Thank you Amy Bowlin and Holland Webb and My co-guest Cassie Johansen :)
Sorry my brain was broken, I was on hour 10 of a 14 hour road trip 🤦♂️
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Writers don’t pay to be published.
Publishers pay you.
It’s simple. And in the writing world at large, it’s well known.
But for many new authors, the allure of “Your manuscript’s amazing; we can’t wait to help you become a successful author for only X.99” it can be a trap.
Thankfully there’s Jensen Reed, one of a growing number of small publishing house owners committed to the growth of the writing community and making sure authors are being paid.
I met Jensen through Writing Bad a group ProWritingAid calls “Best Facebook Group for Writers.”
In this episode we talk about the writing process, submitting for publication, running a publishing company, and the difference between a love story and the romance genre
Jensen's article on using Kickstarter: https://writingbad.org/2018/08/01/fundraising-for-writers/?fbclid=IwAR0Z06aFMPhgpCEYSq5TJBC0tpa6pFOA51fLvFtgYzFbDjCm58OuhNaZSPI
Pixie Forest Publishing's Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pixieforestpubgroupies/
PFP Submission Guidelines: https://pixieforestpublishing.com/submissions/
Many parents are looking for a safe alternative for their kids’ screen time. Children’s apps are over “gamified” or full of ads. Youtube can take you down an inappropriate path quick.
There’s no one solving this issue better than Marshall Bex and Russel Hirtzel of Vooks.
Vooks is an online streaming service filled exclusively with animated versions of well-loved children’s books. 30 titles on the platform currently, with 60 more being added this month.
Publishers are starting to notice what sets Vooks apart. Scholastic, DK, and Chronicle have all signed deals to get their books animated for kids to enjoy. Small creators looking to get their start are seizing the opportunity as well and the traction is growing.
If you’re a parent of an elementary age child looking for good content for your kids, this episode is for you.
If you’re an author, illustrator, or publisher you’ll want hear this as well. This platform may be the best opportunity for you.
If you prefer to read: https://billythedragon.com/why-are-parents-choosing-vooks-over-netflix-and-hulu-for-their-kids-screen-time/
Check out Vooks: www.vooks.com
In the book End of Your Life Book Club, author Will Schwalbe recounts the final days of his mother's life, and sharing books with her.
This was the inspiration for Emily Akins’ new podcast Beginning of Your Life Book Club. What Will was able to have with his mother through books at the end of her life is what Emily wants as a mother for her kids at the beginning of theirs.
There may be no one adding more to the kids book podcasting community right now than Emily.
Emily is the editorial director at Hallmark, and recipient of the Barbara Marshall Award, which grants one member of the creative community a 6-month sabbatical to pursue personal work. Emily’ project: her podcast which is now up to 6 episodes and has interviewed Will Schwalbe, Kelly Baker, and Daniel Miyares.
In this episode, I talk with Emily about her move from Hallmark into kid lit, the goals she has for her show, and how it's bringing value to the creative community.
Beginning of Your Life BookClub, which you should definitely subscribe to:
I love talking with illustrators who are 1 million times better than me. Gloria Felix is an inspiration to me. Go check out her artwork:
Maya is an inspiration to me with what she's doing on her Instagram. She is helping smaller creators of self published books get more exposure by promoting their work.
Check out her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maistorybooklibrary/?hl=en
I got to sit down with Eddie Pittman over coffee and talk about his series Red's Planet, his days working for Walt Disney Feature Animation in the 90s, and his time working as a writer and story artist of the hit tv series Phineas and Ferb.
Red's Planet is a series of graphic novels about a girl who gets swept up into outer space and enters a weird world of strange creatures who've gone through a similar experience.
Eddie is an amazing artist and talented writer and I was so grateful he took the time to let me interview him!
Check him out for yourself!:
I can't say enough good things about Kim. She's doing what I'm trying to do only better. Way better.
Her books are adorable and really funny. It's Hard to Be Good, is a hilarious take on dealing with temptation from the perspective of a dog. And Its Hard to Swim is an equally funny take on dealing with fear.
She's had tremendous success making and selling these books, and I have so much to learn from her. I hope that you get as much out of this episode as I did.
You can get "Pawtographed" copies of her work and a whole lot more on the weiner dog's website:
Just before going on vacation I got to talk with Jolie Taylor the original creator of the book dominoes instagram post.
We talk about bookstagramming, writing, juggling, how to make good posts, networking and basically everything I want to get better at in the bookblogger/bookstagrammer universe.
She's totally amazing. Check out the BOOK JUGGLING POST she did: instagram.com/endlessfairytales/
And while you're at it, follow her, she only posts the books she's crazy in love with, so you'll get quality recommendations from her.
I planned way back in the Spring a little tour of schools in South Carolina reading my kids book Billy the Dragon. But I want to make that tour AS BIG AS I CAN MAKE IT. So I need to ramp up my time spent making connections with people in SC who work in libraries and elementary schools!
Chanel and I celebrate 5 years married on the 25th! We are going aboard the Disney Magic headed to make 4 stops in Canada! I am so excited! But it also means that for me to make the most out of our trip and get the most out of our time together, I’m stopping all work on podcasting until the 29th. See you guys in about a week! Thanks for being a subscriber to this show!
Blayne Fox is an amazing artist with a rockin' name that was too cool for school who spent her whole life drawing and now draws and paints professionally for 45 hours a week. She’s represented by Deborah Wolfe Agency, does educational illustration for Pearson, and is illustrating a book that hits Kickstarter in a month.
The Book is called: Eagle vs Bear: Adventures of a Child Cub, by Emile Miller and Daniel Siegal, a rock n roll ebook
We talk about art, illustrating, how to make Facebook work (darn that algorithm), sharks, what a kill fee is, and everything.
Discovery Channel’s Sharkopedia page sure is dead: http://sharkopedia.discovery.com/
But you can see the shark commissions here:
Check out Blayne
She's an illustrator who's been hired by Harper Collins, she's represented by the Bright Group, and her artwork is beautiful.
I talk with Mirelle about Love Sugar Magic, what in the world magic realism is, how she got to illustrate the projects she's had, how she became represented by the Bright Group, her personal projects, and her secret projects like a kids picture book for elementary schoolers that I can't wait for.
Check her out on:
Hire her by contacting her via above or through:
Check out the book she illustrated the cover of:
Check out this piece that was featured in Gallery Nucleus. I can't believe we didn't talk about our mutual love of Gravity Falls!!!
I am so honored to have gotten to interview Tony about his debut kids book The Greatest Adventure, published by Scholastic.
The Book is available now on Amazon, B&N and many other booksellers, but when you buy through Indiebound you support local independent booksellers near you:
If you live in Orlando, request Orange County Library System to stock Tony's book by clicking on this link, you don't have to fill in all the info, title and author is enough and leave the rest blank:
This episode is for the aspiring illustrator listening or anyone who wants to hear about an avenue of hustling that artists can use to chase the goal of being paid as an artist.
For me, this advice is very practical as I seek to explore every avenue that I can take to advance my own career as an illustrator.
Follow or Hire Charles:
This is number 6 in my “top 8 from your library’s A section” (despite me calling it number 5 accidentally). This is part of my read every book in the library project which you can follow along on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/258507757667686/posts/946605125524609/
This podcast episode is really just meant to be sort of a kick in the butt to myself about some epiphanies that I've had that I need to put into practice ASAP.The things that I know I need to do are really going to turn this podcast into what I wanted to become which is a platform for creators moms and teachers to talk about the best kids books on the market and why they're good
In this episode, I interview my good friend and business mentor James Carbary.
James is one of the smartest people I know and probably the most likely person in my friends circle to become a millionaire. He measures his success by how many days he doesn't have to put on shoes and he's the reason I have this podcast.
Almost every bit of practical advice on business that has led me to greater success has come from him; and in this episode, I wanted to talk to him about why podcasting has been such a game changer for both of us.
To get more James:
In this episode, I talk with Taylor Simonds who’s a friend of mine that just got a publishing deal! It’s for her book Collateral Damage, a superhero story from the perspective of a regular civilian.
This episode could be helpful for anyone who is hoping to get published themselves. We talk about three things everyone needs: critique partners, beta readers, and editors. We talk about #PITMAD, a way to pitch your book on twitter, Agent speed dating, and how gusto can compensate for know-how.
Collateral Damage by Taylor Simonds, published by Parliament House Press
To keep up with her work:
In a nutshell:
Post every meetup you have.
Every library, school, bookstore, etc has a facebook page. Make the meetup a facebook event and cosponsor it with the other page. Simple title like “Billy the Dragon reading with Timmy Bauer”
Tag any companies that you interact with
Post about meaningful interractions you have with other companies and tag that company
Post clips from your podcast/blog (or other people’s podcasts or blogs… digital partnership)
30 second clips of podcast episodes, picture quote posts. Nugget of truth that audience could benefit from. You can use wordswag for picture quote posts.
Go facebook live
Big rank in the fb algorithm. Not a lot of peo
My guest is Kenzo who makes up half of Love Life Drawing. I wanted him as a guest because there is no better life drawing course that I have found online and it has had a really shaping influence on my illustrative ability as a kids book author. Thank you so much Kenzo for doing this with me!
LoveLifeDrawing.com (do the beginner course!!!)
My Airbnb guest is a social media consultant from SC, who spent hours looking at everything he would do on social media if he were me. It was an amazing conversation and critique.
I drank out of a fire hose Friday night and I will need to take this conversation in chunks if I’m going to apply everything.
Can’t thank Will enough for his advice and honest critique!
Check him out on
This is an update on what I’ve been doing this past week and what i have coming. The Biggest thing is my “Read Every Book In the Library” project and the stuff I have coming to facebook, and an AMAZING interview I had with a social media consultant (who was my airbnb guest). Lots coming, super excited!
Casey is a 1st grade teacher and she runs Organize and Educate on social media and teachers pay teachers
Pig the Pug, Aaron Blabey
The Lion Inside, Rachel Bright and Jim Field
What Do You Do With an Idea, Kobi Yamada
Reminders to myself: Check out read to them (readtothem.org). Check out the F&P Fountas and Pinnell literacy level system. Also check out the Koala Who Could by Rachel Bright. Check out her products on teachers pay teachers (https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Organize-And-Educate). Show my listeners where to find her on Instagram: @organizeandeducate
I didn’t feel like recording this when I did, but when you don’t move while a thought is fresh, it gets stale.
I get super emotional toward the end of this episode thinking about the crazy things that happened to me in 2017 and how God just threw them into my lap.
My guest in this episode is shira; she is a 2nd grade teacher in Queens, NY specializing in special education
She has a very multicultural classroom
She teaches in an inclusion classroom and we talk about the issue of whether inclusion should be used or separation for special ed.
This is one of my favorite episodes I recorded. My guest is Danielle Stoddard, mom of Raylan, a really active 1.5 year old who can say about 50 words and is really into vehicles. His favorite books are:
Cars and Trucks from A to Z by Richard Scarry
Five Big Trucks by Make Believe Ideas and Dawn Machell
Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton.
and his Starter Bible