Guest Post: Debbie Gonzales on Kidlit Promotion, Pinterest Analytics & You

 

By Debbie Gonzales

Book people love a good story. One that is filled with twists and turns. Interpreting Pinterest analytics is much like watching a drama unfold. Ups and downs. Peaks and valleys.

With a little bit of training, Pinterest users can read the receptibility of their content within a few days of posting. Analytics allow pinners to see how many people have seen their pins and if the viewers found the content to be engaging.

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Guest Post: Debbie Gonzales on Kidlit Promotion & Personal versus Business Pinterest Accounts

By Debbie Gonzales

The typical Pinterest user searches the platform for one-off ideas to enhance their projects. Such pinners typically establish Personal Accounts on which to save and classify pins they find to be educational, inspirational, or edifying.

Oftentimes, book creators build what are known as “mood boards” by selecting and categorizing pins that visually represent themes, characterization, or scenes as reference for team collaboration on literary projects.

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Guest Post: Jacqueline D. Lipton on Images, Law & Writers

By Jacqui Lipton

My recent book, Law and Authors: A Legal Handbook for Writers (University of California Press, 2020), includes a chapter on advice for authors wanting to use photographs and other artwork created by others in their work: their books, blogs, and social media.

When I drafted the chapter, I actually used photographs and images created by others to illustrate the points I was making.

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Guest Interview: Author Lindsay Leslie Interviews Illustrator Ellen Rooney

By Lindsay Leslie

Illustrators. To me, very much a writer, they are magical. They take the visions in our heads and make them real.

Or, they take the visions in our heads and say, “Well, those visions are pretty cool, but check this out.”

And, Surprise! They bring a book’s words to life in a way you never would have imagined. I’m in awe.

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Career Achievers: Laura Ruby on Thriving as a Long-Time, Actively Publishing Author

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Laura Ruby is a successful author with a long, distinguished career.

In children’s-YA writing, maintaining an active publishing career is arguably an even bigger challenge than breaking into the field.

Reflecting on your personal journey (creatively, career-wise, and your writer’s heart), what bumps did you encounter and how have you managed to defy the odds to achieve continued success?

My first book—a middle grade ghost story—was sold all the way back in 2001 and was released in 2003,

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Guest Post: Tom Angleberger on Children’s Literature as a Team Sport

By Tom Angleberger

I’m coming up on the 10th anniversary of Origami Yoda (Amulet, 2010) in a month or two. And it won’t be long until I hit the 20th anniversary of quitting my day job and deciding to really try being an author.

Have I learned anything? Gained any wisdom? Can I impart one piece of advice that I’ve learned?

Yes,

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Career Achievers: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson on Thriving as a Long-Time, Actively Publishing Children’s Author

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson is a successful children’s author with a long, distinguished career.

In children’s-YA writing, maintaining an active publishing career is arguably an even bigger challenge than breaking into the field.

Reflecting on your personal journey (creatively, career-wise, and your writer’s heart), what bumps did you encounter and how have you managed to defy the odds to achieve continued success? 

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Author-Agent Interview: Ann Rose of Prospect Agency

By Gayleen Rabakukk

Ann Rose is the author of two YA novels and an agent with the Prospect Agency, where she represents middle grade and young adult authors.

You’re a writer and an agent. How did you come to literature for young readers?

Years ago, my niece had asked me to read books with her. None of her friends were really readers and she wanted to have someone to chat with about what she had been reading.

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Editor Interview: LaFrenda Frank of Salina Bookshelf

By Traci Sorell

For almost twenty-five years, Salina Bookshelf has published books, most for children, that center Native life–principally Navajo and Hopi people, their languages and cultures.

Today on Cynsations, I am pleased to interview LaFrenda Frank at Salina Bookshelf to learn more about this publishing house and her work there.

Share with us some about your history with Native literature,

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Guest Post: Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy Share Craft & Career Insights

By Cori McCarthy & Amy Rose Capetta

Hello dear readers (and, in many cases, writers)!

Amy Rose and I are here today to interview each other in celebration and—let’s be honest—promotion of our debut coauthored YA novel Once & Future (Jimmy Patterson, 2019), a genderbent King Arthur retelling in space, which is out now from Little, Brown.

We’re blessed to be doing a lot of interviews this release season,

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