4 children’s book author blogging ideas

Vivian Kirkfield

Vivian Kirkfield is my poster child for what’s possible for self-published authors. In 2010, she self-published an award-winning parent-teacher resource book, Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking; in 2016, she signed a contract with a traditional publisher for her first children’s picture book. That didn’t just “happen.” Vivian worked hard to make it happen. She is passionate about helping kids become lovers of books and reading and hopes that the stories she writes will have kids saying to their parents, “Read this one again, please!” Learn more about Vivian on her blog, Picture Books Help Kids Soar; follow her on Twitter, and connect with her on Facebook.

4 children’s book author blogging ideas

By Vivian Kirkfield

At the end of 2010, I jumped into blogging. I had just published a resource guide for parents and teachers. And I planned to write picture books for children.

Free will only take you so far

dead end

Someone recently commented on my five-star Amazon review of The Crowdfunding Guide for Authors & Writers by Judith Briles. I explained why I liked the book, but “systems thinker” begged to differ, writing:

“have to disagree

way too little

especially for a very high price for such a small book

more so when that info is online for free

i expect a bit more from an author when google can turn up the info easily”

BookBub ads: One author shares her experience

Susan DaffronWhen I first connected with Susan Daffron several years ago, she was an award-winning author of nonfiction books, including several about pets and animal rescue. In the years since, she has successfully transitioned to writing fiction —  Susan is now the author of the Alpine Grove Romantic Comedies series that features residents of the small town of Alpine Grove and their various quirky dogs and cats. Learn more about Susan on her website.

BookBub ads: One author shares her experience

By Susan Daffron

If you’ve been writing books for any length of time, you’ve probably heard of BookBub. When it comes to e-book advertising, The Bub is arguably the most well-known option.

The bad news for authors is that a BookBub ad is going to cost you. On countless forums, you see writers whining that ad rates are expensive. If your book falls into one of the larger categories like crime fiction or contemporary romance, for example, you’re looking at many hundreds of dollars. The largest lists have more than 3 million subscribers, but spending more than $900 on a single ad gives many struggling authors considerable pause.

Book review: SMART Social Media for Authors

Smart Social Media for Authors book cover

I’m going to put it right out there: I love Chris Syme’s book, SMART Social Media for Authors: The practical guide for anyone to sell more books.

I suspected I would like it because I’m familiar with the author’s work. I first connected with Chris Syme when she referenced one of my blog posts in an article she wrote for DigitalBookWorld.com. We began talking after that, and as a result, she wrote an excellent guest post for us here, “10 terrible social media myths authors should avoid.”

Still, I often find that books take too much of a high view of a topic — lots of what and why, but not enough how — so I managed my expectations as I sat down with this book over the weekend.

How to promote a book without using social media

promote a book without using social media

Tired of trying to figure out how to use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest effectively to promote your book?

Do you wish there were other options that are a better fit for your style, skills, personality, or preferences?

Do you want to know how to promote a book without using social media?

You are not alone. Keep reading.

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