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I am rethinking how I do this daily blog. Rather than give a daily report of what I did the previous day I am going to switch to writing more content oriented blog posts. If anything exciting or new happens I will continue to share that but it feels like I’m just apologizing each day for what I should have done but didn’t.
So moving forward I am working out a topic for each day. I expect it will change as I go along and see what works and what doesn’t. Here is a tentative schedule.
Monday: Social Media Monday. What I am doing with social media – tips, tricks and tutorials. Basically Twitter and Pinterest for now. Books, sites, and things I find helpful. Hashtags and search terms for connecting with children book people.
Tuesday: Children book authors on the web. A look at what other children’s book authors or doing and what my takeaway is for improving my own book platform, website and outreach.
Wednesday: Website Workout – What I am doing to improve my website to connect with my target audience. Links to websites that have good content on website building, retention and promotion. Keywords
Thursday: Writing Report. How my own writing is going. Links to writing, productivity, focus and keeping motivated.
Friday: Children’s book review. Nuggets of gold I find from GoodReads and other writing sites that reach out to Children’s book readers and writers.
Saturday: Sum up the week. A brief look at what worked and what didn’t.
Sunday: Sunday Sunshine: Simple inspirational thoughts, links to inspiration. Fun sharing of anything I find uplifting and positive for the week ahead.
Today is Tuesday so it’s my first report on
Children book authors on the web
The author I decided to start with is Judy Blume because I like her books. In visiting her web site I immediately found out that I only knew a very small amount of who Judy Blume was. Her website though is one of the most extensive author websites I have ever seen. You can find out as little or as much as you want all within the pages of her site.
Here are ten take-a-ways from looking at her site.
- It is done in a fun, cartoon style that would appeal to kids. Although she is now writing adult books she is definitely still targeting her first audience.
- Her About Page is amazing. It starts with an official bio written in third person. But on the side panel are links to photo’s (each with a reflection by Judy), a personal bio about how she became an author and a section of Questions and Answers that is further broken down into personal things, family, writing, and being a writer. Judy is not afraid to share who she is and it makes her very appealing and approachable.
- Judy’s Books – at the time I viewed her page she had 30 books listed. Books were broken into age group and theme. Each book had its own separate page that were all done in the same way.
- The story – brief one or two synopsis of the book.
- Judy says – personal reflection of how the book came to be.
- Title – how the final title was chosen
- Dedication – who the book is dedicated to
- A quote – from a popular book reviewer such as Horn Book Magazine, School Library journal, etc.
- On Writing – Judy offers tips on writing, shares what works for her and encourages writers to find their own path.
- Censorship – this is a blunt, to the point page about writers being able to write freely and the damage that censorship does to both the reader and the writer. Who are we to judge? I was amazed that a children’s book author as popular as Judy Blume had to fight such a battle of censorship. I admire Judy for tackling a “touchy” issue with forth right honesty and conviction. Way to go, Judy!
- For Kids – This page includes much of the information found in previous pages but is illustrated and broken down to kid level reading. A great technique for children book authors to follow as there are two audiences to please when writing for children. The kids themselves and the adults who for the most part buy the book.
- Reference Desk – Yep, this is it. Every link to every book, audio, video, website. personal reflection, essay and other references are included here. Scrape the surface or dig deep there is enough powerful material for every level of research.
In summary: Judy Blume’s website is a goldmine of ideas for any children’s book author to emulate. I know I will be coming back again and again to be inspired. And most importantly I had no idea what an interesting person she is and after spending less than an hour on her site I am determined to buy, borrow or sneak more of her books for my own personal reading.
Note: Judy used to keep up with her audience by blogging but has now moved to Twitter with a following of 280,658 followers at this writing. A real confirmation for me that Twitter is not a bad place to be for a children’s book author!
Would love to hear any comments on the new direction I am going with this blog. I realize I have a teeny, tiny following, but even so I would love to hear from you.