The Book Creator Podcast

The Book Creator Podcast

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A business podcast for book creators led by host Rachel DiNunzio and home to The Picture Book Academy. Follow @TheBookCreatorPodcast and @ThePictureBookAcademy to get your daily book creation updates and to join the Book Creation conversation. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thebookcreatorpodcast/support


Dealing With Libraries & Self Publishing Tips: How to get your book in the Library of Congress’ national database
Aug 4, 2019 • 12 min
Hey There bookcreators, welcome back to episode # 37 of the book creator podcast! I was working on a couple of client books projects that will launch in this fall and I noticed that there have been some MAJOR updates to the Library PCN, or Preassigned…
#36: Step By Step Picture Book Creation Course!
Jul 21, 2019 • 7 min
Learn all about the NEW DIY Picture Book Academy— created based on listener feedback! Hope you enjoy it! Check out the details on https://www.thepicturebookacademy.com! —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
#35: Hiring an Illustrator: how to create the best possible collaboration
Jul 8, 2019 • 11 min
I had a great question come through from one of our listeners! Shout out to Dr. Edna for the inspiration of this episode! She wanted to know what writers can do to be more helpful to their illustrators and what the writer-illustrator process and contract…
#34: Get That Book Done! 3 Key Tips To Productive Work Time
Jun 24, 2019 • 13 min
As summer approaches, events start popping up all over the place, family and friends seem to come out of the winter woodwork and want to do more— it can be tough to maintain our momentum with our creative goals! Life moves by quickly especially when you…
#33 What they don’t talk about in art school: Creative Prospecting
Jun 10, 2019 • 10 min
I NEED to talk to you about something that I honestly don’t know why it isn’t a focused theme taught in high school, college or really anywhere for that matter! And this is the art of Creative Prospecting. Creative Prospecting is the ability to partner…
#32: Get Involved With The Publishing World: Clubs, Guilds, Societies, Challenges, Conferences, Writers & Illustrators Groups and more!
May 27, 2019 • 10 min
Whether you are an author an illustrator or both, it usually means that you are of the personality type where you genuinely enjoy some quality YOU time working on your next creation. I am with you! But it is also super important that we involve ourselves…
#31: Write Unforgettable Characters: Developing A Character’s Persona
May 20, 2019 • 11 min
When it comes to books, we are designing a story that works just for our character. If we could easily remove our character and replace her with someone else, then it is a good indication that we probably need to rework our character a bit to make sure…
#30: Author Visit Best Practices
May 13, 2019 • 23 min
I am just getting back from an awesome author visit and thought that this would be the perfect time to answer some of the top questions that you all send over about author visits! Author visits are a big deal. When you come out with your book, one major…
#29: Self Publishing: What do I do after my book is created?
May 6, 2019 • 13 min
I know a lot of you want to know more about the self publishing route to see if it’s right for you or could fit somewhere in your long term publishing strategy! So today, I wanted to give you a high level overview of all of the stuff I wish someone would…
#28: Keep Your Momentum: 9 Ways To Stay Creatively Motivated
Apr 29, 2019 • 20 min
How do we manage a combination of life, a day job perhaps, maybe kids, and yet continue to stay motivated to pursue our creative calling? We ALL could use some help finding that drive sometimes— especially on days when we are tired and the weather may not…
#27: Do You Need A Website? How to build a web presence
Apr 23, 2019 • 18 min
So this whole subject of web presence is a big topic. If we are going to get out there as creators: start to make pitches, try to start selling our book, or try to line up author talks— whatever it might be, we need the right information out there that…
#26: Are You Ready To Publish?
Apr 15, 2019 • 16 min
I get to talk to a lot of you at varying stages in your book making process! Some are just getting started, some have made a book in the past and want to create a second book maybe in a different genre, and others have put work into their first book and…
#25: Start Drawing! How to get your artistic side going!
Apr 8, 2019 • 16 min
I thought it would be fun to talk about how to start drawing! Maybe you haven’t drawn in a while and just want to get back into it, or maybe you’ve always wanted to learn: in this episode we will talk about how to start learning to draw! And these are the…
#24: Should You Show Someone Your Work?
Apr 1, 2019 • 16 min
You’ve written something, you’re excited, and someone tells you DON’T SHOW THIS TO ANYONE OTHERWISE SOMEONE MAY TAKE YOUR IDEA! How much of this is true? Is this something to worry about? When should you show someone your idea? Today, we are going to…
#23. Ever heard of iBooks Author? This tool is too cool!
Mar 25, 2019 • 17 min
Of course we can pitch our manuscripts to agents and even go direct to publishing, but there are so many other ways to get going as a book creator as well: especially if you consider what it is you are actually pitching! As I get to know more about you…
#22: Portfolio Must-Do’s: How to make a take-notice portfolio that will get you work!
Mar 17, 2019 • 14 min
This topic really does not get enough attention! For all the illustrators out there, as well as writers, it is super important to show a cohesive body of work. But what does this mean exactly? I learned so much recently from Cecilia Yung, the art director…
#21: Get Out Of Your Creative Rut: How to get over artists block when you are feeling blue
Mar 11, 2019 • 17 min
The title of Episode #21 says it all! It is so important as illustrators and writers to know how to get out of a creative blocks, ruts, low points: what ever you want to call them! These are periods we ALL got through as artists. I am just getting out of…
#20: 8 Tips To Start Making A Living From Your Book
Mar 4, 2019 • 23 min
In Episode #20, we are going to have some fun thinking outside the box a bit of ways that you can sell your book and start to make a living from your title. Here are 8 tips for you to pursue. Alright book creators, let’s get down to book creating…
#19: The Picture Book Academy
Feb 25, 2019 • 10 min
Very early on in this podcast, as I started to get to know many of you, it became quite clear that there are a group of Book Creators who would like more of a hands-on/coaching experience where someone will help you to complete your book step by step!…
#18: When Is The Right Time To Attend A Conference? SCBWI Winter Conference Take-Aways
Feb 18, 2019 • 15 min
I know for a few years now I have been trying to decide when would be the right time to go to a writers and illustrators conference. Even just this year I was still reaching out to ask questions to see if it was worthwhile to invest in this kind of…
#17: Self Publishing Avenues: 7 Book Creation Tools That You Need To Know About
Feb 11, 2019 • 13 min
Whether you are choosing to go the self publishing route or the traditional route: either way you will need to have some technical know-how to be able to create a working manuscript or dummy of your book! In this episode we are going to talk about some…
#16 Self Publishing Avenues: Ingram Spark & KDP
Feb 4, 2019 • 13 min
If you’ve been listening-in to a bunch of Book Creator Podcasts, you know that I am a BIG fan of keeping things as simple as possible. If you start Googling self publishing, you will find a whole lot of companies out there that offer services— by all…
#15: Self Publishing VS. Traditional: The Pros and Cons
Jan 28, 2019 • 16 min
I know that there are so many questions on your mind about which publishing avenue is right for you! So I thought we would spend some time talking about the pros and cons of self versus traditional l publishing. Also friends! I am just ramping up to…
#14: How To Create A Book People Will WANT to buy! All About Book Business Plans
Jan 21, 2019 • 16 min
Welcome back to episode #14 of the Book Creator Podcast. Today we are going to have some fun talking about Book Business Plans. Building a business plan is not something you want to skip over! Remember, your book is a product— and a product that you hope…
#13: Don’t Get Lost In The Process! Create A Book Map!
Jan 14, 2019 • 17 min
In Episode #13, we are going to talk all about the wonder that is a Book Map! I’ve been so excited to nerd-out a bit talk with you about this topic! I love creating book maps— it is one of the most exciting stages of the book making process in that you…
#12: Your Top 5 Social Media Questions Answered
Jan 7, 2019 • 23 min
I’ve been getting a good deal of questions about how to get out there as an author/illustrator or soon to be author/illustrator! This is a great topic for all of us to be thinking about, no matter what stage of the game we are in! I thought it would be…
#11: 5 Tips for a No Excuses New Year
Dec 31, 2018 • 17 min
Description: Have you ever noticed that when you go to the gym for the month of January there is a crazy surge of people there and it is busy almost every day? Then by the time February hits, the gym population is back down to its normal size. This is the…
#10: 4 Creative Stocking Stuffers for you: BOOK CREATOR RESOURCES!
Dec 24, 2018 • 8 min
In episode #10, we are going to have some fun talking all about some things I want to add to your creative stockings this year: a whole bunch of Book Creator resources and more podcasts! No one can know everything, and that is why it is OH SO important to…
#8: Publishing avenues: BEWARE of the Vanity Press!
Dec 10, 2018 • 27 min
Something that you will guaranteed come across in your search is something that is referred to in the industry as a Vanity Press. These companies offers sound really appealing and are designed to market to a very specific person in a very specific state…
#9: Create Your Unique Author-Brand: Build Your Network of Buyers BEFORE You Finish Your Book
Dec 10, 2018 • 19 min
In episode #9, we are going to discuss how at every stage of the game, whether your book is out or not, how you can start to build your audience of loyal fans. Alright book creators. In this episode we will talk all about: 1. Building your book-brand and…
#7: How to Develop Your Style!
Dec 3, 2018 • 25 min
Today we are going to be talking about a REALLY big topic— one that haunts us all because it is so gosh darn important—and that is, Style. Today we are going to go through 5 Exercises that will help you get on your style path! Alright book creators,…
#6. 9 Things That Make Your Author Page Sparkle
Nov 26, 2018 • 22 min
First thing’s first: what is an Author Page? An Author Page is your author website! As you start working on your book project, there is one thing to keep in mind: it is NEVER too early to start building your audience. We want to start connecting with…
#5: What to do BEFORE you create your book & the 5 phases of book creation!
Nov 20, 2018 • 25 min
Creating a book means that you are creating a product: there is so much that needs to happen to make it a success! Check out episode #5 to learn all about how to set yourself up for success beginning with mindset, then a short talk about the power of…
#4. Discovering Your Purpose: The Creative Journey Part I
Nov 7, 2018 • 23 min
Rachel jumps into Part II of our creativity conversation and talks all about the creative journey. In this episode you will get to know all about her journey so far, where she is along her path, and how she can help you discover your own book creation…
#3. Discovering Your Purpose: Is Creativity an Option? Part I
Nov 7, 2018 • 25 min
Being creative is not a choice, it’s part of who you are. To deny it means you are trying to get one of purist parts of you— the one that makes you, you! In this episode we talk all about what it means to be a creative person, how to decide which paths to…
#2. All About Mindset: 10 Tips to an Entrepreneurial Mindset.
Nov 5, 2018 • 24 min
Creativity takes such courage! Only you can safeguard your idea and develop it until it is ready to be born into the world: and then after that, it will need to be able to stand on its own two feet! It is critical for us to talk not only about strategy,…
#1: Five Steps to Kick-Start Your Book Project!
Nov 2, 2018 • 23 min
The very first episode of The Book Creator Podcast! This podcast is made for those who dream to lead a creative lifestyle: particularly those who aspire to be an author, illustrator, or author illustrator! If you have that idea (or maybe tons of ideas in…