Catching Up With Rhyming Picture Book Month, Sort of

I started April with the best of intentions. 

I had a couple of rhyming children’s picture books and thought it would be a good idea to get some in-depth rhyming know-how from all the experts blogging over at Angie Karcher’s RhyPiBoMo. And it has been seriously in-depth! You can’t sign up for the challenge at this point, but you can most certainly benefit from a read-through, no matter what kind of rhyme you write.

I haven’t had much time for the challenge–or even a chance at a read-through. Mom took a terrible tumble a week or so ago and I’ve been in Savannah, where I stayed at my parents’ house at the beach. But Dad had disconnected the Internet. 

You do not realize how dependent you are on technology until you don’t have it.

Anyway, after a whirlwind of catching up–and honestly, there’s just so much information that one can catch up on after a week offline–I sent a post over to the Muffin where I was scheduled for April 20th. I’ll be catching up with the Beneficent Mr. Hall (and really, Mister Man is a good egg, and I should be happy that the house is still standing, but how does a body not notice a zillion sugar ants parading around the kitchen???). Next, I’ll be preparing for Holy Week, so I won’t be working for a few days. But I hope you’ll have a minute to check out my Easter post, “Finding a Writing Eggs-travaganza” and I hope I have a minute between ham and deviled eggs to add the post-specific link.

And if I could ask one more favor, if you have time to add one little thing to your list of intentions?

Please send prayers for Mom. Thank you.


Cathy-on-a-Stick Gets Her Day in the Sun

2009-06-01 15.44.22You might have noticed that I added a header up there for Cathy-on-a-Stick.

She still has her own blog, but honestly, I can barely remember to bring my glasses when I leave for adventures. Remembering Cathy-on-a-Stick is a whole ‘nother matter. And even when I do remember, it seems I’m always busy keeping up with work deadlines. I never have enough time for writing fun over at that pic-on-a-stick’s blog.

But I always find the time to bring Cathy-on-a-Stick to writer’s conferences. And today at the Muffin, I blogged about why.

Yep, she’s one bit of stick-y fun, out there in the writing world. Which is why I share those stories here, and also why she has her own page at Cathy C. Hall’s place. And now…wait for it…

She thinks she’s something on a stick.

Friday’s Fun Find: A Winner for How to Promote Your Children’s Book!

51tDlMZRteL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Despite the fact that I couldn’t display Rafflecopter for my giveaway of Katie Davis’ How to Promote Your Children’s BookI still (sort of) managed to get Rafflecopter on the giveaway post.

I always like (sort of) learning something new. And the next time I have a giveaway (and it’s a good one!), I’ll use Rafflecopter and it will actually display in all its whirring glory. I hope.

Anyway, I learned a ton of promotional stuff–some old, some new–from Katie’s How to Promote Your Children’s Book. So if you didn’t win, you can still get this wonderful resource for a very moderate price. Not the same low price as before, but still a bargain.

And if you did win–that is to say, if you’re Barb Kupetz–then you can expect a lovely email from me and Katie Davis any day now.

I think that’s how a Kindle giveaway works. Sort of.

Cathy-on-a-Stick Pops Up at Springmingle (And Runs Amok)

Usually, I go to writer’s conferences and walk halfway around a room to avoid the tables with all the books.

I sit on my hands, leave my wallet at home, eschew adult beverages–well, there are all kinds of tricks I use to keep from buying more books. But Cathy-on-a-Stick has a mind of her own. It’s not much a mind, and rather flat, but still. She would keep heading to the book table at Springmingle, the SCBWI Southern Breeze conference this past weekend. Every time a speaker finished, I felt this…this tug. And before I knew it, I had a stack of books.

2014-03-29 05.39.53Agent and author Ammi-Joan Pacquette had all these books about ghosts and they were picture books and middle grade (which come on, ghosts AND PB’s and Middle Grade? I was doomed from the start). Plus Joan was so darn sincere and engaging in her talk. She called to me–so I bought one of her books.

2014-03-29 05.32.26And then Vicky Alvear Shecter went on and on about Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead. She sucked me in with her humor and expertise and Anubis tidbits. Who knew the Land of the Dead could be so darn entertaining? So before I knew it, Cathy-on-a-Stick was in the line for an autograph.

2014-03-29 05.48.12Elizabeth Dulemba was nearby, explaining that her muse had grabbed her in North Georgia and wouldn’t let go till she told the story in A Bird on Water Street. You cannot argue with the muse. And apparently, you cannot argue with Cathy-on-a-Stick either. There she was again, stick-deep in Elizabeth’s book.

2014-03-29 05.53.44I was just about to make a dash for it when, out of the corner of my eye, I spied Ruth Sanderson’s books! A whole pile of books with the most gorgeous covers ever, of woods and castles and princesses and–oh. My. Word. Fairy tales. And stained glass windows of saints. Stick a fork in me, I was done (for).

2014-03-29 05.56.52Wait, I take that back. I was not quite done. Janice Hardy’s book, Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, was calling my name. I tried to resist, I really did. But Cathy-on-a-Stick whispered in my ear, “Really? You think you can afford to pass on this gem of writing craft?”


2014-03-29 05.36.37And as I glanced over at Cheryl Klein (Executive Editor at Arthur A. Levine Books, a Scholastic imprint), I thought how much her book, Second Sight, An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults, had helped me on my writing journey. I’d won her book three years ago, so at least I didn’t have to buy that book at the writer’s conference, too.

But I’m pretty sure she and Cathy-on-a-Stick were up to something. I’m kinda afraid to check my credit card bill.



Giveaway of How to Promote Your Children’s Book by Katie Davis! Wheee!

51tDlMZRteL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_I wanted to get this giveaway to y’all Friday but I was off conferencing. (Is that a word? My brain’s so fried with writing wisdom and such, I’m not sure. But I AM sure about Katie Davis’ book.)

Here’s the thing. I hope you win. I really do. Katie Davis’ How to Promote Your Children’s Book is SO good, I can’t even say. In fact, I’m going to let Katie tell you all about it. But first, I’m going to tell you why the rush is on for this giveaway.

Right now–RIGHT NOW–Katie Davis is selling this book at the low price of $4.99. And you won’t just get the book. You’ll get all this other stuff that she’s throwing in, too. I can’t even write it all out. It’s too much. You’ll have to go here and check it out. Seriously, it’s $125.00 worth of her marketing genius stuff, for FREE, when you buy this book for only $4.99.

So even if you don’t win here, you can still buy the book and win. And you win even more if you order the book before March 31st! But I know you’re wondering if you really need this book. Let’s ask Katie!

1. I don’t have my own book out there, so why do I need to worry about book promotion NOW?
 is how important it is for every writer to create a platform. All a platform is, is how you communicate online. Or rather, the places you communicate from. Transparent communication is especially important. Why? Transparency builds trust, trust builds bonds, bonds build loyalty and loyalty builds relationships.
So imagine you start that communication the month before your book comes out. How long does it take you to build a relationship? One with real connection? I feel like I have real connection with my peeps, and I started that years ago. I love them! I love helping them, I love seeing them succeed, I get the warm fuzzies when they say that I’ve helped them. I call that being selfishly unselfish: I selfishly feel good having helped someone else.
So you don’t need to “worry” about book promotion. You need to look forward to making friends and building relationships. In other words, building your platform.
2. I’ve already released my book, so it’s too late to get in good book promotion now, right?
Nope! I created the book trailer for Kindergarten Rocks! many years after it came out and it regenerated sales like crazy! Now it’s one of my biggest selling books and I saw the leap after the video was created.
3. But Katie, you’re a children’s book author and my book’s a memoir/an adult novel/ an anthology. You don’t have any tips for an author like me, do you?
One of the reviewers of How to Promote Your Children’s Book: Tips, Tricks, and Secrets to Create a Bestseller wrote , “Don’t let that title fool you. Katie Davis has something for EVERY writer, no matter where you are in the writing journey-and you don’t have to be a children’s writer to find a gem inside this book’s jam-packed covers!”
Another wrote, “Not just for Kid-lit authors, and not just for writers. Get ready for a good read and a great boost to your business. Katie Davis breaks down the: what’s, when’s, where’s, and why’s to Children’s book promoting, but the information in this book describes how marketing is done in this day and age for any person, business, or corporation.”
The book is jam-packed with information, and you can take the ideas and principles and apply it to your business or memoir/adult novel or anthology.  Yes, boy, have I got tons upon tons of tips!
4. Quick! If an author doesn’t do anything else for book promotion, she (or he) MUST ______________________.
Start an email list! Yesterday!
So now I’m adding Rafflecopter  for this giveaway and really, I hope you win.
But I can’t help thinking about Dirty Harry asking, “Do you feel lucky?”

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