How can you write a children's story with a message without being preachy? How can you find and work effectively with an illustrator? How can you market your book to kids in schools?
Crystal Swain Bates gives her tips on writing, publishing and marketing books for children, as well as how we can make books and the author community more diverse.
In the intro, how library distribution works for indie authors [ALLi]; Constant change and when your winning bet becomes your losing bet [Spotify A Product Story]; Tarzan Economics; 8 Principles for Pivoting Through Disruption by Will Page; Subscription models and streaming and the impact on indie authors [me and Orna Ross on the Ask ALLi Podcast]; The Once and Future Witches by Alix E Harrow; Google update coming in May 2021 for Page Experience and Core Web Vitals [Search Engine Watch], plus ScribeCount for wide reporting.
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Crystal Swain-Bates is the best-selling author of children's books, and the founder of Goldest Karat Publishing, which seeks to fill the racial diversity gap in publishing.
You can listen above or on your favorite podcast app or read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and full transcript below.
- The value of making mistakes along the way and learning as you go
- Writing a positioning statement for your book
- Writing a story with a message — but without preaching or lecturing
- How to find and work with illustrators for children’s picture books
- The importance of getting your contract right if you want to create merchandise and other products
- Using print-on-demand for children's books and which services are best
- Marketing children’s books in schools and online
- Encouraging diversity in characters, books and in the author community
You can find Crystal Swain-Bates at CrystalSwainBates.com and on Twitter @CSwainBates