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Learn Some Self-Publishing Tips in the Latest Journey to KidLit Podcast Episode with Author Brigitte Brulz

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Last year, I had the opportunity to interview Brooke Van Sickle, founder of Journey to KidLit, for an article I wrote and had published on SCBWI Iowa’s website.

Journey to Kidlit

Brooke Van Sickle has accomplished a lot since that interview! She has continued to grow Journey to KidLit, founded a publishing company called BiblioKid Publishing, published a book called Pirates Stuck at “C”: An Alphabet Adventure (and has two more books scheduled to be released this year), and started a podcast. Wow!

If you are a children’s book author or aspiring children’s book author, I recommend checking out Brooke Van Sickle’s website Journey to KidLit. She offers a lot of information about writing and publishing children’s books.

Recently, Brooke Van Sickle took the time to interview me about my self-publishing journey for her Journey to KidLit podcast, which is now available as Episode 10: Publish Your Children’s Book on KDP with Author Brigitte Brulz.

In the interview, we talk about:

  • my newly released book Aah! Blown Away, Crash! An Alphabet Misadventure, what it was like working on the project with my 12-year-old daughter, and what I learned through the process
  • Readers’ Favorite reviews (I misspoke and said Readers’ Favorite “Award” when I meant to say Readers’ Favorite 5 Stars Review seal.)
  • what I’ve learned about writing children’s books since publishing my first two picture books
  • why I like using KDP Print to publish my books and a resource called KDP University that offers a lot of information
  • a tip for creating an author website
  • free book marketing tips (two resources I mentioned are the book How I Sold 80,000 Books by Alinka Rutkowska and the website PR For Anyone with Christina Daves; there is also a book called PR For Anyone by Christina Daves)
  • how my book was chosen for the 2019 Read Across Connecticut program
  • a major thing I have learned about creating kids books
  • the biggest obstacle in my writing journey
  • my favorite part of having published books
  • my tip for someone who wants to self-publish a book (and the fact that I would still like to traditionally publish books someday)
  • what writings I am working on now

The episode is about 18 minutes long and is now available to listen to on Journey to KidLit here.

I was really nervous to do the interview, but I think it went well. Please let me know what you think about it!

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