The Writer's Way | Publishing Picture Books

The Writer's Way | Publishing Picture Books

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A podcast for children’s writers! Join Laurie and her guests who have gone from thinking about writing books, to successfully self-publishing their books, in a lot less time than you’d think. These are the stories of writers JUST LIKE YOU who’ve bee


Quick & Easy Social Media ‘To Do’ List
Apr 8 • 9 min
Be strategic during your social media time! Four tasks for children’s authors to do daily to curate your feed, build and improve relationships, and grow a reader community. This is a repeat of last week’s activities because you don’t need anything new…
Representation in Kidlit with Naibe Reynoso
Apr 6 • 27 min
Naibe is Mexican-American Multi-Emmy award-winning journalist based in Los Angeles California, a speaker, and an author. She and Laurie talk books, the need for representation in children’s books, and of course, the coronavirus and how it’s impacting…
How to make posts that will improve your engagement
Apr 3 • 5 min
Here is ONE thing that you can do differently on your social media posts that will improve your audience engagement. Not to mention, you’ve spent this week paying it forward to others which in the end helps you out too! Doesn’t it feel great to help?…
How to fix your feed so you’ll actually want to hang out there!
Apr 2 • 8 min
You just want to focus on writing books for kids, but you know you need to market them too. 🤷Facebook is powerful because it’s where everyone is! But it can quickly get to feel heavy in there. We often end up avoiding it because the negativity is TOO…
Do you think you can feel better by being helpful to others?
Apr 1 • 10 min
Focusing on helping others, even a simple message, helps US too. 😊 We feel more grounded, and begin to focus on the things we can do, rather than the things we can’t. Today is the second day in the activity ladder, and you have two types of people to…
A key to connecting that you may be missing!
Mar 31 • 13 min
While typical ‘buy my book’ marketing feels out of touch during a pandemic, it’s actually not a great strategy at ANY time, crisis or not. Strengthening relationships & growing connections are ALWAYS a great way to market your books, but especially…
How to increase your productivity when the kids are home
Mar 30 • 21 min
Are your kids suddenly at home with you, making any kind of work seem impossible? Jo Ebisujima is an author, educator and a maker of fun! She understands how difficult it is to squeeze everything in, and she has an uncanny knack for showing you how to…
When & how often to connect with your reader community
Mar 27 • 14 min
Are you ready to build (or improve) your reader community? The final piece of the puzzle is what we talk about today. When and how often should you share (an email or a post) with your community? And what can you do if you aren’t able to do that every day?
What will you share with your community?
Mar 26 • 11 min
Once you’ve thought about where you want your community to grow, who you want there with you, and how you’ll show up, it’s time to think about what it is you want to share. There are LOADS of options, and I highly recommend narrowing it down to a few…
Details of community building for children’s authors!
Mar 25 • 12 min
Let’s plan, shall we? When you first start to build your community, who do you want there with you? What types of people - adults or kids? What types of adults? Nature lovers, parents, scientists? What will you share with them, there is so much to…
Amazon Ads Tip & Where Should You Build a Community?
Mar 24 • 12 min
All children’s authors should think about how they can incorporate community building into their marketing, or beef it up if it’s already being done. NOW IS THE TIME.
Marketing Minutes - Should children’s authors continue marketing during the pandemic?
Mar 23 • 7 min
What should children’s authors do now, as the world tilts sideways? Should we continue creating and selling our books, or is it the time to give up? You likely know my take on the situation: it’s NOT the time to give up creating books for kids or to…
How Bookbub Works - New Feature Deal
Mar 18 • 17 min
How Bookbub Works - New Feature Deal Listen as Balachander Vijayakumar explains a new offering from Bookbub and how it went for him. Children’s authors! If you don’t have a clue what Bala is talking about, go back to part 1 or 3 in this series to…
How Does Bookbub Work For Children’s Authors?
Mar 11 • 29 min
How Does Bookbub Work For Children’s Authors? [Podcast Audio 2020] Author Andrea Kamenca joins Laurie on The Writer’s Way to talk about her vast Bookbub experience! How DOES it all work, anyway?
Bookbub Review (and How to!) for Children’s Authors - 067
Mar 4 • 12 min
Bookbub Review (and How to!) for Children’s Authors! [Podcast Audio 2020]Free and discounted ebooks are great promotional tools for children’s authors, but only if our readers know about them! Tune in for background info and insight about BookBub…
Publishing STEM Books For Kids - 066
Feb 26 • 16 min
Publishing Stem Books For Kids - Tiffani Teachey is a part-time author and a full-time engineer. As an engineer with more than fifteen years of experience, Tiffani has a passion for inspiring the next generation to engage in STEM careers. She values being…
Rapid Release with Mary Nhin - 065
Feb 19 • 21 min
“One of my mottos in life, like I don’t expect anything from anybody or any results.”
From Creating Movies to Writing Children’s Books with Sarah and Rew Jones - 064
Feb 12 • 16 min
It’s kind of addicting actually!
Launching a Bedtime Podcast with Jordan Blair - 063
Feb 5 • 17 min
“I can make a podcast. It can’t be that hard”
Breaking World Records with Miriam Laundry - 062
Jan 29 • 28 min
Miriam set a Guinness world record 5 years ago for the largest online book discussion in a 24-hour period
Writing Tips For Beginners with Kate Woodard - 061
Jan 22 • 21 min
Kate says ‘allow yourself to write crap’
Lessons From Failure with Jeff Kubiak - 060
Jan 15 • 16 min
A school Principal that didn’t like school as a child and it’s what makes him a terrific educator
Authors Helping Authors with Alva Sachs - 059
Jan 8 • 32 min
She also loves to help other authors achieve their publishing dreams!
Seasonal Children’s Books with Kelly Grettler - New Years Special - 058
Jan 1 • 27 min
“Do the research so that you’re confident in your product!”
5 Steps to LinkedIn Success with Expert Rebecca P Morgan - 057
Dec 25, 2019 • 27 min
“Be professional, be human and stand out!”
Pursuing your Purpose with Nicole Hoye - 056
Dec 18, 2019 • 32 min
She says when you combine your purpose and your WHY, it’s easier because it’s not work
12 Days of Marketing - Day 12 - Content Marketing
Dec 12, 2019 • 10 min
Content marketing is a great way to market you book
Never Give Up Your Dream! - 055
Dec 11, 2019 • 19 min
Author Navnish Khera has some great advice for new children’s writers: never stop dreaming and never stop taking action.
12 Days of Marketing - Day 11 - Thinking Outside the Box!
Dec 11, 2019 • 10 min
outside the box marketing ideas!
12 Days of Marketing - Day 10 - Borrowing Traffic!
Dec 10, 2019 • 13 min
How to borrow traffic!
12 Days of Marketing - Day 9 - Building Engagement with Pinterest
Dec 9, 2019 • 11 min
Using Pinterest to build your own engagement
12 Days of Marketing - Day 8 - Engagement!
Dec 8, 2019 • 13 min
Simple advice for engagement
12 Days of Marketing - Day 7 - Social Media
Dec 7, 2019 • 14 min
Learn about all your social media options!
12 Days of Marketing - Day 6 - Email!
Dec 6, 2019 • 12 min
Grow and maintain a fabulous email list!
12 Days of Marketing - Day 5 - Amazon book page opportunities!
Dec 5, 2019 • 9 min
Amazon book page opportunities!
12 Days of Marketing - Day 4 - Superfans!
Dec 4, 2019 • 13 min
How to get and support a Superfan community
Publishing Packages : One Author’s Experience with Laura Camby McCaskill - 054
Dec 4, 2019 • 15 min
When Laura was an adult, she got her mom a very special birthday present. It’s a very touching story that I know you’re going to love.
12 Days of Marketing - Day 3 - Traffic!!!!!
Dec 3, 2019 • 9 min
There are 3 ways to build traffic!
12 Days of Marketing - Day 2 - Tricks to make it easier!
Dec 2, 2019 • 10 min
12 Days of Marketing 🎁 Day 1 - Sellthrough, special friends, links!. Day 2 - A quick visual of a clean link.This is NOT a ‘clean’ link —>…
12 Days of Marketing - Day 1 “Pre Marketing”
Dec 1, 2019 • 15 min
Your book foundation needs to be in order before you start seeing gains from marketing.
Story Prompt 30 - Groundhog Day
Nov 30, 2019 • 2 min
What happens if your character has to redo something over and over, why? How do they break free?
Story Prompt 29 - Mystery
Nov 29, 2019 • 2 min
Friends are going for a treat after school and discover a mysterious note
Story Prompt 28 - YouTube
Nov 28, 2019 • 3 min
What would happen if you became YouTube famous?!
Book promotion ideas with Charmaine Hammond - 053
Nov 27, 2019 • 26 min
Get ready for brand new book promotion ideas with Charmaine Hammond! Charmaine is a professional speaker, and an award-winning & international bestselling author. She also works with authors to help them learn how to build their book business, sell…
Story Prompt 27 - Arguments
Nov 27, 2019 • 2 min
A story about a child that argues all the time!
Story Prompt 26 - Dinosaurs
Nov 26, 2019 • 1 min
How to find ideas and write a story with a timeless idea, dinosaurs
Story Prompt 25 - Video Games!
Nov 25, 2019 • 2 min
Children are desperate for video games and parents are desperate to stop them!
Story Prompt 24 - Spooky Noise!
Nov 24, 2019 • 2 min
Children are home and it’s stormy and there’s a NOISE! What happens?!?
Story Prompt 23 - Multiples!
Nov 23, 2019 • 1 min
Are they completely different and wish they weren’t siblings or are they best friends right from birth?
Story Prompt 22 - Pirates
Nov 22, 2019 • 4 min
You can do tons of things with pirates!
Story Prompt 21 - Spending Time with Family
Nov 21, 2019 • 2 min
It’s a day in the life…think about special times that you had
Story Prompt 20 - Halloween
Nov 20, 2019 • 3 min
My husband and I dressed as my son …. he did not find it funny at all, but maybe it would make a funny book!
Publish Your Own Activity Book with McCollonough Ceili - 052
Nov 20, 2019 • 13 min
“It’s all about bringing out the child’s creativity!”
Story Prompt 19 - Traditions
Nov 19, 2019 • 3 min
Set the timer for 20min and write about how your Christmas would go
Story Prompt 18 - Shrinking and Expanding Adventures
Nov 18, 2019 • 2 min
The kids could be the victim or eat something, it’s up to you!
Story Prompt 17 - Are your kids like mine??
Nov 17, 2019 • 1 min
Write a story about something your kids don’t like to do!
Story Prompt 16 - Get outside for inspiration!
Nov 16, 2019 • 3 min
Anything out there can inspire you and be worthy of a story
Story Prompt 15 - Sinking into another world
Nov 15, 2019 • 2 min
“Sinking into the snow and discovering a world beneath”
Story Prompt 14 - The Halloween Candy Drama
Nov 14, 2019 • 2 min
“Will the child question the honesty and integrity of their parents?”
Story Prompt 13 - How to get in the writing mood!
Nov 13, 2019 • 3 min
“Let me know if these creative writer breaks help with the flow of your ideas”
How to Create a Publishing Company with Christine Reynebeau -051
Nov 13, 2019 • 19 min
“If I can keep one person from stumbling like I did, I’ve did it! I’ve won!”
Story Prompt 12 - Glitter!
Nov 12, 2019 • 2 min
“Glitter!Is it a banned substance or the next great story?”
Story Prompt 11 - Life with a Different Name
Nov 11, 2019 • 2 min
“What would life be like?”
Story Prompt 10 - Children in Adult Jobs
Nov 10, 2019 • 2 min
“Get your creative juices flowing!”
Story Prompt 9 - The Lady Bug Story
Nov 9, 2019 • 3 min
“Lady bugs are here to stay!”
Story Prompt 8 - The World Beyond the Evergreen Trees
Nov 8, 2019 • 2 min
“Imagine yourself as a child being told about the world beyond the Evergreen trees.”
Story Prompt 7 - If I Had a Million Dollars
Nov 7, 2019 • 4 min
“What would happen if a child had all the candy that they could eat?”
Story Prompt 6 - What If?
Nov 6, 2019 • 3 min
“You’ll know it’s good when you can’t keep yourself from writing!”
Story Prompt 5 - Welcome Baby!
Nov 5, 2019 • 4 min
“This can be a funny story or a serious one!”
Story Prompt 4 - The Face-painting Transformation Escapade
Nov 4, 2019 • 5 min
“Know who your audience is when writing and marketing your book!”
Story Prompt 3 - The Unexpected Park Adventure
Nov 3, 2019 • 4 min
“Where on earth, or not on earth, will the children end up?”
Story Prompt 2 - The Transformation Adventure
Nov 2, 2019 • 3 min
“Kids love to put on new skins, try out new ways of being!”
Story Prompt 1 - The Unusual Pet Story
Nov 1, 2019 • 8 min
“I will be doing one podcast a day for 30 days with story ideas for children’s authors.”
Becoming a Full Time Writer with Dennis Mathew - 050
Oct 30, 2019 • 23 min
“Start with small risks and see what the returns are!”
Book Publishing Business with Amba Brown - 049
Oct 23, 2019 • 20 min
“Self publishers get to know the whole spectrum of the process!”
Specialty Children’s Books with Hayley Rose - 048
Oct 16, 2019 • 31 min
“Keep going until you get that yes!”
Publishing Seasonal Children’s Books with Scott Casperson - 047
Oct 9, 2019 • 30 min
“Find unique places to carry your book, not just book shops!”
Seasonal Children’s Books with Kelly Grettler - 046
Oct 2, 2019 • 26 min
“Do the research so that you’re confident in your product!”
Twitter for Children’s Authors with Jonathan Gunson - 045
Sep 25, 2019 • 41 min
“Don’t yell out ‘buy my book’ everywhere you go!”
Get Published, Be Open to the Process, and Find Joy! with Camryn Wells - 044
Sep 18, 2019 • 20 min
“Be open to the process, stay true to yourself, and find joy along the way!”
5 Steps to LinkedIn Success with Expert Rebecca P Morgan - 043
Sep 4, 2019 • 26 min
“Be professional, be human and stand out!”
Free Resources for Children’s Authors - 042
Aug 21, 2019 • 29 min
“Get your book out there for practically NO money!”
Marketing: Overcome The Biggest Obstacle to Selling Your Book - 041
Aug 14, 2019 • 21 min
“When marketing your book DON’T be spammy!”
What Motivates You? - 040
Aug 7, 2019 • 16 min
“What motivates me? Let’s get real here. Money!”
How to Incorporate School Visits Into Your Writing Business, with D. Jude Miller - 039
Jul 31, 2019 • 36 min
“Self-publishing is the future. That’s what we’re all going to be doing.”
Is Your Book Idea Sucky or Stupendous? - 038
Jul 24, 2019 • 15 min
“If your book actually sells, then it becomes more than a passion project; it’s a profitable passion project, and … that is so much better.”.
From Plan To Published with Nathan Bateman Pt. 2 - 037
Jul 17, 2019 • 25 min
“Get [your story] out there before you get it published, before you get an illustrator.”
How to Overcome Writer’s Block - 036
Jul 10, 2019 • 12 min
“Accept that it’s OKAY to stare at the wall!”
From Plan to Published with Nathan Bateman Pt. 1 - 035
Jul 3, 2019 • 22 min
“It’s a little overwhelming, a little nerve wracking, but it’s exciting!”
Keep Writing Until You Finish It! Angela Murphy - 034
Jun 26, 2019 • 19 min
“Just keep writing until you finish it! Edit it later.”
How to Find an Illustrator for Your Picture Book! - 033
Jun 19, 2019 • 13 min
“Finding an illustrator takes leg work, time, and effort.”
Get Your Book Out There! Alison Klakowicz - 032
Jun 12, 2019 • 22 min
“Go for it! Do it! Get your book out there!”
Successfully Published Author and Artist Paul Bennett - 031
Jun 5, 2019 • 31 min
“Look at what others have done so you don’t waste time!”
Crowdfunding and Self-Publishing Tips: Featuring Lisa Ferland - 030
May 29, 2019 • 41 min
“Research, research, research!”
Your Passion for Your Message is Your Fuel! Featuring Katie Melko - 029
May 22, 2019 • 26 min
“Trust your instincts. Trust your gut. Join a group!”
How to Publish a Kid’s Book? Elizabeth Gerlach - 028
May 15, 2019 • 28 min
“You are capable, and you can figure it out!”
Writing Is In Her Blood! Talking with Kristin Johnson - 027
May 8, 2019 • 24 min
“If you get talked about, it means you’re doing something.”
Laurie’s Origin Story: Becoming an Author - 025
May 1, 2019 • 14 min
“Learning how to self-publish has been LIFE-CHANGING!”
Laurie’s Origin Story: Becoming a Best-Selling Author - 026
May 1, 2019 • 21 min
“I’m a teacher at heart.”
Hero’s Journey with Randy Whiteside - 024
Apr 3, 2019 • 32 min
“You have to have a ‘pencil’s down’ moment.”
‘Stupid Confident’ Self-published Author! Talking to Sherry Selley - 023
Mar 27, 2019 • 18 min
“Jump off the cliff!”
How to Self-Publish POWERHOUSE Writer! With Allison LaFleur - 022
Mar 20, 2019 • 19 min
“Learn to do it yourself, first.”
Publish a Book and Make the World a Better Place! Colleen Brunetti - 021
Mar 13, 2019 • 15 min
“Make the world a better place for kids.”
Self-Publishing Talk - Push the Button! With Ryan Schroeder - 020
Mar 6, 2019 • 23 min
“Press the button!”
The Struggle of Self-Publishing, with Sheri Wall - 019
Feb 27, 2019 • 26 min
“Don’t be afraid to try.”
You ALREADY Have What You Need to Self-publish! With Demetra Yuvanu - 018
Feb 20, 2019 • 18 min
“You have what it takes!”
Musician Turned Author, Talking With Dennis McGregor - 017
Feb 13, 2019 • 28 min
“Rock N Roll ruined my life.”
Self-publish a Book Inspired by REAL LIFE! Mike Suarez! - 016
Feb 6, 2019 • 29 min
“There’s not much risk up front.”
Once Avoided Writing, Now LOVES Self-publishing! With Don Dione - 015
Jan 30, 2019 • 18 min
“People DO actually earn a living writing children’s books!”
Wrote What Was In Her HEART and Self-published a book! Andrea Kamenca - 014
Jan 22, 2019 • 25 min
“Write what’s in your heart.”
Write a BEST-Selling Book! Kristy Hammill - 013
Jan 9, 2019 • 19 min
“If I can do it, anyone can.”
Helped Her Young Daughter Self-publish TWO books! Bridgette Bastien - 012
Jan 2, 2019 • 19 min
“Remember who doing you’re doing it for.”
A Little Girl With HUGE Self-Publishing Accomplishments! Emily Bastien - 011
Dec 19, 2018 • 16 min
“Write your story. It might help someone in need.”
Small Goals Lead to BIG Results in Self-Publishing! Becky Cummings - 010
Dec 12, 2018 • 18 min
“Have the confidence to get it down.”
Combined His Love of Food and His NEED To Write! Reid Kaplan - 009
Dec 5, 2018 • 23 min
“It called my name.”
Published a Picture Book for Busy Adults! Erica R. Maier - 008
Nov 28, 2018 • 19 min
“Allow the divine connections to occur.” “Don’t let the idea escape you.”
MOTIVATION from Self-published Teenager Teagan Adams! - 007
Nov 21, 2018 • 21 min
“Decide to start today.”
Her Kids Were INSPIRATION for Publishing a Book! Jaclyn Coy - 006
Nov 14, 2018 • 24 min
“Don’t be your own worst enemy.”
Know Your Big WHY and Self-Publish a Book! April Cox - 005
Nov 7, 2018 • 27 min
“Quality comes before money.”
If You Can’t Find the Book you NEED, Self-Publish it! Paula Lancaster - 004
Oct 31, 2018 • 17 min
“Share your story!”
Become An EXPERT At Self-Publishing! Diane Alber - 003
Oct 24, 2018 • 39 min
“Write the book you want your kids to read!”
DITCH Your Doubt and Self-Publish! Kelly Grettler - 002
Oct 17, 2018 • 26 min
“Once you figure things out, nothing can stop you!”
Build the Confidence to Self-Publish! Amanda Cottrell - 001
Oct 10, 2018 • 25 min
“Just START! Do a little bit each day.”