Brings History to Life

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Brain Burps About Books Podcast #231

A New Storytelling Form Brings History to Life
An Interview with Author Entrepreneur Sarah Towle
Announcements
  • Picture Book Summit will be October 3rd! Text 33444 and enter the code PBSKATIE to get on the early bird list or go HERE to sign up. You don't want to miss this!
  • Meet our podcast guests in our the Brain Burps About Book Podcast Group: www.katiedavis.com/podcastgroup. Come get your questions answered!
Appearances
This Week's Guest is Sarah Towle!

This week’s guest is Sarah Towle. In 2009, Sarah Towle realized that the "book" she was writing was not yet destined for print, but would make a series of killer interactive apps. From that moment, she began building Time Traveler Tours, a start-up developer and publisher of mobile StoryApp iTineraries targeting educational tourism. More recently, with the introduction of digital authoring tools, Sarah also founded Time Traveler Tales, an imprint dedicated to publishing story-based interactive histories for tablet devices for the school and library markets.

Sarah and I talk about
  • Educational Tourism for Teens: In the Footsteps of Giants.
  • The making of the David.
  • Time Travelers Tours and Tales – her new digital imprint.
  • Author Mary Hoffman and her Stravaganza series and Amazing Grace.
  • What happens when your idea is 5-10 years ahead of the industry.
  • Why her first app will never be a financial success even though it was critical success.
  • Who created the app Beware Madame la Guillotine, A Revolutionary Tour of Paris.
  • Being an iBook author.
  • What a UX designer is and why you need one if you are designing an app.
  • How she created Madame la Guillotine to be used in the classroom.
  • Why a Kickstarter campaign isn't just about raising money.
  • How you can submit your idea for the next Time Travelers Tours & Tales story.
  • How you can find her Kickstarter campaign and be a part of history!

Jun 12 2015

1hr 3mins

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BBAB 230: How to Beat Your Competitors in a Google Search

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Brain Burps About Books Podcast #230

How to Beat Your Competitors in a Google Search
An Interview with Lindsey Anderson
Announcements
Appearances
This Week's Guest is Lindsey Anderson!

This week’s guest is Lindsey Anderson. Lindsey is a web strategy expert working with small business owners to help them grow their businesses. She is the founder and CEO of two companies; Web Impakt, a successful web development company, and Lindsey’s Web, an online resource for small business owners to learn about ranking on search engines, newsletters, analytics, social media, pay-per-click ads, websites, blogging, and the list goes on. She knows how to utilize web technologies to help small business owners achieve their dreams.

Lindsey and I talk about
  • Why www.webimpakt.com is spelled with a "k".
  • What free resources you can find at www.lindseysweb.com.
  • The benefits of working from home.
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
  • How content is king!
  • Why you should write three blog posts per week.
  • How important it is for your site to be mobile friendly.
  • Responsive web design.
  • How to beat your competitors in a Google search.
  • How to get a free website review from Lindsey.
  • Where to sign up for her Facebook Marketing Webinar.

Jun 05 2015

40mins

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BBAB 229: Writers, Do You Have a Financial Mentor?

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Brain Burps About Books Podcast #229

Writers, Do You Have a Financial Mentor?
An Interview with Todd Tresidder
Announcements
  • Find out the First Five Ways to Build Your Author Platform and be the first to get notified when the How to Create Your Author Platform course opens again. CLICK HERE to get started.
  • Join the fun in the Brain Burps About Book Podcast Group: www.katiedavis.com/podcastgroup. I'll be offering extras, and sharing resources to help you grow and learn best practices.
  • Why should you as a writer learn about video? Not only to market your books, but because reciprocity rocks: to help with charities near and dear to your heart. I was able to help my local Neighbor to Neighbor charity with this video, below.
Appearances
This Week's Guest is Todd Tresidder!

This week’s guest is Todd Tresidder. Todd Tresidder is a financial coach at FinancialMentor.com. His unconventional take on worn financial topics has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Smart Money magazine, Yahoo Finance, and more. He’s authored 5 financial education books including How Much Money Do I Need To Retire?, Variable Annuity Pros and Cons, and the 4% Rule and Safe Withdrawal Rates In Retirement.

Todd and I talk about
  • Why every writer needs a platform - whether you are self-published or traditionally published.
  • How books build relationships and relationships build businesses.
  • Why you have to market your books.
  • How writing the book is only a third of your job as an author.
  • Building equity.
  • How to compound your equity as a writer.
  • Your books being your art.
  • Expected Value Bets.
  • How investing isn’t gambling.
  • Roderick Russell, the Renaissance Man behind RemarkablyHuman.com.
  • EventualMillionaire.com.
  • How Todd and Pat Flynn help each other out.

May 29 2015

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By MamaStreets - Jun 21 2016
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I'm super excited to discover Katie Davis!!! I knew she was worth following after listening to her first podcast!! I'm new to world of publishing for children and I'm so excited to learn from this spirited chidlrens book pro!!

Fun and informative

By DrGentry - Feb 18 2016
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Katie offers a lot of information and resources to her listeners, often for free. I've enjoyed listening to the interviews that survey many different aspects of the writing and publishing worlds. Her fun personality comes through in the podcast.